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DeWine Still Weighing Whether To Sign Gun Bills

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio)
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

The Ohio Senate has passed a Republican-backed bill to allow people to carry concealed weapons without permits or the training that comes with them. A few weeks ago the House approved, along party lines, a bill to dramatically reduce the required training for teachers who want to be armed in class.

In a year-end interview with the Statehouse News Bureau, DeWine suggested he doesn’t like the bill that would reduce the required training for teachers as written, but that there is room to negotiate over what he calls the right kind of training.

“We need to make sure those teachers or custodians or whoever is carrying a gun in that school has that requirement. So I believe there will be a bill that we work out with the Legislature in that regard that I will be able to sign.”

The armed teachers bill changes the training requirements from over 700 hours to 20 hours of concealed carry and other training.

DeWine won’t say whether he’d sign a bill allowing for permitless concealed carry with no required training, saying only that he wants to see how it’s written.