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Ohio House Passes Bill To Let Ohioans Carry Concealed Guns Without Permit

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Eric Gay
Associated Press

Just after voting to allow teachers and school staff to be armed with only 20 hours of concealed carry and other training, the Ohio House has passed another gun bill. The Republican-backed measure allows adults to carry concealed weapons in public without first having to get licenses for them.

Rep. Haraz Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg) said the bill allows people 21 and older to carry a concealed weapon – just as the constitution dictates.

“There’s nothing within the constitution that says you have the right to bear arms only if you take the following training courses. It doesn’t say that," Ghanbari said.

But Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) said some people who can’t get concealed carry permits now will be able to carry under this bill.

Democrats and the Fraternal Order of Police have opposed it. The bill now goes to the Senate.

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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.