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Bills Would Allow Concealed Guns In Churches And Day Care Centers


A series of legislative proposals would expand the carrying of concealed weapons in places like churches and daycare centers, and let certain gun owners carry concealed weapons without a permit. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

Republican Representative Ron Hood of Ashville wants to change the law to essentially allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit—which means bypassing background checks and training.  
He says lawful gun owners in Ohio deserve these changes.  
“Criminals don’t submit themselves to background checks so the only purpose of a permit system is to license law abiding citizens,” said Hood.  
That was the main argument from supporters of three other gun-related bills that got their first hearing in a House committee as well. Those measures restricted the ability to seize weapons, expanded the ability to carry concealed weapons in more places, and addressed issues with carrying concealed weapons in school zones.  
Opponents say these bills would normalize the presence of dangerous weapons in public places which increases the risk of violence.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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