Ohio Bill Would End Concealed-Carry Gun Permit Requirement

A proposed bill in the Ohio House of Representatives would make changes to the states concealed carry laws. House Bill 174 was introduced Wednesday by State Representative Ron Hood and State Representative Tom Brinkman.

Posted: Mar 31, 2019 8:21 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- If passed, House Bill 174 this would allow people twenty one and over to carry a concealed weapon without getting a permit.

Under the law people would not be allowed to conceal carry if they have a felony conviction or other disqualifying factor.

To Casey Drudge who came to Hicksville for the day, it's a little worrisome.

"The people that are likely to take advantage of that law if it's passed will be more than likely to use it if they want to and not necessarily if they need to," Drudge said.

Another thing included in the bill is eliminating the need for a driver who is carrying a concealed weapon to notify a police officer that they have a gun if they are stopped.

"I think people should have permits. It's a safety concern for law enforcement, not only that but other individuals in the community," Hicksville resident Brian Wonderly said.

Under the states current law, people who live in Ohio can only carry a concealed weapon after passing a background check, completing eight hours of classroom instruction and two hours of live training, and they must get a permit from the Sheriff's office.

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