Ohio bill would end concealed-carry gun permit requirement


COLUMBUS (AP) — Law-abiding Ohioans age 21 and older could legally carry hidden firearms without getting a permit under a proposal introduced by House Republicans and supported by GOP Gov. Mike DeWine.

Sixteen states allow that. But Ohioans who want to legally carry concealed firearms currently have to pass a background check, receive eight hours of training and get a permit.

Republican Reps. Ron Hood, of Ashville, and Tom Brinkman, of Cincinnati, have tried repeatedly to change the law through so-called “constitutional carry” legislation that’s failed to pass.

The Fraternal Order of Police and anti-gun-violence activists oppose the idea.

The bill also would end a requirement that people carrying concealed weapons notify police of that if they’re stopped by officers.

Ohio already allows people to openly carry firearms without permits.