Ohio Concealed Weapons Bill May Be Dead

POSTED BY: George Hiotis
Thursday, June 26, 2003 - 05:00 AM
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A bill allowing Ohioans to carry hidden guns may be dead. Representatives from Governor Taft’s office and the legislature ended talks aimed at reaching a compromise Wednesday. Lawmakers are scheduled to leave today for the summer. The bill would allow Ohioans who pass a background check and safety course to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon. The house wants to allow people without permits who get charged with carrying a weapon to be able to try to convince a judge that the weapon was necessary because of a job or personal safety. The State Highway Patrol opposes that provision. Governor Taft says he won’t sing a bill that the patrol opposes.

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