A key ruling from the Ohio Supreme Court on the state’s ban on carrying concealed weapons. The court upheld the ban, keeping Ohio from joining 44 other states that allow citizens to carry hidden guns. The ruling stems from a Cincinnati case in which four people claimed that they needed to carry guns for self-protection. The legislature has struggled with the issue for years. The debate pits rural lawmakers who see nothing wrong with allowing people to carry guns against lawmakers from high-crime areas who say more guns will escalate violence. The House and Senate have yet to appoint a committee to resolve differences in the versions of a bill each has passed this year allowing hidden guns.