Taft To Sign Gun Bill

POSTED BY: George Hiotis
Thursday, January 8, 2004 - 05:10 AM
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Governor Taft says he will sign into law a bill the legislature passed to allow Ohioans to carry hidden guns.

The Senate approved the amended bill 25-to-8 yesterday and the house vote was 69-to-24.

The vote marks the first time he legislature and the Governor’s office have agreed to a deal after a decade of debate on the highly charged issue.

Ohioans who apply for permits to carry concealed weapons would have to pay a fee, undergo background checks and be trained in the use of a weapon.

The bill also makes the names of permit-holders in each county available to reporters who ask a sheriff’s department for the names. Taft’s insistence on this provision derailed the bill late last year.

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