Friday, October 19, 2001

Ohio concealed-carry gun bill clears hurdle

The Associated Press

        COLUMBUS — A revamped bill that would allow most Ohioans to carry hidden guns cleared one hurdle Thursday with its approval by a House subcommittee.

        The bill — which still faces a potential veto by Gov. Bob Taft — was passed on a 4-1 vote. It now goes to the Civil and Commercial Law committee for hearings and a vote before it would reach the House floor.

        Rep. John Willamowski, a Republican from Lima and the committee's chairman, declined to speculate on how many hearings might be held.

        Sponsored by Rep. Jim Aslanides, a Republican from Coshocton, the bill would require sheriffs to issue gun permits. Among the requirements, Ohioans must complete a criminal background check and a safety training course.

        The bill would leave areas such as schools and courthouses off-limits.


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