Ohio Senate approves ending conceal carry permit requirement

December 15, 2021 GMT
FILE - In this June 2, 2015 file photo, Mike Weinman, lobbyist for the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio, explains his association's support for more police training and a requirement that all Ohio police officers have a high school diploma or GED, in Columbus, Ohio.  A proposed bill in the Ohio Senate would eliminate the requirement for a concealed weapons permit.  Weinman,  opposes the bill, saying, “background checks and training and the notification are absolutely necessary.”(AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins, File)
FILE - In this June 2, 2015 file photo, Mike Weinman, lobbyist for the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio, explains his association's support for more police training and a requirement that all Ohio police officers have a high school diploma or GED, in Columbus, Ohio.  A proposed bill in the Ohio Senate would eliminate the requirement for a concealed weapons permit.  Weinman,  opposes the bill, saying, “background checks and training and the notification are absolutely necessary.”(AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins, File)
FILE - In this June 2, 2015 file photo, Mike Weinman, lobbyist for the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio, explains his association's support for more police training and a requirement that all Ohio police officers have a high school diploma or GED, in Columbus, Ohio.  A proposed bill in the Ohio Senate would eliminate the requirement for a concealed weapons permit.  Weinman,  opposes the bill, saying, “background checks and training and the notification are absolutely necessary.”(AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins, File)
FILE - In this June 2, 2015 file photo, Mike Weinman, lobbyist for the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio, explains his association's support for more police training and a requirement that all Ohio police officers have a high school diploma or GED, in Columbus, Ohio. A proposed bill in the Ohio Senate would eliminate the requirement for a concealed weapons permit. Weinman, opposes the bill, saying, “background checks and training and the notification are absolutely necessary.”(AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins, File)
FILE - In this June 2, 2015 file photo, Mike Weinman, lobbyist for the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio, explains his association's support for more police training and a requirement that all Ohio police officers have a high school diploma or GED, in Columbus, Ohio. A proposed bill in the Ohio Senate would eliminate the requirement for a concealed weapons permit. Weinman, opposes the bill, saying, “background checks and training and the notification are absolutely necessary.”(AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A concealed weapons permit would become optional and the requirement that individuals “promptly” notify police officers that they are carrying a concealed weapon would be eliminated under legislation approved Wednesday along partisan lines by the GOP-controlled Ohio Senate.

The bill is similar to a measure approved by the Ohio House last month, and one of several GOP-backed proposals in recent years seeking to expand gun rights in Ohio. The legislation, dubbed “Constitutional Carry” by its backers, was introduced by state Sen. Terry Johnson, a Republican from southern Ohio’s Scioto County.

Gun owners could still apply for a concealed weapons permit under the measure, allowing those who obtain it to carry a concealed weapon in states with reciprocity agreements recognizing such permits. In encounters with police, the bill requires only that individuals confirm they are carrying a weapon if asked by an officer.

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The concept has the backing of the Buckeye Firearms Association, which says 21 other states allow people to carry a concealed weapon without a license. Gun control groups such as Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America oppose it, along with law enforcement groups concerned about the legislation’s lack of required training.