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DeWine signs bill allowing for armed teachers: ‘This is a local choice’

BY: and - June 13, 2022

Gov. Mike DeWine signed legislation Monday that could allow teachers to carry firearms in the classroom.  House Bill 99 grants local boards of education authority to decide whether to allow their teachers and school workers to carry firearms. Whether the bill establishes a quantitative legal minimum has been disputed. However, it says local school boards […]

Columbus mulls new strategy to limit gun violence. Could it work?

BY: - June 8, 2022

In defiance of a gun loving state legislature, the city of Columbus is mulling a novel legal strategy: treating gun violence as a public nuisance. Rather than passing a local law restricting gun access that would likely be struck down in court, Columbus officials indicated they want to instead invoke a state law that says […]

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Ohio’s response to Uvalde? Armed teachers and $117 million

BY: - June 6, 2022

Responding to a spate of gun violence in American schools and communities, Ohio Republicans have offered a two-pronged approach: guns and money. Last week, Republican state lawmakers passed legislation that will allow local boards of education to allow teachers to carry a firearm. Up to 24 hours of training must be required, but a board […]

After Uvalde massacre, Ohio GOP hurtles toward arming state’s teachers

BY: - June 1, 2022

The Ohio Senate advanced fast-tracked legislation Tuesday that would allow local boards of education to permit teachers to carry guns in classrooms. Passage would eviscerate current law in Ohio that allows teachers to arm themselves only after completing more than 700 hours of police training and receiving approval from their local school board. Under House […]

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DeWine signs law removing training, background check, permitting requirement to conceal carry

BY: - March 15, 2022

Gov. Mike DeWine signed a bill into law Monday removing training, background check and permitting requirements to carry a concealed weapon in Ohio. When the law takes effect in 90 days, all Ohioans aged 21 and older who are lawfully allowed to possess a weapon will be able to carry it concealed on their persons. […]

Gun lobbyist wrote GOP lawmakers’ ‘permitless carry’ speech, document data shows

BY: - March 4, 2022

Last April, two Republicans in the Ohio House told lawmakers their “constitutional carry” bill would ease the bureaucratic hassle of undergoing training and a background check to obtain a license to carry a concealed weapon. They didn’t write the speech. Chris Dorr, the “no compromise” gun lobbyist and executive director of Ohio Gun Owners, did.  […]

Legislature passes permitless concealed carry; bill goes to DeWine

BY: - March 3, 2022

Republicans in both chambers of the Ohio General Assembly passed legislation Wednesday removing permitting, training, and background check requirements to carry a concealed weapon. Senate Bill 215 now goes to GOP Gov. Mike DeWine, who can sign it into law or veto the legislation. It passed 57-35 in the House on Wednesday, mostly along party […]

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House to vote on removing training, background check requirements for concealed carry

BY: - March 1, 2022

The Ohio House will vote Wednesday, once again, on legislation to remove training and permitting requirements to carry a concealed handgun in the state. House Speaker Bob Cupp, R-Lima, said the legislation, which a House committee passed out on Tuesday, will be up for a passage vote at a floor session Wednesday afternoon. Because the […]

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Ohio gun deaths in 2021 near an all time high

BY: - February 18, 2022

More Ohioans died from firearms in 2021 than almost any year on record, according to preliminary data from the Ohio Department of Health. With more data set to come in over the next several months, at least 1,762 Ohioans died from firearms last year, just two shy of the record-setting year of 2020. This amounts […]

Concealed carry expansion bill nears final vote; other gun bills advance

BY: - February 9, 2022

The state House is teeing up a final passage vote on legislation to remove training and background check requirements to carry a concealed firearm in Ohio. Meanwhile, lawmakers inched forward on a bill to relax penalties for people carrying concealed weapons in prohibited places, and another restricting how local police can limit firearms sales or […]

DeWine made written policy ‘promises’ to the gun lobby. Will he keep them?

BY: - January 26, 2022

In 2018, Gov. Mike DeWine told the gun lobby, in writing, that he’d deliver as governor on two major firearms bills if they reached his desk. One expanded the use of lethal force in self defense. The other allowed Ohio adults to carry concealed weapons without training or a background check. About a year later, […]

Senate votes to allow concealed carry of guns without training or background checks

BY: - December 16, 2021

The Ohio Senate passed legislation Wednesday that will allow any Ohioans 21 and older to carry a concealed weapon, so long as they’re allowed to possess it under state and federal law. Currently, Ohioans must pass a background check and demonstrate proof of eight hours of training to obtain a concealed carry license. Senate Bill […]