Chrissie Thompson reports:
Ohioans would be able to carry concealed guns in churches, daycares, private airplanes and government buildings under a new Ohio bill introduced by Rep. Ron Maag, R-Lebanon.
The bill would maintain prohibitions on concealed weapons in airports, police stations and schools. Colleges would be allowed to permit concealed guns on their campuses, if they wanted to.
“These are reasonable, practical changes to gun laws in this state,” Maag said in a statement. “The aim is to close loopholes in concealed carry regulations and ensure that those legally permitted to possess a weapon are able to exercise their Second Amendment right.”
Maag’s statement references “unarmed victim zones,” used to imply that people risk becoming a victim of a crime when they are required to leave weapons at home.
Maag’s bill will next wait for a hearing in House committee, a standard practice for all bills introduced early enough in the session. The General Assembly is on summer break until September.
Maag is also still waiting for a hearing on a right-to-work bill he introduced in May, which would apply only to public-sector workers. Two other right-to-work bills, one related to a voter referendum and one applying only to private-sector workers, already had a contentious hearing in June. Republican leaders have said right-to-work is not a priority right now, especially after they failed to ban collective bargaining by public employees in 2011.