COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Ohioans wanting to carry a concealed handgun in Ohio could do so without a license under a bill introduced this week at the Ohio Statehouse.
The bill by Rep. Ron Hood (R-Ashville) and Rep. Matt Lynch - (R-Bainbridge Township), would allow anyone over the age of 21 that isn't prohibited by law from having a weapon to carry.
Gun advocates often point out that the Second Amendment is the only one that requires permission to exercise. The bill's sponsors believe this would put the Second Amendment on the same level as others.
"Similar bills have been introduced in every session going back as far as I can think of and none of them have passed yet and I'd be surprised if this one really moved too," said Jim Irvine, president of the Buckeye Firearms Association.
Irvine supports the concept of the bill, but his group hasn't officially voiced support for the legislation. He says they're focused on a bill that makes reforms to gun laws in Ohio.
"If it passed, I don't think we would see any big change in Ohio," he said
Opponents, like Amy Pulles with the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, say that without a license those wanting to carry a concealed weapon wouldn't have to take training courses.
"Without the training you're not aware of what the concealed carry laws are in Ohio," she said.
Pulles also worries that criminals would be able to carry concealed weapons in public, but Irvine says that happens now.
"If they're criminals they're going to carry the gun anyway," he said.
There are a handful of other states that don't require a license to carry a concealed weapon. Irvine claims those states don't have any major issues.
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