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Bill Would Allow Weapons In "Gun-Free Zones"

Jul 4, 2017

Credit Ohio Public Radio

State lawmakers are considering a bill allowing people to carry concealed weapons into gun-free zones without being criminally liable.

Ohio Public Radio' Andy Chow reports.

The Republican-sponsored bill would let concealed carry license holders take their guns into gun-free zones including restaurants, schools and courthouses as long as they’re not caught. If they are caught and if they leave immediately they won't face criminal charges.

 

Luke Entelis, with Everytown for Gun Safety, says this would put the burden on business owners and school employees to confront the gun owner.

 

Entelis: “That may be a confrontational situation that someone would like to avoid so in that way it’s absolutely a radical encroachment on private property rights of Ohioans.”

 

Supporters say this taps into the public safety attributes of having a trained gun owner around.