Cleveland Plain Dealer: Concealed-weapons bill "appears" dead for this year

Don't look for Ohio's concealed-weapons ban to be lifted any time soon.

A bill that would have allowed most Ohioans to carry handguns in purses, pockets and holsters appeared dead yesterday, when the Ohio House went home for the year knowing members needed to take one last vote on it.

House Speaker Larry Householder, a Perry County Republican, blamed the Senate for the bill's demise - saying a compromise bill crafted by Senate Civil Justice Chairman Jeff Jacobson watered down "a model bill."

"And now that same bill is being called the most restrictive concealed-carry bill in the country," Householder said. "People who were advocates are now saying it's a gun control bill, and that means, in this body, with these members, it's not going to pass."

"We commend the speaker for that decision and not caving to pressure to pass a politically correct bill rather than a proper bill," said Jeff Garvas of the Ohioans for Concealed Carry.

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