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Columbus Dispatch: Hot-issue CCW bill may die this session

Senate President Finan and Committee Chairman Jacobson have had since March to deal with this legislation, but chose to play politics, possibly to protect Governor Taft's re-election efforts. Now, according to this Columbus Dispatch story (subscription site - paid access only) they complain that they're out of time. But even at this eleventh hour, they have the time to pass HB274 as was passed by...

Various Online CCW Polls

There is a CCW poll on the Springfield News Sun website in the lower right-hand corner, asking readers "Do you support legislation to allow Ohioans to carry concealed weapons?" There is also another poll at The Sun News Papers in the lower right hand corner as well. Still another poll can be found at the Tribune Chronicle .

Ohio Public Radio (NPR): Taft Backs Off Veto Threat

Ohio Public Radio has a four minute audio clip suggesting that Governor Bob Taft may actually be reconsidering his veto threat because HB274 has become so restrictive. Numerous people are interviewed in this audio clip (requires Real Audio Player). If you have Real Audio Player, click here for a streaming audio link from our website. You can listen to the clip on The StateNews Website by clicking...

Dayton Daily News: Conceal-carry bill wins FOP backing; Taft support unclear

Changes introduced Tuesday to concealed-and-carry gun legislation have won acceptance from the Ohio FOP, a move that could eventually lead to legislation Gov. Bob Taft would sign. Taft's support is not assured, however. He has a list of additional changes he would like to see and even then, is making no guarantees he would sign a bill into law, said Joe Andrews, Taft's spokesman. "He’s asking for...

Cincy Enquirer: FOP backing concealed-carry bill

The Ohio Fraternal Order of Police withdrew its objections to a bill allowing citizens to carry concealed handguns after a Senate committee made major revisions, including required fingerprinting of all gun permit applicants. Supporters hailed the FOP decision as a boost in passing the new law. Joe Andrews, a spokesman for Mr. Taft, said the governor is reviewing the changes and will meet with...

Toledo Blade: Ohio concealed-gun bill gets a boost

The Ohio Fraternal Order of Police, a union representing 24,000 current and former officers, withdrew its opposition yesterday to a controversial bill allowing Ohioans to carry concealed handguns. Supporters of the bill believe the move is significant in that Gov. Bob Taft has vowed to veto the measure without the support of law enforcement. The FOP assumed a position of neutrality, but fell just...

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Police union won't oppose concealed handgun bill

Citing proposed training requirements that would be among the nation's toughest, the Fraternal Order of Police ended its long-held opposition to a bill that would allow most Ohioans to carry concealed handguns. Supporters hope the police union's neutrality will help win the approval of Gov. Bob Taft, who has opposed past concealed weapons legislation but continues to negotiate with Senate leaders...

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