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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...

Columbus Dispatch: Police group drops opposition to gun bill

Key Senate revisions in a concealed-weapons bill yesterday caused a major police group to drop its opposition and Gov. Bob Taft to list, for the first time, some restrictions the legislation must include if he is to support it. The Fraternal Order of Police, which represents 24,000 officers, dropped its opposition yesterday, saying it now is neutral. The National Rifle Association, representing...

Substitute HB274 Approved by Senate Committee

The Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee (Civil Justice) has released proposed language for a substitute CCW bill, and it appears Committee Chairman Jeff Jacobson has achieved his goal of drafting a bill both the National Rifle Association and the Fraternal Order of Police labor union could accept. In its Tuesday, Dec. 3 meeting, the committee introduced Substitute HB274 and adopted it. In proponent...

AP: Police union ready to drop opposition to concealed weapons

The state's largest police union is ready to drop its opposition to a bill to allow Ohioans to carry hidden guns, if changes the Senate is considering remain in the final version, a union spokesman said Tuesday. The signal from the Fraternal Order of Police marked the first time the group has not opposed the idea since 1995, Columbus Police Sgt. Mike Taylor said. Click here to read the Associated...

AP: Concealed weapons bill gets first hearing since April

The Associated Press filed a very detailed CCW story very early Tuesday morning, which quoted OFCC President Jeff Garvas and provided a link to the OFCC website. By JOHN McCARTHY The Associated Press 12/3/02 12:22 AM COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A bill to allow Ohioans to carry hidden guns if they pass a background check and a safety course is getting another turn in the Ohio Senate. The Senate Civil...

Dayton Daily News: New version of right to carry bill to be considered

Buried in a Dayton Daily News story about the 2003 budget comes this little tidbit about Senate consideration of HB274: Sen. Jeff Jacobson, R-Butler Twp., said today he will introduce a new version of legislation giving Ohioans the right to carry concealed weapons. The House passed its concealed-carry bill last March with the approval of the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association. Jacobson has been...

Dispatch: ''Senators hope to gain union's support to prevent veto''

Ohio Senate Republicans are making a last-ditch attempt to satisfy the Fraternal Order of Police on a concealed-weapons bill and perhaps win the approval of Gov. Bob Taft. The senators are preparing to upgrade training requirements and give officers a fast way to check the validity of permits to carry hidden handguns. Click here to read the entire story from the Columbus Dispatch (subscription...

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