Hearings begin again on concealed weapon bill
COLUMBUS -- A bill to issue concealed weapons permits to Ohioans began another round of hearings in the House Tuesday, featuring a quick debate sparked by Democrats.
Rep. Jim Aslanides, R-Coshocton, repeated his belief to House committee members that the issue is critical to protect the rights and safety of Ohio residents.
"The right to carry a hand gun allows individuals, common folk, you, to immediately respond to a life-threatening situation," he said. "Withholding this right is to leave the citizen defenseless until the police or other law enforcement arrives, and we know they cannot be everywhere."
The concealed weapons bill was among the most debated topics in the House last year, and the issue has commanded dozens of hearings in both chambers dating back to 1995.
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