Taft Signs Concealed Handgun Bill

Law Goes Into Effect In 90 Days

January 8, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Governor Taft has signed the bill that will allow Ohioans to carry concealed weapons.

The Senate approved the amended bill 25-8 and the House vote was 69-24 Wednesday.

The bill marks the first time the Legislature and the governor's office have agreed to a deal after a decade of debate on the highly charged issue.

Ohioans who apply for permits to carry concealed weapons would have to pay a fee, undergo background checks and be trained in the use of a weapon.

The bill also makes the names of permit-holders in each county available to reporters who ask a sheriff's department for the names.

Taft's insistence on this provision derailed the bill late last year.

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