(WHBC) – A state lawmaker calling for elimination of concealed carry laws says Ohioans have a “god-given right” to bear arms.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, Rep. Ron Hood of Ashville made the claim while appearing before the House Federalism Committee Wednesday morning.
He and co-sponsor, Rep. Tom Brinkman of Cincinnati have introduced House Bill 174, which would allow anyone age 21 or older, not prohibited by federal law from purchasing a handgun, to carry a hidden gun without obtaining training or a permit.
Ohio law now requires those who want to legally carry a hidden handgun to obtain a permit from a county sheriff, pass a criminal background check and complete eight hours of training by a certified instructor.
Ohioans also can openly carry firearms without a permit.