Ohio Senate committee expands concealed guns law

The House passed the bill last year

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio Senate committee has approved a bill to expand the state’s concealed weapons law to allow guns in places such as colleges and day cares and on private aircraft.

The bill still permits those places to ban guns if they want. It would keep a ban on concealed weapons in government buildings, unless an agency decides to allow them.

The Senate Government Oversight & Reform Committee approved the bill Wednesday, sending it onto the full Senate. The House passed the bill last year.

The Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police and the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association oppose the bill. The Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association supports it.

The bill is sponsored by Republican Rep. Ron Maag of Lebanon, in southwestern Ohio.

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