FOX19 Investigates: Gun laws in the Tri-State and Connecticut

Bushmaster .223 semi-automatic rifle, one of the weapons used in Connecticut school shooting
Bushmaster .223 semi-automatic rifle, one of the weapons used in Connecticut school shooting

FOX19 - The deadly elementary school shooting in Connecticut is renewing the debate over gun control in America. Top Democrats in the U.S. Senate are calling for a new assault weapons ban and limits on the size of ammunition clips.

But what are the rules right now?

Connecticut has much stricter gun laws than Ohio, which gun enthusiasts will point out did not prevent the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday. On the other side, gun control advocates argue it might be possible to limit the number of people killed in school shootings if large amounts of ammunition are harder to get.

In Ohio, the laws don't say much about ammunition. They focus mainly on weapons.

You can't sell a handgun to anyone under 21 years of age in Ohio. But once a person reaches 21, they may buy a handgun, rifle, or shotgun without a license or permit. However, you must get a concealed weapon permit to carry a handgun with you.

The day before the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, the state legislature in Columbus voted to make it easier to renew a concealed weapons permit. Legislators deleted the part of the law that said you have to prove you can still handle a gun in order to renew your concealed carry permit.

The measure that passed the General Assembly last week also allows guns in the parking garage beneath the Statehouse.

A spokesman for Gov. John Kasich says he is likely to sign the bill into law.

Meanwhile, in Connecticut, there is a ban on some semi-automatic weapons but not the Bushmaster .223 semi-automatic rifle the killer used in Friday's massacre. There's also a two-week waiting period to buy a rifle or shotgun in Connecticut.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which calls for more restrictions on guns, gives Connecticut a score of 58 out of 100 when it comes to gun control. It gives Ohio a seven.

Meanwhile, here is how the National Rifle Association describes the gun laws in Connecticut and Ohio.

Democrats are expected to introduce a bill in Congress next year that would ban the sale of new assault weapons. They're also calling for a law making it harder for the mentally ill to obtain weapons.

Gun laws are even more lenient in Kentucky, according to the Brady Campaign, which gives the Bluegrass State a 2 out of 100. You don't need a permit to possess a handgun, rifle, or shotgun. The NRA points out concealed weapons permits are needed to carry handguns somewhere on your body or under the seat of your car. But they're not needed in Kentucky if you store the gun in your glove compartment.

Indiana scores a couple of notches higher on the Brady Campaign's scorecard because of its requirement that gun dealers obtain a state license. But the NRA points out that while you have to be 21 to get a concealed carry permit for a handgun in Kentucky, you only have to be 18 in Indiana.