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Ohio lawmakers debate expanding concealed carry

A notice inside Kingdom Kids warns that it's against state law to bring a weapon into the daycare. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Gordon Graham) A notice inside Kingdom Kids warns that it's against state law to bring a weapon into the daycare. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Gordon Graham)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Churches, college campuses, and daycare centers are just a few locations where some Ohio lawmakers feel concealed weapons should be allowed.

A house committee began hearing testimony today on several such gun proposals.  Some gun rights advocates feel Ohio's current concealed carry laws are just too restrictive. 

One proposal would eliminate the need for a permit or training and another would allow concealed weapons in places like universities, churches and even daycares.

Valerie Green runs the Kingdom Kids daycare in Forest Park and says she supports the right to carry a concealed weapon. 

“Any citizen that has a conceal carry permit should be able to carry their weapon where ever they go and I think putting restrictions on them puts us at a disadvantage and it makes us more vulnerable,” Green said.

A notice inside Kingdom Kids warns that it's against state law to bring a weapon into the daycare.

On the University of Cincinnati campus spokesman Greg Vehr says they're keeping a close eye on the conceal carry debate. 

“This is the third time that the bill's been proposed and we're certainly aware of it, we're monitoring it and at this point we don't have a position on it, but we're going to abide by it if it's passed,” Vehr said. 

Under State Representative Ron Maag's proposal daycares, universities and churches would have to give written permission for conceal carry, but the Reverend Pete Mingo says he's inclined to say no.

“Church is not a place for weapons plain and simple. We know that everybody who comes to church is not saved, but they should be able to come and know that it's a safe environment and that they're not going to be caught in a crossfire of someone trying to settle a grievance with a member over here,” Mingo said.

Bishop Bobby Hilton who heads the Word of Deliverance Church in Forest Park says he would allow guns only under very restricted conditions.

”I think pastors and boards should have the authority to select people if they have proper training and are properly permitted if they want to use them for security in churches or whatever that should be ok, but if we just say anybody can carry a gun, even without a permit and I hear that's trying to come along I'm totally against that.”
 
Carrying a concealed weapon without a permit or training is gaining momentum. Five states already allow it and ten other states are considering it.

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