No license required: Last week, Ohio became the 23rd state to roll back its licensing requirement to carry a concealed firearm. Ohioans will no longer have to take a firearm course to carry, nor will they have to disclose to officers that they are carrying unless explicitly asked.
- Alabama passed a similar bill earlier this month.
2A: The bill is aligned with citizens’ constitutional right to bear arms. Some arguethat increased regulation around gun ownership has infringed upon the Second Amendment by making it more difficult to acquire a weapon and defend oneself.
Firing back: Gov. Mike DeWine got some backlash for the bill, with Democrats and law enforcement agencies calling it extreme and claiming it will make the state less safe. However, the state will continue to do background checks and take other precautions when determining whether someone can purchase a firearm.
Big picture: Ohio joins half the country in legalizing permit-less firearm carry, making it easier to acquire and carry a gun.