Do Gun Control Laws in Ohio Go Too Far Or Not Far Enough?
The debate has heated up in the days after the school shooting in Connecticut.
What do you think about the gun laws in Ohio—are they not strict enough or do restrictions need to be scaled back?
It’s a question that has recently taken on more weight in the days following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, as well as the NRA's reaction in which they called for armed security in schools.
During his speech, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."
Ohio’s gun laws have been becoming more lenient in recent years, the Columbus Dispatch reports, pointing to a variety of new laws. That includes one passed in 2011 to allow concealed-carry weapons in bars.
And it’s likely that the restrictions will loosen even further soon. Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign House Bill 495, NewsNet5.com reports.
According to the most recent bill analysis, the bill would loosen reciprocity agreements with other states regarding concealed-carry permits, eliminate a requirement that applicants must submit certificates of competency for renewal and allow concealed-carry weapons in the parking garages at the State Capitol Building and the Riffe Center for Government and the Arts in Columbus.
While we welcome comments, I would preemptively ask that you be respectful of those with different opinions.
I know this is a contentious issue. However, one can make a point without making an enemy.