In The Long-Contested Gun Control Debate The Lines Are Clearly Moving Right.


Fox News reports that Lawmakers in Ohio approved legislation Friday morning expanding the state’s concealed-weapons law to allow guns in colleges and day care centers and on private aircraft.

The legislation still permits those places to ban guns if they wish. It keeps a ban on concealed weapons in government buildings, including libraries. The bill now goes to Gov. John Kasich’s desk for his signature.

The Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police and the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association opposed the bill, but the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association supported it. Critics argued that the bill may endanger students. Supporters said it could help prevent mass shootings or similar attacks.

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

Currently, 23 states allow their college and universities to decide whether to allow concealed weapons on campus, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. It reports that Utah is the only state that specifically prohibits its colleges from banning concealed carry.

Sources: Fox News, The Associated Press, Youtube, Wikipedia