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MORE THAN A DDOZEN GUN BILLS AWAIT LAWMAKERS AFTER ELECTION

Adam Lee Nemann
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Trial and Defense Attorney, Adjunct Professor of Law at Capital University, founder of Nemann Law Offices

A variety of gun bills are being shot out at the statehouse, all of them ready to be debated by lawmakers after the election next Tuesday.

Mike Weinman from the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police says law enforcement dislikes many of the proposed gun bills, beginning with an Ohio version of Stand Your Ground.

"You're going to have questions come up in your head when you're reading these bills so ask those questions," said Weinman.  "What you don't want is lethal force being the first and only force being used and that's pretty much the fear in stand your ground laws."

Stand Your Ground is just one of 14 bills - at last count - that would expand access to guns in Ohio.

One bill would eliminate most requirements for carrying a concealed weapon, while another would allow guns in the classroom.  A third would recognize concealed carry permits from other states.

"We shouldn't have the legislature in the state of Indiana determining who carries a gun in Ohio," said Weinman.

But Ken Hanson from the Buckeye Firearms Association says all of this worry is overblown.

"My goodness when we changed carry in the car, people were going to be twirling guns on their fingers," said Hanson.  "Well we can carry guns in restaurants and now people will be drinking beers and shooting each other. None of it every comes true."

Hanson says despite objections from the Fraternal Order of Police, each gun bill will have its day at the statehouse.

"I've called it an embarrassment of riches. we have a lot of gun bills," said Hanson.