by Cecily Rus
Two Republican representatives are pushing for a bill that would make carrying a concealed handgun in Ohio a whole heck of a lot easier.
The bill, which is the brainchild of Representatives Ron Hood of Ashville and Matt Lynch of Bainbridge Township, would allow anyone who is 21 years old and above to carry a concealed firearm as long as they are not legally prohibited from having a gun.
Absolutely no license would be required, though some existing stipulations, including bans on firearms in certain buildings, would be maintained.
As the law currently reads, Ohioans hoping to get a license to carry must undergo fingerprinting, as well as criminal and mental competency background checks. Applicants must also have firearms or peace officer training as proof of firearms competency.
In his argument for the proposed bill, Lynch said that, “the right in the Second Amendment is the only one in the Bill of Rights that you have to get permission for."
Lynch also makes the childish-sounding argument that, “you don’t have to have a speech license or a worship license or a freedom of the press license. This is designed to put the Second Amendment on equal footing.” No fair.