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On Wednesday, Ohio lawmakers will hold a hearing on House Bill 178, legislation that would dismantle the state’s requirement of a permit in order to carry a hidden, loaded handgun in public.
HB 178 would allow a person to carry a hidden, loaded handgun in public without getting a permit, passing a background check or completing gun safety training. The Fraternal Order of Police and other Ohio law enforcement officials have come out against dismantling the permit requirement. So has a bipartisan group of lawmakers.
Research has shown that states that have enacted permitless carry have seen an increase in gun violence:
More information about permitless carry is available here. Please reach out if you have questions ahead of Wednesday’s hearing or are interested in an interview.
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs