New Ohio Bill Would Relax Rules For Those Who Conceal Carry

(ONN) – Republicans are making another run at relaxing the rules for Ohioans who legally carry concealed firearms after an effort stalled last summer to eliminate the entire permit process.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that a new bill, which got its first hearing recently, would require people with a concealed handgun license to tell an officer verbally that they’re armed or hand over that license after being asked for identification.

The current law requires them to tell law enforcement “promptly”.

House Bill 425 also would downgrade the penalty for not notifying from a first-degree misdemeanor with a fine of up to $1,000 to a civil citation with a maximum fine of $25.