The Ohio Senate is considering legislation that would permit hunters to use suppressors and loosen the state’s concealed carry permit requirements.
According to the Guns.com, non-Ohio residents who work in the state would be allowed to apply for a concealed carry permit, and exempt those who already completed Ohio Peace Officer training from having to fulfill the state’s concealed carry training requirements.
The final version of the legislation is still being worked on, Senate Criminal Justice Chairman Bill Coley told the Associated Press. A committee vote is expected to take place next Tuesday.
As the AP reports, the hunting bill passed the house earlier this year. It lets hunters use suppressors when hunting certain birds and other wild game, such as squirrels, rabbits and white-tailed deer.
Rep. Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City), who sponsored the bill, told the AP that suppressors protect hunters’ hearing and enable field commands to be heard more easily.
Meanwhile, another measure reduces the training time required to obtain a concealed carry permit from 12 hours to eight, and exempts active military members over the age of 18 from having to obtain a concealed carry permit. It is sponsored by State Sen. Joe Uecker (R–Miami Township).
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