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Add Ohio to the list of states currently considering constitutional carry measures.

Introduced Tuesday by Rep. Ron Hood (R-Ashville), the passage of HB 147 would allow citizens of the Buckeye state aged 21 and older who are not prohibited from owning a firearm to carry concealed without a permit, the Columbus Dispatch reported. The bill has 20 co-sponsors.

There are currently five states that allow constitutional carry, including Kansas, where Gov. Sam Brownback just signed such a bill into law last Friday. Ohio joins ten other states currently considering similar legislation. Clearly, the issue of constitutional carry is picking up steam around the country.

“This is a concept that is getting interest on a national basis,” said Jim Irvine, chairman of the Buckeye Firearms Association. “It’s kind of like concealed carry was 25 years ago.”

As the Columbus Dispatch notes, current state laws stipulate that a concealed carry applicant undergo a state and federal background check, as well as eight hours of training. They also have to submit fingerprints and pay a fee to get their concealed carry permit from a county sheriff. These rules, supporters of HB 147 say, are tantamount to a violation of constitutional rights.

“Any law-abiding citizen should be able to carry a gun, concealed or not,” said Rep. Andrew Brenner, R-Powell, one of the bill’s co-sponsors. “Whether they’re carrying it underneath a jacket or openly displaying a sidearm should make no difference.”

HB 147 would also prevent LEOs from conducting “any search, seizure or detention, no matter how temporary in duration, of an otherwise law-abiding person” carrying a firearm, the Dispatch reported.

Read more: http://www.dispatch.com

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