Should gun owners be allowed to conceal carry without permit | #College. | #Students


For 20 years, I’ve been listening to alarmists predict blood in the streets every time legislators introduce a bill to enable greater freedom for law-abiding gun owners.

The predictions have never come true.

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And now that Ohio is considering permitless carry, or “constitutional carry,” the alarmists are at it again. And once again, they’re wrong.

Dean Rieck is executive director of Buckeye Firearms Association.

Carrying a firearm without a license is a proven concept. It’s already the law in 21 states, including our neighbors West Virginia and Kentucky. In addition, 34 states, including Ohio, allow open carry without a license.

Opponents say legislation, such as Senate Bill 215, sponsored by Sen. Terry Johnson, R-District 14, would empower criminals to carry guns or engage in dangerous behavior. That is false.

It merely makes licensing optional.

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Those who are prohibited from buying and possessing guns would continue to be prohibited.

Areas that are currently off-limits for firearms, such as school zones and posted private property, would continue to be off-limits. And the standard for use of lethal force in self-defense would not change.

A study released by the American College of Surgeons in 2018 examined the relationship between violent crime and concealed-carry laws. The researchers analyzed data from the U.S. Department of Justice and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from all 50 states spanning 30 years.

They concluded that there is “… no statistically significant association between the liberalization of state level firearm carry legislation over the last 30 years and the rates of homicides or other violent crime.”



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