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Concealed Carry: Does it Work?

It was a process of nearly a decade that ended in the compromise this week, which was approved by the Ohio legislature and signed into law Thursday by Gov. Bob Taft.

It gets the job done," Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder told reporters in Columbus Wednesday. "I think that in the House we would've preferred not to have this compromised, but quite frankly, we came to the point where we had to make a decision."

The law Ohio approved isn't much different than one, which has been in effect for years in West Virginia. You have to be at least 21 years of age to hold a permit, complete a background check, and complete a gun safety class which includes hands-on instruction on operating a weapon, and you have to be a resident of both the state and the county where you're applying for the weapons permit.

A lot of people feel they have the right to carry a firearm," says Chief Deputy Charlie Johnson of the Wood County Sheriff's Department. "Without debating constitutional rights our legislature made a provision to carry a concealed weapon."

One concern Ohio law enforcement officials have had about the law is that it might lead to an increase in gun crime. Johnson says in Wood County, that hasn't been the case.

"In one case," he says, "the person was found not guilty in court and got his permit back. In a couple of other cases, we were justified in revoking the permit."

Johnson says the state of Florida allows non-resident permit applications, but those with permits still cannot use concealed weapons outside of the state. Washington County's Sheriff's Department tells us it is determining how it will proceed with the permit process under the new law.


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