Ohioans with concealed-carry permits can take their firearms into bars and other facilities where alcohol is served and consumed, as long as they don’t drink, under a law taking effect Friday.
Ohioans who have permits to carry concealed weapons would be allowed to bring them into bars, under a proposal that state senators have just approved. The bill didn’t pass until there was strong debate.
Thursday night, Columbus city council’s public safety committee will hold its final hearing on a proposed city ban of assault weapons. After the federal assault weapons ban expired in September, many cities and states are looking to ban the weapons. However, when compared the federal ban, city bans are largely symbolic.
Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, city council members and other city leaders today expressed displeasure with a portion of the conceal carry law now in effect. Coleman says the children playing in city parks may be in danger. The mayor and a host of other city officials say the new law allows people to carry hidden guns in public parks, pools, bike trails and other outdoor facilities.