Ohio representatives to consider bill to allow concealed weapons in daycares, colleges

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Ohio is one step closer tonight to allowing concealed weapons on college campuses and in day cares.

The Ohio House approved a bill Tuesday expanding the state’s concealed weapons law.

The proposal would allow guns in places such as colleges and day cares and on private aircraft.

Daycare owner, Deborah Hicks says if it passes, guns will not be allowed in her facilities.

“I don’t condone guns around children at all, we live in a society where children are around and subjected to a lot of negative things,” said Hicks, Debbye’s Darling Day Care and Leaning Center owner.

The bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Ron Maag of Lebanon in southwest Ohio, still permits those places to ban guns if they want.

2 NEWS reached out to Rep. Maag, but haven’t heard back yet. We did hear from co-sponsor, Greenville Rep. Jim Buchy, who provided us with the following statement:

“Providing more options for safety in public areas is an important task in our state. I favor allowing Ohioans to protect themselves and find this bill to be an appropriate step forward because it still provides options for individual business owners to determine what is best for their business.”

The proposal keeps a ban on concealed weapons in government buildings unless an agency decides to allow them. The bill was revised earlier this year to remove houses of worship from the list of places where the weapons would be allowed.

The proposal is opposed by the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association and the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence. It’s supported by the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association.

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