Local parents react to new Ohio gun law taking effect today

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OAKWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – Some parents are concerned about the new gun law taking effect in the state Tuesday.

The law allows anyone with a concealed carry license to carry a gun in more places like daycare centers, school zones, and airports.

READ MORE: Big changes to Ohio’s gun laws take effect Tuesday

“It’s ridiculous. I don’t know why anybody would need to bring a gun into any of those places anyway,” said Dayton parent Heather Mills.

Mills believes the law is a step in the wrong direction.

The law allows CCW permit holders to not only carry in daycare centers, but also college campuses, airports, some government buildings and on private planes.

“It gives an opportunity for something to happen that could be very dangerous. The reasons there are no guns allowed is for safety,” said Mills.

Other parents disagree. Columbus parent, Janelle Beagles has had her CCW permit for two and a half years and calls the new law is great.

“I feel safer knowing I can protect my child or family member, and protect myself,” said Beagles.

The changes also prohibit employers from telling employees they can’t store their guns or bullets in their cars while at work. The law will still prohibit concealed carry on college campuses, but the colleges themselves will now be allowed to authorize people or groups to carry weapons on campus. Private day care centers will still be able to prohibit concealed carry by posting a “no guns” sign.

With multiple school shootings in recent years, parent Jessica Graf says the law disgusts her and the state should focus on tougher gun laws to make sure mentally ill people can’t get their hands on firearms.

“We’re not a militant nation on defense,” said Graf of Oakwood.

She worries about toddlers getting their hands on weapons left in the open by accident.

“Having it strapped to you is one thing, but you’re always putting those things (purses) down,” said Graf.

Beagles says as long as CCW holders follow the law there shouldn’t be an issue.

“As long as it’s concealed and you’re not waving it around or anything like that. There should be no problem,” said Beagles.

Read Senate Bill 199 in its entirety here

For more information on where concealed carry weapons license holders can potentially carry their guns, click here.

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