Ohio lawmaker introduces bill reducing concealed carry penalties

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio legislator has introduced a bill that would reduce penalties for carrying a concealed handgun on school grounds and other gun-free sites.

Cleveland.com reports permit holders would not be subject to prison time under Republican Rep. John Becker’s bill.

Concealed handgun license holders caught in a gun-free zone would be required to leave the area if requested. If they don’t leave, they could face a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.

Violators of gun-free zones in government buildings face a felony charge and up to a year in prison under current law.

Becker says people who carry guns often go into gun-free zones inadvertently. He compares it to wearing a watch or a ring.

Becker says House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and other Republican leaders are backing the bill.

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