RTA votes to allow guns on buses

RTA votes to allow guns on buses. (WDTN Photo/Dana Smith)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority board voted in a Tuesday meeting to allow guns on their buses with a valid permit.

The meeting was held Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. and only lasted minutes.

Communications Manager Jessica Olson said  RTA drivers will be instructed to ask anyone openly carrying a weapon to provide proof of their CCW permit.

“We do not encourage the carrying of firearms on our buses,” Olson

“We would still ask that customers not bring firearms on our buses because we do believe that the safety of our customers and our employees is our primary concern, and bringing guns on buses is not a good idea.

“We have to make these changes because of changes to Ohio law.”

Board members said in the meeting it is not their wish to make this change and they are not encouraging anyone to carry a gun on a bus, but the measure was taken to comply with Ohio law.

Click this image to read the rule changes

The rules regarding weapons on RTA property remain largely unchanged but those who are legally permitted to carry a gun may now so.

According to the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, RTA staff researched gun laws in Ohio and confirmed that concealed gun licenses are permitted on RTA property, including buses.

RTA buildings, however, are considered government buildings and gun licenses are not permitted with buildings the RTA owns or operates.

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