Ohio House passes bill to decriminalize concealed handguns in schools, other gun-free zones

The Ohio House adopted a bill Thursday that would allow concealed handgun license holders to avoid punishment if they enter a gun-free zone such as a school with a weapon.

If concealed licensees leave the premises when found with a gun under House Bill 233, they would face no criminal charges. After passing mostly along party lines in the House, 64 to 31, House Bill 233 now heads to the Senate for consideration, after summer recess.

The bill was one of¬†three gun measures considered Wednesday¬†by the House Federalism and Interstate Relations Committee chaired by Rep. Kristina Roegner, a Republican from Hudson. The other two — to excuse concealed carry holders from informing police they have a weapon when they’re stopped and allow Ohioans age 21 and older to carry a concealed firearm without obtaining a concealed handgun license — remain in committee.

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