Drivers could bring guns to the Statehouse or Riffe Center garages, as
long as the weapons are left in their vehicles, under a bill that got
final legislative approval yesterday.
But before passing it, the Ohio Senate, at the request of Senate President Tom Niehaus, R-New Richmond, stripped out a major provision from House Bill 495 that automatically would have required Ohio to recognize concealed-carry licenses from other states.
The bill, pushed by the National Rifle Association and other Ohio pro-gun-rights groups, also says that a concealed-carry licensee no longer has to demonstrate range competency when renewing the license for a second time. Supporters said the requirement is vague and unnecessary.