Ohio governor signs law allowing guns in bars

COLUMBUS, Ohio Fri Jul 1, 2011 10:20am EDT

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - Ohio Republican Governor John Kasich on Thursday signed into law a bill that allows gun owners in the state to carry concealed weapons into bars and other places where alcohol is served.

The measure, which was forwarded to Kasich on June 22 by the Ohio General Assembly, was signed on Thursday afternoon. Kasich is scheduled to sign the Ohio budget later Thursday.

Businesses can ban concealed weapons on their premises for safety reasons if the want to and some, like the Cincinnati Bengals football team, have indicated they will continue to bar gun owners from bringing firearms into the stadium.

The law also prohibits gun owners from consuming alcohol or being under the influence of alcohol or drugs when they carry their weapons into bars.

The new laws allow residents to carry concealed handguns into licensed establishments in the state, including shopping malls and sporting venues.

The new law also allows a person with a concealed carry license to transport a loaded handgun in a motor vehicle without securing it in a holster, case, bag or box -- and allows them to remove a handgun from a secure location.

Opponents of the laws had said that mixing guns and alcohol would endanger public safety. Supports argued that the laws bring Ohio into line with other states that have concealed carry rules.

(Writing by David Bailey and Greg McCune)

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Comments (11)
stuckpig wrote:
I’ve been to and lived in many different corners of the map, yet I couldn’t help but bring myself back to the place where I was born and raised– one of the greatest states in our country– this being one of the many reasons it is so. One less victim zone for the heathens.

Not really sure why this is included in ‘Oddly Enough’– I guess gun ownership is either something you get or you don’t. Although I do see that Mr. McCune seems to report from Chicago(?)– that could partially solve the mystery…

Jul 01, 2011 1:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
McBob08 wrote:
Leave it to Republicans to do something this incredibly stupid. Just because other states are morons and let people take guns into bars, it doesn’t mean that you should as well.

From now on, I’m telling everyone I know to stay the hell out of Ohio, because you never know when some crazy idiot with a gun might pull it out anywhere and start shooting people. Civilians can’t be trusted with guns, and it’s idiotic to think that they can.

Jul 01, 2011 1:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
stuckpig wrote:

I hope you realize this change in legislation applies to law abiding citizens with concealed carry permits. You should educate yourself on what is required for a person to obtain such a permit. Over eighteen years ago I took my first firearms safety course and I am by no means “old”. Your comments demonstrate a rather diluted perception or at least the fact that you hold a common misconception held by many others.

Maybe you should warn people to “Stay the hell out of [Chicago/New Jersey/Washington D.C.]” where carrying a handgun is, for all intents and purposes, off limits to the common citizen. Do you really think CRIMINALS obey gun control laws or NO GUN signs? Who do you think has all the guns in those areas? In Ohio, criminals will think twice about running up on an ordinary person in an attempt to rob them– because in the back of their minds they will be thinking “Hey, that Joe Schmoe looking dude just might have a gun and know how to use it– and I just might lose my life over what could amount to $20″

Criminals are predators and unarmed, law abiding civilans are their prey. Put a sign out in your front yard exclaiming that you do not own guns and you do not allow them in your home and see what happens. If your neighbor were to exclaim the exact opposite, I would imagine you might be the more likely target.

Gun ownership for for responsible adults– real men and women. Now go play with the little boys and girls in your fantasy world.

As a side note, I voted for Obama and I think Ron Paul is an exceptional politician as well– I also applaud Governor Kasich for what he has brought to our state. Bipartisanship is beyond anyone who chooses to embrace ignorance such as you have.

Jul 01, 2011 2:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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