Gun Bills Advancing in Ohio Legislature

(Columbus, OH) The Ohio legislature is advancing a pair of gun control bills that could see debate this week. 

One of those bills would cut the penalties for concealed-carry permit holders who don't tell police that they have a weapon when they're detained by authorities. Those penalties would be reduced from a misdemeanor-- a 25-dollar fine-- and violators would no longer lose their concealed-carry license. Gun rights groups would just as soon see lawmakers do away with the penalties entirely. 

Lawmakers also are mulling a "stand-your-ground" proposal, which would eliminate a requirement that requires a person who claims self-defense in someone's death must prove the claim is more likely true than false. Instead, the bill would shift the burden on to prosecutors to prove that shooters claiming self-defense didn't act to defend themselves. 

Many law enforcement groups oppose both proposals.

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