COLUMBUS, Ohio - The head of the Ohio FOP is going public against a bill changing the rules for concealed carry gun holders at the Ohio Statehouse.
Loosening restrictions on concealed carry is at the heart of Substitute House Bill 142, as it's known by lawmakers. FOP President Jay McDonald says allowing a CCW holder to not tell a police officer they're carrying in cases like a traffic stop, poses a safety threat.
"Quite frankly, we think its just an officer safety issue and an issue for the safety of the permit holder to notify the officer and there's no reason to eliminate that requirement or to weaken it to the point where it makes no sense," McDonald says.
Right now, there are 16 state representatives on record backing the bill.