On Friday, Ohio legislators approved expanding the state's concealed-weapons law to permit guns in colleges and day care centers as well as private aircraft.
The ban already in place on concealed weapons in government buildings will remain intact.
The Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police and the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association opposed the bill; the Buckeye State Sheriffs' Association supported it. Critics argued that the bill may endanger students.
The National Conference of State Legislatures states that 23 states allow their college and universities to make their own choice as to whether concealed weapons are permitted on campus; Utah is the only state that specifically prohibits its colleges from banning concealed carry.
The bill, sponsored by Republican state Rep. Ron Maag of Lebanon, Ohio, now goes to Governor John Kasich for his signature.
Here is what the Ohio law regarding concealed carry currently states:
You must carry another piece of valid government identification in addition to the handgun license.
The law sets forth several places where your license does not allow you to carry a handgun.
Under the law, you may not carry a concealed handgun into the following places:
Highway Patrol posts
Premises controlled by BCI
Correctional institutions or other detention facilities
Airport terminals or airplanes
Facilities for the care of mentally ill persons
Courthouses or buildings in which a courtroom is located
Universities, unless locked in a motor vehicle or in the process of being locked in a motor vehicle
Places of worship, unless the place of worship permits otherwise
Child day-care centers
Licensed Class D liquor permit premises, if you are consuming beer or intoxicating liquor or are under the influence. If you are not consuming, and not under the influence, you may carry unless there is a conspicuous sign prohibiting carry.
Possession of a concealed firearm is allowed in a retail store with a D-6 or D-8 permit as long as the concealed carry license holder is not consuming liquor.
Class D permits are generally issued to an establishment that sells alcohol for consumption on the premises.
In any event, do not consume beer or intoxicating liquor before carrying a concealed handgun into a licensed premises or while on the premises.
Government facilities that are not used primarily as a shelter, restroom, parking facility for motor vehicles, or rest facility and are not a courthouse or a building or structure in which a courtroom is located.
School safety zones: A “school safety zone” includes a school, school building, school premises, school activity, and school bus. For purposes of this statute, a school includes everything up to the property boundary.