Ohio Senate considers changes to weapons laws

First Posted: 12/4/2014

COLUMBUS — An Ohio Senate committee has delayed passage of gun bills relaxing some requirements for a concealed carry permit and letting hunters use silencers on their guns under certain conditions.

Senate Criminal Justice Chairman Bill Coley, a Middletown Republican, said Thursday that lawmakers are still working on the final version of the legislation.

The hunting bill, which passed the House earlier this year, would let licensed hunters use the noise suppressors while hunting certain birds and other wild game, including squirrels, rabbits and white-tailed deer.

Another pending bill reduces from 12 hours to eight the training time to get a concealed weapons permit.

President Keith Faber says the GOP-controlled Senate is unlikely to vote on a measure that includes a self-defense proposal.

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