The Ohio Senate is expected to vote on a gun bill today that would strip cities of the power to regulate firearms issues and let permit holders conceal their weapons while traveling in vehicles, reports the Dayton Daily News. The bill would negate more than 80 local gun ordinances in Dayton and 19 other communities, including assault weapons bans, local permit rules, and regulations that hold adults liable if kids get access to their firearms, said Toby Hoover of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence.
Dayton requires a firearm owner identification card and prohibits transferring ownership of any assault weapon. The Ohio Municipal League opposes the bill because it infringes on cities and villages’ constitutional rights to self-govern, said John Mahoney, deputy director. But Sen. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana and chairman of the Criminal Justice Committee, said it’s impractical for gun owners to have to keep up with a patchwork of local laws. With Senate approval, the bill would go back to the House to consider Senate changes. The bill cleared a major hurdle this week, when the Ohio Highway Patrol went from opposing it to being neutral.