(WOIO) - A recent study by the Violence Policy Center found that gun deaths surpassed motor vehicle deaths in Ohio and 16 other states, along with the District of Columbia, in 2013. In Ohio, 1,289 people died from gunshot wounds, versus 1,144 in car accidents.
This leads many to ask, why in a state where so many people are killed by gunfire, do some lawmakers want to make guns more accessible? If passed, a new proposed law would allow just about any Ohioan to carry a gun without a permit, which means no training or background checks.
wants people in Ohio to carry concealed weapons without a permit or even requiring training. Five states already have similar laws.
Last year, more than 58,000 Ohioans were issued new gun permits, compared to a record number of almost 96,000 in 2013.
The proposed bill allows anyone 21 and over -- and otherwise not legally banned from having a weapon -- to carry a firearm that's not specifically restricted by law.
"We support the legislation, but Ohio is 10 to 20 years behind the nation in gun laws and this bill won't pass. But you can expect up to four other states to pass similar bills this year," said Jim Irvine with Buckeye Firearms, a pro gun owner group.
"The current carry concealed law and all of its provisions have worked well allowing both the police and permit holders to coexist in a safe manner. I see no reason to tamper with a good system," said Parma Police Chief Robert Miller.
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