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Bill Gets Tough With People Who Use Guns Against Cops

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio House Minority Leader Dean DePiero, a Democrat from Parma, won passage of a bill that would toughen penalties for people who use guns against police officers.

A fellow representative who is an ardent supporter of gun rights, however, didn't get to attach his concealed-weapons bill to the legislation.

DePiero got a rare Democrat-sponsored bill through the Republican-controlled House. The bill would require judges to tack seven years on the prison sentence of anyone convicted of attacking a peace officer or prison guard with a gun.

Before the vote, Republican Rep. Tom Brinkman of Cincinnati offered an amendment that would have placed his concealed weapons bill into DePiero's legislation. The House rejected that move.

Brinkman's bill, which has languished in the House in favor of a less restrictive one, would allow most Ohioans to carry concealed weapons without training and with few restrictions.

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