- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio bill headed to the governor would relax some requirements for concealed carry permits and let hunters use noise suppressors under certain conditions.

The proposal cleared the Legislature Wednesday. It would let licensed hunters use the noise suppressors while hunting certain birds and other wild game, including squirrels, rabbits and white-tailed deer. Supporters say such suppressors help protect hunters’ hearing by diminishing the sound of the muzzle blast, but they don’t silence the gun.

Opponents say quieter weapons are not as safe and are easier to use illegally.

The bill also would reduce the training time to get a concealed weapons permit from a minimum of 12 hours to eight, including two hours devoted to range time and live-fire training.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) is expected to sign it.

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