- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) has signed a bill relaxing some requirements for concealed carry permits and letting hunters use noise suppressors under certain conditions.

It was one of 40 bills signed Friday by the governor.

The proposal approved by the Legislature last week would let licensed hunters use the noise suppressors while hunting certain birds and other wild game. 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.

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