- Associated Press - Thursday, December 4, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Hunters could use noise suppressors on guns under certain conditions and some requirements for a concealed carry permit would be relaxed, according to legislation the Ohio Senate continues to debate.

Ohio would also automatically recognize concealed weapons permits issued in other states and exempt individuals who have already completed state police academy training from obtaining a permit, under the bills being considered.

Senate Criminal Justice Chairman Bill Coley, a Middletown Republican, said Thursday that lawmakers are still working on the final version of the legislation. He expects a committee vote Tuesday.

President Keith Faber says the GOP-controlled Senate is unlikely to vote on a measure that includes a self-defense proposal.

The hunting bill, which passed the House earlier this year, would let licensed hunters use the noise suppressors while hunting certain birds and other wild game, including squirrels, rabbits and white-tailed deer.

Suppressors would help protect hunters’ hearing, while making field commands easier to hear because hunters would not have to shout, according to bill sponsor state Rep. Cheryl Grossman, a Republican from Grove City near Columbus.

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

Another measure reduces from 12 hours to eight the training time to get a concealed weapons permit, while another would exempt active military members over the age of 18 from having to obtain a concealed weapons permit.

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