- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio proposal would let certain gun owners carry concealed weapons without a permit.

The bill from Republican Rep. Ron Hood of Ashville would allow residents 21 and older - and not barred by federal law from having a firearm - to carry a concealed firearm that’s not restricted in the state.

According to the National Rifle Association, Alaska, Arizona, Vermont and Wyoming have such policies. And Kansas’ governor recently signed the idea into law.

Some Ohio gun owners may still want a concealed-carry license because it allows them to carry in states that honor the permits through reciprocity agreements.

Recently, Ohio reduced 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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