This just in...this afternoon the legislators in the Ohio House of Representative passed a bill to allow the carrying of concealed weapons in bars and restaurants in Ohio that serve alcohol. Naturally, the CCW holder themselves cannot consume, but it does allow for the carrying of the handgun into area once forbidden in the state. We are one more big step closer to being able to protect our families and selves in thousands of more locations in the state.
I have spoken on this matter in the past and still am of the opinion that the vast majority of gun owners that possess a CCW are mature and responsible enough to stay within the boundaries of the legislation as written. For all those clamoring about "guns and alcohol" don't mix, well read the damn thing people, you still cannot do it. Also, owners will still have the ability to ban them from businesses with a sign if they so choose.
Between the house bill and a similar bill passed by the Ohio senate, a agreed upon bill must now be presented to Governor Kasich to test his mettle on gun control. The former US Representative voted for the 1994 Assault Weapons ban and ran without support of the NRA and Ohio based firearm organizations. He claimed he got a bad rap and actually got a "B" rating from the NRA. Now is the time for him to prove it.
Pass the law Governor Kasich. Pass it.
Note: Wow, just as I started to look for a picture on the internet to post in this piece I found one, and then discovered it was used by another local gun blogger here in Central Ohio, James from Hell In A Handbasket. He does a great job on this subject almost a year ago and now it passes the last hurdle before being signed and I find it. Wow.