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Ohio House Favors Guns In Bars And Restaurants

Majority Republicans argued allowing Ohioans to bring hidden guns to bars, as long as they themselves aren't drinking, is a good idea because it could help them defend themselves against criminal attack and it could deter crime. Minority Democrats argued that legalizing guns would simply add to an already volatile situation and it would be hard to enforce the provision banning gun carriers from actually drinking. Two democrats told personal stories of gun violence hurting their families. One Republican, Todd McKenny, joined the Democrats in criticizing the bill and voting no. The measure passed on a close-to-party-line vote, 56 to 39.