Gun reform groups target Ohio CCW bill

TOLEDO (WTVG) - Ohio's governor announced a series of legislative reforms Tuesday to address gun violence, but volunteers with the group 'Moms Demand Action' are urging lawmakers to reject a controversial gun bill, that would abolish the state law requiring Ohioans to obtain a concealed carry permit.

"We want to tell people that we need sensible gun laws to be enacted," said Laura Irvin, with the Ohio Chapter of Moms Demand Action.

Irvin was one of hundreds of volunteers who marched from the White House to the Capital Saturday after the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.

Moms Demand Action started after the Sandy Hook tragedy and now boasts nearly six million "mothers and others".

"We are here to protect our children and we here to protect our families," Irvin said. "That's what Moms Demand Action is about and we are not going to stop until we get action on gun sense laws."

Irvin is urging Ohio lawmakers to vote down House Bill 178. It would allow anyone 21 or older, who is legally allowed to carry a gun, to have it concealed without a permit. Under the bill, a person also wouldn't have to tell law enforcement they're carrying a concealed firearm. Right now, Ohioans have to pass a background check and take eight hours of gun-safety training to get a permit.

Irvin feels that bill is the opposite of what's needed to reduce gun violence.

"We need to have the loophole for gun checks closed, because every single gun needs to have a background check."

The Buckeye Firearms Association is in favor of the bill and released a statement writing, "If we have the right to keep {own} and bear {carry} arms, then why do we need permission?"

Irvin says she supports gun rights and the Second Amendment, but feels tighter laws are needed to make it harder to purchase firearms.

"In Ohio we have 1400 a year who die by gun violence," said Irvin. "Enough is enough."

House Bill 178 will likely go before the House for a vote later in the Fall.

For more information on Moms Demand Action visit https://momsdemandaction.org/