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DeWine says he's listening to input but the decision on permitless carry comes down to him

Gov. Mike DeWine speaks at a Statehouse press conference in September.
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Statehouse News Bureau
Gov. Mike DeWine speaks at a Statehouse press conference in September 2019 about improving criminal database entries.

A bill that removes the requirement for people to get a license and training before carrying a concealed weapon is still in limbo as Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) considers the issue.

Pro-gun groups have been lobbying for DeWine to sign the bill while gun regulation groups have been urging him to veto it.

Law enforcement groups also oppose the bill. The legislation strips the required eight hours of training and license to carry a concealed firearm.

DeWine says he is listening to all those involved but adds that the final decision comes down to him.

"The job of the governor is to make tough decisions and I have a decision to make," says DeWine who did not indicate when that decision will happen.

DeWine had pushed for gun regulations in the wake of the 2019 mass shooting in Dayton. But in this election year, the issue may be less of a priority.

A decision on the bill is due March 15. If DeWine does not veto the legislation, it can still go into effect without his signature. But the bill did not pass the House by a veto-proof majority.

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