(CNSNews.com) - The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is urging Ohio Gov. Bob Taft to quickly sign a bill that will allow law-abiding Ohio citizens to carry concealed firearms for their own protection.
After much back-and-forth, the Ohio Legislature finally passed the concealed carry bill on Wednesday. People wishing to carry concealed weapons would have to apply for a permit, pay a fee, and undergo background checks and gun training.
CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb noted that Gov. Taft campaigned on a promise to sign concealed-carry legislation, and then found various excuses not to back such a bill. Now that the Legislature has satisfied the governor's concerns, "it's time for Taft to keep his word," Gottlieb said in a press release.
Taft released a statement indicating he would sign the bill, which, he said, "balances the Second Amendment rights I have strongly supported with public safety and public records concerns."
Among other things, Taft insisted that the bill include a measure allowing reporters to look at the names of concealed-carry permit-holders.
"It is time for law-abiding Ohio citizens to join their fellow Americans in 45 other states, where concealed carry laws afford people not only the right, but the means, to protect themselves and their families from violent hoodlums," Gottlieb said.
Gun control advocates accuse Gov. Taft of caving in to the gun lobby.
Just wait, said Second Amendment supporters: "Extremist anti-gun rights groups like the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence are terrified that Ohio citizens, police and even the media will learn how well concealed carry laws work," Gottlieb said.
"Opponents of reasonable concealed carry self-defense statutes, whether they admit it or not, have essentially always been working to protect criminals. Perhaps the day is coming soon when they will have to explain why."
The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms describes itself as one of the nation's premier gun-rights organizations, dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through lobbying and grass-roots organizing.