New Concealed Weapon Law Takes Effect in Ohio

Concealed Firearm Drawn From Waistband

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--A new law takes effect in Ohio Monday, which allows anyone who can legally own a firearm to carry that weapon in a concealed fashion, without a permit.

Supporters call the move "constitutional carry", and applies to those age 21 and older. Law enforcement officials say it will change the way police officers interact with the public, especially during traffic stops.

Under the new law, drivers are not required to notify officers if they have a weapon in their vehicle. Law experts say that burden shifts to the officer to ask the driver if they are carrying any firearms.

The law still prohibits firearms in places like schools, government buildings, and other areas with a sign saying no firearms are allowed.

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