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The legislation would remove penalties for concealed-carry permit holders who knowingly or unknowingly carry a firearm into “gun-free zones,” if they comply with a request to leave. Rep. John Becker, a Republican from Clermont County’s Union Township, said the legislation is intended to protect law-abiding gun owners from harsh legal penalties. Under current law, carrying a concealed gun into a prohibited area is a felony.

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“There’s some question about the issue of ‘intent’ and ‘knowingly’, and the (substitute) bill we had was supposed to address that, and it may not have addressed it adequately,” Becker said. “That’s the issue I’m going to work with the Senate on.”

Courtesy of Columbus Dispatch

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