Gun owners who carry the proper permit would be able to bring concealed guns into establishments and events where alcohol is served thanks to an Ohio Senate bill passed Thursday.
Legislators passed the bill by a 23 to 10 vote. It will now head to the Democrat-controlled House.
Ohio sheriffs and police chiefs posed objections to the bill. The legislation will not allow concealed carriers from drinking any alcohol, but the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police said that rule would be difficult to enforce.
The bill’s supporters in the Republican-led Senate said change is needed in the current law because prohibiting concealed weapons in bars and restaurants turns those places into “victim zones” where people can not protect themselves.