The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the measure Tuesday on a 7-2 vote, despite testimony from law enforcement officials opposed to the law.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that John Gilchrist of the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police told the committee: “Alcohol and guns do not mix.”
But Ken Hanson of the Buckeye Firearms Association dismissed that claim as “an emotional red herring with a side of wild goose.”
Under the legislation, people bearing a concealed firearm inside a bar or restaurant would be prohibited from drinking any alcohol.
A similar bill was passed by the Senate in the last legislative session but stalled in the Ohio House.
Source: The Associated Press