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Primary Opponents and Police Slam Gov. Mike DeWine for Signing Dangerous Concealed Carry Bill

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Gov. Mike DeWine is facing heat from police organizations for signing legislation that allows people to carry a concealed handgun without a permit or training.

The legislation also nixes the requirement that people tell law enforcement if they’re armed during traffic stops.

Hamilton County Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey, the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio, and other law enforcement organizations have come out against the bill, saying it would make Ohio more dangerous for residents and law enforcement.

Those behind the bill “don’t want to hear the concerns of the men and women who keep your family safe,” said the Fraternal Order of Police president. “This isn’t putting public safety first and it’s not putting public safety officers first.”

Gov. DeWine signing this extreme legislation shows he knows he’s vulnerable in his GOP primary, with opponent Jim Renacci saying, “the only reason DeWine decided at the 11th hour to sign this bill is because his reelection campaign is in serious trouble. He’s a four-decade career politician who will say or do anything to get reelected.”

“Gov. Mike DeWine’s reckless lack of leadership on gun violence will make Ohio more dangerous,” said DGA Deputy Communications Director Sam Newton. “This bill is a slap in the face to Ohioans and police, who will be less safe thanks to the governor. Gov. DeWine should stop playing politics with Ohioans’ lives.”