Gun laws at the local, state and federal levels

While attending with several Ohio State student friends, Lauren Branch, 22, of Mansfield, holds up a sign during the March For Our Lives rally against gun violence Saturday, June 11, 2022, at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. Hundreds gathered outside the Statehouse to protest recent mass shootings and encourage lawmakers to pass gun control legislation. The rally was just one of numerous gatherings Saturday across the country.

Ohioans started carrying concealed weapons without permits this week. Federal lawmakers worked on a gun control compromise, and Columbus thinks it’s found a way around state law.

We break down what it all means on this week’s episode of Ohio Politics Explained.

It’s a podcast from the USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau where we catch you up on the state’s political news in 15 minutes or less. This week, host Anna Staver was joined by reporter Laura Bischoff.

1) Constitutional or permitless carry takes effect

Ohioans no longer need permits to carry concealed weapons, and they don’t have to tell an officer they’re carrying unless asked. 

The new law, called constitutional carry by supporters and permitless carry by opponents, went into effect on Monday for adults aged 21 years or older who are legally allowed to own a gun.

Court data obtained by the USA Today Network Ohio Bureau and the Cincinnati Enquirer showed young Black men had been the group most likely to be charged with unlawfully concealing a weapon.

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