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Ohio companies officially allow handguns on work premises

As of today, handguns will be allowed on the premises of many companies in Ohio.

There are rules: the workers carrying guns must have a state permit allowing them to “carry a concealed weapon,” according to Dayton Daily News. And they have to leave their guns in their cars, with the doors locked.

The new law,  Senate Bill 199repeals a previous prohibition on firearms at workplaces. Now firearms would be allowable in the “public areas of airport terminals,” according to Cleveland.com.

“College boards of trustees would have to vote to allow concealed firearms; child care centers and in-home daycare would have to post a sign if firearms aren’t allowed,” Cleveland.com wrote.

A few exceptions apply. Reportedly, active members of the military don’t need a permit to carry hidden guns (if they have “a valid military ID and proof of specific firearms training”).

The Toledo Blade reported that private businesses (like day-care centers) can “post themselves off-limits,” and that guns still wouldn’t be allowed in courthouses, the Statehouse and police stations.

Backlash against guns near workplaces

Signed by Ohio Governor John Kasich in December 2016the bill passed with a 68-25 vote in the Ohio House and unanimously in the state Senate.

But the bill has come under fire before.

“Our opposition to it has nothing to do with anything an employee may or may not do with the firearm. It has to do with the firearm coming onto the property at all…Many believe property rights are just as important as other constitutional rights,” Don Boyd, director of labor and legal affairs for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, told the Dayton Daily News.

The Blaze also reported in December 2016 that “anti-second amendment groups” such as Moms Demand Action opposed the law.

Cleveland.com reported that in addition to “college educators and staff members and parents of young children,” the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police and Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association were also not on board with the bill.

Other states allow concealed carry

Although concealed carry laws vary widely state-to-state, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence reported that eleven states currently let people carry concealed weapons without permits.

Which states are they specifically? Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming, according to the organization.

 The law taking effect in Ohio today is sure to spark even more dialogue about the boundaries of gun ownership across the United States.