Gun groups, businesses disagree over rights bill

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A bill before Oho lawmakers would make concealed weapons permit holders a protected class under employment discrimination law.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2h0kLf9 ) gun-rights advocates back the legislation allowing permit holders who keep guns locked in their vehicles the same type of protections the Ohio Civil Rights Act provides against race, gender, age or religious discrimination.

Supporters say permit holders should be allowed to keep their guns in cars, which are private property, regardless of the location of the vehicle.

Business groups including the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association oppose the bill.

The groups argue it creates new liabilities and increased uncertainty for business owners who should be able to regulate their private property as they want.

The proposal is up for a final vote Thursday.

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