State of Ohio makes it easier for people to buy guns

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is making it easier for people to buy guns.

The state will no longer require background checks for people buying guns if they already have a valid concealed-carry permit.

Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the change Wednesday, saying the U.S. Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agreed to the exemption to eliminate some of the red tape in gun purchases.

People who have already passed all the background checks for a concealed carry permit after March 23, 2015, will no longer be subjected to the background-check process every time they buy a gun.

DeWine’s office says Ohio is the 25th state to get the federal exemption.

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