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Ohio House moves closer to voting on guns in bars

A state lawmaker said he has the necessary signatures from his colleagues to allow the Ohio House to consider two gun bills — including one that would allow concealed guns in bars, restaurants and other places that sell alcohol.

The bills had stalled in the Democratic-controlled chamber. But state Rep. Danny Bubp, a West Union Republican, said Tuesday that 43 Republicans and seven Democrats signed his petition to get them out of committee.

If successful, the rarely-used procedural move would avert committee action on the bills and send them straight to the House floor. The vote could come within days.

The second bill would allow people with certain misdemeanor drug offense convictions to have guns.

Both measures have already passed the GOP-controlled Senate.