Ohio lawmakers consider abortion ban, concealed weapons bill

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Bills that would ban abortions after 20 weeks and permit concealed weapons in more places are up for consideration by the full Ohio House as lawmakers are wrapping up their two-year session.

The House could consider the 20-week abortion ban Thursday. The ban would be added to legislation already on its way to Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) that would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. That so-called heartbeat bill could give Ohio one of the nation’s most stringent abortion restrictions.

The House also may vote Thursday on legislation to expand Ohio’s concealed-weapons law to allow guns in places such as colleges and day cares and on private aircraft. The bill still permits those places to ban guns if they want. The Senate approved that bill Wednesday night.