Once the Republicans took control of the state, the craziness came out.
The Ohio House of Representatives approved two bills on Wednesday that would give Ohioans more rights to carry concealed weapons, including one that allows people to carry a gun into a bar.
The latter bill allows Ohioans who have a concealed-carry permit to carry a gun into a bar, restaurant or "open air arena" such as a sports stadium that serves alcohol. The bill prohibits the person carrying the gun from drinking alcohol at the same time.
Republican Representative Danny Bubp, a sponsor of the legislation, said the bill is necessary to make sure law abiding citizens have equal footing with criminals.
The bill is seeing strong opposition by bar and restaurant owners, as well as cities in Ohio. Even members of the NRA are opposed to such bills, and rightfully so. This type of legislation can lead to more gun violence, which in turn can lead to a public outcry for greater gun control.
But some of the reasons for this measure are what really gets me:
State Sen. Jimmy Stewart, R-Athens, voted in favor of the bill in the Senate, where it was approved in May.