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Friday, June 9, 2017

Bus Carry Ban Rescinded in Dayton, Ohio

Victory for gun owners in Dayton, Ohio! On Tuesday, the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority reversed its policy, and will now allow law-abiding gun owners with a concealed-carry permit to carry on buses and in the public areas of RTA property.

“It’s high time that happened," Doug Deekon, director for Ohioans for Concealed Carry, is quoted as saying in the Dayton Daily News. “They were in violation of state laws.” Deekon’s group and the Buckeye Firearms Association had both protested the RTA ban on guns.

The policy change comes about despite the position held by RTA Chief Executive Officer Mark Donaghy. He’s on the record as saying, “Our highest priority is the safety of our customers and employees. But at this point, given the change in the law, that’s not possible.”

Deekon and gun owners disagreed. “There’s no reason, just because you choose public transportation, that you give up your right to defend yourself,” he said.