Hidden Car Compartment Ban Bill Heads To Senate

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Updated Wed, May 2, 2012 8:05 am

An Ohio Senate committee has approved a bill to ban hidden compartments in vehicles to help crack down on drug trafficking.

The State Highway Patrol says current law makes it tough for officers to pursue charges if they find such compartments but no drugs inside them. The bill would make that a felony.
 
A Senate panel on Tuesday approved the measure, setting up a possible vote on it by the full Senate this week.
 
The measure exempts dealer-installed compartments to address concerns from gun owners who worried how it would affect special vehicle compartments used to secure legal firearms.
 
Bill opponents from Ohioans for Concealed Carry say they're still concerned law-abiding citizens could be forced to spend time and money defending their innocence and their rights.
 
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