Gun-violence group gives Ohio ‘D’ on firearms law scorecard

Gun-violence group gives Ohio ‘D’ on firearms law scorecard

Randy Ludlow The Columbus Dispatch Feb 10, 2020 at 7:03 PM The Giffords center downgraded Ohio for, among other factors, not adopting universal background checks, not banning assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, and prohibiting local governments from enacting gun-control laws. With lawmakers yet to act more than six months after a gunman in Dayton killed nine people in about 30 seconds, a national gun-control group gives Ohio a grade of “D” for the strength of its gun laws. The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranked Ohio 24th among the states in its annual gun-law scorecard released Monday, while also ranking the state 22nd in the rate of gun deaths. “Gun violence poses a serious public-safety risk to residents of Ohio, over 1,400 of whom die from gun violence each year,” the Giffords center said. “By failing to enact strong gun laws, Ohio lawmakers continue to endanger their constituents.” Starting out with a call for universal background checks and a “red flag” law in the wake of the Dayton attack, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine met resistance from GOP legislators and watered down his package. However, legislators continue to balk at his proposal to require sellers to make “voluntary” background checks when selling guns, and to expand the “pink slip” law to involuntarily commit people deemed dangerous and then later move to seize their guns. DeWine has vowed to press for enactment of his gun-violence proposals, while legislative Republicans look at less-restrictive changes, including a focus on mental health […]

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