Ohio Bill Banning Gun Seizures And Gun Store Shutdowns During Emergencies Proposed

Ohio Bill Banning Gun Seizures And Gun Store Shutdowns During Emergencies Proposed

A sign in front of a central Ohio gun store in April 2020, indicating it was open but its gun ranges were closed. Ohio lawmakers will once again consider a bill to guarantee that state and local governments can’t seize guns or close gun stores or ranges during declared emergencies. This new version comes as Ohio has seen three mass shootings in three days. The sponsors say the bill guarantees Second Amendment rights during emergencies, noting gun confiscations after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005 and pandemic-related shutdowns of gun stores in Michigan, but not in Ohio. Sen. Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) said lawmakers ran out of time to consider the bill last year, so they’ll do it now – though there were three mass shootings in Ohio in as many days. “These shootings, the things that are going on, they’re a tragedy. They’re tragic," Schaffer said. "We pray that they would stop and we want to make sure that Ohioans are properly protected, particularly if there’s a state of emergency declared, which is what this bill will do.” A teenage girl was killed and five other people injured in a shooting in a park in downtown Columbus on Saturday. The same night, three people were killed and three injured in a shooting in a bar in Youngstown. And on Monday, four people were dead in a shooting in West Jefferson in Madison County west of Columbus. The Republican-backed bill was introduced last year and died. Rob Sexton is […]

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