Ohio Democratic lawmakers propose ‘commonsense’ gun safety laws

Ohio Democratic lawmakers propose ‘commonsense’ gun safety laws

COLUMBUS — Ohio House Democratic lawmakers on Monday introduce a series of gun safety laws that they referred to as “commonsense” during a press conference. Saying mass shootings in Ohio and across the country have not declined since the Oregon District massacre in 2019, the proposed laws will ensure the promise of safety and security for all Ohioans, said Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes, D-Akron. Democrats must step up now because Gov. Mike DeWine and other Republicans have failed to pass meaningful laws to end gun violence, she said. “Instead of working to end gun violence, (Republicans) have passed laws that would actually make the problem worse,” Sykes said. “That’s why democrats are once again stepping up to offer common sense packaging, to deliver on the promise of safety and security to all Ohioans.” The Democrats’ gun safety package would require universal background checks on all gun purchases, implement extreme risk protection orders, require safe and secure storage of firearms in homes with minors and allow Ohio citizens to decide what gun safety measures work for their communities. In addition, the lawmakers proposed repealing the no duty to retreat ― dubbed “stand your ground” ― law, which was passed on April 6. They say it allows some to shoot people simply because they feel threatened, and it disproportionately impacts people of color. Joe Eaton, spokesman for the pro-gun Buckeye Fire Arm Association disagrees, saying Democrats are spreading false information about the law. The legislation does not give people the […]

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