Ohio group proposes background checks for all firearm sales

Ohio group proposes background checks for all firearm sales

Gun Rights

Firearms sold in private sales and at gun shows in Ohio would be subject to federal background checks under a proposed citizen-initiated statute. (Photo: Alex Wong, Getty Images) COLUMBUS – Gun control bills have been ignored for years at the Republican-controlled Ohio Statehouse, so anti-violence advocates are now turning to the ballot box. Supporters want to force lawmakers to review a universal background check bill with a citizen-initiated law. A group calling itself Ohioans for Gun Safety plans to start the process Monday. Voters could see the measure on the statewide ballot in 2020. The proposed measure would require a federal background check for all gun sales and transfers, closing a loophole that allows purchases through private sales online and at gun shows without a background check. All sales would have to go through a licensed dealer, which would conduct the background check and record the sale or transfer according to state and federal law. There are a number of exceptions in the bill, including for transfers between family members and for antique or replica firearms, as well as for loaning guns for hunting or to a federally licensed gunsmith for repair. Violating the law would be a fourth-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and/or a $250 fine. Legislation to expand background checks to private sales in Ohio have gone nowhere at the Statehouse. But 20 states and Washington D.C. requires checks for private sales for some or all guns. A March 2018 Gallup poll […]

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