Ohio Democrats unveil legislative gun control proposals

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP): Democrats in the Ohio House have unveiled several gun control proposals including universal background checks for gun purchases and so-called “red flag” laws allowing for the temporary removal of weapons from individuals deemed a risk to themselves or others.

Other Democratic proposals would require safe and secure storage of firearms in homes with children, with a tax credit provided for those buying safety locks, and would also allow local communities to once again approve their own gun control measures.

“Ohioans have spoken loudly and clearly that we need to do something to end gun violence,” Akron Democrat Emilia Strong Sykes, the House minority leader, said Monday in introducing the proposals.

She said gun violence has gone up, not down, since the 2019 shooting in Dayton that killed nine people and wounded two dozen others.

The proposals face an uphill climb in a Republican-dominated Legislature where GOP lawmakers have pushed recently to ease many weapons restrictions.

In January, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine signed into law a bill expanding the so-called “stand your ground” right from an individual’s house and car to anyplace “if that person is in a place in which the person lawfully has a right to be.”

DeWine signed the bill despite expressing disappointment that lawmakers didn’t add measures he sought since the Dayton shooting that would toughen background checks and boost penalties for felons committing new crimes with guns.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Communist Democrats…. you are so pathetic. Your intentions always stink real bad like a fart in a car.

    The illusion of safety….”red flag laws” are just another tool to box in the 2nd Amendment. Perfect example is the “red flag law” failings of the Fedex shooter in Indianapolis.

    Funny thing is, I never hear Communist Democrats addressing mental health to reduce “gun violence” which is the real problem. Communist Democrats are too busy blaming the tool, not the individual because their Nazi motive is clear. Take your guns..

    But Communist Democrats don’t want to solve problems. Just look at Joe Biden and his new America and all the problems Biden is creating… It is time for all of us to come together and rally around…Chaos…?

  2. “Ohio Democrats unveil legislative gun control proposals” While gun owners spend more time mastering their shooting skills for the big day!

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