Legislation Common Sense Gun Reforms You Can Support Now

Published on March 27th, 2018 | by Innovation Ohio

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Gun Reforms You Can Support Today

Thousands of Ohioans participated in marches to call for common sense gun reforms. The next step is to demand change from our lawmakers or to vote in November for candidates who will act.

Below is an overview of legislation that has been introduced to reform Ohio’s gun laws in the current two-year General Assembly with status information and suggestions for taking action. This article is cross-posted coutesy of Innovation Ohio.

 

Common Sense Gun Reforms: Ohio House Bills

HB33 (Patmon) – Child Access Prevention.

  • Summary: To prohibit any person from storing or leaving a firearm in the person’s residence unless the firearm is secured in safe storage or rendered inoperable if the person knows or reasonably should know that a minor is able to gain access to the firearm and to provide criminal penalties if a minor gains unauthorized access to a firearm not so stored or rendered inoperable.
  • Status: Assigned to House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee. No hearings held.
  • What activists can do: ask Chairman Blessing to schedule hearings on HB33.

HB151 (Patmon) – Universal Background Checks.

HB152 (Patmon) – “Firearm Restricted” Hunting License.

HB153 (Patmon) – Imitation Firearms.

HB305 (Antonio, Boyd) – Require subjects of protection orders to relinquish firearms.

HB395 (Patmon) – Bump stocks.

HB563 (West) – Firearm Sales.

  • Summary: To prohibit a federally licensed firearms dealer from transferring a firearm while a background check is pending unless 30 days have elapsed.
  • Status: Introduced 3/19/18.
  • What activists can do: ask House Speaker Rosenberger to assign HB563 to a committee and hold hearings.

HB564 (West) – Firearm purchases.

  • Summary: To require a 72-hour waiting period between the purchase and delivery of firearms and to impose a fine for violating this requirement.
  • Status: Introduced 3/19/18.
  • What activists can do: ask House Speaker Rosenberger to assign HB564 to a committee and hold hearings.

Common Sense Gun Reforms: Ohio Senate Bills

SB150 (Brown) – Prohibit domestic abuser from having a firearm.

SB219 (Thomas) – Bump stocks.

SB260 (Skindell, Tavares) – Assaults Weapons Ban.

  • Summary: To prohibit a person from knowingly possessing or acquiring an assault weapon and to require the Attorney General to prepare for the establishment of a firearm and ammunition transactions database.
  • Status: Referred to Senate Government Oversight & Reform Committee on 2/28/18. No hearings held.
  • What activists can do: ask Chairman Coley to schedule hearings on SB260.

SB278 (Schiavoni, Williams) – Firearm Access.

SB279 (Tavares, Sykes) – Firearm Storage.

  • Summary: To prohibit a person from improperly storing or leaving a firearm if the person knows that a minor is able to gain access to the firearm and to provide criminal penalties, including forfeiture of firearms, if a minor gains unauthorized access to an improperly stored firearm.
  • Status: Introduced 3/26/18.
  • What activists can do: ask Senate President Obhof to assign SB279 to a committee for hearings.

SB281 (Hoagland, Eklund) – Firearm Sales.

  • Summary: To expressly grant federally licensed firearms dealers the right to refuse to sell or transfer a firearm to any person and to provide a dealer who asserts that right with immunity from civil liability for any injury, death, or loss that allegedly was caused by, resulted from, or was related to the refusal.
  • Status: Introduced 3/26/18.
  • What activists can do: ask Senate President Obhof to assign SB281 to a committee for hearings.

SB283 (Thomas, Schiavoni) – Firearm transfers.

  • Summary: To prohibit a firearm transfer from a person who is not a federally licensed firearms dealer to a person who is not a dealer unless it is done through a dealer, through a law enforcement agency, or pursuant to a specified exception, and to require that background checks be conducted when a firearm is transferred through a federally licensed firearms dealer or a law enforcement agency.
  • Status: Introduced 3/26/18.
  • What activists can do: ask Senate President Obhof to assign SB283 to a committee for hearings.

SB284 (Thomas, Schiavoni) – Firearm purchases.

  • Summary: To raise the minimum age to purchase a firearm to age 21 and to increase the penalty for improperly furnishing firearms to a minor.
  • Status: Introduced 3/26/18.
  • What activists can do: ask Senate President Obhof to assign SB284 to a committee for hearings.

Innovation Ohio will work to keep this page updated throughout the legislative term. For a real-time status report on all the gun reform bills pending in the Ohio legislature, check our custom tracker, courtesy of Gongwer News Service.


Take Action

To take action on these bills, find your lawmakers at ohiohouse.gov and ohiosenate.gov and contact them and ask for support on any of the bills listed above. Innovation Ohio has also created a letter-writing tool to urge your lawmakers to support the six gun reform proposals that Governor Kasich announced he would support.


Learn More

To learn more about how to be an effective advocate at the Statehouse, check out Innovation Ohio’s Ohio Resistance Guide and to be updated about weekly and breaking news about important legislation, sign up for legislative email alerts.


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