Democratic Leaders Urge Action On Commonsense Gun Safety Legislation
Say bills will help keep Ohio's children and families safe
Posted August 05, 2019 by Minority Caucus
 
 

Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) and House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today issued statements on the legislature’s duty to work together to address senseless gun violence and keep all Ohioans safe in the wake of a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio.


“I am praying for strength and healing for all those suffering in Dayton, El Paso and across our country as we continue to struggle with the effects of escalating gun violence,” said Leader Yuko. “Fear of violence at school, at the grocery store, on a Saturday night out with friends robs us of our freedom. Ohioans are crying out for us to do something. Today, we are calling on our Republican colleagues to join us in saying ‘enough is enough.’ We must take common sense action to protect our citizens.”


The Democratic leaders are emphasizing the importance of passing two widely supported gun safety measures, universal background checks and a “red flag” law. More than 90 percent of Ohioans support universal background checks for gun purchases and Governor DeWine has expressed his support for implementing a red flag law. They are also calling for immediate hearings on commonsense gun safety proposals laid out by Democrats in recent months, as the vast majority of Ohioans support commonsense solutions to keep kids and communities safe.


“A senseless act of violence has brought us together, as Republicans and Democrats, but more importantly, as Ohioans, to ensure another tragedy like this never happens again,” said Leader Sykes. “Democrats this year have unveiled a package of commonsense gun safety measures, including universal background checks and red flag legislation that have overwhelming support among Ohioans of all political backgrounds.


“As legislators, our job is to create meaningful policy that promotes and protects the well-being of Ohioans. While these bills aren’t a complete solution to addressing gun violence, it is a step in the right direction to keep our promise of safety and security for Ohio’s children and families. As legislators, we must do something as the people of this state have directed us. I urge my Republican colleagues to hold hearings on these bills—and any others that will better protect our communities from further acts of violence.”


Democratic lawmakers have proposed several bills to address gun safety this year, including:



  • Senate Bill (SB) 19, sponsored by Sen. Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland), to enact red flag protections. Reps. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) and Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) proposed companion legislation in the House.

  • SB 63, sponsored by Sen. Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati), to require universal background checks on gun purchases. Rep. Phil Robinson (D-Solon) is proposing companion legislation in the House.

  • SB 62, sponsored by Sen. Thomas, would ban bump stocks.

  • SB 64, Sen. Thomas, to increase the minimum purchasing age of firearms to 21.

  • SB 65, Sen. Thomas, to close the gun show loophole.

  • SB 43, Sens. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard), bipartisan legislation to prohibit individuals convicted of domestic violence from purchasing a firearm.

  • Reps. Jessica Miranda (D-Forest Park) and Brigid Kelly’s (D-Cincinnati) proposed safe storage bill to keep firearms out of the hands of minors.

  • Ban on high-capacity magazines, proposedby Rep. Casey Weinstein (D-Hudson).

  • Address funding for school safety, including security doors and restricted access, sponsored by Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville)

  • Mental health information provided at purchase site, proposed by Rep. Beth Liston (D-Dublin).

  • Restrictions on purchase of body armor and high-capacity magazines, proposed by Rep. Adam Miller (D-Columbus).

  • Increase gun safety training hours, proposed by Rep. Miller.


Of all the gun safety legislation introduced, there has only been a single hearing on SB 43. 

 
 
 
  
Featured Posts

Democratic Lawmakers To Introduce The Worker Protection Act

 

Reps. David Leland (D-Columbus) and Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) today announced plans to introduce legislation to protect at-risk workers from being forced to choose between returning to unsafe working conditions or losing unemployment benefits. The proposal is the latest effort from House Dems to improve the safety and security of Ohio workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.



 
 

Ohio Closer To Protecting Those Most At Risk Of Domestic Violence As Aisha's Law Clears House

 

House Democrats today applauded the unanimous passage of Aisha’s Law, Democratic priority legislation sponsored by Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) that would change how law enforcement agencies respond to domestic violence cases and provide added protections for those in high-risk situations. Democrats say the bill’s passage comes at a critical time as prolonged isolation during the state’s stay-at-home order has led to a spike in domestic violence cases. 



 
 

House Dems Say Speaker, GOP Lawmakers Setting Dangerous Precedent That Could Undermine Health And Safety As Ohioans Return To Work

 

Ohio House Assistant Minority Leader Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) today sent a letter to House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) continuing Democratic calls urging him to enact CDC workplace safety recommendations, like requiring facemasks and physical distancing, to protect lawmakers, staff and the general public 



 
 

Dems Demand Provisional Ballots Cast On Tuesday Be Counted

 

State Representatives Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) sent a letter to Secretary of State Frank LaRose today demanding that provisional ballots cast on Tuesday, April 28 be counted. Mail delays and confusion around the primary changes left some Ohio voters without a vote-by-mail ballot and no choice but to vote a provisional ballot in person on Tuesday. The three members make up the House Democratic Caucus’ COVID-19 Elections Working Group.