Rep. Kent Smith Statement On Anniversary Of Dayton Shooting
Calls Republican inaction on commonsense gun safety unconscionable
August 05, 2020
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COLUMBUS –State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) yesterday issued a statement on the one-year anniversary of a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, which left nine dead and 17 wounded.

“The worst thing about the Dayton mass shooting of August 4, 2019 was the human carnage - nine people killed and another 17 wounded.  The second worst thing was the State of Ohio has done nothing to prevent that tragedy from happening again.  Not one thing.  Ohio House Democrats have introduced no fewer than eleven pieces of commonsense gun legislation in an effort to save lives, but the GOP continues to be an unyielding obstacle to sensible reform.  I remain hopeful that one day that we will make Ohioans safer, but if you would have asked me a year ago if we would have done something by now, I would have said ‘Yes.’  I am fearful that we will regret the time we have wasted.”

Democrats have continually pushed for commonsense gun reforms, including:

  • HB 240 (Miranda/Kelly): The Child Access Prevention Act, which would ensure firearms are stored safely and securely out of the reach of minors;

  • House Bill (HB) 316 (Russo/Sweeney): Extreme Risk Protection Orders;

  • HB 317 (Robinson/Miller): universal background checks;

  • HB 315 (Liston): Provide mental health and suicide prevention information at the purchase site;

  • HB 319 (West/Miller): Restore local control so that everyday Ohioans can decide what commonsense safety solutions work for their community;

  • HB 320 (West): Prohibit the sale of a gun if the background check is pending;

  • HB 335 (Lepore-Hagan/Boyd): Require subject of certain protection orders to surrender firearms;

  • HB 348 (Miller): Prohibit a person subject to a protection order from purchasing or receiving a firearm for the duration of the order;

  • HB 349 (Weinstein): Ban possession of high-capacity magazines;

  • HB 647 (Strahorn): Prohibits manufacture/sales of high capacity magazines.

None of the Democratic gun safety bills have been called for a committee vote.

Meanwhile, House Republicans have prioritized legislation opponents say will make Ohioans less safe, including the kill at will bill and legislation to eliminate the duty to notify law enforcement of a concealed weapon, which passed the House in June.

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