State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today issued a statement on the state legislature’s duty to work together to address senseless gun violence and keep all Ohioans safe and secure in the wake of a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio this past weekend:


“It is our duty as elected legislators to advocate for our constituents and act in their best interests. As members of the Ohio Legislature, it is imperative for us to act and pass commonsense gun safety legislation that will prevent senseless acts that threaten our communities,” said Rep. Lightbody. “My Democratic colleagues and I are ready to move forward and lead on proposals to protect Ohio’s citizens. I strongly urge District 19 constituents to contact U.S. Senator Portman and Congressman Balderson to support commonsense gun laws and thank State Senator Maharath, U.S. Senator Brown, and Congresswoman Beatty for their support of these initiatives.”


Rep. Lightbody noted 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. Lightbody is also calling for immediate hearings on other 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.


Democratic lawmakers have introduced several bills to address gun safety, 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—SB 43

  • 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 resources 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.

 
 
 
  
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