Rep. Lepore-Hagan Responds To String Of Mass Shootings
Urges action on commonsense gun safety legislation
 
 

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today responded to mass shootings in both Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas. The Dayton shooting resulted in at least nine deaths and 27 injuries.


“As we have come to expect, those with the power to end the carnage devastating far too many for far too long, once again offer “thoughts and prayers” to the victims and their families. This phrase rings increasingly hollow as the death toll rises,” said Rep. Lepore-Hagan. “Elected officials controlled by the National Rifle Association, Buckeye Firearms and other extremist groups refuse to help our families be safe.”


The Dayton shooting occurred within hours of another mass shooting in El Paso that claimed the lives of 20 people.


“Today I am praying that those putting our families at risk are motivated by these unspeakable tragedies. They need to start listening to the vast majority of Americans and Ohioans who support sensible gun laws and regulations,” added Rep. Lepore-Hagan. “They should be inspired to reduce gun violence by banning assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, enacting “red flag” laws that keep guns out of the hands of people who cannot be trusted and requiring a stringent background check for all gun purchases, including at gun shows and from private sales. They should be inspired to do everything we must to ensure that the 29 people killed and 53 injured were not sacrificed needlessly.”


Democratic commonsense gun safety proposals include:



  • 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 legislation 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, proposed 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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