COLUMBUS –State Reps. Jessica E. Miranda (D-Forest Park) and Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) Tuesday gave sponsor testimony in the House Ways and Means Committee for House Bill (HB) 262, which incentivizes safe gun storage in a household with minors present. This legislation is similar to HB 240 of the 133rd General Assembly, but with an important update to include a tax credit for the purchase of a safe storage unit, making the bill pro-business and similar to bipartisan federal legislation.
“As a mother of three young girls, a former school board president who constantly kept the district’s students at the forefront of my thoughts, and a public servant with a constituent whose niece was murdered in Parkland, Florida, I’m proud to advocate for this much needed legislation,” said Rep. Miranda. “It’s my sincere hope that this commonsense bill, which respects 2nd Amendment rights and has been adopted by 29 other states, receives the consideration it deserves by state lawmakers.”
“Requiring firearms to be safely stored is a crucial step towards protecting children and families in our communities from senseless gun violence,” said Rep. Kelly. “This is a commonsense bill that could save many lives throughout our state.”
HB 262 now awaits further consideration by the Ways and Means Committee.