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Rep. Sheehy issues statement on DeWine gun safety proposals

Urges action on commonsense gun safety legislation
August 6, 2019
Michael Sheehy News

State Rep. Mike Sheehy (D-Oregon) today responded to Governor DeWine’s press conference urging the legislature to pass a list of bipartisan reforms in the wake of a tragic mass shooting in Dayton’s Oregon District.

“I’m encouraged that the governor is joining Ohio Democrats to call for these reforms,” said Rep. Sheehy. “However, we should not have had to wait until another Ohio mass murder event to take action. My colleagues and I have been proposing red flag laws and background checks for years and have faced Republican opposition every step of the way.”

Rep. Sheehy noted the importance of passing two such gun safety measures, universal background checks and a “red flag” law. More than 90 percent of Ohioans support universal background checks for gun purchases.

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.
  • 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, proposed by 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.

“We have a new governor and a class of brand new legislators,” added Sheehy. “I hope they will join us to pass these commonsense reforms. These are rational, constitutional and popular measures and we must do all we can to implement them.”