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Rep. Sheehy opposes GOP gun bills that would make schools and communities less safe, fail to address gun violence in Ohio

November 17, 2021
Michael Sheehy News

Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today voted in opposition to two bills opponents say would make schools and communities less safe and fail to address gun violence in Ohio. House Bill (HB) 99 would allow school districts to arm teachers in the classroom without adequate training or safe storage requirements, while HB 227 would eliminate concealed weapon training and safety standards, including penalties for failing to notify police of a concealed weapon during a stop. 

“Nine in ten Ohioans want to see more, not less, commonsense gun safety measures. House Bills 99 and 227 do the exact opposite of what Ohioans are asking for by making our schools and communities less safe. Despite widespread opposition from police, teachers’ unions, civil rights groups, and students, House Republicans continue to pass legislation that will make gun violence worse in Ohio. We need to pass commonsense reforms that are already working in other states, like universal background checks, safe storage, and extreme risk protection orders,” said Rep. Sheehy. 

Teachers and law enforcement are opposed to bringing more guns into schools. A 2018 survey found that 80% of teachers were “strongly opposed” to having armed faculty in schools. Ohio’s Fraternal Order of Police noted that the minimal training required by HB 99 is significantly less than the hundreds of hours of training required for police officers. Democrats expressed similar concerns that HB 99 only requires 20 hours of training for armed teachers during committee hearings.

Gun violence rates in Ohio surged in 2020, with 25 mass shootings recorded, up from 14 the year before. Emerging data shows that states that have passed permitless carry legislation are experiencing a substantial increase in gun violence. 

After passing the House, both bills move to the Senate for consideration.