Ohio House Democratic lawmakers today announced a number of proposals, including safe storage, red-flag and background check laws, commonsense measures they say will better keep kids and communities safe. The package comes amid debate on House Bill (HB) 178, controversial legislation Democrats say is a solution in search of a problem.
“Safety for all our citizens is a promise that I have made, and fulfilling this promise requires commonsense gun laws that keep families safe, protect our first responders and ensure responsible gun ownership,” said Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo).
HB 178 would allow anyone aged 21 or older to carry a concealed weapon without a license, without having to meet current concealed carry training requirements and without having to inform police of concealed weapons during a traffic stop.
Some two-thirds of Ohioans say they are worried about the threat of gun violence in their community, at their church or in their child’s school.
Democrats’ package includes the Child Safety Protection Act, which would require firearms to be stored safely and securely out of the reach of minors. A 2018 study by the Giffords Law Center found that 4.6 million American minors live in homes with at least one loaded, unlocked firearm. Under the proposed law, gun owners with children in their household would be required to keep firearms in safe storage, equipped with a tamper-resistant lock or other safety devices that render the weapon inaccessible or inoperable by a minor.
Democrats also announced their version of a red-flag law, allowing temporary court-approved removal of guns from individuals at risk of violence to themselves or others, and a bill requiring background checks for all gun purchases.
The commonsense safety proposals follow the recent announcement of the Ohio Promise, Democrats’ legislative agenda to restore the state’s promise of better lives and brighter futures for all Ohioans.