Legislation

Ohio House Poised to Pass Stand Your Ground Legislation

Jim Segal of the Columbus Dispatch reports on the impending vote in the Ohio state House on a stand-your-ground law:

House Speaker Ryan Smith, R-Bidwell, said last spring, prior to the legislature’s break for the summer and the fall campaign season, that the House had a veto-proof majority to pass the bill. However, a vote was delayed until after last week’s elections, although a veto from Gov. John Kasich remains a strong possibility. Kasich has been upset that his fellow Republicans in the legislature have refused to act on his proposals intended to reduce gun violence, including a “red flag” provision to allow a judge to order the removal of guns from people deemed a danger.

The Fraternal Order of Police is opposed to the legislation, and the local chapter of Moms Demand Action has been working hard against it. Still, the bill passed out of committee easily and is expected to pass.

LEAP Forward will be scoring action on this legislation and urging opposition.

Texas HB 38 - Requiring Serial Number on 3D Printed Guns

Note: With the midterms in the rear view mirror, LEAP Forward will begin its transition into a site to aggregate stories relating to legislation and political news related to the regulation of firearms. The main goal of this phase of the project is to provide voters a true, reform-based score for each and every legislative body in the country. To that end, I’ll be highlighting key bills in Congress and state legislatures as they work their way through the legislative process, and updating state scorecards accordingly.


The Texas legislature had its first day of bill filing for the upcoming legislative session yesterday, and gun-related bills (both good and bad) were among those submitted. Perhaps the most noteworthy was HB 38, submitted by Democratic Rep. Terry Canales.

 Rep. Terry Canales

Rep. Terry Canales

HB 38 relates to the issue of 3D printed firearms, an issue brought to front burner by a Texas-based company, Defense Distributed. The danger is that the guns are unmarked and untraceable, a problem Rep. Canales seeks to fix legislatively:

"Over the last year, many of my constituents have reached out of my office to talk about the evolving world of 3d firearm printing. Today, I filed legislation requiring anyone who makes or assembles a homemade firearm to apply for a serial number or "other mark of identification" from the Texas Department of Public Safety. This law would also require those who print 3d guns to pass a background check. When I buy a firearm today, I have to get a background check, and I believe this should also be the case for 3d printed firearms. I am a gun-owner and hunter who supports gun ownership and believe that this is sensible legislation that should receive strong bipartisan support."

To be clear, Canales’ bill would not outlaw 3D printed guns. It simply requires them to have a serial number or other identifying mark, and require a background check to be passed by the printer.

NJ Legislature Sends Murphy "Ghost Gun" Legislation
 Seth Wenig | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Seth Wenig | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

[…] both houses of the Legislature passed another gun-control bill Monday, to ban "ghost guns" and 3-D printable guns in New Jersey.

The measure (S2465/A3129) would prohibit the purchase and assembly of untraceable firearm components used to make homemade guns without serial numbers. 

The Senate passed it, 31-0, and the Assembly 68-5, with three abstentions, at the Statehouse in Trenton. [Gov Phil] Murphy must now sign the legislation for it to become law.

The legislation passed amidst Murphy’s continuing push to make New Jersey a leader in gun regulation. He signed a package of six gun laws in June, and has promised “gun safety package 2.0” in the coming months.

LEAP Forward has scored the final votes on S2465.

New Jersey is already ranked #2 among all states for the strength of the state’s gun laws by the Giffords Law Center.