Filed (on 10/17/2019)
Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando, vowed in August that she would file bills seeking to ban three different types of “assault weapons” and “high-capacity magazines” during the 2020 legislative session.
Stewart Wednesday followed through with one of those pledges when she filed Senate Bill 794, which would make Florida the 10th state to ban the sale, possession, import and transfer of magazines that can carry more than 10 bullets effective Oct. 1, 2020.
Gov. Mike DeWine’s “STRONG Ohio” gun-control plan isn’t all we hoped it would be. It isn’t all that most Ohioans want. But if it were to become law, it would be the one and only step in the right direction for Ohio on this issue in many, many years. For that reason, Democrats who want to see more reasonable controls on lethal weapons should back it.
We hope that the questions and challenges Democrats posed at the bill’s first hearing Tuesday were a way of getting their points across and not an indication that they’ll vote against the bill.
The gun control measure pushed by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine in the wake of the Dayton mass shooting three months ago got an icy reception from Senate Democrats at the bill’s first hearing Tuesday.
Three Democrats on the Senate Government Oversight & Reform Committee peppered the bill sponsor with questions about whether Senate Bill 221 does enough to prevent gun violence in Ohio.
BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio (WTRF) – The Ohio Legislature is considering a bill that would force gun owners to keep their firearms locked, so children could not get access. Then if a child gets the gun and shoots someone, the parent could be charged with a crime.
House Bill 240 would be the state’s first Safe Storage Law.
Enough is enough. Gun violence is preventable.
I don’t want to be afraid of walking into my church on Sunday morning. I don’t want to be afraid of pursuing a job in a school. I don’t want to be afraid that another one of my friends will die by suicide due to easy access to a gun.
Three months after nine people were killed outside a bar in Dayton, Gov. Mike DeWine’s plan to combat gun violence is ready for its first hearing at the Statehouse.
Senate Bill 221 is set for sponsor testimony Tuesday afternoon, as is a measure that would require background checks at gun shows, and another that would limit magazine capacities and ban bump stocks, an attachment that makes semi-automatic weapons fire faster.
It is time for the Ohio General Assembly to act on gun law reforms. “Pink slip” and background check proposals by Gov. Mike DeWine are fair and meaningful, and deserve approval by lawmakers.
Mr. DeWine is walking a fine line in pitching his “Ohio solution” to the gun violence that has gripped the nation, including the Aug. 4 mass shooting in Dayton that left 9 dead and 27 injured in 30 seconds.
A recent bill introduced in the Ohio Senate would restore the ability of local governments to regulate guns and pass their own gun laws.
Under current law, no local governmental entity can have any firearms regulations that are more restrictive than the state law. This is known as preemption.
State Senators Cecil Thomas (D-9) and Hearcel Craig (D-15), co-sponsors of Senate Bill 202, say that most of the gun bills passed since 2006 have expanded gun rights. At the same time, they say, gun violence has been on the rise.
In Ohio, gun dealers must provide free locks for every gun sold, but there's no legal requirement that gun owners use them.
That could change under House Bill 240, which would create the state's first safe-storage law.
Scroll ahead to 2019. After the deadly Dayton shooting in August, Gov. Mike DeWine promised to “do something.” The legislation introduced this fall was somewhat less than promised but, as our editorial board judged, would still yield significant benefits if passed. Yet there was no House measure introduced and Senate Bill 221 has so far attracted a grand total of three sponsors.