COLUMBUS, Ohio—Ohio senators are set to take their first look at three gun-reform bills Tuesday that would require background checks, impose stricter rules on selling guns to minors, and create a “red-flag” law allowing authorities to confiscate firearms from those deemed a threat.
Local policymakers are calling for state and federal laws to require gun packaging to include suicide prevention information.
Two measures to require the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number on labels have been proposed – the first in California and a second nationwide.
The General Assembly’s fall session officially kicks off today, and gun violence is expected to be at the top of the agenda.
Still angry over Missouri Gov. Mike Parson denying their request for a special session on gun control, House Democrats this week flooded the legislative docket with gun-related legislation.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) – Ending a week highlighted by a landmark new labor bill and marred by disruptions from protesters upset with child vaccination laws, California lawmakers on Friday approved a flurry of bills on the final day of the legislative session.
Gun control will likely cause some of the most heated controversy in Tallahassee, plus retail giant Walmart’s crack down on gun and ammunition sales and open carry in its stores, lawmakers are filing bills that could fundamentally change gun ownership in Florida.
Democratic state Sen. Gary Farmer is looking to expand the scope of a state law regulating safe storage of guns, making it a violation to improperly secure a gun even if a minor does not get his or her hands on the weapon.
In 2014, before six people were killed by a 22-year-old in Isla Vista, near UC Santa Barbara, his mother had feared for her son and even initiated a welfare check with sheriff’s deputies. As his disturbing history emerged after the attack, then-Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, introduced Assembly Bill 1014 so law enforcement officers and immediate family members could ask judges to order the removal of guns owned by individuals who appear to be a threat to themselves or others. Since California became the first state with such a law, 16 others and Washington, D.C., have passed similar measures.
Phil Ting’s AB 61 would give coworkers, teachers and school staff the right to ask a judge to order the firearms removed from someone if they are believed to be a threat to themselves or others. The removal period can last up to 21 days before the subject of the order is given an opportunity to appeal the decision. Currently, only immediate family members and law enforcement officers have that power.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTRF) — The mass shooting in Dayton launched the Ohio STRONG initiative, an effort by Governor Mike DeWine to address gun violence and mental health issues across the state.
Prior to that, Democrats at the Statehouse had long been pushing for what they called common sense gun legislation, one area being Red Flag laws; laws meant to keep guns out of the hands of people who are a danger to themselves or others.