legislation

Priorities

God Before Guns supports laws and proposed laws that could make us safer from gun violence. These include:

  • universal background checks

  • red flag laws (extreme risk protection orders)

  • child access prevention (safe storage) 

  • banning assault weapons

  • banning high capacity magazines

  • waiting periods for gun purchases

  • permit to purchase requirements

  • limits on numbers of guns purchased per month

  • increase in minimum age for gun ownership

God Before Guns opposes laws and proposed laws that could increase the threat of gun violence.

Current Ohio Bills of Particular Interest

The bills listed below have been introduced in the 133rd Ohio Assembly (2019-20).
For an update on current status of a bill, go to this LINK and enter bill number.
To find your Ohio Representative and Senator, go to this LINK and enter your zip code + 4.

 

OHIO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:
Bills with Potential to Reduce Gun Violence
HB 240 would require safe storage of a firearm if the owner knows or reasonable should know that a minor could gain access.

HB 316 would provide a process for "Extreme Risk Protection Orders", also known as a "Red Flag Law".

HB 317 would generally require background checks on private sales/transfers of firearms.

HB 319 would restore to localities the right to legislate on gun rights within their jurisdiction.

HB 320 would prevent the transfer of a firearm while a background check is pending.

HB 335 would require a person who is the subject of a domestic relations temporary order of protection to surrender their firearms.

HB 338 would establish a process for a "Potential Risk Protection Order."

HB 348 would prohibit buying or receiving a firearm while under a protection order.

HB 349 would prohibit possession of large capacity magazines.

Bills with Potential to Expand Gun Violence
HB 156 would provide civil immunity for non-profits and associated persons for gun injury, death or loss from firearm use where the authority permits the presence of firearms.

HB 178 would remove the requirement for a permit (including training and background check) to legally carry a concealed firearm in Ohio.

HB 381 would enact a "stand your ground" provision that removes the duty to retreat before using force including deadly force in self-defense or defense of another.

HB 425 would modify the duty to inform law enforcement officers of a concealed firearm when stopped.


OHIO SENATE :
Bills with Potential to Reduce Gun Violence
SB 19 would provide a process for Extreme Risk Protection Orders.

SB 62 would prohibit devices designed to increase rate of fire on semi-automatic firearms, e.g. bump-stocks.

SB 63 would generally require background checks on private sales/transfers of firearms.

SB 64 would increase minimum age for gun ownership to 21.

SB 65 would prohibit reckless transfers of firearms at gun shows.

SB 182 would increase minimum age for gun ownership to 21.

SB 183 would generally require background checks on private sales/transfers of firearms.

SB 184 would provide a process for Extreme Risk Protection Orders.

SB 202 would restore to localities the right to legislate on gun rights within their jurisdiction.

SB 203 would prohibit reckless transfers of firearms at gun shows.

SB 221 ("Strong Ohio" bill) includes numerous proposals by the Governor to reduce gun violence by strengthening the background checks system, providing a voluntary background checks option, expanding court ordered treatment for mental illness and alcohol/drug abuse, providing for issuance of "safety protection orders," and more.

SB 223 would prohibit devices designed to increase rate of fire on semi-automatic firearms, e.g. bump-stocks.

Bills with Potential to Expand Gun Violence
SB 237 would enact a "stand your ground" provision that removes the duty to retreat before using force including deadly force in self-defense or defense of another.

The button below will take you to more information on current Ohio bills including text of the bill, summary of the bill, committee assignment and current status.. Use the "Search Legislation" feature to enter the bill number listed above.

 
 

Current Federal Bills of Particular Interest

Bills to Reduce Gun Violence
HR 8/S 42 would close loopholes in the current background checks law by generally requiring private sales and transfers of firearms to include a background check conducted by a federally licensed gun dealer.

HR 1112 would strengthen background check procedures extending the waiting period for an answer on a background check application from 3 to ten days.  If, after ten days the NICS system has not returned an answer to the background check application the prospective purchaser may petition for a response and if, after 10 more days there is no answer the sale may proceed.


Bills to Expand Gun Rights
Will be listed here as key bills emerge.

The button below will take you to more information on current federal bills including text of the bill, summary of the bill, committee assignment and current status.. Use the search box at the top of the page to enter the bill number as shown above.

 

Take Action

To find your US Representative and two US Senators, go to this LINK and enter your zip code.

To find your Ohio Representative and Senator, go to this LINK and enter your zip code + 4.

God Before Guns also urges your support for the campaign in Ohio for a ballot initiative to require background checks on private sales/transfers of firearms. This campaign is organized by Ohioans for Gun Safety. More information is available here:

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