legislation

Priorities

God Before Guns supports 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

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

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

Bills to Expand Gun Rights
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.


OHIO SENATE :
Bills to Reduce Gun Violence
SB 62 would prohibit devices designed to increase rate of fire on semi-automatic firearms, e.g. bump-stocks.

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 ("red flag" bill) would provide a process for extreme risk protection orders.

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.

 

Bills to Expand Gun Rights
Will be listed here.

For an update on current status of a bill, go to this LINK and enter bill number.

 

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.

For an update on current status of a bill, go to this LINK and enter the bill number.

 

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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