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
134th Ohio General Assembly, 2021-22
Bills to Limit Availability and Access to Guns
This bill would repeal the "Stand Your Ground" law passed by the Ohio Legislature and signed into law in 2020.
This bill would require a background check on private sales and transfers of firearms, with limited exceptions.
This bill would increase the minimum age for firearms ownership to 21 (currently long guns may be legally owned at age 18.
This bill would repeal the current state preemption law that prevents local governments from enacting and enforcing gun regulations that are more restrictive than state regulations.
This bill would prohibit "bump stock" devices that increase the rate of fire of a semi-automatic firearm such as the device used in the mass shooting in Las Vegas in 2017.
This bill would enact an "Extreme Risk Protection Order" process that would provide a judicial process for temporarily removing firearms from the possession of a person identified as being a threat to his/her own safety or the safety of others.
Bills to Increase Availability and Access to Guns
This bill would provide a process by which Ohio gun owners could claim the actions of an administrative officer or elected official violate their 2nd Amendment rights.
This bill would declare that Ohio is a "Second Amendment Sanctuary State."
This bill would repeal the duty of a person carrying a concealed firearm to "promptly inform" a law enforcement officer that he/she is carrying a concealed firearm when stopped by such officer.
This bill would overrule a current court decision mandating that persons who are authorized to be armed with a firearm in a school must complete peace officer basic training.
This bill would repeal the current requirement of a permit (including a minimum of training and a background check) in order to legally carry such firearm concealed.
(To be updated as bills are advanced)
Current Federal Bills of Particular Interest
117th US Congress, 2021-22
H.R. 8 Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021
This bill would close the "gun show loophole" and other unregulated transfers of firearms by requiring background checks to be conducted on all firearm transfers with limited exceptions.
H.R. 1446 Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021
This bill would increase the amount of time allowed for a firearm purchaser background check before the sale can proceed. Currently the sale may proceed without a completed background check if the check is not completed within 3 business days; the bill would extend this period to 10 business days and allow a maximum of 10 additional days upon petition by the purchaser to proceed with the sale.
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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: