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.

HERE is a link to a discussion of these and additional proposals that could turn the corner of gun violence in Ohio and the US.

Current Ohio Bills of Particular Interest

134th Ohio General Assembly, 2021-22

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Bills to Limit Availability and Access to Guns

House Bills:

HB 38

This bill would repeal the "Stand Your Ground" law passed by the Ohio Legislature and signed into law in 2020.

Senate Bills:

SB 73

This bill would require a background check on private sales and transfers of firearms, with limited exceptions.

SB 74 

This bill would increase the minimum age for firearms ownership to 21 (currently long guns may be legally owned at age 18.

SB 76

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.

SB 77

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.

SB 138

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

SB 185 (passed) and HB 325 (companion bill)

This bill, already passed by the Senate, would eliminate the power of state government to shut down gun stores in an emergency. They would be considered "essential businesses." The bill goes on to restrict the ability of governments or police to take action to prohibit sales and transfers of guns and ammunition to suppress a riot or mob, whether such riot or mob is in progress or if there is a clear and present danger of a riot or mob.

The Ohio Legislature has already passed laws this year that:

  • repealed the requirement of a permit (that included minimal training and a background check) in order to legally carry a concealed firearm;

  • significantly reduced the amount of training required for school personnel to be armed in school;

  • repealed the requirement that a person carrying a concealed firearm must promptly inform a law enforcement officer that they are armed when stopped by the officer.

More bills to protect the rights of gun owners at the expense of public safety are being pursued in the Ohio Legislature. As the freedom to buy, carry and use guns has increased in Ohio in recent years Ohio's gun deaths have increased dramatically. For a look at the numbers go HERE.

 

Current Federal Bills of Particular Interest

117th US Congress, 2021-22

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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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