Two Cleveland-area lawmakers are saying today’s lobby day at the Ohio Statehouse by Moms Demand Action gives them hope that their legislation to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers could gain momentum in the Republican-controlled legislature. State Reps. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) introduced House Bill (HB) 305, the “Domestic Violence Victim Protection Act” in July 2017.
Under the bill, victims of domestic violence would be protected from their abuser through new requirements that those convicted of a domestic violence crime or served with a civil protection order (CPO) temporarily turn over their firearms to law enforcement. Ultimately, judges still maintain discretion over that decision.
The Domestic Violence Victim Protection Act is currently being considered in the House Federalism and Interstate Relations Committee, where it has received only one hearing earlier this year.
The bill has become a part of Gov. John Kasich’s recent recommendations to curb gun violence in Ohio.