COLUMBUS –State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today issued a statement on the one-year anniversary of a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, which left nine dead and 17 wounded.
“I have not forgotten those 9 lives lost last year to gun violence. The preventable death toll weighs heavy on my heart. Republicans in the Ohio General Assembly need to stop their political games because they have real, human consequences. We need comprehensive gun safety and gun violence prevention legislation now.”
Democrats have continually pushed for commonsense gun reforms, including:
- HB 240 (Miranda/Kelly): The Child Access Prevention Act, which would ensure firearms are stored safely and securely out of the reach of minors;
- House Bill (HB) 316 (Russo/Sweeney): Extreme Risk Protection Orders;
- HB 317 (Robinson/Miller): universal background checks;
- HB 315 (Liston): Provide mental health and suicide prevention information at the purchase site;
- HB 319 (West/Miller): Restore local control so that everyday Ohioans can decide what commonsense safety solutions work for their community;
- HB 320 (West): Prohibit the sale of a gun if the background check is pending;
- HB 335 (Lepore-Hagan/Boyd): Require subject of certain protection orders to surrender firearms;
- HB 348 (Miller): Prohibit a person subject to a protection order from purchasing or receiving a firearm for the duration of the order;
- HB 349 (Weinstein): Ban possession of high-capacity magazines;
- HB 647 (Strahorn): Prohibits manufacture/sales of high capacity magazines;
- HB 658 (Galonski): Train school employees if authorized to carry firearms in schools.
None of the Democratic gun safety bills have been called for a committee vote.
Meanwhile, House Republicans have prioritized legislation opponents say will make Ohioans less safe, including the kill at will bill and legislation to eliminate the duty to notify law enforcement of a concealed weapon, which passed the House in June.