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Support for Responsible Gun Ownership: State Reps. Brewer and Brennan Call for Exemption of Gun Safety Devices from Taxation

August 19, 2023
Sean P. Brennan News

COLUMBUS – State Reps. Darnell T. Brewer (D-Cleveland) and Sean Brennan (D-Parma) last week announced the introduction of House Bill (HB) 186, the Responsible Gun Owners Act - a measure that would exempt gun safety devices from taxation. This initiative seeks to encourage the adoption of essential safety measures while alleviating financial burdens for those seeking to secure their firearms.

"Ensuring the safety of our communities while respecting the rights of responsible gun owners is a goal we can all rally behind," stated Rep. Brennan. 

"By removing financial barriers to acquiring gun safety devices, we can foster a culture of responsible firearm ownership and ultimately save lives," Rep Brewer added.

The two legislators share a commitment to firearm safety and firmly believe that promoting the accessibility of gun safety devices is a crucial step towards reducing accidents and unauthorized firearm usage. By exempting these life-saving accessories from taxation, they aim to incentivize responsible gun ownership and facilitate the implementation of safety measures.

The proposal has garnered support from individuals, organizations, and policymakers who recognize the importance of reducing preventable firearm incidents, including: 

  • The Buckeye Firearms Association
  • Moms Demand Action
  • The National Sports Shooting Foundation 

Studies have consistently shown that the use of gun safety devices, such as trigger locks and gun safes, can significantly decrease the risk of accidental discharge and unauthorized access to firearms, especially in households with children.

The legislators acknowledge that responsible gun ownership is a shared responsibility, and their efforts align with the broader conversation on firearm safety and regulation. HB 186 underscores the importance of collaboration and common ground, emphasizing the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

As State Reps. Brewer and Brennan continue to advocate for this exemption, they invite interested parties and stakeholders to join the conversation, promote awareness, and contribute to a safer society. By collectively championing the cause of firearm safety, they aim to make a meaningful impact on reducing gun-related accidents and ensuring responsible gun ownership.