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Rep. Blackshear Introduces Bill to Prohibit Mass Casualty Weapons

February 23, 2024
Willis E. Blackshear, Jr. News

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Willis E Blackshear Jr. (D-Dayton) today introduced a bill that would ban mass casualty firearms. The bill would make a targeted change to reimplement Ohio’s pre-2015 prohibition on firearms capable of shooting more than 31 rounds without reloading.

“Banning mass casualty weapons is a commonsense measure that will prevent needless loss of life. In 2019, our community felt that loss with the horrific tragedy that took place in the Oregon district. There is no reason to have guns equipped with magazines that can hold 50, 70, or even 100 rounds. It’s time to take action and ban these weapons so that our communities can be safer,” said Rep. Blackshear

The bill was created in response to the 2019 shooting that occurred in the Oregon District which left 9 people dead and dozens more injured. Despite a fast police response to the scene of the shooting, the shooter was still able to fire off 41 shots in only 32 seconds. The gun used by the shooter had a 100 round “double drum” magazine which allowed the shooter to fire all 41 shots without reloading.

Among those who have called for reduced magazine sizes include Former Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl who explained that limiting magazine sizes can help give time for law enforcement to respond to an active shooter situation.

Banning firearms with magazines that hold more than 30 rounds can limit the ability for weapons to be used for mass shootings.

The bill now awaits a bill number and referral to committee.