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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today applauded Gov. John Kasich’s announcement that he is taking executive action to study and improve the state’s reporting of records into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
STATEMENT FROM MAUREEN WASHOCK, VOLUNTEER CHAPTER LEADER WITH THE OHIO CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“Improving Ohio’s records reporting can save lives, and we’re grateful to the governor for taking action on this critical issue. The background checks system is only as strong as the information it contains, and we support all efforts to prevent records from falling through the cracks.”
The governor’s proposal comes as lawmakers consider gun safety proposals recommended by a bipartisan panel of lawmakers and backed by Gov. John Kasich. The two bills are HB585, sponsored by Rep. Michael Henne, and SB288, sponsored by Sen. Stephanie Kunze and Sen. John Eklund.
The bipartisan gun safety legislation introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives includes the following proposals:
Red Flag legislation, which would empower family members and law enforcement to seek an Extreme Risk Protection Order, a court order temporarily restricting a person’s access to guns when they pose a risk to self or others. Florida and Vermont have already enacted Red Flag laws in the wake of the Parkland tragedy. More information is available here about Red Flag laws.
Legislation to help keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. Nearly two dozen other states have taken action in recent years to protect women and families by keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. More information about how Ohio can join these states is available here.
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs