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Ohio Moms Demand Action, Everytown Urge Lawmakers to Pass Bipartisan Gun Violence Prevention Package

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today released the following statement urging lawmakers to pass the 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 has already passed Red Flag legislation 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.

STATEMENT FROM MAUREEN WASHOCK, VOLUNTEER CHAPTER LEADER WITH THE OHIO CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:

“Gun violence prevention is an issue that crosses party lines, and the vast majority of Ohioans – including Ohio gun owners – support taking common-sense steps to keep guns out of the hands of people with dangerous histories. Ohioans are asking our leaders to take meaningful action to improve public safety, and lawmakers have an opportunity to do just that by passing the sensible proposals suggested by the governor’s bipartisan commission.”