Ohio Legislation Watch: Gun Reform Bills

More than a year into the two-year 132nd General Assembly, lawmakers have introduced a number of bills to change Ohio’s gun laws.

Below is a listing of currently pending bills to reform Ohio’s gun laws and reduce gun violence, as well as their current status and suggestions for advocating for their passage. We will work to keep this page updated throughout the legislative term, and will add analysis about individual bills.


House Bills

HB33 (Patmon) – Child Access Prevention.

  • Summary: To prohibit any person from storing or leaving a firearm in the person’s residence unless the firearm is secured in safe storage or rendered inoperable if the person knows or reasonably should know that a minor is able to gain access to the firearm and to provide criminal penalties if a minor gains unauthorized access to a firearm not so stored or rendered inoperable.
  • Status: Assigned to House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee. No hearings held.
  • What activists can do: ask Chairman Blessing to schedule hearings on HB33.

HB151 (Patmon) – Universal Background Checks.

  • Summary: To prohibit a transfer of a firearm from a person who is not a federally licensed firearms dealer to a person who is not a federally licensed firearms dealer unless it is done through a federally licensed firearms dealer, through a state or local law enforcement agency, or pursuant to a specified exception; to require that background checks be conducted when a firearm is transferred through a federally licensed firearms dealer or a state or local law enforcement agency; and to provide for recordkeeping with respect to information obtained pursuant to such a background check.
  • Status: Assigned to House Federalism and Interstate Relations Committee. One hearing held 4/25/17.
  • Sponsor testimony
  • Bill Analysis
  • What activists can do: ask Chairwoman Roegner to schedule hearings on HB151.

HB152 (Patmon) – “Firearm Restricted” Hunting License.

HB153 (Patmon) – Imitation Firearms.

HB305 (Antonio, Boyd) – Require subjects of protection orders to relinquish firearms.

  • Summary: To require a court that issues a protection order to determine if the respondent is prohibited from carrying or possessing a firearm, to require a court to determine whether an offender who has been convicted of specified offenses is prohibited from carrying or possessing a firearm, and to require a respondent or offender who the court determines is prohibited from carrying or possessing a firearm to transfer all firearms in the person’s possession to a law enforcement agency or a federally licensed firearms dealer.
  • Status: Assigned to House Federalism and Interstate Relations Committee. One hearing held 1/31/18.
  • Sponsor testimony
  • Bill Analysis
  • What activists can do: ask Chairwoman Roegner to schedule hearings on HB305.

HB395 (Patmon) – Bump stocks.

HB563 (West) – Firearm Sales.

HB564 (West) – Firearm purchases.

HB585 (Henne) – Firearm Laws.

  • Summary: To expand the definition of dangerous ordnance to include armor piercing ammunition and expand the definition of an automatic firearm to include any device within the federal definition of machine gun; to create additional conditions under which an individual may not possess a firearm or dangerous ordnance and to eliminate the process by which an individual may apply for relief from a weapons disability; to generally prohibit a person from buying, purchasing, obtaining, or furnishing a firearm on behalf of a third party; to provide for the entry of protection orders into the federal NCIC database and LEADS; and to provide for the issuance by a court of an extreme risk protection order.
  • Status: Assigned to House State & Local Government. One hearing held 4/10/18.
  • What activists can do: ask Chairwoman Anielski to schedule additional hearings on HB585.

Senate Bills

SB150 (Brown) – Prohibit domestic abuser from having a firearm.

  • Summary: To prohibit a person convicted of domestic violence or assault of a family member, or a person subject to certain protection orders, from having a firearm; to establish a procedure for surrendering all firearms in the person’s possession; and to name the act the “Domestic Violence Survivors Protection Act.”
  • Status: Assigned to Senate Judiciary Committee. One hearing held 10/3/17.
  • Sponsor testimony
  • Bill Analysis
  • What activists can do: ask Chairman Bacon to schedule hearings on SB150.

SB219 (Thomas) – Bump stocks.

  • Summary: To prohibit certain conduct regarding trigger cranks, bump-fire devices, and other items that accelerate a semi-automatic firearm’s rate of fire but do not convert it into an automatic firearm.
  • Status: First hearing in Senate Government Oversight and Reform scheduled for 4/11/18.
  • What activists can do: ask Chairman Coley to schedule additional hearings on SB219.

SB260 (Skindell, Tavares) – Assaults Weapons Ban.

  • Summary: To prohibit a person from knowingly possessing or acquiring an assault weapon and to require the Attorney General to prepare for the establishment of a firearm and ammunition transactions database.
  • Status: Referred to Senate Government Oversight & Reform Committee on 2/28/18. No hearings held.
  • What activists can do: ask Chairman Coley to schedule hearings on SB260.

SB278 (Schiavoni, Williams) – Firearm Access.

  • Summary: To enact the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act to allow family members, household members, and law enforcement officers to obtain a court order that temporarily restricts a person’s access to firearms if that person poses a danger to themselves or others.
  • Status: First hearing in Senate Government Oversight and Reform scheduled for 4/11/18.
  • What activists can do: ask Chairman Coley to schedule additional hearings on SB278.

SB279 (Tavares, Sykes) – Firearm Storage.

  • Summary: To prohibit a person from improperly storing or leaving a firearm if the person knows that a minor is able to gain access to the firearm and to provide criminal penalties, including forfeiture of firearms, if a minor gains unauthorized access to an improperly stored firearm.
  • Status: Introduced 3/26/18.
  • What activists can do: ask Senate President Obhof to assign SB279 to a committee for hearings.

SB281 (Hoagland, Eklund) – Firearm Sales.

  • Summary: To expressly grant federally licensed firearms dealers the right to refuse to sell or transfer a firearm to any person and to provide a dealer who asserts that right with immunity from civil liability for any injury, death, or loss that allegedly was caused by, resulted from, or was related to the refusal.
  • Status: Introduced 3/26/18.
  • What activists can do: ask Senate President Obhof to assign SB281 to a committee for hearings.

SB283 (Thomas, Schiavoni) – Firearm transfers.

  • Summary: To prohibit a firearm transfer from a person who is not a federally licensed firearms dealer to a person who is not a dealer unless it is done through a dealer, through a law enforcement agency, or pursuant to a specified exception, and to require that background checks be conducted when a firearm is transferred through a federally licensed firearms dealer or a law enforcement agency.
  • Status: Introduced 3/26/18.
  • What activists can do: ask Senate President Obhof to assign SB283 to a committee for hearings.

SB284 (Thomas, Schiavoni) – Firearm purchases.

  • Summary: To raise the minimum age to purchase a firearm to age 21 and to increase the penalty for improperly furnishing firearms to a minor.
  • Status: Introduced 3/26/18.
  • What activists can do: ask Senate President Obhof to assign SB284 to a committee for hearings.

SB285 (Thomas, Schiavoni) – Firearms transfers

  • Summary: To regulate the transfer of firearms at a gun show.
  • Status: Introduced 3/29/18.
  • What activists can do: ask Senate President Obhof to assign SB285 to a committee for hearings.

SB286 (Thomas, Schiavoni) – Firearm registration

  • Summary: To require firearms to be registered with the county sheriff in the county where the firearm owner resides.
  • Status: Introduced 3/29/18.
  • What activists can do: ask Senate President Obhof to assign SB286 to a committee for hearings.

We will work to keep this page updated throughout the legislative term.


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