Ohio Legislation Watch: Gun Reform Bills

Below is information on pro-reform bills introduced in the 133rd General Assembly with information about their current status and what you can do to support them.

HB 240 (Kelly, Miranda) – Child Access Protection Act

  • Summary: to ensure firearms are stored safely and securely out of the reach of minors.
  • Status: Assigned to House Criminal Justice Committee
  • Testimony: Not yet available
  • Bill Analysis: Not yet available
  • Fiscal Analysis: Not yet available
  • What activists can do: Ask Chairman Lang to schedule a first hearing on HB240.

HB 316 (Russo, Sweeney) – Extreme Risk Protection Orders (Red Flag Law)

  • 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: Introduced 8/7/19.
  • Testimony: Not yet available
  • Bill Analysis: Not yet available
  • Fiscal Analysis: Not yet available
  • What activists can do: Ask Speaker Householder to assign HB316 to a committee and hold hearings.

HB 317 (Russo, Sweeney) – Universal Background Checks

  • Summary: To enact the Protect Law Enforcement Act to require a firearm transfer to be made through a dealer, through a law enforcement agency, or pursuant to a specified exception, and to require a background check when a firearm is transferred.
  • Status: Introduced 8/7/19.
  • Testimony: Not yet available
  • Bill Analysis: Not yet available
  • Fiscal Analysis: Not yet available
  • What activists can do: Ask Speaker Householder to assign HB317 to a committee and hold hearings.

HB319 (West, A. Miller) – Local Control

  • Summary: to restore local authority to generally regulate firearms related conduct.
  • Status: Introduced 8/13/19.
  • Testimony: Not yet available
  • Bill Analysis: Not yet available
  • Fiscal Analysis: Not yet available
  • What activists can do: Ask Speaker Householder to assign HB319 to a committee and hold hearings.

HB320 (West) – Firearm Transfers

  • Summary: to prohibit a federally licensed firearms dealer from Transferring a firearm while a background check is pending unless 30 days have elapsed.
  • Status: Introduced 8/13/19.
  • Testimony: Not yet available
  • Bill Analysis: Not yet available
  • Fiscal Analysis: Not yet available
  • What activists can do: Ask Speaker Householder to assign HB320 to a committee and hold hearings.

SB 19 (Williams) – Extreme Risk Protection Order Act

  • Summary: To enact the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act to allow household members, family, and law enforcement officials to obtain a court order to temporarily restrict an individual’s access to firearms if that person poses a harmful risk to either themselves or others
  • Status: Assigned to Government Oversight and Reform Committee
  • Testimony: Not yet available
  • Bill Analysis: Not yet available
  • Fiscal Analysis: Not yet available
  • What activists can do: Ask Chairman Coley to schedule a first hearing on SB 19

SB 43 (Antonio, Kunze) – Domestic Violence Firearm Restrictions

SB 62 (Thomas) – Semi-Automatic Rate of Fire Restrictions

  • Summary: To prohibit certain conduct regarding a multitude of items (i.e. parts, components, attachments, devices, and accessories) that increase the rate of fire (but that do not convert such weapons into automatic firearms) for semi-automatic weapons
  • Status: Assigned to Government Oversight and Reform Committee
  • Testimony: Not yet available
  • Bill Analysis: Not yet available
  • Fiscal Analysis: Not yet available
  • What activists can do: Ask Chairman Coley to schedule a first hearing on SB 62

SB 63 (Thomas) – Firearms Transfers

  • Summary: To require private firearm transfers to be made through a dealer, a law enforcement agency, or pursuant to a special exemption, and to require a background check for such transfers
  • Status: Assigned to Government Oversight and Reform Committee
  • Testimony: Not yet available
  • Bill Analysis: Not yet available
  • Fiscal Analysis: Not yet available
  • What activists can do: Ask Chairman Coley to schedule a first hearing on SB 63

SB 64 (Thomas) – Minimum Purchasing Age for Firearms

  • Summary: To raise the minimum purchasing age for firearms to 21 years of age, and to increase the penalties for improperly furnishing firearms to minors
  • Status: Assigned to Government Oversight and Reform Committee
  • Testimony: Not yet available
  • Bill Analysis: Not yet available
  • Fiscal Analysis: Not yet available
  • What activists can do: Ask Chairman Coley to schedule a first hearing on SB 64

SB 65 (Thomas) – Gun Show Regulations

  • Summary: To regulate the transfer of firearms at gun shows
  • Status: Assigned to Government Oversight and Reform Committee
  • Testimony: Not yet available
  • Bill Analysis: Not yet available
  • Fiscal Analysis: Not yet available
  • What activists can do: Ask Chairman Coley to schedule a first hearing on SB 65

SB182 (Thomas, Lehner) – Minimum Purchase Age

  • Summary: To raise minimum age to purchase firearm to 21
  • Status: Introduced 8/13/19
  • Testimony: Not yet available
  • Bill Analysis: Not yet available
  • Fiscal Analysis: Not yet available
  • What activists can do: Ask President Obhof to assign SB182 to a committee and hold hearings.

SB183 (Thomas, Lehner) – Universal Background Checks

  • Summary: To raise the minimum age to purchase a firearm to age 21 and to increase the penalty for improperly furnishing firearms to an underage person.
  • Status: Introduced 8/13/19
  • Testimony: Not yet available
  • Bill Analysis: Not yet available
  • Fiscal Analysis: Not yet available
  • What activists can do: Ask President Obhof to assign SB183 to a committee and hold hearings.

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