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 on 5/14/19.
  • 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 HB 240.

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: Assigned to House Health Committee on 9/24/19.
  • Testimony: Not yet available
  • Bill Analysis
  • Fiscal Analysis: Not yet available
  • What activists can do: Ask Chairman Lipps to schedule a first hearing on HB 316.

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: Assigned to House State and Local Government Committee on 9/24/19.
  • Testimony: Not yet available
  • Bill Analysis
  • Fiscal Analysis: Not yet available
  • What activists can do: Ask Chairman Wiggam to schedule a first hearing on HB 317.

HB 319 (West, A. Miller) – Local Control

  • Summary: To restore local authority to generally regulate firearms related conduct.
  • Status: Assigned to House State and Local Government Committee on 9/24/19.
  • Testimony: Not yet available
  • Bill Analysis: Not yet available
  • Fiscal Analysis: Not yet available
  • What activists can doAsk Chairman Wiggam to schedule a first hearing on HB 319.

HB 320 (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: Assigned to House State and Local Government Committee on 9/24/19.
  • Testimony: Not yet available
  • Bill Analysis: Not yet available
  • Fiscal Analysis: Not yet available
  • What activists can doAsk Chairman Wiggam to schedule a first hearing on HB 320.

HB 335 (Lepore-Hagan, Boyd) – Domestic Violence

  • Summary: To require a person who is subject to a civil or criminal domestic violence temporary protection order to surrender the person’s firearms.
  • Status: Assigned to House Criminal Justice Committee on 9/24/19.
  • 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 HB 335.

HB 348 (A. Miller) – Protection Orders

  • Summary: To prohibit a person subject to a protection order from purchasing or receiving a firearm for the duration of the order.
  • Status: Introduced 9/23/19.
  • Testimony: Not yet available.
  • Bill Analysis: Not yet available.
  • Fiscal Analysis: Not yet available.
  • What activists can do: Ask Speaker Householder to assign HB 348 to a committee and hold hearings.

HB 349 (Weinstein) – Firearm Magazines

  • Summary: To generally prohibit a person from possessing a large capacity magazine and to establish a large capacity magazine registry.
  • Status: Assigned to House Criminal Justice Committee on 10/2/19.
  • 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 HB 349.

HB 354 (Plummer, Swearingen) – Firearms

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: One hearing held in Government Oversight and Reform Committee on 9/10/19.
  • Testimony: Sponsor Testimony of Senator Williams
  • Bill Analysis
  • Fiscal Analysis: Not yet available
  • What activists can do: Ask Chairman Coley to schedule additional hearings 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: One hearing held in Government Oversight and Reform Committee on 9/17/19.
  • Testimony: Sponsor Testimony of Senator Thomas
  • Bill Analysis
  • Fiscal Analysis: Not yet available
  • What activists can do: Ask Chairman Coley to schedule additional hearings 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: One hearing held in Government Oversight and Reform Committee on 9/17/19.
  • Testimony: Not yet available
  • Bill Analysis
  • Fiscal Analysis: Not yet available
  • What activists can do: Ask Chairman Coley to schedule additional hearings 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: One hearing held in Government Oversight and Reform Committee on 9/17/19.
  • Testimony: Not yet available
  • Bill Analysis
  • Fiscal Analysis: Not yet available
  • What activists can do: Ask Chairman Coley to schedule additional hearings on SB 64.

SB 65 (Thomas) – Gun Show Regulations

SB 182 (Thomas, Lehner) – Minimum Purchase Age

SB 183 (Thomas, Lehner) – Universal Background Checks

SB 184 (Williams, Lehner) – Extreme Risk Protection Order (Red Flag)

SB 202 (Thomas, Craig) – Local Authority

  • Summary: To restore local authority to regulate firearms-relate conduct. 
  • Status: Assigned to General Government and Agency Review Committee on 10/2/19.
  • Testimony: Not yet available.
  • Bill Analysis: Not yet available.
  • Fiscal Analysis: Not yet available.
  • What activists can do: Ask Chairman Schuring to schedule a first hearing on SB 202.

SB 203 (Thomas, Lehner) – Firearm Transfers

  • Summary: To regulate the transfer of firearms at a gun show.
  • Status: Assigned to Government Oversight and Reform Committee on 10/2/19
  • 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 203.

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