Gun legislation hot topic after Easter Break at the Statehouse

Ohio Statehouse Newsroom

After two weeks off, many pieces of legislation that deal with guns and or violence are being heard this week.

From a stand your ground bill; to a bill allowing officers to carry concealed weapons while off duty; to a bill that jams all 6 of Governor Kasich’s proposed common sense measures into one package; lawmakers are hearing about issues that have people motivated one way or another.

Advocacy groups like Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and the volunteer group Sandy Hook Promise were both at the statehouse lobbying lawmakers trying to get them on their side for various different bills.

Some of those bills deal with the guns themselves while others deal with the mental health of those that wield them.

Then there was Governor Kasich who met with Fred Guttenberg, the father of one of the 17 people killed in a school shooting in Florida in February.

Kasich held a brief press conference outside his ceremonial office Tuesday. He stood with Guttenberg and the sponsors of his common sense measures plan from both the House and the Senate.

The House bill got its first hearing about an hour after the press conference; and hour later lawmakers were still asking the sponsor questions.

At the end of the hearing members of the group Ohio Gun Owners remained steadfast in their opposition to the bill.

Wednesday more gun bills are on the docket in the Senate.

A bill that would ban bump stocks and a “red flag” bill are both getting their first hearings. Both bills were introduced by Democrats.

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