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Chief Editor's Note:
Ohio's Second Amendment Sanctuary movement is now in full swing, much like in other states facing similar current threats. We'll keep editing this story throughout the days, weeks, and months to come. Please check back again for additional or updated information.
The most alarming gun control measure introduced in this session is Senate Bill 184, a red flag bill and part of the "Strong Ohio" package of bills presented by Governor Mike DeWine last October.
Most readers here will know that this followed the deadly mass shooting in Dayton last August. The expected result eventually came — a barrage of gun control bills that would have done nothing to prevent the original mass shooting that spawned it.
Strong Ohio contains three bills, designated SB 182, SB 183 and SB 184. Committee hearings for these three bills were first held back in September. These bills may have sponsors from both parties, but they face an uphill battle getting passed through an Ohio House that is dominated by Republicans.
Here are the three bills:
SB 182: Teen gun ownership limits. This bill raises the age to own a firearm in the state of Ohio to 21 years old instead of 18. The bill also increases the penalty for anyone caught transferring a firearm to a person under the age of 21 from a fifth-degree felony to a higher third-degree felony.
Never mind of course that bills of this type discriminate against an entire demographic of the American population in a clearly unconstitutional way.
SB 183: Universal background checks. This bill attempts to ensure that the sale of any firearm must first be preceded by a background check. All licensed FFL's are already bound by such laws, but the new bill targets private sellers and those who buy and sell online. Unlicensed gun owners attempting to transfer a gun to another person would be required to do so through an FFL (federally licensed person), such as a gun dealer. A clause in the bill states that background checks do not have to be done if a gun is being loaned out at a shooting range or while hunting.
It's not difficult to envision multiple ways that this law could be abused by prosecutors, such as a parent who goes to work and leaves their sick teenager at home where a gun is stored, or a man lending his sister a firearm for self-defense if there is a real danger that she could be assaulted.
SB 184: This bill concerns a court’s right to confiscate a person’s guns who may be a harm to themselves or others. Also known as “Red Flag Laws” this bill also deals with what it calls extreme risk protection orders.
Red flag laws violate multiple amendments to the US Constitution and usually even state constitutions by depriving firearms rights to those who never been charged, usually with no adequate due process. SB 184 is reported to provide due process, but a search by GRW turned up no details of how this protection would work.
A total of 10 bills are currently awaiting a vote in the Ohio General Assembly to dismantle Buckeye rights to bear arms.
Municipalities That Passed a Second Amendment Sanctuary Resolution:
- Jackson Township (aka Junction City)
Municipalities Having a Hearing or Confirmed To Be Voting Soon:
- Huron - the BOC has stated that they will sign a resolution into effect on Tuesday, 2/18/2020.
Other Counties Or Cities That Have Efforts To Get A Hearing Or Vote Soon:
- Van Wert