Ohio Democrats argue their gun legislation bottled up by GOP in legislature

Ohio Democrats argue their gun legislation bottled up by GOP in legislature

by Randy Ludlow , The Columbus Dispatch  |  published on August 6, 2019

Ohio’s Democratic legislators say they have repeatedly attempted to address gun violence, only to be shut out by the dominant pro-gun Republican majority in both the House and Senate.

Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko, D-Richmond Heights, and House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes, D-Akron, pointed out Monday — following the killing of 10 people in a mass shooting in Dayton on Sunday — that Democrats have introduced six bills to improve gun safety.

Only Senate Bill 43, which would prohibit gun purchases by those convicted of domestic violence, has received a hearing, after it was introduced with bipartisan co-sponsors, Sens. Nickie Antonio, D-Lakewood, and Stephanie Kunze, R-Hilliard. And it got only that hearing, the leaders said.

A Senate spokesman said two other Democratic bills were offered hearings, but the sponsor wanted to wait until after passage of the state budget.

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