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Opponents of Ohio Gun Bill Speak Out

Photo of Rep. Adam Miller at a podium
Rep. Adam Miller and Democrats talk to reporters about gun bills at the Ohio Statehouse.

Numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio State Highway Patrol show 430 more people died from gun-related deaths in 2017 than in car accidents. Many majority Republicans back a bill that would allow people to carry concealed weapons without a license. But minority Democrats want what they call “common sense gun legislation” instead. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports.

House Democrats are proposing requiring safe storage of guns, allowing seizure of guns from people who could be dangerous, and expanding background checks. And Democratic Rep. Adam Miller says they oppose a Republican-backed bill that allows people to carry concealed weapons without a license. 

“The uncertainty that this bill creates by defining weapons in the broadest, most irresponsible manner is terrible,” Miller said.

That bill also faces opposition from prosecutors and police. Republican House Speaker Larry Householderalso has legal questions.

“I’ve asked that the bill, probably as it leaves one committee, it goes to another, probably criminal justice, to have some additional hearings,” he said.

While more gun restrictions would be a heavy lift, Gov. Mike DeWine has signaled that he’d support some sort of a so-called red flag law.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment. Jo started her career in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid 80’s when she helped produce a televised presidential debate for ABC News, worked for a creative services company and served as a general assignment report for a commercial radio station. In 1989, she returned back to her native Ohio to work at the WOSU Stations in Columbus where she began a long resume in public radio.