Ohio state Sen. Bill Patmon re-introduces gun legislation

12:08 PM, Dec 21, 2012   |    comments
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COLUMBUS -- State Representative Bill Patmon (D-Cleveland) said the Ohio House of Representatives will again see language from House Bill 519, House Bill 563, and House Bill 595, which all strive to better protect the children of Ohio from gun misuse, he stated.

"It is heart breaking for the United States, and even the world as a whole to have had to witness the unfortunate events of last Friday," Said Rep. Patmon.

"It is unnerving to learn of the easy accessibility to military assault rifles and to know that so many people have them in their home.  This year alone, we have seen the traumatic affects of such weapons in Chardon in February, Aurora in July, and Newtown this month.  This needs to end, and it needs to end now."

The three bills slated to be re-introduced in the 130th General Assembly include:

  • House Bill 563, which is also known as the "Child Access Prevention" bill where it is required for those with children in their homes to ensure that their firearms are locked up and out of reach of children.
  • House Bill 595 switches current firearm-related signage to say where guns are accepted different from the current law where signs indicate where firearms are not allowed.
  • House Bill 519, also known as "the metal detector bill" from the 129th General Assembly will be introduced with few changes including Ohio school districts' ability to option into receiving metal detector grant funding.

"I was the only legislator that introduced regulatory laws on firearms last General Assembly, and I am ready for the challenge again this General Assembly," Rep. Patmon said, of his plan.

"What I am not okay with is more children dying."

The three bills will be drafted and introduced at the beginning of the 130th General Assembly

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