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New Ohio Bill Would Crack Down On Gun Owners When Their Weapons Get Into The Hands Of Kids

May 13, 2019
Originally published on May 10, 2019 4:33 pm

Some Democrats in the Ohio Legislature say more needs to be done to keep guns out of the hands of children. 

Representative Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) is sponsoring a bill that is on the books in 23 other states.

“The purpose of this bill is to keep kids safe and make sure that if there are firearms in a home, on a property that they are locked up and stored appropriately so kids don’t have ready access to them," Kelly says.

If a kid gets hold of an unlocked gun and causes injury to anyone, the gun owner could be charged with a first degree felony. Similar bills have been proposed in recent years but have failed in the legislature. 

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