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The group Ohioans for Gun Safety is rolling out a new campaign that would expand background checks for gun sales, closing the so-called “Gun Show Loophole.”

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

Weapons for sale at Mad River Armory and Range in Springfield.
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Ohio lawmakers are considering a long-debated bill that would roll back concealed-carry gun permit and training regulations. Some states have already passed similar controversial laws, while others have gone in the opposite direction to tighten gun sale, permit and background-check rules.

Gun regulations across the country are a patchwork and following the differences between state and federal laws can be confusing.

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Oakwood and Fairmont High Schools held a joint rally this morning at Fraze Pavillion. The rally was one of hundreds taking place across the country as part of a “National School Walkout” movement. The purpose of the rally was to call attention to school shootings and call for stricter gun laws.

Meigan Karolak is fifteen and a sophomore at Fairmont. She’s one of the co-organizers of the rally. 

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Gov. John Kasich has appeared to have changed his views on gun regulations, after years of saying he was a strong Second Amendment supporter on the rare occasions that he talked about it at all.

In an interview with CNN, Kasich called on President Trump to “take some steps” on gun control, because he said he had no confidence in a dysfunctional Congress to address the issue. And because of that, Kasich said it needs to be dealt with at the state and local level.

“That’s where you need to put the pressure and call these people out,” Kasich said.

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Ohio gun groups say they oppose any bans on a gun accessory called bump stocks used by the Las Vegas mass shooter to turn semi-automatic rifles into rapid-fire automatic weapons.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the Buckeye Firearms Association and Ohioans for Concealed Carry say a ban would be a threat to American gun rights.

Stephen Paddock equipped rifles with bump stocks that he used to kill 58 people and wound hundreds from a Las Vegas hotel room a week ago.

Senator Sherrod Brown Shares Views on Gun Control

Oct 6, 2017
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
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The White House chided talk of gun control this week, claiming it’s too soon to talk about policy in the wake of the Vegas massacre. 

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown disagrees. He's calling for a ban on "bump stocks", which can make semi-automatic rifles replicate fully automatics and may have been used by the Vegas gunman.

Brown says other issues should also be taken up, such as a federal waiting period and a gun buying ban for people on the terrorist watch.

Lawmakers Could Lift Automatic Concealed Weapons Ban At College Campuses, Daycares

Nov 30, 2016
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A bill that allows people to carry concealed weapons into more areas such as daycares and college campuses is moving through the Legislature as the clock runs out on this year’s session. 

There’s a list of places where people are automatically banned from carrying concealed weapons. That includes daycares, airport terminals and government buildings. But a bill moving closer to becoming a law would cross those three places off the list, with some exceptions.

House Democrats staged a sit-in Wednesday night in support of a gun control bill they wanted Congress to vote on before their summer break.

The Democrat backed bill would have stopped anyone on the U.S. No Fly List from buying firearms and require universal background checks. It would have also extended the 3-day waiting period if background checks weren’t completed in time, and required the Centers for Disease Control to study gun violence as a public health concern.

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Legislation is being proposed in the Ohio House that would require people to surrender firearms to law enforcement agencies if they've been convicted of domestic violence or served with a civil protection order.

The bill also would allow judges to order the surrender of firearms while a temporary restraining order is in place.

The bill introduced Tuesday by suburban Cleveland Democratic Reps. Nickie Antonio of Lakewood and Janine Boyd of Cleveland Heights was meant to mirror federal law.

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