Senate District 9
Cecil Thomas
Bipartisan Pair of Lawmakers Testify on Gun Reform Bills
November 5, 2019
Today, state Sens. Cecil Thomas (D-Avondale) and Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) gave sponsor testimony on bills to limit high-capacity magazines, ban bump stocks and require background checks at gun shows in Ohio.

“The Dayton mass shooting was a devastating example of the carnage that can happen in seconds because of high-capacity magazines,” said Thomas. “High-capacity magazines and bump stocks put our citizens and our law enforcement at increased risk of danger. Too often, these deadly weapons are purchased at a gun show where under-the-table sellers have no incentive to run a background check to verify who they’re selling to. These bills are an important aspect of our comprehensive approach to stopping gun violence and senseless deaths.”

One of the bills heard during today’s Government Oversight committee, Senate Bill 223, would limit the size of gun magazines to 10 rounds for handguns and 15 rounds for all other firearms. The Dayton shooter used an assault rifle with a 100-round magazine drum, which allowed him to fire 41 shots in 32 seconds, killing 9 people and injuring 27 more.

According to available data, 58% of mass shootings from 2009 to 2017 involved firearms with high-capacity magazines. They resulted in twice as many fatalities and 14 times as many injuries per incident compared to shootings without high-capacity magazines.

SB 223 also includes a ban on bump stocks that would put Ohio in line with federal regulation.

Also heard during the committee was SB 203, which would close the so-called gun show loophole by requiring private sellers to perform a background check at the time of sale. These private sellers account for between 25 and 50 percent of gun show vendors, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
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