Senator Thomas Applauds Governor Kasich's Inclusion Of Democratic Proposals In Gun Reform Plan
March 1, 2018
Today, Governor John Kasich unveiled a gun safety plan, which includes multiple proposals currently being addressed by Democratic members of the Ohio Senate. Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) has asked Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) to take the lead for the Senate Democratic Caucus on any bipartisan efforts to curb gun violence in Ohio.
Senator Thomas released the following statement in response:
“As a former police officer, I know too well the devastating impact of gun violence on our families, our communities and our nation. People in Ohio and across the U.S. are asking lawmakers to help stop senseless gun violence, which has taken far too many lives. I’m encouraged that the Governor is willing to work together to take action, and I look forward to representing our caucus in conversations about solutions to gun violence.
“Following the tragedy in Las Vegas, I introduced SB 219 to ban bump stocks and other items that accelerate a semi-automatic firearm's rate of fire. Other members of our caucus have introduced bills that are reflected in the Governor’s proposal. These bills have yet to receive much attention by the legislature, but I hope they will now become a priority. Lives are at stake.”
Last week, Senators Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) announced they will soon introduce “red flag" legislation to remove firearms from people who are an imminent danger to themselves or others. In October, Senator Thomas introduced Senate Bill 219 to ban bump stocks. Last year, Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo) introduced Senate Bill 150 to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic violence offenders.