Senate District 9
Cecil Thomas
Thomas Comments on Introduction of Senate Bill 357
August 19, 2022

Today, state Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Avondale) issued the following statement after state Senator Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) introduced Senate Bill 357, which would modify Ohio’s gun laws. This bill comes two months after Senators Thomas and Tina Maharath (D-Canal Winchester) introduced Senate Bill 351, the Defend Our Children Act, a more comprehensive gun reform proposal.

“I am encouraged by the introduction of Senate Bill 357, but it still does not do enough to address gun violence and keep Ohioans safe,” Thomas said. “While the bill does not go as far as the Defend Our Children Act, it takes positive steps to improve the processes we have to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous people. I urge my Republican colleagues to support these efforts and schedule committee hearings on commonsense gun reform legislation, including the Defend our Children Act. I look forward to sitting down with Senator Dolan to further discuss both bills.”

S.B. 357 does not require background checks, ban those under 21 from purchasing a firearm, create safe storage requirements or increase penalties for improperly furnishing firearms – policies that are included in the Defend Our Children Act. More information about S.B. 351 and S.B. 357 can be found on the Ohio Legislature’s website.

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