Ohio Lawmaker Pushes Gun Control Bills

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CLEVELAND -- New gun control legislation will soon be discussed by Ohio lawmakers.

State Representative Bill Patmon, (D) Ohio 10th District, is pushing three new bills.  

The Child Access Prevention Bill, or House Bill 563, will likely get the most attention considering it deals with gun storage.

Patmon wants gun owners to put their guns in safes or use trigger locks and keep their weapons out of the reach of kids.  

If you fail to do so, you will face lower degree felony charges, pay a fine and you could spend up to a year in jail.  

He says this is not about politics, it's about keeping children safe.

"The incident in Chardon, the individual picked the gun off the workbench - allegedly - and went out and did the deed.  I think there should be some responsibility for gun owners and safely storing their guns and some penalty if they're negligent in storing it," Patmon said.

Patmon knows he has an uphill battle against the NRA and Ohio gun enthusiasts but he says this will help prevent more tragedies.

Patmon adds, "First of all, I want people to know that I'm not against the 2nd amendment, but this is just like the 1st amendment which allows freedom of speech but not in a crowded theater, when you yell 'fire' and end up being indicted."

"Children access needs to be stopped as well as mentally ill and the felons," says Mike Dawson, owner of Five Star Firearms in Seven Hills.  To our surprise, he supports all of Patmon's ideas.

"If you're not carrying a firearm with conceal carry - you don't just leave it on top of your refrigerator loaded.  You don't play hide-the-gun when it's loaded," Dawson said.

Dawson says quick access isn't a problem for responsible gun owners.  They know there are safes made now with touch access and new guns come with trigger locks inside the packaging.

House Bill 595 switches current firearm related signage to say where guns are allowed, instead of where they are not.

House Bill 519, or the metal detector bill, will be introduced with Ohio school districts' ability to receive federal grant money for metal detectors, if they so choose.

The new bills will be discussed in early January.