COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) — Ohio House Democratic lawmakers hosted a virtual press conference Monday morning outlining what they are calling the commonsense gun safety legislative package.
Joined by a gun violence survivor and gun safety advocate, eight house democrats advocated for gun safety in light of a recent billed signed by 14 Ohio state lawmakers that would allow the state to override federal gun control measures.
Last week Rep. Phil Robinson says that he along with and Rep. Adam Miller introduced House Bill 259 that creates universal background checks in Ohio in response to the current legal loophole that allows sales without background checks at gun shows, online sales and private sales.
“Our legislation would require all firearm transactions to be processed through the National Instant Criminal Background Check system,” Robinson said. “It would hold unlicensed firearm dealers and sellers to the same standards as federally licensed dealers. It would ensure all private sellers and unlicensed dealers to complete firearm transactions at either a federally licensed dealer or through a state or local law enforcement agency.”
Robinson says the bill, also known as the Protect Law Enforcement Act, or PLEA, is a plea to keep dangerous weapons out of dangerous hands.
He says more than 90 percent of Ohioans support background checks for gun purchases and 87 percent of gun owners support background checks.
If enacted, Ohio would join 22 other states and Washington, D.C. to require background checks beyond federal law to at least some private law, according to Robinson.