Today is the 5 year anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting. As we remember the victims from that event and the thousands of other lives lost to gun violence in the last five years, take the time to make a few calls today and ask your elected officials to stand up for sensible gun reform.
There are two bills that need immediate attention.
The first is Ohio SB 180, a Stand Your Ground bill that allows a person to shoot to kill in public, even when there is a clear and safe alternative. The bill also expands a persons right to claim self-defense and weakens Ohio gun laws by allowing citizens to carry loaded, hidden guns in public with out a permit or safety training.
Stand Your Ground laws have led to an increase in gun deaths in other states around the country. We need to make sure this dangerous law is not passed in Ohio.
The bill is still in the Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee right now. Call the members of the Judiciary Committee right now and ask them not to vote this dangerous bill out of committee.
Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee
Kevin Bacon (R) – Chair: (614) 466-8064
Matt Dolan (R) – Vice Chair: (614) 466-8056
Cecil Thomas (D) – Ranking Minority Member: (614) 466-5980
William Coley (R): (614) 466-8072
John Eklund (R): (614) 644-7718
Matt Huffman (R): (614) 466-7584
Peggy Lehner (R): (614) 466-4538
Sean O’Brien (D): (614) 466-7182
Scott Oelslager (R): (614) 466-0626
Michael Skindell (D): (614) 466-5123
The second bill is in Congress: HR 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, passed the House on December 6, 2017.
This bill would drastically weaken existing state gun laws requiring all states to recognize concealed carry permits granted by other states and allow the concealed transport of handguns across state lines. Additionally, this bill would allow permit holders to carry concealed weapons in school zones and on federally-owned land.
Call your senators now and ask them to vote NO on this damaging bill.
Senator Sherrod Brown
Cincinnati: (513) 684-1021
DC: (202) 224-2315
Senator Rob Portman