7 proposed gun laws up for debate at Ohio Statehouse

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2016, file photo, handguns are displayed at a trade show in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
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Ohio Senator Cecil Thomas believes politicians who push back against gun control will pay for it come election time.

"I think the voters are going to say if you're not going to do something then we going to do something," he said.

He's the lead sponsor of six gun law proposals including one that would raise the age the minimum age to purchase a gun to 21. That's the meaning behind Senate Bill 65.

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"We're talking about the potential of a deadly weapon in the hands of someone it just makes good common sense you got to be 21 to purchase that firearm," he said.

What sounds like common sense to him, sounds utterly ridiculous to the Buckeye Firearms Association.

"If you're 18 should be able to vote, join the military and drink a beer," says Gerard Valentino of the Buckeye Firearms Association.

Senator Thomas also supports a bill that would require background checks for private sales at gun shows. That's Senate Bill 182.

"A private sale from one person to another there's no background check required but you go to a gun show and you buy from a federally licensed dealer there's a background check what's wrong with that picture?" he asked.

A lot says the Buckeye Firearms Association. It says there's a danger in the government knowing the details of a private sale.

"It creates a gun registry which has been ruled to be unconstitutional. If the government has a list of who owns the gun now they know who owns the guns and where to get them," Valentino said.

Thomas says his proposals to change the state's gun laws are about common-sense legislation.

"I don't want your gun I want to make sure you're qualified to own that gun," Thomas said.

He admits none of what he proposes will solve mass shootings like the one in Dayton, but he believes even it makes it harder for one person to buy a gun with evil intentions he believes it's worth the political fight.

"I can almost guarantee that Democrats are going to make it an issue. I'm going to make it an issue. This is ridiculous, we got to do everything. We can to try to minimize the potential of these things happening," he said.

Among the other gun bills, up for discussion is what's referred to as the red flag law which would allow the courts to take someone's guns away if they are a threat to themselves or others.

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