Bill could ban certain firearms, magazines from Ohio

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Should the state of Ohio ban assault weapons?

It's what two Ohio senators have proposed. Democrats Michael Skindell and Charleta Tavares have proposed SB 260, which would ban automatic and semi-automatic firearms capable of accepting detachable magazines that can hold 10 or more bullets.

"These are weapons of war," Skindell said in a phone interview with 10TV, Wednesday. "That's what they were designed for and that's where they should remain."

The proposal also calls for a ban of semi-automatic firearms with a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept 10 or more cartridges.

"Nobody thinks if you take all the rifles in the state away that the schools are going to be any safer," Chuck LaRosa said. "Because they're not."

LaRosa is with Ohioans for Concealed Carry. He says lawmakers are using the latest shooting to ban guns.

"Absolutely," he said. "It's absolutely a knee-jerk reaction. The problem is not people having guns or high-capacity magazines. The problem is we send every child in the state to public schools and keep them gathered in one small place and don't protect them."

He says to best protect schools there should be a hard perimeter, similar to what you might see at courthouses and federal facilities. He thinks there should be a second level of security at the front doors. As for teachers and students, LaRosa says they should have different ways to get in and out of a classroom.

He believes arming teachers should be a last line of defense for students, not a first-line of defense.

Senator Skindell put similar legislation up for a vote in 2013, but it failed. In 2018, he believes he has the momentum to push it through.

"Today we saw students walking out of class, demanding change," Skindell said. "We're seeing in the political discussion, with our current Republican governor, talking about change about enacting some type of an assault weapons ban."

Sen. Tavares sent this statement to 10TV:

"Our goal as legislators, is to protect the health, safety and welfare of our residents. Senate Bill 260 takes assault weapons designed for combat and military defense off the market in Ohio. These weapons were designed to kill and inflict deadly harm to masses of enemy combatants not innocent children and adults in public spaces."

SB 260 was introduced, Tuesday, and is right now trying to work its way through committees.

If passed, Skindell says those who already own these types of weapons and magazines would have to store them out-of-state where they are allowed.

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