Group pushes for background checks on all gun sales in Ohio

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An effort is underway to change Ohio law on gun sales and background checks.

A group called Ohioans for Gun Safety hopes to gather enough signatures to put the issue on the state ballot.

Ohioans for Gun Safety says it is trying to address loopholes in Ohio Law when it comes to background checks for gun sales.

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But a gun-rights group says this is trying to solve a problem that doesn't exist.

Ohioans for Gun Safety says they hope to gather about 133,000 signatures to require background checks before a gun can be sold at a gun show or in a private sale.

They want to take those signatures to state lawmakers to convince them to put together legislation to that effect.

If lawmakers don't act, the group says it plans to collect another 133,000 signatures, to put the measure on the ballot in November of next year.

"If you buy a gun in Ohio, you should have a background check done. If you sell a gun, you should ensure that a background check is conducted on the person you're selling it to. If that person passes the background check, sell the gun. If the person does not, then don't sell the gun to them. It's really that simple," said Dennis Willard of Ohioans for Gun Safety.

The Buckeye Firearms Association says "There is no gun show loophole. The rules don't change when you walk into a gun show. The same laws apply either way. This is a big to-do about nothing. It will not stop any criminal from getting a gun."

Ohioans for Gun Safety says it hopes to have its first round of petitions to state lawmakers by December.

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