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A List of Ohio Republicans Backing Gun Safety Laws After the Dayton Mass Shooting

August 8, 2019

In recent days, a number of Ohio Republicans have spoken out about the need to strengthen gun laws, including:


In the aftermath of Sunday morning’s mass shooting in Dayton, reports are emerging that the shooter’s behavior raised concerns among people who knew him. This reporting underscores the case for Extreme Risk or Red Flag laws, which 12 states have enacted since last year’s mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. Five of these new laws have been signed by Republican governors.


recent report showed that in 2018 alone, there were as many as 127,524 ads on offering guns for sale in Ohio with no background check required.

Under current federal law, background checks are required only for gun sales by licensed firearm dealers. No background check is required for sales by unlicensed individuals, who can sell guns to strangers they meet online or at gun shows – with no background check, no questions asked, and no way to know whether the buyer is a criminal or otherwise prohibited from having guns.15 states and the District of Columbia have closed this loophole by enacting laws requiring background checks on all gun sales. Ohio has not.

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