Ohio Lawmakers: Disarm Domestic Violence Suspects

May 16, 2013

A group of Democratic lawmakers in Ohio say domestic-violence deaths can be prevented by taking guns away from people served with restraining orders.

Legislation introduced by Rep. Bob Hagan, a Youngstown Democrat, would require those subject to domestic-violence protection orders to temporarily give up their weapons to law enforcement within 24 hours of being served.

The bill would also give defendants the option to sell their weapons to a licensed federal dealer instead of handing them over.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the proposal irked an Ohio gun advocacy group that has argued that one solution to domestic violence might be arming the victims.

The measure would need to gain ground with Republicans to survive the GOP-controlled Legislature.