Domestic Violence

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Legislation is being proposed in the Ohio House that would require people to surrender firearms to law enforcement agencies if they've been convicted of domestic violence or served with a civil protection order.

The bill also would allow judges to order the surrender of firearms while a temporary restraining order is in place.

The bill introduced Tuesday by suburban Cleveland Democratic Reps. Nickie Antonio of Lakewood and Janine Boyd of Cleveland Heights was meant to mirror federal law.

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The Ohio House has approved legislation that would shield the addresses of victims of domestic violence, stalking and other crimes from use by government agencies.

The bill passed Wednesday would let victims apply for a confidential address from the Ohio secretary of state if they're worried about attackers tracking them down.

The address could be used when registering to vote or for any business with a government agency, such as a city water department, school or public university. The secretary of state's office would forward mail to the real address daily.

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.