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Ohio gun groups say they oppose any bans on a gun accessory called bump stocks used by the Las Vegas mass shooter to turn semi-automatic rifles into rapid-fire automatic weapons.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the Buckeye Firearms Association and Ohioans for Concealed Carry say a ban would be a threat to American gun rights.

Stephen Paddock equipped rifles with bump stocks that he used to kill 58 people and wound hundreds from a Las Vegas hotel room a week ago.

Senator Sherrod Brown Shares Views on Gun Control

Oct 6, 2017
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
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The White House chided talk of gun control this week, claiming it’s too soon to talk about policy in the wake of the Vegas massacre. 

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown disagrees. He's calling for a ban on "bump stocks", which can make semi-automatic rifles replicate fully automatics and may have been used by the Vegas gunman.

Brown says other issues should also be taken up, such as a federal waiting period and a gun buying ban for people on the terrorist watch.

Lawmakers Could Lift Automatic Concealed Weapons Ban At College Campuses, Daycares

Nov 30, 2016
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A bill that allows people to carry concealed weapons into more areas such as daycares and college campuses is moving through the Legislature as the clock runs out on this year’s session. 

There’s a list of places where people are automatically banned from carrying concealed weapons. That includes daycares, airport terminals and government buildings. But a bill moving closer to becoming a law would cross those three places off the list, with some exceptions.

House Democrats staged a sit-in Wednesday night in support of a gun control bill they wanted Congress to vote on before their summer break.

The Democrat backed bill would have stopped anyone on the U.S. No Fly List from buying firearms and require universal background checks. It would have also extended the 3-day waiting period if background checks weren’t completed in time, and required the Centers for Disease Control to study gun violence as a public health concern.

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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.

Jesse Mackey teaches NRA-certified gun safety courses out of his home in Xenia.
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Guns and gun owners have been back in the headlines following President Barack Obama's recent executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence. And locally, Greene County issued or renewed more than 500 concealed carry weapons licenses in the third quarter of 2015, while Montgomery County issued more than 1000.

U.S. Senate candidate P.G. Sittenfeld is questioning whether his primary opponent has changed his position on gun control.
 
Sittenfeld says fellow Democrat Ted Strickland defended his A-plus rating with the National Rifle Association as recently as March of last year.
 
Sittenfeld, who faces Strickland in the upcoming Ohio primary, says Strickland's radio show comments run counter to positions he took after the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre.