Guns

Federal statistics show that Ohio is a top source for guns used in crimes in other states.

The data released this week and reported by The Columbus Dispatch show 1,601 guns were first legally purchased in Ohio in 2012 and then linked to crimes such as robbery and murder in 36 other states.

Another 5,375 guns stayed in Ohio and were linked to crimes in 2012, according to the newspaper analysis of numbers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Journalists would need a court order to access Ohio's handgun license records under proposed changes to the state's concealed carry law.

Reporters in the state are allowed to view the name, birthdate and county of residence of a permit holder. But journalists are not allowed to copy the information.

Sponsoring Sen. Joseph Uecker says he fears Ohio news outlets could publish a map showing the licensees' information. The Loveland Republican says journalists can memorize the data.

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.

School safety was the top topic for the state board of education, which hoped to learn about how to make buildings, staff and students more secure. But Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler reports, one idea that’s been making the rounds isn't likely to move forward

“Twenty-two seconds from the time the shooter shot the first bullet till the time he exited the school building. Twenty-two seconds.”

As Ohio Sen. Rob Portman traveled through the state during this week's congressional recess, he got plenty of heat for his recent vote against a bipartisan bill that would have expanded background checks to more gun sales. 

Groups in favor of the legislation protested some of his appearances and an Ohio woman whose son was killed in last year's mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater tried to meet with Portman to express her frustration with his vote.

This week, Connecticut lawmakers passed one of the toughest gun laws in the nation, four months after the shootings in Newtown. It includes an assault weapons ban, universal background checks and limits to the size of magazines. Things are moving much slower at the federal level. Jo Ingles with the Ohio Public Radio Statehouse news bureau joins Emily McCord to discuss what Ohio is and isn't doing on gun laws in the state.

An Ohio-based gun rights group says two dozen Ohio educators have been trained in firearms use in a pilot program developed after the slayings of children and staff members at a Connecticut school.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that participants in the three-day course used model guns with plastic pellets while learning tactical maneuvers for reacting to school shooters. The Armed Teacher Training Program conducted by the Tactical Defense Institute in southern Ohio's West Union included simulated gunman scenarios based on real-life situations.

Authorities in Dayton are more concerned about large-capacity magazines than assault weapons that are the subject of debate in Washington.

Last year there were 27 homicides in Dayton, with handguns the preferred weapon and just one case involving an assault rifle. Most of the handguns had large-capacity magazines.

The sheriff in Montgomery County says it has investigated more homicides involving frying pans in the past three years than assault weapons.

The state has kicked off the first of five days of regional training meant to teach Ohio educators to respond to school shooting situations.

More than 200 people registered to participate in Thursday's training in Columbus, where the instructor told participants that planning and practicing responses for an intruder situation will save lives in case of a real incident.

PoliticsOhio: Gun Laws At Issue At State Level

Dec 21, 2012

After the massacre at a school in Connecticut, there’s been a lot of focus on gun control. This week, Ohio has expanded some limits on guns in the state. Bill Cohen joins Emily McCord to discuss the state of Ohio's gun laws and the debate surrounding it.

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