Ohio Senate committee to hear from gun legislation sponsors

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Posted at 1:57 PM, Sep 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-17 13:57:48-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio Senate committee will hear from a Democrat and a Republican who are sponsoring legislation that would expand background checks for most firearm purchases and create a "red flag" law aimed at keeping guns from people viewed as threats to themselves and others.

Sen. Cecil Thomas, a Cincinnati Democrat and member of the Government Oversight and Reform Committee, said in an interview before Tuesday's hearing in Columbus that there's little appetite in the Republican-controlled Legislature to pass substantive guns laws.

Thomas says Republicans likely agreed to Tuesday's hearing because of a mass shooting in Dayton in August that killed nine people.

The shooting prompted Sen. Peggy Lehner, a Dayton-area Republican, to become a co-sponsor for three of Thomas' bills, including those on background check expansion and the red-flag law.