Columbus – Today, Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo) testified on Senate Bill 150 before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Titled the “Domestic Violence Survivors Protection Act,” the bill prohibits individuals who have been convicted of domestic violence, or assault of a family member, or who are subject to a domestic-violence restraining order from owning firearms. Twenty-six states have already enacted similar legislation.

 “Roughly 4.5 million American women have been threatened with a gun by an intimate partner,” said Senator Brown. “We must ask ourselves: how much further does a person really have to go to pull the trigger if they’ve already drawn a weapon on someone?”

 Existing federal legislation, known as the Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban, prohibits individuals convicted of domestic violence from possessing firearms; however, it is difficult to enforce at the state level because federal law does not outline a procedure for surrendering firearms.

 “Senate Bill 150 provides a clear-cut process for turning in weapons and encourages compliance with existing federal legislation,” said Senator Brown. “Because states must develop their own procedures for surrendering firearms, convicted domestic abusers have been able to get away with keeping their guns, though unlawful.”

 October marks National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Ohio. Every year, 5.3 million women in the United States suffer from incidents of domestic violence. Overall, one in two American women killed with guns are killed by a romantic partner or family member.

 Senator Brown introduced Senate Bill 150 in honor of Amanda Mangas, the northwest Ohio native who was shot and killed by her boyfriend, James Ramey, this past March.

 
 
 
  
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