Columbus –Today, State Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo) announced that she will soon introduce legislation which will help prevent more gun violence by keeping firearms away from domestic abusers.

“Support for the 2nd Amendment should go hand-in-hand with keeping guns out of the hands of people we know are dangerous,” said Senator Brown. “Guns in a domestic violence situation do not make anyone safer. The presence of a firearm at such a time makes it five times more likely that a woman will be killed. My legislation will help keep domestic violence survivors safe from gun violence.”

Every year in the United States, women suffer from 5.3 million incidents of domestic violence. But 26 states and Washington DC already have laws that prohibit people who have either been convicted of domestic violence or are subject to a domestic-violence restraining order from owning firearms. Ohio does not. The laws passed by those 26 states have reduced gun violence against women, because we know that the presence of a gun in a situation of intimate-partner violence makes it five times more likely that a woman will be killed.

Recently, Ohio experienced another incident of this type of violence. James Ramey is charged with killing his intimate partner Amanda Mangas with a gun on March 14th.  He had previously been convicted of domestic violence against her—for holding a knife to her throat when she said she might leave him.

“Along with Constitutional natural rights comes great individual responsibility,” Senator Brown added. “If a person has been convicted of violent domestic abuse or is under a protection order for the safety of another human being then that person has forfeited his or her right to own a gun.”

Overall one in two American women who are killed with guns is killed by a romantic partner or family member. Moreover, roughly 4.5 million women alive today have been threatened with a gun by an intimate partner. According to Gallup, over 60 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with United States gun laws. And a second poll from Gallup shows that a majority of Americans agree that laws limiting gun access should be stronger.

“If we value the lives of our mothers, wives, and daughters, we have a responsibility to act,” emphasized Senator Brown. “Millions of Americans have spoken and deserve to be heard: Ohio needs common-sense gun laws, and this means keeping firearms away from violent domestic abusers. I wish we could have acted sooner to help protect Amanda Mangas.” 

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