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Hicks-Hudson, Ingram Call for Increased Gun Safety Measures

May 22, 2024
Paula Hicks-Hudson News

Today, state Senators Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) and Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) gave sponsor testimony for Senate Bill 209, which would increase the penalty for reckless failure to report a lost or stolen firearm in Ohio from a fourth-degree misdemeanor to a first-degree misdemeanor. 

“The theft of unsecured guns from homes and vehicles contributes to guns falling into the hands of people who are not allowed to possess a gun,” said Hicks-Hudson. “This is a reasonable gun violence prevention measure that would help law enforcement better keep firearms out of the hands of potentially dangerous individuals.” 

By increasing the penalty for reckless failure to report a lost or stolen firearm, S.B. 209 aims to prevent guns from falling into the hands of unauthorized and potentially dangerous individuals by reducing underground gun sales and illegal firearms trafficking. 

“The increase in reported stolen or missing firearms in tandem with rising gun violence is a threat to Ohioans’ safety,” said Ingram. “Gun violence is a growing public health crisis. This legislation would enhance public safety and encourage gun owners to exercise responsible ownership of their firearms.” 

Hundreds of thousands of guns are stolen every year, and the number of guns reported stolen from individuals increased by nearly 60% between 2006 and 2016. Research suggests that many stolen firearms can be linked to violent crime.

Senate Bill 209 awaits further hearings in the Veterans and Public Safety Committee.