Ohio State Sen. Cecil Thomas introduces legislation to 'curb gun violence'

WCPOPublished: March 26, 2018
Published: March 26, 2018

Democratic state Sen. Cecil Thomas has now outlined his plans for comprehensive gun control legislation, including raising the minimum age to purchase a gun and requiring background checks. "This is a different time," Thomas said Monday morning at Over-the-Rhine's Washington Park. "This time, students everywhere are saying, 'Not one more! Enough is enough."  In the wake of this past weekend's March for our Lives rallies across the country, Thomas is also calling for change. He's introducing a bill in Ohio that would enact universal background checks, raise the age to buy a gun to 21 years old and close loopholes for buying weapons at gun shows.  The bill does not infringe on Second Amendment rights, Thomas assured those gathered. The bill is already in the system, and the next step is for hearings at the state Capitol. "(What) we're introducing is to create a more regulated process that can secure guns in the hands of lawful Ohioans and make it more difficult for guns to fall into hands of those who mean to do harm," Thomas said.

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