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Monday, February 27, 2012

what's it going to take

Funny that one day after posting this, this happens.
Let's take a look at Ohio's gun laws.
According to the 2011 Brady State Scorecard for Ohio, the state scored:
                              7 out of 100 points
"Ohio has weak gun laws that help feed the illegal gun market and allow the sale of guns without background checks." According to the Legal Community Against Violence site, although the state requires a firearm owner to report the loss or theft of any firearm in the person's possession or under the person's control, the state does NOT:
  • Require a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between private parties;
  • Prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles, or large capacity ammunition magazines;
  • Require firearms dealers to obtain a state license;
  • Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
  • Impose a waiting period on firearm purchases;
  • Regulate ammunition sales;
  • Allow local governments to regulate firearms; or
  • Provide local governments with the discretion to deny concealed weapons permits.
In 2009, 991 people died from firearm-related injuries in Ohio. In addition, based on data published by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, in every year from 2006 to 2009, Ohio was one of the top seven interstate suppliers of crime guns. In 2009, Ohio was also the top interstate supplier of crime guns to both West Virginia and Michigan.

(Source: Legal Community Against Violence)

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