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New gun bill would call for 'cooling-off period'
Democrats say temporarily separating abusers from their firearms could save lives


by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Democrats in the Ohio House have introduced a bill that would require an individual who is served protection orders to temporarily hand over their firearms to police for a cooling-off period. Democratic State Rep. Nickie Antonio of Lakewood says doing so would save lives.

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"Intimate partner violence alone affects more than 12 million Americans every year. And women are impacted disproportionately. One-in-four women have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner.
"According to federal statistics, intimate partner homicides account for nearly half of the women killed every year and more than half of these women are killed with a firearm. That’s stunning."

But Jim Irvine with the Buckeye Firearms Association says the bill is a bad idea.

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"The gun really isn’t the issue. It’s the person who is committing the crime. Even if we could wipe all guns away, violent people are going to do violent things. They’ll stab. They’ll beat. They’ll club. Look at the FBI murder stats. We’ve got over twice as many people who are killed with hammers and clubs than rifles, so we need to focus on the people and the violence and maybe the mental health aspect of this."

The bill is supported by Democrats in a Republican-controlled Legislature.

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