In case you thought Ohio Republicans were ready to work with their Governor to amend our gun laws, you don’t know Larry Householder.
The Perry County Republican Speaker of the House has been fairly invisible since a murderer took 9 lives and injured dozens more on the streets of Dayton August 4. Householder didn’t attend the vigil for the victims, nor did he join the President at the hospital to meet with first responders and survivors. Most telling, perhaps, was when he failed to join Governor DeWine at his press conference announcing his gun safety legislative proposals including background checks and extreme risk protection orders.
Since then Householder’s made it pretty clear he’s about to play ball. This week’s House hearing agenda makes that pretty clear.
On the schedule this week? Not a single gun reform bill.
Instead? House lawmakers will hear this week from supporters of a bill that prosecutors say would allow convicted violent felons to legally purchase guns.
Yes, you read that right. House Bill 248, sponsored by two lawmakers from the Miami Valley, Representatives J. Todd Smith and Jena Powell—would allow the sale of “antique” firearms without a background check.
Today, Ohio law doesn’t distinguish between antique and modern firearms, but federal law does. And federally licensed gun dealers aren’t allowed to use the FBI database for anything other than the sale of firearms–not antiques. But the solution Smith and Powell propose is to opt these sales out of background checks.
The Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association wrote a letter to Smith and Powel to suggest this isn’t the best solution. Lawmakers could instead allow sellers to check the state’s background check system or seek a policy change or new law at the federal level:
HB248, prosecutors note, will put firearms into the hands of people who aren’t supposed to have them.
This isn’t hypothetical. They actually brought receipts. From the letter:
This is what Larry Householder and his leadership team thought was important to get done in this the first week back after the Dayton massacre. Not gun reform, but giving time to those who think it should be easier to sell guns to violent criminals and abusers.
Tells you a lot.
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