- Associated Press - Saturday, February 6, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - FBI data analyzed by The Associated Press shows 185 people shot to death in Ohio in domestic violence cases in the past decade. An Ohio lawmaker plans to reintroduce legislation aimed at keeping firearms out of the hands of alleged domestic abusers once a protective order has been issued. The goal is joining more than a dozen states that have similar laws. A look at the issue in Ohio from both sides.

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LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

A bill introduced by Democratic state lawmakers in 2013 would have required people subject to temporary protection orders in criminal or civil cases to surrender firearms to law enforcement agencies or sell them to federally licensed firearms dealers. The bill also spelled out how the guns could be returned after the protective order expired.

The bill, sponsored by former Rep. Bob Hagan, a Youngstown Democrat, was referred to the GOP-controlled House Judiciary Committee, where it languished after just one hearing.

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THE NEW BILL

Rep. Nickie Antonio, a Democrat from Lakewood in suburban Cleveland, says her upcoming bill would give judges the discretion to order firearms removed when temporary protective orders have been issued. Antonio says the bill would also bring state law into line with federal law.

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WHAT FEDERAL LAW SAYS

Similar to the Ohio proposal, federal law prohibits abusers who have been convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors and abusers under domestic violence restraining orders from possessing guns. However, the law is rarely enforced and doesn’t include cases of people dating who don’t live together or have children.

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SUPPORT

The Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence cites evidence showing women suffering domestic violence are far more likely to be killed if their abusers have guns. “Our current laws don’t do enough to protect victims of domestic violence from abusers that have access to firearms. With a proposal like this, a judge would be able to remove guns in the possession of offenders, which would really go a long way toward saving lives,” said Jennifer Thorne, the coalition’s executive director.

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OPPOSITION

The Buckeye Firearms Association says the proposal is too broad and wouldn’t stop people intent on doing harm in the first place. “Those orders get issued routinely in divorces where no one’s done anything wrong. Why should we deny somebody the ability to defend lives, why should we take away someone’s constitutional rights through a normal proceeding that has nothing to do with doing anything wrong?” said Jim Irvine, the group’s chairman.

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THE BILL’S CHANCES

The Democratic bill’s chances are slim at a time when the Republican-controlled Legislature has pushed to let people carry guns in more places.

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