- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 20, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Two Democratic lawmakers in Ohio want assault weapons banned statewide in the wake of recent deadly mass shootings.

Sens. Michael Skindell (SKIN’-duhl) and Charleta Tavares (shar-LEET’-uh tuh-VAHR’-ess) introduced legislation Tuesday making it a fifth-degree felony to possess or acquire a firearm considered an “assault weapon.”

That includes any automatic or semi-automatic firearm capable of accepting a detachable magazine with the capacity to accept ten or more cartridges. It also includes any semi-automatic firearm with a fixed magazine that can accept ten cartridges or more.

A similar bill the pair introduced in 2013 went nowhere in Ohio’s Republican-led Legislature.

However, their latest effort follows comments Monday by Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) supporting limits of the ability to sell weapons often used in mass killings, such as the AR-15 rifle.

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