Ohio Bill Would Allow Guns to be Removed by Protective Order

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – 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.

A bill introduced by Democrats in 2013 would have required people subject to temporary protection orders in criminal or civil cases – such as divorces – to surrender firearms to law enforcement agencies or sell them to federally licensed firearms dealers.

The bill was referred to the GOP-controlled House Judiciary Committee where it languished after just one hearing.

Democratic Rep. Nickie Antonio says new legislation will give judges the discretion to order firearms removed when temporary protective orders have been issued.

FBI data analyzed by The Associated Press shows 185 people fatally shot in Ohio in domestic violence cases in the past decade.