Backers of Gun Background Checks Won’t Try for 2020 Ballot

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A gun safety group seeking a change of state law in Ohio to require background checks on virtually all guns sales said Friday it now plans a 2021 ballot issue.

Ohioans for Gun Safety was cleared in July to begin collecting signatures for a proposal to close loopholes in background checks on gun sales, including transactions between private individuals.

The group says in a statement its goal was to get the issue on the ballot next year but no later than 2021. A spokesman says volunteers have already collected tens of thousands of signatures.