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Ohio has weak gun laws and a correspondingly high gun death rate. State lawmakers owe it to their constituents to do more to protect communities. 

The state fails to require background checks on private sales and doesn’t regulate assault weapons or large-capacity ammunition magazines. In 2019, Ohio had the 22nd-highest gun death rate among the states and exported crime guns at a lower rate than the national average. To save lives from gun violence, Ohio legislators could require universal background checks and regulate undetectable and untraceable firearms (also known as ghost guns).

What Ohio Does Well

  • Lost & stolen firearm reporting

What Ohio Is Missing

  • Universal background checks
  • Gun owner licensing
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Most domestic violence gun laws
  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Waiting periods
  • Strong concealed carry law
  • Concealed carry permit
  • Open carry regulations
  • Child access prevention laws
  • Community violence intervention funding


We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.