Ohio state senators introduce “assault weapons” ban

Five of Ohio’s 33 state senators want to ban so-called “assault weapons.” Here’s the definition they propose in Senate Bill 18:

Sec. 2923.171. (A) No person shall knowingly possess or acquire any assault weapon.

(D) As used in this section, “assault weapon” means an automatic firearm that has not been rendered permanently inoperable, a semi-automatic firearm capable of accepting a detachable magazine with the capacity to accept ten or more cartridges, and a semi-automatic firearm with a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept ten or more cartridges.

This definition includes most pistols and rifles, and some shotguns. Notice that they don’t seek to ban “high-capacity” magazines, but rather any guns that accept them. If you’re a gun grabber and want to get rid of Firearm X, you need only build a ten-round mag that fits it (hire a machinist, baby!), and ta-daaa! It’ll be illegal to possess or acquire that gun in Ohio.

Also note that there’s no grandfather clause for current owners of so-called “assault weapons,” nor for collectors of vintage firearms.

Read the bill and you’ll also see a broad provision for a new “firearm and ammunition transactions database” too.

Sec. 109.5731. The attorney general shall prepare for the establishment and operation of a firearm and ammunition transactions database that will be maintained by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation. The attorney general shall establish the database in conformity with the requirements of any act that is enacted by the general assembly.

I wonder why the state government might be interested in who buys, sells, and owns guns and ammunition? First comes registration, then comes confiscation.

The state senators responsible for this disaster are Shirley Smith (D – Cleveland), Nina Turner (D – Cleveland), Mike Skindell (D – Lakewood), Eric Kearney (D – Cincinnati), Edna Brown (D – Toledo), and Charleta Tavares (D – Columbus). Get on the phones, people. Stop this before it gains momentum.

7:00 AM Update: More from the Buckeye Firearms Association.

7:15 AM Update: This is a Madsen-Rasmussen M1896 Self-Loading Rifle. It’s 117 years old.


Under S.B. 18, this rare antique would be defined as an illegal “assault weapon” in Ohio.

Does gun control reduce violent crime?

If it could be shown by statistical studies that violent crime rates in counties with Policy X were lower than violent crime rates in counties without Policy X, and further that counties switching to Policy X saw a drop in their violent crime rate, and all of those statistics were carefully controlled to isolate the effect of Policy X alone, then what would you conclude?

Now what if Policy X turned out to be “shall issue” concealed firearm permits?

For further understanding of what, exactly, we have the right to keep and bear, read my paper on the Second Amendment’s definition of “arms.”

12:10 PM Update: For those who are unfamiliar with the legal term “shall issue,” read the Buckeye Firearms Association’s excellent summary in layman’s terms.