© 2022 WOSU Public Media
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Bill Call For Charges Against Gun Owners If Kids Get Weapons

James D. Case

Some Democrats in the Ohio Legislature say more needs to be done to keep guns out of the hands of children. 

State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) is sponsoring a bill that is on the books in 23 other states.

“The purpose of this bill is to keep kids safe and make sure that if there are firearms in a home, on a property that they are locked up and stored appropriately so kids don’t have ready access to them," Kelly says.

If a kid gets hold of an unlocked gun and causes injury to anyone, the gun owner could be charged with a first degree felony. Similar bills have been proposed in recent years but have failed in the legislature.