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Bill would require gun purchasers be advised of health risks of firearms

Published: Thu, June 27, 2013 @ 12:04 a.m.

By Marc Kovac



Two Democratic state lawmakers want gun businesses to disclose the potential health risks of firearms ownership before completing sales to consumers.

State Reps. Bob Hagan of Youngstown, D-58th, and Mike Foley of Cleveland, D-14th, say their “pro-life” gun legislation is appropriate, given disclosure requirements added by Republicans to the biennial budget bill this week that will affect women seeking abortions.

“Each year in Ohio, over 1,000 people lose their lives from firearm-related injuries, and thousands more end up in hospital emergency rooms,” Hagan said. “And yet we have no laws to ensure individuals buying guns in our state really understand that capacity for serious injury or even death that a firearm holds.”

He added, “This is a pro-life bill. It’s protecting life as we know it.”

House Bill 222 would require the Ohio Department of Health to conduct a study of all the potential types of bodily injuries that could be caused by firearms.

The information would be compiled, and businesses that sell guns would have to provide a copy to consumers purchasing firearms.

Earlier this week, Republicans added language to the $62 billion biennial budget bill that would require doctors to check for fetal heartbeats and then inform patients about their existence and the probability of bringing an “unborn human individual possessing a detectable fetal heartbeat to term.”

The provision was one of several in the budget related to abortions; another amendment likely will block funding for Planned Parenthood.

“During this budget cycle, Republicans have been obsessed, just obsessed, with issues related to abortion,” Foley said. “We’re trying to turn that around and say that, if you’re going to buy a gun, you should know what the consequences of gun violence are.”

Hagan added, “Rather than wading into the culture wars and interfering with one’s personal medical choices, we should be seeking to protect our citizens by informing them of the lethal capacity of any firearm.”


1jr(14 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Really what a waste of time, resources and money. Wonder why some people are allow to vote when they elect individuals like this over and over again.

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2islandgrump(59 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Make a law that LOCKS UP CRIMINALS AND KEEPS THEM THERE WHEN THEY USE A GUN!! Hagan should retire now!! Maybe he should think of the effects of legalizing marijuana and gun use. I personally think Mr. Hagan has been in the punch bowl. Or should I say pipe bowl a little too much. Find something to do. Your starting to sound like you need to talk to someone connected with reality.

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3redeye1(4564 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Once again Hagan will do anything to keep his name in the news . Even stupid stuff like this article. Hagan is nothing more then professional public trough leech who doesn't want to go away, so by keeping name in the news . He will be able to run for another Gov't office and the fools of this valley will vote him in

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