Tell lawmakers no on HB48

To the Editor:

The latest on gun violence that the Ohio House of Representatives chooses to ignore when they passed House Bill 48 (guns everywhere.)

Ohio has joined 20 other states to have more gun deaths than traffic deaths in 2014. The figures show traffic fatalities number 1,008, gun deaths 1,211.

FBI data shows 185 people were shot to death in Ohio domestic violent cases in the past decade. Women are far more likely to be killed if their abusers have guns.

The latest news out that lifespan in American lags behind other developed nations. Guns, drugs and cars contribute substantially to the difference. Gun deaths were a major factor among men. The U.S. rate was 18.4 per 100,000 versus 1 per 100,000 in the comparison countries.

An Ohio lawmaker plans to reintroduce legislation aimed at keeping firearms out of the hands of alleged domestic abusers once a protective order has been issued. The bill was introduced once before in 2013 but languished after just one hearing.

The house just recently passed HB 48 (guns everywhere) and is awaiting a vote in the Senate. This bill would allow hidden loaded weapons on college campuses, school safety zones, daycare facilities, public areas of airport terminals, certain government facilities and even police stations.

Trained law enforcement sometimes have difficulty on when to shoot and when not to shoot. Why do our representatives think concealed carry permit holders can do better? Contact your state senator and tell them to trash this bill.

District 5, Bill Beagle, (614)-466-6267. Email

— George Riegle