Gun control extremists aim to resubmit background check petition

Just days after Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost rejected a summary of a petition for a proposed law that would expand background checks for firearm sales, the people behind the astroturf gun control group known as "Ohioans for Gun Safety" are saying they'll resubmit a modified proposal as soon as possible.

From the Gongwer News Service:

The group's spokesman, Dennis Willard, said Mr. Yost found "minor fault" with the petition but the group is "going to make the appropriate changes and then hit the streets to collect another 1,000 valid signatures."

"Ohioans want to close the loopholes in existing law so that when someone buys a gun at a gun show or privately, they go through a background check," Mr. Willard added. "It's a simple, straight-forward, common sense plan to reduce gun violence and save lives."


The Buckeye Firearms Association has already staked out its opposition to the proposal, saying it will burden law-abiding gun owners.

According to Gongwer, if the petition is resubmitted and approved by the attorney general, organizers will have to collect and submit 132,887 valid petition signatures by Dec. 27, which would then provide lawmakers with four months to act.

Another batch of 132,887 valid petition signatures would then need to be submitted by July 1, 2020 to get on the ballot if the General Assembly fails to act.

Chad D. Baus served as Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary from 2013-2019. He is co-founder of BFA-PAC, and served as its Vice Chairman for 15 years. He is the editor of, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website, and is also an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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