December 22, 2014

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Ohio Democratic lawmakers call gun bill ‘pro-life’

COLUMBUS — Two Democratic lawmakers seek to turn the tables on Ohio’s strong anti-abortion movement by pushing a proposal to require safety-related briefings for gun buyers and labeling it “pro-life.”

A bill detailed Wednesday by state Reps. Mike Foley and Robert Hagan would require people to review information on gun-related injuries and deaths before purchasing a firearm.

The measure comes as gun deaths in Ohio increase and abortions decrease. Its sponsors contrast it with a last-minute budget amendment requiring abortion providers to inform pregnant women if a fetal heartbeat is present.

The gun legislation stands little chance of passing at Ohio’s Republican-dominated Statehouse.

Hagan, of Youngstown, is challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, of Cincinnati, in 2016. He cites Portman’s opposition to expanded background checks for gun buyers as a central issue.