State Senator Kris Jordan (R-Ostrander) today introduced legislation aimed at blocking state and local governments from infringing upon Ohioans' second amendment rights.

Senate Bill 142 would prevent state and local governments from implementing or enforcing rules that would ban, confiscate or force the registration of firearms that are lawfully owned by a resident of Ohio. Under the new provision, a law enforcement officer would only be authorized to seize a firearm to protect the safety of the officer or to preserve it as evidence in a criminal investigation. 

"In the last several years, we have seen numerous attempts to deny Americans of their constitutionally protected right to own a firearm without fear of arbitrary government seizure," said Jordan. "In the event that our government misconstrues the Constitution in enforcing this right, we must be vigilant in safeguarding Ohioans." 

The bill will be now be referred to a Senate committee for further consideration. 

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