Proposal could protect OH domestic abuse victims

Posted at 8:16 AM, Mar 22, 2016

Two Ohio state representatives will announce a new legislative proposal Tuesday to allow for the removal of weapons in certain domestic violence situations in the state. 

This comes after a NewsChannel5 investigation uncovered deadly loopholes in Ohio law that place abused women in serious harm.

Across Ohio in 2014, we found more than 34,000 domestic violence charges were filed.

But we also found Ohio has no state law prohibiting individuals convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors from purchasing or possessing firearms and domestic violence advocates said existing federal laws are not sufficient.

In addition, there is no state law authorizing law enforcement to go to an abuser's home and confiscate weapons--even though 94 percent of female homicide victims are killed by a man they knew.

State Reps. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) will highlight the proposal in the Ladies Gallery at the Ohio Statehouse at 10:30 a.m.

There, legislators will discuss common sense policy soutions. 

Nancy Neylon of the Ohio Domestic Violence Network and David Eggert of Ohioans for Safe Communities are also expected to attend.