Summary rejected for proposed gun background check law

Published 8:57 am Friday, June 21, 2019

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Attorney General’s Office today rejected a summary of a petition for a proposed law that would expand background checks for firearm sales.

On June 10, the attorney general’s office received a written petition to amend the Ohio Revised Code by initiated statute, entitled “An Act to Close Loopholes in Background Checks on Gun Sales.”

The attorney general’s role is to determine whether the petition summary is a fair and truthful representation of the proposed law. The summary was rejected for two reasons:

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The summary does not accurately reflect the sales or transfers to which the proposed newly enacted statute would apply.

The summary fails to address the number and extent of exceptions that would apply to the proposed statute.

“For these reasons, I am unable to certify the summary as a fair and truthful statement of the proposed statute,” Attorney General Dave Yost said in a letter rejecting the petition.

The full text of the letter to petitioners and the petition can be found at