Firearms Legislation

Joe supports our Second Amendment right to own firearms. He also believes in common sense firearms regulation. There are basic measures we can take to prevent some of the gun violence we've seen across the country.

Joe Schiavoni supports the Second Amendment right to own firearms. He also believes in common sense firearms regulation. Common sense laws do not infringe on our 2nd amendment rights.

Change starts by acknowledging that something needs to change. The United States is the only developed nation that experiences regular shootings. We must work together now to find solutions at every level.

Joe is proud to be an official Moms Demand Action “Gunsense Candidate,” and the only candidate with a step-by-step plan to address gun violence from several angles.

No more vague tweets. No more empty condolences. Elected officials need to take action.

Joe has a plan to protect Ohio kids, and he’s not waiting until he’s governor to get started:

1.) Before this year, Joe had twice introduced a bill to fund increased safety measures in schools. Both times, his GOP colleagues in the Statehouse failed to pass it. Joe has now reintroduced this bill a third timeThis time, we’re going to get it passed.

2.) Joe and his office are sitting down with policy experts, firearms experts, advocacy groups, law enforcement, and others to write legislation that would strengthen background checks in Ohio and help stop individuals with severe mental health issues from obtaining firearms.

  • They will examine potential gun show, pawn shop, inheritance, and internet loopholes in the law.

3.) Joe and his office are sitting down with policy experts, firearms experts, advocacy groups, law enforcement, and others to write legislation to increase regulations on AR-15 style firearms. AR-15s are easily adaptable, highly accurate, and have been used in several of the deadliest mass shootings in recent months. They shouldn’t be so easily accessible.

“Individuals who want to own these firearms should be required to complete regular trainings, pay additional fees, and pass thorough background checks. These changes would help limit the number of AR-15 style weapons sold in Ohio, but would still allow responsible Ohioans to go through a process to own them.

    • Joe would sign a ban on AR-15 style firearms if it reached his desk as Governor, but he urges Congress to work on this issue at the federal level. A state level ban would not be the most effective method of gun reform. Without a federal ban, Ohioans could simply go to Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, etc to purchase these firearms.

4.) Joe is calling for the state to work with communities and educators to fund and expand wraparound service models in Ohio schools. These types of education models are used in several schools across the state to great success. They help us provide mental health care, skills training, physical health services, and after-school programs for children and parents in the community. If we can provide holistic care at every level of a child’s development, we can catch some of the warning signs early and work to prevent future tragedies. 

5.) Joe is working with Senator Sandra Williams to write a “red flag” bill that would allow family members or law enforcement to ask a civil court to temporarily remove firearms from people who present an imminent threat to themselves or others. This “extreme risk protection order” (ERPO) could last up to one year.

  • Republicans such as Governor John Kasich and President Trump have expressed support for red flag bills.

6.) Joe has pledged not to accept money from the NRA.

7.) Joe is cosponsoring Senator Cecil Thomas’ bill to ban bump stocks.

Quotes from Joe on this issue:

  • “Basic safety measures do not infringe on anyone’s rights. We will never stop all of these tragedies, but we can stop some. And every child spared is worth it.”
  • As a parent, I can’t comprehend the pain those families are experiencing. It’s made even worse when I wonder if something could have been done to prevent this tragedy.”
  • “I firmly believe in our Second Amendment right to own firearms, but our kids trust us to keep them safe from evils like this. At least six school shootings in the first two months of 2018 means something isn’t working.

Joe also posted this Facebook Live video on 2.22.18, updating voters on his search to find the most effective gun reforms for Ohio. He expressed his fears as a parent, and shared his plans for gun reform moving forward.

Joe wants to hear from everyone about this controversial issue. All input and research are welcome.

  • Email Schiavoni@OhioSenate.gov to reach Joe’s Statehouse office with policy ideas.
  • Email JoeForOhio@gmail.com to reach the campaign.