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Old March 27, 2009, 10:19 PM   #1
flippycat
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Location: Hamilton, Ohio
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Ohio Proposal on under 21 firearms,reply and response from my senator.

It started when I saw this news at my local stations website.

The Headline
Law Would Make Guns Illegal for Those Under Age 21
http://www.local12.com/content/crime...ozUbAq9Tg.cspx

A little about the bill proposed:
http://www.buckeyefirearms.org/node/6498

In the story I noticed that they used references about underage people who were already breaking the current laws when they committed the crimes in regards to the firearm. To be honest this set me off so start my letter writing.


I wrote 5 total but I did get my first response back to day from one of my senators on the subject.

I have sent letters before but never got any reply's so I am not sure on if I can post names or not? If someone knows if I could do this legally I would be happy to edit or have a mod edit to include the name.

I will start with my letter out which I used the NRA-ILA contacts forms to contact my state and local reps.

My Letter

Quote:
March 26, 2009

[recipient address was inserted here]


[recipient name was inserted here],

Would you please step in an put a stop to this nonsense on House Bill 354
Mr ***********.

It is ALREADY illegal for anyone under 21 to own a hand gun and 18 for a
long arm. The kids shooting or involved in the use of these said guns are
ALREADY breaking the law. There is no need to further push through laws
like this to already law abiding citizens under 21.

The measures below are already in place. I see this bill a huge waste of
tax payers money and concentration when more serious issues should be
addressed in enforcing the existing laws. You and I both know the
provisions set fourth in this to allow hunting etc will put any 18 to 20 year old caught hunting through the legal ringer until proven innocent.

Hunting with a son or daughter is a long tradition of many family's in the
USA and especially Ohio. To take it away from our family's youth in my
opinion is destroying the foundations of law abiding family's to legally
bond as we have as a country for over 200 years.

------------> It is illegal, under 18 USC 299 b1, for a licensed firearms
dealer to sell or deliver a handgun or its ammunition to a person under 21
years of age, or a shotgun or rifle or its ammunition to a person under 18
years of age.

------------> It is illegal, under Ohio Revised Code 2923.211, for a
person under 18 years of age to purchase, or attempt to purchase, ANY
firearm.

------------> It is illegal, under Ohio Revised Code 2923.211, for a
person under 21 years of age to purchase, or attempt to purchase, a
handgun*.

------------> It is illegal, under Ohio Revised Code 2923.21, for a
grown-up to sell ANY firearm to a minor under 18, or to sell a handgun to
a person under the age of 21*.

------------> It is illegal, under Ohio Revised Code 2923.21, for a
grown-up to furnish any firearm to a person under 18 or, to furnish a
handgun to a person who is under 21, except for lawful hunting, sporting,
or educational purposes, including, but not limited to, instruction in
firearms or handgun safety, care, handling, or marksmanship under the
supervision or control of a responsible adult.

------------> It is illegal, under Ohio Revised Code 2923.21, for a
grown-up to sell or furnish a firearm to a person who is 18 years or older
if they have reason to believe that person will then sell the firearm to a
person who is under age.

------------> It is illegal, under Ohio Revised Code 2923.21, for a
grown-up to sell or furnish a handgun to a person who is 21 years or older
if they have reason to believe that person will then sell the handgun to a
person who is under age.

------------> It is illegal, under Ohio Revised Code 2923.21, for a
grown-up to purchase a firearm with the intent of selling it to a person
who is under 18 years of age.

Now the response I received.

Quote:
from Sherrod Brown <do_not_reply@brown.senate.gov>
to edited@gmail.com
date Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 6:13 PM
subject Reply from Senator Sherrod Brown
mailed-by brown.senate.gov

hide details 6:13 PM (22 hours ago)


Reply



Dear Mr. flippycat(edited):

Thank you for expressing your position on gun control.

I do not support an outright ban on guns nor restricting the rights of law-abiding citizens to possess guns. However, the biggest threat to Second Amendment and privacy rights is gun-related crime. In the absence of safeguards that keep guns out of the hands of criminals and distinguish between lawful and unlawful use of firearms, concerns regarding personal safety could fuel greater support for an outright ban on gun ownership.

Gun owners and gun safety advocates can and should work together to reduce gun violence without compromising the Second Amendment or privacy rights of law-abiding Americans. As the Senate considers these issues, I will support common sense reforms that balance the rights of gun owners with the need to increase public safety and protect the public from gun violence. Thank you again for contacting me.


Sincerely,
Sherrod Brown


I wish the NRA had a pre drafted letter on this issue I wrote about, It is hard for me to write in a souless mindset. Any suggestions, thoughts if I do it again? Is it customary to write them back?
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