A new bill was introduced last week in the Ohio House of Representatives that would require those served with a temporary restraining order to turn over any guns they possess, a measure aimed at helping to curb domestic violence.
State Rep. Bob Hagan, D-Youngstown, introduced the legislation and discussed it Monday at a news conference.
The bill would prohibit anyone served with a restraining order from having guns. If a person is served with a restraining order by a police officer, they would be required to give the officers their guns immediately. If served by non-law enforcement, they would have to turn their gun in to police or sell the gun within 48 hours.
The police agency could charge the person for holding the gun. The agency would then be required to return the firearms within five days of the temporary restraining order expiring, unless other court action prohibits them from having the gun, including another restraining order.
Police officers, and others whose employment’s conditions include carrying a gun, could have that prohibition waived by a judge.
A police officer would be required to undergo a psychological evaluation and a judge would have to determine the officer poses no threat of harm. The judge could also require the officer to attend counseling.
Hagan called the period a “cooling-off period.”
“The most dangerous moment for domestic violence victims is when protection orders are first issued,” Hagan said. “By temporarily separating the abuser from their firearm, we can work to prevent unnecessary and tragic homicides in the future.”