COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio lawmakers recently passed legislation that includes gun shops as “essential businesses.”
“It’s just totally unnecessary in an emergency situation like the pandemic, to make sure that, that business is considered essential,” Toby Hoover, founder of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, told WSYX. “The more people who think they have to go out and purchase a gun and instead of defending themselves against someone... We’re seeing more suicides, more domestic violence, more kids getting ahold of guns.”
Gun store owners are hopeful the bill will be signed by the governor.
“We are considered essential, but this is to ensure that going forward that is in place regardless of who is in power at the state level or at the city level,” gun shop owner Eric Delbert said.
Delbert said that during the pandemic, sales went from 10 guns a day to 100.
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