A new bill proposed by Rep. John Becker would alter the definition of automatic weapons such that it would permit the use of magazines exceeding 30 rounds with semi-automatic weapons.
Cincinnati.com covered the story and explained that "Under the Ohio Revised Code, a semi-automatic weapon becomes an automatic weapon once the number of rounds capable of being fired without reloading exceeds 31.
House Bill 191 proposed by Rep. John Becker (R-Union Township) would remove that part of the law"
Jim Irvine, chairman of the Buckeye Firearms Association, argues that the current definition does not accurately depict the function of an automatic gun: "The definition is wrong. You never changed the function of the gun at all," He goes on to criticize that, "It's actually an insane law".
Advocates for more restrictive gun controls retort that these looser restrictions could lead to more gun violence. While they take no issue with clarifying the definition of automatic weapons, they believe that the bill is simply a means to make larger magazines more accessible to people. Toby Hoover, executive director for the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence says, "That is a huge mistake."
"I think Ohioans ought to be fascinated that the country seems to be moving in one direction and Ohio is moving in the other," Hoover said.
There seems to be little concern from advocates of the bill, such as Irvine, who believe that it will be inconsequential to gun violence and state:
"At the end of the day, the amount of ammunition in a magazine doesn't determine if someone is going to live or die. It's the person holding the gun who determines that,"