It is not clear yet how the teenager accused of staging a deadly assault on students at a Ohio high school obtained the weapon he allegedly used, but the state’s gun laws don’t make it hard for young people to get their hands on a gun.
T.J. Lane, 17, was formally charged Thursday in the killing of three students and wounding of two others Monday at Chardon High School. Also today, hundreds of students marched to Chardon, which is expected to open for classes Friday.
Daniel Vice, senior attorney for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, explained why it is easy for young people to get their hands on guns in Ohio. Here’s what he said in an e-mail:
Ohio’s weak gun laws make it very easy for children to get access to handguns.
Ohio allows kids easy access to guns at home. Ohio has no requirement that gun owners safely store guns to keep them away from children. Twenty-seven states have Child Access Prevention laws that require gun owners to secure guns so kids can’t get them. Ohio earned zero points on the Brady Campaign’s State Scorecard for laws keeping guns secured from children.
Ohio has no requirement that private sellers conduct a background check on gun buyers. This means a teenager could buy a handgun from a private seller, including at a gun show, with no background check, no questions asked. The Columbine shooters got their guns this way.
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