Lawmakers working to find fix for new gun law that could accidentally ban some firearms


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    DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Some Ohioans are up in arms over a mistake in a new gun law that could accidentally ban some legal firearms.

    The good news is that there are already plans to remedy it before the law takes effect March 28.

    House Bill 228, a self defense gun bill passed last year, is now putting prohibited guns in legal limbo.

    "It just seems like it fell through the cracks,” Oakley Arms Owner John Zetak said.

    The law is set to take effect next month, but lawmakers are hoping to have a fix in place well before then.

    Zetak said the House Bill accidentally lumps a variety of long guns under the prohibited category.

    “That would take a lot of firearms off the availability list of purchase legally,” he said.

    The Fairborn gun shop owner said that would include AK-47s.

    "There’s some even target rifles that have that, there’s a precision rifle that would have that and it’s a bolt-action, it’s not a semi-automatic,” he said.

    “It’s legally murky of what the result will be,” Rep. Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg) said.

    He said the supposed ban was never the plan.

    “The legislative drafters, called the legislative services committee, made a mistake and accidentally moved a paragraph into another section,” he said.

    Antani, a Republican and co-sponsor of the bill, said such mistakes are not common but also not unheard of.

    "Usually a couple months later there is a budget correction bill because inevitably someone got too much money or someone added a zero or not enough zeros,” he explained.

    Antani said the plan is for the General Assembly to pass another bill before the current one goes into effect.

    “There will be a bill soon to fix this,” he said Monday.

    In the meantime, Zetack is staying on top of the political process to make sure it does.

    “As long as you stay educated, it’s not a you can’t just sit there and I’m selling guns, you have to stay up on everything,” he said.

    The other option to fix the error is through the state budget, which wouldn't pass until after the current law goes into effect.

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