GOP lawmaker wants to make Ohio a ‘Second Amendment sanctuary state’

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    A person exercises their right to open carry a firearm as gun owners and second amendment advocates gather at the Ohio Statehouse to protest gun control legislation on September 14, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images)
    State Rep. Mike Loychik, R-Bazetta

    A Republican lawmaker plans to introduce legislation to denote Ohio as a “Second Amendment sanctuary state.”

    State Rep. Mike Loychik of Bazetta announced plans to sponsor the bill in early February.

    The goal is to shield Ohio from any future law considered to be infringements on Ohioans’ constitutional right to bear arms, Loychik stated in a news release.

    “Members of the Ohio General Assembly and U.S. Congress have a duty to uphold the rights of citizens across this country,” the statement reads.

    Loychik is a Trumbull County Republican who defeated Democratic incumbent Gil Blair last November to earn a seat in the Ohio House of Representatives. This will mark his first bill introduced within the Ohio General Assembly.

    “I take ‘shall not be infringed’ seriously,” Loychik wrote on Facebook, referring to language in the Second Amendment.

    A number of Ohio counties have adopted similar resolutions. One example is Clermont County in Southwest Ohio, where the county board of commissioners voted for the resolution in January 2020 with the support of gun rights activists. 

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    Tyler Buchanan
    Tyler Buchanan is an award-winning journalist who has covered Ohio politics and government for the past decade. A Bellevue native and graduate of Bowling Green State University, he most recently spent 6 1/2 years as a reporter and editor of The Athens Messenger and Vinton-Jackson Courier newspapers. He is a member of the BG News Alumni Society Board and was a 2019 fellow in the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism.