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Saying that even terrorists know they might not need to pass background checks to buy firearms at gun shows, a state legislator said yesterday that she is introducing legislation to require such checks.

“To not close this loophole is knowingly reckless and irresponsible to Ohioans and our region,” said Rep. Tracy Maxwell Heard, D-Columbus. “With the challenges we face with gun violence, it is nothing short of negligent to not correct this situation immediately.”

The proposal was heralded by Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman and City Councilwoman Michelle M. Mills, who joined Heard in a news conference held across W. Broad Street from Westland Mall, where a gun show is scheduled for this weekend.

Source: Theodore Decker for The Columbus Dispatch.

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