There has been a big increase in the number of gun-related bills introduced at the Statehouse this year.
Ohio lawmakers have introduced 19 gun-related bills at the Statehouse. Of them, 11 expand gun owners' rights. There were 14 bills introduced during the past two years combined.
"It's not really gun-driven it's problem solution driven," said Jim Irvine with the Buckeye Firearms Foundation. "On the anti-gun side their problem is guns so their focus is banning guns."
He believes Ohio is 20 years behind the rest of the nation when it comes to gun laws and lawmakers are trying to catch up. However, Irvine says measuring the number of bills isn't the right metric. He says what really matters is how many are signed into law. Three were last year and he's hoping for at least that many this year. None have made it out of committee so far.
"We won't be safer with more weapons, weapons made to hurt one another," said Toby Hoover with the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence.
She's concerned about the number of gun-related bills, especially those that make it easier to get guns.
"I'm not sure what this message is to the people of Ohio," said Hoover.
Irvine believes that making sure law-abiding citizens can access firearms is key to keeping criminals in check. He says banning guns from certain areas doesn't work.
"The idea that we can post a sticker on the door or write a policy on a piece of paper and declare it gun-free and then murders don't happen there, that has been proven 100 times over not to work," he said.
One area where Hoover and Irvine do agree is that there is some common ground on certain issues. Irvine points to a bill from Rep. Terry Johnson, a Scioto County Republican, that would align Ohio's conceal carry permit guidelines to match federal standards. Right now Ohio can legally issue a conceal carry license to someone who is prohibited under federal law from owning a gun.
"I think everybody can agree that probably is bad policy, it doesn't make sense, so let's change it," he said.