COLUMBUS: Ohioans who repeatedly use guns to commit crimes would face tougher penalties under a proposal approved by the state Senate.

The bill passed 30-3 Wednesday is aimed at reducing violent gun crimes. It would impose longer prison sentences for certain repeat offenders convicted of violent crimes involving a firearm.

The measure also would ban individuals defined as violent career criminals from having guns.

The nonpartisan Legislative Service Commission estimates the bill could raise prison costs between $11 million and $50 million annually as longer prison terms are imposed.

A similar measure failed during the last legislative session as it ran into efforts to address Ohio’s growing prison population.