In the wake of the nation’s latest (as of this writing) mass shooting, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) proposed a package of reforms to his state’s gun regulations. The hard part will be not having them instantly shot down by his fellow Republicans that control the Buckeye State Legislature.
DeWine, who ran as a devout Second Amendment devotee, made his pitch in the days after a gunman killed nine people and wounded 27 more in Dayton. That attack came the same day a different gunman killed 22 people and injured over two dozen more in an attack carried out in El Paso, Texas.
The governor’s proposal calls for running background checks on the majority of firearms buys and implementing a so-called “red flag” law that would allow authorities to take away the guns of someone deemed a potential threat to public safety. He also called on lawmakers to toughen current penalties for a range of gun-related crimes, including providing minors with weapons, and to allocate more resources to the state’s mental health services.
DeWine crafted his proposal after consulting with pro-gun groups. Whether that will be enough to satisfy the GOP-dominated Legislature is still to be seen. To date, Republican leaders have said they would give the measures “thorough and deliberative consideration.” In 2017, however, GOP leaders vehemently opposed and subsequently killed then-Gov. John Kasich’s (R) attempts to pass almost identical legislation to what DeWine pitched last week.
Lawmakers said they would begin reviewing the proposal when they return in mid-September. (CLEVELAND.COM, USA TODAY, WASHINGTON POST)