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OH – GUN POLITICS – After signing Stand Your Ground, DeWine pledges to fight for gun reforms

A day after signing a controversial gun rights bill into law, Gov. Mike DeWine pledged Tuesday to again push for reforms that he says will reduce gun violence — a promise he made after many Daytonians shouted “Do Something” at a vigil following the Oregon District mass shooting. “I’m not giving up — far from it. Far from it. I’m coming back to the Legislature again,” he said. “I am persistent. I am stubborn. I’m back to my friends in the Legislature to say, ‘We can do this.’ I’m confident it’s going to get done.” In October 2019, DeWine and his allies introduced the Strong Ohio bill that called for a slate of reforms, including improving gun background checks, expanding 72-hour mental health holds and increasing penalties for crimes committed with firearms. The legislation, however, stalled in the Ohio General Assembly where pro-Second Amendment legislators had little interest in DeWine’s package. On Tuesday, DeWine reiterated his support for fixing the national background check system by requiring adding outstanding felony warrants to the database and making other changes. He also stressed the need to hand down tougher sentences for violent criminals who illegally possess guns. “These are things that need to happen,” he said. State Sen. Matt Dolan, R-Chagrin Falls, who sponsored Strong Ohio in the last Ohio General Assembly, said he plans to re-introduce the bill this legislative session. “I’ll continue to fight to educate people that it’s not a gun control bill, it’s an end-gun-violence bill,” he said. Ohio Senate President Matt Huffman, R-Lima, said Strong Ohio lacked support in the Senate last year and the Senate has shifted to be even more conservative on 2nd Amendment issues this year. [full article]

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