In the state of Ohio, teachers and other staff members can carry firearms on school grounds by meeting certain training requirements. Now a bill working its way through the legislature would require school staff to get the eight hours of training needed for a concealed carry license. More than 130 people have voiced their opposition to House Bill 99, introduced by Rep. Thomas Hall (R-Middletown).

After every mass violence incident, Barbara Thompson sees a pattern.

“You almost always hear that the people think that there was something wrong — that this person had a mental illness,” said Thompson, who is the executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Indiana. “And so it becomes something really difficult for people who are experiencing mental health conditions to feel like maybe they're being connected somehow to these tragic events.”

Ray Lay is one of those individuals who feels the brunt of this stigma.

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Cincinnati and seven other Ohio cities are part of an effort to encourage the production of technology to make guns more secure. The Gun Safety Consortium is requesting proposals for "smart gun" products like quick-access gun locks and safes, and systems to enhance traceability of guns.

2020 was a deadly year in the U.S. The homicide rate rose 30% in 34 of America's biggest cities. Cincinnati broke records with 94 homicides by year's end. The Cincinnati Police Department broke another record, for the most guns recovered in a single year.

Cincinnati saw a reduction in most crimes throughout 2020 as many people hunkered down in their homes because of the pandemic. But among the most violent — homicides and shooting — numbers were up after declines for the past few years. Chief Eliot Isaac says that's likely linked to the increased number of gun sales throughout the country last year.

While most crimes in Cincinnati are down, homicide reached a record high in 2020 while shootings spiked. The numbers, police say, correspond with a national trend of increased deadly crime last year.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed a "Stand Your Ground" bill into law on Monday, backing off his threat to veto the measure after Ohio lawmakers declined to pass his recommended gun control proposals.

The Ohio Senate has given final approval to a controversial ‘Stand your ground” bill that would do away with the “duty to retreat” before using a gun in self-defense. 

The controversial gun law that removes the "duty to retreat" requirement before a person can use lethal force in self-defense was passed by the Ohio House. The debate over the so-called "Stand Your Ground" law happened late into the night Thursday.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley wants lawmakers to shelve a bill that would remove restrictions for using lethal force in self-defense. The so-called "Stand Your Ground" bill, SB383, is moving its way through the legislature with the chance of passing before the month.

Deadly unintentional shootings by children increased 43% in March and April of this year, according to advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety. At the same time, gun sales were surging during coronavirus lockdowns.

A piece of legislation making its way through the Ohio House in the lame duck session started as an effort to allow those banned from owning guns to acquire antique firearms. But along the way, House Bill 248 could see dozens of amendments added by lawmakers who hope to expand access guns in Ohio.


When Ohio Governor Mike DeWine responded to calls to "do something" after Dayton's Oregon District mass shooting, one thing he thought about was creating a more comprehensive background check system for people buying guns. The state is now preparing to start a pilot program with a complete rollout in 2022.


With gun violence continuing to surge in Southern Ohio, cities and counties are increasingly lending prosecutors to the U.S. Attorney's Office. They hope to get a handle on what U.S. Attorney Dave DeVillers calls "the biggest problem that has ever happened to the Southern District of Ohio."

The Ohio chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police filed a brief in the state’s highest court Monday arguing against arming teachers, as the policies would “make an already dangerous situation even more dangerous for law enforcement, for school staff, and for the students themselves.”

The Ohio FOP laid out a series of dangers posed by arming teachers without extensive training. First among the points: anyone involved in a gunfight becomes less accurate.

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Americans are on a gun-buying spree. Sales spiked during the first months of the pandemic, according to data from the FBI's background check system. In Ohio, the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System recorded its second-highest statewide tally since 1998.

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America is seeing a surge in gun sales under the pandemic, and Black Americans are among those purchasing firearms during these uncertain times. The National Shooting Sports Foundation reports African Americans account for the highest increase in gun purchases of any group. And the National African American Gun Association is reporting an increase in membership.

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The Ohio Bar Association is recognizing the Hamilton County Juvenile Court for a proactive program it developed after the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. It aims to keep students out of the court system if possible and get them the help they need.

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Cincinnati has been dealing with a significant increase in shootings and homicides. But some residents told a City Council committee Tuesday that smaller violations are plaguing their neighborhoods.


Last week, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley addressed the topic of police reform in the city by introducing the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Police Reform and Racial Justice report. The report includes policy directives for cities and police departments. At the same time, the mayor is calling for more funding for police to combat gun violence.

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Cincinnati Council's Law and Public Safety Committee talked for nearly three hours Tuesday morning about the recent spike in gun violence in the city. As of Monday, there have been 68 homicides in the city. That compares to 73 homicides for all of 2019.

A coalition of eight groups advocating for more gun control is starting an online petition campaign to stop efforts to pass the “Stand Your Ground” bill under consideration in the Ohio Legislature. 

Cincinnati's streetcar is on track to run again, without fares. This comes after Cincinnati City Council was able to override the mayor's veto. But the mayor vetoed another piece of streetcar legislation this week.

A Year After Dayton’s Mass Shooting, Ohio Gun Laws Haven’t Changed

Aug 4, 2020

In the wake of last year’s mass shooting in Dayton, many Ohioans called for gun reform. Gov. Mike DeWine and other lawmakers, both Republican and Democrat, came up with multi-point plans and introduced legislation. But a year later, nothing has happened.

A bill that would give Ohio’s local school boards the power to allow employees to carry guns in school buildings gets its first Senate hearing in almost two months on Tuesday. However, gun control groups say the bill also eliminates required weapons training for those workers.

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The Cincinnati Police Department plans to double the areas of the city covered by ShotSpotter technology.

Governor Andy Beshear has signed a bill into law requiring all Kentucky school resource officers, or SROs, to carry a gun.

“The threats to our children in our schools is very real,” Beshear said, citing incidents where guns were found on school campuses, a thwarted school shooting plot in Shelby County, and the 2018 shooting in Marshall County.

“I simply cannot ask a school resource officer to stop an armed gunman entering a school without them having the ability to not only achieve this mission, but also to protect themselves,” he said.

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Schools began implementing safety drills after the shooting at Columbine High School in 1999 and the practice has been growing. Now, a report released by the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund is calling for changes, arguing these drills cause trauma to students and teachers.

Off-duty police officers hired to do security at Kentucky public schools would be required to carry guns under a bill sponsored by a top Republican in the state Senate.

Kenton County Adopts Second Amendment Sanctuary Status

Jan 10, 2020
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An overflow crowd at the historic Kenton County courthouse in Independence watched as the fiscal court adopted a resolution on Thursday evening declaring the county as a Second Amendment sanctuary.

Upon adoption, applause swelled from the gathered mass of people that stretched into the hallway and up the staircase.