The group pushing for expanded background checks on gun sales says the tragic mass shooting in Dayton has galvanized the state and petitioners say it's time for Ohio lawmakers to take this issue of closing the so-called "Gun Show Loophole" seriously.
In the wake of a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, this past Sunday, Governor Mike DeWine took a dramatic shift Tuesday, unveiling several new proposals to curb gun violence. The move comes after a crowd of mourners chanted "Do something" at the governor during a vigil Sunday night.
A bipartisan group of Kentucky lawmakers has proposed a bill that would allow police or family members to ask a court to temporarily take guns away from people if they present a danger to themselves or others.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is ignoring Democrats' efforts to pressure him into calling the Senate back from recess to vote on gun legislation to expand background checks following back to back mass shootings.
But there is movement among some Republican lawmakers, who are calling for action on some gun control measures.
Gov. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, is calling for a version of the "red flag" law, expanded background checks, and other gun control proposals in response to the mass shooting in Dayton over the weekend that left nine people dead. These proposals represent a dramatic shift in the way Ohio's state leadership has handled gun policies for most of the decade.
After facing shouts at a vigil Sunday to "do something" following the mass shooting in Dayton, Governor Mike DeWine on Tuesday announced a list of 17 ideas he said will help keep Ohioans safer. One of those ideas proposed was a so-called "red flag" law that DeWine said would allow a court to remove guns from people who pose a threat to themselves or others.
As national and local leaders grapple with the nation's raw emotions over the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, the mayor of El Paso, Dee Margo, confirmed that President Trump will visit his city on Wednesday.
Government leaders from around the state extended their condolences to the families and friends who lost loved ones during the mass shooting in Dayton, while some top leaders called for legislation to prevent such an attack in the future.
State officials have approved the petition language that calls on expanded background checks for gun purchases and transfers. This allows the group, Ohioans For Gun Safety, to collect signatures for the initiated statute.
The bill that would allow Ohioans to carry concealed weapons without requiring training or a permit has passed a House committee. The measure, which is known as “constitutional carry,” has passed in more than a dozen other states.
A gun safety group that wants to convince Ohio lawmakers to require background checks on nearly all gun sales is not giving up on its effort, though Attorney General Dave Yost rejected its first attempt.