Gov. Mike DeWine delivers his first State of the State address
Gov. Mike DeWine delivers his first State of the State address inside the Ohio House chambers at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. [Andy Chow | Statehouse News Bureau]

DeWine Considering Red-Flag Gun Law After Recent Attacks On Worshippers

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Gov. Mike DeWine says he’s deeply concerned about attacks at houses of worship, including at a synagogue in California this weekend. And that has him looking into a specific type of gun legislation that’s failed to move in the Republican dominated legislature before.

DeWine called the shooting at the California synagogue “horrible” and “deplorable”.

DeWine has said before that he supports allowing Ohioans to carry concealed weapons without permits. When asked if he was advocating for changes in Ohio gun laws, at first he said no.

But he added that he’s asked his look at the idea of allowing law enforcement to seize guns from people deemed dangerous to themselves or others.

“They’ve been working on it – trying to get a red flag law that can pass. That’s my goal. We’ll see,” DeWIne said.

A so-called red flag law was proposed by a Republican lawmaker last year with the backing of former Gov. John Kasich, following his public change of heart on gun laws after the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. But the bill had no other sponsors and went nowhere after four hearings.