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Kentucky Lawmakers Promote Gun Safety Legislation

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Three Kentucky lawmakers are crafting legislation that would allow family members and others to petition authorities to keep guns away from people deemed a threat. The lawmakers say the goal is to protect Kentuckians from gun violence while protecting due-process rights. Promoting the proposal on Thursday were Republican Sens. Julie Raque… Read More

Authorities work the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio.

Mayors Urge Senate to Return to Washington for Gun Bill Vote

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WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 200 mayors, including two anguished by mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, are urging the Senate to return to the Capitol to act on gun safety legislation amid criticism that Congress is failing to respond to back-to-back shootings that left 31 people dead. In a letter Thursday to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and… Read More

Gun Groups Offer Differing Takes On DeWine’s Proposed Regulations

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Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) has said he wants input from gun rights advocates as he works on his plan to reduce gun violence, but some of Ohio’s largest groups seem to be split on his proposal. The two main issues brought up by pro-gun groups are DeWine’s plan to expand background checks on gun sales… Read More

Columbus Bump Stock Ban in Effect After Appeals Court Ruling

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A state appeals court decision means Ohio’s capital city has resumed banning bump stocks, a gun accessory that allows semi-automatic weapons to be fired rapidly. Two gun rights groups sued Columbus after it enacted the ban last year. A Franklin County judge then ruled that municipalities can’t regulate bump stocks under… Read More

Poll Shows Ohioans Favor Legalized Abortion And Gun Restrictions

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A new Quinnipiac University poll shows a majority of Ohioans support background checks for gun sales, favor legalized abortion and oppose one of the most recent state restrictions on it. The poll shows just over half of Ohio voters oppose a ban on abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected. It is on a court… Read More

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Potential Ballot Issue Expands Background Checks For Gun Sales

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The group Ohioans for Gun Safety is rolling out a new campaign that would expand background checks for gun sales, closing the so-called “Gun Show Loophole.” The petition is part of an initiated statute that calls on requiring the sale and transfer of guns to be conducted by a federally-licensed firearms dealer. The petition language… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine delivers his first State of the State address

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… Read More

Judge Overturns Columbus’ Ban On Gun Bump Stocks

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A city of Columbus’ law banning a gun accessory that allows semi-automatic weapons to be fired rapidly has been overturned by a judge as unconstitutional. The Columbus Dispatch reports Franklin County Judge David Cain ruled Friday that municipalities can’t regulate gun accessories like bump stocks under state law. Bump stocks drew wide… Read More