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Justices to Decide if Ohio Law Banning Using Guns While Drunk is Constitutional

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The Ohio Supreme Court will decide if a state law that says gun owners can’t use their weapons while drunk is constitutional. “Intoxication in and of itself is not a crime,” said Steve Palmer, who represented Frederick Weber before the Ohio Supreme Court. In 2018, Weber’s wife called the Clermont County Sheriff to report that he… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

Governor Urges Lawmakers to Take a Closer Look at His Plan to Curb Gun Violence

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says he wants state lawmakers to pass his plan on gun violence by the end of this year. And he is urging lawmakers to take a good look at his proposal. DeWine says it’s been about eight years since he shot a gun, but he says he supports the second amendment…. Read More

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Democrat Skeptical GOP Will OK Meaningful Ohio Gun Laws

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio House minority leader says she is skeptical the Republican-led Legislature will pass meaningful gun laws Democratic Rep. Emilia Sykes says she thinks electing Democrats in 2020 is the state’s best chance for change on that. Sykes commented Tuesday after Republican House Speaker Larry Householder said that while “all of… Read More

Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina, left) stands alongside Gov. Mike DeWine during DeWine's first State of the State speech in March.

Lawmakers Waiting For Details On DeWine’s Gun Regulation Proposals

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It’s been more than six weeks since Gov. Mike DeWine unveiled a 17-point approach to reducing gun violence, which included expanded background checks and a version of the red flag confiscation law. But so far lawmakers have yet to see those specific plans in the form of proposed legislation. DeWine says he wants to close… Read More

Sen. Sherrod Brown gives his victory speech at the Ohio Democrats 2018 Midterm Election Night Watch Party at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, Ohio on November 6, 2018.

Sherrod Brown Believes Public Pressure Is Building For Gun Regulations

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State lawmakers are back in action holding more hearings on gun regulation bills. And Gov. Mike DeWine is still pushing for his proposals. But Congress has yet to show an interest in moving gun issues on the federal level, with provisions getting blocked in the Senate. The standoff is over background checks. The U.S. House has… Read More

Rob Portman

U.S. Senator Rob Portman Says More Needed To Prevent Gun Violence


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Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says he supports parts of Gov. Mike DeWine’s 17-point plan to curb gun violence in Ohio. Portman says he thinks more needs to be done to make sure people with mental health problems are in the federal background check system to flag gun purchases. “I think we can do more… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine Says He’ll Strengthen Gun Background Checks System

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Gov. Mike DeWine says his administration is adding another piece to his 17 point plan to reduce gun violence by calling for more required reporting into criminal databases used for background checks. DeWine’s plan to enhance criminal background checks includes requiring warrants to be added to state and federal background systems along with violent protective… Read More

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

DeWine Fighting Comparisons Of His Plan To Kasich’s “Red Flag” Proposal

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One of Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed gun law changes in the wake of the shooting that killed 10 people in Dayton is an idea that’s been talked about before, and has passed in 17 states – a way to remove guns from people who are thought to be dangerous to themselves or others. But DeWine is now… Read More

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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

Attorney General Dave Yost

Yost Joins Two Federal Court Cases Dealing With Gun Regulations

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The state has joined two briefings filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on cases dealing with gun ownership and regulations. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost says one of the legal fights is about protecting the country from setting a dangerous precedent related to constitutional rights. Ohio is among 23 states fighting a law in New… Read More

Ohio Legislature Override Kasich Veto On Self-Defense Gun Bill

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The Ohio House and Senate have voted to override Gov. John Kasich’s veto on, HB228, a bill that would revamp the way the state handles self-defense cases in court. The bill shifts the burden of proof in self-defense cases from the defense to the prosecution. The legislation had strong support from pro-gun groups who said this… Read More

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Self-Defense Gun Bill Contingent On Possible Veto Override

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The stage is set for one last battle between lawmakers and Gov. John Kasich after he vetoed three bills in the past month. The House says it plans to take at least one veto override vote, which could include the self-defense gun bill. That bill, HB228, would shift the burden of proof in self-defense cases from the… Read More