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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The number of concealed carry licenses issued in Ohio last year reached the lowest count in nearly a decade. An annual report issued Monday by the attorney general’s office states Ohio sheriffs issued more than 54,400 new licenses to carry concealed handguns in 2019, down 22% from the year before. A… Read More
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University’s president is emphasizing a commitment to safety after two recent shootings near the Morgantown campus, one of them involving a fatality. Gordon Gee released a letter to the community on Sunday. Two people were charged with first-degree murder after Friday’s shooting at a student housing apartment complex. Neither… Read More
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
Gov. Mike DeWine says he’s confident his STRONG Ohio gun violence package will be enacted into law, in spite of the chilly reception he’s gotten from both Republicans and Democrats. DeWine pushed back at Democrats’ criticism that the STRONG Ohio plan is weak, saying it wasn’t written by the gun lobby. He also defends not including required background checks, which he… Read More
Gov. Mike DeWine’s gun plan calls for using the so-called “pink slip” process to separate people thought to be dangerous from their guns. But a top lawmaker is questioning that approach. Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) says many Republicans in the House don’t think reducing gun access is necessarily going to deal with the gun violence problem. “We really… Read More
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – A federal judge has extended the deadline for the indictment of a man jailed on unrelated charges after the deadly Dayton mass shooting. U.S. Magistrate Michael Newman has granted a joint request in the Ethan Kollie case, giving prosecutors through Nov. 12. The order notes it also provides more time for… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Republican Gov. Mike DeWine’s new proposals to address Ohio gun violence in the wake of the Dayton mass shooting don’t include background-check requirements for gun sales or a so-called “red-flag” law to restrict firearms for people perceived as threats, despite his earlier support of those ideas. Instead, his administration on Monday… Read More
Gov. Mike DeWine plans to reveal on Monday the official bill language on expanded background checks and red-flag gun confiscation two major issues that have been at the center of heated debate in the aftermath of the Dayton mass shooting. It was early August when hundreds of people chanted “Do Something” as Gov. Mike DeWine took… Read More
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say they stopped a woman from getting on a plane with a loaded gun in West Virginia. The Transportation Security Administration on Thursday says officers found the handgun in the woman’s carry-on bag at a Huntington Tri-State Airport x-ray checkpoint. The woman’s named was not released but officials said she… Read More
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say a West Virginia man has been caught with a loaded gun at an airport checkpoint. The Transportation Security Administration on Monday says the man was stopped with a 9 mm handgun in his carry-on bag at the Huntington Tri-State Airport Sunday. The TSA didn’t release the man’s name but… Read More
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
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
Walmart will phase out handgun and short-barrel rifle ammunition. It’s also restricting “open carry” in stores. A month ago, two shootings happened at two Walmarts in one week.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A man from Washington state has been caught with a loaded handgun at a West Virginia airport. The Transportation Security Administration says in a news release TSA officers spotted the handgun Saturday at Tri-State Airport near Huntington. The statement says the 9 mm handgun loaded with 15 bullets was with the… Read More
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
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors say an 18-year-old Ohio man charged with making online threats against federal agents was arrested at a home filled with guns and a huge stockpile of ammunition. Court documents say Justin Olsen also wrote that he supported mass shootings and attacks on Planned Parenthood. Federal prosecutors say Olsen has been… Read More
It looks like Ohio voters might get to vote on a proposed law that would expand background checks for firearm sales after all. A previous version of a petition that would start the process of putting it on the ballot to begin had been rejected last month. The Attorney General’s office has certified a revised petition that would be… Read More
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – A Florida man has been cited after a loaded handgun was detected at a West Virginia airport. The Transportation Security Administration says in a news release TSA officers spotted the handgun Sunday at Tri-State Airport near Huntington. The gun loaded with six bullets was with the man’s belongings that entered an… Read More
New documents leaked about NRA top executive Wayne LaPierre’s high clothing and travel expenses contrast with the culture of fear, poor pay, and an underfunded pension described by former staffers.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A federal prosecutor says a West Virginia woman who used a stolen identification card to buy a gun from a licensed dealer has pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart says 36-year-old Erica Nicole Blake of Parkersburg entered the plea in federal court in Charleston. Stuart says in… Read More
The PSA from March For Our Lives comes as the gun debate gains momentum in the 2020 presidential campaign and days following a shooting motivated by hate at a synagogue in Poway, Calif.
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
Mere months before the shooting at Columbine High School, the federal government established a background check system to screen gun buyers but shootings haven’t waned.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Law-abiding Ohioans age 21 and older could legally carry hidden firearms without getting a permit under a proposal introduced by House Republicans and supported by GOP Gov. Mike DeWine. Sixteen states allow that. But Ohioans who want to legally carry concealed firearms currently have to pass a background check, receive eight… Read More
Anyone selling or owning bump stocks could face up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000. The devices are now classified as machine guns.