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Dayton Gunman’s Friend Pleads Guilty to Firearms Counts

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A friend of a gunman who killed nine people in a rampage in Dayton has pleaded guilty to two firearms charges unrelated to the deadly mass shooting. Twenty-four-year-old Ethan Kollie pleaded Wednesday to lying on a federal firearms form and possessing a gun while using illegal drugs. The gun was unrelated… Read More

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Dayton Gunman’s Friend Expected to Plead to Unrelated Counts

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A friend of the gunman in the deadly Dayton mass shooting is expected to plead guilty to unrelated federal firearms charges. Court documents show 24-year-old Ethan Kollie will be in court Wednesday. No details of his plea agreement have been disclosed. Kollie is accused of lying on a federal firearms form… Read More

Sen. Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) talks about the state budget last year.

Sponsor Of DeWine’s Gun Bill Defends Proposal, Saying It Will Pass

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The sponsor of Gov. Mike DeWine’s gun violence proposal said it’s a plan that can pass – though it’s getting criticism for not including mandatory background checks or a red flag gun seizure law. Sen. Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) said there’s a simple reason the required background checks plan DeWine called for right after the Dayton mass shooting isn’t… Read More

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and ballot issue supporters

Dayton Mayor Endorses Effort to Put Background Checks for Gun Sales on Ohio Ballot

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The group that’s collecting petition signatures to ask voters if the state should require universal background checks on gun sales says it plans to move full steam ahead. And the effort is getting a boost from the leader of Dayton where a mass shooting in August left 10 dead, including the gunman. Last week, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley stood with Gov…. Read More

Demonstrators gather during an anti-gun violence march held outside of the Ohio Statehouse.

DeWine Prepares To Release Specifics On Gun Background Checks, “Red Flag Law”

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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

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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

Mourners bring flowers to a makeshift memorial Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, for the slain and injured in the Oregon District after a mass shooting that occurred early Sunday morning, in Dayton.

Over 3,600 Ohioans Reach Out to Governor After Mass Shooting

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — More than 3,600 people have written letters, emails and made phone calls to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine in the month following the deadly mass shooting in Dayton. The Columbus Dispatch reports many of those contacting DeWine have personal connections to the Aug. 4 shooting in which the gunman killed nine people, including his… 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

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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

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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

Mayor David Scheffler (R-Lancaster, left) talks with Mayor Nan Whaley (D-Dayton) and Mayor Andrew Ginther (D-Columbus). They were at the Ohio Mayors Alliance luncheon where seven cities received more than $200,000 for local educational projects.

Bipartisan Ohio Mayors’ Group Lobbying Lawmakers On Gun Policy Changes

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Mayors are actively lobbying state lawmakers to consider a package of changes to gun laws and mental health policy unveiled by Gov. Mike DeWine in the wake of the Dayton mass shooting earlier this month. Democratic Dayton mayor Nan Whaley is a founding member of the Ohio Mayors Alliance, and a former Democratic candidate for governor. And she said… Read More

Makeshift Memorial in Dayton

Group to Give Nearly $2M to Ohio Shooting Victims, Families

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio nonprofit is convening more than a dozen volunteers to oversee disbursement of nearly $2 million raised to help those affected by the recent mass shooting. The Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund had received nearly 4,300 individual gifts within the first 12 hours of the Aug. 4 mass shooting in… Read More

Mourners bring flowers to a makeshift memorial Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, for the slain and injured in the Oregon District after a mass shooting that occurred early Sunday morning, in Dayton.

Ohio Attorney General Backs Release of Gunman School Records

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Attorney General is siding with media organizations suing for the school records of the gunman who killed nine people earlier this month. Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Local Schools has denied media requests for access to the high school files of the gunman, who was shot dead by police about 30 seconds into… Read More

In this July 18, 2016 file photo, Speaker of the Ohio House Larry Householder speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Householder Says Passing DeWine’s Gun Regulations Will Be “Difficult”

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The gun regulation portion of Gov. Mike DeWine’s plan to reduce gun violence will likely meet resistance in the Ohio House. Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) says his members of the Republican-controlled chamber have several areas of concern. The plan includes expanded background checks and DeWine’s version of the “Red Flag Law” which allows courts to… Read More

Makeshift Memorial in Dayton

Ohio Gunman’s Parents Apologize for ‘Insensitive’ Obituary

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The parents of the Dayton gunman are apologizing for the wording in his obituary that didn’t mention the shooting that left nine dead, including his sister. Stephen and Moira Betts issued a statement that says the obituary for the gunman was insensitive because it didn’t acknowledge the “terrible tragedy he created.”… Read More

Damon Smith message to Dayton shooting victims

Shooter’s Friend Who Bought Body Armor to Remain in Jail

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A longtime friend of the Dayton shooter who authorities say bought him body armor and helped assemble the weapon used in the massacre will remain in jail on a charge unrelated to the shooting. Authorities said there’s no indication Ethan Kollie knew his friend was planning a mass shooting, but they… Read More