DeWine continues to plea for legislative action on gun violence

DeWine continues to plea for legislative action on gun violence

Gov. Mike DeWine (Vivien McClain Photography) COLUMBUS (AP) — During many of Gov. Mike DeWine’s briefings on Ohio’s fight against the coronavirus, the Republican chief executive also has continued his so-far unsuccessful crusade against gun violence. The governor has pleaded with fellow Republican lawmakers to act on his legislation addressing gun violence in the state. He proposed the measure last year in the wake of the Dayton mass shooting that killed nine people and injured more than two dozen. “We should all be sick and tired of picking up the newspaper and seeing the things that we see literally every single day — our fellow Ohioans injured or killed through senseless violence,” DeWine said Oct. 6, noting at least 42 people had been shot in the past week and more than half died. He’s made similar points Tuesday after Tuesday. So far, Republican leaders remain cool to DeWine’s pleas. House Speaker Bob Cupp, a Lima Republican, said last week there are concerns the legislation would impinge on gun owners’ constitutional rights. He said he doesn’t think there’s enough time left this session to give the issue the “great deal of study and balance” it requires. GOP Senate President Larry Obhof says he’s open to discussion, while noting the Legislature has already dealt with some aspects of the governor’s wish list. For example, a Senate-passed bill that would expand access to state psychiatric hospitals for the seriously mentally ill is now pending in the House. Democrats, in the minority in […]

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