Governor DeWine calling for help in gun control laws amid Springfield shooting

Governor DeWine calling for help in gun control laws amid Springfield shooting

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine June 2, 2021. In 2019, just days after the mass shooting in the Oregon District, Governor Mike DeWine supported legislation called the STRONG Ohio bill to go along with his STRONG Ohio Violence Prevention Plan. That bill ultimately died December 31, 2020, but after the shooting in Springfield today, the Governor is again calling on the General Assembly to take action on gun control. “Passing this bill won’t solve every problem, but I guarantee it will save lives,” Governor DeWine said before a bill signing this morning. “I don’t know anybody who is against it so I would again ask the General Assembly to take action on this.” His initial plan called for new background checks, making it tougher for those with mental illness to obtain guns, and ensuring those who are legally a danger to others and themselves don’t have access to firearms. “We owe it to our police officers who go out there every single day risking their lives to pass this legislation,” Governor DeWine said. “It will truly save lives. We are looking at a summer of violence in our cities.” But many Republican lawmakers are against gun control, like Senator Niraj Antani who also co-sponsored Ohio’s current ‘Stand your Ground Law.’ That takes away the requirement to retreat before someone can use deadly force to defend themselves or others. “I do not favor further restrictions on the Second Amendment,” Senator Antani said. “They only hurt law abiding citizens who are trying […]

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