Gun group falsely reports DeWine misspoke about ‘red flag’ legislation

Gun group falsely reports DeWine misspoke about ‘red flag’ legislation

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(AP Photo/Al Behrman, File) Hide caption A leading Ohio gun-rights group falsely informed its members that Gov. Mike DeWine “misspoke” when he said his office is working to draft “red flag” legislation. Expressing alarm over ongoing fatal shootings in houses of worship, DeWine said Monday that he is working to come up with a bill that would permit judges to order the seizure of guns from people found to be a danger to themselves or others. In a Tuesday email to members, Dean Rieck, executive director of the Buckeye Firearms Assocation, said the group contacted administration officials to express their alarm. “We have been told that the governor misspoke when pressed by the media about red flag laws,” he wrote. “And we have been assured that there is NO red flag bill under consideration by this administration and there will NOT be one.” DeWine did not misspeak and his staff is indeed working to draft a “red flag” bill, said Dan Tierney, the first-year Republican’s press secretary. “There is not a bill currently drafted. As Gov. DeWine stated, he has asked his team to work on this issue, and that is ongoing. Since the governor’s goal is to eventually draft a bill that can pass the Ohio General Assembly, we will continue to talk to and work with relevant interested parties, including the Buckeye Firearms Association, on this issue,” Tierney said. Comment was being sought from Buckeyes Firearms Association officials. Rieck did not respond Monday to a request for […]

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