House speaker still has ‘deep concerns’ about DeWine gun bill

House speaker still has ‘deep concerns’ about DeWine gun bill

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Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, center, still has worries about Gov. Mike DeWine’s gun violence reduction plan. [Joshua A. Bickel/Dispatch] Hide caption Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine watered down his gun-violence reduction bill in hopes of delivering something the gun-friendly, Republican-ruled General Assembly would pass. However, House Speaker Larry Householder still isn’t buying it — even after DeWine dropped his bid for universal background checks on gun sales and a “red flag” law to separate guns from mentally ill people. The Republican from Glenford, who echoed Second Amendment concerns about the GOP governor’s original plan, also dislikes the replacement, talking of “deep concerns,” notably about the voluntary background checks on private gun sales. DeWine would not mandate the background checks, but would stiffen the criminal penalty for selling a gun to a felon or another legally disqualified person and make it easier for prosecutors to win convictions. A would-be gun buyer could pay $10 for a background check at a sheriff’s office and, if cleared, present a “seller protection certificate” to the seller to prove they could legally buy the gun. A seller who fails to get the check and sells to a person under disability could be sentenced up to three years in prison, with only a showing of negligence, rather than recklessness, required to be convicted, under the governor’s plan. Saying Ohioans have a legal right to sell their guns, Householder said, “Under DeWine-Husted, if you were to sell, but didn’t do a background check, you are negligent […]

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