Lawmakers return with first hearing on gun reform

Lawmakers return with first hearing on gun reform

Gun Rights

Columbus, Ohio — State lawmakers returned from their summer recess with their first hearing on gun reform since the Dayton tragedy. Nine people were killed and dozens more injured in one of the worst deadly shootings in Ohio history. Senators debated a "red flag" bill Tuesday afternoon. The bill would create a process to take guns away from people who may hurt themselves or other people. It’s an idea backed by Governor Mike DeWine but the proposal considered Tuesday was introduced by a Democratic senator in February , before the Dayton shooting. “It’s about knowing that something needed to be done prior to anything actually happening in our state," Williams said. The bill has since been reintroduced along with a Republican senator as a co-sponsor . Sen. Peggy Lehner (R – Kettering) represents an area just blocks from the Oregon District where the shooting took place. “The tragedy that took place in the Oregon District stirred me to say, ‘I have to do something. I have to do something,’" Lehner said. “One of the most impactful things to me was walking down the streets, 5th Street in the Oregon District, and literally having to step over blood stains. That gets to you.” Lehner has become known as one of the staunchest abortion opponents in the Statehouse. She said her "pro-life" position moved her to support gun reforms. “If we care about human life before birth, we should care about human life throughout time," she said. Lehner has come out […]

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