Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says refined proposal to reform gun laws could address violence and pass legislature

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says refined proposal to reform gun laws could address violence and pass legislature

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Gov. Mike DeWine speaks in Columbus on Monday about his revisions to his package of gun-reform proposals, including voluntary background checks between private sellers. (Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland.com) CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday defended his decision to scale back some of the strictest measures he proposed to reform the state’s gun laws, saying his updated plan would still address gun violence while having a realistic chance to pass the state’s GOP-controlled legislature. The plan DeWine outlined Monday eschews universal background checks in favor of voluntary system for private sellers. The plan also refrains from a red flag law – which would allow judges to order the seizure of guns from people deemed a threat to themselves or others – in favor of expanding the state’s existing pink-slip procedure to persons addicted to drugs or alcohol. Legislation that included universal background checks or a red-flag law would not pass the Ohio General Assembly, DeWine said Thursday in an interview with cleveland.com editors and reporters. DeWine said his plan represents a compromise that will still make an impact, and that the alternative was to “do nothing.” “Universal background check [legislation] has been tried in Ohio before. It’s not been successful,” DeWine said. “This is something that we believe will pass in the legislature, and we believe it will do the job.” DeWine also said he would not support an Ohio group’s effort to collect signatures for a ballot initiative to adopt near-universal gun background checks, even though polls […]

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