Ohio Republican will reintroduce part of Gov. Mike DeWine’s gun bill

Ohio Republican will reintroduce part of Gov. Mike DeWine's gun bill

A Republican bill that would temporarily take firearms from people a judge determines to be at risk of hurting themselves or others is about to be re-introduced in Ohio. "We have got to make sure that those who show signs of violence get help before they commit acts of violence," Sen. Matt Dolan, R-Chagrin Falls, said. "If medical evaluations are complete, legal due process is complete, who can be against violent people with medical issues not having guns." His bill, which is in the final stages of drafting, is a paired down version of the STRONG Ohio bill Dolan introduced last General Assembly in the wake of a mass shooting in Dayton that killed nine people. There’s no expansion of background checks in this new bill. No increased penalties for mishandling firearms – something gun rights groups called "extreme and unfair." And no requirements for adding warrant information into state databases. "The bill is narrowly tailored to deal with individuals suffering from a mental illness or emotional disturbance," Dolan said. The bill would let local prosecutors petition judges for safety protection orders as part of their "pink slip" (mental health hold) hearings. The gun owner would be present for these hearings, and any decision about his or her firearms would be made within five days. Dolan said he’s optimistic that this iteration will finally be one his fellow Republicans – who control the Ohio House and Senate – can support. STRONG Ohio had three committee hearings when it was […]

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