This group wants lawmakers to pass Gov. Mike DeWine’s gun plan. Who is behind it?

This group wants lawmakers to pass Gov. Mike DeWine's gun plan. Who is behind it?

Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati Enquirer Feb 11, 2020 at 1:26 PM COLUMBUS – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s gun proposal has few champions – except a new dark money group that has some ties to the governor himself. Standing By Ohio, which advocates for a "safe, secure and free future," recently spent about $8,000 on Facebook advertisements urging people to ask their state senators to support DeWine’s gun bill. DeWine’s proposal, which includes stricter penalties for those who sell guns to people banned from having them, has been criticized by gun groups and anti-gun groups alike. The result: the governor’s plan, which would also expand involuntary commitments called "pink slips," has yet to receive a vote in committee. In response, Standing By Ohio ads are encouraging Republican lawmakers such as Colerain Township’s Sen. Bill Blessing to vote for DeWine’s bill. Several lawmakers singled out in the ads are on the Senate committee reviewing DeWine’s proposed law. The Facebook ads feature a row of smiling schoolchildren sitting on a classroom floor beneath the words: "Tell your senator to vote for safer schools and increased background checks by supporting Gov. DeWine’s Strong Ohio bill." Who is behind Standing By Ohio? Standing By Ohio Inc. was incorporated in Virginia on Aug. 21 – weeks before DeWine announced the details of his gun plan – by James Tyrrell III, a Republican lawyer based in Washington, D.C. The group was set up as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, which can receive unlimited contributions and does not need to […]

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