Following the heartbreaking mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio over the weekend, Gov. Mike DeWine stepped up to the statehouse podium to lay out at least 17 proposals for gun law reform.
Among the initiatives were the Red Flag Law, expanded background checks, and mental health programs.
Watch the full address below
According to NBC4i, DeWine spent a great deal of time proposing increased penalties for felons who possess a gun illegal, or use a gun in the commission of a crime, or for when a gun is used in the commission of a felony in general, or for when someone makes a straw man purchase for someone else, or for when an adult sells a gun to a minor, to name a few.
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He also urged lawmaker to get better help for people suffering from a mental illness. DeWine also believes people inside psychiatric hospitals who are waiting to be deemed competent to stand trial for a crime would benefit from going through that process elsewhere.
WOSU reports DeWine recommended that the legislature pass laws requiring background checks for nearly all gun sales. Additionally, he thinks courts should restrict firearms access for people perceived as threats, also referred to as the Red Flag Law.
Ohio’s GOP-led state legislature has given little consideration to gun-safety measures introduced by Democrats this session, according to WOSU.