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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine's Safety Protection Proposal

By: Shubhi Sinha

· Domestic Policy

In the wake of a nation grieving the massacres in El Paso and Dayton that resulted in 31 deaths, Republican Ohio Governor Mike DeWine called for “red flag” gun control proposals urging background checks on firearm sales and proposed legislation on “safety protection orders”-- a radical change from the state’s historic stance on gun policies. DeWine’s 17-point plan to decrease gun-related tragedies outlined a court-ordered removal of guns from people deemed a danger to themselves or others, strengthened penalties for gun crimes, and improved accessible mental health facilities and resources. The governor presented the new policies the day after his speech at the Dayton vigil, where he was interrupted by attendees shouting at him to “do something!” Ohio’s Senate, House, and governor’s offices’ have been controlled by a Republican majority since 2011, with historic opposition to strong gun regulations. However, DeWine’s safety protection proposal has earned support from some fellow party members, such as Republican State Senator Peggy Lehne, who pushed for “common sense” gun regulation. His proposals will face Ohio’s GOP-controlled legislature where Democratic efforts on gun reform have fallen short in recent years. DeWine acknowledged the drastic nature of his asks, claiming how “passing (the bills) won’t be easy, but this is the right thing to do and this is the right time to do it.”

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