Ohio’s GOP governor announces gun control bills after mass shooting

    A memorial honoring the victims of the June 1 Virginia Beach shooting stands near the Virginia Beach Municipal Center on June 5, 2019 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. | Zach Gibson/Getty Images

    Legislation to stop gun violence doesn’t appear to be going anywhere in Michigan — but there could be changes underfoot in neighboring Ohio.

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    Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican who ran on a pro-gun platform, unveiled this week gun control legislation following a mass shooting in Dayton, Cleveland.com reports.

    The “red flag” bill DeWine backs is similar to legislation Michigan Democrats have introduced in both chambers. but has faced a roadblock from GOP leaders who control the Legislature.

    Under the legislation, a judge could take away firearms or block new purchases if a protection order is in effect because because someone is deemed a threat to him/herself or others. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, supports the legislation.

    ‘Red flag’ gun safety legislation introduced in Michigan


    Legislation passed the Democratic-controlled U.S. House earlier this year, but has not been taken up in the GOP-led U.S. Senate.

    Another DeWine measure would institute background checks, something that also passed the U.S. House. Like Michigan, Ohio’s Legislature is controlled by Republicans.

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    Susan J. Demas is an 18-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.


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