Ohio Governor Calls for 'Red Flag' Law in Aftermath of Shooting
Residents of Ohio called on their governor, shouting 'Do something!'
The two recent mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio have led to many Democrats calling for gun control.
Residents of Ohio called on their governor, shouting “Do something!” as Republican Gov. Mike DeWine addressed a vigil honoring the victims of Sunday’s shooting.
In 2019, there have already been 12 bills introduced focusing on guns in the Republican-controlled Ohio legislature.
But only two ease firearm restrictions on Ohioans.
Moreover, the Ohio legislature is also considering a type of “red flag” legislation to remove firearms out dangerous hands.
DeWine has already supported the “red flag” legislation in the past.
The bill, sponsored by Cleveland Democrat Sandra Williams, would permit law enforcement, family members, and to request the court to for an “Extreme Risk Protection Order” if they believe a person poses a danger.
The hearing would then decide if there is sufficient evidence e to institute the order.
Issues that would be considered would include acts of violence, substance abuse, and mental health issues.
But Defendants would be eligible to appeal every 12 months folwing the order.
DeWine outlined a comprehensive proposal that institute a "red flag" law similar to that already working its way through the legislature.
The governor's recommendation would permit courts to issue safety protection orders to confiscate firearms temporarily from potentially dangerous persons.
The individuals would also be required to undergo court-recommended treatment.
DeWine said those individuals would receive all traditional due process throughout the hearings.
In February, Democratic Rep. Cecil Thomas introduced four separate measures.
Senate Bill 62 would ban any device, including bump-fire devices or trigger cranks, used to stimulate the speed of fire of semi-automatic guns to that of an automatic firearm.
The offender would be charged with a 4th-degree felony if they violated the law.
The two other bills aim to reduce the sales to federally licensed firearms dealers, or law enforcement agencies, eliminating most private firearms sales, resulting int he closure of the gun show loophole.
At the moment, 18-year olds can purchase rifles and shotguns in Ohio.
But to purchase handguns, buyers have to be at least 21.
Senate Bill 64 would increase the minimum age to 21 for those wishing to buy all firearms.
Sellers who sell firearms to buyers below the age of 21 would be charged with a felony.
However, police or military personnel under he age of 21 would be exempt from the restriction.
Trump gave an official statement Monday following the horrific mass-shootings, in which he called for mass-murderers to face the death penalty "quickly, decisively, and without years of needless delay."
The president also explicitly denounced "white supremacy" and racism, declaring that "hatred has no place in America."
In the wake of back-to-back mass shootings on Saturday and Sunday that left at least 30 people dead, Trump is calling for reforms at the intersection of mental health and gun laws.
These reforms will include so-called "red flag laws" that give authorities powers to confiscate guns from those deemed a public risk.