Gun laws are a major topic in Ohio’s gubernatorial race

Governor DeWine has said he favors expanding the state’s “pink slip” law, while Democratic candidate Nan Whaley supports universal background checks.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The shooting at a Buffalo grocery store by an 18-year-old who threatened his high school a year prior has raised questions about whether New York State’s so-called red flag law prevented from owning a firearm.

Ohio attempted to pass something similar. In October 2019, Governor Mike DeWine decided not to ask the legislature to pass it, saying he didn’t think it would pass the Republican-controlled Statehouse.

Instead of an extreme risk protection order law that would take guns away from people deemed dangerous, DeWine proposed expanding the state’s “pink slip” system, which places the mentally ill from Ohio in hospitals for up to 72 hours, denying them access to a firearm.

The idea died in the legislature.

DeWine said he continues to support the expansion of the pink slip law.

“My proposal was for extensive due process. Nobody was going to take anyone’s gun away until they appeared before a judge. Due process. I don’t like to call it a red flag because it’s not “It’s not. It’s different and it’s was unique and it’s what we presented to the state legislature,” DeWine said.

Since the 2018 shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, 19 states and Washington DC have enacted some sort of red flag law. Other states are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.

Gun violence remains a major topic in the race for governor.

Democratic challenger Nan Whaley (D-Dayton) was asked what she would do about gun violence in the state.

She tells 10TV she supports universal background checks and said in a statement “We also need to make sure that those who shouldn’t have access to a gun, like children or those with medical conditions mental, can’t get one.”

DeWine says that under his administration, he gave $1 billion to schools to help them identify children struggling with mental illness. He says he also created a task force that monitors students’ social media posts to prevent a violent act from happening at school or elsewhere.

DeWine has since signed the Carry Without a License Act, which allows legal gun owners to carry a gun without training, and the Field Act, which allows someone who has the legal right to be somewhere where he no longer has a duty to retreat if they feel their lives are in danger.

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Jessica C. Bell