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DeWine Attempts To Rally Support For Anti-Gun Violence Bill With County Fair Officials

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has said his major priority for 2020 is to push for his anti-gun violence package in the legislature, and DeWine took that message to hundreds of people gathered from all of Ohio's counties. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

DeWine says lawmakers need to address gun violence and that his "Strong Ohio" plan will do that by making several changes, such as increasing the ability for judges to send people to receive mental health treatment.

He also told a large group of county fair managers, who were gathered in Columbus, that the plan would increase penalties for criminals with a violent record who commit another crime.

"So giving judges more authority, in other words, longer potential sentences will make a huge difference," DeWine says, adding that he believe this is an aspect of the plan that isn't getting enough attention.

The bill is currently sitting in a Senate committee.  

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