DeWine Considering Reviving "Red Flag" Gun Bill

Apr 30, 2019

Governor Mike DeWine talks to reporters after Monday's dedication of a 36-star flag that flew over the Statehouse when the body of Abraham Lincoln lay in state on April 29, 1865.
Credit Ohio Public Radio

Republican Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says he's concerned about attacks at houses of worship, including at a synagogue in California over the weekend. 

That has him looking into a specific type of gun legislation that's failed to move in the Republican dominated legislature before. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports. 

DeWine has said before that he supports allowing Ohioans to carry concealed weapons without permits. When asked if he was advocating for changes in Ohio gun laws, at first he said no. But he added that he’s asked his look at the idea of allowing law enforcement to seize guns from people deemed dangerous to themselves or others.

“They’ve been working on it – trying to get a red flag law that can pass. That’s my goal. We’ll see.”

A so-called red flag law was proposed by a Republican lawmaker last year with the backing of former Governor John Kasich, following his public change of heart on gun laws after the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. But the bill had no other sponsors and went nowhere after four hearings.