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Columbus City Council last night approved legislation requiring bars and restaurants to close at 10 pm starting tonight due to the covid-19 pandemic. 

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Columbus City Council tonight is expected to hold votes on police reform legislation.  

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The group that’s hoping to ask voters to expand background checks on gun sales through a potential ballot issue says they're now pushing their initiative by a year. 

The percentage of Americans who favor stricter gun laws is on the rise, though significant partisan divisions persist. A Pew Research Center survey conducted in September found that 60% of Americans say gun laws should be tougher, up from 57% last year and 52% in 2017.

Two months and a day after Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced he was working on a plan to address gun violence in the wake of a mass shooting in Dayton, he unveiled a bill Monday he says lawmakers will approve. 

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A group of protesters marched in downtown Columbus Wednesday in support of stricter gun regulations, especially expanded background checks and the red flag law. 

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More than 36 hundred people have written letters, emails and made phone calls to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine in the month following the Dayton shootings. 

The CEOs of 145 companies issued a new call for gun safety Thursday, sending a letter to members of the Senate on Thursday stating that it is "simply unacceptable" to do nothing about gun violence and mass shootings in the U.S.

Saying the country is in a public health crisis, the CEOs say new laws that would require background checks on all gun sales "are a common-sense solution with overwhelming public support and are a critical step toward stemming the gun violence epidemic in this country."

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There is widespread support among Americans — Democrats, Republicans and gun owners alike — for a number of initiatives to curb gun violence they would like to see Congress pass, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll.

Laws that would screen for the types of people who could use a gun are broadly popular, but when it comes to bans on certain types of weapons and ammunition, a divide emerges.

A House committee will take up legislation on Tuesday aimed at preventing mass shootings, as lawmakers and the White House move to respond to a recent spate of attacks across the country.

The bills being considered by the House Judiciary Committee include measures that would limit access to high-capacity gun magazines and block any person convicted of a hate crime from obtaining a firearm.

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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is calling on majority U.S. Senate Republicans to pass gun reform legislation.

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Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio says he supports some of Governor Mike DeWine's 17-point plan to curb gun violence. 

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Cincinnati-based Kroger says it will no longer allow customers to openly carry guns in its stores. 

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine wants to require warrants and protection orders for certain violent crimes be entered into criminal background systems. 

President Trump said he is willing to get behind some changes to background checks for gun buyers as long as Democrats don't move the goalposts and lead him down a "slippery slope."

The president told reporters on Wednesday that he continues to support new or altered checks, without going into detail, and he acknowledged that he has been taking counsel on the issue from the National Rifle Association.

At his first campaign rally after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, President Trump appeared to back away from supporting a possible expansion of background checks in favor of a push for more attention to mental illness.

"There is a mental illness problem that has to be dealt with. It's not the gun that pulls the trigger — it's the person holding the gun," Trump said to roars and a standing ovation from the Manchester, N.H., crowd.

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President Trump was in Dayton earlier today, meeting with first responders and victims of Sunday’s mass shooting.

Gov. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, is calling for a version of the "red flag" law, expanded background checks, and other gun control proposals in response to the mass shooting in Dayton over the weekend that left nine people dead. These proposals represent a dramatic shift in the way Ohio's state leadership has handled gun policies for most of the decade.

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Republican Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is responding to Sunday's mass shooting in Dayton by urging the GOP-led state Legislature to pass laws requiring background checks for nearly all gun sales, tougher penalties for violent felons, and allowing courts to restrict firearms access for people perceived as threats.  

President Trump went before cameras on Monday in highly anticipated remarks following the mass shootings in Ohio and Texas over the weekend. In his remarks at the White House, Trump used the words "domestic terrorism" and "white supremacy." He did not acknowledge his own rhetoric.

The president targeted violent video games and drew a connection between mass shootings and mental health, though the research does not back up his assertions.

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In the wake of Sunday's mass shooting in Dayton, Ohioans for Gun Safety says now is the time for state lawmakers to pass tougher gun regulations.

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Dayton Police identified the shooter outside a Dayton nightclub in the early moring hours Sunday as 24-year old Connor Betts. 

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A new Quinnipiac University poll shows a majority of Ohioans support background checks for gun sales, favor legalized abortion and oppose one of the most recent state restrictions on it.

Gun safety advocates are one step closer to expanding background checks for gun sales, closing the so-called “Gun Show Loophole.”

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It looks like Ohioans might get to vote on a proposed law that would expand background checks for firearm sales after all.

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A gun safety group has resubmitted a proposal that could potentially end up on the ballot next year.

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A gun safety group has filed petitions to put a measure before the voters requiring background checks on virtually all guns sales, including private sales.

Law-abiding Ohioans age 21 and older could legally carry hidden firearms without getting a permit under a proposal introduced by Ohio House Republicans and supported by GOP Governor Mike DeWine.

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The House passed what advocates call the most significant gun control measure in more than two decades on Wednesday when it approved the first of two bills aimed at broadening the federal background check system for firearms purchases.

The vote on the first bill, dubbed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, passed largely along party lines 240 to 190 with Democrats who control the House cheering as they carried the legislation across the finish line.

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