Following a week where 21 people across Ohio died by gun violence – including a police officer in Cleveland, Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, renewed calls for the state legislature to pass a slate of gun control measures.
After the mass shooting in 2019 in Dayton, DeWine pushed the General Assembly to pass several measures that would expand background checks and increase penalties on unlawful gun possession. Thus far, the Republican-controlled legislature has balked at taking up any of his proposals.
During his Tuesday coronavirus briefing, DeWine said his office tracked 40 shootings across Ohio from Sept. 1-7. Twenty-one of those victims died.
“I’m going to keep saying. We have to, in Ohio, get tougher on repeat violent offenders,” DeWine said. “We have to get tougher on those who are convicted felons who have absolutely no business owning a gun. We have to do this. We have pending in the state legislature a bill that would do that and I urge my friends in the general assembly to take that bill up.”