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Republicans cautiously supportive, Democrats split over Gov. Mike DeWine’s revised gun plan

Republicans cautiously supportive, Democrats split over Gov. Mike DeWine’s revised gun plan

by Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland.com  |  Published on October 8, 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Gov. Mike DeWine said Monday he revised his gun-control plan to make sure it can pass the Republican-dominated Ohio General Assembly.

But in the immediate aftermath of DeWine’s news conference, it was unclear whether that goal was achieved — though at least one legislative Republican leader offered words of praise for the new plan, dubbed STRONG Ohio.

Democrats, meanwhile, appeared to be split between those who called the gun-reform package a good start and those who criticized it as too weak of a response.

The governor’s new plan calls for voluntary background checks for private gun sales instead of near-universal background checks, as he initially proposed. In place of a “red-flag” law allowing authorities to confiscate guns from those deemed a threat, the new version would allow involuntary hospitalizations for drug and alcohol abuse.

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