DeWine Unveils "Strong Ohio" Bill for Gun Control

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has unveiled his proposal for gun reform in the state, following the mass shooting in Dayton in August that killed nine people.

DeWine's "Strong Ohio" proposal implements a background check system for private purchases, and strengthens the state and national background check system.

It stops short of calling for universal background checks.

The plan also focuses on Ohio's "pink slip" program, which allows someone deemed mentally ill to be hospitalized for 72 hours. That would allow law enforcement to move in and seize guns from anyone deemed a threat to themselves or others.

It stops short of a so-called "red flag" law, which takes guns away from those deemed dangerous before they are in custody.

DeWine says using the pink slip program for threats is safer for law enforcement, adding the entire program balances gun safety with constitutional gun rights.

Critics say the proposal does not go far enough. Ohio House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes released a statement, saying, " When the people told the governor to do something, they didn’t mean to do just anything. Ohioans want common sense gun safety. STRONG Ohio is weak. It is not what Ohioans want. More than 90 percent of Ohioans want more commonsense gun safety, not watered down proposals to appease the gun lobby."

She added, "While I applaud the Governor for making an effort, this plan falls desperately short of the comprehensive reforms necessary to keep our kids and communities safe.”

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