10/11/19 - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine Says Refined Proposal to Reform Gun Laws Could Address Violence and Pass Legislature


Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday defended his decision to scale back some of the strictest measures he proposed to reform the state’s gun laws, saying his updated plan would still address gun violence while having a realistic chance to pass the state’s GOP-controlled legislature. The plan DeWine outlined Monday eschews universal background checks in favor of voluntary system for private sellers. The plan also refrains from a red flag law – which would allow judges to order the seizure of guns from people deemed a threat to themselves or others – in favor of expanding the state’s existing pink-slip procedure to persons addicted to drugs or alcohol. Under the state’s existing pink-slip law, a person with a mental illness who is deemed a threat to themselves or others can be held in a psychiatric facility for up to 72 hours. If they are still deemed to be a threat, a doctor can petition a probate court for court-ordered treatment. DeWine’s legislation would extend the pink slip law to people who are addicted to alcohol or drugs. Such a person would need to exhibit specific behaviors – such as being homicidal or suicidal – in order to be ordered into treatment. Additionally, in those circumstances, a judge would also have the ability to order the seizure of a person’s guns. Gov. DeWine says his plan represents a compromise that will still make an impact, and that the alternative was to “do nothing.”

 

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