Written By Ishton W. Morton – September 19th, 2019
September 20th, 2019 Ohio Governor Mike DeWine spent a major portion of the day pushing for enactment of his 17-point gun safety plan. Tougher gun laws in Ohio is taking center stage.
Expressively he quite confidence regarding the ultimate approval, however without any specific legislation on his desk the state lawmakers opponents has commence firing.
Seemingly it’s like an extremely long, arcing trajectory through the General Assembly. The idea of expanding background checks and establishing a red flag law is not happening as fast as the velocity of a speeding bullet. The governor is trying to strike a balance.
Predicated on an assured DeWine who had this to say; “Make sure that the bill that we present to the legislature passes Constitutional muster that protects people’s constitutional rights. But, there’s a real need out there expressed by many families to get some help.”
As a result of the mass shooting in Dayton, advocating for a red flag law has enormously intensified.
However, the majority of the citizenry may never know the meaning of red flag law. So; what the “is red flag law”?
Accordingly, in the United States, a red flag law is a gun control law that permits police or family members to petition a state court to order the temporary removal of firearms from a person who may present a danger to others or themselves.
Furthermore, a judge will make the determination to issue the order based on statements and actions made by the gun owner in question.
Thusly, any refusal to comply with the order is punishable as a criminal offense. Moreover, after a set time, the guns are returned to the person from whom they were seized unless another court hearing extends the period of confiscation. And that is the red flag law in a nutshell.
Subsequently, State Representative Bill Seitz is among those who “commend the governor for ensuring due process, providing notice, the opportunity for a hearing and a court-appointed attorney if needed.”
Apparently, there are those who are skeptical of DeWine’s presupposition. In particular Jon Villing, a firearms expert at Target World, suggested that there are holes in the governor’s plan.
Also, although Seitz is supportive of the governor Seitz seems to be somewhat in agreement with Villing that there are holes in the plan.
Villing had this to say; “There isn’t anything set in stone with how the process is going to work,”.
Ironically, Villing is quite opposed to expanding the background check process, saying they are essentially personal transactions that are just personal. He not only sees red flag as a slippery slope, but as a potential an invitation to mischief.
DeWine was able to garner some support. He met with Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and other mayors from around Ohio and ask for their support of what he has proposed which includes a stronger effort to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons.
Also, Cranley joined Chief Eliot Isaac, 5/3 Bank shooting survivor Whitney Austin and other mayors and police chiefs at a media briefing in Columbus to urge state lawmakers to enact the reforms.
Cranley did not make any bones about it. He had this to say; “We stand with the cops for background checks”
He continued to say; “For red flag laws, for protection orders, for making common sense changes that will keep us safer.”
However, in DeWine’s lamentation he said, Gun rights groups are aligning against the plan by email, text and voice mail.
He continued to say, “I’m hearing from people who are concerned but they haven’t really seen our proposal.”
Nonetheless, these effort could be a heavy plagiarize particularly in the Ohio House, where there is plenty of skepticism concerning how certain elements will be enforced.
The legislature is controlled by Republican conservatives who prize the Second Amendment and would be key to getting the DeWine plan through.
At the end of the day, the governor believes every element in his plan will continue to make Ohio families safer than they are right now.