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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, March 04, 2018 1:00 am

Kasich calling for 'red flag' gun laws

JULIE CARR SMYTH | Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Gov. John Kasich on Thursday advocated a “red flag” law for Ohio, a ban on armor-piercing ammunition and other gun policy positions he says represent political consensus in a bellwether state that could fly nationally.

The Republican governor proposed six changes he wants to see Ohio make related to guns and background checks. They include forcing stricter compliance deadlines and penalties around entering data into the national background check system; prohibiting those under domestic violence protection orders from buying or possessing firearms; and clarifying Ohio's prohibition on so-called “strawman” third-party gun purchases.

“We want to make sure that we can bring greater safety to the state, but at the same time not frighten people who believe very strongly in their ability to practice the Second Amendment,” Kasich said. “But we can keep them together.”

His announcement came after an extraordinary day in Washington on Wednesday, during which President Donald Trump supported quick and substantial changes to the nation's gun laws, including some gun control positions opposed by the powerful National Rifle Association.

Kasich's recommendations emerged from a politically diverse advisory panel the governor assembled after Las Vegas saw the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in October. He accelerated the group's work after 17 died in a school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Among Kasich's advisers were former Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery, a tough-on-crime Republican, and Nina Turner, a former Democratic state senator from Cleveland who was a national mouthpiece for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential bid. Turner, whose son is a police officer, also served on Kasich's commission on improving police-community relations.