DeWine signs bill to make it easier for people to carry concealed guns
Over the objection of police groups and gun control advocates, Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) has signed into law a bill that would allow Ohioans to carry a concealed gun without first having to obtain a permit or take a training course.
DeWine was in a precarious position with this bill as he faces three Republican primary challengers, all of whom are more supportive of relaxing gun regulations. When asked if the timing was a motive for passing the controversial legislation now, House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) said, “The Legislature does what it deems good public policy so that’s our focus.”
Last January, DeWine signed the controversial "Stand Your Ground" bill (SB175) which removes the requirement for a person to retreat before shooting someone in self-defense. DeWine says he signed it because he said he had promised to do so during his campaign.
But DeWine has also said he doesn't consider guns to be a high priority issue. He embraced some controls on guns, especially after the August 2019 mass shooting near Dayton in which nine people were killed and17 others were injured. Just two months later, he stood alongside then Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, a Democrat who is now running for governor in her party's primary, when he announced his "Strong Ohio" gun reform plan. But Ohio lawmakers have not been willing to take up DeWine's gun reform plan. Last year, after signing the "Stand Your Ground" bill, DeWine tried to insert some parts of his gun plan into his proposed two-year state budget but lawmakers didn't embrace those proposals.
The bill doesn't contain an emergency clause so it will go into effect in 90 days.
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