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This was the year Ohio saw a dramatic tone shift when it comes to gun policies, with Gov. John Kasich positioning himself against the Legislature.  

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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, October 22:

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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, October 15:

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An open carry walk at Kent State University on Saturday ended just a few hundred yards into its planned route. 

Organized by a recent Kent State graduate, the event started around 2:30 p.m. across from the school's library. Police from throughout the state were on-hand in riot gear, and kept the open carry group separated from a large group of protestors.

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Gov. John Kasich is using an unusual procedure that will allow a gun bill to become law without his signature.

Kasich will not sign a bill that waives the concealed carry license fee and training mandate for active members of the armed forces or for honorably discharged or retired veterans. But it will become law without his signature once it is filed with the Secretary of State’s office. 

Kasich spokesman Jon Keeling said it’s the first time the governor has used this procedure to pass a law.

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Gov. John Kasich is sounding off on the lack of movement on gun regulations that he’d proposed earlier this year. He’s commented on it in two separate public events.

Kasich talked mostly foreign policy at the NATO summit at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., but he did note his frustration about a package of gun law changes that he hoped Republican state lawmakers back home would take up.

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The House will hold a session tomorrow without voting on a controversial piece of legislation that makes it easier to use lethal force in self-defense. Opponents of the bill say the so-called “Stand Your Ground” bill was shelved because of strong public outcry.

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Andy Chow / Statehouse News

A pro-gun group is taking two Ohio cities, Columbus and Cincinnati to court over their new gun laws. The dispute revolves around a ban on bump stocks.

Columbus and Cincinnati banned bump stocks in the wake of last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Derek DeBrosse with Ohioans for Concealed Carry says those cities are out of line, citing Ohio Revised Code that says the state has sole discretion over gun laws in Ohio.

House Speaker Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) talking to reporters following a House Finance Committee meeting on Tuesday.

The Ohio House is preparing to strip away more gun regulations making it easier to use lethal force in self-defense. This comes as the new House leader says Republican members aren’t close to approving new gun-control measures.

The gun control bill, which has just a single Republican sponsor, would prohibit people with a history of domestic violence from owning guns and allow guns to be seized from people showing signs of violence – among other things.

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Two Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students are making a stop at a Cleveland-area synagogue Friday to share their experience during the Feb. 14th shooting that took the lives of their classmates and teachers. They’re working with the Jewish community across the country to inspire them to vote for candidates who will support stricter gun laws.

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Policymaking at the Statehouse hangs in limbo as House Republicans struggle to reach a consensus on who should be the next speaker. However, lawmakers are continuing to hear bills in committee and the fate of several pieces of legislation are up in the air.

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, May 17:

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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, May 16:

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The House and Senate are working on moving bills through their chambers through the next two weeks before going on summer break. This is a critical time for bills lawmakers want to pass assuming their next chance won’t be until after the November election.

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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, April 24:


The Democratic race for governor is taking a nastier turn. The two candidates thought to be the front runners are sparring over their ties to certain organizations. 

Former Gov. Ted Strickland, who has endorsed Richard Cordray, says voters need to know more about Dennis Kucinich’s ties to a pro-Syrian group that paid him $20,000 that wasn’t disclosed in previous campaign finance forms.

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A bill to strengthen and standardize training for school resource officers is on its way to the Senate. The legislation includes funding for schools so they can pay for officers to get that training.  As a House committee discussed the need to improve school resource officer training, the Chardon High School shooting came up frequently.The fatal attack in 2012 by 17-year-old T.J.

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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, April 11:

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Thousands of gun control advocates gathered in Cleveland on Saturday for what was called The March for Our Lives. It was one of hundreds of marches held nationwide in response to last month’s deadly high school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Saturday’s march drew thousands to Public Square for the student-led protest against gun violence. One of the organizers was Solon High School senior Pranav Iyer.

“The Parkland shooting was really a call to action," Iyer said.

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Three busloads of Ohio teens will march in Washington this weekend with an estimated half a million students from around the country. They’re calling for stricter gun laws and increases in school safety measures.

More than 150 students and their parents from every corner of Ohio will depart from Cleveland and Columbus to participate in the demonstration that organizers are calling “March for Our Lives.”

The D.C. march is being run by survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, March 22:

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Jo Ingles

A so-called “red flag” bill introduced in the Republican-dominated Ohio Senate would allow guns to be confiscated from people thought to be safety risks to themselves and others. Within two weeks of that seizure, a court would have to decide whether the person could get his or her gun back. 

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Jo Ingles / Statehouse News

About 200 of the Ohio students who walked out of their high schools this morning made their way to the Statehouse. They are activists turned student lobbyists who urged lawmakers to pass or reject some gun bills under consideration.

The students gathered outside the Senate chambers to tell lawmakers they want changes to make schools safer. Among them was Matthew Youkilias, a junior in the Walnut Hills School District near Cincinnati.

Rocky River Students Join in Gun-Violence Protest

Mar 14, 2018
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More than 100 teenagers at Rocky River High School joined thousands of their fellow students across Ohio today, observing 17 minutes of silence in honor of the victims of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting. StateImpact Ohio’s Ashton Marra reports the local demonstration was about more than the victims.

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Among Republican Gov. John Kasich’s new proposals on gun laws are a ban on accelerators called "bump stocks” and a so-called “red flag” bill, which would allow law enforcement to seize guns of people deemed to be dangerous. These ideas have already been proposed by minority Democrats in the Republican dominated legislature.