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DeWine Considering 'Red-Flag' Gun Law After Synagogue Shooting

Lisa Marie Pane

Gov. Mike DeWine says he’s deeply concerned about attacks at houses of worship, including at a synagogue in California this weekend. That has him looking into a specific type of gun legislation, the so-called "red flag" bill, which failed to move in the Republican-dominated legislature last year.

DeWine called the shooting at the California synagogue "horrible" and "deplorable."

DeWine has said before that he supports allowing Ohioans to carry concealed weapons without permits. When asked if he was advocating for changes in Ohio gun laws, at first he said no.

Then DeWine added that he’s asked his look at the idea of allowing law enforcement to seize guns from people deemed dangerous to themselves or others.

“They’ve been working on it – trying to get a red flag law that can pass," DeWine said. "That’s my goal. We’ll see."

The red flag law was proposed by a Republican lawmaker last year with the backing of former Gov. John Kasich, following his public change of heart on gun laws after the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla. But the bill had no other sponsors and went nowhere after four hearings.

The Buckeye Firearms Association tweeted on Monday that authorities already have the means to disarm actual criminals and the state does not need new laws.