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Gov. DeWine Adding Gun Regulations Into Budget Proposal

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Seth Perlman
Associated Press

Gov. Mike DeWine is bringing back his proposal to create more gun regulations, which he says will reduce crime around the state. These were measures that failed to gain traction with lawmakers last year.

DeWine's so-called "STRONG Ohio" plan expanded the ability to perform background checks on gun sales, increased the ability for courts to confiscate firearms and increased penalties for people who commit violent crimes with a gun.

DeWine says most of these initiatives will return as measures written into his budget proposal.

"We're not giving up on those, we're coming back," DeWine says. "So we're back to the legislature again."

The governor did not say which parts of the "STRONG Ohio" plan will return in the budget language, which is expected to come out in the next two weeks.

DeWine drafted these regulations following the 2019 deadly mass shooting in Dayton. Republican leaders in the legislature have not displayed any signs of supporting legislation that creates more regulations on gun ownership and purchases.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.