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DeWine's Gun Reforms Unpopular With Both Sides

Gov. Mike DeWine unveils 17-point plan to reduce gun violence.
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Gov. Mike DeWine unveils 17-point plan to reduce gun violence.

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown talk about Gov. Mike DeWine's proposed gun laws. Depending on who you ask, DeWine's proposals either don't do enough or do too much. Ann Fisher, host of All Sides with Ann Fisher on 89.7 NPR News, joins the show.

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On this week's episode:
You Wanted Something, Here It Is

Dayton residents this summer demanded Gov. Mike DeWine to “Do Something” after the mass shooting that killed nine and wounded 27. DeWine agreed, and six weeks after the tragedy, he’s doing something. But nobody seems really happy with it.

Pro-gun rights activists will not endorse any new restrictions, while Democrats and gun control advocates say the governor's "STRONG Ohio" plan is too weak. Though a vast majority of Ohioans approve of universal background checks, his plan only calls for voluntary checks.

DeWine's bill also does not include a "red flag" gun seizure law. Instead, it creates a formal process for taking the guns of some people already getting mental health treatment.

Sign Here Please

Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts, the group that wants to ask voters to repeal Ohio’s energy bailout law, has a little more than a week to collect the 266,000 signatures needed to get the question on next year’s ballot.

Backers of the repeal have gone to federal court to ask for more time, however, because they claim that harrassment from pro-bailout groups has cut into the 90 days the group had to collect signatures. They want another ninety.

Snollygoster Of The Week

The NBA says it values players and coach’s free expression, but when the general manager of the Houston Rockets - the most popular team in China - tweeted support for the Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters, the league changed its tune. After Chinese entities immediately started canceling contracts with the Rockets, the NBA called the tweet "regrettable." 

If you have a suggestion or comment for the show, email snollygoster@wosu.org.

Mike Thompson spends much of his time correcting people who mispronounce the name of his hometown – Worcester, Massachusetts. Mike studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University when he was not running in circles – as a distance runner on the SU track team.
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