Speak Out: Background checks

Facing pressure to take action after the latest mass shooting in the U.S., Ohio’s Republican governor urged the GOP-led state Legislature Tuesday to pass laws requiring background checks for nearly all gun sales and allowing courts to restrict firearms access for people perceived as threats.

Gov. Mike DeWine said Ohio needs to do more while balancing people’s rights to own firearms and have due process during a press conference Tuesday. He outlined a series of legislative actions he wants the Legislature to take up to address mental health and gun violence.

“We can come together to do these things to save lives,” DeWine said.

• We already have this. Nothing new. — Loretta Pramick

• And how’s that working out? News flash, it isn’t. — Eddie Curley

• Works out quite well for people following – wait for it – the law! — Kerstin Hinkelmann

• Why does he hate the Constitution? He took an oath to uphold it. — Chad Dean

• And we already have gun background checks. Maybe the criminals will decide to follow the law – not. — Anita Hubble Reich

• Yep, law-abiding citizens get checked! Criminals don’t! — Karen Cross Ward

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