What Will March For Our Lives Mean For Ohio?

Mar 29, 2018

Snollygoster is the new Ohio politics podcast from WOSU Public Media. Every week, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown dive into the week’s biggest stories in Columbus and around the state.

This week, as high school students led thousands of protesters to the Ohio Statehouse to demand gun control, legislators continued to debate over what if any measures to take. Gov. John Kasich has voiced some support, but it's unclear how far new legislation will go.

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In this week's episode:

"March For Our Lives"

Another round of gun control protests took center stage this week. Hundreds of Ohio students joined the central march in Washington, D.C., while protests organized in Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton and other Ohio cities drew thousands. 

Some Ohio and federal lawmakers proposed more gun regulations, ranging from "red flag" laws to assault weapons bans, but what do gun rights activists think about them?

"Gun control doesn't work"

Those are the words of Jim Irvine, the board president at the Buckeye Firearms Association. His and other pro-gun groups are pushing back hard against what supporters call "common sense reforms."

John Kasich GPS

Ohio's governor was back on the Sunday talk shows, calling on gun control activists to "keep it up." It's still uncertain if he'll back the gun law changes that Ohio Democrats have already introduced into the legislature. 

Columbus School Board Hits "Reset"

The board this week reversed course and sided with the Ohio Auditor by voting to restart its search for a new superintendent. Officials worried they violated state transparency laws by making decisions about the search behind closed doors. But there's no deadline for when the search will wrap up.