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A prominent Ohio gun rights group is threatening to sue Columbus after City Council passed a number of gun control measures.

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The House and Senate are working on moving bills through their chambers through the next two weeks before going on summer break. This is a critical time for bills lawmakers want to pass, assuming that they’re next chance won’t be till after the November election. 

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Columbus City Council has signed off on a slate of proposals intended to curb gun violence. The ordinances enjoyed the support of all council members, and easily passed 6-0 in the Monday night vote.


Cincinnati Council has approved an ordinance banning the possession, use, or sale of bump stocks in the city, effective immediately. The measure passed Wednesday by a 7-2 vote.

Shortly after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. a gun control bill mandating universal background checks on gun sales failed in Congress. In a press conference at the White House, President Obama lashed out at members of Congress.

“It came down to politics. The worry that that vocal minority of gun owners would come after them in future elections. So they caved to the pressure,” said Obama.

Since then, a group campaigning in support of gun control has grown and branched out across the country.

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President Trump and Vice President Pence spoke to the National Rifle Association at the organization's annual meeting in Dallas on Friday — renewing a political partnership that was briefly tested by the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

ECOT, Caught!

Apr 26, 2018
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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, Ohio Auditor and Republican Attorney General candidate Dave Yost faces criticism for his handling of whistleblower fraud allegations against the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, or ECOT. Plus, Gov. John Kasich looks to improve background checks and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor takes another step away from Kasich.

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Columbus Council is hosting a town hall on Thursday evening to get community feedback on proposed gun ordinances. The event will be held at City Hall at 5 p.m.

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Gov. John Kasich has been urging lawmakers to pass a bill that would put a red flag law in place to prevent people deemed dangerous by a court from buying guns.

It would also ban bump stock attachments for guns and make other reforms. But it appears it won’t be easy to get it passed.

Ohio Governor John Kasich speaks during the Ohio State of the State address in the Fritsche Theater at Otterbein University in Westerville, Tuesday, March 6, 2018.
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Gov. John Kasich took his message for tougher gun control to the county level, signing a new executive order that urges clerks of courts and other agencies to do a better job at entering criminal information into the background check system.