Gov. John Kasich is sounding off on the lack of movement on gun regulations that he’d proposed earlier this year, commenting on it in two separate public events.
Kasich talked mostly foreign policy and the NATO summit at the National Press Club in Washington, but he did note his frustration about a package of gun law changes that he hoped Republican state lawmakers back home would take up.
“I have a legislature that refuses to consider common sense gun bills," Kasich said.
The day before at the Columbus Metropolitan Club he brought up one part of his proposal, a so-called red flag law to allow law enforcement to seize weapons from people considered to be dangerous.
“I cannot pass that through this legislature," Kasich said.
Rep. Michael Henne is the sole sponsor of the bill, which has had four hearings but is facing strident opposition from gun rights groups.
The gun control bill would prohibit people with a history of domestic violence from owning guns and allow guns to be seized from people showing signs of violence – among other things. It would also outlaw devices known as bump stocks, eliminate armor-piercing ammunition and require gun purchases to be entered in state-wide law enforcement database.
Kasich has also said he wouldn’t sign a so-called “stand your ground” bill that many Republican lawmakers support.