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Kasich's Gun Proposals Include Tougher Background Checks, 'Red Flag' Law

Mar 2, 2018

Gov. John Kasich has put out a package of gun-law changes he hopes to get through the Republican-dominated state legislature. 

This comes after several weeks of talking about a private group he convened to discuss gun laws, and after a very public pivot on gun regulations following last month’s Florida school shooting.

Kasich says the group wants state laws keeping firearms from potentially dangerous people and domestic abusers, closing gaps in the National Instant Criminal Background Check system, strengthening prohibitions on third party or “straw man” purchases and banning armor-piercing ammo and bump stocks.

A "red flag" law would enable family members, guardians or police to ask judges to temporarily strip gun rights from people who show warning signs of violence.

He’s handing what he calls a reasonable package over to state lawmakers for action.

“This is something they have to work on," Kasich said. "I don’t intend to browbeat them. I’m going to encourage them every step of the way.”

Kasich's bipartisan advisory panel was assembled after Las Vegas saw the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in October. He then accelerated the group's work after February's school shooting in Florida.

Kasich says there are things he could do to push the package along, but wants to give lawmakers a chance to work. Senate President Larry Obhof’s spokesman says he’s open to dialogue.