gun control

Ohio Gov. John Kasich
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Over the years, Kasich's tone has changed dramatically, as he’s worked to accomplish his goals and create a national persona as a Trump critic and a promoter of bipartisan compromise.

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Ohio Senate president Larry Obhof (R-Medina) said he's open to discussing two high-profile gun laws when the General Assembly returns next year: the "Stand Your Ground" bill and the "red flag law."

In this Jan. 16, 2013 file photo, an assortment of firearms are seen for sale at Capitol City Arms Supply in Springfield, Ill.
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This was the year Ohio saw a dramatic tone shift when it comes to gun policies – at least when it came to Gov. John Kasich.

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The Ohio General Assembly has voted to override Gov. John Kasich’s veto on, HB 228, a bill that would revamp the way the state handles self-defense cases in court.

The stage is set for one last battle between lawmakers and Gov. John Kasich after he vetoed three bills in the past month. The House says it plans to take at least one veto override vote, which could include the self-defense gun bill.

Gun control advocates view 2018 as a turning point in their campaign to strengthen the country's gun laws.

They cite widespread success in passing laws through state legislatures. They're also buoyed by Democratic victories in the midterm elections, which flipped control of the House of Representatives. Another benchmark: In this election cycle, gun control groups outspent gun rights groups for the first time ever.

When we set out to try to look back on the year that was in politics, we started with a list that grew ... and grew ... and grew. After a couple of days, the list was just shy of 100 news events. That's about one notable story every three days.

Gov. Kasich Vetoes Self-Defense Gun Bill

Dec 20, 2018
Ohio Governor John Kasich
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Gov. John Kasich has vetoed a pro-gun bill, HB 228, that would have changed the way self-defense cases play out in court, shifting the burden from the defense to the prosecution.

In this Oct. 4, 2017 file photo, a bump stock is attached to a semi-automatic rifle at the Gun Vault store and shooting range in South Jordan, Utah.
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The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday announced a final rule banning the gun accessories known as “bump stocks,” a move that may impact a Columbus lawsuit.

The Trump administration is banning bump stocks, the firearm attachment that allows a semiautomatic weapon to shoot almost as fast as a machine gun.

The devices, also known as slide fires, came under intense scrutiny after they were used by the gunman who opened fire on a country music concert in Las Vegas last year, killing 58 people.

The massacre touched off a public outcry, including from some lawmakers, for the accessories to be banned.

The controversial legislation no longer includes an elimination of the "duty to retreat" for people who find themselves in threatening situations. Opponents argued that removing that language from Ohio code would make it for people to use lethal force in self-defense.

In this Jan. 16, 2013 file photo, an assortment of firearms are seen for sale at Capitol City Arms Supply in Springfield, Ill.
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Republican senators are planning to discuss the possible changes they would like to make to HB 228, the so-called "Stand Your Ground" bill, which might include more specific language on when to use lethal force in self-defense situations.

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An Ohio Senate committee plans to pass the "Stand Your Ground" bill by the end of the week. The bill would make it easier for someone to use lethal force in self-defense by removing the duty to retreat in cases where a person feels threatened.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich
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Ohio lawmakers are preparing to return to the Statehouse for what looks like a busy lame duck session. Legislators are expected to pass a slew of bills before the year ends.

About two weeks out from Election Day, a dozen United Auto Workers and United Steelworkers came out to the small eastern city of Warren, Ohio. They were there to support the Democratic ticket for governor, Richard Cordray and his running mate Betty Sutton.