Statehouse Gun Rights Advocates Concerned Purpose of Senate’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill May Be to Force Compromise on ‘Gun Control’ Plan

Statehouse sources are questioning the recent introduction of a Senate version of “Stand Your Ground.” The sponsor of Senate Bill 237, newly appointed Senator Terry Johnson (R-McDermott), calls the bill the “Ohio Duty to Retreat Act.” Concerns were expressed to The Ohio Star that the legislation may be used to force a compromise between anti-gun groups and Second Amendment supporters to help the Senate move the Governor’s gun-control plan, Senate Bill 221.

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Ohio Senate Committee Hears Bill to Ban Bump Stocks

The Ohio Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee had a slate full of gun control bills to hear on Tuesday. The first bill to be heard was State Senator Cecil Thomas’ (D-Cincinnati) Senate Bill 62.

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Cleveland City Council Adopts Resolution in Support of Background Checks Ballot Initiative

The Cleveland City Council held its first meeting Monday night after the summer recess and unanimously approved of a resolution in support of universal background checks statewide.

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Gov. DeWine Calls for Fixing ‘Major Flaw’ in Background Check Systems

Gov. Mike DeWine called for improvements to Ohio’s background check systems during a Wednesday press conference and said that he plans to release a gun-related bill for the General Assembly to consider in the coming weeks.

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Ohio Liberty Coalition Will Start Petition to Have Any Red Flag Law Placed on Ballot

The Ohio Liberty Coalition, a grassroots conservative organization, said it will start a petition to have any red flag law that passes the Ohio Legislature placed on the 2020 ballot for voters to decide on.

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Columbus’ Ginther and Dayton’s Whaley Among the 235 Mayors Demanding U.S. Senate Return to Washington to Enact Gun Control

More than 200 mayors from across the country sent a letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), urging them to immediately call the Senate back to Washington, D.C. to take action on gun control legislation.

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Sherrod Brown Says Trump More Focused on ‘Protecting His Own Ego’ Than Protecting People from Gun Violence

President Donald Trump recently criticized Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) for “mischaracterizing” his visit to a Dayton, Ohio hospital to visit mass shooting victims. As the feud continues, Brown suggested that Trump is more focused on “protecting his own ego” than “protecting them from gun violence.”

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Netfilx’s New Film Release ‘Secret Obsession’ Exposes California’s Dumb Gun Laws

When Netflix’s bland new psychological thriller “Secret Obsession” was released last week, I never expected keen political insights, let alone a unique cinematic twist. (Warning: Some spoilers ahead.) Under closer scrutiny, however, the film solidifies the need for individual rights, and presents a damning picture of California’s unconstitutional gun laws.

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Commentary: This New York Man Got Arrested After Defending His Own Home

by Amy Swearer   All too often, advocates of strict gun control promise that more complex and convoluted laws will save lives without imposing a serious burden on the right of law-abiding citizens to exercise their constitutional rights. Their argument simply doesn’t hold up. Their gun control laws fail not…

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Attorney General Dave Yost Rejects Petition to Get Background Checks Measure on 2020 Ballot

  Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced Thursday that his office has rejected a petition to get a background-checks measure placed on the 2020 ballot. As The Ohio Star reported last week, a group called Ohioans for Gun Safety filed a petition with the Attorney General’s Office to have its…

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Democrats Move to Make Gun Makers Liable for Gun Crimes

by Whitney Tipton   Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation Tuesday to hold gun manufacturers liable for crimes committed with their products. The measure, introduced in both the House and Senate, seeks to repeal legislation passed in 2005 that enacted litigation protections for the gun industry, National Public Radio (NPR) reported. “Responsible…

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Ohioans for Gun Safety Moves to Get Background Checks on 2020 Ballot

  Ohioans for Gun Safety announced Monday that it has filed a petition with the Attorney General’s Office to get a background-checks measure placed on the 2020 ballot. If the process is successful, Ohioans will be voting on the group’s “Act to Close Loopholes in Background Checks on Gun Sales”…

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Ohio Democrats Renew Gun Control Efforts on Gun Violence Awareness Day

  Ohio Democrats took to Twitter Friday to renew their calls for gun control legislation on the fifth annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day. “Our members will wear orange this weekend in support of a future free of gun violence. Learn more about how Ohio House Dems are advocating for…

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Ohio House Democrats Unveil Package of Gun-Control Laws

  Ohio House Democrats announced their plans Wednesday to introduce a package of gun-control laws in response to the so-called constitutional carry bill making its way through the committee process. As The Ohio Star previously reported, Republicans introduced a bill in March to bring constitutional carry to the Buckeye state,…

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Trump GOP Challenger Bill Weld Supports Abortion on Demand, Endorsed Obama

by Peter Hasson   Former Republican Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, who on Monday announced plans to challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican primary, has a track record of siding against his party on key social issues. Weld supports allowing abortions up until birth, including partial-birth abortions, and in…

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Colorado Sheriff James Van Beek Says He Won’t Enforce ‘Red Flag’ Gun Control Law

by Nick Givas   Eagle County Sheriff James Van Beek said he will refuse to enforce Colorado’s new “red flag” gun control law, during a Monday interview on “Fox & Friends.” The statue says firearms may be taken away from citizens who are deemed dangerous, but who may not have broken any laws. “I…

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Commentary: America’s Gun Culture Cultivates Civic Virtue

by Aaron Tao   Many people are often surprised to learn that I am a gun owner and firm defender of the Second Amendment. After all, I, a first-generation Chinese-American immigrant, do not fit the stereotype of the typical American gun owner. Of all of America’s cherished freedoms, the natural and…

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New Cases of Armed Citizens Stopping Criminals in February

by Amy Swearer   Last month, we documented some extraordinary examples from January of armed citizens relying on their Second Amendment rights to protect themselves and others. We pointed out that these were average, everyday Americans who were just going about their lives. They did not go looking for evil but were…

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Trump Threatens to Veto Gun Bills Pushed by Democrats

President Donald Trump is threatening to veto two Democratic bills expanding federal background checks on gun purchases, saying they do not sufficiently protect gun owners’ Second Amendment rights. The House is expected to vote this week on separate bills requiring background checks for all sales and transfers of firearms and…

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Bipartisan Support for New Federal Gun Controls Is a Red Flag

by Jose Nino   Is more gun control legislation coming to Congress? The 2018 midterm elections produced a split Congress with Democrats gaining control of the House and Republicans gaining seats in the Senate. The change in House leadership will signal changes in gun control legislation in the near future.…

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Ten Laws That Spell Major Changes for Ohio in 2019

In terms of legislation, 2018 may be considered one of Ohio’s most impactful years in recent history. From the approval of the first medicinal marijuana dispensary to new abortion limitations, 2019 will see a dramatic change for many Ohioans. Compiled below are ten of the most significant changes coming to the…

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Commentary: What The Fake History Of Guns Can Teach Us

by Chris Calton   In 2000, Emory University history professor Michael Bellesiles published the book Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture. The central argument of the book was that the culture of American gun ownership does not date back to the colonial era and, instead, emerged in the middle…

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California’s Background Check Law Had No Impact on Gun Deaths, Johns Hopkins Study Finds

by John Miltimore   A new academic study has found that, once again, gun laws are not having their desired effect. A joint study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of California at Davis Violence Prevention Research Program found that California’s…

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Red-Hot Battle Over Gun-Control Laws Expected in Ohio’s Lame-Duck Session

Ohio’s lame-duck session appears primed for a battle over gun legislation with several bills vying for attention on both sides of the gun-rights issue. One bill that has the backing of lame-duck Gov. John Kasich is the so-called Red Flag Bill, or SB 278, which would allow law enforcement or…

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Kent State ‘Gun Girl’ Moving Forward with Open-Carry Walk Through Campus on Saturday

Her name is Kaitlin Bennett, otherwise known as the “Kent State gun girl.” You might also think of her as the anti-David Hogg. She supports the Second Amendment and is holding an Open Carry Walk through the Kent State campus on Saturday, Sept. 29. The event was initially planned as…

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Jim Renacci Gets NRA Endorsement as Sherrod Brown Rakes in Money from Anti-Gun Lobby

The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund, or NRA-PVF, has endorsed Ohio Congressman Jim Renacci (R-OH-16) for the U.S. Senate in Ohio. Renacci is running against Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), an entrenched Washington politician running for his third term who is swimming in anti-gun campaign cash. Brown, 65, has been…

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Aftab Pureval Continues to Use Cincinnati Shooting in Attempt to Score Political Points

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Aftab Pureval continues to use the shooting that killed three people at a bank in Cincinnati as a political weapon. Since the shooting Thursday Pureval has tweeted several times, indirectly alluding to his opinion that guns are killing Americans, rather than the criminals who use them to commit heinous crimes,…

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Cincinnati Shooter Filed Lawsuits Claiming Media Companies Were ‘Spying’ on Him

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Omar Enrique Santa-Perez, the 29-year-old shooter in Thursday’s deadly attack on the Fifth Third Bank Center in downtown Cincinnati, was a U.S. citizen born in Puerto Rico who amassed a record of minor offenses and appeared highly unstable. But more than 24 hours after his shooting rampage police appear no closer…

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Aftab Pureval Retweets Cincinnati Mayor’s False Claim About Gun Violence Based on Bogus Data

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The blood had not even been cleaned from the sidewalks Thursday when Cincinnati’s Democrat Mayor John Cranley tried to score political points for his party’s anti-gun agenda. Puerto Rico-born Omar Enrique Santa-Perez, 29, had just slaughtered three innocent people and gravely injured two others before being shot dead by police…

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Gun-Control Advocates Sending Mega-Bucks to Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown’s Campaign Coffers

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, never met a gun-control proposal he didn’t like, and one look at his campaign contributions explains why he is so enamored with the idea of disarming law-abiding Americans. According to data collected by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, Brown is the second-leading politician in Washington…

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Pureval Stakes His Congressional Run on Belief That Ohio’s First District Wants More Gun Control

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If there’s one issue that could decide Ohio’s First Congressional District race, it’s gun control. Voters have a clear choice between Rep. Steve Chabot, an 11-term incumbent with a track record of supporting the Second Amendment, and his Democrat challenger Aftab Pureval, who has been upfront about his disdain for…

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Mike Lee Commentary: Why I Objected to a Bill That Would Ban 3D Gun Designs

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by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT)   Last Tuesday, President Donald Trump tweeted, “I am looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public. Already spoke to NRA, doesn’t seem to make much sense!” The White House has not offered any clarification on what exactly Trump’s tweet meant, but if…

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Thousands Shut Down Major Chicago Highway In The Name Of Gun Control

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by Molly Prince   A major thoroughfare in Chicago was shut down on Saturday after thousands of anti-gun protestors overtook the highway, refusing to let any vehicles pass. The demonstration was organized to bring awareness to the city’s joblessness, high poverty rate, poor education system, skyrocketing crime and was demanding…

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Correcting the Media Misinformation About Arming Teachers

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by James D. Agresti   Misinformation can be deadly, especially when it comes to issues like school shootings. This is because it can build support for policies that increase fatalities and generate opposition to reforms that can save lives. Despite these high stakes, a wide array of media outlets have…

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