Ohio AAP Stands Behind Gov. Mike DeWine on His Plan Around Gun-Violence Prevention

On Monday, October 7, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine presented further details on his legislative proposals aimed at reducing gun violence; the proposals were initially announced following the mass shooting in the Oregon District of Dayton on August 4. Among the proposals, DeWine’s legislation would expand “pink slip” laws by allowing involuntary commitment of those with mental health problems thought to be a danger to themselves or others to also include 72 hours of hospitalization for those suffering from drug dependency and chronic alcoholism when they pose a danger to themselves or others. The bill would also require law enforcement agencies and courts to submit information on protection orders and arrest warrants for serious crimes into state and federal databases so they could be accessed when running background checks on gun sales.

The full legislation differs from DeWine’s previous announcements in a few key areas. The legislation announced today will make universal background checks on all gun sales, including private sales, voluntary; the legislation will make funding available to streamline the voluntary process, according to Lt. Gov. Jon Husted. DeWine also announced today that he would pursue giving courts the power to take away guns from people already prohibited by law from having them.

The Ohio AAP continues to stand behind Gov. DeWine’s proposals, and is in favor of policies that have the potential to protect Ohio’s children from violent crimes. Ohio AAP members Sarah Denny, MD, FAAP, Rachel Nash, MD, MPH, FAAP and William Cotton, MD, FAAP were among the more than 50 first responders and healthcare providers to join DeWine for these announcements today.

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