COLUMBUS, Ohio—Gov. Mike DeWine said Monday he revised his gun-control plan to make sure it can pass the Republican-dominated Ohio General Assembly.
But in the immediate aftermath of DeWine’s news conference, it was unclear whether that goal was achieved — though at least one legislative Republican leader offered words of praise for the new plan, dubbed STRONG Ohio.
Democrats, meanwhile, appeared to be split between those who called the gun-reform package a good start and those who criticized it as too weak of a response.
The governor’s new plan calls for voluntary background checks for private gun sales instead of near-universal background checks, as he initially proposed. In place of a “red-flag” law allowing authorities to confiscate guns from those deemed a threat, the new version would allow involuntary hospitalizations for drug and alcohol abuse.