DeWine’s proposed red flag law would protect “due process,” he said, by requiring a judicial hearing to be held within three days of a person’s firearms temporarily being confiscated. If a judge determines a person is a threat, the gun owner could be ordered to get mental health care before their firearms are returned to them.
DeWine also called for more stringent background checks, increased monitoring of social media, stiffer penalties on felons who possess guns and making sure “soft targets” such as the Oregon District, schools and places of worship are protected.
The Springfield News-Sun was part of a media team across the state that asked each state legislature whether they agreed with DeWine’s proposals. Many of them said they weren’t sure until they saw the actual legislation and vowed to protect constitutional rights.
“We’re working every single day with the second-amendment community,” DeWine said. “We are trying to make sure that the bill that we propose does protect second amendment rights in regard to what we’re calling the personal protection orders.”
He said due process is a major part of his legislation.
“We’re not going to be taking any guns away unless there is a fair hearing in court and unless it’s proven that person is a real threat to themselves or others,” DeWine said.
DeWine said he wanted to meet with the faith-based community to ask for their support of his new proposals and to also take the opportunity to meet with them and tell them that if they’re seeing problems that he wants to hear from them.
Eli Williams, the leader of Urban Light Ministries in Springfield, said he appreciated DeWine coming to Springfield and talking with faith leaders.
“I thought it was really important,” he said. “These are important topics and its great we have a governor who has prioritized it enough that he’s willing to come to the various communities and ask us for input.”
He also said that he liked that DeWine gave the community leaders time to talk about other issues facing the community.