DeWine reiterates call to curb gun violence

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DeWine says he's optimistic action will be taken on both the STRONG Ohio bill and another dealing with police reform

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VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WYTV) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine renewed his call to help curb gun violence in the state with tougher laws.

Speaking at a press conference in Vienna Township, the governor said he goes over how many people are killed by gun violence each week in the state. He says a majority of the crimes are at the hands of convicted criminals who by law are not allowed to own a gun.

Dewine says he wants tougher penalties for those offenders who are found to illegally be in possession of a gun and to give judges a range of sentencing options for felony cases involving a firearm.

Issues all addressed in the STRONG Ohio bill.

“We ought to be able to give our judges a bigger hammer so when that person comes in front of them, they can give them a very significant sentence,” DeWine said.

DeWine says he’s optimistic action will be taken on both the STRONG Ohio bill and another dealing with police reform.

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