In Oregon District, Governor DeWine, Mayor Whaley Talk Gun Control

Aug 8, 2019

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says he’s moving forward with efforts to tighten gun regulations in the state. 

The Republican appeared in Dayton Thursday with Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley in the Oregon District.

Speaking near the site of a makeshift memorial to the nine people killed, and more than 30 others injured in Sunday’s shooting outside Ned Peppers Bar, Whaley told reporters she's focusing on helping her grieving city heal, and assisting Oregon District shop owners return to business as usual.  

She says enacting new state gun control measures is a top priority. 

“So this terrible, tragic incident in Dayton may not have to happen in other places, and bringing our community to deal with mental health and the work that they'll need to recover,” the mayor says. 

Gov. Mike DeWine met in Dayton's Oregon District with Mayor Nan Whaley to discuss next steps on gun control.
Credit Jess Mador / WYSO

DeWine recently announced he’d support new gun restrictions, including tightening the state’s background check laws. The governor released details of his wish list as part of a 17-point plan to reduce gun violence, which included beefing up mental health programs.  

"The proposal that we put out on Tuesday, every single part of that proposal, every single element will save lives. I know that," the governor says. "And every single element, people should be able to support: Democrats, Republicans, Independents, people who are focused on the Second Amendment."

Read more about the governor's proposal.  

The investigation into the Dayton shooting is ongoing.