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State lawmakers are back in action holding more hearings on gun regulation bills. And Gov. Mike DeWine is still pushing for his proposals. But Congress has yet to show an interest in moving gun issues on the federal level, with provisions getting blocked in the Senate. 

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley speaking to reporters near the site of the shooting rampage.
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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley joined a group of Congressional Democrats in Washington Monday to lobby for tighter gun regulations. The group that included Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer is calling for passage of a bill to expand background checks for gun purchases.

The bipartisan proposal known as H.R.8 would expand background checks to cover private firearm sales.

Mayor Whaley urged the Senate to bring the House bill to a vote.

More than a hundred concerned residents, civic leaders, and others joined members of the Community Police Council, Dayton Police and Mayor Nan Whaley for the Coversation on Gun Violence.
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Thursday night in Dayton, Mayor Nan Whaley, Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl, and members of the Community Police Council held a Community Conversation on Gun Violence at Grace United Methodist Church. More than a hundred concerned residents, civic leaders, and others joined the panelists for the two-hour event.

“Shots being fired, hearing gunfire at our house is normal,” said Scott Sliver, a member of the Community Police Council. Sliver said it was the normalcy of that gunfire that lead him to join the council.

Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says he supports parts of Gov. Mike DeWine’s 17-point plan to curb gun violence in Ohio. 

There’s certainly an ongoing and uncivil war between many Republicans and Democrats. But two former Ohio governors have called a truce, and created a friendship.

Gov. Mike DeWine says his administration is adding another piece to his 17-point plan to reduce gun violence by calling for more required reporting into criminal databases used for background checks.

Mayors are actively lobbying state lawmakers to consider a package of changes to gun laws and mental health policy unveiled by Gov. Mike DeWine in the wake of the Dayton mass shooting earlier this month.

The last thing that Nan Whaley, the Democratic mayor of Dayton, wants to hear in the wake of the tragedy that rocked her city on the early morning of Aug. 4 is the usual partisan bickering and excuses by politicians who are in the pocket of special interests.

She doesn't want to hear it.

The gun regulation portion of Gov. Mike DeWine's plan to reduce gun violence will likely meet resistance in the Ohio House. Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) says his members of the Republican-controlled chamber have several areas of concern.

William Wood answers the door to his suburban Columbus home with a Glock 19 on his hip. His two toddler-aged children, Daisey and Wesley, peak out from behind his legs.  

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