Leader Sykes Statement On DeWine Red Flag, Background Check Proposals
Says Dems stand ready to work together to ensure safety and security of everyday Ohioans

Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) issued a statement today following Governor Mike DeWine’s proposals in the wake of this weekend’s mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio.

“We’re encouraged the governor is finally listening to the vast majority of Ohioans who have said enough is enough, and that now is the time to do something to end gun violence,” said Sykes. “Democrats stand ready to work together on the commonsense proposals of universal background checks and red flag protections that will save lives, safeguard our freedoms and keep our promise to protect the safety and security of communities across Ohio. As we review the Governor’s proposals, we expect the final products to be meaningful, proactive, and provide Ohioans with the peace of mind that their leaders work for them.” 

Democrats have continually proposed commonsense gun safety legislation, including a red flag bill, Senate Bill (SB) 19, sponsored by Sen. Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) and SB 63 to require universal background checks sponsored by Sen. Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati). House Democrats announced several commonsense gun safety proposals at a Statehouse press conference earlier this year, including red flag legislation proposed by Reps. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) and Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) and a universal background check proposal from Rep. Phil Robinson (D-Solon).

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