Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, center, speaks to the media following Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s first State of the State address on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus
Other than saying they’ll be “very, very difficult” to pass the GOP-dominated state legislature, House Speaker Larry Householder has seemed uncharacteristically noncommittal about his stance on a package of gun violence measures proposed by Gov. Mike DeWine.
Perhaps that’s because Householder has already has taken a firm position against some of the governor’s key proposals.
Only 29 of 232 legislative candidates responded to an Ohio Guns Owners survey before last year’s election, but Householder was one of them. One of the nine questions the group asked hit directly on a concept DeWine pushed: enacting “red-flag” legislation, which would allow a judge to confiscate guns after a hearing to determine whether the owner was a harm to himself or others.
After saying such laws “would strip gun owners of their Second Amendment Rights without due process,” the gun group asked candidates: “Would you oppose all so-called ‘mental health’ legislation that would deny law abiding Ohioans their gun rights without due process through a court of law?”
Householder pledged he would.
The Glenford Republican, who aired a campaign commercial of him shooting a TV set last year, also promised in his response to “oppose all methods of gun control, including those that the media calls ‘reasonable,’” and support legislation that “allows guns that are made and sold in Ohio, and are not involved in interstate commerce, to be subject to the laws of Ohio only and not those of the federal government.”
The future House leader even said he would co-sponsor legislation “to eliminate restrictions on law-abiding gun owners from carrying a firearm in certain so-called ‘gun-free’ areas.”
I wish I’d …
During a gathering last week of the Columbus Metropolitan Club, former Govs. Bob Taft and Ted Strickland were asked about their biggest regrets.
For Democrat Strickland, it was being too cautious to issue a moratorium on executions in Ohio.
Republican Taft offered a pair: giving in to legislative demands to cut the state’s funding for early childhood learning, and failing to enact sufficient regulations during the fledgling era of charter and online schools in Ohio.
Mayors and guns
Speaking of the Metropolitan Club, the group will talk guns on Sept. 11, with a panel of Findlay Mayor Christina Muryn and Lancaster Mayor David Scheffler. And Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is expected at a club gathering in early October to share her experiences since last month’s mass shooting in her city.
Darrel Rowland, The Columbus Dispatch, September 1, 2019
Larry Householder already has pledged to oppose ‘red-flag’ gun laws