Trump, Ohio Governor Facing Pressure To Act On Guns After Shootings

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine as he disembarks from Air Force One upon arrival at Akron-Canton Airport in Canton, Ohio, March 20, 2019, as he travels to attend a fundraiser. (P... US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine as he disembarks from Air Force One upon arrival at Akron-Canton Airport in Canton, Ohio, March 20, 2019, as he travels to attend a fundraiser. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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August 6, 2019 7:57 a.m.

President Donald Trump and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) are exploring their options on gun control measures, facing immense pressure after the mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas.

According to Politico, Trump is considering an executive order, as his aides believe the likelihood of Congress being willing to cooperate mid-election season is slim to none.

It is not yet clear which measures Trump would look to instate. He unraveled an Obama-era regulation to prevent the mentally ill from buying guns in 2017.

Trump did cite “red flag laws” during his Monday address, or legislation that would allow concerned parties to petition a judge to remove firearms from someone who appears to be a risk to himself or others.

Notably, Attorney General William Barr has been an advocate for stricter gun control for long enough to have piqued the anger of gun rights groups upon his confirmation.

Over in Ohio, per the Associated Press, DeWine plans to outline his proposals to deal with gun violence on Tuesday.

DeWine’s remarks in the immediate aftermath of the Dayton shooting were drowned out by anguished members of the audience chanting “do something!” 

Read TPM’s analysis on the chances that Republicans will “do something” here. 

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