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The Latest Bills seek checks, age increase on gun purchases

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DAYTON, Ohio — The Latest on developments following the mass shooting in Ohio that killed nine (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

Two Ohio lawmakers have reintroduced legislation restricting access to guns following the Dayton mass shooting.

State Sens. Cecil Thomas, of Cincinnati, and Peggy Lehner (LAY’-nuhr), of suburban Dayton, are working together on the bills. Thomas is a Democrat, and Lehner is a Republican.

One bill would require background checks on all firearms transactions. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine has said he supports a similar measure.

The second bill raises the minimum age for all gun purchases to 21. Currently, a person must be 21 to buy a handgun, but 18-year-olds can purchase long guns. The proposal preserves exemptions for military members and law enforcement.

Lehner also now backs a Democrat-sponsored “red flag” bill creating a process for removing guns from someone who poses an imminent danger to themselves or others.

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12:05 p.m.

The Justice Department says a friend of the Ohio gunman is being charged with lying on federal firearms forms.

Authorities say more information about the charges being unsealed will be announced Monday afternoon.

The charges come a little over a week after the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio. The 24-year-old Connor Betts opened fire in a popular entertainment district, killing his sister and eight others.

Officers shot and killed Betts within 30 seconds of when his rampage started.

Police have said that there was nothing in Betts’ background that would have prevented him from buying the AR-15 style gun used in the shooting.

Investigators have not released a motive.

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