"This proposal, if it is as described, alleviates the concerns many of us had," the Republican from Medina told The Dispatch.

Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof says his chamber's prior concerns over gun seizures under a so-called "red-flag" law were resolved in the proposal made Tuesday by Gov. Mike DeWine.

"This proposal, if it is as described, alleviates the concerns many of us had," the Republican from Medina told The Dispatch on Friday after meeting with the governor about his package of gun-safety proposals.

Asked if the Senate will pass such legislation, Obhof said, "It's not dead on arrival. I think we've had substantial and very positive discussions about its merits to this point."

Majority Republicans in the House and Senate refused former GOP Gov. John Kasich's request for a red-flag law, saying it did not guarantee upfront due process for those whose guns were targeted.

While DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, both Republicans, had been working on a "safety protection order" law for months, its arrival was accelerated by the deaths of nine people in a mass shooting in Dayton early Sunday.

DeWine's proposal would allow a household member or police to seek an order from a judge to seize the guns of a person considered at risk of harming themselves or others. A hearing would be conducted within three days, with the accused present, to determine if their guns should be confiscated and, if so, be followed by other hearings to extend the order and evaluate the mental health of the gun owner.

"It's respectful of people's due-process rights" by not allowing secretive gun seizure orders to be issued without notice, Obhof said.

House Speaker Larry Householder, R-Glenford, whose chamber largely backs a bill to allow law-abiding adults to carry a concealed handgun without a background check, training or a permit, has not responded this week to requests for comment.

Obhof was more wary about DeWine's call to expand background checks and require them prior to sales at gun shows and firearms transactions between individuals. "It's too early right now for me to have a strong opinion ... We'll take a look at that and hear from all sides on that," he said.

Many elements of DeWine's gun-safety package, which includes expanded mental health resources and stiffer penalties for gun offenses by felons, were funded in the state budget enacted last month and some lawmakers have been working on bills addressing some of its components, the Senate president said.

For example, Sen. Theresa Gavarone, R-Bowling Green, has a "placeholder" bill to reform how the state handles the restoration of competency of those charged with nonviolent crimes and packed in state mental health hospitals. Her work is searching for alternative treatment to free hospital space for those with more serious mental illness.

Given that the Dayton shooter was expelled from high school for threatening classmates and later returned, Obhof said, the state should require psychiatric examinations of those accused of such threats and provide the needed mental health treatment resources.

"It's not good enough to say, 'You are suspended,' come back in six months and just move," he said.

"It's more a question of are their ways we can improve the law that will likely prevent some instances in the future — if not this specific instance."