In an effort to close the gap between state and federal law to protect victims of violence and remove dangerous weapons from neighborhoods, city officials have proposed a set of “common sense” gun laws.
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The proposal stated that “State and federal action is still needed to ban assault weapons and implement universal background checks” but in the meantime, they’re going to work on pushing through these measures to regulate guns in Columbus.
“Today we are taking local action to reduce gun violence in Columbus,” said Mayor Ginther. “Every person in every neighborhood deserves to be safe. These proposed new laws bolster the work of the Comprehensive Neighborhood Safety Strategy and get more guns out of the hands of those who misuse them.”
Mayor Ginther made the announcement alongside City Attorney Zach Klein, and City Council President Shannon G. Hardin.
- Banning persons convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, subject of a protection order, previously convicted of felony crime from possession of weapon
- Banning dangerous weapon accessories like bump stocks, trigger cranks, and Rotating Trigger Actuators
- Prohibit imitation firearms in public spaces and prohibiting sales of imitation firearms to minors
- Re-enact city weapons codes including barring of using weapons while intoxicated, underage purchase of handguns, failure to report stolen/lost firearm
- Domestic violence ordinance that would make mandatory minimum of six months in jail for perpetrator if they possessed a firearm
- Violation of protection order ordinance that would make mandatory minimum of six months in jail if violator possessed firearm
- Surrendered firearms ordinance that would require that deadly weapons seized in connection with an arrest for domestic violence/violating a protection order will be retained
- Shutting down magnets for felony violence
- Prohibiting firearm sales in residential areas
- Expanding weapons reporting processes by increasing education and allowing people to report a minor with weapon and allow that minor to safely surrender weapon
“We are confident that these proposed laws are within Columbus’ authority to enact, despite restrictions imposed on us by state legislators. Regardless of Ohio’s efforts, we will be bold and creative in protecting the lives of residents in our city,” said City Attorney Klein. “Undoubtedly, while both Ohio and federal law severely restrict what we can change at the local level, we will be relentless in our work to reduce violence in our community.”
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