Bucyrus man’s petitions seek Second Amendment sanctuary status for city, county

Bucyrus man's petitions seek Second Amendment sanctuary status for city, county

A rack displays various models of semi-automatic sporting rifles. BUCYRUS – Robert Taylor has decided it’s time to act. The Bucyrus man, a Marine veteran, said he’s concerned by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s push for a "red flag" gun laws and other proposals he feels could further infringe on Ohioans’ Second — and Fourth — Amendment rights. "There are a lot of people that have legitimate concerns with what the red flag laws mean, what they do, what they can do and what they can lead to," Taylor said. "Due process is a pretty important thing in criminal court." Red flag gun laws permit people to petition the courts for the temporary removal of firearms from someone they believe may present a danger to themselves or others. Taylor said he’s concerned such laws could violate Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures. Taylor said he would like to see both county and city officials pass legislation declaring the community a Second Amendment sanctuary — a gesture he admits is entirely symbolic. Taylor has been circulating petitions in support of this plan. Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Taylor will be at the square in downtown Galion, asking people to sign the petition. In Bucyrus, people can sign copies of the petition at Baker Brothers Sporting Goods, 400 S. Walnut St.; and Hurst Auto Body, 3617 Ohio 4. As of Wednesday, he had petitions with 200 signatures in his possession, but said an additional 10 petitions are still circulating in […]

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