Columbus City Council To Vote On Gun Control Measures

Elaine Thompson / Associated Press Columbus City Council is voting Monday night on a slate of proposals intended to curb gun violence. The ordinances enjoy the support of all council members, and is easily expected to pass. The council’s list includes banning the sale of imitation firearms to minors and prohibiting gun shops in residential areas. It also imposes a ban on accessories like bump stocks. Under another proposal, the city would crack down on hot spots by adding a history of violent felony offenses to existing nuisance codes. City Council president Shannon Hardin says that, after a spike in violent crime, the council felt it had to act. Columbus saw 143 homicides in last year, the highest in city history. “More than 80 percent of those were committed with a gun,” Hardin says. “And so we felt it was important as a community as a city and as a council to have a conversation about how do we keep our neighborhood safe.” State law, meanwhile, carries a 2006 provision pre-empting local governments from passing gun control measures more restrictive than Ohio laws. But City Attorney Zach Klein says by adopting federal language, the city’s ordinances won’t violate the state restriction. “The Ohio Revised Code says ‘except as provided by federal law,’ so we’re saying federal law allows us to do that,” Klein says. “So we’re just simply mirroring federal law that allows us to pass this weapons under disability ordinance.” That provision empowers law enforcement to confiscate weapons […]

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