Columbus city leaders propose "common sense" gun laws

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther (WBNS-10TV)
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COLUMBUS - The City of Columbus wants to ban bump stocks and prohibit gun sales in residential areas.

It's part of a neighborhood safety plan that city leaders unveiled Wednesday morning.

Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, City Attorney Zach Klein, and City Council President Shannon G. Hardin announced 11 changes to local laws in an attempt to reduce gun violence.

Mayor Ginther's office says the proposals seek to address longstanding issues of violence in our communities by closing the gap between state and federal law, protecting victims of domestic violence, and removing dangerous weapons from neighborhoods.

“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.”

The Buckeye Firearms Association says banning gun sales in residential areas doesn't make sense.

"The thought of taking gun stores out of residential areas I don't know how that's going to impact gun crimes to me that sounds laughable," Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary Gerard Valentino said.

The organization also cast doubts on how the city is trying to protect domestic violence victims.

Instead of giving victims a civil protection order, the group said the city should be encouraging them to get a gun.

"People who are victims of violence one of the best way to protect themselves is to have a gun to defend themselves," Valentino said.

Before any of the proposed laws can be voted upon, the city plans to hold several public hearings on the issues.

The full proposal can be viewed here.

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