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Pro-gun rights group could file lawsuit against Columbus as city leaders talk gun control

Talk over gun control in Columbus could trigger a big debate Thursday night in city hall.
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Talk over gun control in Columbus could trigger a big debate Thursday night in city hall.

Council members will hear proposals to change firearms laws, while neighbors will get their say about it.

Several ordinances will be laid out for discussion, that include banning bump stocks and gun sales in neighborhoods.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther announced last month the city would be working on "common sense" gun laws.

Those who oppose the idea say they might sue the city.

"We are prepared to launch a lawsuit if we determine that any of the proposals violate state law," Buckeye Firearms Association Executive Director Dean Rieck said.

Dean Rieck says the Buckeye Firearms Association will be tracking what happens during Thursday's public hearing on gun control and what happens after.

"I really don't think most of these are going to keep people safe. We already have plenty of laws on the books," Rieck said.

City leaders announced in March they would work on "common sense" gun laws for Columbus.

Eleven changes are being proposed that are broken down into four different ordinances.

"We're really looking to find where those gaps are between federal and state law, where the city can have that role," Columbus City Council Member Michael Stinziano said.

Some of the proposals include banning bump stocks and firearms accessories, prohibiting the sale of imitation guns to minors, better protecting domestic violence victims, banning gun sales in neighborhoods, and much more.

"We've heard from residents all over the city that they want to see more done and if they don't see it at different levels, they're coming to their council," Stinziano said.

The talk about change comes after a record year for homicides in Columbus, the Las Vegas concert shooting, and the Parkland school shooting.

"The goal is that we're going to have safer neighborhoods," Stinziano said.

Not everyone agrees with the proposed ideas for gun control.

"Some of those proposals may violate state law," Rieck said.

But any resident has the opportunity to voice an opinion for or against, because it's all still up for debate in Columbus.

The public hearing will be held in council chambers Thursday at 5 p.m.

City Council will likely vote on the proposals in the coming months.