Democratic lawmaker explains opposition to gun bill in Statehouse

COLUMBUS, OH (WCMH) – A bill in the Statehouse would prohibit local governments form passing any local laws that would reform current gun regulations and it would also change the rules for the state’s Stand Your Ground provision.

State Rep. David Leland (D – Columbus) spoke with NBC4 about why he opposes House Bill 228.

“Right now the law says if you feel threatened and you can escape, you can leave, you can de-escalate the violence, then you should do that,” Leland said. “But the law now, what they want to change will make it seem like you can just blast away whenever you feel threatened by somebody. That will not help make Ohio a safer place to live.”

Leland joined Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein last week to argue that federal gun laws leave gaps, allowing domestic violence offenders to legally own firearms. Klein himself has called for Columbus to adopt new gun laws to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, but HB 228 would prohibit local governments from enacting their own gun laws.

“You know there are a lot of different issues in Cleveland than there are in Chillicothe and I think the best government is the one closest to the people and that is why cities ought to be able to pass good gun legislation that protects their own citizens,” Leland said.

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