Ohio proposal aims to give cities some control over guns

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A proposal in Ohio seeks to give cities the ability to restrict the open or concealed carry of firearms during certain events.

The legislation comes amid concerns about Ohio’s open-carry gun laws during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week.

The head of the Cleveland police union had requested that Republican Gov. John Kasich suspend the state’s law during the four-day political shindig. But Kasich said he doesn’t have the authority to “arbitrarily” alter laws and constitutional rights.

Democratic state Sen. Cecil Thomas, who is a former Cincinnati police officer, said Wednesday he will introduce a bill to give cities local control over open- or concealed-carry rules during events of regional or national significance.

A 2006 law allows the state, rather than cities, to determine firearm restrictions.

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