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Democratic Senate hopeful P.G. Sittenfeld pushes for local gun control
The Cincinnati councilman says voters should have a say

Jo Ingles
Senate candidate P.G. Sittenfeld is backing a ballot question for the fall on returning gun-control decisions to the local level.
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The underdog Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate wants cities throughout Ohio to set their own gun laws. And as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, he’s proposing changing the state Constitution to allow home rule on guns.

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Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld says many Ohio cities want to pass restrictions on guns but cannot do it because state lawmakers have made that impossible.

“People who think that it is smart to allow guns in bars and day-care centers aren’t overly amenable to common sense. So if Congress won’t act and the Statehouse won’t act, the only place where gun safety laws stand a reasonable chance of success is at the local level.”

Sittenfeld wants voters to decide if communities can make their own laws on firearms. But Republican State Rep. Ron Maag, who’s sponsoring a bill to allow concealed guns in more places, including preschools, says Sittenfeld’s proposal is not constitutional.

Rep. Ron Maag.  Credit:  Jo Ingles“You cannot be a felon in one jurisdiction and legal in another. So you know he’s just grasping at straws and trying to get his name in the news.”

A spokesman for former Gov. Ted Strickland, Sittenfeld’s primary opponent, writes in a statement that Strickland is always open to looking at ideas wherever they come from. 

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