COLUMBUS (WCMH) – The Columbus City Council passed four ordinances meant to help curb gun violence in the city.

The ordinances are intended to:

  • Ban bump stocks
  • Ban the sale of imitation guns to minors
  • Address properties where violent crimes consistently happen
  • Expand the definition of domestic violence to try to keep guns out of the hands of those convicted of domestic violence.  

NBC4 spoke with Crystal Turner.  She lost her daughter to gun violence back in April 2015.

“The rate in which we are losing our children slow down the violence that is happening in our community, and we have to start somewhere.  So it may not be the big start or the everything that everybody wants to happen, but it is a start.  All we can do at this point is continue to make those changes, and continue to address the issues that are in our community that are facing us,” said Turner.

One of those people she spoke with was council president Shanon Hardin.  NBC4 had a chance to speak with him concerning the vote, and why he personally wanted to see this legislation happen.

“A lot of the people that were victims of violent crime, a lot of the people that had to bear the weight of these gun-related deaths look like me and came from communities like myself. So we couldn’t just continue to talk we had to do what we can to keep neighborhoods safe,” said Hardin.