Columbus holds hearing on proposed gun legislation

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The City of Columbus held a public hearing to get the public’s opinion on what the city is calling common sense gun legislation.

“There’s opportunity to find common ground from both sides of the gun debate,” said City Attorney Zack Klein.

Several people came to City Hall to give their thoughts on the proposed legislation.

They heard from people like Crystal Turner.

“I like many others followed the news but wasn’t really concerned with changes in our law until violence and death entered my home,” said Turner.

She lost two of her children to gun violence. They were gunned down on the South Side of Columbus by her daughter’s estranged husband in the middle of their divorce.

Now she wants laws to prevent other Columbus parents from feeling the trauma she does

“It’s not about being on the right side or the wrong side, it’s about collectively coming together and figuring out ways we can improve our community,” said Turner.

Columbus resident John Slaughter agrees with the legislation for the most part.

“Most of these regulations they were talking about tonight the laws they want to enact, were all dealing with crime which is good.”

He added he wants any legislation here in the City of Columbus to remain focused on the criminals having guns, but he feels the proposed legislation could result in more gun legislation that’s not needed.

“I think that the legislation may have been a step forward, but I just don’t want them to take it too far,” said Slaughter.

Council president Shannon Hardin said they are looking into the possibility of having more hearings about this legislation.

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