The Columbus City Council held its first reading of several pieces of legislation, aimed at curbing gun violence across the city.
One of the ordinances under consideration would ban the sale of imitation guns, or BB guns to minors.
If passed, the ordinance would make it a first-degree misdemeanor to sell or provide a minor with such a weapon.
“Given the state’s structure, there’s only so much impact we can have when it comes to firearms’ legislation, and this is one that could help make our community safer,” said Michael Stinziano, Council President Pro Tem.
Diana Bunting, a coordinator with the Greater Southeast Community Block Watch, said she has seen children brandishing imitation weapons near her home.
“If you look at it, they look like real guns,” she explained. “It’s scary.”
Bunting said she applauds the council’s efforts regarding these apparent weapons.
“The kids are supposed to be our future, but the way these kids are going these days, we need to turn this around and make these kids more responsible, and more law-abiding,” she said.
Stinziano said he is confident the ordinance, which is sponsored by all seven members of council, will be approved.
“We’re going to continue in our process, but at this point in time, I don’t see any reason why we wouldn’t support making this a law in the city of Columbus,” he said.
A second reading and a vote could come as early as next week.