WORTHINGTON, OH (WCMH) — The Worthington City Council has formally penned a letter to state law makers requesting reasonable gun control.
In the letter proposed Monday night during the City Council Meeting, members stated their desire for gun control and their concerns.
“The citizens of Worthington see no reason why it is necessary or permissible for an individual to openly carry an AR-15 into a Worthington Park where our children play. However, that is precisely what Ohio law currently allows,” the letter reads.
The letter, which was proposed to be sent to Ohio Representative Mike Duffey and Senator Stephanie Kunze states that the primary goal of elected officials is to protect the health and safety of those in the community.
Council members acknowledged the right of a citizen to bear arms as determined by the Second Amendment; however they also note that the law isn’t limitless.
“Accordingly, reasonable, fair gun control legislation is not a matter of law but rather of political will,” the letter states.
The council’s letter specifically asks for:
- For the ban of assault style weapons such as the AR-15. Of the ten deadliest shootings over the last decade, seven involved the use of assault style weapons.
- A prohibition on the sale of high-capacity magazines. States that ban such magazines have half as many shootings involving three or more victims as states that allow them.
- Require universal background checks for the purchase of guns eliminating the “gunshow” loophole. 97% of Americans support such action.
- Enacting a red flag law that will allow weapons to be confiscated from individuals exhibiting defined warning signs until the individual can show-cause why the weapons should be returned.
The letter finishes by asking for support for “advancing reasonable, rational, fair gun control legislation.”
To read the full letter, click here: Worthington.Org.