City Council to Vote on New Gun Laws Tonight

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Cleveland City Council will consider legislation tonight meant to keep "firearms out of the hands of children, irresponsible adults and criminals."

According to a council spokesman, the legislation would:

- prohibit carrying a concealed deadly weapon or handgun, unless the person is a police officer or a person who holds a license to carry a concealed weapon.

- require a person who sells or transfers a gun – and who is not a licensed gun dealer – to report such transactions to police.

- require an owner to report a lost or stolen gun to police.

- create a gun offender registry, requiring individuals convicted of a gun offense to register their names with Cleveland’s Safety Director.

- prohibit the display, marking or sale of a facsimile firearm and prohibits brandishing a facsimile firearm in the presence of law enforcement or with the intent to frighten people.

- prohibit the negligent transfer of a firearm to a felon or intoxicated person.

- set restrictions for firearms in the hands of minors and restricts discharging firearms in public areas, including schools, churches, cemeteries, playgrounds and parks.

- require owners to safely store firearms to keep them from being stolen or out of the hands of children.

The language mostly mirrors state law. Notably, the creation of a gun offender registry would be new to Cleveland. Mayor Frank Jackson has spoken on many occasions about this idea. One up-front goal of the registry would be to more easily track gun-related transactions in the city.

Last week, after a 3-year-old boy shot and killed a 1-year-old relative, Police Chief Calvin Williams said: "The fascination with handguns, not just in the city, but in the country, has to stop. We need to take a long look at what we're doing on the state, local and national level to keep these guns out of our communities."

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