City Council to Vote on New Gun Laws Tonight


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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