COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Concerns over gun safety and mass shootings have a local group proposing a constitutional amendment giving local communities the right to pass and enforce gun-related laws.
The grassroots group is made up of a US Senate candidate, several gun safety advocates and a Columbus mother whose son was gunned down.
The group is just starting to collect signatures, saying they want to restore “home rule” which gives local communities their gun law rights back.
Carol Gilmore’s son was murdered in Dayton in 2012, and his death remains unsolved. Gilmore said she is putting her heart and soul into this constitutional amendment.
“A man in a mask appeared from a bush and shot my son multiple times in front of his children,” said Gilmore.
The group members speaking at the Statehouse said people are fed up with an epidemic of gun violence.
“I want to address this issue as directly and immediately as we can and it has become my observation this is probably going to be the best path in doing so,” said PG Sittenfeld, a U.S. senate Candidate running against Ted Strickland.
But one of the statehouse’s strongest gun rights advocate said this issue has already been decided.
“The Supreme court of both the U.S. and Ohio have ruled that you can’t have a patchwork of gun laws,” said State Representative Ron Maag.
The Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence founder says communities had control of gun-related laws until the state stripped them for uniformity.
“The 2nd Amendment is quite clear, it says shall not be infringed and it seems like that is the only amendment people try to infringe upon,” said Maag.
The group needs to collect 1,000 signatures by March and around 305,000 by this summer to get on the November ballot.