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Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Proposes Constitutional Amendment To Allow Cities To Control Guns

Jo Ingles
Cincinnati City Council Member and U.S. Senate candidate P.G. Sittenfeld surrounded by gun control advocates

The underdog Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate wants cities throughout Ohio to determine their own gun laws. He’s proposing changing the state’s constitution to allow home rule on gun control.

Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld says many Ohio cities want to pass restrictions on guns but cannot do it because lawmakers have made that impossible.

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U.S. Senate Candidate P.G. Sittenfeld

“People who think that it is smart to allow guns in bars and day care centers aren’t overly amenable to common sense. So if Congress won’t act and the Statehouse won’t act, the only place where gun safety laws stand a reasonable chance of success is at the local level.”

Sittenfeld wants voters to decide if communities can make their own laws on firearms. But Rep. Ron Maag (R-Lebanon), who’s sponsoring a bill to allow concealed guns in more places, including preschools, says Sittenfeld’s proposal is not constitutional.

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Republican State Representative Ron Maag

“You cannot be a felon in one jurisdiction and legal in another so you know he’s just grasping at straws and trying to get his name in the news.”

A spokesman for former Gov. Ted Strickland, Sittenfeld’s primary opponent, writes in a statement that Strickland is always open to looking at ideas wherever they come from.