Now that a court has upheld Toledo's ban on guns in parks, Columbus should pass a similar law, Mayor Michael B. Coleman said yesterday.
The statement came after a news conference in which Coleman showcased 1,000 guns that had been confiscated this year on Columbus' streets.
Police picked up the sawed-off shotguns, AK-47s, Tec-9s and other guns at crime scenes and during traffic stops.
Coleman wants officers to be able to arrest anyone carrying a gun in a city park and confiscate the weapon. A court ruling released last week by the 6th District Court of Appeals in Toledo upheld that city's law banning guns in parks.
News of the ruling interested Coleman and Councilman Michael C. Mentel, who had considered such a law in Columbus a few years ago.
"My eyes went wide open when I saw that this weekend," Coleman said.
There has been talk of the General Assembly doing away with such nonsense and ensuring that the 2nd Amendment can't be repealed by petty dictators like Coleman and Mentel. Considering that Ted Strickland is highly-rated by the National Rifle Association, he might even sign such a bill into law.
As for Ken Blackwell, as of the second that I clicked the "Publish" button, guns remained one of the few issues over which he hasn't screwed conservatives. There's always tomorrow.