Ohio proposal aims to give cities some control over guns

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposal in Ohio seeks to give cities the ability to restrict the open or concealed carry of firearms during certain events.

The legislation comes amid concerns about Ohio’s open-carry gun laws during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week.

The head of the Cleveland police union had requested that Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) suspend the state’s law during the four-day political shindig. But Kasich said he doesn’t have the authority to “arbitrarily” alter laws and constitutional rights.

Democratic state Sen. Cecil Thomas, who is a former Cincinnati police officer, said Wednesday he will introduce a bill to give cities local control over open- or concealed-carry rules during events of regional or national significance.

A 2006 law allows the state, rather than cities, to determine firearm restrictions.