Ohio state senator drafts assault weapons reform bill
Published: Monday, February 25, 2013
Updated: Monday, February 25, 2013 23:02
Sen. Shirley Smith (D), of Cleveland, is in the process of proposing a bill to ban assault weapons and magazines that hold over 10,000 rounds of ammunition. Although she is still in the research and development phase of the bill, Smith said that the bill would also create a process through the attorney general’s office, in which everyone must register weapons they own.
According to Smith, the bill has been officially drafted, but has not formally been introduced yet, and will serve as a placeholder until legislature agrees on a bill on which to vote.
Miami University students have expressed differing opinions on the issue of gun control.
Senior Janson Campbell said he supports the bill.
“I think that every citizen has the right to own guns, but I don’t think that everyone should have the right to own assault rifles,” Campbell said. “I think there just needs to be more controls on people who are trying to buy weapons.”
Sophomore Brent Eastman said he agrees with Smith.
“When it comes down to it, I don’t think people need weapons with that much firepower capability, but I recognize that it’s difficult to ban these completely,” Eastman said. “If criminals want these types of weapons, they will find ways to get them.”
Junior Abby Sell, said she does not agree with the proposed bill.
“I think that [guns] should not be banned because people are going to try and steal them if they want them that bad,” Sell said.
Smith said she will release more details about the proposed details after she conducts more research about owning weapons and talks to more experts about the background of the issue.