Youngstown council opposes gun law

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown city council has gone on record opposing a Stand Your Ground Law in Ohio.

The council members passed a resolution opposing House Bill 203 which would give Ohioans with a concealed carry permit the right to shoot someone if they felt threatened. Members said the law just goes too far and could lead to problems by citizens misinterpreting the law.

“Well, first of all, I think we have ample laws on the books in the state of Ohio for citizens to defend themselves, as well as to defend their homes. This legislation I think would take the law too far, too broad and I think it is going totally too far,” said Nate Pinkard, Third Ward Councilman.

Pinkard, who is a retired Mill Creek Metroparks police chief, said he is not against the concealed carry law in Ohio but is against a reciprocal agreement with other states. Mainly because some states have less stringent requirements to carry a gun.

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