Ohio mayors, police chiefs discuss gun violence

Published: Jun. 13, 2022 at 10:37 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 13, 2022 at 1:17 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A group of Ohio mayors and police chiefs held a news conference Monday afternoon to discuss gun violence in their cities and urge the Ohio legislature to find a way to make Ohio’s cities safer from gun violence.

Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb, Interim Cleveland Police Chief Wane Drummond, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan and Akron Police Chief Stephen Mylett are among those participating.

The mayors and chiefs are urging the Ohio Senate to pass “common sense” laws to help prevent gun violence.

Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb lamented the fact that he believes the state became a much more dangerous place as a law was passed removing restrictions for concealed carry, and as the Governor signed H.B. 99 which makes it much easier for school districts to allow teachers to carry in schools.

The mayor asked the state legislature to follow the lead of a bipartisan group of United States Senators who have found some common ground on gun reform.

“We are coming today to urge the congress to pass common sense reforms that will help prevent gun violence in our respective cities across the state,” Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb said, “Excited to see progress in the senate in the bipartisan framework for gun reform, if they can find compromise on the issue so can we in Columbus.”

Cleveland Police Chief Wayne Drummond expressed concern over the safety of his officers as a new law went into effect this week that significantly loosens the restrictions on concealed carry.

Drummond said his officers will now ask every person stopped for a traffic violation in the city if they are armed.

“Having our officers ask individuals if they are armed is smart policing, I believe,” Chief Drummond said, “The law states that we can ask and the individuals are required to answer, truthfully, and if not can face a misdemeanor 1 as part of our requirements here.”

Last week, Mayor Bibb held a news conference to address a “notable” spike in violent crimes across Cleveland.

According to Interim Chief Drummond, Cleveland police reported 61 homicides since the start of 2022.

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