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Mayor Jackson Calls On Ohio's Leaders To Combat Gun Violence

Cleveland, OH - Mayor Frank G. Jackson calls together Ohio's leaders to announce an unprecedented plan to combat gun violence

Mayor Frank G. Jackson calls together Ohio's leaders to announce an unprecedented plan to combat gun violence in the City of Cleveland.

Today Mayor Frank G. Jackson announced his plan to help curb gun violence in Cleveland and across the state of Ohio. Mayor Jackson is asking the Ohio General Assembly to help get guns out of the hands of young people by passing legislation that would prohibit anyone under the age of 21 from possessing a firearm.

The Mayor spoke on this topic at a news conference this afternoon along with sponsors of the legislation which includes State Representatives Timothy DeGeeter, Michael DeBose and Barbara Boyd. The legislation, drafted by Cleveland's Department of Law, was submitted to Ohio's Legislative Service Commission this morning and seeks to strengthen the penalty section of the law. Exemptions in the proposed law allow for adult supervision of those under 21 for lawful hunting, sporting, and educational purposes as well as law enforcement and military officials under the age of 21.

"Right now, if a young person was walking down any Ohio street brandishing an assault weapon, the police could not arrest him for that," said Mayor Jackson. "This legislation will give the police another tool to do their job and give our citizens a stronger sense of security."

Also present at the news conference to lend their support were Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath, Public Safety Director Marty Flask, Cleveland City Council President Martin J. Sweeney, Cleveland City Council Public Safety Committee Chairman Kevin Conwell, State Senators Dale Miller and Shirley Smith, and State Representatives Sandra Williams, Eugene Miller, Michael Foley, Michael Skindell, and Armond Budish.

Bay Village Mayor and Cuyahoga County Mayors and Managers Association President Deborah Sutherland, who was unable to attend the news conference, is lending her support to the effort as well.

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