By MINDY MCKENZIE
Daily Globe Staff Reporter
SHELBY- Legislation regarding concealed handgun possession was presented before the regular Shelby City Council meeting held on Monday night.
Ordinance No. 23-2018 was brought to council for a first reading which stated to enact section 678.17 (concealed handgun possession on city owned property buildings) of the codified ordinances of the City of Shelby.
Councilman Steve McLaughlin provided details as to why the piece of legislation was brought forth for approval.
“Ordinance No. 23-2018 is the second round of legislation that seeks to permit our local citizens to have the increased ability to their own self defense within our community. This legislation will effectively permit the administration to take the ‘gun free zone’ signs off the city buildings, minus the Justice Center,” McLaughlin said. “As members of this governing body, we have the responsibility of protecting those that we represent.”
McLaughlin explained in most situations when law enforcement was needed it can take time for their arrival on the scene.
“This time is critical when lives are at stake. Gun free zones are dangerous, greater than 98 percent of mass murders take place in gun free zones. The law abiding citizen is defenseless in a gun free zone,” McLaughlin stated.
McLaughlin read excerpts from the United States Bill of Rights, including the second amendment.
“The Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights states a well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state. The right of the people to keep and bare arms shall not be infringed,” McLaughlin said.
As council members, McLaughlin explained they had all taken the oath to support the Constitution.
“I would also like to note that approximately 88 Shelby area men have given their lives defending our freedoms,” McLaughlin said. “Ohio Revised Code 2923.126B7 permits local governments to decide on this issue. Section 678.1B2I of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Shelby permits this governing body to permit a licensee to carry a concealed handgun into city buildings.”
McLaughlin explained back in July by a vote of four to one, city council passed Ordinance 12-2018 adding the language from the Ohio Revised Code to the ordinances.
“The addition states unless the governing body with authority over the building has enacted the stature ordinance or policy that permits a licensee to carry a concealed handgun into the building,” McLaughlin said. “Seven percent of Ohioans over the age of 21 are concealed carry permit holders in the state of Ohio. This seven percent includes many of Shelby’s own citizens. In conclusion, I trust in we the people to our self defense.”
Following McLaughlin’s remarks, Councilman Garland Gates wanted a clarification on wording in the ordinance.
“Mr. McLaughlin said this ordinance goes into effect, I believe it said it would permit the administration to remove signs that are posted on city buildings. Would it permit the removal or would it require the removal? There is a very big difference there,” Gates stated.
“When it says if someone is authorized to carry a concealed handgun in those buildings, I would think it would require the removal,” Councilman Nathan Martin responded.
Gates also had other points in the ordinance he asked for clarification on.
“It talks about in all city owned buildings and/or property, would that include Seltzer Pool?,” Gates asked.
“As it says, all city owned buildings and/or property,” McLaughlin replied.
“So, this would include all other parks. I would hope someone will or would have shared this with the Board of Park Commissioners since this would have a huge impact upon their operations. I would ask the author to take that upon himself to communicate this with Board of Park Commissioners,” Gates stated.
McLaughlin explained he would have that conversation with the Board of Park Commissioners.
After discussions, the first reading of the ordinance passed with Gates voting no.
Following the meeting, McLaughlin explained there were no restrictions in the Ohio Revised Code on parks or municipals regarding concealed handgun possession.