Friday, September 15, 2006

OH: Pols seek to make parks victim disarmament zones: "Now that a court has upheld Toledo's ban on guns in parks, Columbus should pass a similar law, Mayor Michael B. Coleman said yesterday. The statement came after a news conference in which Coleman showcased 1,000 guns that had been confiscated this year on Columbus' streets. Police picked up the sawed-off shotguns, AK-47s, Tec-9s and other guns at crime scenes and during traffic stops. Coleman wants officers to be able to arrest anyone carrying a gun in a city park and confiscate the weapon. A court ruling released last week by the 6 th District Court of Appeals in Toledo upheld that city's law banning guns in parks."

Murder in a victim disarmament zone: "Marta, its trains, buses, buildings, and even its parking lots have been declared by the Georgia General Assembly to be off limits to firearms under the penalty of a felony prosecution by the State, with the punishment being 1-20 years in prison and a $15,000.00 fine. See O.C.G.A. 16-12-127; 16-12-122(12); and 16-12-123(b). ... This morning, a man died at the hands of a criminal in a zone where the law of this State declares that he had no right to defend himself with a firearm. ... Is it not time to change these laws?"

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