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NRA Opposes Proposed Columbus Ordinance

The attorney for the city of Columbus says the National Rifle Association has got the wrong idea about a proposed ordinance.

The National Rifle Association is calling on it's members to oppose the ordinance that they say would require "secondhand dealers" to register all firearms with a third party property registration service provider. The group says the proposed ordinance "blatantly disregards Indiana’s firearm preemption law and is an overreach of the Columbus City Council’s authority."

Columbus City Attorney Jeff Logston says city officials are well aware of state law and have no plans to try to register guns. He says the ordinance is an electronic reporting system for pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers for items they purchase. Logston adds that the ordinance has a clear exclusion for firearms and accessories.

Logston went on to say that the purpose of the ordinance is to help protect the property of city and residents and to better aid police in the investigation of property crimes. He said that it is important that law enforcement agencies within the City and county have timely data regarding items being pawned, sold, purchased, or exchanged in the city.

Along with the firearm exemption, Logston added that there is clear language in the ordinance that specifies what businesses would be required to report data under the proposed ordinance. He says there are exemptions for garage sales, private citizens, charities and more.

The city council will hear the ordinance at their Tuesday night meeting. It begins at 6 p.m. inside city hall.

Last Updated: Friday, January 31, 2014 8:23:36 AM

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