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Akron Becomes First Ohio City To Call For Assault Weapon Ban

In this Jan. 16, 2013 file photo, an assortment of firearms are seen for sale at Capitol City Arms Supply in Springfield, Ill.
Elaine Thompson
Associated Press

Akron has become the first city in Ohio to officially ask the state legislature to ban assault weapons and related equipment. 

Akron City Council passed a resolution at its regular meeting Monday night calling for a ban at the state level.  Councilwoman Tara Mosley-Samples, who introduced the resolution, said it’s necessary because local communities can’t restrict gun sales, but the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed that states can.  

Will Ohio's Republican-led General Assembly go for it? "Maybe,” Samples says.

"You know what, I think that we are in a shift,” Samples says. “And really, truly believe that individuals, regardless of their party, really want to see something done about assault weapons.  I mean, even Governor Kasich is calling for a ban," she noted.

Samples is the running mate of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich, a former U.S. Congressman and mayor of Cleveland.  Shortly after the fatal shooting of 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, Kucinich called for city councils across the state to lobby the legislature for a change in gun laws.

There may be some support from Ohio’s government. Gov. Kasich had told CNN he supported limits to the "God-darn AR 15" assault rifle used in the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. 

And in the Ohio Senate, Democrat state Sens. Michael Skindell of Lakewood and Charleta Tavares of Columbus proposed a ban on "assault weapons," including the AR-15. Language in the bill could effectively ban all semi-automatic weapons. 

The resolution passed by Akron's Council calls for a ban not only on assault weapons, but on accessories like large ammunition clips and bump stocks that allow for automatic fire.