OBERLIN, Ohio - A gun debate that has consumed a small northeast Ohio community for several weeks could end up on the statewide ballot one day.
Oberlin City Council President Ronnie Rimbert wants to see voters decide whether guns should be permitted in public parks. Currently, Ohio law permits guns in parks and Oberlin had to rescind its local ban in order to be in compliance with the state law.
"We don't want to see guns in the park," Rimbert said. "We just want to get in compliance with the state law so we don't have to be worried about being sued or not having insurance if anything should happen."
The vote by council to lift the local ban came after several protests by gun activists in support of the state law.
However, parents enjoying one of Oberlin's parks with their children Tuesday afternoon said they hope the state law can be changed.
"Tempers flare. Things happen sometimes," said parent Angela Heilman. "People can lose their heads over things and someone might make a bad, impulsive decision involving a gun and that's not something I would ever want to happen when my kids are around. So I'm concerned."