A forum in Dayton tonight will focus on gun violence in the city. It's the first of four events hosted by the Community Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence (CIRVG). The group's work has already made a positive impact.
Gun violence has actually declined in the last decade. Since the CIRGV program began in 2008, group-related gun violence dropped 86% in its first four years.
But program director Sean Walton, says there are still disturbing trends taking place in Dayton neighborhoods, and there's more work to do.
The city of Dayton introduced a resolution Wednesday that opposes “stand your ground” legislation being considered at the Ohio house.
Right now, Ohio law says you have the right to defend yourself if you’re in your home. But if you’re outside, you have to retreat. If House Bill 203 is passed, it would allow you to fight back anywhere.
Dayton is the first city in the state to come out against the proposed legislation. Commissioner Nan Whaley says it won’t help the city’s initiative to reduce gun violence, and that citizens have raised concerns about the bill.
Ohio could see a record-breaking number of new licenses for carrying a concealed weapon this year.
The state's attorney general says county sheriffs issued more than 63,000 new licenses in the first half of the year. With the exception of last year, that six-month figure tops the yearly total of new licenses issued since they were first given out in 2004.
Attorney General Mike DeWine described the increase as "phenomenal," but said he could only speculate on the reasons. He noted that more people are becoming familiar with the law.