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Gun-rights advocates plead their case in Columbus

Published: Sat, August 31, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.


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Blanche Luczyk wanted to talk about her support for criminal background checks for individuals wanting to buy firearms.

The suburban Columbus woman and gun owner probably did not anticipate the dozens of gun-rights advocates holding the

opposite opinion who would show up during a midday event Friday in downtown Columbus to vocalize their disagreement.

“It takes 90 seconds to get a background check,”

Luczyk said over the shouts of onlookers, many holding signs that read “Pro

Civil Rights” and “Leave Our Guns Alone.”

She added, “It is just plain common sense to allow

local law-enforcement

officials to conduct background checks on those who wish to purchase


Luczyk was one of a handful of people supporting Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which is pushing for tougher gun-control laws. New York City Mayor

Michael Bloomberg is

co-chairman of the group and a major backer.

The Columbus stop was aimed at urging Republican Sen. Rob Portman to change his stance on gun-related


But upward of 75 gun-rights advocates also got wind of the press event and were on hand to show their support for Portman and opposition to stricter gun- control efforts.

“There is no reason for Mayors Against Illegal Guns to be in Ohio,” said Linda Walker, representing the Buckeye Firearms Association and a board member of the National Rifle Association. “Ohioans stand up for our constitutional rights, and that’s the way it’s going to be.”


1excel(281 comments)posted 1 year ago

Guns have no place in modern society. The very act of killing people is barbaric. Why would anyone support it?


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2Photoman(1004 comments)posted 1 year ago

Yes, let's disarm all of the law abiding gun owners. Wonderful thought, We'd then be in a position to help armed bands of thugs. We could then even assist them in carrying off the belongings we have worked so hard to obtain. We could then shed a few tears as we watch family members and friends killed by these animals while they fear little retribution. I recommend everyone keep reading the articles in the Vindy about the modern society in which we live. Disarm the legal gunowners and you will see true barbarism first hand.

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3Not_Surprised(48 comments)posted 1 year ago

Revolution is coming. While we legally intervene in other countries civil disturbances, we have our own brewing right here. You can bet I will be armed. Stand your ground.

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4Not_Surprised(48 comments)posted 1 year ago


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5southsidedave(4780 comments)posted 1 year ago

Legal ownership of firearms is here to stay...getting a background check should be no problem for a law abiding citizen

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6gdog4766(1495 comments)posted 1 year ago

These conservative gun nuts make the rest of us gun owners look bad. You gutless scumbags wave the bill of rights and constitution around claiming to be their proud defenders. Yet when you get down to brass tacks you only defend the parts you agree with. Your false patriots who rarely are veterans. I could pass any background check no matter how tough, so make it harder for straw buys and hand to hand purchases. I for one am not afraid. @ssholes like that idiot cop in Pa. Just make the rest of us look bad and give ammo to the hardcore anti gun people.

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