“I have also been proactive by reaching out to concerned groups and constituents personally, to discuss their views in greater detail,” he said in a statement. “Comments have spanned all sides of the gun control argument.”
An aide for Cafaro said her office has likewise received calls on guns and gun violence.
Patterson, in his statement, said he is unsure if Ohio lawmakers would be interested in following New York’s lead and enact its own gun-related legislation.
“It may be a bit too early to tell what Ohio will do in response to the recent public discussion about gun laws in our country,” Patterson said. “I do know that if a bill comes before the legislature, there will need to be a serious, deliberative approach to ensuring Second Amendment rights are protected and public safety for Ohioans is considered. Everyone will need to be at the table for that process, and it’s not something that should be rushed or hastily crafted.”