- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A gun-control group backed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg says it isn’t behind an Ohio effort that would ask voters to restore control over gun laws to cities.

Everytown for Gun Safety spokeswoman Lizzie Ulner said Friday that news accounts of the campaign being launched by Democratic U.S. Senate candidate P.G. Sittenfeld and others were the first the group or Bloomberg had heard of it. One gun-rights group suggested “Bloomberg’s money” was behind the effort.

Sittenfeld proposes a constitutional amendment to reverse a 2006 law that pre-empted local gun laws, such as concealed-weapon restrictions or assault-weapon bans. Some 20 cities had some gun restriction in place that was nullified by the law.

Sittenfeld has zeroed in on gun safety as he seeks the Democratic nomination over ex-Gov. Ted Strickland in March.

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