COLUMBUS (WCMH) -- A local judge struck down a recently-adopted ordinance that outlaws bump stocks in the city of Columbus. At the same time, he upheld a law that keeps firearms out of the hands of some convicted criminals.
Ohioans for Concealed Carry sued the city, saying two of the ordinances Columbus City Council passed in May were unconstitutional.
Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein announced that Franklin County Judge David Cain made the ruling Friday on Ohioans For Concealed Carry Vs. Columbus. Cain ruled that the bump stock ban is "in direct conflict" with the Ohio Revised Code. Read Cain's full ruling below or click here to view.
qmti wrote:Excellent outcome. Are you going for reimbursement of our legal fees. Just asking.
JustaShooter wrote:qmti wrote:Excellent outcome. Are you going for reimbursement of our legal fees. Just asking.
Of course - that's the only teeth ORC 9.68 has (and, as expensive as these lawsuits are, we couldn't afford to pursue them if we didn't get legal fees back after winning.)
But the city attorney's office says they come out of this as winners, too. As a separate ordinance keeping guns away from domestic violence suspects was upheld.
The statement also said they appreciate the judge's consideration, but they still believe the city can regulate bump stocks.
The court said in its ruling that it sees the decision as final, and in this judgment, it isn't about morality, but what is legal in its opinion under the law.
With the issue of standing out of the way, the Court will begin by stating what this case is not about. The case is not about whether there is excessive gun violence in society. There obviously is. The case is not about whether it is morally right to ban such things as bump stocks. The Court is not here to make moral judgements.This case is not about whether stricter weapons under disability laws will prevent gun violence. That issue is up for debate. This matter is purely a legal matter. It is solely about whether Columbus has the authority to enact these Ordinances. That is all there is.
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