Judge extends restraining order blocking city gun ordinances

Judge extends restraining order blocking city gun ordinances

A Franklin County judge has extended a temporary restraining order halting enforcement of two gun ordinances in Columbus as he decides how to rule on a preliminary injunction. After arguments for and against the injunction Monday, Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge David E. Cain extended the temporary order. He is expected to decide on the injunction before that order expires. Ohioans for Concealed Carry and the Buckeye Firearms Foundation sued the city last month. They argued that Columbus violated state pre-emption laws by banning bump stocks, which effectively convert semiautomatic firearms to full automatic fire, and by instituting an ordinance that makes carrying a gun while under disability a misdemeanor. Columbus City Council passed a broader package of laws designed to curb gun violence in May. Ohio’s pre-emption law prohibits cities from regulating guns or other matters in which the state determines that there is a need for a uniform, statewide, law, but Columbus officials said the law doesn’t cover its ordinances. The city has pointed out that the state’s law doesn’t account for firearm “accessories,” which is how Columbus classifies bump stocks. The misdemeanor weapons under disability ordinance mirrors federal law, but the city cannot legislate felony offenses. “After hearing about victims of domestic violence who have been killed by their abusers, we heard over and over again by the plaintiffs that while that is ‘tragic, it just doesn’t matter.’ Not only do we firmly believe that it does matter, but we equally believe that we have […]

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