Should Ohio become a ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary State’? Editorial Board Roundtable

Should Ohio become a ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary State’? Editorial Board Roundtable

A fanny pack is one way a handgun can be concealed – as demonstrated at the Stonewall gun shop and shooting range in Broadview Heights in this Friday, Nov 30, 2002, file photo. (Gus Chan / The Plain Dealer) State Rep. Mike Loychik, a freshman Republican from Trumbull County, wants to make Ohio a “Second Amendment Sanctuary State,” joining Alaska, Wyoming, Kansas and Idaho, plus a number of Ohio counties, in such an action. To this end, Loychik has introduced House Bill 62 , with state Rep. Diane Grendell of Geauga County as his other primary sponsor. It seeks to bar the enforcement in Ohio of certain federal gun-control measures that a Biden administration might enact. Specifically, cleveland.com’s Jeremy Pelzer reports, Loychik has in mind actions that “might reasonably be expected to create a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership” of firearms. That would include taxes and fees but also, according to Pelzer, extend to “registering or tracking of gun owners, and gun confiscation from law-abiding citizens.” Loychik sees this as protecting Second Amendment rights, but violating federal gun laws could lead to criminal prosecutions. That makes a “Second Amendment Sanctuary State” designation quite different from cities that have declared themselves sanctuary cities for immigration — meaning only that their law enforcement officers won’t necessarily cooperate with federal immigration authorities, which localities have the right to decide and is not a violation of federal law. Nor is it clear how Loychik’s bill, which seems largely symbolic, will help […]

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