Judge Rules Columbus's Bump Stock Ban Unconstitutional

posted by Scott Jennings - 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--A Judge in Franklin County has ruled that the city of Columbus's recently-enacted gun law, pertaining to the ban on "bump stocks", is unconstitutional.

Two gun rights groups, The Buckeye Firearms Association and Ohioans For Concealed Carry, challenged the ban on bump stocks, saying it is a violation of state law.

Dean Rieck, Executive Director of Buckeye Firearms Association, said "We told the city that it could not pass any gun laws. But they ignored us and did it anyway. This victory is not a surprise, but it should be a warning to other cities in Ohio. Buckeye Firearms Association will not tolerate infringements against the Second Amendment and will take action against any city that passes unconstitutional laws."

State law prohibits individual cities and municipalities from passing their own gun control laws. Mayor Andrew Ginther, Council President Shannon Hardin, and City Attorney Zach Klein advocated for Columbus's new laws.

The groups filed a similar lawsuit against the city of Cincinnati, which also recently passed similar gun control legislation.

Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein considers it, "A major ruling to keep guns away from violent criminals." Klein's office citing the same ruling, that says it is constitutional for criminals who possess a gun in Columbus to be charged with a misdemeanor.

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