Ohio Judge Strikes Down Cleveland Gun Laws As Unconstitutional

posted on August 27, 2016

A Cuyahoga County, Ohio, judge has struck down several provisions in a Cleveland gun-control ordinance Monday, ruling that three laws imposed last year violated the state’s firearms pre-emption law, while upholding other provisions, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

In the constitutional challenge that was filed by Ohioans for Concealed Carry just days after the ordinance was passed by the Cleveland City Council, Common Pleas Judge Shirley Strickland-Saffold struck down several provisions of the new law, including a redefinition of many semi-automatic firearms as banned “automatics,” as well as provisions that merely duplicated existing state laws. 

Jeff Garvas, head of the concealed-carry group, said the judge’s ruling “cites three cases where the city of Cleveland passed ordinances that are unconstitutional. The city of Cleveland has been told three times now that they're not allowed to do this, twice by the Supreme Court.”

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