Franklin Co. judge overturns Columbus bump stock ban; upholds ban on criminals possessing guns

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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.

READ MORE: Gun rights groups sue Columbus over bump stock ordinance

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.  

Dean Rieck, executive director of the Buckeye Firearms Association, said the ruling is “exactly what we expected. 

“We told the city that it could not pass any gun laws,” he said in a statement. “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.

 “Not only has Columbus lost this lawsuit. They will now be forced to pay all attorney fees and legal costs. Instead of using that money for legitimate programs that would reduce crime, they have just thrown their money away on a completely useless lawsuit everyone knew they would lose. For what? To make a political statement? It’s a shameful waste,” he said. 

Cain upheld the city of Columbus’s ordinance making it a misdemeanor to have a gun under disability. This law applies to anyone who was convicted of domestic violence, is the subject of a protection order, or is under indictment for a felony crime considered a disability under Ohio law. 

“This decision is a huge win for common-sense gun regulations,” Klein said in a press release. “It’s simple: keeping guns out of the hands of criminals helps protect victims of domestic violence, law enforcement, and makes our community a safer place to live. Protecting our friends and neighbors from criminals with guns should be something we can all rally around—and we hope this law can serve as a roadmap for other cities working to enact local gun regulations. We appreciate the judge’s deliberation and analysis, but remain confident that bump stocks are an accessory that we have the legal authority to regulate in our city.”

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