Gun rights groups sue Columbus over bump stock ordinance

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Buckeye Firearms Association and Ohioans for Concealed Carry are named as plaintiffs in lawsuits filed against the cities of Columbus and Cincinnati over recently-introduced bump stock ordinances. 

According to a press release from Buckeye Firearms Association, the plaintiffs claim the ordinances violate Ohio law. 

The ordinances ban the possession, use, or acquisition of bump stocks, also known as trigger cranks. 

Columbus City Council passed four ordinances May 14 to help curb gun violence in the city. The ordinances will ban bump stocks, ban the sale of imitation guns to minors, address properties with a history of violent crimes, and expand the definition of domestic violence to try to keep guns out of the hands of those convicted of domestic violence.

City officials believe the new laws are constitutional and will withstand any challenge. 

“This isn’t just about bump stock devices,” said Doug Deeken, a director with OFCC, according to a press release. “This is about rule of law in Ohio. For more than a decade, Ohio cities have been prohibited from any attempt to pass conflicting gun laws. There have been previous lawsuits going all the way up to the Ohio Supreme Court to establish this fact. It’s settled law.”

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