Cincinnati becomes first city in Ohio to ban bump stocks

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CINCINNATI (WCMH/CNN) — City Council members in Cincinnati passed a significant gun control measure Wednesday, voting to ban bump stocks. 

The ban outlaws use, sale, and even possession of the devices. It passed council by a 7-2 vote.

“If it prevents the kind of carnage and loss of life that we’ve seen in other places, Vegas in particular, we made the right decision,” said councilman Greg Landsman, a Democrat. 

The move makes Cincinnati the first city in Ohio to ban bump stocks.

Still, it remains a controversial issue, with two council members voting against the move. Councilman Jeff Pastor was one of the two, and cited the right to bear arms as his reasoning. 

“(Ohio Revised Code) 9.68 is very clear that only the state can regulate gun laws and for me I said well, you know, this body should not be taking up ordinances that’s going to open us up to lawsuits.”

Some council members say the NRA may sue the city over the ban. 

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