Gun rights groups protest Ohio cities’ regulations ‘abuse of power’

Guns-rights groups in Ohio have called for the state of the capital block, a new scheme.


Gun rights activists in Ohio complain the cities of Columbus and Cincinnati about recently enacted gun regulations that they consider to be an “abuse of power.”

Gun rights groups sue Columbus on bump stock ban

— WTTE FOX 28 (@fox28columbus) June 22, 2018

The lawsuits, filed by Ohioans for Concealed Carry and the Buckeye Firearms Foundation, says that the weapon rules state pre-emption laws, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

“This is the seventh or eighth time that we have had to take legal action against municipalities,” Gary Witt, with Ohioans for Concealed Carry, told FOX 28 in Columbus. “We will win again.”

But proponents say that the rules are “reasonable.”

“We are vigorously going to defend them,” City Attorney Zach Klein said.

In May, Cincinnati was the first city in Ohio to ban the bump stocks, attachments, create a sem-automatic weapon fire, like a machine gun.

That same month, Columbus approved a broad package of regulations for a ban, bump stocks, make carrying a gun while under the handicap of a crime, and prohibit brandishing imitation firearms in public, among other items.

Bump shares were a focus of attention after the Oct. 1 massacre in Las Vegas, when the shooter was found to have used the device to kill of almost 60 people and injuring scores of others.

The Ohio gun rights groups have asked that the new regulations are suspended until their cases are settled.

Chuck LaRosa, of Ohioans for Concealed Carry, claimed the regulations were passed, only to make politicians look good, the following recent highly publicized shootings elsewhere, instead of to reduce gun violence.

The regulations are “not designed to keep guns away from someone or anyone safer, but that are designed to make the members of a municipal council and the mayor’s easier to get elected,” LaRosa said.

Dean Rieke, executive director of the Buckeye Firearms Association, agreed.

“These lawsuits are not about the bump stock per se, it is about the rule of law in Ohio,” Rieke told WOSU Radio in Columbus. “Because it is our conviction that they are passing these laws as a test to see what they can get away with.”

“These lawsuits are not about the bump stock per se … it is our conviction that they are passing these laws as a test to see what they can get away with.”

– Dean Rieke, executive director, Buckeye Firearms Association

Lawyers that the gun rights groups have said classifying bump stocks if a gun accessory than a part is “a dubious form of legal gymnastics designed to circumvent the intent and meaning.”

A spokeswoman for the Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, the city is only acting in the public interest.

“We look forward to defending this common-sense gun laws that the community asked for,” she said.

The lawsuit comes as many states across the country are cracking down on firearm laws and regulations in a purported attempt to decrease the number of gun massacres.

Last week, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed six new bills that tightened gun regulations,

But on Sunday, a gun battle broke out in Trenton, where one person was killed and 22 people were injured, leading gun rights advocates to doubt the effectiveness of more regulations.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

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