Ohio Supreme Court shoots down local gun control

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Ohio Supreme Court shoots down local gun control

Postby chief joe » Thu Dec 30, 2010 12:12 am

The Ohio Supreme Court today dealt a fatal blow to local efforts to regulate firearms, concluding that a more permissive state law should trump restrictions on guns in cities.

In a 5-2 ruling, the state's top court struck down Cleveland's assault-weapons ban and registration requirement for handguns.

Cleveland was the last city to press for tougher local firearms regulations after the Supreme Court voided a smaller town's law against guns in public parks in 2008.

In that ruling, as in today's, justices said lawmakers were within their rights when they enacted a uniform set of gun regulations for the entire state in 2007.

Cleveland had argued that the state law infringed on its home-rule authority.

Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, the author of today's majority opinion, noted that the Constitution allows for general laws to regulate public safety.

"The city acknowledges that its firearm ordinances are an exercise of municipal police power," Stratton wrote.

Chief Justice Eric Brown and Justice Paul E. Pfeifer, the court's two most liberal justices, dissented. They contended that lawmakers couldn't simply wish away municipalities' home-rule authority.
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