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Both sides appeal split ruling on Columbus attempt to regulate guns

August 15, 2018

Columbus Dispatch,

Rick Rouan,

August 14, 2018-

Both sides of the fight to regulate guns in Columbus have appealed a Franklin County Common Pleas judge’s split ruling on two ordinances the city passed in May. Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein on Friday appealed Judge David E. Cain’s ruling that the city’s bump-stock ban is unconstitutional. On Monday, Ohioans for Concealed Carry and the Buckeye Firearms Foundation filed a cross appeal of Cain’s decision that the city’s separate ordinance making it a misdemeanor to carry a gun while under disability does not conflict with state law and could be enforced.

“We made dozens of common sense changes to our gun laws to make our community safer, and all but one either went unchallenged or was upheld by a court,” Klein said in a statement. “We remain confident that bump stocks are an accessory that we have the legal authority to regulate, and we intend to vigorously defend our court victory that keeps guns out of the hands of domestic-violence abusers.”

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