Judge shoots down Columbus gun control laws (again)

On April 25, 2023, Delaware County Common Pleas Judge David M. Gormley issued a ruling prohibiting the city of Columbus from enforcing its unlawful ordinances that outlaw certain firearm magazines and implement gun-storage restrictions.

Columbus appealed the decision and has been enforcing their restrictions against the residents of Columbus.

However, The Buckeye Institute asked for the appeal to be dismissed and for the preliminary injunction to be reinstated. And recently, on Nov. 30, Ohio's Fifth District Court of Appeals did just that.

"The Fifth District's ruling is a victory for The Buckeye Institute and its clients, and all residents of Columbus who want to exercise their constitutional right to bear arms," said David Tryon, director of litigation at The Buckeye Institute.

"The ruling means Judge Gormley's preliminary injunction barring the city from enforcing its unlawful gun magazine ban stands and that our clients will have their day in court."

"This is unlikely to be the end of this case," said Dean Rieck, Executive Director of Buckeye Firearms Association. "Columbus will almost certainly appeal yet again. They won't give up until this case goes all the way to the Ohio Supreme Court, which by the way has already ruled on two separate occasions that cities cannot pass their own gun laws in Ohio.

"However, this ruling should be welcome news to residents of Columbus. And it's a step in the right direction to unravel the mess created by Mayor Ginther, City Attorney Zack Klein, and Columbus City Council when they passed laws they knew for a fact were illegal and unconstitutional in Ohio."

Read more about the lawsuit aginst Columbus here.

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