Judge Affirms Cleveland Gun Offender Registry

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A judge ruled that some of Cleveland’s new gun control laws violate the state constitution, but left intact a controversial gun offender registry that drew the ire of gun-rights groups, reports Cleveland.com. Judge Shirley Strickland-Saffold ruled that three laws enacted in April 2015 violated a state law that gives state legislators preemptive control over gun laws, including a provision that allowed police officers to confiscate guns. The ruling came after Ohioans for Concealed Carry filed a constitutional challenge against the ordinance just after it was passed by city council.

“Her ruling cites three cases where the City of Cleveland passed ordinances that are unconstitutional,” said the concealed carry group’s Jeff Garvas. “The City of Cleveland has been told three times now that they’re not allowed to do this, twice by the Supreme Court.” Parts of the law were upheld include a rule that prohibits leaving a firearm where it can be accessed by someone under the age of 18; a provision that requires people who aren’t gun dealers to report the sale of guns or weapons, a requirement gun owners report lost or stolen firearms to the city; a requirement that gun offenders a register with the city,  and a ban on the negligent transfer of firearms to someone who is intoxicated or is a convicted felon.

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