Gun groups in Ohio welcome a ruling by the state Supreme Court, which means the city of Cincinnati cannot ban devices that can accelerate a gun’s rate of fire.
A lower court in November 2020 said the city exceeded its authority when it passed an ordinance in 2018 making it illegal to own trigger activators within city limits.
This week the Ohio Supreme Court declined to review that decision.
“Cincinnati has turned its noses to the citizens of Ohio and passed a law to regulate weapons components that state law specifically prohibits them,” said Dean Rieck, executive director of the Buckeye Firearms Association, in a statement decided to spend taxpayers’ money on it. Now the Supreme Court has spoken and Cincinnati voters should ask the councilors why they wasted so much time and money on this stupid and illegal persecution. “
The devices – which include trigger cranks, slide fire devices, and bumpers – can approximate an automatic weapon.
Bump stocks became known in 2017 when they were allegedly found in the hotel room of a gunman who, according to the FBI, killed 58 people and injured hundreds during a country music festival in Las Vegas. They have since been banned by the federal government.
In its November statement, the Ohio First District Court of Appeals stated that Cincinnati’s ordinance violated state law governing the right to possess and possess firearms and was “an illegal exercise of authority over the home.”
Within a month of the ordinance being passed, Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman blocked enforcement of the ordinance. In February 2019, Ruehlman issued an injunction against which the city appealed.
The appeals court also said the city will have to pay legal fees and costs imposed by Ruehlman. That amount is more than $ 168,000, according to court documents.
The ordinance was led by the now suspended city councilor PG Sittenfeld.
The investigator has asked the City of Cincinnati for comment and is awaiting a response.