Judge rules Columbus' bump-stock ban unconstitutional

(WSYX/WTTE)

A Franklin County Judge has ruled Columbus' bump-stock ban as unconstitutional.

The ban was passed by the Columbus City Council in May. The ban was part of a series of four ordinances aimed at reducing gun violence.

On Friday, Franklin County Judge David E. Cain ruled the bump-stock ban violates state law and the city cannot enforce it.

Buckeye Firearms Foundation and Ohioans for Concealed Carry filed the lawsuit in Franklin County Common Pleas back in June. They say the city has no authority to regulate firearms under state law.

Dean Rieck, the Executive Director of Buckeye Firearms Association, commented on Judge Cain's ruling:

This is exactly what we expected. We told the city that it could not pass any gun laws. But they ignored us and did it anyway. This victory is not a surprise, but it should be a warning to other cities in Ohio. Buckeye Firearms Association will not tolerate infringements against the Second Amendment and will take action against any city that passes unconstitutional laws.

A separate ordinance keeping guns away from domestic violence suspects was upheld.

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