City Leaders in Columbus Flouting State Law to Ram Through Gun Control

The city of Columbus, Ohio, is attempting to enact gun control in spite of the fact that only the state legislature has the power to regulate firearms.

Last week, city leaders unveiled a sweeping proposal to, as they see it, “reduce gun violence.” 

“Today we are taking local action to reduce gun violence in Columbus,” said Andrew Mayor Ginther in a press release obtained by GunsAmerica.  

“Every person in every neighborhood deserves to be safe,” he continued.  “These proposed new laws bolster the work of the Comprehensive Neighborhood Safety Strategy and get more guns out of the hands of those who misuse them.”

The package would do all of the following:

  • Ban magazines with a capacity exceeding 30 rounds
  • Place limits on ammunition purchases
  • Mandate gun safety locks

“Gun violence plagued Columbus’ neighborhoods in 2017, yet the Statehouse handcuffed responsible local officials, preventing them from enacting the most basic gun safety laws. We are proud to stand with Mayor Ginther and City Attorney Klein to put forth specific steps to reduce the number of guns on the street and keep our neighborhoods safe,” said City Council President Hardin.

As mentioned, city leaders do not have the power to enact municipal gun laws under the state’s preemption statute. So why are they pushing this proposal?

They claim a judge opened the door with a recent ruling that created a loophole in state law with respect to firearm regulation.

“The preliminary injunction remains in effect and the legislative calendar being laid out by leaders at City Hall remains unchanged,” noted City Attorney Zach Klein in a statement, per WSOU.

“The City Attorney’s Office is ready to continue this lawsuit once the stay is lifted so that we can make the injunction against the State’s unconstitutional firearms law permanent,” Klein added.

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However, the Ohio Attorney General has already stepped in to both appeal and block that ruling, according to the Buckeye Firearms Association (BFA).

Unless there is a change to the state’s preemption statute that comes from the legislature, it’s unlikely that Columbus’s gun control policies will stick in the long run.

In the short term, both sides are going to be battling it out in court.

“Preemption is settled law in Ohio. And the Ohio Supreme Court has already ruled on it. This is yet another attempt by the City of Columbus to override state law and pass gun control laws they have no right to pass,” the BFA said in a statement to

“The city ran a study not so long ago that showed where most of the violence is coming from in the city, so what are city officials doing about that? Why do they insist on passing laws that affect the law-abiding and which criminals will never obey? Why don’t they focus their efforts on the real criminals?” BFA continued.

“The whole idea of having statewide preemption regarding firearms is to provide a consistent set of laws throughout the state, rather than a patchwork of laws that will entrap and confuse people and infringe on their Second Amendment rights,” BFA concluded.

GunsAmerica reached out to Alan Gottlieb, the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, for comment. Gottlieb also believes Columbus city leaders will lose in the end.

“The city of Columbus is clearly prohibited by state law from passing and enforcing this gun law,” he told GunsAmerica via email. “The state of Ohio will win their lawsuit and Columbus will lose. I applaud OHIO for suing the city of Columbus to protect both state law and the people of Ohio.”

Stay tuned for updates.

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About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • James November 22, 2022, 12:51 pm

    Want to know why crime is skyrocketed in Columbus?

    Came across a article that said a company in Columbus Ohio called Doc assist services has been bringing in thousands of Haitians to the Columbus Ohio area, giving them money, homes, cars and jobs

    Most of them have no job skills, so what kind of work, if any, can these people do? most belong to drug dealing street gangs and they fight for control of drug trade and turf.
    That’s why crime is high in Columbus Ohio.

    We’ve got Americans out of work looking for jobs Don’t believe what the administration says about the job market. They lie!

    We’ve got plenty of homeless Americans and veterans on the streets. I’m not talking about street people.

    The fastest growing group of homeless in America, is people over 50, being laid off from companies, or companies that went out of business, and people losing their 401k and their pensions and then losing their homes

    How did this company bring in these people from Haiti?

    Diseases run rampant in Haiti. Many are infected with cholera, small pox, diphtheria, scarlet fever, measles, tape worms, yellow fever, TB, leprosy. and they are bringing those dieseases to America.

    Stop all immigration to America now. Depending on figures, America has over 330 to 340 million people.

    Do we really want America to end up like India with over a billion people living on the streets, alleys, sidewalks and gutters and having to eat garbage out of dumpsters just to survive?

    Articles say with so much illegal immigration, that the population in America will hit 400 million by 2050!

    Finish the border wall now!

    Support and protect your right to keep and own all types of firearms and accessories.

  • James November 21, 2022, 2:10 pm

    These far leftist politicians in Columbus don’t want to place the blame on crime on the ” minorities”, usually because some of their very own family members belong to street gangs!

    The Central America countries and South America countries are emptying out their jails and prisons and sending thousands of criminals and felons to America and the administration welcomes them and the crime that they bring.

    There are over 2 million laws on the books in America with something like 50 to 100 more added every week. It is said that the average person cannot drive to work or go grocery shopping without breaking half a dozen laws so that makes everyone a ” criminal” and that’s what the evil power crazed politicians want. So that they can have more control and power over Americans lives. ” You will obey us they say ” we are your masters, you will bow down before us and worship us as your God’s or else you will be placed into the cattle cars and sent to concentration extermination camps!”

    There are over 25,000 gun laws on the books, why do these far leftist politicians think more laws will stop crime?

    Did you know when street lights first came out the politiicians said the streetlights would “stop crime”!?

    In commiefornia, in broad daylight, shoplifter’s walk into clothing stores and grab arm fulls of clothes off the racks and walk out to a waiting car and drive off and no one does anything to stop them execpt to film it on their cell phones and post it on YouTube. If and when these shoplifter’s are ever caught they are not charged with any crime and are let go because they are ” poor and a minority”!

    The gun banning groups and gun banning politicians are supported by Michael Bloomberg, George Soros, the Chinese government, the Russian government, North Korea and Iran.

    China wants the 2 nd amendment repealed. The Chinese government says it is forbidden for it’s citizens to own firearms. Only police, military and politiicians can own firearms. How else do you think they can control 1.3 billion people?

    The Chinese government and North Korea are buying up American farmland and ranch land. They want America.
    The Chinese government recently bought a farm in North Dakota near a top secret air force base. China will bring in spies and saboteurs posing as farm workers.
    What happens when China owns all Americans farmland?
    American farmland and ranch land for American citizens only!

    During WW2, Germany and Japan had plans to invade the east coast and west coast of America and have Mexico invade the southern states promising Mexico to give them Arizona New Mexico and Texas, but they were all afraid of all the Americans who owned firearms and would fight them off. Nowadays, they and china are working together to ban all guns in America. The evil Brady group is helping them in lawsuits against gun companies.

    Russia invades the Ukraine and their government hands out AK-47’S to their citizens.
    Biden and Beto said ” hell yeah, we are going to come and take your AR-15’s and AK-47’s away!”

    Did anyone catch when Biden said in a interview recently that they were going to ban all high compacity magazines over 8 rounds!
    Soon the gun banners will say “5 rounds is high compacity!”

    You don’t really think the gun banning groups and gun banning politicians only want to ban semi auto rifles do you? Once they ban those, then they will want to ban all bolt action rifles, pump shotguns, lever action rifles, until all that is left is single shot muzzleloaders.

    AOC and the squad and Letitia James want to repeal the 2 nd amendment.

    AOC and the squad want to replace the Constitution and Bill of Rights with something out of Castro and Stalin handbook and turn America into a” communist workers paradise!”

    AOC and the squad want to replace the American flag too!

    Chuck Schumer said that democrat want to make all 30 million illegals legal citizens in America and give them democrat voting cards and place them in red states!

    In many areas, Americans are being evicted from their apartments and homes and the administration is giving these apartments and homes to the illegals.

    The administration is having sections of the border wall taken down and sold off for scrap. This allows the cartels, M 13 gang members, M18 gang members, drug dealers murderers, felons, terrorists, spies , and saboteurs and prostitutes to cross the border and the administration welcomes them and the crime that they bring.

    Finish the border wall now!

    Why is it that back in the he 1950’s, one could walk into a hardware store, gun shop or mail order all kinds of firearms with no background check, no federal forms to fill out and no waiting period and crime was much lower back then?

    Protect and support your right to keep and own all types of firearms and accessories.
    Don’t allow the evil, far leftist, Satan worshipping power crazed politicians to restrict and ban firearms in America.

    Buy more guns, ammo and magazines now before it’s too late!

  • David A Welsh November 20, 2022, 9:15 pm

    Just like with prohibition. Ignore and work around. In the meantime, tear the vermin a new one at the next city council meeting.

  • Dwane November 18, 2022, 7:51 pm

    Melbourne Beach FL had an “Emergency” Ordinance stipulating a ban on weapons upon declaration. Finally the FL legislature put teeth in their preemption and the paragraph in the city ordinance was removed due ti the hefty fines.

  • Kent San November 18, 2022, 3:49 pm

    New Dem strategy. Pass laws you KNOW are illegal and just wait for them to be overturned. Who knows, maybe you’ll get some morons to vote for you thinking you gave them free money by forgiving loans you had no power to forgive.

  • E November 18, 2022, 12:12 pm

    Wow just watched the first 12 minutes and couldn’t stomach anymore fear mongering.

    1.Actually blamed the republican party.
    2.Actually said gun crime is down 30 percent by policing and using laws on the books, but dismiss it.
    3.Calmed a bullet from an alleged “assault weapon” does more damage to the human body. 4.Claims that more deaths happen as as result a spaying a group of people with unaimed gun fire than carefully placed shots from a manual operated firearm.
    5.The assault weapons are the problem yet only 200 out of 3000 confiscated firearms were what he calls assault style.
    6.Included suicides in the number of deaths.
    7. Claim they can pull this legal move based on red light camera ruling. And suggest it’s the same thing.
    These are just a few of the false narratives they are using to justify their infringement.

    Wow how sad for the citizens of Columbus. Political propaganda and nothing more.

  • The Ghostman November 18, 2022, 11:48 am

    It’s time for citizens to start suing the ones that try to enact such legislation as “conspiring to deny Constitutional rights”. Each citizen personally files a lawsuit against each one of those idiots and see how quickly they change their minds. The measures don’t even have to get passed, just the fact that they were willing to deny a Constitutional right by conspiring to enact the measures.
    Are there any gun rights groups willing to get behind this?

  • E November 18, 2022, 11:30 am

    These Columbus officials are welcome to move to Chicago or New York if they like putting law abiding citizens under their thumb. Luckily Ohio law has held up so far. However even a prison wall can be chiseled out with a spoon given enough time. Keep fighting the good fight.

  • Blue Dog (he/him) 🧢 November 17, 2022, 6:10 pm

    30 rounds? Why even have a mag cap limit of you are going to allow the most common hi-cap AR and AK mags?

    • AK November 18, 2022, 10:02 am

      Maybe because they are sufficiently cognizant of reality to know their virtue-signaling is just that, and nothing else? A law no one will obey, just as the +15 round mag ban here in Colorado is a dead letter, unenforced except when coupled with more serious offenses by the same perp……

      • Blue Dog (he/him) 🧢 November 18, 2022, 5:45 pm

        A friend of mine worked at a gun store not too far from the Colorado state line. He said that it seemed like the Coloradans were the only ones buying hi-cap mags.

    • Shanz November 18, 2022, 9:27 pm

      Common? Like commonly used by law abiding citizens?

    • paul I'll call you what I want/1st Amendment November 20, 2022, 1:43 pm

      Quit worrying about us you British twit

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