The sign you see here is posted in Cleveland Heights Parks implying possession of a firearm is a crime.
On Friday August 12th, 2011 Ohioans For Concealed Carry Filed a lawsuit against the City the City of Cleveland Heights. The litigation comes after many attempts to resolve concerns over laws that Cleveland Heights not only allowed to remain on their books, but also posted signs at their parks that continue to imply it is illegal to be armed.
The City of Cleveland Heights has chosen to ignore our attempts at civil discourse. When individuals have contacted them representing themselves as residents of the City of Cleveland Heights their concerns apparently fell on deaf ears. When representatives of the organization have formally contacted the city's legal representation they've been laughed at and hung up on by the Law Director. It is this arrogance and refusal to work with Ohioans For Concealed Carry that has forced us to seek a remedy through the courts.
Our press release follows.
This story is being discussed in our discussion forums here: OFCC Sues City of Cleveland Heights, Ohio
OFCC Press Release August 15, 2011
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For additional information, please contact Ohioans for Concealed Carry, 888-881-2559 ext. 1
Ohioans for Concealed Carry, a not-for-profit group representing the state's 240,000 concealed-carry licensees, today filed suit against the City of Cleveland Heights to force the city to eliminate their unlawful program of gun registration, to remove illegal signage from parks, and to cease several other violations of state firearms laws.
"Ohio state law is very clear that municipalities may not enact their own private gun laws," said OFCC president Jeff Garvas. "There is one set of firearms laws for the people of Ohio. The City of Cleveland Heights has created unlawful ordinances that contradict and violate that state law."
Other Ohio cities have attempted to enact gun laws at variance with state law, but in all cases have been directed by the courts to abolish those laws. The issue came to a head last year when the Ohio Supreme Court nullified several firearms ordinances in the City of Cleveland.
"Despite a State Supreme Court ruling supporting an already crystal-clear state law, the City of Cleveland Heights persists in violating gun owners' rights under the Ohio Revised Code," Garvas said. "Our organization's good efforts to resolve this issue outside the courtroom have not been successful and the city has been unyielding. We hope that OFCC's lawsuit will eliminate the unlawful ordinances as quickly as possible."