Last September, Ohioans for Concealed Carry celebrated a victory in the City of Cleveland Heights when we forced the city to repeal their unlawful gun registration program, remove illegal "no guns" signage from their parks, and eliminate other ordinances that violated state law and placed an untoward burden on gun owners.
OFCC's lawsuit was filed only after the city had for years ignored OFCC's letters, emails and phone calls, as we reported here and here.
After the city complied with the demands of OFCC's lawsuit, a trial was scheduled to determine who must pay OFCC's legal bills.
On Feb. 23, OFCC marked its second victory in the Cleveland Heights project: In a settlement reached shortly before the trial was to commence in Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, the City of Cleveland Heights agreed to pay $7,000 to OFCC to address the organization's legal expenses.
The city admitted no fault in their $7,000 settlement, and, because the case was settled before trial, there is no official "winner." Cleveland Heights already had fully complied with the demands of OFCC's September lawsuit by repealing all ordinances in conflict ORC 9.68 and by removing the "no guns" signs from their parks.
"It is very unfortunate that all of our efforts to encourage Cleveland Heights to follow the law over the course of many years fell on stubborn and deaf ears," said OFCC President Jeff Garvas. "Had city officials taken us seriously and treated us with professionalism and respect, we'd have never taken them to court in the first place."
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Philip Mulivor is a coordinator for Ohioans for Concealed Carry and author of Proclaiming Liberty: What Patriots and Heroes Really Said about the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.