Today Ohioans For Concealed Carry filed a lawsuit in Lorain County seeking to compel the City of Oberlin to comply with state law. Contrary to what you may have read in the news the City of Oberlin's recent legislation to "allow guns in parks" did not comply with state law. State law prohibits a city such as Oberlin from regulating the possession, transfer, or transaction of firearms.
Oberlin's "fix" was to illegally prohibit possession of "unlawful" firearms -- which remain undefined in the ordinance. Despite OFCC addressing council and telling them what they were about to do was illegal they proceeded anyway in a 4-3 vote.
What follows is OFCC's press release. The complaint filed with the court can be read here. Donations accepted here.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2013
Mr. Gary Witt
OFCC Files Lawsuit against the City of Oberlin
Elyria, OH -- October 1, 2013 Ohioans for Concealed Carry (OFCC) today filed a lawsuit in Lorain County against the City of Oberlin, Ohio to nullify several of that city’s ordinances that illegally restrict the rights of law-abiding firearms owners. An Ohio municipality that attempts to restrict firearms possession, transportation or transactions beyond state law violates Ohio Revised Code (ORC) section 9.68
ORC 9.68 became law in 2007 in order to make firearms laws uniform throughout the state. This state law already has been challenged all the way to the Ohio Supreme Court and has been upheld in its entirety.
OFCC previously asked Oberlin to repeal a city ordinance in conflict with ORC 9.68. At their city council meeting on Sept. 16, Oberlin amended Oberlin ordinance 927.07 (which banned guns in parks), but their amended ordinance continues to violate ORC 9.68.
Because Oberlin’s elected officials have failed to act reasonably and responsibly, OFCC now is seeking the aid of the courts to force Oberlin to comply fully with the Ohio Revised Code.
OFCC is joined in the lawsuit by co-plaintiffs Brian and Janae Kuzawa, who originally contacted the Oberlin Police department about their park rules being in violation.
Ohioans for Concealed Carry, founded in 1999, is an all-volunteer, grassroots organization dedicated to preserving and expanding the rights of all law-abiding gun owners in Ohio.