City of Cleveland files to challenge HB347
Today the City of Cleveland filed a declaratory judgment against the State of Ohio to fight the enactment of
Ohio Revised Code (RC) section 9.68.
ORC Section 9.68: "(A) The individual right to keep and bear arms, being a
fundamental individual right that predates the United States Constitution and
Ohio Constitution, and being a constitutionally protected right in every part of
Ohio, the general assembly finds the need to provide uniform laws throughout the state
regulating the ownership, possession, purchase, other acquisition, transport, storage,
carrying, sale, or other transfer of firearms, their components, and their ammunition."
This preemption provision enacted in HB347 allows law abiding gun owners to travel throughout Ohio without concern
of violating the previous patchwork of ordinances enacted by various cities. HB347 effectively put the battle back where
it belongs, between the city attorneys and the state legislature.