Skip to comments.Columbus City Council Unanimously Votes to Ban Assault Weapons
Posted on 07/13/2005 5:42:28 AM PDT by Eaker
Columbus City Council Unanimously Votes to Ban Assault Weapons Monday July 11, 7:12 pm ET
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 11 /PRNewswire/ -- With a unanimous city council vote of six to zero, Columbus joins other Ohio communities in banning assault weapons. Following a series of public hearings, Council members determined the risks to Columbus families increased unacceptably when the U.S. Congress failed to renew the federal law which expired on September 13th, 2004.
The Columbus ordinance bans the possession and transfer of assault weapons while continuing to allow the use of the weapons at licensed shooting ranges and in officially sanctioned competitive shooting events. Individuals who lawfully owned and possessed assault weapons before the ordinance's effective date may keep their weapons but have 90 days to register them with local authorities.
The Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence (OCAGV) provided support for the ordinance and testified in the public hearings. Toby Hoover, Executive Director of OCAGV, congratulated the City on its progressive action to make Columbus a safer place to live and raise families.
Said Hoover, "Assault weapons are semi-automatic guns that are made to spray fire a high volume of bullets. Assault weapons are not hunting guns. They are people killers and we should never forget that we are talking about people, both victims and survivors. These guns are an assault on us all and we congratulate Columbus for regulating them."
Sue Ann Schiff, Executive Director of Legal Community Against Violence (LCAV), agreed: "Assault weapons are designed to kill humans quickly and efficiently. The Columbus ordinance is directed to military-style weapons designed for rapid spray firing, not to standard sporting firearms."
At the request of the chair of the Columbus Public Safety Committee, Michael Mentel, LCAV testified about assault weapons, and provided the Committee with its comprehensive report, Banning Assault Weapons - A Legal Primer for State and Local Action, which includes a model law. The report provides a legal framework for state and local governments interested in banning assault weapons. LCAV has a special interest in assault weapons: it was founded in 1993 following an attack in San Francisco in which a gunman with two assault weapons shot 14 people, killing nine.
For more information visit http://www.ohioceasefire.org and htpt://www.lcav.org .
Source: Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence
More gun control lies from the lying liars.
I'll be the citizens of Columbus a breathing MUCH better now! < /sarcasm>
(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
I'll be = I'll bet
What's the over and under for the number of days before a criminal uses an 'assult weapon' in a crime in that city? I love it when politicians make a law expecting even criminals to follow it.
Would I be surprised by the discovery of AK 47's in the hands of Terrorists, smuggled across our open borders
The government and criminals can (and will) have all the "assault weapons" that they want.
How is it legal for local municipalities to put restrictions on firearm ownership?
Hopefully this nonsense will be overturned in the Ohio Supreme Court.
That's my question, too. I doubt this ordinance could stand up to a challenge ... but without originalists on the Court it might.
Sure am glad mine is fully auto...
Assault Weapons=Anything that shoots more than a single shot without having to be reloaded. I.E. all pump shotguns all semi-aautomatic pistols and and just about any other rifle except for single shot shotguns!
Freedom isn't free, but does anyone think this crap will ever stop via lawsuites and trying to vote out incumbants?
Sounds like the city council is following the city's namesake in spirit, anyway. Half a world away from where they think they are and just plain lost, calling it something else.
From Article 1 of the Ohio State Constitution.
"The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security; but standing armies, in time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, and shall not be kept up; and the military shall be in strict subordination to the civil power."
The problem is that our Supreme Court here in Ohio tends to use the Constitution as a very rough guideline only.
This is like blind people criticizing art (with apologies to blind people). They know absolutely nothing about the subject and prove it with every sentence but spout off anyway.
"Spraying bullets....." etc. What a joke.
VA law forbids preemption, thank goodness.
Tag for Posting to the Gun Boards Tonight ;^)
Take the guns away before there is a revolution against government. Smart move on their part!
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