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OH: Only 115 people observe Mentel Ban [Gun Ban] deadline
Buckeye Firearms Association (Ohio) ^ | 11/11/05 | n/a

Posted on 11/12/2005 9:44:26 AM PST by kiriath_jearim

Only 115 people observe Mentel Ban deadline

Posted on Friday, November 11 @ 08:51:26 EST by cbaus

The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that only 115 people responded to an order from Columbus City Council to register guns that the law defines as assault weapons. The ban took effect yesterday.

From the story:

"As of today, buying or selling an assault weapon in the city is illegal," Ralph Jones, a city licensing officer who handled the registrations, said yesterday. It’s also illegal to own the guns unless they are registered.

Only those who registered, members of the military or police officers may own guns that the city defines as assault weapons, Assistant City Attorney Joshua Cox said yesterday.

Though 115 people registered, some registered more than one weapon. One person registered 45 weapons, Jones said. City officials said it’s hard to say if 115 was more or less than they expected, because no one has estimated how many assault weapons the city’s 730,000 residents own.

The weapons most commonly registered were military-style rifles such as the M-16, AR-15 and Chinese-made SKS, Jones said. There were several shotguns and only a few pistols. Courts struck down city gun regulations approved in 1989 and again in 1994, after the Ohio-based People's Rights Organization challenged the law in court.

Again, from the story:

Gun-rights advocates say the number of registrations doesn’t reflect how many guns are out there.

"There’s an awful lot of firearms they’ve banned. I would have expected it to be higher," said Terence Regan, chairman of the People’s Rights Organization, which has successfully challenged two previous attempts by the city to ban guns. "It seems to me a lot of people moved their firearm out of the city, they’ve moved, or they don’t know what they own."

Registration started Aug. 11, Jones said, but as the deadline neared, the number of questions seemed to grow.

Councilman Michael C. Mentel, who sponsored the ban, did not return phone calls seeking comment. As outlined in the story, the Mentel Ban defines a semi-automatic rifle as an assault weapon if it has a removal magazine and at least one other characteristic, such as a folding stock or a pistol grip. A semi-automatic pistol is illegal if has a grip for the nontrigger hand, a folding stock or other features defined in the law. Semi-automatic shotguns with at least two such features are banned. A similarly-worded federal ban expired last year after ten years of experience proved it had no effect whatsoever on crime reduction.

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1 posted on 11/12/2005 9:44:26 AM PST by kiriath_jearim
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To: kiriath_jearim
"The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that only 115 people responded to an order from Columbus City Council to register guns that the law defines as assault weapons. The ban took effect yesterday."

And the very distinct possibility that that number is too low probably has the staff at the Columbus Dispatch wetting their Depends.

2 posted on 11/12/2005 9:46:57 AM PST by Tench_Coxe
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To: Mr. Mojo

ping.


3 posted on 11/12/2005 9:48:06 AM PST by Alia
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To: kiriath_jearim
Its just like in Canada. People are saying NO to Columbus' gun-grabbing gun registry. It doesn't help matters the only people allowed to keep arms are members of the elite! How special only the politically connected and rich get the privilege of self-defense. I always thought it was an inalienable right. Columbus' gun banners can go f*ck themselves silly with their unconstitutional gun registry.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie.Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

4 posted on 11/12/2005 9:48:09 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: kiriath_jearim

Sounds like the whole place could use a Mentel health checkup.
:(


5 posted on 11/12/2005 9:52:40 AM PST by Past Your Eyes (I'm just sitting here on the Group W bench.)
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To: kiriath_jearim; goldstategop; Tench_Coxe
Oh now, if City Council passed a law, I'm certain it must be a good thing, because they are City Council, right? And everyone in Columbus will certainly abide by it even if there was no actual vote or anything, so it must be that only 115 people actually own these eeeeevil weapons, which must come as a big relief to the good councilpersons!!!

;)

6 posted on 11/12/2005 10:00:05 AM PST by 88keys (who has the Ohio ping list?!)
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To: kiriath_jearim
"It seems to me a lot of people moved their firearm out of the city, they’ve moved, or they don’t know what they own."

And then again, maybe they just didn't knuckle under to the nazis.

7 posted on 11/12/2005 10:01:44 AM PST by 11Bush
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To: goldstategop

Is the mayor still trying to keep his wife out of jail (DUI)?


8 posted on 11/12/2005 10:03:09 AM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: Tench_Coxe
So a class C license isn't enough?

Or is this more bogus "Mean looking" gun BS? /rhetorical question

9 posted on 11/12/2005 10:04:54 AM PST by D Rider
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To: D Rider

Its the 'mean looking' BS.


10 posted on 11/12/2005 10:06:27 AM PST by Tench_Coxe
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To: Tench_Coxe
Well, let's see...115 'assault weapons' for 730,000 people. The MSM has told us that only dangerous fringe wackos own them.

So yeah, that seems about right. Good job men, you got all of them! Now your children can play outside in the alleys all night safely.

12 posted on 11/12/2005 10:21:22 AM PST by Sender (Team Infidel USA)
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To: Tench_Coxe
"The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that only 115 people responded to an order from Columbus City Council to register guns that the law defines as assault weapons. The ban took effect yesterday."
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And the very distinct possibility that that number is too low probably has the staff at the Columbus Dispatch wetting their Depends.
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But, but... they're safe now that they have an ordinance registering guns!
13 posted on 11/12/2005 10:31:50 AM PST by RJL
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To: kiriath_jearim
guns that the law defines as assault weapons

Assault is an action NOT a device.

14 posted on 11/12/2005 10:54:15 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it.)
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To: kimosabe31
To those that say it can't happen here, take a look at France, Kosovo..

It's already happened here.

One needs look no further than California & the SKS rifle. Owners were made to register them one year, and the next they were outlawed.

15 posted on 11/12/2005 10:57:31 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it.)
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To: kiriath_jearim

My heartfelt praise to any Columbus citizen who stood up to the gun grabbers by VIOLATING this piece of filth ordinance.


16 posted on 11/12/2005 10:58:40 AM PST by libstripper
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To: kiriath_jearim; All
City officials said it’s hard to say if 115 was more or less than they expected, because no one has estimated how many assault weapons the city’s 730,000 residents own.

Well, lets just take a `lil lookie see.

730,000 population. 115 folks regestered. That comes to... 1.5753 e-4, or..

.00015753 percent.

Gee, I wonder how much of the taxpayers money was SPENT bringing this commie BS into existance?

As for the other 99.9998 percent of the population . . .

Yea!


17 posted on 11/12/2005 11:18:07 AM PST by TLI (ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA, Minuteman Project AZ Day -1 to Day 8, Texas Minutemen El Paso, 32 Days)
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To: Puppage
Owners were made to register them one year, and the next they were outlawed.

Interesting how the leftists work. With hundreds of al qaeda cells in CA alone disguised as mosques and islamic schools, any doubt as to the hidden agenda??

18 posted on 11/12/2005 11:19:33 AM PST by kimosabe31
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To: kiriath_jearim
Only those who registered, members of the military or police officers may own guns that the city defines as assault weapons, Assistant City Attorney Joshua Cox said yesterday.

Although I hate the whole idea of the registration this part really bugs me. The military and police have any "assualt" weapons they need for their jobs provided by the government during their work hours. They have no higher need of them at home than any other citizen. The government is supposed to be the servent of the people, not the master.

19 posted on 11/12/2005 11:31:01 AM PST by KarlInOhio (We were promised someone in the Scalia/Thomas mold. Let's keep it going with future nominees.)
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To: kiriath_jearim
"The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that only 115 people responded to an order from Columbus City Council to register guns that the law defines as assault weapons."

The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that only 115 people responded to an order from "The Democrat Controlled" Columbus City Council to register guns that the law defines as assault weapons.

It only takes those three words to explain where this stupid order came from.

20 posted on 11/12/2005 11:37:40 AM PST by GloriaJane (http://music.download.com/gloriajane "ACLU Christmas")
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