• Group tied to Bloomberg helping city fight gun regulations lawsuit

    From Gene Poole@21:1/5 to All on Wed Jul 31 07:37:33 2019
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    A national group that supports more gun regulation is backing
    Columbus as it fights a lawsuit from gun-rights groups that sued
    the city over firearms restrictions enacted this year.

    Everytown for Gun Safety, co-founded by former New York mayor
    Michael Bloomberg, will provide free legal assistance to the
    city as it defends the new regulations in Franklin County Common
    Pleas Court. It will serve as co-counsel on the case, according
    to a news release.

    “Everytown is well known for their commitment to working to
    reduce gun violence in communities all across America. Their
    offer to join our team on a pro bono basis will help us best
    utilize all available resources as we work to vigorously defend
    the laws we carefully crafted just a few months ago. We welcome
    their support and look forward to working hand in hand with
    their team,” City Attorney Zach Klein, a Democrat, said in a

    Ohioans for Concealed Carry and the Buckeye Firearms Foundation
    sued Columbus last week, saying the city overstepped its home-
    rule powers when it created ordinances violating state law that
    requires uniform laws across the state to regulate guns.

    City officials have said they believe their ordinances do not
    fit under the state’s so-called pre-emption law.

    Ohioans for Concealed Carry and Buckeye Firearms specifically
    challenged the city’s ban on bump stocks, which convert
    semiautomatic weapons into near-full automatic fire, and an
    ordinance that made carrying a gun while under disability a

    Those two pieces were part of a broader package of gun
    regulations city officials said would help curb violence in
    Columbus, which set a new record in 2017 with 143 homicides.
    Most of those were committed with guns.

    “If Bloomberg’s group wishes to save the taxpayers of Columbus
    money in this lawsuit, that is certainly their right,” said
    Chuck LaRosa, a director with Ohioans for Concealed Carry.

    Judge David E. Cain also granted a motion this week for Ohio
    Attorney General Mike DeWine, a Republican, to join the gun-
    rights groups in their lawsuit.

    http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180629/group-tied-to-bloomberg- helping-city-fight-gun-regulations-lawsuit

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