Reaction flooding in after Columbus bump-stock ban ruled unconstitutional

(WSYX/WTTE)

A Franklin County Judge ruled Columbus's bump-stock ban was unconstitutional Friday.

Ohioans For Concealed Carry and The Buckeye Firearms Association sued over the ordinance, which was passed in May. They say the city has no authority to regulate firearms under state law.

Buckeye Firearms said for them it's simple, the rights of gun owners have been protected and they see the ruling as a major win.

"It is our duty based on what membership tells us. To protect the Second Amendment and that is what we did here," said Buckeye Firearms Association member Gerard Valentino.

But the city attorney's office says they come out of this as winners, too. As a separate ordinance keeping guns away from domestic violence suspects was upheld.

"It's simple: keeping guns out of the hands of criminals helps protect victims of domestic violence, law enforcement, and makes our community a safer place to live," said City Attorney Zach Klein in an official statement.

The statement also said they appreciate the judge's consideration, but they still believe the city can regulate bump stocks.

The court said in its ruling that it sees the decision as final, and in this judgment, it isn't about morality, but what is legal in its opinion under the law.

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