Gun Rationing In Cleveland? Yes, If The Mayor Gets His Way


The headline says it: Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson is proposing an “emergency” ordinance to limit gun purchases to one every 90 days and report all person-to-person transfers or sales of firearms to the police. Criminals rejoice!

As for everyone else, the proposed law brings city leaders one step closer to attaining the legal prerogative to regard people who are law-abiding citizens today as criminals tomorrow. If the ordinance – which Jackson describes as a “complete rewrite” of the current law – succeeds, you could be held accountable for:

  • Selling or owning gun replicas
  • Selling or owning slingshots
  • Selling or owning long-bladed pocket knives
  • Selling or buying weapons associated with the martial arts
  • Allowing anyone under 18 years old to use a gun
  • Not reporting to the police a person-to-person sale or transfer of a firearm
  • Not reporting to the police a stolen firearm
  • Loaning a gun to anyone who isn’t eligible – under these requirements, as well as State and Federal laws – to possess one.

The ordinance would also establish a municipal “gun offender” registry that would be available for public perusal – presumably to shame violators and make it easier to avoid the stigmatized.

Jackson submitted the ordinance to the city council on Tuesday, eliciting immediate opposition from several 2nd Amendment advocacy groups and private citizens. Ohio Carry vowed to file a suit against the city “that same day” if the council approves the ordinance.

The Ohio Supreme Court already has overturned Cleveland’s municipally-tailored gun laws once, ruling in 2010 that a blanket State law would trump any more restrictive laws passed at the local level.


Personal Liberty

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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