In a split decision, a Cuyahoga County judge has ruled some new Cleveland gun laws are unconstitutional but has left a gun registry that riled gun-rights groups in place.
Judge Shirley Strickland-Saffold found that three of Cleveland's new gun laws put in place in April, 2015 violate a state law that gives the state overriding authority on gun laws.
Ohioans for Concealed Carry brought the suit against the new laws days after City Council passed the measures.. It argued that provisions were either unconstitutional or duplicated existing state law.
Group spokesman Phil Mulivor said, "We're thrilled. We won all the major challenges were are concerned with."
Mulivor said the group is considering an appeal on the issues it lost.
The city is also claiming to be pleased with the outcome.
"The city of Cleveland is pleased that the Cuyahoga County Court has upheld many provisions of the city's recently enacted gun weapon gun offender registry.. As we continue to combat gun violence in our city, it is crucial law enforcement has the regulatory authority needed to keep guns off the streets and out of the hands of criminals," Mayor Frank Jackson said in a statement.
Six years ago, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that state laws trumped city efforts to regulate guns.
The ruling upheld:
-prohibiting leaving a firearm where it is accessible to a minor.
-requiring people who are not gun dealers to report gun sales
-requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms in Cleveland
-requiring gun offenders to register with the city
-requiring notifying police if a gun is found on school property
-banning the negligent transfer of a gun to someone who is drunk or a convicted felon
-a tougher penalty for failing to secure a dangerous ordnance, such as explosive material.
The ruling overruled
- new stricter definition of automatic weapons
-prohibiting shooting a firearm within 500 feet of a park, playground or recreation center
-allowing police to seize a gun from someone drinking, disturbing the peace or threatening injury or violence
-prohibiting defacing identification marks on firearms