May 25, 2016

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Cities can’t have local gun restrictions, Ohio Supreme Court says

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld a 2006 state law that lifted cities’ assault-weapons bans and most other local gun restrictions.

Cleveland had challenged the state on grounds that the law intruded on the constitutionally guaranteed right to home rule. The city’s ban on assault weapons was among those invalidated by the law.

The state’s highest court ruled 5-2 today that the law is constitutional and did not infringe on home rule powers.

The law was passed in a dramatic showdown in 2006 between former Republican Gov. Bob Taft and the GOP-controlled Legislature, which overrode his veto.