CINCINNATI (CN) — Ohio gun advocates sued Cincinnati and Columbus this week, claiming city laws banning “trigger activators” — bump stocks — on guns are unconstitutional.
Two lawsuits in state courts filed on the first day of summer claim that city ordinances outlawing specific parts and components of guns are unconstitutional.
In the Cincinnati case, the Buckeye Firearms Foundation, Ohioans for Concealed Carry and Jordan Telting sued the city in Hamilton County Court.
In Columbus, the Buckeye Firearms Foundation, Ohioans for Concealed Carry and Gary Witt challenged an emergency ordinance banning trigger activators within city limits. The city law would make it illegal to possess, use or sell trigger activators.
Bump stocks essentially convert a gun into a semi-automatic weapon.
On May 14 the Ohio gun advocates told Cincinnati City Solicitor Paula Boggs Muething that the ordinance is unconstitutional; a violation of Ohio’s firearm preemption statute; and that the city cannot enforce it.