Mayor seeks registry for gun offenders

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson hopes to combat gun violence in the northeast Ohio city by passing a number of measures including a registry for those convicted of gun offenses.
Associated Press
Jun 20, 2014

Jackson said he wants to give police and prosecutors the weapons they need to stop convicted felons from using guns to commit more crimes. The mayor at a news conference Tuesday also proposed a number of other gun-related laws. Spokeswoman Maureen Harper said there are other cities with similar registration laws on the books.

It’s unclear how these laws will withstand judicial scrutiny. The Ohio Supreme Court ruled in 2010 only state and federal governments can limit gun rights. There are already state and federal laws prohibiting convicted felons from having firearms.

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getit right be4...

The city of Cleveland needs to read ORC 9.68. Most of these ordinances are against the law. But then again that has never stop them before. They still continue to hold municipal hearings for photo traffic enforcement citations with where deemed unconstitutional by the 8th district court of appeals.

Only the peasants have to obey by the law in Cleveland i guess.

DickTracey

I saw this news conference. Mayor Jackson can not even pronounce his city properly, let alone write a new law.

freethinker1

Gun advocates see this as a freedom issue. I see it as both a safety issue and a freedom issue. I wish to enjoy the freedom of not being shot by someone who has already proven that they should not be allowed to own a firearm.

If someone can explain why a felon's rights should be more important than mine, or why we SHOULDN'T try to keep guns out of a felon's hand, I'm willing to listen. You'll have a tough time explaining why being alive at the end of each day should not be my top priority.

Michael Waldman's new book "The Second Amendment: A Biography" exposes a lot of the myths and misapplication of the 2nd Amendment by the NRA and pro-gun activists.

Whiskey Tango F...

Here's why... The topic of discussion is used as a carrying agent to pull unwanted "pork" that would never stand on it's own as a law. Corruption runs deep in cleveland. Felons already can't own guns, we don't need laws for our laws.

KnuckleDragger

There are already laws that make it illegal for a felon to own a firearm. Additional laws do nothing but make people feel good. They do nothing to prevent felons from obtaining firearms.

Donegan

http://felonyguide.com/Felony-Gu...
Yeah that's why no one listens to liberals about their opinion on the 2nd amendment. After all the law has been around since 1968, educate yourself.
Your second priority should be learning about stuff before throwing out questions that have obvious answers.

SamAdams

There's no need whatsoever for such a law unless it's to jump up and down and say, "Look at me! I'm on the anti-gun bandwagon! LOOK!"

The reason there's no need is simple enough: We already HAVE a registry of those prohibited from firearms! What exactly do you think a background check accesses? Gosh, do you think it's a database of (are you ready???) people prohibited from owning firearms, INCLUDING THOSE CONVICTED OF CRIMES? Sheesh.

Pete

Federal law establishes the baseline regarding the types of persons who are ineligible to purchase firearms. The federal Gun Control Act of 1968, codified at 18 U.S.C. § 922, generally prohibits the sale of firearms to any person who:

Has been convicted of, or is under indictment for, a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year;
Is a fugitive from justice;
Is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance;
Is underage;
Has been adjudicated as a mental defective or committed to a mental institution;
Is unlawfully in the United States or has been admitted to the U.S. under a nonimmigrant visa;
Has been dishonorably discharged from the military;
Has renounced his or her U.S. citizenship;
Is subject to a court order restraining him or her from harassing, stalking or threatening an intimate partner, his or her child or a child of a partner or engaging in other conduct that would place an intimate partner in reasonable fear of bodily injury to the partner or child; or
Has been convicted of a misdemeanor offense of domestic violence.

KnuckleDragger

All measures enacted by Cleveland are unenforceable. How many times to the city have to be drug into court and told that Ohio's gun laws are considered general laws and the city is not legally allowed to make up their own? Apparently the citizens of Cleveland like the mayor throwing away their tax dollars.

Mr. D

Who is Mike Waldman? Who cares? It is safe to say his book merely expresses his opinion in the hope that someone will agree with him.
Stay safe, stay alive...

Erie County Resident

Ever watch Sanford & Son. Jackson reminds me of the character Grady on the show.

JudgeMeNot

LOL.