Ohio gun rights group, Ohio Carry, plans to stage a protest against a mass of new gun regulations proposed by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson. The group is welcoming all people to openly carry their guns downtown between 1pm and 4pm on July 13, so if you’re a Cleveland native, that’s the time to avoid the downtown area.
On June 17, Mayor Jackson unveiled the new proposals for gun regulations inside of the city. These include, according to Cleveland.com:
Creating a registry that would compel convicted gun offenders to register with police once a year for four years; restricting gun owners from leaving firearms in a place accessible to minors; and limiting gun purchases to one firearm per person per 90 days.
The mayor also aims to reenact some laws voided in 2010 when the Ohio Supreme Court ruled state lawmakers have the right to block Cleveland and other cities from passing more restrictive gun laws.
New ordinances might incorporate past laws including: Requiring school officials to notify police when a prohibited weapon is found on school property; allowing people to voluntarily surrender guns to police; and banning the sale and manufacture of gun replicas.
Ohio Carry’s president, Brett Pucillo, says that the regulations are “illegal, unenforceable and a waste of taxpayer time and money.” He maintains that the July 13 rally will be to stand against the proposed ordinances and to educate citizens on their open carry rights. Pucillo also plans to discuss why Jackson’s proposals are illegal.
The group selected the July 13 date, because that’s three days before the official legislation is expected to be introduced to the Cleveland City Council.
City spokewoman Maureen Harper, responding to the planned protest, said that the legislation is “one tool to help decrease gun violence in Cleveland:”
With it, if we can strengthen efforts to curb the flow of guns to convicted felons, and if we can decrease the chance of young children accessing firearms, we will be able to save someone’s life.
It’s been proven that more guns equals more gun violence, and most Americans support sane gun legislation. The really sad thing here is that if there were as many people vigorously and vociferously (and monetarily) defending the right to vote as there are the right to carry these murder sticks, we would likely be a better society overall.