August 2005

Short Shots: 08/05

City Tries to Shoot Self in Foot
With Anti-Gun Proposal

Columbus, Ohio, City Councilman Michael C. Mentel has proposed banning further sales of semiautomatic firearms and giving people who bought semiautomatic firearms before the ban 90 days to register them. The city has tried twice before to ban different classes of guns, but has been rebuffed both times by the courts. If such a ban passes again, it could affect whether the annual convention is held in the city in two years.

The courts overturned similar bans in the 1990s. In 1994, a federal court overturned Columbus’ 1989 ordinance, ruling the city’s attempt to ban 46 makes and models was unconstitutionally vague. Colum...

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