A Cleveland gun offender registry and several gun regulations passed by city council in 2015 are unconstitutional, a three-judge panel at the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals declared on Thursday.
Most of the laws contained in the package, proposed by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and passed by City Council in the wake of a flurry of gun violence in 2014 and 2015, conflict with state law, thus rendering them invalid, the judges found.
The panel sent the case back to Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold who left the gun registry intact in August, but ruled that three laws violated a state law that gives state legislators preemptive control over gun laws, including a provision that allowed police officers to confiscate guns.
The appeals court on Thursday found that all but two laws contained in the package are unconstitutional.
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