Cleveland gun control laws will be perhaps the most strict in the United States if the city council approves Mayor Frank Jackson’s ordinance proposal. Cleveland recently celebrated the return of Lebron James and scored the Republican National Convention, a big economic boom to the northern Ohio town. But now the city is incurring backlash from gun owners and Second Amendment groups.
The gun control ordinance would make it illegal for an individual to buy more than one gun every three months, if passed as written. The Cleveland ordinance, which some feel is a complete infringement upon the Second Amendment, would also prohibit having guns in an area accessible by children. It would also create a gun registry.
The gun law would also bring back into play prior firearms ordinances. One such mandate would require school officials to notify law enforcement if a weapon is found on campus. Exactly what constitutes a weapon remains unclear. School districts around the country have cited their “no weapons” policy when suspending or filing charges against students with squirt guns, gun-shapes made out of paper, and even airsoft guns used near bus stops.
Cleveland gun control laws would also ban the manufacturing of gun replicas. The proposed firearms ordinances sparked a massive protest over the weekend, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Those assembled who supported the strict gun control law “danced to the beat of a tambourine” and carried anti-gun signs, the local newspaper reports. Second Amendment supporters exercised their right to open carry rifles and often wore NRA clothing and buttons.