The Newark City Council is backing down on its plan to continue an old ordinance banning guns in parks according to the Newark Advocate.
"I guess I would say the time for philosophical debate has passed. We have an absolute obligation on our part to bring our ordinance into compliance with the Ohio Revised Code," [Law Director Doug] Sassen said. "To not support (the change) puts the city in legal jeopardy."
The article states that an ordinance is being considered to allow those with a concealed carry license to carry gun in parks, but according to Ohio state law they can't do that either. State law provides that municipalities can only pass those gun laws that are in line with State gun laws with the exception of discharge ordinances and zoning ordinances for businesses. All other gun laws are preempted by the state of Ohio.
In the article it was reported that "Mayor Bob Diebold also encouraged council to follow state law." So do I.
In other news, it was announced yesterday that Ohio has signed a reciprocity agreement with the State of Nebraska. Both states will now recognize each others' concealed carry licenses. That brings the total number of states with Ohio reciprocity to nineteen.