Opponents Bash Ohio Second Amendment ‘Sanctuary’ Legislation
One opponent calls it 'a stinker'
Opponents lined up Tuesday against a measure to cut federal firearm provisions out of Ohio's state law. The measure's proponents argue it will keep federal agencies from commandeering local officers. Committee speakers forcefully rejected that argument.
More than 80 people submitted testimony in opposition of the proposal ahead of the committee hearing. More than a dozen of them showed up in person. Among the organizations pushing back on the effort are the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, the Ohio Prosecuting Attorney's Association and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police.
A federal judge struck down a similar law in Missouri last week. That measure provided the template for Ohio's legislation. Louis Tobin, who heads up the prosecutor's association, allowed that if lawmakers want to pass anti-commandeering legislation, they can do it. But he argued the bill goes a few important steps beyond that by defining purported "infringements" on Second Amendment rights.
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