Ohio Supreme Court won’t hear local gun advocate’s appealWritten by Justin R. Kalmes | | email@example.com
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled today it would not hear the
case of local gun rights advocate Bruce Beatty.
Beatty was challenging a local
ordinance banning the carrying of concealed weapons in city parks. Toledo
police issued Beatty a citation in April 2005 for violating the ordinance when
he relinquished the handgun he was carrying in Toledo’s Ottawa Park to protest
the law on grounds the City of Toledo was trying to supersede state statute.
Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton and Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger dissented and
said they would accept Beatty’s appeal.
Beatty said he would pay the City of Toledo the fine and court costs
resulting from the citation, which he estimated would be $96.
Though the court denied his appeal, Beatty said he would
stage a press conference declaring victory because the state will have a
statewide standard regarding its concealed-carry law when it takes effect in
March. About 80 gun laws in Toledo and other cities will be pre-empted when
that happens, Beatty said.