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Columbus gun laws to go into effect Saturday after judge blocks state’s motion

Michael Saechang

A Fairfield County Common Pleas judge has denied the state of Ohio a motion for an order that would prevent the city of Columbus from enforcing its restrictive gun laws.

Because of the judge's denial, the laws now are set to go into effect Saturday at 12 a.m.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost had filed a lawsuit against the City of Columbus to block its new gun laws. Those laws included banning civilians from having large capacity magazines that can hold 30 or more rounds, criminalizing the sale of guns to people prohibited from getting them, and requiring safe storage of guns.

Judge Richard Berens' ruling found that the state did not show the city's ordinance would lead to irreparable harm and has not presented clear and convincing evidence that they are likely to show a violation of constitutional rights.

In an emailed response, Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein said "the biggest winners are the residents of Columbus who want nothing more than to take commonsense and reasonable steps to reduce the scourge of gun violence in our neighborhoods and keep our kids and communities safe."

Despite this ruling, the plaintiffs still have a lawsuit against the gun restrictions in place.