The Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a city law that banned people from carrying concealed guns in public parks, saying it conflicts with a state law that established a uniform policy on firearms.
In a 4-3 decision, the court said the city of Clyde’s home-rule powers don’t allow it to override the 2004 state law that allowed people to get a permit to carry concealed weapons in public, except in public buildings such as schools, courthouses and stadiums. No exceptions were made for parks.
Seems pretty cut-and-dried to Murdoc. Though I don’t know many details, I’m not sure how this ended up 4-3.
In a dissenting opinion, Justice Paul Pfeifer said there is no rational basis to distinguish between the legal rights of private and public property on this issue.
“Clyde owns its municipal park. Is there any reason why the owner of this property, where families gather and children play, should be forced to allow people with guns to enter, while the private owner of a public space such as a shopping mall can bar from entry any gun-carrying citizens?” Pfeifer wrote.
Ah, public vs. private ownership doesn’t matter if you don’t like the distinction. Got it.
Besides, he points out that he’s ignoring the difference for “families” and “children.” What a nice guy.