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Gun feud continues in Oberlin

By Jon Wysochanski, The Morning Journal
POSTED: 10/21/13, 11:33 PM EDT | UPDATED: 3 MINS AGO

OBERLIN — City Council approved a resolution on first reading Monday expressing opposition to state House Bill 203, a bill that aims to relax several hand gun restrictions, and makes changes to personal protection laws known as “Stand Your Ground” laws.
According to information on the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus website, if passed, House Bill 203 would “expand the circumstances under which a person has no duty to retreat before using lethal force in self-defense.”
Oberlin’s resolution may be a hint at their stance on a recent legal challenge by firearms activists. The city has yet to respond publicly to a lawsuit by Ohioans for Concealed Carry, which says five of the city’s gun ordinances conflict with state firearms laws.
Council has since been testing the waters of home-rule. In previous meetings, Council approved, then tabled, a resolution urging the state and governor to grant municipalities home-rule authority to restrict the possession of firearms in public parks.
City manager Eric Norenberg said previously that tabling the ordinance was not giving in to Ohioans for Concealed Carry. They needed more time to consider the legal challenge and how they would like the state to address the question of home-rule, he said.
“There may be other things we’d like to throw into that resolution and urge the General Assembly to change the law in other respects,” he said in a previous Morning Journal report. “It’s more of a ‘let’s wait and see what happens’ as we move through the legal process under the suit and see if there are other things we’re going to address as well.”
And the legal process currently is moving along behind closed doors. Council had its second executive session Monday to discuss the pending litigation. Law director Jon Clark declined to comment on the session saying only that the city still has a month to respond to the suit.
But Council member Charles Peterson hinted that Monday night’s resolution expressing opposition to House Bill 203 is one way to reiterate Oberlin’s stance on gun’s in parks.
“I hope this is for the next council and its members, a very loud shot across the bow to retain home-rule among Ohio municipalities,” he said.