Mayor Frank G. Jackson Releases Statement on Ohio Supreme Court’s Refusal to Hear Appeal in Ohioans for Concealed Carry v. City of Cleveland

January 31, 2018

CLEVELAND –Mayor Frank G. Jackson today released a statement on Ohio Supreme Court’s refusal to hear appeal in Ohioans for Concealed Carry v. City of Cleveland:

“I disagree with the Ohio Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the City of Cleveland’s appeal to uphold its own gun laws. The laws the City proposed and that were enacted by our City Council are reasonable and do not conflict with any state gun regulations. Local municipalities are the most familiar with – and the most impacted by— the public safety needs of its citizens because we deal with the results of crime and violence every day. In 2017, the City of Cleveland had 130 homicides and 112 of them were a result of gun violence. We are reminded, through senseless tragedies, of the need to remove and keep weapons from the hands of those who should not have them. We are not against responsible gun owners or responsible gun ownership. This is about the safety of our residents. Today’s court decision not only diminishes our Home Rule in the City of Cleveland, but weakens the ability of all municipalities to fully protect its citizens.”