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Gun rights group sues Oberlin, saying it can't ban even illegal guns in city parks
Ohioans for Concealed Carry argues it is strictly the state's pervue to limit weapons

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Ohio law says, "a person... may own, possess ...or keep any firearm." A gun rights group believes this is not limited to "legal" possession.
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The city of Oberlin is once again in the sights of gun activists.  The group Ohioans for Concealed Carry today slapped the city with a lawsuit over language that lifted a ban on firearms in city parks.

Oberlin council last month amended the city’s outright ban on guns to simply prohibit the “unlawful” possession of firearms.

Gary Witt, director of Ohioans for Concealed Carry, says the word “unlawful” is illegal when describing gun possession.

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“It doesn’t make any difference what modifier you use, they are prohibiting possession. And possession (according to ORC 9.68) can’t be regulated by any municipality. It’s regulated by the state.”   

Oberlin had hoped to avoid such a lawsuit by changing the wording of its ordinance.  

Since 2007, state law has prohibited municipalities from banning firearms in parks. Witt says that includes any gun -- legally owned or not.

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