Cleveland is a very pro-Democrat city. In the 2012 election, nearly 150 precincts reported a combined fewer than 10 votes for Mitt Romney, which many believe was due to tampered voting machines. In 2015, the Cleveland city council passed a number of anti-Second Amendment ordinances including gun offender registry. In a surprise ruling, the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals ruled that the gun registry and other gun control ordinances were unconstitutional.
A Cleveland gun offender registry and several gun regulations passed by city council in 2015 are unconstitutional, a three-judge panel at the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals declared on Thursday.
Most of the laws contained in the package, proposed by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and passed by City Council in the wake of a flurry of gun violence in 2014 and 2015, conflict with state law, thus rendering them invalid, the judges found.
The panel sent the case back to Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold who left the gun registry intact in August, but ruled that three laws violated a state law that gives state legislators preemptive control over gun laws, including a provision that allowed police officers to confiscate guns.
Chances are, this ruling will be appealed and end up before the US Supreme Court. Newly sworn in Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch has always been very pro-Second Amendment, so having him on the high court could make a huge difference if and when they hear the appeal of the Appeals Court ruling.