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Campbell revisiting ban on gun sales



Published: Tue, March 9, 2010 @ 12:03 a.m.

By JEANNE STARMACK

starmack@vindy.com

CAMPBELL

Council is reconsidering a citywide gun-sales ban after a lawsuit threat.

Law director Mark Kolmacic told city council at its caucus meeting last week that a group called Ohioans for Concealed Carry has threatened a lawsuit over the ban, which stemmed from an effort by a Hubbard man to open a gun-repair shop on property he owns at 120 Robinson Road.

Kolmacic would not elaborate after the meeting, saying he didn’t want to comment on pending litigation.

Kolmacic recommended that council repeal the ordinance banning gun sales, which was in the process of being amended to exclude private sales.

The intent of the ordinance is to keep gun shops out of the city, and it has the backing of the city police. Its legislative sponsor was police Chief Gus Sarigianopoulos.

Kolmacic said, however, that it violates Ohio law. He said that the ordinance could be rewritten to restrict sales to certain areas through zoning. “But I don’t know that it could accomplish the same objective.”

“All I can do is express my opinion that this is a little city that has problems,” said Sarigianopoulos. “They don’t have to violate any laws. But they could support it and find the proper laws.”

Council President William Vansuch recommended sending the legislation back to council’s safety committee to decide what to do.

Council enacted the ban after turning down a zoning change request in October from Michael Erdek of Hubbard, who needed his property rezoned from commercial to light industrial so he could open his shop.

Officer John Gulu, secretary-treasurer of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 42, said at a public hearing in October that the shop would cause more problems for Campbell’s understaffed police department.


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1theword(342 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

“All I can do is express my opinion that this is a little city that has problems,” said Sarigianopoulos. “They don’t have to violate any laws. But they could support it and find the proper laws.”

How can they support something that violates the law? You’re the one that sponsored the legislation why didn't you find the proper laws before you sponsored it CHIEF?

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2DragonFly664(198 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

BEfore you can purchase a gun in the state of OH you must show proof of who you are.

Some of you crack me up, you have probably NEVER even been to Campbell, but you make comments about it all the time. Unless you have lived in the city, keep your comments to yourself!!!!!!

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3henryviii1509(274 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

CAMEL?

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4genius_girl(20 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

DragonFly664

Thank you!! I could not have said it any better!!

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5Woody(451 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Dragin, Genius,

I think what Psyket is saying is, that criminals, yes even tones in Campbell right now are buying guns. They are not showing ID, and they are not worried that Campbell has a law prohibiting the sale of firearms.

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6cmhs68(134 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

The concern is not the selling of guns in Cambpell, it is the storing and housing of semi auto riffles in the city. The law was ment to prevent from giving an opportunity to the criminals to break in and collect a mass of weapons more powerful then the police department. Also the fact that if the crooks are not successful on getting the weapons it will provoke the attempts of breakins to the business.

Dont think this could happen just in Campbell,
Miller Rod and Gun on Youngstown Poland Rd which is on the border of Struthers and Poland was robbed 2x in a few months where they stole hi powered guns.
I feel any one who has common cents would understand that it is an attempt to prevent additional crime.

Also this does not prevent anyone from owning or carry a weapon with the proper permits. The constitution says (the right to bare arms) nothing about selling weapons.

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71234567890(1 comment)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Please realize that the ban is in violation of state law. Can't get around that fact. Also, if the logic of banning businesses in the city to prevent criminal break-ins and theft then it would also allow a ban on home storage to prevent break-in and theft.

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