By JEANNE STARMACK
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.