Ohio campus community in fight on park weapons ban

OBERLIN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio campus community with a liberal reputation is getting ready for a battle over a city park weapons ban that conflicts with a state law.

The city council in Oberlin southwest of Cleveland is reluctantly considering a change to its law that bans firearms in city parks. A state law permits guns in most public places, including parks.

If City Council does not rescind the measure, gun owners can take the city to court. Cleveland lost a similar fight over a guns-rights issue in 2010.

About 36 guns-rights advocates picnicked in an Oberlin park on Saturday to underscore the issue.

Oberlin City Council President Ron Rimbert tells The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer that he opposes weapons in city parks but thinks the city has no choice.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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