Judge denies attempt by cities to delay Ohio’s new gun law

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A judge turned down a request by several Ohio cities to delay part of the state’s new gun law that will allow gun owners who believe their rights have been violated to sue a municipality and seek damages.

The cities’ challenge of the law said it infringes on their ability to regulate firearms.

Akron and Cleveland are among the cities that were seeking an injunction blocking the law, but Summit County Judge Alison McCarty denied the request late last month. The judge said the cities didn’t show that they would be successful in their legal challenge of the law.

The new law also restricts communities from regulating the possession, sale and manufacturing of firearms and ammunition.

The cities also did not show that they would suffer harm by having the law take effect, according to the judge.