“And until these widespread and continuing failures are addressed, they will continue to jeopardize the safety of residents in Columbus, Dayton, the state of Ohio and the entire nation,” the complaint states.
“People want to be safe,” Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said. “It’s just common sense that if someone is prohibited from owning a gun they shouldn’t be able to pass a background check through a bureaucratic mistake.”
Whaley joined Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein and Eric Tirschwell, managing director of Everytown Law, for a press conference announcing the lawsuit Monday morning.
It’s unacceptable that after so many years of public reports and investigations, major gaps exist in background checks that put the public at risk, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said.
A couple months ago, Everytown Law filed a lawsuit in federal court in the Southern District of New York against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
Everytown in the case represents the cities of Syracuse, New York; San Jose, California; Chicago and Columbia, South Carolina.
The lawsuit claims the ATF is incorrectly interpreting federal law by failing to regulate the sale of “untraceable” gun parts, which can be assembled to create “ghost guns.”
Earlier this year, Everytown Law and Kansas City also filed a public nuisance lawsuit against a gun manufacturer and some licensed firearms dealers and individuals claiming they contributed to a “violent crime epidemic” in the city.
Everytown said the lawsuit was the first filed by a city against a gun manufacturer in more than a decade.
The lawsuit seeks reimbursement for costs stemming from violent crime allegedly related to the defendants' gun trafficking activities and calls on the court to issue an order requiring the defendants to recover firearms that are still in circulation.
Everytown Law is the litigation arm of Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund.
We will update this story as more information is available.