"This is not about gun control. It is about keeping people safe in their homes and on their streets," he said.


Mayor Frank Jackson is a big believer in cities' rights to decide which laws make sense for them.

Unfortunately for him, his record in legal battles on the issue is 0-3 in major cases.

With him calling the shots, Cleveland has fought and lost legal battles dealing with its employee residency law, its effort to curb predatory lending and its aggressive laws regulating guns.

Now faced with a surge of gun violence as Cleveland heads into summer, the mayor is proposing a new package of measures to keep guns out of the hands of felons and juveniles.

And voices from pro-gun groups are already telling the mayor, "See you in court again."

That's a long way off.

Mayor Jackson just rolled out a legislative package of 18 different gun-related measures aimed at giving police more information and control over gun transactions.

"This is not about gun control. It is about keeping people safe in their homes and on their streets," he said.

Council will take it up next month, hoping to hold hearings and pass something by October.

The mayor said he's not afraid of another court fight.

"I shouldn't say this, but a scared man gets killed, " he told reporters.

"I'm not going to be in the position as mayor to say that we are helpless, that we can do nothing about this. We will do something...We are not going to set around and say, 'will somebody please help us?' " he said.

The highlight of the mayor's proposal is a gun offender registry.

That would require those convicted of crimes involving guns to sign up with police in the same way sex offenders are required to do.

Other cities including Chicago, New York CIty and Washington D.C. have similar registries. It's open to debate whether they have reduced gun violence.

Philip Mulivor, a spokesman for Ohioans for Concealed Carry, said many of Jackson's proposals are redundant , in keeping with existing state laws.

The rest, he claimed, are likely to be ruled illegal.

He says police already have a means to get information a registry would be provide.

"Why the mayor would want to waste taxpayers' money and the time of his staff is completely beyond me....It's absolutely going to end up in court. He will be sued and he will lose," Mulivor said.

Jackson is not afraid to stake out what he believes is right, reaching for the moral and practical high ground.

The city sued big investment banks, hoping to make them pay for the devastation of foreclosures caused by their reckless practices.

That lawsuit was tossed out of court.

But some of the same institutions later paid mega-millions in settlements with the feds, perhaps giving Jackson a bit of vindication..

Jackson is hoping his new violence proposals can be crafted to be both right and legal. But another go-round in court is something he seems willing to face.

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