INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Supreme Court has rejected an appeal that sought to have Hammond's voided gun regulations deleted from the list of city ordinances.
In March, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 that Samuel Dykstra, who lives in Highland and attends college in Hammond, and Michelle Bahus, of Hammond, were not harmed when Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. directed that city ordinances banning guns in parks and public buildings remain on the books, even though a 2011 state law pre-empted all local gun regulations and invalidated Hammond's ordinances.
The appeals court said Hammond is under no obligation to delete its superseded ordinances, so long as the city does not try to enforce them.
Guy Relford, the Carmel-based attorney for Dykstra and Bahus, asked the Supreme Court in April to set aside the appeals court decision and rule on the case itself.
In a 5-0 ruling, certified Tuesday, the state's high court declined to do so.
McDermott cheered the Supreme Court's decision, calling it a victory for Hoosiers opposed to the agenda of the National Rifle Association.
"The NRA found two plaintiffs that filed a bogus lawsuit against the city of Hammond, and we defended ourselves well," McDermott said. "In my opinion, Hammond was punished because I was outspoken about the way Indiana is going with gun control laws."
McDermott said even though Hammond's gun ordinances no longer apply, he doesn't want to sign a repeal measure explicitly allowing guns in parks and public buildings.
"I'm not putting my name on something that says you can take a gun in the Hammond Civic Center. That's crazy," McDermott said. "Somebody's going to get killed one day with a gun in the Hammond Civic Center, and I'm going to blame all these idiots that voted for this law."
Relford did not return a telephone message seeking comment.