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Can we finally get our unloaded transportation issues fixed?
By Ken Hanson, Esq.
In case you missed it, the Ohio Supreme Court has forever removed any doubt about transportation of unloaded firearms in Ohio being broken. In a decision that surprised no one, the Court ruled that ammunition being readily at hand places anyone transporting any firearm in Ohio in jeopardy of arrest and prosecution. What does “readily at hand” mean? Anything the police want it to.
Readers of this website know that we have been screaming about the unloaded transportation issue for quite some time (see "The biggest legal threat you didn’t know you were facing").
Even beyond this article, we have been working for years now to try and get this issue fixed. The House originally fixed this issue with HB347 as introduced. The fix was eventually stripped before the bill passed. Realizing the error of their ways, the House attempted to rectify this by getting an amendment on the Senate side, with this effort being spearheaded by Rep. Robert Latta (R-6). The Senate rebuffed these efforts.
Republican Presidential hopeful Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) will speak during a Saturday evening reception at this weekend’s Gun Rights Policy Conference, which opens Friday evening and runs through Sunday in the Cincinnati, OH area at the Drawbridge Inn & Convention Center in Fort Mitchell, KY.
More than 800 gun rights activists from across the nation have pre-registered for the event, sponsored by the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA). Participating organizations include the National Rifle Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation, and Gun Owners of America.
Also scheduled to a special address Saturday morning is NRA Executive Vice president Wayne LaPierre. In addition, SAF President Joseph Tartaro and CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb will be speaking Saturday and Sunday.
Other prominent speakers will include Congresswoman Jean Schmidt (R-OH), Larry Pratt, executive director, Gun Owners of America; Jim Irvine, chairman, Buckeye Firearms Association; authors Clayton Cramer, David Kopel, John Lott, Kenneth Blanchard, David T. Hardy and Gordon Hutchinson; and attorneys Robert Levy and Alan Gura, who represent plaintiffs in the landmark Parker v. District of Columbia gun rights case.
Click 'Read More' for the entire press release, and an invitation to Buckeye Firearms Association's special Saturday night get-together.