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UPDATE: (5.22.08 12:00PM)
For the fourth time this month, House Criminal Justice Chairman John White (R-38) has put off a possible vote on SB184, the Castle Doctrine bill. Although a Governor Strickland-, Buckeye Firearms Association- and NRA-backed amendment was circulated before the meeting, White did not give the committee opportunity to adopt the amendment.
The Ohio Fraternal Order of Police union is staging a full assault on your rights and the amendment that would restore them. Legislators are listening to their complaints and your rights to keep and bear arms are being infringed.
It is IMPERATIVE that calls and emails continue to be made to legislators, asking that the bill be amended and passed before summer break.
UPDATE: (5.21.08 3:35PM)
Apparently not. The amendment was not adopted by the House Criminal Justice Committee today, as originally scheduled, nor was the bill given a vote.
Ohio gun owners and their friends who support the right to self-defense need to contact their state representatives immediately (especially the Republicans, who currently control the committee and legislature as a whole) and encourage them to disregard the rantings of the FOP and to join Governor Ted Strickland in support of this amendment.
By Breda of The Breda Fallacy
Too often I am saddened by stories of women who fall victim to predators and I am left thinking, "If only..." If only they hadn't walked home alone, if only they hadn't trusted the wrong man...if only they'd had a gun so they could have fought back and won. Grim statistics and grisly forensics are often all that's left of what was once a bright future or a beautiful smile.
Of course, some stories have happy endings. Meet Annebelle.
By Jeff Riley
Regular readers of the Buckeye Firearms site are well aware of crimes occurring in the State of Ohio and local city/municipal parks year after year.
Some recent instances include the following:
In late April a man was stabbed in the face in a Toledo park at the conclusion of an evening jog. Just over a week later a woman was kidnapped from the Equestrian Center of the Lorain County Metro Parks' Carlisle Reservation, raped and shot in the back before being stuffed in the trunk of her own car. Just last week, a man released from prison just two weeks ago was charged with an attack in a Parma park.
With all the coverage in the media and in light of the change in firearms laws in March 2007 why is the City of Cincinnati openly defying State law by posting 'no guns' signs in city parks?