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Yet another pro-CCW letter to the editor has been printed in the Zanesville Times-Recorder.
May 27, 2003
I enjoyed reading Mr. Bill Carper's letter to the editor today and his position on Ohio's unconstitutional ban on the rights of lawful Ohioans to carry a concealed firearm for self defense.
Yes, the time is ripe for reform of our current law; and reform it will.
Click here to read Zanesville resident Jeff Emler's entire letter.
Grand jury finds no probable cause for weapons charge
A Miami County grand jury failed to return any criminal indictments against a Troy City Council candidate accused by police with felony carrying a concealed weapon.
The grand jury’s report filed Wednesday in Common Pleas Court said it chose to ignore the allegations made against Boyd A. Tucker, a Democratic candidate for council’s 3rd Ward seat in the November election.
Police said Tucker, 37, was accused of pulling his jacket aside to show a loaded revolver on his holstered waistband to a police officer March 31. Tucker had flagged down the officer to provide further information about a robbery that had just occurred at West Race and South Cherry streets.
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An excellent letter to the editor has been published in the Toledo Blade. The only thing we wonder is why Mr. Stevens has been trying to "stay out of the debate"!
May 21, 2003
"I have tried, at least publicly, to stay out of the "concealed-carry" controversy.
However, I cannot idly sit by without responding to an article regarding the shooting at Case Western Reserve University. It is the ultimate audacity to even suggest that passing a concealed-carry law could/would have had any effect on that, or any other situation involving lawbreakers. What "average" citizens want is to be treated like adult, law-abiding citizens who are given the same privileges as our fellow citizens in most of the United States - that is the "right" to bear arms.
Lawbreakers have never followed the law, nor will they follow concealed-carry. Bad people are going to kill with guns, knives, bricks, or whatever, regardless of how many laws are on the books. To suggest that limiting the right of upstanding law-abiding citizens of Ohio to carry weapons will somehow result in lawbreakers’ becoming law-abiding citizens is beyond my scope of understanding. Educate me, please. How is it that only four of our states continue to choose to deny their citizens of their constitutional right to bear arms? Let’s look at the other 46: Have their crime limits increased? Have ordinary, law-abiding citizens suddenly become crazed killers because they are allowed to conceal-carry? How ridiculous!
It is past time for Ohio to come into the 21st century. Allow law-abiding Ohio citizens the same right, and trust, that other states have given their citizens. The controversy seems much ado about nothing. The very citizens who would obey the law become the victims of the state refusing to extend to us the right to bear arms.
DAN J. STEVENS
Michael J. Maurer from ThisWeek, a community newspaper, has written a favorable article about concealed carry reform and our Ohio Supreme Court case: Need for concealed carry is no joke
Compared to the emotionally motivated opinion of ThisWeek's Vince Dunbar, this is great material:
The anti-gunners see only the risk that these two raped, robbed women and the dead Sandercock, and everyone they represent, will be incompetent, or make the wrong choice, and kill the wrong person.
But many of us hold a different belief. We believe that members of a free populace ought to make such a choice, whether to bear arms, individually, answerable only to the individual's own conscience and sense of responsibility, and we believe the Constitution says so. And, if things go wrong, and innocents are injured or killed as a result, then those of us who decide to carry must answer to a responsible law, God and ourselves.
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The Million Mom March's Lori O'Neill has been working to scare businesses into opposing HB12 for months now.
Apparently she has found very few willing ears. In Senate testimony Wednesday, O'Neill provided just five form letters, identical in content, on letterhead from five Ohio businesses (well, four and a half - one is owned by the Communist Chinese).
Click on the "Read More..." link below for a list of the businesses, and the text of the form letter.
"Dear Senator Austria and Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Criminal Justice:
As a citizen and businessperson in the State of Ohio, I am opposed to passage of HB12 and its companion bill SB24, which would lift the current restrictions on carrying concealed weapons by citizens of our state.
This legislation is bad for Ohio businesses.
Pro-self-defense law enforcement officers and women, as well as the other "good guys", seemed to steal the show this week’s Senate hearings, even in the media. But lest we become over-confident, it bears noting that the anti-self-defense extremists are still spouting their rhetoric.
Last week, we had to "translate Toby". This week, it was more of the same from a troop of "Chicken Little’s", who warn that despite it’s high position across the nation, the sky will fall in Ohio if HB12 passes.
All summaries of testimony are paraphrases, unless provided in quotation marks. The facts are presented below each persons’ testimony in blue.
On Tuesday, May 20, opponent testimony was offered by an Ohio State University assistant professor, and the mother of a woman injured at the CWRU shooting.
Much has been said about the excellent testimony offered in the Senate this week by pro-self-defense women (even, surprisingly, in the media). But there was also important testimony offered by the “good guys”.
On Tuesday, May 20, testimony was offered that addressed several important elements in the debate on HB12:
• Rick Kaleda testified in favor of HB12, as a husband, father, and an employee who commutes 55 miles through two high crime urban areas to work each day (he is also OFCC member and Mahoning County Coordinator). Kaleda’s testimony focused on the proposed parking lot ban, and how it would affect individuals like himself. In response to a suggestion made last week by Sen. Stivers that employees who work for employers who ban in parking lots could simply “park across the street”, Kaleda explained that the nearest public parking to his employer is 1 mile away. Should his employer be allowed by the Senate to prevent him from storing his firerm in his personal vehicle in their parking lot, he would be forced to walk 1 mile to work (while defenseless, of course).
Representatives from Ohioans For Concealed Carry and OFCC PAC were on hand today at the Statehouse, as HB12 received it's fifth hearing in the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice.
A summary of the hearing may be accessed by clicking on the "Read More..." link below.
The Columbus Dispatch has printed an excellent story on yesterday's Senate hearing on HB12, complete with a photo of Gahanna Police Chief Dennis Murphy, and Deputy Chief Larry Rinehart, both of whom SUPPORT HB12.
Ohioans should be able to arm themselves against criminals who have no regard for human life or the law, state senators were told yesterday by the deputy police chief of Gahanna, whose sister was murdered two years ago by her estranged husband.
"Criminals carry guns, and they don’t give a hoot what goes on in these chambers,’’ Larry Rinehart told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Criminal Justice, which is considering legislation permitting Ohioans to carry concealed weapons under limited conditions. "Those law-abiding citizens deserve the right to arm themselves.’’
Rinehart’s testimony in favor of House Bill 12 contrasted with the position taken by the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, which consistently has fought the conceal-carry proposal.
A number of women testified that they need a conceal-carry law to protect themselves. They were supported by Rinehart and Gahanna Police Chief Dennis Murphy, who said they would welcome civilians’ help in busting criminals.
"I cannot guarantee the safety of any citizens of Gahanna,’’ Rinehart said. "Safety is a right and responsibility of the individual. Conceal-and-carry is a tool to be used in an emergency.’’
One of the major issues in the battle over the gun bill is whether drivers should have loaded weapons on the seat beside them. Proponents say they need quick access to thwart an assailant. But the State Highway Patrol has insisted that any handgun be locked in a compartment, such as the glove box.
Rinehart said he was told by relatives in San Antonio that they have concealed weapons and carry them while driving to foil would-be carjackers and robbers.
"They said the only time they’re vulnerable is when they’re in their cars, driving around mall parking lots or sitting at traffic lights,’’ he said.
The Gahanna officers said they would feel no less safe with a concealed-weapons law because any law-enforcement officer approaching a car assumes there is a gun inside until proven otherwise.
Click here to read the entire story (subscription site - paid access only), or click on the "Read More..." link below for an archived version, with OFCC PAC commentary inserted.
A letter to the editor in the May 19 Zanesville Times-Recorder gives an interesting account of a recent trip to a Columbus sporting goods store:
"Last Friday I was in a sporting goods store in Columbus, buying some things for a fishing trip... At the counter was a young lady looking at carry guns. I noticed what she, and the sales guy were looking at.
"Too small." I said. "Don't buy anything smaller than a .45 cal."
"But they are so big," she said.
"Look at this," I said (doing the guy's job for him.) "These are the compact models for concealed-carry. You might also look at the titanium .38 special + P, it is light, and will get the job done."
She said, "You seem to know a lot about carry guns!"
I told her that I had a carry permit from the state I moved from, and that I was trying to do my part to see that we get a good carry law in this state.
She told me she had read the whole proposed bill, and how bad the Senate had screwed it up [last December]. She then told me she worked for a Senator - a Democrat - then she paused, and said, "not one of the gun grabbers! We are all for, and want a carry law, but a good one." That was good to hear.
This is no time to get over-confident...but it is always nice to hear that a Senator's aide seems to think Ohio law may soon recognize her Constitutional right to self-defense.