Still No Charges; Toledo Police Keep CHL-holder's Gun Anyway

The Toledo Free Press is reporting that police citing "safekeeping" policies continue to hold a gun they seized from a temporary CHL-holder despite the fact that no charges have been filed against the gun owner. In return the owner is contemplating a lawsuit against the city. From the story: Thomas Szych, who has faced high levels of gang and criminal activity in his Lagrange Street neighborhood...

Another anti-gun Democrat joins gubernatorial race

The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that former state representative Bryan Flannery has announced plans to run for the Democrat nomination for governor in 2006. Flannery, who voted against HB274 (a concealed carry bill) in 2002, failed in a bid for secretary of state later that year after having been found to be in violation of election laws by the Ohio Elections Commission. He is the third...

Ohio's urban residents should take a lesson from New Orleans

By Chad D. Baus When debating the issue of Second Amendment rights with gun ban extremists, one of the questions that is always presented is "why do you need a gun to protect yourself? That's what the police are for!". Women who are being stalked by violent criminals and elderly persons living in bad neighborhoods alike are told that they should not take responsibility for their own protection...

Toledo gun-rights activist convicted after CCW in city park

Toledo judge ignores Section 9 of House Bill 12 Buckeye Firearms Association has learned that Bruce Beatty, a Luckey, Ohio resident who has been waging a personal fight against the City of Toledo, has been convicted in a Toledo Municipal Court for charges filed against him after he violated a ban on concealed carry in a Toledo city park. Last spring, not content to let other court challenges...

The magnitude of defensive use of firearms

Larry Elder, writing for townhall.com has a good column titled, “How often do Americans use guns for defensive purposes.” From the article: Criminologist and researcher Gary Kleck, using his own commissioned phone surveys and number extrapolation, estimates that 2.5 million Americans use guns for defensive purposes each year. He further found that of those who had used guns defensively, one in...

Grassroots persistence pays: ODOT removes ''No-guns'' signs from state garages

By Chad D. Baus Recently, I wrote a piece examining the importance of pro-gun grassroots activism vs. anti-gun mega-foundation funding, in an investigation that compared media claims that money bought Ohio's concealed carry law to proof that grassroots efforts were what truly made the difference. In this column, I'd like to offer proof of how volunteer grassroots activism (and persistence) gets...

Wisconsin Concealed Carry Debate Mirrors Ohio

Commentary by Larry S. Moore It appears the Wisconsin debate regarding concealed carry is following the same storyline that we dealt with in Ohio. According to the story in the Madison WI Journal Sentinel, the debate is characterized as, “A contentious bill that would allow Wisconsin residents to carry concealed guns has acquired a new layer of controversy - this time over the state's public...

Canada backs off ''Blame America'' campaign over increasing gun crimes

Canada's Ottawa Citizen is reporting that Canadian officials are distancing themselves from earlier attempts by the Mayor of Toronto to blame America for a recent gang-related gun crime wave in that city. From the story: Public Safety Minister Anne McLellan says there's no evidence of an increase in gun smuggling into Canada, and that it is too simplistic to blame Toronto's recent spate of gun...

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