The Wicked Witch of the Ohio Media is Melting

by Chad D. Baus In late 2004, after a ten year debate on concealed carry reform in Ohio, the Ohio Newspaper Association (ONA) succeeded in getting a poison pill inserted into Ohio's concealed carry legislation on the eve of passage. Despite warnings not to abuse the privilege they had won, the ONA advised members to collect entire lists of CHL holders, as if they belonged on a registry like sex...

More Ohio newspapers analyze 2004 OhioCCW data

Two more of Ohio’s newspapers have published stories on the recent release of CHL data from 2004. Both newspapers focused significant attention on Clermont County, where more licenses were issued than anywhere else in the state. From the Columbus Dispatch : While Ohio became the 45th state to allow residents to carry hidden guns, the Buckeye State is "ahead of the game in terms of licenses issued...

Sportsmen ask Division of Wildlife to allow concealed carry

By Larry S. Moore Cambridge Ohio - At the recent League of Ohio Sportsmen 97th annual convention held at Salt Fork State Lodge near Cambridge, the sportsmen delegates overwhelming adopted a resolution dealing with concealed carry. That resolution, number 05-02, concludes, "Resolved, That the League of Ohio Sportsmen requests that the Ohio Division of Wildlife review and update the hunting...

Violent crime UP in Toledo last year

Behind a headline shouting that “Crime rate falls considerably in city for 3rd straight year”, the Toledo Blade revealed that violent crimes - murder, manslaughter, robbery, aggravated assault, and rape - rose 3 percent, from 3,184 in 2003 to 3,276 last year. The story says Toledo's crime totals could not be compared to statistics in other Ohio cities because not all of the cities have compiled...

OH House Rep introduces Alaska-style CCW bill

Ohio House Representative Tom Brinkman (R-Cincinnati) has introduced a bill that would amend Ohio's Concealed Handgun License law to something similar to what the State of Alaska passed recently. Although a thorough analysis needs to be done, Ohio House Bill 91 appears to be a good beginning towards addressing some of the problems associated with current Ohio law. As with all of the concealed...

MO: A year later, concealed guns law in effect almost everywhere

The Kansas City Star is reporting that despite some initial confusion and several anti-gun lawsuits, Missourians everywhere outside St. Louis city and county today can apply for concealed gun permits. The newspaper reports the once confusing patchwork of counties issuing permits has cleared up, and that contrary to some predictions, there appears to be neither a verifiable spike nor decline in...

Op-Ed: Something’s Fishy at the John Glenn Institute

March 1, 2005 The (Ohio State University) Sentinel by Antonio Ciaccia Picture this: a public policy institute at Penn State University is awarded money to establish an abortion research center. The money to establish the center is donated by the Christian Coalition, and the appointed director of the center has written op-ed pieces in the past about how abortion is comparable to murder. Then the...

Lawmaker wants to close Media Access Loophole

The Dayton Daily News is reporting that State Rep. William Seitz, R-Cincinnati, who chairs the pivotal House Civil & Commercial Law Committee, announced Wednesday he wants to use legislative proposal concerning "open records", which proponents say is needed to strengthen access to public records, to close public access to the names of Ohioans who have received concealed handgun licenses. From...

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