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...

Ohio Newspaper Assn. shirks blame for abuse of Media Access Loophole

In a story covering Attorney General Jim Petro’s release of 2004 Ohio Concealed Handgun License data, the Youngstown Vindicator is reporting that while license issuance is on par with other states’ experiences, the original sponsor of Ohio’s concealed carry legislation believes abuse of the Media Access Loophole has deterred even more applications. From the story: "The 45,000-50,000 range is...

Millon Mom March chapter president arrested after firearm found at home

The Springfield (IL) State Journal-Register is reporting that the president of a Springfield, Illinois chapter of the Million Mom March, who began lobbying against gun violence after her son was shot to death in 2002, was arrested last week when police allegedly found an illegal gun and drugs in her home. Press reports also said Stevens did not have the ID card required of Illinois firearms...

“Expert” tells Toledo businesses job shootings aren't so rare

Readers of the Toledo Blade business section were recently treated to a story on workplace shootings, which included some extremely biased and questionable information. The story was prompted by the recent a shooting in a “no-guns” Jeep plant , and featured details on a seminar in Toledo sponsored by SKY Insurance, and attended by 200 area business leaders. The seminar speaker, Paul Michael...

Woman carjacked while on her way to help church friends

WDTN.com (Dayton’s NBC affiliate) is reporting that a woman was on her way to take some church friends to dinner when she was carjacked at gunpoint. The carjacker put a gun to her head in an alley near Grand Avenue as Joan Franks was taking dinner to her friends. Franks told WDTN it's one of the most frightening things that ever happened to her. "I asked him, please just take my car, and my purse...

45,497 Issued: Ohio sheriffs report NO problems with Ohio CCW

Toledo Blade Columbus Bureau Chief James Drew has filed a report on the Ohio Attorney General's release of data on the success of the concealed handgun license program in 2004. As noted in the story, Attorney General Jim Petro said the measure had a "smooth rollout.'' From the story: Of Ohio's 88 counties, Lucas ranked 13th in the number of licenses issued, with 882. "I have not heard of or...

Evaluation: First 270 days with Ohio's Concealed Handgun License Law

The Ohio Attorney General's office has issued its annual report on concealed handgun license issuance for 2004 (April – December). This is the report which is required by Ohio law. ----> Concealed Carry Licensure Statistics Annual Report – 2004 (.pdf) OFCC's overall assessment: Despite unnecessary restrictions, OhioCCW is a success! OFCC has already documented several licensed citizens who...

Study: “No-guns” signs cause negative reactions, and not just among CHL-holders

According to a new academic study, and as reported in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, ‘no-guns’ signs have a negative emotional effect on whomever passes by -- employees and customers alike. Stephen Morgan, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at Concordia University-St. Paul, told the newspaper he felt "weird and ill at ease" whenever he passed one of those signs. So he decided...

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