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Readers and subscribers of the Cincinnati Post were presented with a bit of a paradox in their April 16 issue.
The Page 1 headline screams:
But on the editorial page, the paper argues in favor of regulating "hidden" weapons, stating that "of all the arguments that can be made about Ohio's concealed carry laws, this is perhaps the most eloquent: they have worked pretty darned well for a long, long time." (emphasis added)
Uh...so which is it? A multiplicity of federal and state gun laws in Ohio have failed to prevent Cincinnati from becoming a virtual war zone, thus we need more restrictive laws? Or rather...restrictive laws like Ohio's concealed weapons ban have not worked to protect the innocent, nor to prevent the actions of criminals?
Your reasoned thoughts may be shared with the editors by emailing [email protected].
For a more about media malfeasance regarding concealed carry reform and the CCW lawsuit from such outlets as the Columbus Dispatch and Akron Beacon Journal, click on the "Read More..." link below.
A new survey has been added to the OFCC PAC website, inquiring as to why you don't exercise your Constitutional right to 'open carry'.
Vote on the upper-right corner of the homepage, or click here.
If you haven't already done so, you can still weigh in on whether or not you would shop a business that bans CCW, by clicking here.
Despite the high emotions that surround war — or perhaps because of them — people are focusing again on "normal" life. But what is normal has shifted in ways both obvious and subtle. Consider how war has affected just one issue: the debate over gun control.
Members and leadership representing Ohioans For Concealed Carry were in attendance at the Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday, April 15th, to attend oral arguments in the more than two-year-old "Hamilton County Concealed Carry" lawsuits.
Canton Repository - the Repository offers on of the best objective summaries of the testimony offered at the hearing by both sides, and the key issues about which the Justices had questions.
Dayton Daily News - the Daily News offers a surprisingly objective summary. We note with interest that while neither the State Solicitor who argued the state's case, nor OFCC President Jeff Garvas, were willing to "read the tea leaves" in an attempt to predict something from oral questioning. Toby Hoover of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, however, is not wise in witholding comment.
Columbus Dispatch (subscription site - paid access only) - the Dispatch, like the Daily News, offers a surprisingly objective summary. This article does perhaps the best job of all in viewing this issue from a multitude of angles, legislative, legal, and political. Once again, Toby Hoover of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence seems unaware that sometimes, silence is golden.
This week, the state’s highest court will hear arguments on one of the most controversial issues facing Ohio’s lawmakers.
Tuesday, the Ohio Supreme Court will hear arguments in a lawsuit over the state’s law banning concealed carry. The Second Amendment Foundation and Cincinnati residents question the constitutionality of state law that makes it illegal to conceal a gun, unless it’s used for self-defense.
Ohio is currently one of six states that does not allow residents to carry hidden weapons.
Bill Gustavson, a Cincinnati attorney, says if justices declare the law unconstitutional, it is likely Ohioans could begin to conceal weapons without having to get a license for that purpose. Gustavson says any law-abiding citizen could carry a concealed firearm.
Two state courts have ruled Ohio’s law unconstitutional.
Concealed carry backers say Ohio’s current law is flawed because it does not provide equal protection for ordinary citizens. Additionally, they claim legislation in the Statehouse is equally flawed.
“Every bill considered has inexplicably retained the very language that deems a citizen guilty until proven innocent," Jeff Garvas, president of Ohioans For Concealed Carry says. “[The legislation] should be amended by the Senate to place the burden of proof where it belongs, on the arresting officer and the prosecution."
OFCC PAC Commentary:
On Monday, Ohioans For Concealed Carry issued a press release about the hearing. The release may be viewed by clicking on the "Read More..." link below, along with links to many of the media stories published in advance of the hearing.
The Associated Press
4/14/03 12:55 AM
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) -- State Rep. Tim Grendell has decided against seeking
election to a third two-year term, and instead plans to run for a pending
Geauga County Common Pleas Court judgeship vacancy.
With the announcement, the 49-year-old Republican abandoned his oft-stated
goal of succeeding Larry Householder as House speaker.
Grendell, an OFCC PAC 2002 endorsee, said gaining the leadership position seemed unlikely. "If the
price of being speaker is selling my soul and my principles, that's not a
price I'm willing to pay," he said.
Grendell's district includes Geauga County and several Cleveland suburbs in
eastern Cuyahoga County.
His wife, Diane, served four terms in the House before being pushed out by
term limits. She now serves on the 11th Ohio District Court of Appeals
covering Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Portage and Trumbull counties.
The plight of Cincinnatians continues, as law-abiding citizens there continue to suffer (with the rest of Ohio) from the denial of their self-defense rights. As we have previously reported, Cincinnatians are under a violent crime seige.
Cincinnati has recorded two more homicides in the past two days -- bringing the total for the year to 23 and putting the city on a pace for a record 84 homicides this year.
The all-time record, according to Cincinnati's Homicide Unit, was 81 homicides in 1971.
Compare this to Indianapolis, in a state where concealed carry has been legal for 70 years. The homicide rate has declined steadily for the past four years - from 130 to 83 last year. Yet Indy is the 13th largest city in the nation, with a population DOUBLE that of Cincinnati.
Every day that Ohio's Republican leadership waits to pass concealed carry reform increases the defenseless victim list in our state, and forces otherwise law-abiding citizens into making a choice between facing felony arrest or being unable to defend themselves. This simply should not be.
On April 10, Columbus community newspaper ThisWeek published an editorial opposing the reformation of concealed carry laws in Ohio, entitled "The logic behind concealed weapon proposal eludes me".
Logic isn't the only thing that eludes the author, a Mr. Vince Dunbar. Truth and fact seem to stray far afield as well.
UPDATE! OFCC President Jeff Garvas submitted a response, which was published in the April 18 edition of ThisWeek. The entire response has been archived, and can be accessed by clicking on the "Read More..." link below.
Click here to read Garvas' response in ThisWeek, along with a letter from another pro-CCW reader.
This isn't Ohio CCW news, but it's too good to pass up:
When actor Sean Penn's wife (actress Robin Wright Penn, of The Princess Bride fame) and her kids were the victims of a carjacking in 1996, Penn spoke out about his desire for justice for the bad guys.
Now, we have learned he believes in self-defense with a hand gun as well, in spite of his vocal opposition to the self-defense actions America took in Iraq.
Click on the "Read More..." link below for more.
Hamilton County Commissioner Phil Heimlich has announced that Senate President Doug White will attend a special reception in Hamilton County, which is open to the public.
While the subject of both men's presentations will be the State of Ohio's current fiscal crisis, this is a great opportunity for pro-concealed carry reformers to meet Sen. White, to thank him for his support for HB12, and to encourage him to fight against restrictive amendments.
When: Monday, April 14th 5:30 PM
Where: The Havana Martini Club, 580 Walnut St. (corner of 6th and Walnut), Cincinnati, OH 45202
This is a complimentary event. No donations will be requested or accepted. For questions or more information, please call (513) 478-9718.