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Senate Democrats appoint replacement for Pro-CCW Tim Ryan

The Ohio Senate's Democrats have chosen Marc Dann of Liberty to fulfill the unexpired term of Timothy J. Ryan in the Ohio General Assembly. He will finish out Ryan's two years in the Senate. Dann will join 10 other Democrats in the Senate. They will be outnumbered 22-11 by Republicans. Dann was heavily endorsed by various labor unions. An attorney, he was chosen ahead of three other candidates...

Cleveland Police: You Can't Be Trusted With a Gun, But We Need your Help

Yet another law enforcement request has been issued, asking us, the unarmed and defenseless (at their leaderships' insistance) public, to be on the look out to help them catch armed criminals, this time on the streets of Cleveland . Here's a special message for the leadership of anti-CCW police organizations: Armed citizens DETER crime! Make your officers' jobs easier and endorse CCW! The result...

ANALYSIS: Sub. HB274 as passed by the Senate

After reviewing the language of the Substitute bill adopted by the Senate Judiciary Committee (Civil Justice), Ohioans for Concealed Carry made public its decision to OPPOSE this amended language. Our 6:00 a.m., December 5 press release can be reviewed by clicking here . In this release, OFCC called upon the Senate committee to reverse course, and to pass the bill as passed by the Ohio House...

Website Polls Cover Fallout from Senate CCW Vote

On December 11, a poll was posted on this website's upper right-hand column, asking for opinion on whether or not Speaker Householder should reconvene the House for a vote on the Senate's drastically amended version HB274. Nearly 250 votes were logged in less than 24 hours, with votes AGAINST the House returning leading by around 75%. A previous poll, asking whether or not the Senate should amend...

Blade: Toledo's handgun ban to die without new OK

Last month, we reported that Toledo's ban on so-called "Saturday Night Specials" was about to sunset , to the rabid dismay of the Ohio Coalition of Gun Violence. We made you aware that the OCAGV was calling upon their supporters to urge enforcement of the ban, stating that "we will be expected to prove that the Toledo SNS ordinance is worthwhile and effective." The Toledo Blade is now reporting...

Columbus Dispatch: House unlikely to reconvene unless Taft signals approval

This story in the Dispatch outlines OFCC's key reason for opposing this amended Substitute bill - a highly dangerous "safe storage" poison pill inserted by Senator Jacobson at the demands of Gov. Taft. "Legislation permitting many Ohioans to carry concealed weapons appears to be within an inch of being enacted -- but it might as well be a mile." "The main stumbling block involves guns in cars...

Xenia Gazette: Concealed gun law approved by state

This article in the Xenia Gazette provides a good summary of the restrictions for applicants as specified by the Senate's version of HB274. It also includes a quote from Senator Steve Austria, who, while acknowledging the bills' imperfection, said that "he feels that the Senate’s version of the legislation includes measures that will make communities safer, such as, keeping guns out of the hands...

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ohio Senate OKs concealed-gun bill

The Ohio Senate approved a bill yesterday legalizing concealed weapons for most Ohioans, despite the continued opposition of Gov. Bob Taft. House leaders said that without a promise from Taft to sign the bill they do not intend to bring lawmakers back for a vote on the bill. That decision [if it remains firm] will kill the bill for now, though the House intends to reintroduce its version after...

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