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House Bill 12 to have first hearing in Senate

House Bill 12 has been added to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Criminal Justice 's agenda for sponsor testimony only on April 9 at 9:00 a.m. in the North Hearing Room, Second Floor, Senate Building. Due to security checkpoints, it is recommended that those planning to attend should ARRIVE MUCH EARLIER. Citizens are more than welcome to attend. But remember, THIS IS SPONSOR TESTIMONY ONLY...

Columbus women raped at workplaces, then kidnapped

Police believe the same man abducted two women from their shops in Worthington and Clintonville last month, raping them and forcing them to withdraw money from their banks. On March 7, at a shop near Frederick's, a man posing as a customer grabbed the shop owner and raped her at knifepoint inside the store, Columbus police said. He then forced her to drive him to a Downtown bank and withdraw $500...

REMINDER: Register to Vote by April 7

There is more to protecting your rights than just state-wide elections. May 7 is primary day in Ohio. Many counties have spending issues, revenue issues and races for local elected officials at stake. IF YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE : The deadline to be registered in order to vote in the next election is 30 days prior to Election Day. In this case, that makes April 7 the deadline for voting in...

Round 3: Will the GOP vs. Taft slugfest be good for CCW Reform?

In early March, we reported that a large rift had formed between Gov. Taft and the GOP-dominated Ohio House . At the time, we offered the possibility that Governor Taft's obstinance on the budget issue had helped the possibility for a good concealed carry bill to be passed in the House. Less than two weeks later, the House voted for HB12 69-28, ignoring Taft's vocal opposition. Now, there are...

Lima News: Legislator says police union, state patrol not concern in CCW bill

Ohio legislators are going to try again to get a concealed-carry gun law into effect without trying to appease the Fraternal Order of Police or the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Lima's house representative said Monday. In a legislative update to business leaders at the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce, Rep. John Willamowski, R-Lima, said substitute House Bill 12 is almost unchanged from the...

Letter to the Editor: There’s proof that concealed-carry laws reduce crime

The Canton Repository, which has printed editorials and op-ed columns favoring concealed carry reform, has printed another pro-CCW letter to the editor. "The comments in the March 21 letter “Concealed-carry law will do more harm than good” are a perfect example of people influenced by these people that pick figures out of the air and expect us to believe them. The truth is that wherever the...

Dispatch: Reported rapes soar in Columbus

Columbus has the highest rate of reported rapes among the largest U.S. cities, federal crime statistics show. Data for the first half of 2002 -- the most recent available for cities nationwide -- as well as for all of 2001, show a rate here twice that of Los Angeles and four times as high as New York City. And Columbus is no standout among Ohio cities. Rates of reporting are higher in Cleveland,...

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