More Grassroots Persistence Yields Dividends
Buckeye Firearms Association has learned that the grassroots efforts of one volunteer have paid off. The Wood County Agricultural Society (Fair Board) has determined that it's previous actions of posting the entire fair grounds as off-limits to concealed carry was in violation of Ohio's Concealed Carry Law. As such, they have issued a public statement that says the signs have been removed from the gates and will be placed on buildings instead.
This action is in line with Attorney General Petro's opinion of April 15, 2005.
- Ohio county fair boards may not post "no-guns" signs on fairgrounds property other than buildings, and concealed carry by licensed individuals is NOT prohibited there.
The extensive ruling finds, in summary:
"...A board of county commissioners may not prohibit a person licensed to carry a concealed handgun under R.C. 2923.125 or R.C. 2923.1213 from carrying a concealed handgun on property that is not within a building. Charging a fee for admission to an event on property that is not within a building does not permit a board of county commissioners to prohibit a person licensed to carry a concealed handgun under R.C. 2923.125 or R.C. 2923.1213 from carrying a concealed handgun on the property."
Click here to download the entire opinion (in .pdf format) from the Attorney General's website.
This is yet another example of volunteer grassroots activism getting the job done. Let this be a tool for use in educating fair boards in Ohio's other counties that choose to ignore the law and discriminate against law abiding chl-holders.