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Letter to the Editor: Senate mustn't let FOP run show on concealed carry

A second major Ohio newspaper has printed a letter to the editor from Ohioans for Concealed Carry President Jeff Garvas. Two days after writing a horribly misinformed anti-CCW editorial , the Columbus Dispatch printed Garvas' letter (subscription site- paid access only). Garvas' letter was published on November 18 in the Zanesville Times Recorder, and can be read by clicking here .

Daily Reporter: ''Concealed weapon law to be addressed before year's end''

"With two weeks worth of legislative sessions remaining this year, lawmakers hope to reach a compromise on legislation that would allow Ohioans to carry concealed handguns, while satisfying law enforcement officials' concerns and avoiding the veto of Gov. Bob Taft, according to officials." "The amendments will try to bridge the gap between the bill's current supporters, including members of the...

Dispatch Editorial: ''Ohioans shouldn't be invited to carry concealed weapons''

On Thanksgiving Day, the Columbus Dispatch printed an embarrassing (for them) editorial about concealed carry that can be found by clicking here . The incredibly flawed editorial suggests that the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association supports HB274 because they would profit from the licensure fees. Anyone who bothered to read the bill would know that this is absolute hogwash. According to HB274,...

URGENT: HB274 Hearings in the Senate

The Senate Judiciary Committee (Civil Justice) has announced hearing schedules for HB274 as follows: Tues., Dec. 3, 10:00 a.m. - Senate Hearing Room 110 - Invited proponent testimony only Tues., Dec. 3, 2:00 p.m. or post-session (time permitting) - Senate Hearing Room 110 Wed., Dec. 4, 11:00 a.m. (may reconvene after Senate session if necessary) - North Hearing Room - Proponent & Opponent...

Judge refuses to make city turn over data in gun case

A Hamilton County judge Tuesday refused to order the city of Cincinnati to turn over documents that gun manufacturers say might be evidence supporting the city's allegations that gun makers are responsible for the unauthorized ways criminals obtain firearms. Attorneys for the gun companies say that, despite their pleas, the city has failed to produce any statistics or reports to support its...

Recount ordered in Senate race; PAC made difference in close, key race

The state Senate race between Republican incumbent Jeffry Armbruster and Democratic challenger Sue Morano is headed for a recount, the secretary of state's office said Tuesday. The certified vote showed Armbruster beat Morano by a margin of 47,856 to 47,482 -- a difference of 374 votes, Dana Walch, Blackwell's director of elections, wrote to boards of election in Lorain, Huron and Seneca counties...

Trial Balloon: Taft considers raising bar for HB274 support

Gov. Bob Taft is leaning toward making legislation requiring safe storage of firearms a new condition for winning his approval of a bill that would allow Ohioans to carry concealed weapons, a well-placed Statehouse source said Monday. The safe-storage provision would be in addition to Taft’s requirement that any concealed-weapons bill have the support of major law enforcement groups, said the...

OSU to Students: How to Protect Yourself Against the Serial Rapist

The Ohio State University may have won the fight against Michigan on the field Saturday, but they STILL haven't won the fight against the Buckeye Campus-area Rapist, who has been victimizing female OSU students at will since mid-summer. University Police Chief Ron Michalec has said he is "not in favor of people walking around with a concealed weapon. The police are here to protect. That is what...

Gun bill vote could come in December

A story in Friday's Bucyrus Telegraph Forum , has made it perfectly clear: A Senate vote on HB274 is expected in December. "A bill allowing Ohioans to carry concealed weapons could be voted on by the Senate in early December, nine months after the House approved the measure." "Sen. Jeff Jacobson, R-Phillipsburg, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Civil Justice committee, this week met with...

Letter to the Editor: Why Vote?

The Zanesville Times has printed another pro-CCW letter to the editor , about politics, the history of concealed carry in Ohio, the lawsuit, and more. The author of the letter did a real number on the FOP. While we don't endorse this attitude of futility at this point in time, the letter definitely summarizes what many pro-CCW voters may feel should they wake up Jan. 1, 2003 without Concealed...

Editorial: Time is now to allow concealed carry in Ohio

In a Tom Lucente editorial, the Lima News is calling upon the Ohio Senate to refrain from mucking up HB274 on behalf of the FOP labor union, and to pass the bill as is. "All this talk about getting the FOP, a police union, behind the bill makes no sense. The job of law enforcement is to enforce the laws made by the politicians. There is a reason police are not involved in crafting laws. Involving...

O'Connor seeks contributions

Ohio Supreme Court justice-elect Maureen O'Connor's campaign has sent out about 1,000 letters seeking contributions to retire a $120,000 debt. In the letter, Pamela Hashem, the campaign's fiance director, said the campaign went over budget in late October when it bought extra TV time to counteract ads aired by O'Connor's opponent, Hamilton County Municipal Judge Tim Black. Mark Weaver, O'Connor...

House GOP OKs leadership for new term

Buoyed by an even stronger majority for next year, Ohio House Republicans renominated Speaker Larry Householder by acclamation yesterday and established themselves as the caucus of the second chance. The Perry County Republican, who led the GOP to three additional seats for the two-year session starting in January, received a prolonged standing ovation from the incoming caucus. Then, in an...

Armed Pilots Legislation Passes In Homeland Security Legislation

This story is from The Airline Pilot's Security Alliance out of Cincinnati, Ohio. When the United States Senate passed the Homeland Security legislation on Tuesday, Nov. 19, it included legislation that will make it possible for airline pilots to carry firearms on the flight deck if they choose to do so. This is a great victory for those who were involved in the fight, including OFCC PAC Chairman...

Ohio can learn a lot by studying CCW successes (and mistakes) in other states

Tennessee's Eight Successful Years of CCW; Anti's STILL Warning of ''Wild, Wild West" The State of Tennessee passed its shall-issue CCW law in 1994, and the program has been a rousing success. According to state, over 130,000 permits have been issued in the past 8 years, violent crime has fallen, and criminal incidents involving permit holders are virtually nonexistent, and unrelated to their...

White elected Senate President

For State Senator Doug White, Wednesday Nov. 13 was a historic day. Shortly after 8:30 a.m., the year-long speculation about who will be the next Senate president ended. White, R-Manchester, serves as senator to the 14th district, namely Adams, Brown, Clermont, Fayette, Highland, and Pike counties. He will be one of the voices who calls the shots on what bills move in the Senate. He will serve as...

Judge: Cincinnati cannot sue out-of-state gun associations

Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Ruehlman ruled Friday that Cincinnati cannot sue non-Ohio gun manufacturers locally. If the city wants to sue the gun associations — the city sued the National Shooting Sports Foundation and American Shooting Sports Council — it would have to file the suit in the states where the associations are based, Ruehlman said. Ruehlman granted a motion by...

Letter to the Editor: ''FOP has undue influence on gun legislation''

This letter to the editor, submitted by Jeff Garvas, OFCC President, appears in the Nov. 18, 2002 edition of the Zanesville Times Recorder: "In recent reports, Ohio Senate President Richard Finan said the Senate is attempting to reach a concealed carry compromise that the National Rifle Association likes but the Fraternal Order of Police won't oppose. Opponents of concealed carry reform are...

Letter to the Editor: "Majority of states have concealed-carry laws"

This letter to the editor appears in the Nov. 18, 2002 edition of the Columbus Dispatch: "I read with interest that Gov. Bob Taft is still saying he won't sign a law allowing the concealed carry of handguns without law-enforcement support ("Conceal/carry back on agenda,'' Dispatch, Nov. 10). The majority of states have concealed-carry laws. Ohio doesn't need to reinvent the wheel. Lawmakers...

Police Chiefs Support Armed Pilots & Right to Carry Arms

The National Association of Chiefs of Police (NACOP) has released its 15th annual nationwide survey of chiefs of police and sheriffs, and the responses show, yet again, that our nation’s law enforcement officers support our Right to Keep and Bear Arms. The survey was sent to more than 22,000 command officers, and the responses showed that 72% support arming pilots, 93% believe that any law-...

UGLY: Brady Campaign Misrepresenting HB274

The Brady Campaign is ratcheting up their rhetoric machine, aiming to destroy Ohio's Concealed Carry Reform bill currently under consideration in the Senate. Brady's latest email to supporters employs what has become an unfortunate but expected tactic for anti-gun forces: performing acrobatics with words and facts because they don't want the truth to be known. In the Nov. 15, 2002 newsletter,...

Finan: We won BIG on Election day, so let's...compromise??

After an Election day clean sweep of all statewide offices, the Ohio Supreme Court, and the General Assembly, Republicans appear poised to pass much of their agenda. On the front burner in the legislature is a bill allowing Ohioans to carry concealed weapons. The Senate is expected to take up the bill, which has already passed in the House, before the end of the year. The bill had been delayed in...

City of Toledo: Saturday Night Special ban sunsetting

The City of Toledo's three year ban on so-called Saturday Night Specials is sunsetting, and interested Toledoans will have the opportunity to voice their opinion on the law's renewal at a hearing early next month. In the Ohio Coalition of Gun Violence's call-to-action to other anti-gun extremists, Toby Hoover states that "we will be expected to prove that the Toledo SNS ordinance is worthwhile...

Grassroots Battle: Anti-Gunners urge uprising

The anti-gun extremists are at it again. In a press release carried by the national anti-gun organization "Join Together", the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence has issued a press release urging people to urge their Senators to vote against HB274. Without question, the OCAGV's anti-HB274 message will receive more media coverage than the press release OFCC issued last week. Here is a link to the...

Video: John Lott/ OFCC PAC vs. ''Million'' Moms

If you weren't able to attend or want to relive the moment, click here to view footage of John Lott, OFCC PAC volunteers, and the scant few "Million" Mom marchers on hand at the Independence, OH rally. HISTORY: Rep. Jim Trakas (R-17), of Independence, was hammered on television by Democratic opponent Blair Melling in the 17th District. Melling, a Solon lawyer, blasted Trakas for supporting a...

Concealed guns OK with voters in poll

Nearly nine out of 10 people taking part in an online poll conducted by Sun Newspapers believe Ohio should allow civilians to carry concealed weap­ons. In the poll, which is on the newspaper’s Web site, 87.5 per­cent of those voting favor let­ting people tote hidden guns. The results are for voting done from Nov. 7, when the poll started, through 5 p.m. Nov. 11. A total of 399 votes were cast...

Taft may get to nominate justice to Ohio Supreme Court

Now that Republicans have reassumed control of the U.S. Senate, they are promising quick consideration of President Bush's judicial nominees, a process which was bottled up in political posturing by Tom Daschle (D-SD). Justice Deborah Cook, an Akron Republican, is awaiting confirmation to the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and her confirmation would raise the opportunity for Gov. Bob Taft to...

OFCC Calls for Quick Action in Ohio Senate

Ohioans for Concealed Carry went to work immediately after election day, pressing our Senators to act on the Concealed Carry Reform bill before them. A press release was sent out, and picked up by many major media outlets. This same release has also been hand-deliverd to every Senator in Columbus. Click here to download a PDF version of the release (requires Adobe Acrobat to read). Links to some...

Pro-CCW majority add seats in Ohio General Assembly

Democrats picked up several open seats in the House but were unable - despite predictions by both parties - to take any bite out of the GOP's strong majority. Democrats actually lost ground to the Republicans in the House. The GOP will dominate the House by 62-37. The margin now is 59-40. And by gaining one seat in the Senate, Republicans secured an important procedural advantage: the two-thirds...

Hard-fought Cleveland area victories for pro-CCW candidates

Republican Tom Patton, an OFCC PAC-endorsee from Strongsville, won a battle to succeed the retiring Sullivan in the 18th, marking the first time a Republican has represented this area in many, many years. OFCC PAC-supported Republican State Sens. Kevin Coughlin in the 27th District and Jeff Armbruster in the 13th, both of whom pulled out victories after see-saw battles against upset-minded...

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