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Enquirer: Taft to name replacement for Justice Cook

Ohio Republicans are working on a list of candidates to replace Ohio Supreme Court Justice Deborah Cook, whose nomination to the federal appeals court will be taken up Jan. 14 by the Senate Judiciary Court. Once Justice Cook is confirmed, Gov. Bob Taft will choose a replacement. The governor has decided not to follow the recommendation of Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer, who asked him to set up a...

Dispatch: Ohio justice won't hear cases as Senate weighs nomination

An announcement has been made that has potential and unknown implications for the Hamilton County lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Ohio's concealed carry ban. Justice Deborah Cook will not take part in any cases argued before the Ohio Supreme Court as the U.S. Senate takes up her nomination to a seat on the federal court of appeals in Cincinnati. In a letter yesterday, Cook agreed to...

Ohio Association of Convenience Stores supports Concealed Carry Reform

Concealed Carry Reform continues to have plenty of support heading into 2003. A Columbus Business First article notes that HB274 had the backing from the Columbus-based Ohio Association of Convenience Stores. "The group is represented by the 3,300-member Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, and Josh Sanders, legislative affairs director for the group, said mom-and-pop owners like the idea of being...

Speaker expects tests in '03

The Marion Star has published an article about expectations for the 125th General Assembly, and provides a look back at Larry Householder's first two years as Speaker, which were filled with challenges dealing with difficult budgets, caucus critics, and repeated spats with Senate leaders and Taft. In the end, Householder emerged golden, winning three additional House seats, approving a majority...

Anti-CCW Republican Resigns Ohio Senate Seat

Priscilla Mead of the Columbus suburb of Upper Arlington, has resigned from her Senate seat, which represents the 16th Senate District (including north Columbus and the city's northern and western suburbs). She was elected to the Senate in 2001 after term limits forced her out of the House seat she held for eight years. Her resignation is effective January Sixth. As OFCC PAC reported on December...

Take Four: Youngstown Trying To Ban ''Assault Rifles'' AGAIN!

Although OFCC PAC's focus remains solely on Concealed Carry Reform, we've been asked to pass this information on by a very dedicated supporter. If you live anywhere near Youngstown, you may wish to make sure your voice is heard. Youngstown has apparently tried to ban "assault rifles" three times since the 1980's after a city-by-city trend of trying to pass such laws after the tragic schoolyard...

Letter to the Editor: Concealed carry gives us a chance

The Toledo Blade has printed an excellent pro-CCW letter to the editor: "While hunting in Africa I learned a lesson in animal behavior. Predators never tangle with a prospective dinner if it believes it might be injured in the process. A leopard hunting a small Thompson gazelle looks for another meal when the Thompson turns on a dime and lowers its head, prepared to fight with 8-inch spike horns...

Out of the Closet: Taft 100% opposed to true Concealed Carry Reform

Buried in a Mansfield News Journal story covering the outlook on challenges facing state government in 2003 is a small but revealing segment about Concealed Carry Reform. In it, Governor Taft is quoted as saying that he will join the Ohio State Patrol in opposing any bill that allows permit holders to carry their weapon in their vehicle. This past year was a disappointment for Concealed Carry...

Enquirer: Shift in Supreme Court ''could affect concealed-carry suit''

Upon it's formation in the summer of 2002, the first action OFCC PAC took was to evaluate and endorse candidates for Ohio Supreme Court. We recognized early in the the 2002 campaign season that the only hope for the Hamilton County suit challenging the constitutionality of Ohio's ban on carrying concealed weapons was to elect two conservative justices; to create a shift in the court to a...

82-year old Dayton woman mugged

The following was posted today to a public CCW discussion group by Phillip Shiflett: "The following post illustrates that although State and 'local' gun control guarantee elderly people carrying arms in self defense face jail, the government can't guarantee their safety." ----- (Dayton, OH) -- Dayton residents have expressed outrage at the latest area robbery. Police say a woman in her 80's left...

Toledo Mayor breaks tie to extend ban on handguns

Mayor Jack Ford broke a 6-6 tie to repeal a sunset provision that would have caused Toledo’s handgun ordinance to expire Jan. 27. The vote renewed the ban on cheap and easily concealed handguns. Mr. Ford said he expects to propose changes to address problems cited since the law passed in 1999, especially complaints that it discriminates against people who claim they need to defend themselves in...

Taft win [in Lucas County] noticed by Bush advisers

National Republicans enjoyed unprecedented success in the Nov. 5 midterm congressional elections, but as President Bush scans the Midwestern political landscape for sitting governors who can help his 2004 re-election bid, Ohio’s Bob Taft is the last man standing. Mr. Taft easily won re-election, in part on the strength of a big victory in Lucas County that top White House and gubernatorial aides...

GOP spent heavily to boost majority

Ohio House Republicans spent almost $6 million to increase their majority to 62-37 for the upcoming legislative session, and on the Senate side, Republicans spent $4.6 million to increase their majority to 22-11. Click here to read the entire Columbus Dispatch story (subscription site - paid access only). An archived version follows. GOP spent heavily to boost majority State races in House,...

House ''in position to pass [CCW] in February or March''

The Columbus Dispatch printed a story Monday summarizing some of the hotter issues that dominated the post-election session. Of particular interest were comments regarding the General Assembly's failure to pass concealed carry reform, including but not limited to: ---> A mention of "Taft and his wife, Hope", not being wild about the concealed carry concept. (When did Mrs. Taft get elected to...

Supreme Court Uncertainty:Justice Cook May Finally Be Confirmed to Federal Bench

Those anxiously awaiting a high court ruling on the constitutionality of Ohio's ban on carrying concealed weapons may have more waiting, and worrying, to do. After the successful election of two conservative justices in Election 2002 (thanks in no small part to the efforts of OFCC PAC volunteers), confidence in the possibility of a high court ruling concurrent with the lower courts grew. Some...

Columbus Dispatch Op-Ed:[Senate's] Concealed-carry legislation too full of holes

The Columbus Dispatch has printed a Lee Leonard op-ed piece which points out still more reasons why it was better that the Senate's amended HB274 died without a House vote. While we don't agree with all of Mr. Leonard's assessments, this piece does highlight the contrast between the strong leadership from Speaker Householder in the House vs. that from Finan/ Jacobson in the Senate. He also...

Dayton Daily News: ''Super Jeff''?

The Dayton Daily News has published what could simply be reprinted in 2004 as their endorsement of Jeff Jacobson for Senate President. Jacobson chaired the Senate committee which negotiated the "reform" right out of HB274, this year's concealed carry reform bill. "He got the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police to shift from opposed to neutral on a bill to allow Ohioans to carry concealed weapons...",...

Letter to the Editor: Think Sky is Falling

On Sunday, December 15, the Defiance Crescent-News printed a letter to the editor from OFCC PAC Vice Chairman Chad Baus. Click on the "Read More..." link below to read the letter. Former Toledo Mayor Carty and city council enacted a ban on inexpensive handguns, citing rising crime rates. Result? Violent crime continues to rise in Lucas County ( Toledo Blade , November 2002). This week, Toledo...

Letters to the Editor: People have right to self-defense

On December 13, the Findlay Courier printed two pro-CCW letters to the editor. Since the Courier does not offer it's opinions page online, click on the "Read More..." link below to read both letters. People have right to protect selves Soon, a concealed-carry bill may or may not be up for a vote. With all its new alterations, my opinion is not to pass such legislation. With all its new...

Reading between the lines on Sub. HB274 vote in Senate

In the days since the bill-killing vote on Substitute HB274 in the Ohio Senate, many OFCC PAC supporters have expressed the difficulty in using the votes on Sub. HB274 in the Senate to discern "who our friends are." While we cannot speak to every pro-CCW Senator's reasons for voting "YES", there ARE two Senators whose "NO" votes on HB274 were clearly NOT because they are pro-CCW and opposed to...

Morning Journal anti-CCW Editorial: UPDATE

Last week, we pointed out a horribly uninformed, anti-CCW editorial printed in Cleveland's Morning Journal. Since the Morning Journal website invites opinion via a comments section at the bottom of its website, we encouraged interested readers to submit their own thoughts. After nearly a week, not one post has been allowed to appear on the Morning Journal website in response to this story,...

Editorial: Playing games with our rights

The Lima News editorial staff has printed an excellent piece on the demise of HB274. In four short paragraphs, they denounce the unfortunate political games in the Senate, point out the decade-long history of attempts to reform concealed carry laws in Ohio, and remind readers that the Ohio Supreme Court case looms as a potential rights-restorer for Ohioans. Click here for the full editorial in...

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...

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