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''Don't Get Borned'' Pt. 2: Many more citizens who couldn't 'just drive away'

By Chad D. Baus In Pt. 1 of the Reality Check for the Ohio Highway Patrol , we told you about Ohio Highway Patrol Capt. John Born expressing the OHP's opposition to any bill that would allow citizens their right to self-defense in an automobile. "We do not want a loaded firearm readily accessible to the driver of a car,'' said Born. When presented with the fact that a firearm is useless in a...

New online poll asks if legislators should ban CCW in vehicles to appease Taft

A new survey has been added to the OFCC PAC website, inquiring as to whether or not the General Assembly should add language to HB12 which would ban license-holders from carrying their firearms in their vehicles, in order to appease Gov. Taft and the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Madison (County) Press: House Speaker Householder coming to town

Madison County's Lincoln Day Dinner will feature the Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, Larry Householder. Householder has been a staunch supporter of the restoration of self-defense rights in Ohio via concealed carry reform. The annual GOP event will be held Friday, February 28, beginning at 6 p.m., in the First United Methodist Church, 52 N. Main St., London. A social hour and dinner...

Pro-CCW Rep. Jeffrey Manning (R-57) resigns; appointed as Lorain Co. Prosecutor

The Gongwer News Agency is reporting that State Rep. Jeffrey Manning, a second term Republican from North Ridgeville, will resign to accept appointment as Lorain County prosecutor. Mr. Manning won appointment to the post after Lorain County Republican Party members voted Tuesday night to have him replace Greg White, who was nominated by President Bush as U.S. attorney for the northern district of...

Tale of Two Cities: Cincinnati homicides skyrocketing, Indy's rate drops (again)

Cincinnatians, still suffering with the rest of Ohio from the denial of their self-defense rights, are under a violent crime seige. The Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting a 117 percent increase in the number of Cincinnati homicides so far this year, compared with the same period in 2002, when six people were killed. And last year's 65 slayings were a 15-year high. Detectives have made arrests in...

The Demonization of Deborah Cook

UPDATE: Deborah Cook was approved by the committee on a 13-2 vote . She now awaits a vote in the full Senate. No vote has yet been scheduled. The (U.S.) Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote this morning on the nomination of Ohio Supreme Court Justice Deborah Cook to sit on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. Almost two years have passed since she was first tapped by...

Letter to the Editor: Gun control seems odd with terrorists at large

A wonderful letter to the editor, short and to-the-point, has been published in today's Columbus Dispatch. Since the paper's website is subscription-only, an archived copy is provided here: Wednesday, February 26, 2003 I am confused. On one hand, we are warned to prepare to do battle with terrorists who will attack us in our neighborhoods. On the other hand, the liberals are trying to disarm the...

ATTENTION: anti-CCW State Rep. Otterman holding office hours in Akron this week

Pro-CCW residents of House District 45 in Akron will have the opportunity to speak to their representative face-to-face this week. State Rep. Robert J. Otterman, D-Akron, will hold office hours on Thursday and Friday. Otterman is a consistent anti-CCW voter. Interested constituents may wish to take copies of the OFCC PAC Education Guide , and this Akron "Tale of Two Cities" article , to a visit...

Hearings begin again on concealed weapon bill

COLUMBUS -- A bill to issue concealed weapons permits to Ohioans began another round of hearings in the House Tuesday, featuring a quick debate sparked by Democrats. Rep. Jim Aslanides, R-Coshocton, repeated his belief to House committee members that the issue is critical to protect the rights and safety of Ohio residents. "The right to carry a hand gun allows individuals, common folk, you, to...

Op Ed: Gun Accident Reveals Double Standard

When politics and behind-the-scenes quid pro quo leads to the positioning of certain law enforcement groups against concealed carry reform, it is often tempting to place the blame on law enforcement itself. The leadership of groups like the Fraternal Order of Police labor union, and the Ohio Highway Patrol, continue to put up resistance to the restoration of Ohioans' self-defense rights. They say...

Senate Bill 24 assigned to Criminal Justice Committee

Senate Bill 24 has been assigned to the Criminal Justice Committee. We will provide information on the first hearing for SB24 as it becomes available. This is a VERY good sign that the Senate intends to move this legislation as soon as the House passes it. Senate Bill 130 was never added to a committee schedule in the last General Assembly, and under Dick Finan's leadership, the Senate only moved...

Burden of Proof: Taft and Highway Patrol have no case against CCW

The Ohio Highway Patrol and Gov. Taft waited until HB274's eleventh hour to weigh in on HB274. After nearly two years of opportunity to voice concerns, the OHP announced last December that they would oppose any bill that allowed Ohioans their right to self-defense in a vehicle. Despite the glaring unconstitutionality of this proposed exclusion, and based on comments already made this session, we...

Tale of Two Cities: Cleveland man dies; Tucson man lives

Gilbert Wingfield and David Hill liked to get together occasionally and talk about old times. The retirees planned to get together again early Sunday at Hill's apartment on Cleveland's East Side. But Wingfield never made it. He died just feet from the door of his friend's apartment after being stabbed and robbed. "He was a good man, a good friend," Hill, 63, said yesterday. "This was just a...

Letter to the Editor: Ohio FOP makes false claims about CCW bill

The Zanesville Times Recorder printed a letter Thursday from OFCC President Jeff Garvas: "Ohio FOP makes false claims about CCW bill" The quote Garvas references, from FOP spokesperson Mike Taylor, appeared in numerous versions of an article about HB12, which was printed in various central Ohio Gannett-owned newspapers. In each of those articles, Taylor was quoted saying HB12 would allow felons...

''Sorry FOP, I give to OFCC PAC & the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association''

After offering absolutely no suggestions or amendments in the past two years, the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police, a labor union, lobbied successfully at the eleventh hour to severely weaken HB274. They have already been quoted voicing opposition to HB12 in this new session. When the FOP calls your home during a meal, asking for donations, remind them of their actions against concealed carry...

''Deputies at scene can’t prevent slaying'': Only YOU can protect you

One of the popular myths offered up by gun control advocates is that the police will protect us, so we need not make preparations to protect ourselves. But a horrible incident in Tiffin proves that the Ohio Constitution's framers recognized our right to bear arms for defense and security for a reason: only YOU can protect you. Deputies at scene can’t prevent slaying By STEVE MURPHY BLADE STAFF...

Cincy Enquirer: Whining About Diversity

The Cincinnati Enquirer headlined an article Sunday that would barely have been suitable for the paper's editorial page. While OFCC PAC is not a partisan organization, we are upfront about our support for those who support CCW reform, from either party, and our endorsements in the 2002 elections represented that fact clearly. The Cincinnati Enquirer represents itself as a nonpartisan organization...

Dayton Daily News: Concealed-carry debate to begin anew

COLUMBUS | Lawmakers will once again take aim at passing legislation to allow Ohioans to carry concealed weapons in their purses, jackets, cars and elsewhere. But this time the debate isn't expected to drag on for two years. The Ohio House will begin hearings today on House Bill 12, which is essentially the same legislation that passed the House last year before undergoing major revisions in the...

Op Ed: Ohioans have right to carry firearms

On Monday, February 17, the Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum printed a opinion editorial from OFCC PAC Vice Chairman Chad Baus. Click on the "Read More..." link below to read the letter. Tuesday's ruling by Seneca County Common Pleas Judge Michael Kelbley that Ohio's ban on carrying a concealed weapon to protect themselves is unconstitutional, is the third major victory for the law-abiding citizens of our...

Reality Check for the Ohio Highway Patrol: Don't Get ''Borned''

In a Columbus Dispatch article about the expected progress of Ohio House Bill 12 , Ohio Highway Patrol Capt. John Born reiterated the OHP's opposition to any bill that would allow citizens their right to self-defense in an automobile. "We do not want a loaded firearm readily accessible to the driver of a car,'' said Born. When presented with the fact that a firearm is useless in a pinch if it's...

Letter to the Editor: Taft should sign concealed carry bill

A well-written letter to the editor was published in the Toledo Blade Sunday, February 16. The letter was written in response to the Blade's latest anti-CCW editorial, "No, again, to concealed carry" , published last January 30. Gary Schoenrock, of Holland, observes that that "the Blade is attempting to discredit and distort the issue of concealed carry legislation in the state of Ohio. Using...

Dispatch: Backers in House set to resurrect divisive concealed carry gun issue

The Columbus Dispatch has published a lengthy and informative article about the expected progress of Ohio House Bill 12 in Sunday's edition. You need an account to access the Dispatch Website, but we've archived the story in the "Read More" section of this story block. At the end of the article, Representative Ed. Jerse has finally said something we can agree with: Rep. Edward S. Jerse, D-Euclid...

SUPREME COURT SETS ARGUMENTS APRIL 15th ON CCW CHALLENGE

FLASH : CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE TO OHIO'S BAN AGAINST CARRYING CONCEALED WEAPONS TO BE HEARD BY HIGH COURT The Ohio Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments April 15th in a lawsuit from Hamilton County seeking to overturn as unconstitutional a state law which prohibits the carrying of concealed weapons. Justices included the case (02-0585) on their most recent oral argument calendar covering...

Appeal on concealed-carry ruling filed with higher court

Any stay of a local ruling that Ohio's law against carrying a concealed weapon is unconstitutional now will have to be determined by a higher court. Friday afternoon Seneca County Common Pleas Judge Michael P. Kelbley, a Democrat, denied a motion filed by County Prosecutor Ken Egbert Jr. for an emergency stay of the decision in the case of a Fostoria woman who was charged with one count of...

Gun Rights Group Applauds Fifth Judge to Nullify State Gun Ban

A press release issued by Ohioans For Concealed Carry can be seen on Yahoo.com or the Crain's Cleveland website. The full text can also be viewed by clicking on the "Read More..." link below. CLEVELAND, Feb. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Ohioans For Concealed Carry applauds Tuesday's decision by Seneca County Common Pleas Judge Michael P. Kelbley. The 18-page ruling states that Ohio's prohibition on...

Tale of Two Cities: Lorain woman beaten & robbed; San Antonio robber killed

LORAIN — Joan Bahnsen still had a red, swollen jaw Tuesday morning caused by a man she says punched her and then robbed her West 23rd Street bar the night before. It was the second robbery in two months at the 62-year-old’s Highland Grill. Bahnsen told police she was tending bar just before 10 p.m. Monday when a man came in acting strangely. He asked to use the phone and Bahnsen replied there was...

House Bill 12: TWO hearings scheduled 1st week of March

House Bill 12 has been added to the Criminal Justice Committee's agenda for two days in the first week of March. On Tuesday, March 4 at 2:30 pm., proponent testimony will be heard in Statehouse Room 114. ARRIVE MUCH EARLIER. THIS MAY BE THE ONLY CHANCE YOU HAVE TO SPEAK BEFORE THE HOUSE COMMITTEE. On Wednesday March 5 at 9:00 a.m., opponent testimony, and interested party testimony, will be heard...

Seneca County Prosecutor seeks stay of decision on gun law

2:45 p.m. 2/14/03 - The motion has been denied. Click here for the full story . TIFFIN - Seneca County's prosecutor has taken the first step in appealing a decision that made Ohio's law against carrying a concealed weapon unconstitutional in the county. County Prosecutor Ken Egbert Jr. filed a motion Thursday afternoon in Seneca County Common Pleas Court asking Judge Michael P. Kelbley for an...

Tale of Two Cities: Akron market robbed; Augusta store mgr's daughter spared

AKRON - Three men wielding knives and a handgun robbed a Johnston Street market Tuesday, Akron police said. The robbers made employees at Three Olives Market lie on the floor, and ordered one worker to open the cash register and hand over money, police said. No one was injured in the holdup, which occurred about 8:20 p.m. Police continue to investigate. Three Olives Market, formerly Mary's Market...

Former opponents say hearings on campaign violations may not happen

Lingering accusations from the tight November race that saw State Sen. Jeffry Armbruster narrowly defeat Democratic challenger Sue Morano have been set for a hearing before the Ohio Elections Commission on March 6. Political operatives from both parties say the hearing might never take place. “We’re willing to work it out,” said Scott Borgemenke, a consultant to the Republican Senate Campaign...

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