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The Ohio Senate is expected to move House Bill 12 deliberately. Under Sen. President Doug White, the climate in the Senate appears much more positive for concealed carry reform than when Dick Finan was running the show. But the fight is by no means over. Click on the "Read More..." link below for more. Opposition extremists are trying to convince the Senate Judiciary Committee on Criminal Justice...

Is Gov. Taft signaling retreat on CCW?

As we've been reporting since early March, Governor Taft and legislators have been at odds almost since the first gavel was struck in the 125th General Assembly. Significant events are occurring in the media and at the Statehouse, which may be playing together to force Gov. Taft into full retreat on his opposition to concealed carry reform. Click on the "Read More..." link below for more. The...

House Bill 12 receives first hearing in Senate committee

Representatives from Ohioans For Concealed Carry and OFCC PAC were on hand today at the Statehouse, as HB12 received it's first hearing in the Senate Commitee on Criminal Justice. A complete summary of the hearing may be accessed by clicking on the "Read More..." link below. Sponsor Jim Aslanides testified, and answered questions. Following is a summary from the hearing. Consider all comments as...

Cincy Post: City is dropping handgun lawsuit

After a four-year long legal battle, the city of Cincinnati is dropping its lawsuit against handgun manufacturers. Noted product liability attorney Stanley Chesley, who is representing the city, told local officials Tuesday that he recommended withdrawing the lawsuit because the political climate has changed dramatically since the case was filed in 1999. A bill pending before Congress that would...

Bill to carry concealed weapons goes to Ohio Senate

Cincinnati's 9News (WCPO, a CBS affiliate), filed a report on the beginning of Senate consideration of HB12 today. It be be read, or viewed on a video file, by clicking here . The opening two sentences set the tone for the report: "A bill stating the right to carry concealed weapons has been passed in the Ohio House and will soon be voted on in the Ohio Senate. This means guns could be found in...

Ohio CCW Debate Loaded

As Ohio's race between the Senate and the OSC heats up, finally we see front page coverage in the Willoughby News-Herald, Sunday edition. While our own Jeff Garvas and the owner of (what is becoming Lake counties only public shooting range) Big Bore Specialties, Jon Stewart, stuck to the facts, the same old scare tactics and misguided information was quoted from the OHP. I feel the article was...

John Lott book signing in Cincinnati this week!

Dr. John R. Lott Jr. will be making a public appearance in Cincinnati this week to promote his newly released book, The Bias Against Guns . YOUR APPEARANCE IS REQUESTED! Dr. Lott will be speaking, taking questions, and signing books on May 1 at 7:30 p.m. Location as follows: Borders Books 4530 Eastgate Blvd. Cincinnati, OH (513) 943-0068 Lott is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise...

Letter to the Editor: Armed citizens more apt to help themselves

Canal Winchester resident Steve Elsea has written an excellent letter to the editor about the need for concealed carry reform, which was published in Tuesday's Columbus Dispatch. Elsea points out how different things would be in Iraq if America's Second Amendment was law there, and steers back to how different things could be here in Ohio if our own state Constitution was recognized. Click here...

Dereliction of duty: Time is now for Ohio's Republican leadership to act

Under the control of Gov. Taft, Ohio continues to fall farther and farther behind the rational majority of states in our country. In the past few weeks, three more governors (two Republicans, one Democrat) have signed shall-issue concealed carry reform bills into law - in Colorado, Minnesota and New Mexico. Kansas, Missouri & Nebraska legislatures are also promising passage of these reforms...

Ohio's law enforcement bureaucrats: time for a little soul searching

Do a few bad apples truly ruin the bunch? Do people truly deserve to be judged by the very worst among them? That's exactly what anti-gun extremists do when they exploit despicable acts of violence, or point to a random example of illegal firearms misuse to support their effort to ban firearms ownership and defensive use. Governor Taft's Ohio Highway Patrol, the Ohio Association of Chiefs of...

Vehicles outside Delaware-area day cares targeted by robber

DELAWARE, Ohio -- Police are seeking a Columbus man accused in a series of vehicle break-ins outside day-care centers -- including one with a 5-year-old girl inside the car. Matthews is accused of casing four day-care centers in Delaware and Franklin counties between Jan. 15 and Jan. 23 and entering four unlocked cars, Delaware County Prosecutor David Yost said yesterday at a news conference. In...

National Reciprocity Proposal

An Indiana congressman has introduced legislation in Washington that would make every state eligible to enter by legally armed citizens. Here is the link to the proposal and article that includes an e-mail form for contacting your representative in Washington. 3,000,000+ legally armed citizens across America are being called upon to band together and demand action and support by our...

Letter to the Editor: Ohioan moves to Florida, exercises right to self-defense

"In the March 18 issue of The Advocate, there was a letter addressing the proposed Ohio concealed weapons law. I no longer live in Ohio, having moved to Florida. I have a concealed weapons permit and do carry a weapon. It has been shown since the implementation of this law that the crime rate on senior citizens here in Florida has fallen. The Ohio Highway Patrol and the public need not get...

Troy City Council candidate faces CCW charge

Boyd Allen Tucker, the Democratic candidate for the 3rd Ward Troy City Council seat, has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon in connection to a March 31 incident in front of his Race Street home. Tucker, of 19 W. Race St., admitted Thursday he had the weapon but said he was attempting to help a man who had been "jumped" and was being beaten on the sidewalk of 22 W. Race St., across the...

Letter to the Editor: ''Michigan takes more civilized view'' on CCW

David Volk of Blissfield Michigan wrote a letter to the editor which appears in Friday's Toledo Blade. Volk says his state is more civilized because it recognizes his right to self-defense. Since we're Buckeye fans at OFCC PAC, it's hard to say this, but...David's right - Michigan (or West Virginia, or Pennsylvania, or Indiana, or Kentucky) IS a better place to live for law-abiding people who...

Letter to the Editor: ''Police cannot protect citizens''

Medina resident John J. Myers has written an excellent letter to the editor" in the Cleveland Plain Dealer addressing Ohio's status as one of only 6 states that denies its citizens the right to defend themselves, family and home with a firearm. John is fed up with the fact that, according to that city's police chief, Medina has become ''easy pickings'' for armed robbers" . Paradoxically, a second...

Dial 911 and your neighbor dies: Pt. II

Law enforcement bureaucrats like the OHP's Capt. John Born, and liberal media editorial writers like ThisWeek 's Vince Dunbar say we shouldn't defend ourselves, but rather need to "let the professionals do the threatening." Friday's Akron Beacon Journal contains yet another story about people who depended on the professionals for a neighbor's defense. Mother of four dead; 40 minute response time...

ThisWeek's Vince Dunbar: Record email on CCW...and "four that agreed with me"

Columbus ThisWeek 's Vince Dunbar, and the Columbus Dispatch's Joe Hallet are very likely cocktail party buddies. Or if they're not, they should be. Both are scared of firearms, and both admit to being absolutely unwilling to listen to reason. ThisWeek has published Dunbar's official response to all the attention he's been receiving over his admission that "The logic behind concealed weapon...

John Lott in Dispatch: ''Concealed carry would benefit Ohio''

Dr. John R. Lott Jr., a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and the author of More Guns, Less Crime and The Bias Against Guns , continues to contribute to efforts to restore Ohioans' right to self-defense. His latest offering is an op-ed about Ohio's concealed carry reform debate, which has been published in the Columbus Dispatch (perhaps the Dispatch was feeling guilty after...

House Bill 12 slated for Senate consideration

House Bill 12 has been added to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Criminal Justice 's agenda for sponsor testimony only on April 30 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...

Two Ohio home invasions, two very different outcomes

Two recent home invasions in Ohio had two very different outcomes for the victims, and for the perpetrators. In Case #1 , a 23-year-old Akron woman, Ms. Raysean Clark, was shot in the chest by Timothy D. Secession, after he forced his way into her home and began beating her. Clark is still slowly recovering. In Case #2 , a Columbus homeowner used his gun to stop David A. Griffin when he crashed...

Dispatch Editorial: ''Arguments against gun restrictions carry no water''

The Columbus Dispatch's latest editorial on the concealed carry debate presents readers with an interesting problem: On one hand, the Dispatch editors admit there most certainly is a problem with the current law, which finds persons guilty until they prove themselves innocent. Yet on the other hand, they still claim two lower courts' rulings (which correctly found the law to be unconstitutional)...

Dispatch Column: ''NRA doesn't know when to hold fire''

The senior editor from the Columbus Dispatch, Joe Hallet , doesn't want to hear from you. Joe doesn't care what you think, and he dreads the email and voicemail messages he anticipates receiving (and plans on ignoring) after writing his latest anti self-defense editorial (which has been archived, and can be read by clicking on the "Read More..." link below). NRA doesn't know when to hold fire...

Runner saves woman from assault

Gary Stewart, 36, of Green Township is winning praise for getting involved when he realized a man was viciously beating a woman in Miami Whitewater Forest Thursday morning. "His presence stopped the attack," said Sgt. Dale Reatherford, a Hamilton County Park District ranger. "He did detain the guy." Stewart, who is training for next month's Flying Pig Marathon, was running in the park shortly...

Column: ''Ohio's new (Supreme Court) palace in Columbus''

Given how much the Ohio Supreme Court has been in the news of late, we thought this April 21 Peter Bronson column, published in the Cincinnati Enquirer, would be of interest: "While Ohio is digging in the couch cushions for spare change like a wino in a bus station, the Ohio Supreme Court is building a new palace bigger than the Capitol. Lawmakers gave the Court $85 million to repair, renovate...

These Akron victims couldn't ''just drive away'' when attacked

The bureaucrats at the Ohio State Highway Patrol have repeatedly voiced opposition to any concealed carry reform law that allows persons to exercise their right to self-defense in an automobile. In opponent testimony before the Ohio House Criminal Justice committee, Capt. John Born argued in favor of keeping in place a ban on carrying loaded weapons in cars , stating that if a person is attacked...

Providing the logic that eluded ThisWeek's Vince Dunbar

On April 10, Columbus community newspaper ThisWeek published an editorial opposing the reformation of concealed carry laws in Ohio, entitled "The logic behind concealed weapon proposal eludes me" . OFCC President Jeff Garvas submitted a response, which was published in the April 18 edition of ThisWeek . The entire response has been archived, and can be accessed by clicking here .

Police Chief: ''Easy pickings'' for armed robbers in Ohio

Medina- Police Chief Dennis Hanwell fears he can explain the city's recent spate of robberies: Medina has become easy pickings. In less than four months, since layoffs shrank the police force by 25 percent, six armed robberies have been reported in Medina, as many as were reported in all of 2002, Hanwell said. "Armed robbery is a high-risk crime," Medina Detective Scott Thomas said. "You have to...

Cleveland Plain Dealer editorial: Unconstitutional arms control?

Who's up for a smoke? Because after this article from PD associate editor Phillip Morris, some concealed carry reformers may be ready to buy stock... 04/15/03 The Ohio Supreme Court turns its attention today to guns and begins to ponder what the framers of the Ohio Constitution really meant when they wrote: "The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security; but standing...

Ohio Supreme Court Audio - Now Available Publicly

Ohioans For Concealed Carry has acquired cassette tape quality audio, and we've converted it to a 6.5k mono stream for size purposes. To hear this stream you must have Windows Media Player installed. It is recommended that you use the latest version of Windows Media Player, especially if you have problems opening the stream. To hear the low-quality audio, click here (6k low-speed stream)...

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