WHAT: Local organizers in nearly twenty Ohio cities held "Defense" Walks in late 2003, at which local activists interested in protesting Governor Bob Taft's obstruction of concealed carry legislative reform "openly carried" their sidearms on a walk through the neighborhood.

WHY: These "Defense" Walks offered a "visual display" of the choice Ohioans and legislators have before them as a result of the Supreme Court ruling: open carry, with no training, background checks or "defenseless victim" zones, as is current law; OR a more discrete form of exercising the right to self-defense - concealed carry, as would be made law with passage of House Bill 12. The Ohio Supreme Court recently upheld the practice of "open carry" in Klein v. Leis. If Republican leaders remain reluctant to override a Taft veto in the name of "party solidarity", as Ohio Sen. Carnes recently put it, more and more Ohioans are ready and willing to exercise their fundamental right to bear arms for self-defense by carrying firearms openly.


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