Ohioans mourn the loss of two 2nd Amendment Supporters
Buckeye Firearms Association joins others in mourning the loss of two great supporters. Our heartfelt condolences to both of their families.
NORTHSIDE - Vernon Ferrier, a hairstylist who campaigned for the law that allows Ohioans to carry concealed guns, was found in his car on Florida Avenue Wednesday, dead of an apparent heart attack. He was 64.
COLUMBUS - Steven Randall Nelson, age 49, passed away at his residence Saturday, February 25, 2006. Steve was a long time member of Peoples Rights Organization (PRO) and served on their Board of Directors for many years.
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Vernon was on of four plaintiffs in the ground breaking Klein et. al. vs Leis CCW lawsuit in Ohio. This case and the Ohio Supreme Court ruling on it was the catalyst that helped bring about HB12 and Ohio's current CHL law.
Mr. Ferrier also organized the first 'Ohio Gun Walk' in 2003. This successful grassroots demonstration was followed by many other all through out Ohio.
"To me...Vernon was my strength and
support for the Manchester walk, he promised he would be there and he was there! In his own 'roughneck way' he gave me the support I
needed to make sure the Tony Gordon Memorial Walk was a "quiet success". I'll miss him as well as many, many others." remembered Rick Jones - organizer of the 'Tony Gordon Memorial Walk' in Manchester Ohio, the home town of Senate President Doug White.
"While Vernon was unable to attend the Xenia Walk that I hosted, he was the inspiration behind the event. I never had the pleasure of meeting Vernon but he proved to be an inspiration just the same. He responded and provided great background assistance for the Xenia Self-Defense Awareness Walk. Vernon, while trying to make his neighborhood a safer and better place, proved to be an inspiration to all of us involved in the self-defense and gun-rights movement in Ohio. I thank and honor Vernon for being a patriot and taking that first step for all of us. His beliefs and his actions made a difference in our lives, not only in his neighborhood, but in all of Ohio." - Larry Moore - organizer of Xenia 'Self-Defense Awareness Walk'
I am honored to have walked with Vernon at the very first Defense Walk in his neighborhood, and to have spent time in his home afterwards enjoying his most generous hospitality. Vernon put the Cause ahead of his and his family's financial and physical well-being on that and many other occasions, and I will never forget the example he offered us. - Chad D. Baus.
Vernon is survived by his wife of 24 years, two daughters, a son, and three grandchildren.
Visitation is 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Jon Deitloff Funeral Centre, 4389 Spring Grove Ave. The funeral is 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Spring Grove Cemetery.
Memorials: Project Daymaker, 4235 Muhlhauser Road, Fairfield, OH 45014; or Haircuts from the Heart, Attn.: Bonnie, 126 E. 13th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.
Steve was a long time member of the People's Rights Organization (PRO) and served on their Board of Directors for many years. He worked the gun shows and helped teach firearm classes with the organization. He also helped at Pickaway sportsmen Club in several Outdoor Youth Fests working on the BB range. He also helped with several Women On Target classes with Pro and PCSI. Steve also attended many hearings at the State House in defense of the Second Amendment and in
support of concealed carry legislation.
Steve's dedication to the Second Amendment and his zeal for instructing others in the safe use of firearms will be missed.
Family will receive friends Friday, March 3, 2006 from 10:30 am until time of service at 11:30 am at Schoedinger Hilltop Chapel, 3030 West Broad St.