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Daily Reporter: ''Concealed weapon law to be addressed before year's end''

"With two weeks worth of legislative sessions remaining this year, lawmakers hope to reach a compromise on legislation that would allow Ohioans to carry concealed handguns, while satisfying law enforcement officials' concerns and avoiding the veto of Gov. Bob Taft, according to officials." "The amendments will try to bridge the gap between the bill's current supporters, including members of the...

Dispatch Editorial: ''Ohioans shouldn't be invited to carry concealed weapons''

On Thanksgiving Day, the Columbus Dispatch printed an embarrassing (for them) editorial about concealed carry that can be found by clicking here . The incredibly flawed editorial suggests that the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association supports HB274 because they would profit from the licensure fees. Anyone who bothered to read the bill would know that this is absolute hogwash. According to HB274,...

Trial Balloon: Taft considers raising bar for HB274 support

Gov. Bob Taft is leaning toward making legislation requiring safe storage of firearms a new condition for winning his approval of a bill that would allow Ohioans to carry concealed weapons, a well-placed Statehouse source said Monday. The safe-storage provision would be in addition to Taft’s requirement that any concealed-weapons bill have the support of major law enforcement groups, said the...

Gun bill vote could come in December

A story in Friday's Bucyrus Telegraph Forum , has made it perfectly clear: A Senate vote on HB274 is expected in December. "A bill allowing Ohioans to carry concealed weapons could be voted on by the Senate in early December, nine months after the House approved the measure." "Sen. Jeff Jacobson, R-Phillipsburg, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Civil Justice committee, this week met with...

Letter to the Editor: Why Vote?

The Zanesville Times has printed another pro-CCW letter to the editor , about politics, the history of concealed carry in Ohio, the lawsuit, and more. The author of the letter did a real number on the FOP. While we don't endorse this attitude of futility at this point in time, the letter definitely summarizes what many pro-CCW voters may feel should they wake up Jan. 1, 2003 without Concealed...

Editorial: Time is now to allow concealed carry in Ohio

In a Tom Lucente editorial, the Lima News is calling upon the Ohio Senate to refrain from mucking up HB274 on behalf of the FOP labor union, and to pass the bill as is. "All this talk about getting the FOP, a police union, behind the bill makes no sense. The job of law enforcement is to enforce the laws made by the politicians. There is a reason police are not involved in crafting laws. Involving...

Letter to the Editor: "Majority of states have concealed-carry laws"

This letter to the editor appears in the Nov. 18, 2002 edition of the Columbus Dispatch: "I read with interest that Gov. Bob Taft is still saying he won't sign a law allowing the concealed carry of handguns without law-enforcement support ("Conceal/carry back on agenda,'' Dispatch, Nov. 10). The majority of states have concealed-carry laws. Ohio doesn't need to reinvent the wheel. Lawmakers...

Concealed guns OK with voters in poll

Nearly nine out of 10 people taking part in an online poll conducted by Sun Newspapers believe Ohio should allow civilians to carry concealed weap­ons. In the poll, which is on the newspaper’s Web site, 87.5 per­cent of those voting favor let­ting people tote hidden guns. The results are for voting done from Nov. 7, when the poll started, through 5 p.m. Nov. 11. A total of 399 votes were cast...

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