Toby Hoover congratulates newspaper under investigation for law-breaking
For at least the fourth time since passage of Ohio's concealed handgun license law, one of Ohio's few remaining gun control extremists has praised law-breaking as a means of opposing Ohio's new concealed carry law.
In a letter to Sidney Daily News editor Jeff Billiel, published June 30, Toby Hoover offers "congratulations" to the newspaper, which recently published the addresses of citizens who have obtained concealed handgun licenses from Shelby Co. Sheriff Kevin O'Leary. Dissemination of this private information is a felony, and a special prosecutor has been appointed to investigate.
This is far from the first time Hoover, who fronts what often appears to be a one-woman show known as the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, has praised law-breaking as a means of opposing this law.
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On February 13, Hoover issued a press release in which she advocates a course of action that will waste our law enforcement officers' precious time, and perhaps endanger CHL-holders:
- "If you see someone with a gun, continue to assume their activity is suspicious. There is no way for you to determine the 'law abiding' from those with criminal intent. Call law enforcement to investigate and leave the area." (emphasis added)
Not only is Hoover guilty of openly encouraging the act of burdening Ohio law enforcement community with frivolous prank calls, she is shamelessly telling supporters to run away before the officers they called arrive on the scene. Could this be because she knows prank callers might wind up being the ones charged with inciting a riot or disturbing the peace?
In a March 22 email alert, Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence founder Toby Hoover encouraged city councils to pass laws enforcing bans on city-owned property, and even in private businesses:
- "Kansas City passed a resolution encouraging businesses to prohibit concealed carry license holders from carrying in their places and posting signs to do so.
Ohio law does not have the size and wording restrictions but we encourage cities to do a similar action. (emphasis added)
ASK YOUR CITY COUNCIL TO PASS A RESOLUTION..."
Ironically, Hoover editorialized (correctly) in a Cincinnati newspaper before passage of the law that any such action by city councils is an illegal action - a violation of Section 9 of HB12, which states, in part, "No municipal corporation may adopt or continue in existence any ordinance, and no township may adopt or continue in existence any resolution, that is in conflict with those sections, including, but not limited to, any ordinance or resolution that attempts to restrict the places where a person possessing a valid license to carry a concealed handgun may carry a handgun concealed."
Hoover has also been quoted on several occasions encouraging people not to "hire, socialize, or share public space with those who carry hidden guns", and suggesting that employers should have access to lists of concealed handgun license holders when considering potential new hires! This endorsement of discrimination in the hiring process is shameful.
Such continual endorsement of law-breaking is more than a little ironic, since Hoover is known for scoffing at the notion that CHL-holders are law-abiding people.
Her hypocracy can be seen even clearer in the context of a press release she released in April, in which she falsely accused State Representative Jim Aslanides of law-breaking.
We've said it before, and we'll say it again - those who seek concealed handgun licenses are some of the most law-abiding citizens in our society - certainly more-so than Ms. Hoover, it appears.
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