Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
June 20, 2003
Dear Ohio GOA supporter:
For the second time in six months, the Ohio Senate has taken a bad
concealed carry bill and made it much, much worse.
Earlier this week, Ohio Senators (bent on appeasing the anti-gun
demands of Gov. Bob Taft and numerous organizations opposed to your
right to defend yourself with a concealed firearm) passed Amended
Substitute House Bill 12.
Previously, the Ohio House of Representatives passed H.B. 12 with
restrictive provisions that would permit some Ohioans to get a CCW
license and carry concealed in some locations. The bill was
horrible even then. But the Ohio Senate added massive new
restrictions that guarantee very few Ohioans will ever be able to
carry concealed for self-defense.
Some of the anti-gun provisions now in the bill include:
* A total BAN on carrying in cars if children are passengers.
This is outrageous -- what better reason to carry concealed than
to defend the lives of your children?
* Mandatory fingerprinting of permit holders -- as though they were
convicted sex offenders.
* Onerous training and testing requirements -- to include forcing
you to "prove" yourself whenever you renew the permit.
* A laundry list of No Safety Zones where carrying is banned --
such as all government buildings, all colleges and
universities, any establishment that serves alcohol (even if
the permit holder isn't drinking), all churches and places of
worship unless posted otherwise, any private building or parking
lot that is posted by the owner, and all day care centers.
* Felony penalties for failure to inform a law enforcement officer
that you are carrying -- too bad if you happen to forget to do
so under the stress of finding yourself at the scene of an
One of the few good things in the original House bill has also been
stripped out of the Senate version. Originally, the bill had what
is known as an Affirmative Defense clause. This meant that if a
person were forced to use a gun in self-defense, he or she could be
protected from anti-gun prosecutors. If the person could prove to
the judge that he or she would have qualified for a CCW permit, that
person couldn't be prosecuted for not having one at the time of the
H.B. 12 is so incredibly anti-gun at this point that several law
enforcement organizations -- previously highly vocal opponents of
CCW -- have now flip-flopped and are either neutral or outright
supportive of the bill.
That's right. Ohio CCW's most vocal opponents are now more than
satisfied with the anti-gun nature of the bill.
As a result, Governor Bob Taft has indicated he is willing to
sign H.B. 12 into law.
In short: the Ohio Senate has screwed gun owners big-time.
GOA saw this coming and previously warned that the Senate was on a
mission to pass a very dangerous gun control bill disguised as a
so-called "shall issue" concealed carry bill. That is why GOA has
instead promoted H.B. 113, Vermont-style Right to Carry legislation
sponsored by State Representative Tom Brinkman (R-Cincinnati).
Just this month, Alaska passed such a law, proving that gun owners
should always ask for what they want, not settle for what the
politicians say they can get.
A "Vermont-style" concealed carry law in Ohio would restore to
law-abiding gun owners more freedom to protect themselves and their
families with a concealed firearm -- without all of the anti-gun
provisions so prevalent in H.B 12.
There is still a chance to derail H.B. 12's anti-gun freight train.
Since the House and Senate versions of the bill are very different,
a special conference committee will be appointed to iron out the
differences between the two versions.
Many Representatives are already steamed about the Senate trashing
their bill in such a blatant manner. Here is our chance to use
that indignation to fix or kill H.B. 12.
It is very important for you to contact your State Representative
IMMEDIATELY and tell him or her them to push the members of the
conference committee to remove all the Senate gun control
restrictions now in the bill.
Here's exactly what you need to do:
E-mail, call and fax your State Representative RIGHT NOW! An Ohio
House roster and pre-written letter are included below for your
If you do not know who your State Representative is, at
you can search
using your zip code. All letters to State Representatives can be
faxed to: 614-644-9494.
Please take the requested action as soon as you finish reading this
alert. The conference committee could send H.B. 12 to the floor
for final passage as early as TODAY.
----- Pre-written message to your State Representative -----
Dear Representative ______________________________:
As your pro-gun constituent, I STRONGLY OPPOSE the Senate version of
H.B. 12 and want you to push the members of its conference committee
to remove all Senate-imposed CCW restrictions from it.
Specifically, I want the conference committee to:
* remove the ban on concealed carry in cars;
* restore the affirmative defense provision found in the original
* remove the mandatory fingerprinting scheme;
* remove the onerous penalty for not notifying a police officer
when carrying concealed;
* delete the laundry list of No Safety Zones where law-abiding
permit holders are disarmed; and
* remove the stringent requalification training mandate.
If these gun control provisions are not removed from H.B. 12, I
want the bill KILLED, as it is completely unacceptable as passed by
Therefore, should your efforts to pressure the committee not meet
with success, I demand that you vote AGAINST final passage of
Gun Owners of America will report to me what you do.