Ohio Carry organized another open carry walk this past Saturday in Vermilion. This was part of their ongoing effort to educate the public about their constitutional rights in the Buckeye State. Note the completely different image from what the Bloomberg media campaign is trying to craft for open carriers. As morningjournal.com reports, “In an effort to educate the public and combat stereotypes surrounding gun rights, Ohio Carry’s Northeast and Northwest chapters hosted a joint open carry and firearm education walk in Downtown Vermilion Sept. 13.” . . .
Ohio Carry, founded in 2012 as a firerm rights, advocacy and education group, consists of five chapters in Ohio and has hosted walks in Akron, Cleveland and Canton. The group has done around a dozen walks this year, and the most recent in Vermilion was the city’s first.
The group didn’t shy away from the carry of long guns on the walk, but were careful to ensure that the rifles were slung and not pointed at anyone. This is a classic demonstration of strong, political, symbolic speech.
The walk proudly proclaims “I have rights that government may not violate,” “The Constitution means what it says,” and “The Second Amendment is meant as a limitation on the government.”
These types of walks are spreading, from Texas, to Arkansas, and now to Ohio. Only in California has the state dared to make them illegal once they started, and that action led to the Peruta decision that requires the state to issue concealed carry permits. In numerous states, such as Wisconsin, Michigan, Virginia, Ohio, and Arizona, open carry activism preceded the establishment of shall-issue concealed carry laws.
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