Ohio gun owners with concealed carry permits have a “duty to inform.” If they’re stopped by the police for any reason and fail to “promptly” tell the officer or officers that they’re carrying, they face a six-month suspension of their concealed weapon license and a misdemeanor conviction. According to cincinnati.com, legislators are considering removing the obligation . . .
Several Republican lawmakers want to eliminate that requirement, saying current law is vague and arbitrarily enforced. For example, a driver involved in a crash told the first three police officers on the scene that he had a concealed handgun license but was cited for failing to tell the fourth officer who arrived, said Rep. Scott Wiggam, R-Wooster, who introduced the bill.
“There’s no duty to promptly notify for anything else,” Wiggam told The Enquirer. People who hold concealed weapon licenses “are great citizens in society.”
Not surprisingly, Ohio’s Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio and the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association are against removing the state’s firearms-disclosure requirement.
“There’s no reason for a law-abiding citizen not to tell a law enforcement officer that they have a concealed handgun,” said Mike Weinman, director of government affairs for the FOP of Ohio. That notification removes some of the tension between an officer and the person stopped, he added.
Question: what police force trains officers to assume that an individual being interviewed is unarmed — unless notified? One thing we know for sure: the civilian disarmament industrial complex is fighting this repeal-and-don’t-replace initiative tooth and nail.
“We continue to see proposals from the Ohio Legislature that would loosen the restrictions for a very small percentage of Ohioans who chose to carry hidden, loaded weapons in our public spaces,” said Jennifer Thorne, executive director of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence.
Assuming the gun owners Ms. Thorne is referring to are law-abiding citizens, why is this a problem? Here’s one the police prepared earlier:
In Ohio, an officer can run a license plate and find out if the person to whom the car is registered has a permit for a concealed weapon. That doesn’t help if the car is driven by a family member or friend or if the car is stolen.
“Doesn’t help.” That’s a funny way of saying that the law makes things worse for law abiding citizens. Which is one reason why it should be eliminated.