Guns

Ohio Governor Cannot Suspend Open Carry Laws During RNC

Jul 18, 2016

The question of suspending Ohio’s open carry gun law in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention came up long before three law enforcement officers were shot to death this weekend in Baton Rouge. Following that incident the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association asked Governor Kasich to suspend the law. 

Kasich’s office responded that the governor does not have the authority to do that.  On Monday, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said that same issue came up during RNC planning earlier this year.

Madison Local Schools middletown
April Laissle / WYSO

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio school district plans a series of forums to discuss safety and other concerns in the aftermath of last week's cafeteria shooting.

Madison Local Schools near Middletown says it will meet with groups including law enforcement and emergency responders. It begins forums on safety, security and support in schools this Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Parents and guardians are invited to participate and share their thoughts and ideas.

Guns and gun owners have been back in the headlines following President Barack Obama's recent executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence. And locally, Greene County issued or renewed more than 500 concealed carry weapons licenses in the third quarter of 2015, while Montgomery County issued more than 1000.

A newspaper is reporting that shootings in Cincinnati increased nearly 28 percent in 2015 compared with the previous year, and the city's mayor says reducing gun violence is the top priority in the new year.
 
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the number of shooting victims last year was 479, the highest since the 510 reported in 2006. The newspaper also reports homicides increased to 71 in 2015, up nearly 13 percent over 2014.
 
Political and law enforcement officials say they are working to find answers to the violence outbreak.

Cops around the country are asking the NFL to allow off-duty and retired police officers, deputies and other law enforcement officers to carry guns in stadiums. Jay McDonald with the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio has sent a letter to the management of the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns, asking them to rescind a two-year old policy that prevents off-duty and retired cops from carrying weapons into games.

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State officials are turning up the heat on repeat convicts who continue to ignore the law and carry guns.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says there’s a small population of Ohioans that are wreaking havoc on communities. These are criminals who have been in and out of prison for violent crimes at least twice and continue to carry firearms. DeWine is supporting a bill in the Senate that would increase the possibility for more jail time if these repeat offenders are caught with a gun.

Ohio Police Say Man Painted Gun To Resemble Toy

Dec 12, 2014
.380 caliber gun police found on Orlando Lowery
Hamilton County Police photo release

Authorities in southwest Ohio say they have arrested a man with a loaded handgun painted red to resemble a toy gun.

The arrest Friday came just four days after legislation was introduced in Ohio to require that lookalike guns be brightly colored or otherwise marked. That bill came in the aftermath of two police fatal shootings in less than four months of young people in the state who were holding lookalike guns.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil says it's "a scary thought" that guns would be painted to mislead police into thinking the guns weren't real.

A BB gun/pistol with a realistic look. This one is tagged with an orange tip to indicate it's not a real gun.
Bryce Mullet / Flickr/Creative Commons

One state lawmaker says toy guns look too much like real guns. Democratic House Representative Alicia Reece is introducing a bill that she says would make BB guns, air rifles and airsoft guns sold in Ohio more easily distinguishable.

“It would look at color strip, would look at changing the color and at some point would look at changing the look of a gun," she said.

CLEVELAND (AP) - A 12-year-old boy was fatally shot by police in Cleveland after brandishing what turned out to be a BB gun, triggering an investigation into his death and a legislator's call for such weapons to be brightly colored or bear special markings.
 
     The boy, Tamir Rice, died from his wounds Sunday, a day after officers responded to a 911 call about someone waving a "probably fake" gun at a playground.
 

Hundreds protested outside the Beavercreek Walmart Saturday, demanding the Attorney General's office release video of the police shooting of John Crawford.
Wayne Baker / WYSO

Two groups are planning separate demonstrations this weekend centered around the death of 22-year-old John Crawford III, an unarmed black man who was shot by a Beavercreek police officer in Walmart Aug. 5.

A special Greene County Grand Jury decided not to indict Sergeant David Darkow and Officer Sean Williams, the two police officers involved in the shooting. They responded to a 9-1-1 call claiming Crawford was wandering around the store pointing a gun at people; the gun was later found to be an air rifle bb gun sold in the store.

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