June 2002

Downrange: 06/02

Ohio Court Says Concealed Gun Ban Unconstitutional. A three-judge panel of an Ohio appellate court has unanimously ruled that a state law barring the carrying of concealed firearms violates its citizens’ constitutional right to protect themselves. The 1st Ohio District Court of Appeals ruled April 10 that the 75-year-old law was vague and subjective, and “effectively prohibits law-abiding citizens from bearing weapons.” Ohio’s Constitution provides that the “people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security.” The plaintiffs in the case had argued that the state law prevented them from exercising that right. The appeals court decision upholds a ruling earlier this ye...

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