The Newark Advocate ran an opinion piece Sunday entitled, "Stop tinkering with concealed-carry law."
In it, they correctly noted that "Ohio's adoption of a concealed-carry law in 2004 created quite a stir over what's turned out to be largely unfounded concerns. There haven't been shootouts in the streets or on freeways. Workplace violence hasn't increased..." While they're reaching a bit in saying that "many businesses and public places now feature a small no guns sign", they are correct in their assessment that such signs would not "stop a robber or someone aiming to create problems."
So why, after admitting the past rhetoric has been wrong, are they embracing the new lies about further reform?
But some state lawmakers...want to change concealed carry by tossing out rules for how guns must be carried in vehicles and allowing permit holders to carry guns into businesses with Class D liquor permits, including grocery stores, restaurants and bars.
Both are profoundly poor ideas...
Why are they profoundly poor ideas? Why is a concealed handgun license (CHL) holder a threat if his handgun in in his pocket instead of in a holster? Does it even make sense that a woman can legally keep a gun in her purse in the car, but only if the purse is in plain sight? Does it really matter if a CHL holder is in a restaurant that serves alcohol if he or she isn't drinking?
There's also a touch of misinformation in that grocery stores were already removed from the prohibited list. Even if they have a class D liquor permit and are conducting a wine tasting, a CHL holder can legally be in the store as long as he or she does not drink. The proposed change to Ohio law would make that exact same exemption for other businesses. How is that a problem? Are people shooting up grocery stores right now? Do they shoot up restaurants in the 40+ other states that currently allow restaurant carry, including every single state surrounding Ohio?
I'd argue that it is more of a problem to require a CHL holder to leave their firearm in their car where it is vulnerable to theft, also rendering the person defenseless to and from their car. Unlike the scenarios above, being mugged or having your car broken into are real and present dangers.
The Newark Advocate urges us to "stop tinkering with a law that's working." I'd rather we stop imposing restrictions that have zero effect on violence and only serve to disarm and entrap gun owners. Just like the other dire warnings whenever reform was considered, when these changes pass in Ohio the wide-eyed fears will not come true and everyone will wonder what the fuss was all about.