Posts Tagged ‘OH’
three of the five Occupy activists arrested for attempting to blow up a commuter bridge in Ohio in May pled guilty to use of a weapon of mass destruction, attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, and attempted use of an explosive device to destroy property used in interstate commerce.
Colorado, Iowa, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota and Virgina have no-permit-needed legislation in the works. They’d join Alaska, Arizona, Vermont and Wyoming.
South Dakota is just waiting for the governor’s signature.
Shockingly, there haven’t been dozens of drunken shoot-outs between Ohio bar-goers since the state began allowing those with concealed carry permits to carry guns into places where alcohol is served.
“We haven’t had any problems yet,” said Huron County sheriff’s Lt. Theresa Shean. “What I am truly finding is that people who come in for permits are responsible people, and they are very concerned in carrying out their rights in a responsible way.
“The people that should not have weapons, we’re not going to see those people come in and apply for a permit,” she said.
Note that she didn’t say “People that should not have weapons are not going to carry them.” She just said that they wouldn’t apply for a permit to carry them.
Here’s a little more on the story about the Ohio Supreme Court ruling that the city of Cleveland’s gun restrictions violated state law.
Two of the seven Justices dissented, but I find it hard to understand their argument. They reasoned, quoting an earlier case, that “in order for … a conflict to arise, the state statute must positively permit what the ordinance prohibits, or vice versa, regardless of the extent of state regulation concerning the same object,” and concluded that there was no conflict warranting preemption because “the Cleveland ordinances do not conflict with R.C. 9.68, because they does not permit something that the statute forbids or vice versa.” But how could this be so?
Which demonstrates that judges matter. 28% didn’t think that Cleveland’s restrictions conflicted with state law despite seemingly clear evidence to the contrary. If it had been three dissenters instead of two, suddenly Cleveland’s gun owners would be in a position where a flip by one person could change everything.
A New York Times story on the decision notes that outgoing Attorney General Richard Cordray (a Democrat) supported the decision. It also includes:
Ohio bans some assault weapons, like sawed-off shotguns, but Cleveland banned a broader array. [emphasis Murdoc's]
So, in which states is a “sawed-off assault shotgun” legal?
As a commenter on Volokh noted:
Glad they’re putting their most knowledgeable reporter on the story.
Yeah, but in New York you almost have to be criminal to be allowed to carry a gun.
The Ohio Supreme Court today dealt a fatal blow to local efforts to regulate firearms, concluding that a more permissive state law should trump restrictions on guns in cities.
In a 5-2 ruling, the state’s top court struck down Cleveland’s assault-weapons ban and registration requirement for handguns.
This good news comes via Instapundit, who writes:
Though the decision appears to turn on issues of Ohio law, I believe that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions in Heller and McDonald, by normalizing firearms ownership, have made a difference in how state courts approach these questions.
A release on the Outdooor Wire notes that fallow deer have been observed in a couple of Ohio counties. Fallow deer are European natives but some are raised in the US.
The fallow deer are reportedly escapees from a propagator in Warren County. Both fallow bucks and does have been observed according to reports. This deer is not native to Ohio and there is no restricted season or bag limit. Hunters are encouraged to harvest them while out in the field. As with any non-native species it is important to quickly limit their populations to control spread of disease and competition with native Ohio wildlife.
Looks like gun season for white-tails opens November 30th, which means that the number of guys with guns on the lookout for deer with be through the roof. Hopefully, these fallows can be taken out.
When an armed robber barged into a North Side motel room Wednesday night and ordered the six people there to the floor, he put a 70-year-old woman closer to her handgun.
The great-grandmother knelt between the beds, reached into her purse on the floor and pulled out her .357 Magnum pistol.
She fired one shot at the robber, who staggered from the room, collapsed in the parking lot and died.
An Ohio man who robbed a couple at gunpoint was arrested when he returned to ask his female victim for a date, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
[John] Hayes, 37, was behind the counter Tuesday night when 20-year-old Patrick Finney, wearing an orange ski mask, walked in and pointed a sawed-off shotgun at his head just before 8 p.m.
A customer, an older woman from the neighborhood, was seated at the counter watching the Cavaliers game while waiting for a stromboli.
”He said, ‘Give me the [expletive] money. This is an [expletive] robbery,” Hayes said.
Hayes cooperated, giving the robber a stack of $10 bills. The robber wanted more and pointed the shotgun within inches of Hayes’ head, he said.
”As soon as I gave him the money, I pulled my gun out from my hip, pointed it and fired four shots,” Hayes said.
The perp managed to get back up and three more shots were fired. He managed to get out of the parlor but collapsed “in a heap on Amelia Avenue.” The gun was a 9mm pistol and it doesn’t say how many of the shots struck their target. A photo with the story shows a hole in the front glass of the store.
The guy’s myspace page is a treat.
I found this bit in the story particularly interesting:
Resident Dave Mariani said he’s owned his house on Burton Avenue just off West Exchange Street since 1973, and this is the first time something of this nature has happened in this part of the neighborhood.
What he apparently means is that this is the first time the robber has been shot in this part of the neighbor hood, because
It was the fourth robbery at the shop since 2007.
It’s not particularly news-worthy when the bad guys get away with it, but it’s a huge media event when the good guys shoot back.
It’s also interesting that the owner initially “played ball” with the robber, giving him “a stack of $10 bills.” Isn’t that what everyone says you’re supposed to do? Cooperate with the criminal? But, shockingly, the criminal wasn’t satisfied with a stack of someone else’s $10 bills, so he demanded more. This is the sort of thing you’ll often see when losers see that people will cave in to their unreasonable demands.
So the owner shot him. That’s the sort of thing you’ll see when reasonable people get fed up with unreasonable bad guys.
Murdoc’s thinking that this might be the last robbery at this shop for a while.
Got google alerts for all of these stories today:
South Haven, MI: Pizza delivery driver robbed at gunpoint
Portsmouth, VA: Pizza delivery driver robbed at gunpoint in Portsmouth
New Castle County, DE: Delivering pizzas downright dangerous
Raleigh, NC: Pizza shop worker shot in robbery attempt
Last week I had a couple of posts about SWAT teams and the way they’re being used these days. One of them was about a Lima, Ohio, SWAT team, but here’s another story where an Ohio tactical unit seems to have done the job:
A man carrying a high-powered assault rifle was shot and killed during a standoff with police yesterday morning [December 7] after he threatened to kill them and himself.
At about 5 a.m., Bexley police responded to a 911 call from 2778 Bellwood Ave. A resident told them that Christopher Marcum, 43, was upset with his girlfriend and had several weapons.
Police found Marcum locked inside a bedroom with his girlfriend. He told officers he would shoot them and kill himself, and police could hear him loading a gun.
Though Murdoc bristles at the “high-powered assault rifle” description, it seems (from this story, at least) that things went down right. The girlfriend was apparently beaten but was okay.