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August 2016

 


Beckerisms

Gun Control

For business owners who post signage stating "no guns allowed," ask yourself these questions: Will that sign make it more likely, or less likely, that you will be robbed or assaulted?
When a bad guy with a gun sees that sign, is it more likely, or less likely, that he will change his mind about robbing or assaulting you?

Open Carry Laws
There is no license or permit process for open carry in Ohio. Unless your right to bear arms has been revoked, there are very few places where open carry is prohibited:

·         Jails or facilities that are under the control of the department of mental health and addiction services, the department of developmental disabilities, the department of youth services, or the department of rehabilitation and correction (R.C. 2921.36).

·         Bars (except for concealed handgun license (CHL) holders) (R.C. 2923.121).

·         School property (R.C. 2923.122).

·         Courthouses (R.C. 2923.123).

·         Motor Vehicles (except for concealed handgun license (CHL) holders) (R.C. 2923.16).

·         Private property where posted (R.C. 2923.126 (C) (3) (a)).


Although government buildings have signage banning guns, those signs only apply to concealed carry. Therefore, regardless of signage to the contrary, open carry is permitted in:

·         Premises owned or leased by any public college, university, or other public institution of higher education.

·         Publically (government) owned and operated day-care center.

·         Statehouse: Note that the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) prohibits open and concealed carry per OAC 128-4-02 (G) (10). However, that agency rule does not appear to be legally valid because of Ohio Revised Code (R.C.) 9.68 (A): "Except as specifically provided by … state law … a person may" open carry. ORC 9.68 (B) allows lawsuits against the state for violation.

·         Riffe Center.

·         Rhodes Tower.

·         Police stations, sheriff's offices, or state highway patrol stations, and premises controlled by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation.

·         Airport passenger terminals (outside the secured area).

·         Administration buildings of all state and local governments (except courthouses, jails, and schools) such as but not limited to:

o   City council chambers, meeting rooms, civic centers, and administration buildings.

o   Township halls, meeting rooms, civic centers, and administration buildings.

o   County commissioner chambers, meeting rooms, civic centers, and administration buildings.

o   County Clerks offices.

o   Bureau of motor vehicles.


Unless otherwise posted, open carry is also permitted in:

·         Bars, provided that you meet both of the following criteria:

o   You have a valid concealed handgun license (CHL).

o   You are not intoxicated or consuming intoxicating beverages.

·         Premises owned or leased by any private college, university, or other private institution of higher education.

·         Churches, synagogues, mosques, or other places of worship.

·         Child day-care centers. (OAC requires these facilities to post. Therefore, open and concealed carry are prohibited.)


Summary
Provided that your right to own a gun hasn't been revoked and regardless of gun knowledge or training (if any), you are free to open carry in all state and local government buildings and colleges with the exceptions of jails, schools, and courthouses.
However, for those who have been fingerprinted, passed a background check, are trained in gun safety, marksmanship, and have a CHL, you can't carry concealed in any state or local government buildings or colleges. You also can't carry concealed in any posted locations, schools, or churches. (Public and private school boards and church authorities can grant permission per their discretion.)

I personally feel a lot safer carrying concealed rather than open. However, in government buildings, open carry is the only option allowed. What if I go to my local township meeting with my gun visible on my belt and I unknowingly sit next to a psycho? The psycho could grab my gun, push me to the ground and begin firing. If I were allowed to carry concealed, nobody would know and everyone would be much safer. Ohio's gun laws are the antithesis of public safety.

Letter in response to an opponent of House Bill 590
Dear Mr. Xxxxxx,

 

The gun issue can be very emotional for many people; especially for those who have lost loved ones to gun violence. My heart goes out to the victims and their families.

 

The way I see it, there are only two ways to effectively deal with gun crime:

1.    Pass a Constitutional Amendment to authorize the federal government to implement strict gun control laws nationwide and require some type of compensated gun confiscation program. It would require a massive effort and a very long period of time to eliminate 300 million guns. Some foreign countries have had success with this. I wouldn’t expect widespread support or participation from Americans.

2.    Encourage training in gun safety and marksmanship for honest citizens so that they are able to shoot back if necessary. In addition to a background check, this describes citizens with concealed carry permits.

 

Let’s discuss the absurdity of the so-called “gun free zones”: Unless there are metal detectors, the bad guys with guns will have easy access to a rich target environment. Therefore, the honest citizens who obey the laws will be defenseless and subject to methodical slaughter. That is the environment that our current state law encourages.

 

If we were to allow concealed handgun license (CHL) holders to be armed everywhere but areas secured by metal detectors, all citizens would be safer. If a bad guy were to start shooting people, a good guy with a gun would be able to stop him.

 

As an example, most people think that it is a bad idea to have guns in schools. They are “gun free zones” under Ohio law. What efforts are made to ensure guns stay out of schools? Without courthouse style metal detectors and security the answer is effectively none. Therefore, it is absurd to call them “gun free zones” when there is no way to know who might be walking in with a gun. Maybe they should be called “easy kill zones” since the good citizens who follow the law will be defenseless. In my opinion, it is absurd to have laws preventing the good guys from carrying guns where the bad guys are able to. HB 590 is a small step toward leveling the playing field. Or should I call it the “killing field”?

 

We obviously disagree on this issue. I wish you the best!

John Becker, CTP, MBA

State Representative

Ohio's 65th District House of Representatives

The letter that the Cincinnati Enquirer refused to print
Dear Editor,

 

In "Ignorance of Location no excuse for gun owners" August 25, 2016, the author is referencing how laws are enforced.

 

House Bill 590 changes the law. The Ohio Revised Code often specifies minimum and maximum penalties for crimes. HB 590 only applies to concealed handgun license (CHL) holders and effectively changes the penalty for carrying a firearm, into a so-called "gun free zone," to a warning.

 

Citizens with CHLs are required to be finger printed, pass a background check, and be trained in gun safety and marksmanship. They are the cream of the crop of the citizenry.

 

Does anybody really believe that a sign on the door or public designation of "no guns allowed" will stop a bad guy? No. They only stop the good guys, therefore making everyone vulnerable. The only effective "gun free zone" is one with courthouse style metal detectors and security.

 

"Gun free zones" encourage gun violence. They are the locations of least resistance for the bad guys. HB 590 makes it easier for the good guys with CHLs to carry without fear of being charged with inadvertently violating a "gun free zone." That makes everyone safer.

John Becker, CTP, MBA

State Representative

Ohio's 65th District House of Representatives

Ohio House of Representatives
House Bill 590 - Provides immunity when license holders inadvertently carry in a prohibited location

·         Any CHL holder who carries a concealed firearm into a prohibited or posted place and is discovered could not be charged with a crime, unless said CHL holder refuses to leave or take the firearm and secure it in a proper location.

·         Preserves immunity for businesses who allow firearms. However, it removes immunity protections for businesses that post 'no firearms allowed' signage and do not provide adequate security.


House Bill 583 - Public Sector Right-to-Work
This legislation:

·         Provides public sector workers the choice to opt out of union representation and dues.

·         Allows non-union employees to voluntarily make financial contributions to a union.

·         Protects unions from the requirement of representing non-union employees.

·         Appropriates $30,000 in fiscal year 2017 for pamphlets and brochures.


House Bill 502 - Campaign Finance Simplification

Some provisions of HB 502 are as follows:

·         Rounding of maximum contributions to the nearest $100.

·         Post-general campaign reporting will be synced to the calendar year with an end-of-the-year report due January 7th.

·         Minimal income and expenditures less than $100 may be aggregated instead of itemized.

·         The Secretary of State may audit a candidate or campaign committee’s reports for a particular race. However, if one candidate or committee is audited, then all candidates or committees for that race must be audited.

·         No filing requirement if a candidate receives or spends less than $2,000.

·         Phases in electronic reporting requirements for all candidates over the next three years.

·         Certified mail to candidates will be permissive rather than required.


House Bill 456 - Create Safeguards that Prevent ‘Election Shenanigans’
The major provisions of HB 456 are as follows:

This is an opportunity to move a bi-partisan bill forward that helps all parties.

House Bill 257 - Becker Budget
In summary, the provisions of HB 257 include:

·         Slow (state only) spending growth by $1.3 billion from HB 64 (state budget).

·         Reduce income tax rates proportionally.

·         Phase out income tax over five years.

·         Slow "all funds" growth by $6.2 billion from HB 64.

·         Eliminate Obamacare Medicaid expansion.

·         Defund Planned Parenthood.

·         Eliminate the Ohio Marriage Penalty.

·         Allow sales tax refunds for Core charges.

·         Allow Governor Kasich's proposed severance tax to apply to public lands only.

·         Expand Indigent tort reform.

·         Prohibit double dipping in the state pension system (grandfather in current double dippers).

 

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Event Calendar

September 8, 2016
Trump meeting at Republican HQ in The Empire of The Village of Batavia at 6:30 pm.

September 9, 2016
Clermont Senior Services 17th Annual Touching Hearts Gala at Eastgate Receptions from 6 pm to 10 pm for $55.

September 12, 2016
Union Township Republican Central Committee meeting at the Civic Center.

September 13, 2016
CCV’s 29th Annual Golf Classic

September 14, 2016
Trump meeting at Republican HQ in The Empire of The Village of Batavia at 6:30 pm.

September 18, 2016
Clermont County Republican Club summer picnic from 3-6 PM at the Batavia Township Park for $10.

September 21, 2016
Clermont County Republic Central Committee meeting at HQ in The Empire of The Village of Batavia.

September 24, 2016
Ohio Republican Liberty Caucus Convention in Columbus.

September 27, 2016
League of Women Voters Candidates Forum at the Eastgate Holiday Inn from 6:30 to 9 pm.

September 28, 2016
Trump meeting at Republican HQ in The Empire of The Village of Batavia at 6:30 pm.

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