I stared mournfully out my bedroom window this morning pondering the rain. As is my habit, I was all set to go for a stroll around town, six-shooters strapped to each hip, shotgun slung across my back, bandoliers criss-crossing my chest: Y’know, ready for a nice walk around the neighborhood.
But that rain! Whatever could I do? You see, I should’ve enjoyed to wear a long raincoat to keep myself and my armaments nice and dry. But I haven’t yet taken my one-day, 8-hour class and paid my $67 for a concealed carry license in Ohio.
I mean, jeesh, eight hours! That’s, like, a whole Saturday. Learning what, safety? Just to be able to wear a raincoat over m’guns? You see, in Ohio, unless you’ve taken the training and paid the fee and had the background check, you must wear your personal arsenal openly. “Open carry,” they call it.
So, natch, I like to promenade among this historic brick streets of Athens dressed like Wyatt Earp on his way to the OK Corral. But again, this rain, and my busy schedule… Who has the time to take the trouble to get a “concealed carry” license?
Well imagine my utter delight to read that state Rep. Ron Hood, the Republican from Ashville, has now introduced legislation that means us Ohio folk will no longer need that dastardly permit to carry concealed weapons.
From the Columbus Dispatch:
The measure from Republican Ron Hood of Ashville has 20 cosponsors, including the No. 2 leader of the House, Ron Amstutz, R-Wooster. It would allow those 21 and older, not otherwise legally banned from having a weapon, to carry any firearm not specifically restricted by law.
The bill also would bar law enforcement officers from conducting “any search, seizure, or detention, no matter how temporary in duration, of an otherwise law-abiding person” with a firearm. Landlords also couldn’t bar tenants or their guests from having legal firearms.
Holy moly, it just keeps getting better. No hassle from John Law anymore either. I have to admit, the Pancho Villa look gets more than a few questioning glances from the boys in blue around town.
I’d much rather have my weapons hidden under a long coat, bulging suspiciously, with no permit, and no power for public safety officers to ask what the hell I’m up to.
David DeWitt is a writer and man of sport and leisure based out of Athens, Ohio. He has also written for Government Executive online, the National Journal’s Hotline, and The New York Observer’s Politicker.com. He can be found on Twitter @TheRevDeWitt.