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I pulled up this video to view and had to do a double-take at the top ad to the right of the video window.  I suppose that I shouldn’t be too surprised to see an ad for the group that I instruct with.  But what really got me was when I viewed the screen capture and saw that the ad for Armed2Defend was caught mid-scroll in the video too.
Time to shut tumblr down and go get ready for class tomorrow.

I pulled up this video to view and had to do a double-take at the top ad to the right of the video window.  I suppose that I shouldn’t be too surprised to see an ad for the group that I instruct with.  But what really got me was when I viewed the screen capture and saw that the ad for Armed2Defend was caught mid-scroll in the video too.

Time to shut tumblr down and go get ready for class tomorrow.

Send a polite message to Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine

The Ohio AG website has a whole area dedicated to the subject of concealed carry.  They even have a link to a “Model Concealed Carry Sign”.  Unfortunately, it’s an “Anti” sign not a “Welcome” sign:

http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/concealedcarry

I’ve sent a message through the Contact tab:

UnderNature of Concern/Inquiry:” I put:

The only CCW sign provided as a download on your website bans the legal concealed carry of a handgun on posted premises.

UnderHow would you like the Attorney General to Help?” I put:

Post this on the website along with (or instead of) the “no guns” sign currently posted: 

http://www.buckeyefirearms.org/publicfiles/Pro-CCW-Sign.pdf

So far I’ve only received an auto-reply confirming that my message got through.  Maybe if enough of us make the same suggestion we’ll see the Buckeye Firearms “CCW Welcome” sign posted along with (or instead of!) the other one.

Armed2Defend provides the 12 hour classroom/range instruction that is required for an Ohio CHL.
Like Kevin says, “this is why we do this training”.

Armed2Defend provides the 12 hour classroom/range instruction that is required for an Ohio CHL.

Like Kevin says, “this is why we do this training”.

Ohioans for Concealed Carry

Dear Second Amendment Supporter,

By now, we all know the story of William Bartlett, the CHL licensee in Canton who was berated, threatened with execution, and ultimately arrested by a Canton patrolman who falsely accused him of failing to notify.

Upon learning of this travesty, Ohioans for Concealed Carry obtained the dashcam video and posted it on YouTube, where it quickly went viral. OFCC then created a defense fund to make sure that Bartlett was not railroaded. It further contacted Canton officials to ensure that the officers were subject to disciplinary review. We are currently awaiting the results of that process.

In the mean time, notification charges against Bartlett were dismissed by a judge who refused to waste more of the taxpayers’ money on a bogus prosecution.

From this and similar incidents, OFCC realized that the notification law needs to change. OFCC now is working with Ohio Senator Jordan on legislation which will eliminate the notification requirement.  Canton City Council President Allen Schulman has offered to assist us in this effort.

OFCC is an all-volunteer organization, but it incurs expenses in running  its website, paying  for postage and phone lines, and retaining legal counsel when representation is required. Membership dues cover some of these expenses, but OFCC needs additional help to be truly proactive for its members, which includes our effort to eliminate the notification law.

To help, please consider making a gift to OFCC to help us expand the work we are doing. OFCC will continue to be a volunteer organization with an unpaid staff. All funds will continue to be used for operations and expenses.

Donations can be made on the website store.

Remember the Canton Ohio Police Dash Camera Video?

If you don’t, its here: http://OhioCCW.org/CantonPD 

The Canton, Ohio prosecutors office is not backing down.   Despite efforts by the defense counsel William Bartlett will be going to trial on November 9th, 2011 for the crime of failing to “promptly inform” a foaming at the mouth cop that he was armed.

Apparently the only three people in the world who seem to believe this are the two police officers and the prosecutor, because the judge recently wrote in a court decision:

"As noted by defense counsel at the evidentiary hearing, the video evidence contradicts the allegations of the complaint that Mr. Bartlett’s weapon was not discovered until a pat down of his person was conducted. The video shows that Mr. Bartlett notified Officer Harless of the presence of the weapon before the pat down took place."

(If you missed it, it sounds like the cops lied in their charges against Bartlett and got caught)

But we’re still going to trial? Why?!?!?!

We need your help.  If you live within reasonable distance of the Canton Ohio courthouse we need you to come fill the courtroom on November 9th (possibly November 10th too if needed).

We also need you to consider making a contribution (or, for most of you, another contribution) to the criminal defense fund Ohioans For Concealed Carry has been using to fund the entire criminal defense from.

Mr. Bartlett is being represented by an excellent attorney, but there are substantial costs with hiring competent legal counsel and thanks to the generosity of people like YOU we have been able to step in and help fund the defense of a man who was wrongfully charged and verbally assaulted by the police.  As you may or may not know, Mr. Bartlett is unemployed.

Had Attorney Tim Bellew and Ohioans For Concealed Carry not steppted in, its possible Mr. Bartlett would have been forced to plead to “Disorderly Conduct” charges and Officer Harless would still be on the streets of Canton, Ohio.


To contribute to the Legal Defense Fund, 
please click this link.

To learn more about the trial, whose going, where to park, etc, 
please click this link.