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    From the Columbus Dispatch: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/04/14/senate-rethinks-concealed-carry-ban-at-bars-restaurants.html?type=rss&cat=&sid=101″ onclick=”window.open(this.href);return false;

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    Senate rethinks concealed-carry ban at restaurants, bars
    Wednesday, April 14, 2010 11:24 PM
    By Alan Johnson

    In the future, the person sitting next to your family at your favorite pizzeria – or any restaurant that serves alcohol – could be carrying a concealed weapon.

    An Ohio Senate committee is considering legislation to allow concealed-carry permit-holders to take their guns into bars and restaurants that serve beer, wine and liquor. The only catch is, they can’t drink.

    The state’s concealed-carry law, which took effect in 2004, currently prohibits permit-holders from taking weapons into bars, restaurants and other establishments that serve alcohol.

    But Senate Bill 239, sponsored by Republican Sens. Shannon Jones of Springboro and Tim Shaffer of Lancaster, would change that. It has broad support from Ohioans for Concealed Carry and other firearms groups but is generally opposed by law enforcement, including the Fraternal Order of Police, on the basis that “alcohol and guns don’t mix.”
    Jeff Garvas, founder and president of Ohioans for Concealed Carry, told the Ohio Senate Judiciary-Criminal Justice Committee that his group is pushing the change in part because current law creates a “victim zone” where people are unarmed and defenseless.

    Another reason, Garvas said, is because “you leave your gun in your vehicle and it gets stolen.”

    Barbara Holt of West Carrollton, near Dayton, told the committee how she was attacked by a knife-wielding man outside a pizza restaurant. Holt said she has a concealed-carry permit but had to leave her gun in her car because the pizza restaurant serves beer.

    “I’m going to cut you up,” she said the man told her.

    Holt said she reached for the gun in her holster before realizing it wasn’t there. She fended off her attacker by thrusting a pizza box at him and running back into the restaurant.

    “Because I followed the law, I was unable to defend myself at the time I most needed it,” Holt said. “Every day, I think how lucky I was.”

    Edmund Markiewicz, a Cleveland man who has a concealed-carry permit, told lawmakers that he left his handgun in a lockbox in his truck while he and some friends went to dinner. When they were leaving, Markiewicz said he saw his truck being driven away by a thief.

    Because one of his friends was an off-duty police officer, they were able to pursue the thief and recover his vehicle and gun.

    “Requiring honest citizens to disarm while having dinner is having the unintended consequence of handing guns to criminals,” he said. “This bill fixes that problem.”

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