I just sent the following note to the village manager:
The posting of at least three “No guns” signs at Amberley Green park has come to my attention. (picture attached)
An acquaintance of mine contacted the village and received a return phone call from someone in your police department stating that essentially “Oh, we know that concealed and open carry are legal there, the signs are just meant to dissuade hunters”. But, rather than simply putting up “No hunting” or “No hunting or shooting” signs, the village has chosen another course.
You know, as a firearms instructor and gun-rights activist, if I had a dollar for each time I’ve read about or been told such things, I’d be a rich man. No, in my experience signage such as that at Amberley Green is usually posted to both dissuade the casual (but legal) gun carrier and/or to satisfy the anti-gun leanings of a person or persons in a position of influence. Such signage is deceitful, and in my opinion, illegal.
Certainly the village attorney knows that there is no language in the ORC “authorizing” me or any other legal gun carrier to carry a firearm(s) in the park, any more than there is language “authorizing” me to wear a pink shirt and lime green pants. No, the law generally disallows acts instead of positively authorizing them.
Regardless, the overriding reason I’m writing to you today is that intend to conduct an open-carry get-together at the park (whenever Spring finally arrives) in order to bring attention to your misleading and illegal signs. The media will of course be invited, as they have been to all events that I’ve organized. Such events usually consist of individuals openly and peacefully carrying sidearms, longarms or both, with time allotted for eating and socializing. Since the village has adopted discriminatory parking measures at the park, individuals would probably park on nearby streets such as Fairhaven Lane, Burning Tree Lane, Legacy Trace, or others in close proximity.
Because the village website has a dearth of e-mail addresses, I would appreciate it if you would pass on this note to whomever you designate as a liaison for me. If there is a legal objection to any part of what I’ve described, including parking locations, please have the liaison cite the relevant ORC section.
Village Manager Scot Lahrmer (513) email@example.com
Yes, I do believe in open carry. An openly armed man is clear in his intentions. Concealed carriers are sneaks and skulkers and elitist, boot licking, political contribution making, running dog lackies of The Man. <wink> (thx grumpycoconut - OpenCarry.org)
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