It may sound harsh, but I recommend not discussing concealed carry with your friends or neighbors.  Your handgun does not exist until you are training or you are forced to use it.  It is a tool of last resort.

There seems to be a new trend growing in the attack on our ability to carry concealed.  It’s not coming from the local LEO—it’s coming from those folks you call your friends and neighbors.  I’ve been presented with three different cases in the past 60 days dealing with similar issues.

#1 – Civil Stalking Protection Order

The first involved a neighbor who did not like the fact that the family next door always carried concealed.  The neighbor filed for a civil stalking protection order not because there was any actual stalking but rather to restrict the ability of the CHL to carry at all.  It took a two day trial to resolve that matter in favor of the CHL individual.

#2 – Argument Leads to Loss of License

The second involved an argument between two neighbors standing in the street.  When the police arrived, the non-CHL party told police that the CHL person threatened her with a gun.  That CHL individual gave up her handgun license to avoid the expense of contesting it in court.

#3 – Road Rage and a CHL

The third involved a non CHL driver who became enraged when a CHL driver stopped suddenly to avoid hitting another car.  An argument ensued.  The police have filed disorderly conduct charges against the CHL driver and the non - CHL driver is threatening civil litigation claiming that the CHL driver threatened he would defend himself with a gun if necessary.

So, it’s not always the “system” that tries to restrict our privilege of carrying concealed.  The real lesson to be learned in these three recent examples is that if you tell someone that you carry concealed they may use it against you some day.  The easiest way to create problems for you is for them to file for a stalking protection order requesting restriction of handgun rights, or lie to some law enforcement officer that you threatened to use your handgun.  Suddenly, you may be faced with defending yourself in costly litigation or giving up your handgun rights. Never discuss your handgun, never show your handgun and never threaten to use your handgun.  It’s a tool of last resort only.  It doesn’t exist until then.

 

The Ohio Attorney General recently released new forms for obtaining or renewing your Ohio CHL license.  This includes a new application form for obtaining or renewing your CHL along with a new publication of Ohio’s Concealed Carry Laws and License Application Booklet.  Whether you are obtaining a new license or renewing your old license it is important that you take a moment to review the new forms.  In addition, to be sure you are current on all of the changes recently made to Ohio CHL law, you should reread the updated booklet covering Ohio’s laws. Significant changes include: an expansion in the number of questions you are required to answer from 18 to 32, the addition of a new section for CLEO certification, and other cosmetic changes. 

Everyone needs to revisit the Ohio Attorney General’s website and review the new booklet on Ohio’s laws along with the new CHL forms. See the new form http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov.

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