A friend of mine contacted the Morrow County Agriculture Society to have them remove their "No Guns" signs from the grounds (but not the buildings). My friend open carries his handgun on his hip, as do I.
Dan Rodgers of the Morrow Co. Fair Board said the Ag. Society was a private organization and that the signs were ok. He suggested contacting the county Sheriff or the county Prosecutor.
Both the Sheriff and the Prosecutor believe that the fairgrounds should NOT be posted, but the prosecutor stated that they did NOT represent the Agriculture Society.
When my friend replied to Mr. Rodgers, pointing out that the Ohio Supreme Court decision in Greene County Ag. Society v. Liming says an 'independent' Society is still a political subdivision of the state, Mr. Rodgers replied that my friend shouldn't make threats.
Mr. Rodgers said that my friends letter would be forwarded to the county Sheriff as well as the Attorney General's office.
On August 15, my friend received a phone call from Mike Vartorella, Asst. Division Chief at Ohio Dept. of Agriculture (Chief Ride Inspector?) stating that he had not yet run my friend through the Department of Homeland Security database and that the Fair Board was worried about some extremist group from Cleveland coming down to their fair. He also advised my friend that he should just conceal carry and used the phrase 'putting a target on your back' at least 8 times during the conversation.
IF contacted by the Morrow County Agriculture Society or the Morrow County Fair Board, please advise them of the laws under ORC 1711, the meaning of case law such as Greene County Ag. Soc. V. Liming, and of their duties under ORC 9.68.
As a layman, I believe the Morrow County fairgrounds should not be allowed to post "No Guns" signs anywhere except their buildings, (other than buildings used primarily as restrooms, shelters, etc.)
I will attempt to contact Gary Hill, Mike Vartorella's supervisor at the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture, to see if he authorized Mr. Vartorella's contact with my friend.
As a former Columbus Police Department SWAT officer, I hope Mr. Hill did not approve the cheap intimidation tactic of name-dropping the Department of Homeland Security.