Absolutely incorrect. I urge you to contact your supervisor on this matter. Ohio state law does not prohibit the OPEN CARRY of firearms except in certain places and buildings. (yes, they can be loaded) You must have a permit to CONCEAL CARRY a firearm. Statewide carry preemption passed last spring and makes all local, city, etc. laws null and void. Basically, state law trumps local law. I can legally walk down Broad Blvd. with a loaded and HOLSTERED .45 on my hip and be well within my rights to do so. As long as that gun is in that holster I am not breaking the law. And I don't want to hear anything about 'disturbing the peace.' State law also reads that open carry isn't disturbing the peace or brandishing.
Unfortunately this is exactly what I was talking about concerning uninformed police officers. This creates a very dangerous situation for all concerned because a man exercising his right to bear arms (PROTECTED BY THE OHIO CONSTITUTION AND UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION) could get arrested, shot and/or killed by an officer who thinks he is doing good. I am not against you in this matter. I am merely stating fact that your interpretation or stance on this issue is incorrect. I encourage you to follow up on this and let me know what you find. You are the one with the power to do harm with the intention of doing good. I would post some links to websites that have state law written but I am sure as a police officer you have even better access to information than I do.