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    Note: I have updated my posts to reflect 2010.

    A Buddy and I were talking yesterday. April 19th is Patriots' Day, and he was thinking of putting together an "Open Carry Walk" on Saturday, April 17th in downtown Urbana, Ohioon that day. Anyone else interested in participating?

    We will contact the Urbana PD and Champaign County SO beforehand to let them know about it. The starting time will be 10:00 AM. A starting location has yet to be decided on. Afterwards we were thinking of having a party/celebration of sorts.

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    What: Open Carry Walk.

    When: Two days before Patriots' Day - Saturday, April 17th, 2010. Rally time is 10:00 AM.

    Where: Urbana, Ohio. Rally point is the parking lot next to the fire station located at 107 E. Market St. This fire station is adjacent to the Municipal Court building (SE corner of S. Main and Market). Here are the coordinates (copy and paste into Google maps):

    40.106536,-83.751343

    Why: To celebrate our liberties.

    Duration: 1 to 2 hours.

    Walk Route: TBD.

    Additional Info: This is a walk to celebrate our liberties, particularly our right to keep and bear arms. Participants are welcome to carry concealed (license required) or openly in a holster (no license required). The organizers will have handouts for curious citizens. Please feel free to also bring your own handouts. In addition, we are in the process of informing the Urbana PD and Champaign County SO of our walk.

    Contact Info: Tom (937-869-8095, thomashorch@mac.com) or Michael (937-663-0783, magcraft@windstream.net).

    Rules During the Walk:

    1. You will obey all laws.

    2. Unless your life is threatened, you will not remove your handgun from your holster for any reason during the walk. This means no "playing with," "handling," or "showing off" your handgun during the walk. Keep it in the holster.

    3. You can also open carry a long gun as long as it isn't loaded.

    4. You will be peaceful and civil at all times.

    5. You will obey all lawful commands from peace officers.

    6. Whether you know it or not, your actions and words will reflect negatively or positively on all gun owners, so choose them wisely during the walk.

    7. Treat curious citizens with courtesy and respect. Even those that have an opposing viewpoint. While it's certainly acceptable for you to stick up for your rights, we also ask that you do it in the most civil manner possible, regardless of how the "other side" may act. In other words, leave the macho attitude & loud rhetoric at home.

    Afterwards?

    We'll likely get lunch at a local establishment. After lunch, participants are welcome to come over to my place for some shooting. (I live approx. 20 minutes west of Urbana on 15 acres and have a small range.)



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    I'll be there, anyone else coming??

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    Sorry, I work Saturdays.

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    Lthrnck wrote:
    I'll be there, anyone else coming??
    Yep, I'll be there.



    If you have time, Lthrnck, stop by our place afterwards. We'll do some shooting and cook out on the barbie.

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    Why would you want to shoot and cook Barbie... don'tyou think Ken will get upset... :celebrate:celebrate:celebrate

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    That is cool....

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    Looks like I have Saturday off I'll try to convince my wife that I need to go. Is locked in the "trunk" of the motorcycle legit for transit in OH? Done it before but don't want to get caught up when all eyes are on us.

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    Depends if you have a CCW license or not. This is because the CCW law changed everything due to the "ready at hand" clause in the law. More here:

    http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/forum43/5590.html

    http://ohioccwforums.org/viewtopic.php?p=225375

    If you don't have a CCW license, I would separate the ammo & gun as much as possible, open the action, and even remove & separate the bolt if you can. In other words, do whatever you can to ensure the weapon is not "ready at hand."

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    http://www.urbanacitizen.com/main.as...mp;TM=32442.59
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    Have a good time!

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    The law says it's a violation if it's "concealed on the person's person or concealed ready at hand." OC with a loaded piece is fine as long as it's in plain view.

    http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/2923.12

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    When it comes to OC, it is legal because there's no law that say's it's illegal. (As a general rule, if it doesn't say you can't, then you can.)

    There are limits, however:

    -You obviously can't OC if you’re prohibited by law from possessing a gun (e.g. felon).
    -You can't OC in a school or in a publicly-owned building.
    -If you don't have a CCW license, you can't OC in your car.

    And then there are the grey areas:

    -You probably shouldn't OC anywhere CC is not welcome (such as a posted CPZ).
    -You probably shouldn't OC within 1000 feet of a school. (I checked, and we will not be within 1000 feet of any school during our walk.)

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    Looks like I'm there for sure. Will bring a friend for sure, and the wife may be participating as well.

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    Excellent!

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    Ohio Patriot wrote:
    -You probably shouldn't OC anywhere CC is not welcome (such as a posted CPZ).
    -You probably shouldn't OC within 1000 feet of a school. (I checked, and we will not be within 1000 feet of any school during our walk.)
    As I understood it, the 1000 ft rule only applied to criminal acts perpetrated within that range. OC isn't criminal, so no problem, right? Ohio's definition of a school area is the physical property that the school is on. The reason that I mention this is because if I decided to OC into town, I would have to a) walk within 1000 ft of a school, or b) walk 5 miles out of my way. Do daycare centers count as schools? If they do, there's no OCing into town (if the 1000ft rule actually applies). I would be pissed if my rights were taken just because I lived within that area.

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    As I understand it - I may be wrong- the "school zone" thing applies to having a gun at all within the zone, the exceptions being private property or having one properly secured in a vehicle, with some weird "safe conduct" exemption for hunters. So - if you live next door, you can still have a gun in your apartment, but I wouldn't walk on public property within 1000'of a school with one strapped on. AFAIK, day care centers are not "schools" within the legal definition.

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    How was the open carry walk?

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    I'd say it was a success. 14 people showed up, several of which were women. All ages as well. And if I got my facts straight, we even got an older gentleman on the street to OC I'm sure that more details will be posted later.

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    I wanted to go but I had to work. When will the next walk be? I wanted to organize something like this in Cleveland.

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    It was a great success!! Thanks to all who participated.



    We're now in the processof documenting the event. This will include descriptions, photos, etc. Stay tuned!!



    Michael

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    Send me an email, freedom_fighter777.



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    Standing outside The Depot Coffee Shop in Urbana:








    Eating lunch at the Family Table restaurant in Urbana:













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    Blog:

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    Patriots' Day Open Carry Walk


    A Celebration of Freedom!

    The 1st Annual Patriots' Day Walk was held on April 19th, 2008 in Urbana, Ohio.This event was a celebration of freedom to commemorate the 233rd anniversary of "The shot heard round the world". On April 18th, 1775 Governor Gage ordered the redcoats to march into towns and seize and destroy all munitions. On April 19th, 1775 the first shots were fired that would be the beginning of our countries fight for Independence and would insure our rights to bear arms.

    This local event was organized to exercise our rights and to bring awareness to the community of the legality of "open carry." The walk was held in downtown Urbana and the event participants walked about 3 miles of the downtown area. There were many people driving by and staring and a few people even pulled over and asked about the event. A number of informational flyers were handed out to all who asked about the event. All in all it was a very positive experience. The weather couldn't have cooperated any better and law enforcement was friendly and smiled when driving by. One well wisher came by at the gathering point to wish us well but was unable to attend.


    As we headed toward the square at the center of town we came upon an elderly gentleman who was there in support but was unable to march. He stood at that corner the entire time the group marched. He even handed out flyers to people who approached him with questions about the event. This gentleman was a Korean War Vet and we were deeply touched that he came and supported us the best way he could.

    We made a stop at The Depot, a local coffee shop for a restroom break and to fuel up on water and coffee. The workers were very friendly and welcoming. A few customers seemed a bit startled but there was no major commotion. One woman entered The Depot while everyone was inside and said out loud, "Oh no, I think I'll leave," and quickly exited the parking lot. No other negative comments were made.

    After gathering for a group picture in front (several members had joined in after the walk began) we headed back up Miami Street. As we rounded the corner and headed up North main St. a truck pulled over and asked what we were doing. It was explained what the event was about and the feedback was very positive. We ended the walk with a stop at The Family Table restaurant before parting ways. The waitress who greeted us as we entered was very friendly and was eager to hear all about the event. While we were there one gentleman approached us and said he was interested in the march but was a little unsure so he watched us march. He sat with us and discussed his confusion on some of the laws. After a lengthy discussion he assured us he would join us during next year's event. Also, during our meal we noticed one guy leave the establishment and return with a pistol strapped on in support. Pretty cool.


    We would like to thank Tom Horch and Michael Craft for helping organize this year's event. There were participants from several areas of Ohio. We would like to acknowledge all participants for making this event a success. From Springfield we had Randy, Amber and Daniel, and Rob & his two sons. From Cincinnati we had Jeff, from Englewood we had Kent, Alan & Lana came from Oxford, and Paul from Columbus. Tom Horch brought along his daughter Christy and his wife Aileen videotaped and photographed the event. I am sorry I didn't catch the old timer's name on the corner but a special thanks to him.

    We would also like to thank the city of Urbana, the Urbana Police Department, the dispatcher who surely had to field a few calls from startled passers-by, The Depot, and the Family Table restaurant for welcoming us warmly and those who stopped to share their support.

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    Ohio Patriot wrote:
    During our meal we noticed one guy leave the establishment and return with a pistol strapped on in support. Pretty cool.

    That is cool indeed. Nice job everyone.

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