Well, I finally enrolled in the required certification course for my permit/license. We finished "module 1" last night and I have 7 hours left, including range time. Someone asked about the law and open carry, to which the instructor (a police training officer) responded that whereas it didn't constitute a weapons offense, it fell under "inducing panic." His sidekick co-instructor added "if I can see your gun, you're gonna see mine." Nevermind that the attorney general's booklet that they hand you as part of the class explicitly states, in pertinent part [emphasis in original]:
Ohio’s concealed carry laws do not regulate “open” carry of firearms.
If you openly carry, use caution. The open carry of firearms is a legal activity in Ohio.
The guy also said that you could be additionally charged for violating local ordinances concering carrying firearms, despite the fact that we have state preemption. I didn't get into a ******* contest with the guy - there are about 50 people in the class and I didn't want to waste even more time getting nowhere with them. I have spoken with these guys before by phone and e-mail concerning this, and yet they persist.
Anyway, I thought I'd share.