Could we do a fundraiser to purchase and provide every member of the legislature with a copy of John Lott's book More Guns Less Crime
, http://www.amazon.com/More-Guns-Less-Cr ... 0226493660
. John Lott is an economist--a numbers cruncher. He uses government data to prove that arms control causes the very evil it purports to cure. He demonstrates that violent crime goes down wherever carrying concealed weapons is permitted, and that concurrently it goes up where carrying of concealed weapons is prohibited, i.e., in CPZ's. One example of his data analysis is crime data from Washington DC and contingent states before and after contingent states' enactment of CHL's. The contingent states' criminals moved their criminal activity to Washington DC after the citizens of the contingent states were permitted to carry, and crime went down in the contingent states and up in DC. This may help our legislators understand the need to eliminate CPZ's.
I think we should also prioritize changing parts of the law that constitute or result in banning firearms possession and use. I agree with the arguments against LE notification (it is none of their business and it only gives them a false sense of security), but that does not prevent someone from carrying a firearm. I also think that we should demand that our legislators obey the constitution and decriminalize the exercise of the 2nd Amendment, but we are not going to get that unless we can get a state constitutional amendment on the ballot that explicitly defines "right" "the people" "keep" "bear" "arms" "shall not" and "infringe" and imposes criminal penalties for anyone who infringes.
Please remain mindful of the tactic of those who wish to enslave us by surreptitiously expanding those on prohibited lists (eventually to include us all) by moving minor offenses into categories that create a weapons disability and broadening weapons disability categories.
Having said all that, my list is:
1. Propose the elimination of all CPZ's in one bill. Provide a copy of John Lott's book with the proposal. Some CPZ's may be removed through the legislative process, but we may actually get some.
2. Propose shifting the burden in self-defense to the state, via reasonable doubt.
3. Repeal duty to retreat.
4. Propose a seven year limit on firearms prohibitions in R.C. § 2923.13 or the addition of a "shall issue" restoration after seven years and upon certain other conditions such as crime free (including misdemeanors) in R.C. § 2923.14. Ohio allows those who have been convicted of crimes such as aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, menacing by stalking to have their privilege to be a Medicaid provider automatically restored seven years after being released from prison, parole or probation (See O.A.C. § 5160-45(D); http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/5160-45
) and provide care for the most vulnerable in our society—some of whom cannot speak, but those same people lose their right to protect their families in their own homes for ever unless they can obtain a pardon (thanks to Sub HB 234), fit into the very narrow category of those who can have records sealed (thanks to Sub HB 234) or afford to move to certain rural counties in Ohio and apply for restoration under R.C. § 2923.14. If these people are deemed to be rehabilitated enough by the State of Ohio so as to allow them to care for the disabled, they should have an effective way to be able to protect their families in their own homes. I should note that the seven year limit is based upon sound research. Criminologists from the University of South Carolina and the University of Maryland published a study in 2006 which found that the risk of new offenses among those who last offended six or seven years ago begins to approximate the risk of new offenses among persons with no criminal record. See: Kurlchek et al., (2006), Scarlet Letters and Recidivism: Does an old criminal record predict future offending?
Criminology & Public Policy, 5: 483–504. These findings resulted in a new federal statute on background checks for truckers driving hazardous materials that explicitly limits the use of criminal history records to seven years since the time of conviction. See: Kurlchek et al., (2006), at 499.