December 7, 2017

Let Me Cross the Street

I've seen a smattering of folks claiming that the passing of the Conceal Carry Reciprocity bill is going to cause the streets to run red with the blood of the innocents.

I'm not going to dive into the pros and cons of the bill, since I seriously doubt it's going to get 60 votes in the Senate to pass, but I do want to address something.

Take a look at this photo:

This photo is from Google Maps, and shows a North/South street just left of that building with the orange roof.

The town is Union City, and that North/South street is the state line between Indiana and Ohio.

Now, when I lived in Indiana, Union City was about 40 minutes drive from my home, and due to Indiana's refusal to allow carry out beer on Sundays, it wasn't unheard of for me to make a beer run on a Sunday to Union City, since you CAN get carry out beer in Ohio on Sunday.

But there's a problem: Ohio does not recognize Indiana's LTCH (License to Carry Handgun) permit.  So, having gone through a background check with the Indiana State Police, and having been issued a permit to carry a concealed weapon, all of that was null and void on the east side of that North/South road.

If I'm left of that center line, I'm good.  Cross the street and I'm committing a felony.

That's what this bill does.  It lets me cross the street without instantly becoming a criminal.


Sevesteen said...

Ohio fixed that particular silliness, we now accept all permits. Your larger point remains valid, we haven't had an influx of armed Hoosiers causing problems.

Jeff B said...

Good to hear that Ohio made the change. Must have been fairly recently, as my Indiana LTCH wasn't honored in OH when I left Indiana in September 2016.