Retiredfly wrote:Regarding the Business Owner Letter, the paragraph about "'No Firearms' Signs are Dangerous", states that such signs prohibit off duty police officers from carrying their weapons into the posted premises. Are we sure about this? It was my understanding that police officers are NOT under the restrictions of the concealed carry laws that the general public is.
I would strongly recommend checking the Ohio Revised Code on this. We don't want to be putting our credibility in jeopardy by signing off on erroneous information. If the law is written as I believe, that section will have to be corrected.
First, I want to say welcome to the forum.
Now, in answer to your question:
Police Officers in Ohio are not exempt from criminal trespass, or any other laws unless expressly stated therein, when not performing their official duties.
In addition, even though you did not ask about it, LEOSA also does not exempt an individual from state laws that allow persons to prohibit firearms on private property or prohibit firearms on public property. http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/2911.21
2911.21 Criminal trespass.
(A) No person, without privilege to do so, shall do any of the following:
(1) Knowingly enter or remain on the land or premises of another;
(2) Knowingly enter or remain on the land or premises of another, the use of which is lawfully restricted to certain persons, purposes, modes, or hours, when the offender knows the offender is in violation of any such restriction or is reckless in that regard;
(3) Recklessly enter or remain on the land or premises of another, as to which notice against unauthorized access or presence is given by actual communication to the offender, or in a manner prescribed by law, or by posting in a manner reasonably calculated to come to the attention of potential intruders, or by fencing or other enclosure manifestly designed to restrict access;
(4) Being on the land or premises of another, negligently fail or refuse to leave upon being notified by signage posted in a conspicuous place or otherwise being notified to do so by the owner or occupant, or the agent or servant of either.
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."
Robert Heinlein, Beyond This Horizon
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And no one else's.