cjah09 wrote:Although it is legal to open carry in Ohio, and carrying a gun is not reason enough to search... Complaints from the general public do warrant the police to investigate.
All true. It is the level of the "investigation" that becomes an issue.
cjah09 wrote:Most officers will simply ask a few questions and move on.
The police are certainly free to ask questions, but in Ohio, unless they suspect a citizen of a crime, the citizen has no duty to answer any questions. If they see the open carrier NOT committing any crimes, they are free to move on without asking any questions.
cjah09 wrote: But, as seen on youtube, individuals can create issues by having an attitude or refusing to cooperate with law enforcement.
Again, if I'm not doing anything wrong, why should I be bothered by law enforcement?
cjah09 wrote:There are many many videos on youtube of individuals "exercising their right" to open carry.
cjah09 wrote:These individuals are looking for a response from the public and police.
Sadly, this is true. Some of these folks are a-holes solely looking for a confrontation.
cjah09 wrote:Once someone open carrying causes a scene, they create the "reasonable suspicion" for LEO to investigate.
Not if it was the LEO that started the confrontation. And yes, the LEO stopping an open carrier IS starting a confrontation.