Samuel Adams wrote:If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.
WY_Not wrote:Really hope you are escalating this to his boss, their boss, and their boss. He either needs educated or he needs a new career or preferably both.
sodbuster95 wrote:What qualifies as a "deadly weapon" under Ohio law?
Until this morning, I thought it was pretty clear. Per R.C. 2923.11(A), "'Deadly weapon' means any instrument, device, or thing capable of inflicting death, and designed or specially adapted for use as a weapon, or possessed, carried, or used as a weapon."
This morning, I was informed by a Lucas County Deputy Sheriff that my interpretation of that fairly straightforward definition is horribly mistaken.
As I usually do when going into the various courthouses I am in on a routine basis, I unholstered my firearm (clearly, a deadly weapon) and secured it in my vehicle. However, I left my Bianchi belt-slide leather holster in place. It has been my long-standing belief that an empty leather holster was just that - a piece of, if not benevolent then at least non-malicious, leather. Once deadly to a cow, perhaps, but that would seem to the extent of any malevolence.
Not so, according to the Lucas County Deputy Sheriff working security at Toledo Municipal Court this morning. Rather, so I was informed, this otherwise nondescript piece of black leather is verboten. Cowhide-non-grata, as it were. Skeptically, I inquired how this was so and was informed that an empty holster does, in fact, constitute a "deadly weapon" under Ohio law. Helpfully, when I disagreed with him, he became physically threatening and stated that he was going "put [me] in custody". Though, to be fair, I'm pretty confident that threat was the result of the daring and unforgivable gall I exhibited in challenging the Deputy's unassailable legal acumen.
After all, I'm just an attorney. What could I possibly know about the law?
Chuck wrote:One of the fellows I was lobbying with this morning at the statehouse was open carrying an empty holster.
One of the Staties guarding the place asked him "Do you have a gun in there?"
My point being, OSHP ain't skeered of no empty holsters
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