Local gunowner and former Gun Nuts Radio guest, Bryan Ledford called this afternoon to let me know that he was found not guilty of a CCW violation.
Previously harassed by the police for open carrying, Bryan was pulled over, had (what he thought was) a gun pointed at him, and was then arrested for not informing the officer that he had a CCW and was currently carrying a weapon.**
When police in Ohio run your license plate through the LEADS system, it automatically notifies them of your background, vehicle registration, criminal history, and your CHL/CCW status but, according to state law, you are still required to inform the officer yourself.
The time between getting stopped and Bryan's arrest for failure to inform? 51 seconds - and Bryan was able to prove it.
Now, I'm not sure if Bryan got arrested by an overzealous jerkwad of a cop or if he's walking around with a target on his back due to his first altercation. Perhaps both? Who knows. Either way, it's time for Ohio to stop treating some of its most law-abiding citizens like criminals.
** more details from OFCC:
[Bryan] was charged with "Improperly handling firearm in a motor vehicle", in violation of ORC Section 2923.16(E)(3)(a). He was stopped for a law enforcement purpose, but was ordered out of his vehicle at weapon point (thought it was a gun, later realized it was a tazer). He followed the instructions of the officer to exit vehicle, hands up, etc. Then he notified the officer about the weapon (legally) in the vehicle. So, he did notify, but the officer didn't think it was "prompt" enough.
Vehicle was towed, with a $140 tow bill. And had to post $400.00 bond. Officer also seized his CHL and told him he can not carry. Which is not correct, because the CHL gets suspended upon a conviction, not upon being charged.