Ohio House passes castle doctrine and much else
A comment on a prior post noted this, and I figured it merits its own post. The Buckeye Firearms Association has the story here. It had already passed the Senate, albeit in a different form, so a conference between the houses will be necessary to get the final bill.
"Clarifies an unloaded firearm as one with no ammunition in the firearm or in magazines or speedloaders, regardless of where else ammunition is stored"
i'd suggest they take a second look at that.
even in massachusetts, a full stripper clip or speedloader doth not a "loaded firearm" make. you must willfully and consciously employ force to operate the loader correctly on a magazine. only after rounds are in some part of a firearm is there a firearm to consider loaded -- which we then do. otherwise, loaders are just a storage mechanism that are part of no weapon.
Posted by: jon at May 28, 2008 08:04 PM
Well it is a big improvement over what we have had, if loose ammo was in the same general area as the firearm (i.e.: same range bag) it could legally be construed as a "Loaded Weapon"
since the ammo was assessable
Posted by: The Duck at May 29, 2008 11:41 AM