my buddy and I were having a discussion/debate on ccw and open carry and how GA and FL where he hails from is different from my state of ohio. The topic got to open carry and I told him that if i open carry and someone feels threatened or panic, I can be charged with inducing panic or disturbing the peace, a misdeamnor. He gave me a link from my states website which states....
Officer safety must always be a paramount concern and goal for peace officers. However, officers should not consider openly carrying a firearm as per se suspicious or criminal conduct. Openly carrying a firearm does not automatically equate into a Disorderly Conduct (R.C. § 2917.11) or Inducing Panic (R.C. § 2817.31)
my arguement is the word equate is equal too in other words you open carry your automatically charged with the misdeamnor and I told him no someone has to feel threatened or panic, but its really up the officer and if he knows the gun laws. Open carry is legal and not forbidden in my state constiution. Anybody have some hard resources to point me in the right direction? I found a powerpoint from my attorney generals office that said this...
Open Carry IX
•The real problem: Public resentment for law enforcement response/charges for the exercise of a constitutional right
•Often charged with menacing or inducing panic -2903.21 and 2917.31
•The real answer: It is impossible to say whether an open carrier in a given situation not also violating other law. Open carry is not mutually exclusive of other crimes depending on the facts
•Resolution? Officer Safety? California solution? Training?
what say you?