Originally Posted by Louisville Glocker
While I do sympathize with the guy, and I highly suspect the judge will let him off with leniency, this wasn't an error of paperwork.
He was in violation of state law. He was carrying a loaded accessible handgun when state law clearly prohibits it. The only paperwork involved is that he didn't bother to get a license.
Do you call it paperwork because laws are written on paper?
You don't have to agree with the laws, but if you break them, you just might go to jail.
I understand that the guy was in violation of the law, that he should have known better and that he will likely end up in jail.
I had just hoped that the response here on GT would be "Wow, this is terrible what can we do to change the law?" Rather than the Nuremberg defense.
As for the paperwork comment. Remember he was charged with a felony, not a misdemeanor. In my opinion for a felony charge, there should be a victim.
But for applying for a CCW licence... OR removing the rounds from the magazine this man did nothing wrong.
He didn't hurt anyone
He didn't threaten anyone
He didn't destroy property
He didn't cause someone injury of any kind.
He didn't trespass
He even announced to the officer the fact he had a pistol for the officer's safety and piece of mind (as per Ohio CCW law).
It is my opinion that people should not be branded as felons over some minor technicality.