LFC Comments by Brian Massie: We thank our very patriotic friend, Kathy Johnson, of Geauga County for sending us this information about pending legislation sponsored by Ohio State Representative (District 76) Diane Grendall. (shown on the left)
Written by: Kathy Johnson – Geauga County
July 20, 2021
I mentioned House Bill 62, with primary sponsors Mike Loychik and Diane Grendell. This is a bill to Designate Ohio as a Second Amendment Sanctuary State, and is known as the Ohio Second Amendment Safe Haven Act.
I submitted written proponent testimony for this bill and it is attached along with a PDF of the bill. This bill, if passed by both chambers and signed by the governor, would become law in Ohio.
The Claridon resolution states the following:
“The Claridon Township Board of Trustees hereby reaffirms its support for the United States Constitution and the Ohio Constitution, especially the Second Amendment of the United State Constitution and Article 1, Section 4 of the Ohio Constitution, and wishes to express its commitment to protecting the rights of Claridon Township residents.
“The Claridon Township Board of Trustees hereby acknowledges its support for H.B. 62, as introduced on Feb. 3, 2021.
“The Claridon Township Board of Trustees hereby finds and determines that all formal actions relative to the passage of this resolution were taken in an open meeting of this board, beginning with Claridon Township residents verbally petitioning the board of trustees on April 19, 2021, and that all deliberations of this board, if any, which resulted in formal action, were taken in meetings open to the public, in full compliance with applicable legal requirements, including Section 121.22 of the Ohio Revised Code.”
Tom Niewulis was a key citizen supporting this effort. The Chester Township Resolution is identical to Claridon’s except for the addition of the highlighted paragraph.
Again, this does not have force beyond a statement of reaffirmation of the oath of office and the concurrence and intent of the township trustees or county commissioners to the US Constitution and the Ohio Constitution.
This also upholds House Bill 62. But, as I stated to the Chardon Township Trustees, there is power in the collective voice which sends a message to the Ohio Legislature and to the County Sheriff and local police Departments. I hope this will work as the collective voice gets louder.
Here is a map showing that 61% of US counties are now covered by state laws or county resolutions. I counted 36 counties in Ohio.