Gun advocates from Northwest Ohio demonstrated their stance on open carry rights, with guns exposed at a march in downtown Toledo.
The current Ohio law allows gun owners to carry their weapons in public places. On Sunday, more than 30 open carry advocates marched to educate the community on the right to bear arms, while strapped with handguns, rifles, and other firearms.
â??Weâ??re just trying to spread the news about being able to carry in the state of Ohio,â?? said Jeremy Gensler, President of the gun advocacy group, Northwest Ohio Carry. He continued, â??I want people to be able to protect their family.â??
Many of those who marched said protection is a reason why they choose to carry firearms.
â??Ultimately at the end of the day, I trust myself and a firearm to keep me protected in case something should happen,â?? said Toledo resident Stephen Recknegel, who marched with a Glock and AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.
Although open carry is permitted in Ohio, a conceal-carry permit is required to carry a loaded gun in a vehicle. This permit can be obtained by contacting the Lucas County Sheriffâ??s Office.