BELLEVUE, WA – Thanks to a remark by Robert Cornwell, executive director of the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association, it is now clear that the gloom-and-doom predictions about licensed concealed carry in Ohio were all lies, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said today.

Cornwell was quoted by the Associated Press noting, “Those with the concealed carry licenses have been good, law-abiding citizens. The worst-case scenarios that were put out there about the gunfight at the OK Corral didn’t come to fruition.”

“That’s the way it always is,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “The wild-eyed forecasts of blood in the streets never come true. Of course, anti-gunners who traditionally fight such laws know this, which means that they aren’t simply wrong in their predictions, they are liars.”

CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron noted that the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association has reached the same conclusion other honest, open-minded law enforcement officials have about such laws in other states.

“Given the test of time,” Waldron said, “concealed carry laws give gun owners a chance not only to fight back, but also to prove to skeptics and the media that they are responsible citizens. At the end of the day, opponents of self-defense have only emotion and falsehood on which to base their prejudice against armed private citizens.”

“Demagogues in two states, Wisconsin and Illinois, continue to treat gun owners as second-class citizens,” Gottlieb observed. “Time and again, their opposition to concealed carry laws can be summed up as nothing more than social bigotry against individual reliance and self-defense. Why anti-gunners like Governors Jim Doyle in Wisconsin and Rod Blagojevich in Illinois get a pass from the press on this issue is a mystery.

“Ohio’s experience once again proves that law-abiding citizens who arm themselves for personal protection are not a threat to the police or the public,” Gottlieb concluded. “To say otherwise by perpetuating this ‘Wild West’ myth is dishonest and deplorable.”