For anyone wondering where Worthington, Ohio is..its a Northern Suburb of Columbus...a few miles South of my homestead...
In the email string that my friend started the first question asked was "since when is a semi-automatic AK based rifle considered an "automatic weapon" ". Well, under Ohio Revised Code any weapon in this state that can be loaded with a magazine capacity of more than 31 rounds (unless a .22) is considered an "automatic weapon"..I know, I know...don't get it either. From the ORC..
2923.11 Weapons control definitions.
As used in sections 2923.11 to 2923.24 of the Revised Code:
(A) “Deadly weapon” means any instrument, device, or thing capable of inflicting death, and designed or specially adapted for use as a weapon, or possessed, carried, or used as a weapon.
(B)(1) “Firearm” means any deadly weapon capable of expelling or propelling one or more projectiles by the action of an explosive or combustible propellant. “Firearm” includes an unloaded firearm, and any firearm that is inoperable but that can readily be rendered operable.
(2) When determining whether a firearm is capable of expelling or propelling one or more projectiles by the action of an explosive or combustible propellant, the trier of fact may rely upon circumstantial evidence, including, but not limited to, the representations and actions of the individual exercising control over the firearm.
(C) “Handgun” means any of the following:
(1) Any firearm that has a short stock and is designed to be held and fired by the use of a single hand;
(2) Any combination of parts from which a firearm of a type described in division (C)(1) of this section can be assembled.
(D) “Semi-automatic firearm” means any firearm designed or specially adapted to fire a single cartridge and automatically chamber a succeeding cartridge ready to fire, with a single function of the trigger.
(E) “Automatic firearm” means any firearm designed or specially adapted to fire a succession of cartridges with a single function of the trigger. “Automatic firearm” also means any semi-automatic firearm designed or specially adapted to fire more than thirty-one cartridges without reloading, other than a firearm chambering only .22 caliber short, long, or long-rifle cartridges.
Well, from what I understand this is not normally employed as a "primary" weapons offense in most instances, otherwise cops would just stake out ranges and wait for people to load large mags and arrest them. Instead I believe its mainly used as a secondary offense to another offense, even though its apparently a felony offense in and of itself. This is akin to adding a seat belt violation to a speeding offense in our state (mandatory seat belt law is in effect here for anyone traveling through).
What really got this guy in trouble is when he told the Netcare worker on the phone that he would shoot them if they showed up. Yep, that's pretty stupid folks. Tell someone you're armed and you will shoot them and they call the police...you're getting some guests at your door. This guy may have had some valid mental issues for the cops to ship him off to a mental ward, an assertion backed up by someone else that responded to the original email that is a local LEO in the circle of shooters I associate with.
What burned the biscuits for me reading this (and others) was the sensationalism that this guy was a "doomsday prepper", he had "8 to 10 guns" (guess the author had a hard time with counting), batteries (I know, how shocking!) and had "go bags" in his house. I wonder if I went to someones house that had a hobby garage out back and had multiple vehicles and oil, gas, tires and such I would concern myself that he might be planning to go Twisted Metal on the world...probably not. But change that garage to a gun locker and the media goes haywire. The fact that a show has showed up on cable called "Doomsday Preppers" which shows these types of folks in a not-so-favorable light probably didn't help.
Just as a side note, an Army buddy of mine fancies himself a prepper...1OldArmyGuy. I should point out that he's not that old (younger than me)..or really that crazy either...just kidding on the crazy thing there!
Prepper Porn?!? Get your mind out of the gutter!
I have talked about Go Bags before... Just because you happen to prepare for the apocalypse or just to defend yourself and your home does not mean your a criminal...well, maybe in the media's eyes you are but not in front of a judge. If you open your mouth and prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are a threat with a gun you are then a criminal under most jurisdictions in this country. Don't be stupid people. This guy just gave everyone that happens to keep a gun and ammo (or two, or three or ???) a bad name that won't be so easily dismissed by the media.