9/26/16 – 5:05 A.M.
Ohio law allows Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik to carry her gun in the municipal building. The Courier reports the Ohio Supreme Court said the legality of the matter was up to the local prosecutor. The Findlay Police Department had asked about the practice. Police Chief Greg Horne tells the Courier he knew Mihalik had a concealed-carry permit, but wanted to make sure everything was above the board when he learned she was carrying in the municipal building. City law director Don Rasmussen had given Mihalik permission to carry her gun.
The Ohio Supreme Court is in charge of security regulations for buildings with courts. The Findlay Municipal Court is in the municipal building, along with the mayor’s office. State law prevents people with concealed-carry licenses from bringing weapons into buildings with courtrooms. Officers of the law can carry their weapons. Ohio law considers mayors the “chief conservator of the peace.” That makes Mihalik a law enforcement officer.
Mihalik tells the newspaper she got her concealed-carry permit after her first few months in office. She said there were enough incidents that seemed a little “weird,” and decided to have protection.
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