FAIRFAX, VA - After a decade long effort, law-abiding citizens of Ohio now have the Right-to-Carry a firearm for protection of themselves and their loved ones. The National Rifle Association (NRA) is pleased to announce that Governor Taft has signed legislation recognizing law-abiding Ohioan`s right to carry firearms. Ohio becomes the 37th state to enact such self-defense legislation. "The Right-to-Carry is a proven crime deterrent and will benefit all law-abiding Ohioans," said Chris Cox, NRA chief lobbyist. "On behalf of NRA`s four million members, I would like to thank Governor Taft for signing Right-to-Carry into law. I would also like to recognize the support of Representative Jim Aslanides, the sponsor of the legislation, Speaker Larry Householder, Senate President Doug White and all who voted for this important self-defense right. As always, the grassroots activism by thousands of NRA members was fundamental in achieving victory." More than half of all Americans live in Right-to-Carry states. Despite ominous predictions by gun-ban groups, data shows that states with Right-to-Carry laws experience significantly less crime. According to the FBI, on average Right-to-Carry states have a 24% lower violent crime rate than states without the self-protection law. In 2003, Right-to-Carry laws were enacted in New Mexico, Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri. There are now only four states that do not allow any form of Right-to-Carry. For more information on Right-to-Carry: http://www.nraila.org/Issues/FactSheets/Read.aspx?ID=18 The 133-year-old NRA is the nation`s oldest civil rights group, and advocates enforcement of existing laws to prosecute and punish violent criminals. The NRA is the nation`s leader in teaching gun safety and promoting marksmanship among law enforcement officers. The Association has approximately four million members across America. --nra--
Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.