Carrying Concealed Weapons a Criminal Offense.
It is not generally known that, since the first day of the present month, it is a criminal offense, in Ohio, to carry concealed weapons, yet such is the fact.
A law was passed by the Legislature, on the 29th of March, to take effect on the 1st of the present April, which provides -
1. That whoever shall carry a weapon or weapons concealed on or about his person – such as a pistol, Bowie-knife, dirk, or any other dangerous weapon – shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction for the first offense, shall be fined not exceeding $200, or imprisoned in the county jail not more than thirty days; and for the second offense not exceeding $500, or imprisoned in the county jail not more than three months, or both, at the discretion of the court.
2. That if it shall be proved to the jury from the testimony on the trial of any case presented under the first section of this act, that the accused was at the time of carrying any of the weapon or weapons aforesaid, engaged in the pursuit of any lawful business, calling or employment, and that the circumstances in which he was placed at the time aforesaid, were such as to justify a prudent man in carrying the weapon or weapons aforesaid, for the defense of his person, property or family, the jury shall acquit the accused.