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The Suburbanite
  • Once targeted by gun advocates, Canton Council president is invited to shooting range

  • Canton Council President Allen Schulman and a representative of Ohioans for Concealed Carry will join former Gov. Ted Strickland at a shooting range in November. The grassroots gun rights group invited Schulman, who had been critical of the state’s concealed weapon law following a controversial traffic stop in Canton.

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  • City Council President Allen Schulman has gone from being labeled “idiot of the day” to accepting an invitation to join members of a gun-rights group at a firing range.
    Schulman had drawn scathing criticism from Ohioans for Concealed Carry for comments he had made following the group’s posting of a video on the Internet. The video showed Canton Police Patrolman Daniel Harless threatening and having a volatile exchange with a concealed-carry permit holder during a June 8 traffic stop.
    Schulman will be joined at a shooting range by former Gov. Ted Strickland and Philip Mulivor, a coordinator for Ohioans for Concealed Carry, a volunteer organization. The outing is scheduled for November, but a site has not been finalized, Mulivor said Tuesday.
    Strickland has been a strong advocate of the second amendment and the concealed-carry law, he said.
    After he contacted Mulivor, Schulman said, the two men had a constructive conversation.
    “I am very excited about doing this,” Schulman said of the invitation to the shooting range.
    Comments Schulman had made at the July 25 council meeting had drawn the ire of Ohioans for Concealed Carry.
    “This is, in my judgment, a symptom of this arming, literally the arming of our population with handguns,” the council president said, referring to the traffic stop involving Harless and the concealed carry permit holder. “And the flooding of handguns into our communities.”
    Following the comments, Ohioans for Concealed Carry had called for the resignation of Schulman, who did not step down from the elected position.
    In late July, Mulivor posted an opinion piece on the group’s website, referring to Schulman as the “idiot of the day.”
    Since then, Mulivor said, he has had a lengthy discussion with Schulman in which they found common ground on some gun-related issues.
    He said he hopes that Schulman can “gain a better understanding of our point of view.”
    Media will be invited to the shooting range, he said. Nationally certified range safety officers and instructors will be on site, Mulivor said. The group will fire handguns.
    “I found him to be a very intelligent and a very charismatic guy who wants to understand where we’re coming from,” he said. “And (Schulman) is willing to explore our positions and willing to come to a range with a bunch of guys and shoot.
    “How much more can we ask?”
    And “we’re interested in everything he has to say and we’re interested in all his concerns,” Mulivor added. “This is a dialogue.”