Canton City Council President Allen Schulman made nice with Ohioans for Concealed Carry on Monday. Schulman joined former Gov. Ted Strickland at a pistol range in Delaware. Ohioans for Concealed Carry hosted the event.
A city official has made peace with the same gun-rights group that had tagged him “idiot of the day” for his comments about state gun laws.
City Council President Allen Schulman had made the remarks following a much publicized case last summer involving a Canton traffic stop.
Schulman joined former Gov. Ted Strickland Monday afternoon at the indoor range of the Black Wing Shooting Center in Delaware. The event was coordinated and hosted by Ohioans for Concealed Carry, a volunteer organization.
Strickland has been a strong advocate of the second amendment and the state’s concealed-carry law, according to an official with the group.
“He shot much better than I did,” Schulman said of Strickland, laughing. “I hit the target.”
“I’m very gratified to know the members of this organization, some of whom I’ve come to really like, are intelligent, well trained and they understand the issue of safe gun usage,” Schulman said Tuesday.
Schulman said he believes that “all gun owners (should be) equally trained and equally sensitive to the danger of weapons, and I still believe there’s places where guns should not be allowed.”
Schulman said he fired three handguns, including a 9 mm pistol and a .45-caliber handgun. He said it was the first time he had fired a weapon since military school about 50 years ago.
Schulman had drawn scathing criticism from Ohioans for Concealed Carry for comments he made following the group’s posting of a video on the Internet. The video showed Canton Police Patrolman Daniel Harless threatening and berating a concealed-carry permit holder during a June 8 traffic stop.
Prior to shooting the guns, Schulman said, he completed a training session at Black Wing on Monday. A range master was on hand.
The event lasted more than two hours and was covered by some media outlets.
“I had a wonderful time,” Schulman said. “The group could not have been more hospitable.”
Schulman said he discussed the Harless case with representatives of Ohioans for Concealed Carry.
“I was not defending Harless,” he said of his past comments. “I thought it was unfair