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Just a few short weeks ago, we told you that we were in 2nd place for NRA recruiters in the club category and were about 300 members behind the leader.
Today, the NRA told us that we had gained a lot of ground and are now just 88 members away from becoming the top NRA recruiter in America.
Our educational foundation has launched a program to provide "active killer" training to Ohio teachers and administrators.
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The November 2013 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 1,308,100 is a decrease of 14.2 percent compared to the NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1,525,177 in November 2012. For comparison, the unadjusted November 2013 NICS figure of 1,805,759 reflects a 9.6 percent decrease from the unadjusted NICS figure of 1,997,703 in November 2012. NSSF-adjusted NICS for November 2013 is the second highest on record — an 18.8% increase over November 2011.
The adjusted NICS data were derived by subtracting out NICS purpose code permit checks used by several states such as Connecticut, Illinois, and Utah for CCW permit application checks as well as checks on active CCW permit databases.
Though not a direct correlation to firearms sales, the NSSF-adjusted NICS data provide a more accurate picture of current market conditions. In addition to other purposes, NICS is used to check transactions of firearms sales and transfers on new and used handguns and long guns.
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, today noted that Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) Co-Chair Bob Latta (R-Ohio) has introduced HR 3590, a new bipartisan version of the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2013.
Earlier this year, Latta and CSC Co-Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), joined by Vice-Chairs, U.S. Reps. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) and Tim Walz (D-Minn.), introduced the SHARE Act as a package of pro-sportsmen's legislation designed to safeguard and promote America's hunting and fishing traditions. The legislation enjoys wide support from both sides of the political aisle.
"The SHARE Act is made up of several pro-sportsmen's bills that will help ensure our outdoor traditions are preserved, protected and promoted. HR 3590 addresses some of the most pressing concerns of American hunters and recreational shooters. Its passage would be a significant accomplishment for the sportsmen's community and for America. We salute Congressman Latta for his continuing stewardship of this important legislation."
by Andrew Branca
Of the 50 states in the US, 49 of them require the State to disprove a defendant's claim of self-defense, beyond a reasonable doubt. Ohio, on the other hand, requires that the defendant prove self-defense by a preponderance of the evidence. Why is Ohio Such an Odd Duck on the Burden of Proof for Self-defense? To understand this curiosity it is necessary to cover a little history and to really understand what is meant by the phrase "burden of proof." Let's do them in reverse order.
Most of us know the phrase "burden of proof" from our understanding—borne of movies and TV dramas—that the prosecution bears the burden of proof to prove the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
And that's true. But it also a very superficial understanding of how the law actually allocates the "burden of proof." So, let's dig a bit deeper.
by Kelsey Osterman
By now, you've heard the stories: Florida boy suspended for pointing his finger like a gun. Rhode Island student suspended for bringing quarter-sized gun keychain to class. West Virginia middle schooler arrested for wearing a National Rifle Association t-shirt.
Coast-to-coast, it seems our nation's schools have grown so gun-shy that every implementation of a "zero tolerance" policy entails a massive overreaction on the part of the school.
It's gotten so bad that one member of Congress, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas), actually introduced legislation to prevent schoolchildren from being punished for "harmless expressions of childhood play" like using an imaginary gun.
Even Ohio state Sen. Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus) proposed legislation earlier this year that would overturn the Buckeye State's law that requires schools to adopt zero tolerance policies.
"We're looking at using common sense," Tavares told The Columbus Dispatch. "A gun-shaped edible snack is not a weapon. Children bringing Midol or their own medications for their illness is not drugs."
If anyone was still wondering why Congress prohibited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using tax dollars to fund gun control advocacy research, and why the White House has called for $10 million in new funding for such research to help the administration "transform" the country's gun laws, the authors of a recent "study" that characterizes gun-owning whites as racists have bent over backwards to explain.
Without offering any proof to support their theory, the authors of Racism, Gun Ownership and Gun Control: Biased Attitudes in US Whites May Influence Policy Decisions proclaim that "The public health importance of gun reform in the US is clear," and "attitudes towards guns in many US whites appear to be influenced . . . by illogical racial biases," so "greater control of firearms is the most logical direction for public health policy." Furthermore, they say, because "there remains considerable resistance in the US to even cursory gun controls," "gun control policies may need to be implemented independent of public opinion."
Though he didn't get everything right in his article about the AR-15 for Business Insider on November 8, Brian Jones included a number of facts that are beyond dispute. He noted, for example, that the AR-15 is "America's most popular rifle," which is certainly the case, based upon recent firearm manufacturer reports showing that between 300,000 and 500,000 AR-15s are made annually for sale to the public. Jones also mentioned that "Much of what makes the AR‑15 so popular is its adaptability. Modern AR‑15s feature a rail system that allows for custom sights, scopes, and accessories to be placed on the gun."
But since Jones made clear that the occasion for his article was the misuse of an AR-15 in the Los Angeles airport the week before, fairness would dictate that he should have also mentioned the ways in which AR-15s are used by good people for perfectly good reasons.
For starters, Americans own about five million AR-15s and it should go without saying that virtually all AR-15s are never misused.
by Greg Ellifritz
One of the most common question I get from readers is "How do I choose the right AR-15 rifle?" The options are overwhelming to many new rifle shooters and lots of folks need some guidance. It really isn't all that hard. Here are some tips to get you set up right and save you some money in the process.
If you want an AR-15 don't buy the cheapest rifle you can find. The parted-out "Frankenguns" generally don't hold up well. Expect to pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $900-$1200 for a high quality new AR-15. For an entry-level rifle, consider brands like Colt, Smith and Wesson, Spike's Tactical, and Stag Arms. In my experience, the Colt and Smith and Wesson rifles tend to be the most reliable of the lower-priced AR-15s. Most Bushmaster, DPMS, and Rock River rifles also work well, but I see more problems with those rifles than the Colts or Smith and Wessons.
Deer-gun season remains open through Sunday, Dec. 8
COLUMBUS, OH – Hunters checked 22,620 white-tailed deer on Monday, Dec. 2, the opening day of Ohio's deer-gun hunting season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
The deer-gun season remains open through Sunday, Dec. 8. Hunters are encouraged to take to the field to enjoy the six days remaining in the deer-gun season. Hunting is the best and most effective management tool for maintaining Ohio's healthy deer population.
Approximately 420,000 hunters are expected to participate in this year's season. Find more information about deer hunting in the Ohio 2013-2014 Hunting and Trapping Regulations or at www.wildohio.com.
So far this season, hunters have harvested 109,932 deer compared to 113,107 at the same point in the season last year, which represents a 3% difference.