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By Jim Irvine
While there is far too much to cover in a single article, we reflect on some of the important events of 2007.
The year started with the swearing in of Governor Strickland (D) finally giving us a friend in the Governor’s mansion. Strickland quickly showed hunters he was a friend by appointing Sean Logan to head the ODNR. Soon Anthony Celebrezze was added to the team. These friends would soon pay dividends to Ohio gun owners.
A killer goes to a “gun free” Trolly Square mall and opens fire. He is stopped by an off-duty police officer who is carrying a concealed firearm. Anti-gun New York mayor Mike Bloomberg is suspected breaking federal laws in his so-called sting on Ohio gun shops. He was never charged for those crimes.
HB347 takes effect 90 days after Governor Taft’s veto was overridden. Ohio has uniform laws throughout the state. Cleveland’s Mayor Jackson holds a press conference to cry that he can no longer stop criminals. He and Chief McGrath refuse to answer questions about how often they prosecute criminals. Months later, we learn why.
Ken Hanson’s second edition of “The Ohio Guide to Firearms Laws” is released. It outlines Ohio’s new laws including improvements with “plain sight” problems. Purse carry is now permitted, but many other traps remain.
Buckeye Firearms CCW wallet cards are introduced. Students and instructors love them and demand remains strong.
By Gerard Valentino
Our second interview of pro-gun politicians is with State Senator Tim Schaffer, a long time defender of the 2nd Amendment, and friend to gun owners in Ohio. Senator Schaffer followed a productive career in the Ohio House, where he voted in favor of each pro-gun bill that was introduced, with his new position in the Senate.
In his short time in the Senate he has started off much the way he ended in the Ohio House, with resolute support of self-defense rights and Ohioans right to keep and bear arms.
Chatting with Senator Schaffer left no doubt about his strong feelings for gun rights and gun voters based on his statement that, “pro-gun voters mean the world to me, they are resolute, dependable, they say what they mean, mean what they say and are dedicated to preserving constitutional rights.”
In all the years Buckeye Firearms Association has dealt with politicians, we have never heard a better description of the people that make up our movement.