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2012 SHOT Show - A look into the Firearm Industries Trade Show from the perspective of two new membersSubmitted by cbaus on January 31, 2012 - 4:00pm.
by Aaron Kirkingburg and William Harn
Sunday – Flying out
We checked our concealed carry firearms at the Southwest Airlines baggage counter, and prepared to board our flight to Las Vegas. Though firearms are prohibited from the show itself, we would have them for any other circumstances. Neither of us having ever attended the SHOT Show, we had a four hour flight to contemplate the possibilities that lay ahead. An uneventful flight, a shuttle bus to the hotel, and a quick meal before calling it a day ... morning would come all too soon.
Obama continues ban on importation of 600,000 historical, collectible M1 Carbine rifles; Fate of 86,000 Garands still in doubtSubmitted by cbaus on January 31, 2012 - 8:00am.
by Chad D. Baus
The Korea Times is reporting that while it has will allow 86,000 historical M1 Garand rifles to be imported from South Korea, the Obama administration continues to block the importation of some 600,000 M1 Carbines because "they come with a magazine that can carry multiple rounds."
From the article:
Washington has agreed to allow the importation of M1 Garand rifles from Seoul, reversing its earlier decision to ban the shipping of the weapon used by South Korean and U.S. soldiers during the 1950-53 Korean War, a senior defense official said Wednesday.
"The U.S. government approved the imports of some 86,000 of the rifles," said Lee Sun-chul, deputy defense minister for force and resources management.
"The historic firearms are expected to be sold to American Korean War veterans and their families in time for the 62nd anniversary of the Korean War, which falls on June 25 this year."
by Jim Shepherd
[This] week, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, will once again question United States Attorney General Eric H. Holder about Operation Fast and Furious. F&F was the fatally flawed 2009 DEA anti-gunrunning operation supposedly designed to trace illegal firearms to Mexican drug lords.
Instead, it went tragically out of control, resulted in the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, and has subsequently pointed an incriminating finger at the ATF and Justice Departments for mistakes that have cost lives on both sides of the border.
It's a meeting that's not shaping up to be one of cordiality. In fact, civility may be in short supply, despite the normal formalities of government.
That's because Patrick J. Cunningham, chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Phoenix, exercised his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination and refused to testify before Issa's committee on January 24.
In reponse, a boiling mad Issa made it clear to AG Holder that Cunningham's decision "is a major escalation of the (Justice) Department's culpability" in the ongoing gun trafficking battle.
A blunt two-page letter from Issa to Holder says "Without Mr. Cunningham's testimony, it will be difficult to gauge the veracity of some of the Department's claims."
State of Arizona investigating feds over "Fast and Furious" gun-running fiasco; Chief in U.S. Attorney's office takes the FifthSubmitted by cbaus on January 30, 2012 - 8:00am.
by Chad D. Baus
The Washington Times is reporting that Arizona's state legislature will open its own investigation into the Obama administration's disgraced gun-running program, known as "Fast and Furious."
From the article:
[Arizona State House] Speaker Andy Tobin created the committee, and charged it with looking at whether the program broke any state laws — raising the possibility of state penalties against those responsible for the operation.
It's a turnaround from the rest of the immigration issue, where the federal government has sued to block the state's own set of laws.
A law requiring businesses to check new workers' legal status was upheld by the Supreme Court last year, and the court has agreed to hear the case of Arizona's crackdown law that makes being an illegal immigrant a state crime and gives state and local police the power to enforce that law.
by Joe DeBergalis
With all the success of the gun rights movement in recent years, this might sound like a broken record, but 2011 was a banner year for gun rights. From the halls of Congress to state assemblies across the country, lawmakers heard the voices of gun owners loud and clear and enacted the legislation we were looking for.
In the state legislatures, the biggest win was the culmination of over a decade's worth of unrelenting work in Wisconsin, making Wisconsin the 49th state to allow its citizens some form of concealed carry. The victories kept coming throughout the year in Wisconsin with the passage of two pro-hunting bills and castle doctrine legislation.
Not to be left out, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Pennsylvania also passed castle doctrine bills. In Ohio a law respecting the right to carry in restaurants serving alcohol was enacted. And it became legal to use suppressors for certain types of hunting in Montana, while Washington fixed a longstanding error in its laws, which until now had allowed suppressors to be possessed but not used.
Florida added teeth to its preemption law which has been on the books since 1987. Local violators of the state preemption law now face fines for willful violations. The result has been wholesale repeal of unlawful firearm ordinances across the state.
Additionally, several states enacted laws making it easier for their residents and residents of other states to make out of state long-gun purchases. 2011 also saw a number of states pass laws respecting Right-to-Carry in new places and respecting the right of permit holders to store firearms in their vehicles in employers’ parking lots.
Even Illinois passed pro-gun legislation, protecting the privacy of Firearms Owner Identification card holders from state public records requests.
OOPS: Fremont, OH police chief claims civilians aren't allowed to possess magazines that hold over nine roundsSubmitted by cbaus on January 27, 2012 - 8:00am.
by Chad D. Baus
In a media report Monday, January 23, City of Fremont Police Chief Tim Wiersma misstated Ohio gun law. In a Thursday phone conversation with Buckeye Firearms Association Chairman Jim Irvine, Wiersma said he has spent the rest of the week answering phone calls and letters from citizens seeking to correct him.
In the WTOL (CBS Toledo) report on how one of his department's officers had two guns and five magazines stolen from his Toledo home, Chief Wiersma stated that he was more concerned about the theft because one of the guns had a larger magazine capacity than that allowed for civilian use.
Fremont's Police Chief Tim Wiersma said it is a concerning crime because it endangers the public.
"The heightened concern is the bigger, larger capacity for the magazines. Police have a 15 round magazine, and the legal limit for a civilian is nine. So, there's six more bullets," said Wiersma.
Reps. Maag & Thompson introduce HB422 (Repeal LEO notification) and HB425 (CCW in state-owned parking garages)Submitted by cbaus on January 26, 2012 - 4:00pm.
by Chad D. Baus
State Reps. Ron Maag (R-Lebanon) and Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) have introduced two bills that seek to reform, or "de-Taft," portions of Ohio's concealed carry law.
House Bill 422 seeks to repeal requirements that a concealed carry licensee inform an approaching law enforcement officer that the licensee is a licensee and is carrying a concealed handgun. According to Rep. Maag, Ohio is one of only four states that have such a requirement. The idea for repealing the notification provision has been the subject of frequent discussion since last June, when Canton police officer Daniel Harless was caught on dash cam video threatening to execute a concealed carry licensee because he felt notification did not happen in time. The case against the CHL-holder was eventually thrown out of court, and Harless was fired.
Four months later: Columbus Dispatch writes more about restaurant carry fears instead of facts established since law took effectSubmitted by cbaus on January 26, 2012 - 8:00am.
by Chad D. Baus
On January 23, 2012 The Columbus Dispatch published an article by reporter Dean Narciso, entitled "Guns not welcome in some bars, restaurants." While filled with speculation on the terrible things that opponents still predict will happen under Ohio's restaurant carry law, the article is curiously absent of any recognition of the fact that the law has already been in place for four months, and that none of those predictions have come to pass.
From the article:
While gun owners hail a new state law that allows them to carry firearms into restaurants and bars, as long as they don't consume alcohol, some business owners feel that they're losing their right to a weapon-free zone.
In response to Senate Bill 17, some businesses are using signs and door stickers — "Do Not Patronize if Armed" — to turn away gun-toters.
Jake's Restaurant in Mount Vernon put up its sign in the fall, a few weeks after the law took effect in August. It reads: "All weapons including concealed firearms are prohibited on these premises."
"We felt the need to say, 'Hey, we still don't see the need to bring weapons in,'" said Amy Baldner, general manager.
"We just want people feeling comfortable bringing their families here," Baldner said. "A restaurant with alcohol in it is just not the place for guns."
..."I'm a bar that serves food," said Kim Rowe, the owner of Final Score Sports Pub in Delaware. "Ninety-five percent of the people who walk in here are going to drink."
Allowing guns is "a recipe for disaster," she said. "There's a reason they didn't allow it in the first place."
If you are having a strong sense of déjà vu, you're not alone. The entire article is written in such a way that, as I read it, I literally had to double-check the date of the article to make sure it wasn't something that had been published four months ago, when the new law first took effect.
Long before Al Gore "created" the Internet, gun owners were busy perfecting grassroots networking. Today, gun owners have an almost unlimited number of ways to spread information crucial to our community. And, while the Internet is certainly an indispensible tool for protecting our rights, an unfortunate side effect has been the fast and easy spread of rumors.
The latest of these, appearing on Internet message boards and in emails, warns of a growing trend of gangsters marking the license plates or wheels of vehicles parked at shooting clubs, gun stores, ranges and gun shows. According to the rumor, the thieves later spot or follow the marked vehicles and break into them to steal guns while their owners are elsewhere.
The reports go on to claim that the tactic has reached "epidemic" proportions in San Antonio, Texas, and specifically, at the National Skeet Shooting Association and National Sporting Clays Association's National Shooting Complex. Naturally, the NSC investigated the matter thoroughly. They concluded that the rumor is false on several counts.
by Jim Irvine
Recently, leaders of Buckeye Firearms Association met to discuss and plan the coming year. Concealed carry and firearms legislation, elections and endorsements, and fun events were all on the agenda. It's going to be an exciting year.
On the events front, we start with the Buckeye Bash on February 11. This event is a huge amount of work for us, but the items for auction continue to come in and I'm really looking forward to a fun evening.
Register now to attend this event!
Later this year, we will hold shooting events at Oxford, and one with Dave Spaulding similar to last year's.
We will have Dave Grossman back this fall in the Cincinnati area to present his "Bullet-proofing the Mind" seminar.
We are also looking into hosting a shooting event between Columbus and Cleveland, and possibly a fall shoot that will be fun and something completely different.
Finally, Buckeye Firearms Foundation will again sponsor a youth shooting event.