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by Paul Gallant, Sherry Gallant, Alan J. Chwick, andJoanne D. Eisen
On September 10, 2013, Piers Morgan, a British journalist and TV host in America on CNN, interviewed Emily Miller, author of Emily Gets Her Gun...but Obama wants to take Yours, and Opinion Page Senior Editor for the Washington Times. Miller, a Washington D.C. resident, "gained national attention for her 'Emily Gets Her Gun' series in the em>Times..." Her book documents the story of all the hoops she had to jump through, and all the money she had to spend, to obtain a concealed-carry license.
From the video clips we've seen of his "interviews," Piers Morgan is most often arrogant and ignorant in his debates, and has a habit of rudely cutting off his guests in mid-sentence, talking over them, and inserting his own totally uninformed opinions. A rabid firearm-prohibitionist, Morgan, a British subject, almost invariably uses his program as a platform for international firearm-prohibition, using the U.K. as an example that less guns in the hands of citizens equals less crime.
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, today praised the bipartisan House leadership of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) for introducing the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2013.
CSC Co-Chairs, U.S. Reps. Bob Latta (R-Ohio) and 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 and that is expected to garner wide support from both sides of the political aisle.
by Greg Sowinski
LIMA — If Ohio lawmakers pass a measure dubbed the "stand your ground" bill, residents no longer will have a duty to retreat before using deadly force so long as they are lawfully at a place, Allen County Prosecutor Juergen Waldick told Elida Optimists on Tuesday.
Waldick was asked to talk about current self-defense laws, the proposed "stand your ground" bill and previous self-defense laws.
"We used to be a chicken state. In other words, if you could run you had to run," Waldick said under old law.
He explained when current self-defense laws were established three elements were adopted. The first was the person did not create the situation. The second was the person had an honest belief and reasonable grounds to believe that he or she was in imminent danger of suffering serious physical harm or death. The third was the person had a duty to retreat.
by Jeff Knox
Polls say that popular Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is trailing former Democrat National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe in his bid for Governor of Virginia. If the polls are correct – or even close to being correct – the blame must rest upon the professional political strategists in the Cuccinelli camp.
The only poll that really matters happens on Election Day, of course, but the significant gap in opinion polling between Cuccinelli and McAuliffe at this point cannot be completely discounted. McAuliffe has run a smart campaign so far, and Cuccinelli has not. What's the key difference? McAuliffe has been reaching out aggressively to his base, while simultaneously offering reassurance to "moderates" in the state. Cuccinelli, on the other hand, has generally ignored a large swath of his base and focused on outreach to the "moderate middle" that the experts say swing elections. Their focus on the squishy center is a strategic error that may cost Cuccinelli the election.
Editor's Note: - The following "Law You Can Use" Consumer Information Column, written by Buckeye Firearms Association Legal Chair Ken Hanson, is being provided by the Ohio State Bar Association to news outlets across the state. It has already been published at Akron.com.
Q: I've been hearing about "stand-your-ground" laws in the news. What does Ohio law say about using lethal force in a self-defense situation?
A: In Ohio, if you use lethal force in self-defense you must prove, by a "preponderance” (greater weight) of the evidence, that you were properly acting in self-defense. Under current law, in order to act in self-defense, you must prove: 1) you were not at fault in creating the situation; 2) you had an honest belief and reasonable grounds to believe that you were in imminent danger of suffering serious physical harm or death, and that the only reasonable way to stop or avoid the attack was to use lethal force; and 3) you did not violate any duty to physically retreat from the situation.
Q: When might I be "at fault in creating the situation?"
Buckeye Firearms Association and Buckeye Firearms Foundation have a new address.
Our new address is:
495 East Mound Street, Suite 200
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Please direct all future postal correspondence to this new address.
As Buckeye Firearms Association and Buckeye Firearms Foundation continue to grow in popularity and in terms of the projects we are engaged in, we needed a location in downtown Columbus that can meet our various needs, both now and in the future. This new location solves several logistical problems and will allow us to continue to grow moving forward.
We remain an internet based organization with key people living throughout Ohio and beyond. We are able to respond much quicker via email/web communication than we are through "snail mail" sent to the above address.
There are currently no books, shirts, or other items for sale at our business location. Please continue to use the web site to purchase any Buckeye Firearms Association or other items.
by Jeff Knox
When Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz posted a public letter asking gun owners not to bring their guns into Starbucks stores, some in the media and anti-rights crowd declared it a victory, while some in the gun-rights crowd called it a declaration of war. It was neither.
As a company, Seattle-based Starbucks tends to lean left, supporting "progressive" causes and candidates, but when the professional hoplophobe lobby got upset about seeing some Starbucks customers legally, open carrying firearms, Starbucks offered a reasonable response. They refused to give in to demands that they ban the practice. The anti-rights lobby was furious and several different groups decided that Starbucks must be punished, so they called for boycotts. In response, pro-rights advocates called on gun owners to show their appreciation for Starbucks' reasonable position by making it a point to do business with the company, especially during the antis' boycott periods. The result was that on the designated boycott days, Starbucks locations around the country did more business than normal.
Landowners can check deer using mobile devices
COLUMBUS, OH – An enhanced website will offer Ohio hunters a quick and easy way to check harvested white-tailed deer with their smartphones, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
The enhanced site at www.ohiogamecheck.com was made available when the 2013-2014 deer-archery season began on Saturday, Sept. 28.
Want the facts concerning the proposed change to Ohio's ‘duty to retreat'? Don't look to the media or opponents of HB 203.Submitted by cbaus on October 9, 2013 - 8:00am.
by Chad D. Baus
In the lead-up to the return of the Ohio General Assembly from their summer break and the opening of hearings on several pro-gun rights bills, certain individuals and groups, along with their media accomplices, have ramped up their efforts to paint one particular provision in Rep. Terry Johnson's House Bill 203 as a "Stand Your Ground" bill. These groups, which have always opposed Second Amendment rights, think they might have finally stumbled on a way to stop what has for them become loss after loss after loss as Ohio has slowly worked to restore gun rights over the past decade.
Despite their loss in a Florida court room, these groups believe they may have achieved one victory in the Zimmerman-Martin media saga: re-branding so-called "Stand Your Ground" laws as racist. It is now apparent that these groups are seeking to export this tactic to other states, including Ohio.
USSA Calls on President Obama to Take Action
(Columbus) – As Washington D.C. faces another government shutdown, hunters, anglers and trappers across the country are facing a shutdown of their own. From Alaska to Florida, sportsmen and women are finding that the budgetary standoff in Congress is having a direct impact on their hunting or fishing season.
The federal government has issued directives to "close" accessible public lands and waters while the government is "shutdown." At stake are millions of acres of public land administered by agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Park Service (NPS). For decades the public has been free to access these lands for recreational purposes—including hunting, fishing and trapping—without securing any specific form of permission or authorization. But now, these agencies are being told to close access to their lands because of the standoff taking place over funding the federal government.
"These lands are generally accessible to the public without special entrance fees, passage through gates, or access via controlled roads or waterways," said Nick Pinizzotto, USSA President and CEO. "Not only are these closures unnecessary, they run contrary to law. This is 'political theatre' at its very worst."