HB 78: "Universal" Background Checks gun control bill reintroduced in Ohio

Judging by HB 78, one of his latest gun control bills introduced in the Ohio House, Rep. Bill Patmon (D) seems unable to grasp the idea that criminals do not typically submit themselves to background checks, and that even when a prohibited person is stopped by a background check procedure, no one prosecutes them for the crime they just committed. In the immediate aftermath of the terrible attack...

Rep. Patmon's HB 79: Retread legislation aimed at the wrong target

Last year WKYC (NBC Cleveland) reporter Tom Meyer issued a very shoddy piece of investigative reporting . His headline blasted that felons are getting hunting licenses that allow them to use guns. The story was long on hype and even longer on misinformation. The most significant piece of bad information was the false assumption that purchasing a hunting license gives someone permission to use a...

Rep. Patmon's HB 75 (Mandatory "Safe" Storage of Firearms) is based on several anti-gun myths

Editor's Note: The following article was originally published in response to the introduction of Rep. Bill Patmon's HB 563 in the 129th General Assembly. That bill was never considered, and it died at the end of the session in 2012. Patmon reintroduced the bill as HB 31 in the 130th General Assembly. It again failed to be given serious consideration, and died at the end of 2014. Patmon has...

Ohio Deer Hunting: Past success, but future is questionable

The 2014 Ohio deer hunting season is in the bag with 175,745 deer harvested. This compares to 191,455 total harvest for the 2013 season. The 2014 harvest was down overall 8.21%. The numbers are pretty much in line with the predictions of the ODNR Division of Wildlife. Their mission has been to reduce the overall size of Ohio's deer herd. No doubt that effort has been successful as reflected in...

FASTER Saves Lives: Buckeye Firearms Foundation reaching educators at statewide conferences

The Ohio School Board Association (OSBA) holds its annual Capital Conference in November each year. At the most recent conference, Buckeye Firearms Foundation was invited to host a breakout session on armed school staff. We also had a booth to talk to schools about safety and security and the option of armed staff. The conference started on a safety note, as Dr. Dick Caster and John Benner hosted...

Mall Security: Separating Fact from Fiction

It sounded awfully familiar. In late February a group calling itself al-Shabaab (operating out of Somalia) threatened to attack the Mall of America in Minnesota. It was kind of like déjà vu for me; I’d seen this before some place. Then it hit me. That was the plot of Stephen Hunter’s book Soft Target (Simon & Schuster, 2011)! The target: the Mall of America (or “America, the Mall” as it is...

What HB 234 Means to You: Part II - Reciprocity

On March 23, 2015 several changes to Ohio law that are of particular significance to Ohio gun owners will take effect. This article will look at reciprocity and related issues. Currently, Ohio residents may carry on an Ohio Concealed Handgun License (CHL) or a license from another “substantially equivalent” state that the Ohio Attorney General has signed a reciprocal agreement with. Residents...

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