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Buckeye Firearms Association named 2007 "NRA-ILA Volunteer Organization of the Year"
Chad Baus & Rick Jones-BFA, Chris Cox-NRA-ILA
Buckeye Firearms Association is proud to announce that we have been named the 2007 "NRA-ILA Volunteer Organization of the Year" by the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action.
The announcement was made in the August 2008 issue of The EVC Update, the Official Publication for the NRA-ILA's national army of Election Volunteer Coordinators.
In the newsletter, NRA-ILA EVC's were informed that Buckeye Firearms Association was nominated for the award by the NRA-ILA's Ohio State Liaison John Hohenwarter, who cited BFA's "tireless efforts and growing impact"...
The article credits this political action committee for being "instrumental in the passage of Ohio Senate Bill 184, which improves Ohio's concealed carry laws and incorporates the 'Castle Doctrine.'"
Volunteer leaders from the organization were on hand in our nation's capitol September 13, 2008 to accept this deeply appreciated recognition on behalf of the many volunteers and supporters whose efforts made it possible.
"Earning this type of recognition from the NRA-ILA is truly a special honor," said Jim Irvine, Buckeye Firearms Association Chairman. "The award, it is important to note, is not being presented to me, or to some group of leaders – it is being presented to 'Buckeye Firearms Association.' Our volunteers and donors are the ones who made this possible."
"They are the ones who have stepped up to the plate and sacrificed," Irvine continued. "Our volunteers are the ones who donate their money to fund the organization, donate their time to volunteer for endorsed candidates, visit with their legislators, write letters to the editor, and print stories from BuckeyeFirearms.org to distribute to local clubs, ranges, and firearms stores. Together we are making a difference and being heard like never before."
As Charleton Heston said, 'the Second Amendment is, in order of importance, the first amendment. It is America's First Freedom - the one right that protects all the others. Among freedom of speech, of the press, of religion, of assembly, of redress of grievances, it is the first among equals. It alone offers the absolute capacity to live without fear. The right to keep and bear arms is the one right that allows 'rights' to exist at all."
With our volunteers' and donor's help, Buckeye Firearms Association will continue our fight to restore and defend that most important right.
CONGRATULATIONS to you – the volunteers who won this prestigious award. You have earned it.