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by Jeff Knox
The Obama administration has proposed changes to regulations dealing with the transfer of legally owned full-auto guns and other restricted items like short-barreled rifles and silencers. Such items are legal, but controlled under the National Firearms Act of 1934, and are commonly referred to as NFA items.
Under current NFA regulations, an individual wishing to purchase an NFA item must submit to an extensive background check, pay a special $200 excise tax on each NFA item, and get the signature of his local "Chief Law Enforcement Officer" or CLEO – typically a sheriff or chief of police. While possession of NFA items is legal in almost all states, a number of CLEOs routinely block all transfers by simply refusing to sign off on any paperwork.
by Chad D. Baus
During debate on Ohio's original concealed carry law a decade ago, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, controlled by then-Gov. Bob Taft (R), voiced opposition to any law that would allow citizens a legal way to carry a concealed handgun in a motor vehicle.
On February 13, 2003, OSHP spokesperson John Born was quoted as saying "We do not want a loaded firearm readily accessible to the driver of a car. If there's a dangerous situation and you're in your car, you can drive off."
Pro-CCW activists actually started keeping a victim count of all the people who tried to follow his ridiculous advice - and coined a term for what often happened to people who tried to just "drive off" when attacked. We called it "getting Borned."
During the lengthy fight against Born, the OSHP and Taft to get passage of the bill that finally brought concealed carry to the Buckeye State (HB12), at least two men died (see here and here) trying to follow Born's advice.
COLUMBUS, OH – Deer-gun season, one of Ohio's most revered hunting traditions, begins Monday, Dec. 2, with 30 more minutes of prime hunting time each day, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Ohio’s deer-gun season is open through Sunday, Dec. 8.
Hunting time is extended 30 minutes for all deer-gun seasons. Hunters were already allowed to hunt deer 30 minutes before sunrise, and this year an additional 30 minutes has been added after sunset for gun seasons.
"We are eager to increase opportunities for Ohio's sportsmen and women," said ODNR Director James Zehringer. "Ohio is a top 10 whitetail hunting destination, and the extra half-hour after sunset will give hunters more opportunities to bag a deer."
Deer hunting in Ohio continues to be a popular activity for many who enjoy the outdoors. The ODNR Division of Wildlife anticipates 80,000-90,000 deer will be harvested during the weeklong hunt. Approximately 420,000 hunters are expected to participate in this year's season, including many out-of-state hunters. Hunters checked 86,964 deer in the 2012 weeklong deer-gun season.
by Greg Sowinski
LIMA — When Ohio first licensed citizens to carry a concealed handgun nearly 10 years ago, then U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine was a little skeptical.
He wasn't so sure it was a good idea.
But after nearly 10 years of concealed carry not only has DeWine, the current Ohio Attorney General whose office oversees the program, changed his mind but he became a supporter. He’s also a licensed concealed carrier.
"People are just more comfortable with it and it's much more accepted that people can have a concealed carry permit," DeWine said during a visit this week in Lima. "It's much more mainstream then it was when it started."
Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish agreed.
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor -- and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be -- That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks -- for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation -- for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed -- for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted -- for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions -- to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually -- to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed -- to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness onto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord -- To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us -- and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand at the City of New York
the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
PATRIOTS: In 1788, Ohio law required ALL men aged 16-50 to bear arms
by Jim Irvine
Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. Even as a teenager, I recognized that it might be even more enjoyable than Christmas. I would see family I had not seen in 11 months and there was no pressure about gifts. People were not all stressed out and the time was spent catching up on the year’s stories over lots of good food.
As I pondered all that I have to be thankful for, I thought it might be worth sharing some of it with others who may have similar thoughts.
This year has been crazy busy for me, but a life full of good things is a great place to be. I'm thankful for my family and a supportive wife who loses considerable family time with me because of Buckeye Firearms Association and all that I'm involved in.
Editor's Note: Tactical Defense Institute's John Benner rarely weighs in on issues, leaving that function to others. When John addresses an issue it is noteworthy and well worth the read. This article was originally posted on the TDI Facebook page. Republished with permission.
by John Benner
The official report from the Connecticut States Attorney's office on the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has been released.
This horrific event has had a tremendous impact in many ways. My belief is the impact was so strong, not based on numbers killed, but the age of the 20 very young children murdered.
The interesting and most important section of the report from my standpoint is the timeline of the event. Time is THE important factor in the taking of and hopefully saving of lives. The FASTER the killer is stopped, the less lives we lose.
COLUMBUS, OH - Young hunters checked 6,645 white-tailed deer during Ohio's two-day youth gun season, Nov. 23-24, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Young hunters were challenged by below-average temperatures and windy conditions during the two-day season.
"Congratulations to all the young hunters who participated and enjoyed Ohio's youth deer hunting weekend," said ODNR Director James Zehringer. "I want to thank the parents and adults who took the time to make the weekend a memorable one for the next generation of hunters."
The Ohio counties that reported the most checked deer during the 2013 youth gun season: Coshocton (248), Tuscarawas (220), Muskingum (212), Holmes (196), Knox (189), Licking (189), Guernsey (183), Belmont (165), Harrison (165) and Carroll (161).
by Chad D. Baus
WTVG (ABC Toledo) reported recently that no charges will be filed against a man who shot and killed an armed 26-year-old felon, Jomar Quinn Martin. It happened at Royale Place, a bar on Airport near Wenz just before 1:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 13.
From the article:
"There was an argument in the parking lot and that's all we feel comfortable saying at this time," said Sgt. Joe Heffernan.
The coroner says Martin was shot three times - once in the head, torso and left arm. Police say they will not charge the man who killed Martin.
"The person who that shot him was a CCW holder and made contact with us immediately. At this time after getting the preliminary evidence we have the prosecutors office has decided not to charge the CCW holder in the death of Mr Quinn-Martin. He was possession of a fire arm," said Sgt. Heffernan.
by Chad D. Baus
The Gongwer News Service reported last week that Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Ed FitzGerald has selected Senate Minority Leader Eric Kearney to join him on his quest to oust Republican Gov. John Kasich next year.
"Ed is proud to announce State Sen. Eric Kearney as his running mate & the next Ohio Lt Gov," the Cuyahoga County executive's Twitter account announced Wednesday.
Sen. Kearney (D-Cincinnati), an attorney who was originally appointed to the Senate in 2005, is term limited at the end of next year. He was elected minority leader last year.
The Democrat, a friend of President Barack Obama, founded Sesh Communications, one of the largest African-American publishing companies, which publishes The Cincinnati Herald, The Northern Kentucky Herald, and the Dayton Defender.