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‘Saddam Hussein’ and ‘Osama Bin Ladin’ among those who signed anti-self-defense rights petition opposing HB 203Submitted by cbaus on November 22, 2013 - 4:00pm.
by David Codrea
A public records request by Gun Rights Examiner to review 10,000 signatures opposing adoption of a "Stand Your Ground" bill (H.B. No. 203) -- reportedly submitted by the Ohio Black Legislative Council to Gov. John Kasich -- was answered when a compact disc containing the information arrived in Thursday's mail.
"Is the complete and unredacted petition with all 10,000 names a public record that we as citizens have a right to see?" this correspondent publicly asked the governor on Oct. 3. "Will you make it available for public scrutiny?"
The request was partially answered.
"Please find the records responsive to your request," the Assistant Chief Counsel for the Office of the Governor advised in his cover letter. "Please note, there are items, clearly indicated in black, that have been redacted. These items represent personal information that does not fall within the statutory definition of record."
by Chad D. Baus
Recently, a very interesting document began making its rounds through the gun rights community after having been leaked online.
Entitled "Preventing Gun Violence Through Effective Messaging," it is an 80-page playbook designed to help anti-gun rights extremists learn why they continue to get beat, and how to change their message so as to fool the general public into thinking their mainstream views are actually supported by these anti-gun rights extremist groups.
Youth hunters have 30 more minutes after sunset to hunt
COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio's young hunters have the opportunity to pursue white-tailed deer during the state's 11th annual youth white-tailed deer hunting season on Nov. 23-24, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
The youth deer-gun season is open statewide to hunters holding a valid youth hunting license and a deer permit. Deer can be hunted with a plugged shotgun using slugs, a muzzleloader .38 caliber or larger, a handgun .357 caliber or larger and bows during these two days.
Youth hunters checked 9,178 deer in 2012 and at least 8,300 deer in the two-day season every year since 2005.
New this year, hunting time is extended 30 minutes for all deer seasons, including the youth deer season. Deer can be hunted from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.
All participants must wear hunter orange, possess a valid Ohio youth hunting license as well as a deer permit, and they must be accompanied in the field by a non-hunting adult. One adult may accompany no more than two youth hunters.
[Editor's Note: This article was updated as additional information became available.]
Concealed Carry Law Reform Bill Closer to Governor's Signature
COLUMBUS, OH - HB 203 sponsored by Representative Terry Johnson (R-McDermott), a bill that seeks to update Ohio's concealed carry program, has passed the Ohio House with a 63 - 27 vote, and will now be forwarded to the Ohio Senate for consideration.
HB 203 has significant support as shown by the overwhelming House vote. Buckeye Firearms Association and the NRA have both endorsed the legislation, which seeks to make many improvements to Ohio's concealed carry laws.
The bill would strengthen the background checks required to obtain an Ohio Concealed Handgun License (CHL). Under the bill, Ohio CHL applicants would need to pass a NICS-compliant background check (National Instant Check System), making it compatible with more states. This improvement will also help prevent people with mental health disqualifiers who have been entered into the federal database from obtaining a CHL.
The bill would also move Ohio to an automatic reciprocity system, relieving the Attorney General from the requirement to sign agreements with every state for reciprocity. The Attorney General would still be permitted to sign agreements if needed, but the bill seeks to streamline the process and open up agreements with states such as Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Georgia with which Ohio does not currently have agreements.
"Reciprocity remains a critical issue for people with a CHL," said Jim Irvine, President of Buckeye Firearms Association. "Background checks have been a hot topic since the Newtown killings, and ours has some issues that should be addressed. This bill makes sure people with disqualifying offenses are not issued CHL's. This is something everyone should be happy about."
Ohio's Concealed Carry & Self-Defense Law Reform (HB 203) scheduled for vote in House; BFA offers testimony on two pro-gun billsSubmitted by cbaus on November 20, 2013 - 8:00am.
by Chad D. Baus
Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder (R) has scheduled House Bill 203 for a vote in the House today, Wednesday, November 20.
The move comes after the House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee passed the bill yesterday on a bi-partisan 9 - 4. Click here to see how they voted.
Buckeye Firearms Association leaders are in Columbus this week offering testimony on this and other pro-gun legislation.
Before the committee vote, BFA Legislative Chair Ken Hanson testified on HB 203, which seeks to make many improvements to Ohio's concealed carry laws. His testimony follows.
November 19, 2013
Testimony of Ken Hanson Esq.
Legislative Chair, Buckeye Firearms Association
Ohio General Assembly 130 House Bill 203
Peaceably carrying a gun is not disorderly conduct.
by Chad D. Baus
The House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee has passed House Bill 203 with a bi-partisan 9 - 4 vote.
Voting for the bill were Representatives Mike Dovilla (R, Committee Chairman), John Adams (R) Jim Buchey (R), Louis Blessing III (R), Andrew Brenner (R), Jack Cera (D), Matt Huffman (R), Dorothy Pelenda (R) and Rick Perales (R).
Voting against the bill were Representatives Kathleen Clyde (D), Michael Curtin (D), Teresa Fedor (D) and Ronald Gerberry (D).
Before the vote, Buckeye Firearms Association Legislative Chair Ken Hanson offered proponent testimony.
by Jeff Knox
New York City's controversial billionaire mayor was slapped down again in races in Colorado and Virginia on Tuesday, November 5. Unfortunately, in Virginia, the slap was only symbolic as Bloomberg’s chosen gubernatorial and Attorney General candidates actually won their elections. The fact that the races were so close and some Democrats are blaming the razor-thin margin of victory on Bloomberg's "help." Democrat Terry McAuliffe, whom Bloomberg supported to the tune of about $2 million, eked out a win over Republican Ken Cuccinelli. This in spite of the fact that all of the polls had the former Clinton fundraiser ahead by double digits just a couple of weeks ago, before Bloomberg started flooding the airwaves with anti-gun, pro-McAuliffe TV ad's. At least one Democrat leader has suggested that Bloomberg and his ads helped to drag McAuliffe down and almost cost him the election.
2- New Federal Gun Law Coming Under Radar
Lobbyists Overlooked Dec. 3 Date
Will Expiring "Invisible Gun" Law Be Renewed?
Anti-Rights Plans Top Secret for Now
by Alan Korwin, Author
Gun Laws of America
The Uninvited Ombudsman
With Mr. Obama and his allies attacking the right to keep and bear arms from a dozen angles at once, the anti-rights forces in America have overlooked the Undetectable Handgun Law of 1988, set to expire on Dec. 3, less than six weeks away. (Google 18 USC §922(p) for the letter of the law.)
If the law expires as it is scheduled to do, airports and all secure areas could be exposed to guns that metal detectors cannot identify.
Although no such guns exist (in the commercial world) and have never been available to the public, the "news" media created a furor over the non-existent firearms when the polymer-framed Glock pistol was introduced, spreading fear that such weapons could be smuggled into airports past all known screening devices. The Glock and all similar polymer-framed firearms contain large amounts of steel and are easily spotted by metal detectors.
by Jim Irvine
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) has released the concealed handgun license (CHL) statistics for the third quarter of 2013. Demand continued at a record setting pace, setting new records for the most number of initial licenses issued and most number of licenses renewed during a third quarter. Demand for licenses has been so strong this year that with only nine months' worth of licenses counted, we have already set new records for the most initial licenses issued and most licenses renewed in a year. Every license issued for the rest of the year establishes a new yearly record. It is abundantly clear that despite what President Obama, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and media "surveys" say, Americans don't want more gun control, they want more guns, and the ability to carry them in more places.
Demand for CHLs remained at a blistering pace in the July through September reporting period. Demand was up 34% over the same period last year. Ohio sheriffs issued 18,705 regular CHLs, 13,913 renewals, and nine Temporary Emergency Licenses (TELs), for 32,627 total licenses issued during the quarter.
Chairman Jim Butler has announced that the Judiciary Committee will be hearing proponent testimony on Representative Ron Maag's (R-Lebanon) HB 231 next Wednesday, November 20 at 4:00 p.m. in Statehouse Room 121. This will be the second hearing for this important bill.
Buckeye Firearms Association will be testifying in support of the bill.
Under the proposed legislation, Ohioans would be able to carry concealed guns in churches, daycares, private airplanes and government buildings. The bill would also allow college campuses to permit concealed guns on their campuses if they choose to.