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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.
HB 203 (Concealed Carry & Self-Defense Law Reform) scheduled for fourth hearing, possible vote in House committeeSubmitted by cbaus on November 15, 2013 - 4:00pm.
Chairman Mike Dovilla has announced that the Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee will be hearing all testimony on Representative Terry Johnson's (R-McDermott) HB 203 this Tuesday, November 19 at 10:30 a.m. in Statehouse Room 116. This will be the fourth hearing for this important bill.
Any persons who are interested in testifying are welcome to contact Jim Irvine ([email protected]) for help in preparing and coordinating your testimony.
Chairman Dovilla has indicated that amendments and a vote are possible.
Buckeye Firearms Association will again provide testimony in support of the bill.
HB 203 seeks to make many improvements to Ohio's concealed carry laws.
by Jim Irvine
The Sidney Daily News is reporting that Sidney police chief Will Balling is not a fan of Sidney school staff carrying firearms. There is obvious tension and the issue of guns in schools remains a polarizing topic. Misinformation continues to cloud the discussion.
From the article:
Balling said he is worried because there is a 70 percent chance that a teacher would miss their target if they were firing in an active shooter situation.
The chief said if one of his officers arrived on the scene and there was a teacher standing there with a gun, and they do not know it is a teacher, he feels they should "shoot the teacher." He would expect his officers to view the teacher as "a bad guy" in a situation of uncertainty.
"We can have up to 10 officers there in two minutes," Balling said, but he worries about "four or five others" walking around the school with guns. He said it's possible a teacher could also shoot an officer.
Americans Doubt Reliability of 'Smart Guns'; Won’t Buy Them and Oppose Their Mandate, NSSF Poll FindsSubmitted by cbaus on November 15, 2013 - 8:00am.
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- By a wide majority, Americans are skeptical of the reliability of technology intended to prevent all but authorized users of a firearm from being able to fire it. They also say overwhelmingly that they would not be likely to buy such a so-called "smart gun" and overwhelmingly oppose any government mandate requiring the use of this technology should it become available.
These findings were the among the results of a national scientific poll of more than 1,200 Americans conducted in October by McKeon & Associates and released today by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry. Although attempts to develop and market firearms equipped with authorized user recognition technology have been discussed for many years, the topic has been revived in recent months by some gun control advocates, remarks by President Obama and by the depiction of a smart gun in the latest James Bond movie.
Third hearing on HB 203 brings out the crazies; OACP denies own testimony submitted 5 years ago predicting same sort of mayhemSubmitted by cbaus on November 14, 2013 - 5:06pm.
by Chad D. Baus
Any discussion about the claims being made by opponents to the portion of HB 203 that seeks to reform Ohio's self-defense law needs to begin with a simple explanation of how the law would actually change.
According to the individuals who offered testimony at yesterday's, the following legislative change would make Ohio into a racist "shoot first" state:
(B)For purposes of any section of the Revised Code that sets forth a criminal offense, a person who lawfully is in that person's residencehas no duty to retreat before using force in self-defense, defense of another, or defense of that person's residence , and a person who lawfully is an occupant of that person's vehicle or who lawfully is an occupant in a vehicle owned by an immediate family member of the person has no duty to retreat before using force in self-defense or defense of anotherif that person is in a place that the person lawfully has a right to be.
College students could be expelled for defending themselves from a six-time felon attempted to gain entry into their apartmentSubmitted by cbaus on November 14, 2013 - 8:00am.
by Chad D. Baus
CNN.com is reporting that two Gonzaga University students could be suspended or even expelled after using a handgun to defend themselves from a six-time felon in their university-owned apartment, an act which the university says violates the school's weapons policy.
From the article:
Gonzaga University, a private, four-year university in Spokane, Washington, says the students violated the school's weapons policy by having firearms in their apartment, which is in a complex near the campus.
On the night of October 24, students Erik Fagan and Daniel McIntosh were in their apartment when there was a knock on the door. Fagan told CNN affiliate KXLY in Spokane that he opened the door and a stranger, who said he'd just gotten out of jail, asked for $15. Fagan told KXLY he offered the man a blanket and a can of food, but "didn't feel comfortable" giving the man money because he was a stranger.
"My gut instinct was telling me I wasn't going to be able to get that door closed before he came through," Fagan told KXLY.
Firearm-related deaths among children have decreased since the mid-1990s, but new research heralded by gun control supporters claims the opposite. A research abstract entitled United States Childhood Gun-Violence – Disturbing Trends, presented during the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibitions by physicians Arin L. Madenci and Christopher B. Weldon, claims that from 1997 to 2009, in-hospital deaths of children resulting from gunshot wounds increased nearly 60 percent, and hospitalizations of children for gunshot wounds increased 80 percent.
Predictably, gun control advocates and their allies in the media have taken the researchers' claims as the gospel. With its usual degree of precision, MSNBC reported that the "[n]umber of American children who have died from guns has spiked 60% in a decade."