2015 - The Year Ahead

Every year I do one of these stories, so this year is no different. Except that it is. Normally it’s pretty easy for me to forecast broadly what will happen legislatively because we are always working with people and know what is planned. But this year could go in so many different directions, that this is much more of a guess than in prior years. With that disclaimer, here is what I see...

Hard Facts: More Guns but Less Crime

Crime and criminal violence tend to go up or down due to a variety of factors, many of them apparently not yet identified by criminologists and sociologists. Poverty, the economy, unemployment, and illegal drugs are frequently point[ed] to as major factors, but for the past 7 years, as the US has gone through one of the worst recessions in our nation’s history, [and] while we’ve seen high...

2014 - The Year In Review

While there is far too much to cover in a single article, we reflect on some of the important events of 2014. January: The year begins with a national Reason-Rupe poll showing that 63% of Americans believe stricter gun control laws would not work to prevent criminals from getting guns, and that only 40% believe a so-called "univesal background check" gun registration scheme is necessary. A...

In Praise Of Pocket Knives

Editor's Note: The following article, which captured the award for Excellence in Craft in the magazine short features category of the Southeast Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA) in 2013, was submitted to The Outdoor Wire after it published Knife Rights' listing of the 10 Worst Cities in America for Knife Owners. Among the Top 10? Cleveland, Ohio. Case--Buck--Barlow--Remington--Gerber--Schrade...

Remember to fight for your Second Amendment rights with year-end donations

As you are going over your end of year “to do” lists, there are some donations you can make to support your ideals. Tax credit – the gift that costs you nothing! You can make a donation of $50/100 per person/couple to an Ohio statewide candidate, State Representative or State Senator and receive a tax credit for the entire donation. This is not a “tax deduction” where you get a portion back; this...

SICK: PSA Encourages Kids To Steal Parents’ Guns, Turn In To Teachers

A disgusting public service announcement released on December 13 by a San Francisco-based production company that encourages children to put themselves at risk and commit a slew of crimes by stealing their parents’ guns from home and turning them in at school has been making its rounds on YouTube. The PSA received condemnation from gun rights advocates nationwide last week after the blog site...

IMPORTANT NOTE TO THOSE TAKING 8 HOUR TRAINING CLASSES

Am. Sub. H.B. 234 was signed by Governor Kasich on December 19, 2014. One provision of this law was to reduce the training requirement to obtain an Ohio CHL from 12 hours down to 8. We are already seeing trainers advertising 8 hour classes. It is critical to understand that the 8 hour training classes will not qualify you to apply for an Ohio CHL until after the effective date of the new law...

Governor Kasich signs landmark firearms legislation into law

Governor John Kasich signed HB 234 (Allow Noise Suppressors While Hunting) on Friday, December 19. It will become effective on March 23, 2015. A signing ceremony was held at the statehouse to allow the many people involved to witness the signing of this significant piece of legislation. Photo from left: Linda Walker (BFA), Gov. John Kasich (R), Ken Hanson (BFA), Sen. Larry Obhof (R) (background)...

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