Top Ten Threats to Gun Rights in 2015

After years of being treated like political outcasts, gun advocacy groups are now entrenched as powerful political insiders, putting gun-rights in Ohio, and in America, at a crossroads as we enter 2015. By earning a “seat at the table” through hard work, an unflinching willingness to see the truth win out, and dedication to the cause, pro-gun leaders have been able to pick off much of the low-...

Attend the Cabela's Dundee Area NRA University- February 7-8!

The annual Cabela's NRA Weekend is right around the corner. On February 7-8th, sportsmen and gun owners in the Great Lake State will have the opportunity to attend various Second Amendment- related seminars at the Cabela's in Dundee, Michigan. The forums will cover a range of topics, from political activism at the NRA University workshop, to the “Carrying Concealed from a Holster” forum with NRA...

Disgruntled church employee shot by pastor in Florida self-defense case

A recent incident in Florida has brought a glaring problem with Ohio's concealed carry law to light yet again. From the Orlando Sentinel : The pastor of a Kissimmee church shot and critically wounded an employee Tuesday morning in a shootout after he notified the man he was being fired, according to the Osceola County Sheriff's Office. The shooting shortly after 8 a.m. was witnessed by other...

D.C. Mayor’s “Hatred” of Guns Illustrates Need for Congressional Action to Restore Rights

Big city mayors often have the luxury of sharing their unfiltered thoughts in a way that politicians subject to more ideologically diverse constituencies can’t afford. This trait was on full display January 8, when recently inaugurated District of Columbia Mayor Muriel E. Bowser addressed the anti-gun Washington Interfaith Network, gathered at D.C.’s St. Augustine church. Bowser told the crowd, “...

HB 16 ('Toy' gun control) won't make officers' jobs any easier

Late in 2014, and in the wake of an incident in which a 12 year-old Cleveland boy was killed by police after he attempted to draw what turned out to be an airsoft pistol from his waistband, Rep. Alicia Reece's (D) knee-jerk reaction came quickly. The anti-gun rights politician from Cincinnati introduced legislation based off of a recently-passed California gun control law, requiring all BB guns,...

Where Has All the Ammo Gone?: An Update

Following the Sandy Hook tragedy in December 2012 and the subsequent debates about the need for more gun control, the supply of ammunition on retailer shelves pretty much dried up. I wrote about this in the March/April 2013 edition of Random Shots, an article that was subsequently published on the Buckeye Firearms Association website and that became their second most popular posting for that year...

HB 20 (Rule Modification for Concealed Carry in School Zones) reintroduced by Rep. Gonzales

On December 4, 2014 the Ohio House of Representatives passed Rep. Anne Gonzales' (R-Westerville) House Bill 454 by an 81-2 vote. Gonzales' bill sought to correct several problems with current law regarding concealed handgun licenses' behavior in school zones. In the waning days of the lame duck session, the bill's language was inserted into HB 234 in the Senate, but Republicans in the Senate...

FDIC Reverses Course on "Operation Choke Point"

In a major development concerning NSSF's leadership to halt discrimination in the provision of financial services and products to firearms related businesses due to "Operation Choke Point", the top officials of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) on Wednesday admitted wrongdoing and said they would cease practices that had the effect of encouraging such disparate treatment. U.S. Rep...

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