Rep. Patmon's HB 75 (Mandatory "Safe" Storage of Firearms) is based on several anti-gun myths

Editor's Note: The following article was originally published in response to the introduction of Rep. Bill Patmon's HB 563 in the 129th General Assembly. That bill was never considered, and it died at the end of the session in 2012. Patmon reintroduced the bill as HB 31 in the 130th General Assembly. It again failed to be given serious consideration, and died at the end of 2014. Patmon has...

Ohio Deer Hunting: Past success, but future is questionable

The 2014 Ohio deer hunting season is in the bag with 175,745 deer harvested. This compares to 191,455 total harvest for the 2013 season. The 2014 harvest was down overall 8.21%. The numbers are pretty much in line with the predictions of the ODNR Division of Wildlife. Their mission has been to reduce the overall size of Ohio's deer herd. No doubt that effort has been successful as reflected in...

FASTER Saves Lives: Buckeye Firearms Foundation reaching educators at statewide conferences

The Ohio School Board Association (OSBA) holds its annual Capital Conference in November each year. At the most recent conference, Buckeye Firearms Foundation was invited to host a breakout session on armed school staff. We also had a booth to talk to schools about safety and security and the option of armed staff. The conference started on a safety note, as Dr. Dick Caster and John Benner hosted...

Mall Security: Separating Fact from Fiction

It sounded awfully familiar. In late February a group calling itself al-Shabaab (operating out of Somalia) threatened to attack the Mall of America in Minnesota. It was kind of like déjà vu for me; I’d seen this before some place. Then it hit me. That was the plot of Stephen Hunter’s book Soft Target (Simon & Schuster, 2011)! The target: the Mall of America (or “America, the Mall” as it is...

What HB 234 Means to You: Part II - Reciprocity

On March 23, 2015 several changes to Ohio law that are of particular significance to Ohio gun owners will take effect. This article will look at reciprocity and related issues. Currently, Ohio residents may carry on an Ohio Concealed Handgun License (CHL) or a license from another “substantially equivalent” state that the Ohio Attorney General has signed a reciprocal agreement with. Residents...

Looking for something new? Try Cowboy Action Shooting!

Cowboy action shooting (CAS) was what got me back into shooting after many years. At the time I was heavily involved in Civil War re-enacting where all of the shooting is done with blanks. Since the “cowboy era” immediately followed the end of the Civil War, I figured it would be an easy transition. I already had clothing of the appropriate styles. All I needed was the guns and to find a local...

Review: Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 2.0 IWB Holster

I met my contact in the parking lot between Applebees and McDonalds in the middle of Little Mogadishu. I pulled up next to his vehicle and he handed me the package through the open driver’s side windows. The first thing I noticed about the object was that it was soft and a little squishy. But it had hard bits in it as well…not unlike a freshly-killed cottontail rabbit. It was a Ziplock-style...

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