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by Greg Ellifritz
On Monday morning, October 21, a 12-year old seventh grader in Sparks, Nevada shot and killed one teacher and wounded two other students on the school playground before classes began. The shooter then killed himself with the same gun. If you are unfamiliar with the event check out this article from CNN.
While details are still sketchy in this case, several facts have come out. Here are some important things for parents, teachers, and students to understand...
by Jim Irvine
This was a busy week at the Ohio Statehouse where guns, Second Amendment rights and self-defense were discussed and debated before committees.
Lobbyists and citizens invested many hours to explain their perspective to legislators, and to answer questions.
HB234, sponsored by Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City) would allow the use of Hunting with suppressors. The Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee heard from Larry Moore representing Buckeye Firearms Association, Todd Rathersberg representing the American Silencer Association, James Goerz, Tom Hall and many others, all who testified in support of allowing the use of suppressors while hunting. At least 10 people/organizations submitted information in support of this bill.
Victim zones: Cleveland news station finds day care owner that supports repeal legislation - and gun store owner who opposes?Submitted by cbaus on October 31, 2013 - 4:00pm.
by Chad D. Baus
Last week, Rep. Ron Maag offered sponsor testimony before a House committee on House Bill 231, which would repeal the ban on concealed carry in many of the places where multiple-victim public shootings often occur.
In news coverage about the hearing, Cleveland's Fox affiliate, WOIO, interviewed a day care owner who is very concerned for the safety of the children in her care and who supports the changes proposed by Rep. Maag.
Strangely, they also found a gun store owner who apparently opposes allowing this day care owner to have her right to carry restored in her place of business.
by Jim Irvine
Buckeye Firearms Association has endorsed several local candidates for the November 5, 2013 election.
Off-year elections do not garner the same attention as the years when we are voting for president or governor, but they are important to you. Candidates for higher offices generally come from state legislatures, and those candidates come from city councils, law directors, clerk of courts and judicial positions. Electing good candidates at the local level this year will yield better candidates for other offices in future years.
Fewer people vote in off-year elections, making every vote a bigger percentage of the total vote. In general, fewer votes will decide races. This gives you a bigger impact in races this year.
Take advantage of this opportunity. Too many gun owners didn't show up to vote last November, or voted for candidates that didn't support our rights. That energized the anti-freedom groups, and gun owners have come under heavy attack this year. Our side has reversed that trend with two critical recall elections in Colorado and it is critical that we continue that momentum at the polls.
Voting is now underway. Please support our endorsed candidates.
The popularity of the AR-15 as a general-purpose rifle that is useful for defense and sports alike was demonstrated during three NRA National Defense Matches (NDM) held at Peacemaker National Training Center in Glengary, West Virginia, last weekend. Though similar rifles are permitted under match rules, almost every shooter came equipped with an AR-15. For more than 15 years, the AR-15 has been the most commonly-used rifle during the joint NRA-Civilian Marksmanship Program National Matches, held annually at Camp Perry, Ohio.
During the basic-level NDM, shots were fired and reloads were performed from the positions most commonly used in defensive situations--standing, kneeling and reverse kneeling, and prone--and additional shots were fired in the sitting and opposite-shoulder prone positions, from distances between 100 and seven yards. In the advanced-level and open-terrain championship-level NDMs, shooters moved between firing points against the clock, with targets from six feet to 600 yards.
Ohio House committees hear TEN gun rights-related bills this week; Buckeye Firearms Assoc. offers testimonySubmitted by cbaus on October 30, 2013 - 8:00am.
by Chad D. Baus
A total of ten gun rights-related bills are being heard in committee this week - four of which are gun control bills.
On Tuesday, Buckeye Firearms Association leaders offered testimony on two bills - HB 203 (Concealed Carry & Self-Defense Law Reform) and HB 234 (Allow Noise Suppressors While Hunting).
A substitute bill was offered for HB 203 - click here to download.
The following written testimony was submitted by Buckeye Firearms Association in support of HB 203:
Testimony of Ken Hanson Esq.
Legislative Chair, Buckeye Firearms Association
Ohio General Assembly 130 House Bill 203
I am here today to testify in favor of House Bill 203. Specifically, I am here to testify in favor of the portion of H.B. 203 that is referred to in the media as "Stand Your Ground." Anytime the media or an advocacy group uses the term "Stand Your Ground," they are referring to two (2) sentences in Revised Code Section 2901.09.
COLUMBUS, OH – More than 15,000 ring-necked pheasants will be released at 27 Ohio public hunting areas this fall to provide additional hunting opportunities across the state, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
"Ohioans have enjoyed more than 100 years of pheasants in Ohio," said ODNR Director James Zehringer. "We are dedicated to increasing opportunities for Ohio hunters and continuing the strong tradition of game hunting for many generations to come."
Pheasants will be released Friday, Oct. 18, and Friday, Oct. 25, prior to the small-game weekends for youth hunters. Hunters age 17 and younger can hunt statewide for rabbit, pheasant and all other legal game in season during two designated weekends, Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 26-27.
Ohio's small game hunting season begins on Friday, Nov. 1, with pheasant releases to take place Thursday, Oct. 31, and on the evening of Friday, Nov. 8. The final release of the year is scheduled to provide improved pheasant hunting opportunities throughout the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and will take place the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 27.
by Chad D. Baus
In an exclusive report last week, ABC News reported that Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble said the U.S. and the rest of the democratic world is at a security crossroads in the wake of last month's deadly al-Shabab attack at a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya – and suggested an answer could be in arming civilians.
Noble told ABC News there are really only two choices for protecting open societies from attacks like the one on Westgate mall where so-called "soft targets" are hit: either create secure perimeters around the locations or allow civilians to carry their own guns to protect themselves.
"Societies have to think about how they're going to approach the problem," Noble said. "One is to say we want an armed citizenry; you can see the reason for that. Another is to say the enclaves are so secure that in order to get into the soft target you're going to have to pass through extraordinary security."
The following letter to the editor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer was published last week.
The letter does an excellent job of addressing the supposed racial aspects of certain self-defense laws.
It is apparent elected officials and anti pro-rights groups in the state of Ohio are in an uproar regarding the implementation of Stand Your Ground. These individuals fear more people will be gunned down at an increasing rate if this law is passed. Unfortunately there is the constant comparison of Trayvon Martin case being precedent.
Let’s set the record straight. I attended the Gun Rights Policy Conference in Orlando, Fla., in 2012. Mr. Mark O’Mara, the attorney for George Zimmerman, held a press conference. By law he could not discuss the facts of the case, but stated it was about the justifiable use of deadly force and not Stand Your Ground. You are allowed to use force to react to force. As usual, some in the media and anti pro-rights organizations continue to ignore this stated fact.
by Chad D. Baus
Friends and acquaintances in political circles who are unfamiliar with our state's gun laws are often surprised by my lack of absolute zeal for the Ohio Republican Party. To them, the Republicans are the pro-gun rights party, Democrats are the anti-gun rights party, and that is the end of the discussion.
For gun owners, however, especially ones who follow the matter closely, there is another question. We aren't just interested in who pays lip service to support for gun rights, or who is generally less likely to propose anti-gun rights legislation. We're also expecting that candidates who so enthusiastically espouse support for gun rights during their campaigns will then turn those words into action once they are elected.
To be fair, Ohio has made some progress in the past decade since concealed carry became law - most under Republican leadership. But as two recent GunsandAmmo.com articles have shown, we still have a long way to go to restore Ohioans' gun rights. And in my opinion, given the domination of Ohio politics by the "pro-gun rights party" for much of the past two decades, we ought to have far more to show for it.