Op-Ed: Bears, bobcats making Ohio’s wildlife population more diverse

February 12, 2006 By Al Smith Ohio will never be confused with a state like Pennsylvania or the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for its diverse wildlife population. The Buckeye state does not have elk like Pennsylvania or elk, moose or wolves that populate the U.P. And it doesn’t have the populations of bears, bobcats or snowshoe hare like these two states. But some lesser known wildlife do populate...

NRA Fires Back at Columnist Wray, Defends Hunting Record

By Dave Workman GunWeek.com Republished with permission An official with the National Rifle Association has issued a blistering rebuttal to Oregon outdoor writer Pat Wray, who asserted in two columns (Dec. 4 and Dec. 18) that the NRA is no friend to hunters because it supports politicians who put gun rights ahead of habitat protection. Wray’s double-barrel barrage rekindled a debate that began...

2005 Attorney General Summary on Concealed Carry

By Jim Irvine Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro has posted CHL statistics from the 4th quarter of last year on his website, and has issued the 2005 report on concealed handgun license issuance. This is the report which is required by Ohio law. 4th Quarter, 2005 : There were 4,387 regular concealed handgun licenses (CHL) issued and 22 temporary Emergency Licenses (TEL's) issued during the quarter...

HB347 & HB508: House hearing scheduled February 21

Rep. Jim Aslanides' House Bill 347 will have another hearing next week. The bill has been added to the House Committee on Criminal Justice's agenda for February 21 at 2:30 p.m. in Statehouse Hearing Room 121. The purpose for Tuesday's hearing is so that the committee may accept a substitute bill that will reflect changes sponsors felt were necessary after consideration of testimony. Details of...

Self-Defense Bill of Rights Part I

By Ken Hanson With all the hype surrounding introduction of “Stand Your Ground” legislation in numerous different states (also referred to as “Castle Doctrine,” “No Retreat” or “Self-Defense Bill of Rights,”) you probably are wondering what all the fuss is about. In fact, if you listen to the Brady Bunch version, you might believe other states are handing out a “License to Kill (or “License to...

Column by ‘NRA Hunter’ Writer Infuriates Gun Rights Activists

By Dave Workman GunWeek.com Republished with permission A pair of newspaper columns authored by veteran outdoor writer Pat Wray of Oregon that detailed why he thinks the National Rifle Association manipulates hunters set off a firestorm among gun rights activists who blistered Wray’s essay on KeepAndBearArms.com (KABA) While proclaiming that, “I believe in the NRA,” Wray quickly acknowledged in...

Pro-Gun Punditry: Wednesday's Buckeye State Roundabout

There are more stories pertaining to our gun rights in Ohio then we can possibly draw attention to with individual daily commentary. But they are worthy of mention. What follows is our weekly review of headlines from around the state though a pro-gun rights lens. From the withdrawal of two pro-gun politicians from political races to a criminal who used the Cleveland Plain Dealer's classified ads...

Buckeye Firearms Assoc. attends signing ceremony for HB296

Ohio becomes the 2nd state in the nation to adopt the Families Afield Apprentice Hunting License Governor Taft signed HB296, the Apprentice Hunting and Trapping License Bill, on Tuesday, February 14, sealing a victory for Ohio sportsmen in the fight to assure the future of hunting in the Buckeye State. Representative Steve Buehrer’s HB296, part of the Families Afield program introduced by the US...

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