2017 - BFA in the News

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June 6, 2017
BearingArms.com - 2A Group Is Helping Ohio Teachers Take School Safety to the Next Level

Thanks to the Buckeye Firearms Foundation, teachers in Ohio will receive free training on how to respond to an active shooter on their campus.

The foundation is funding a three-day workshop put on by FASTER (Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response).

FASTER is a unique non-profit that provides “practical violence response training.” Its program doesn’t teach school staff and faculty the typical lockdown procedure – clearing halls, barricading doors, covering windows. It teaches them how to actually take down an active shooter.

“In a lot of cases and across the country, law enforcement’s two, five, ten, fifteen minutes away depending on the jurisdiction,” Andrew Blubaugh, a former police officer and law enforcement trainer who now teaches for FASTER, told WOSU Radio. “So the next best person is somebody who is in the building, who is educated, that we already trust with our kids, and we can give them the skills that they need.”

“They’re not expecting a teacher,” Blubaugh added. “They’re looking for uniformed officers. That’s what they’re going to be cued in on. So you have the element of surprise.”

On it’s website, FASTER notes that its program is not meant to replace police officers or other first responders “but to allow teachers, administrators, and other personnel on-site to stop school violence rapidly and render medical aid immediately.”

Chris Cerino, who is also a former police officer and law enforcement trainer that now teaches for FASTER, broke down the course.

“We teach them about target and backstop. We give them good marksmanship skills,” Cerino told WOSU Radio. “We talk to them about closing the distances and using cover. And we also talk to them about not shooting when they shouldn’t or can’t.”

Participants are also taught emergency medical care. Although, they’re told that caring for someone who is injured isn’t the priority in such a situation.

“It is true if somebody is injured and little Suzy that you know is laying there bleeding, at this point, it is your job to go stop the shooting,” Michelle Cerino, who also works with FASTER, explained. “You’re the one that is supposed to go on the hunt.”

Cerino also teaches participants on how to restrain the shooter if he/she is caught.

Lastly, participants are instructed on how to properly conceal their weapons in the classroom.

As WOSU reminds us, in Ohio, it is up to each district whether or not teachers and other staff are allowed to carry a concealed weapon on school grounds. Districts are not required to reveal to the state whether concealed carry is permitted on their campuses or which staff members have chosen to carry, meaning the number of armed teachers in Ohio is currently unknown. However, it is estimated that around 40 districts now permit concealed carry on their campuses.

Regardless of how many armed teachers there are in Ohio, hopefully they’re all participating in the FASTER program this summer. Props to Buckeye Firearms Foundation for giving them such a great opportunity to help keep them and their students safe.

June 6, 2017
WKRC (CBS Cincinnati) - Bill would give concealed gun permit holders more protection, expanded permissions

Joe Eaton with Buckeye Firearms Association added, "The main focus of it is to quit making criminals out of otherwise honest people, people that accidentally go inside of a government building, that's owned by the government. They should not be charged with a felony."

June 6, 2017
Dayton Daily NewsRTA to allow guns on buses

The Buckeye Firearms Association heralded the change in policy on its website, saying the Dayton RTA has been illegally banning concealed carry on its buses for years. Toledo’s transit authority changed their policy in 2011 under similar pressure.

June 2, 2017
Journal-NewsStudy: Guns for protection more common with rural residents

Dean Rieck, executive director of the Buckeye Firearms Association, said Roberts acted within the law and demonstrated exactly what should happen during an event like that.

“While Buckeye Firearms Association does not encourage gun owners to act as law enforcement, Mr. Roberts appears to have exercised good judgment in calling 911 and helping local police catch two criminals,” Rieck explained. “As we continue to report, the vast majority of gun owners prove again and again that they are sensible, law-abiding people.”

Rieck added that it is also important for gun owners and the public to understand and keep up to date on the rules of gun ownership.

“You need a concealed handgun license (CHL) — strictly speaking, not a permit — in Ohio to carry a handgun concealed. Open carry of a handgun does not require a license,” Rieck said. “It’s also worth pointing out that the CHL is for handguns only. It is not a ‘weapons’ license or permit as in some other states.”

June 1, 2017
Columbus Dispatch - Ex-astronaut Mark Kelly launches Ohio coalition to fight gun violence

Jim Irvine, board president of Buckeye Firearms Association, isn’t buying it. Mandatory background checks are the first step towards mandatory gun registration, which he said would facilitate firearm confiscation if the government chose to do so. He also said mandatory gun registration would be politically impossible.


Irvine agreed the firearms group could do more to help urban neighborhoods afflicted by gun violence. His organization would even be willing to partner with other community initiatives, but only if “they can show they are willing to solve the problem.” He noted that stricter gun laws are not viewed by the organization as a solution to violence perpetrated with firearms.

May 31, 2017
WBNS (CBS Columbus) - Mark Kelly calls for gun control in Columbus

The Buckeye Firearms Association says they have been hearing the same rhetoric for years and, even though it's now backed by big names who were personally touched by gun violence, they don't think it will gain momentum.

“They can keep trying to spin that yarn, more guns mean more crime, but it’s long since been refuted,” said Buckeye Firearms Secretary Gerard Valentino.

Valentino argued that universal background checks wouldn’t make a difference because most crimes aren’t committed by guns bought at gun shows.

May 28, 2017
Denver PostAdvanced gun training for Colorado teachers on its way

Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response, or FASTER , has been taught in Ohio for the past five years, and nearly 900 school staff members have completed the program. FASTER was started in Ohio by the Buckeye Firearms Foundation, a nonprofit that supports the rights of citizens to own and use guns, and Tactical Defense Institute, a private self-defense and firearms training company.

“I don’t think there is anything as good as FASTER,” said Laura Carno, co-founder of Coloradans for Civil Liberties, which is bringing the training program to Colorado. Carno’s group is “committed to restoring the Second Amendment freedoms of Colorado citizens,” according to a news release. The class is being organized in partnership with the conservative-leaning Independence Institute.

May 27, 2017
Dayton Daily News Ohio lawmakers consider to make major changes to gun laws

President of Buckeye Firearms Association Jim Irvine bristles at calling it “stand your ground” legislation. “Some people may call it that. It’s an inappropriate label,” he said.

Ohioans have the right to fight a threat in their home or car but elsewhere they face a legal duty to retreat, if possible. Irvine said the vast majority of people won’t use deadly force. “It goes against our grain and against who we are.”

May 18, 2017
WCPN (PBS Cleveland) - 'Stand Your Ground' Law Introduced In Ohio House

Jim Irvine, president of the Buckeye Firearms Association, says the change would make it easier for people to defend themselves.

“Before you can do that, we’ve put up this hoop and say, ‘you have a duty to retreat if you can.’ Well, that’s just not fair," says Irvine.

May 13, 2017

Buckeye Firearms Association Vice President Linda Walker was a guest on Gun Freedom Radio with hosts Dan Todd & Cheryl Todd. Click here to listen to the podcast. Linda's segment begins at the top of the second hour.

May 9, 2017
An Economy of One

Buckeye Firearms Association Director Sean Maloney was a guest on "An Economy of One" with host Gary Rathbun. An Economy of One is sydincated by Radio America, which now serves over 500 stations, the American Forces Radio Network and Sirlus/XM Satellite Radio.

May 7, 2017
WLWT (NBC Cincinnati) - Training for mass shootings involves lessons on preventing blood loss

McElroy, an Ohio police officer, paramedic and firefighter, served as instructor during the mass casualty training event sponsored by the Buckeye Firearms Association.


McElroy said Buckeye Firearms takes a two-pronged approach when providing training for active shooter situations in school settings. The organization's FASTER Saves Lives program features courses that teach people how to stop threats and courses like the one McElroy led, which are designed to keep victims from bleeding to death.


Buckeye Firearms does not plan to conduct another public mass casualty training event any time soon. Instead, the organization is scheduled to conduct three private mass casualty training exercises at schools and churches.

A spokesman for the organization said individuals interested in attending a training exercise in the future should contact the group online by visiting buckeyefirearms.org.


May 7, 2017
Dayton Daily NewsCedarville U. could become first Ohio college to allow concealed carry

Jim Irvine, board president of the Buckeye Firearms Association, said he’s had discussions with other colleges in the past year “and I have a meeting with one in the next week or two.

“So, this is being discussed on many campuses,” he said.

March 29, 2017
Cincinnati.com - No need to tell police about concealed guns, Ohio Republicans propose

Police should focus on more serious crimes and the state's heroin epidemic rather than on citing gun owners for forgetting to notify police that they have a concealed handgun license, Buckeye Firearms Association President Jim Irvine said. "It's not in everyone's best interest to tie up resources."

March 23, 2017
The Clermont SunRestrictions removed for gun owners with a concealed license

Buckeye Firearms Association is pleased that Senate Bill 199 took effect Tuesday, March 21st.

It makes a variety of improvements to Ohio law that allow Ohio gun owners with a Concealed Handgun License (CHL) to more fully exercise their rights.

Beginning today, business entities, property owners, and public or private employers can no longer ban a person who has been issued a valid CHL from transporting or storing a firearm or ammunition when the items are locked in a person’s privately-owned motor vehicle on company property.

“This is important,” said Dean Rieck, Executive Director of Buckeye Firearms Association, “because, previously, if a business bans guns at work, including parking lots, employees are essentially banned from having their firearm all day, and are defenseless from the time they leave home in the morning until they return home in the evening.”

In addition, the new law allows CHL-holders to keep their handgun locked in a motor vehicle on school premises; allows colleges and government bodies to decide for themselves if concealed-carry should be allowed; allows CHL-holders to carry on private aircraft, in the non-secure area of airports and in day-care centers, unless the day care posts a “no-guns” sign, allows active military members who have the same or greater training than CHL holders to carry a concealed handgun without a license.

It also allows for the sale of firearms to active duty military members without regard to what their age maybe be.

Rieck continued, “For well over a decade, Ohioans with a Concealed Handgun License have proven themselves to be overwhelmingly law-abiding and trustworthy. And SB 199 makes welcome improvements that citizens deserve.”

March 23, 2017
Bryan TimesOhio gun law goes into effect

“The main reason for the change was to remove victim zones,” said Chad Baus, secretary of the Buckeye Firearms Association and a concealed carry instructor who lives in Archbold. “The bottom line is that bad guys don’t care whether guns are allowed or not. They do what they want; they carry illegally and they hurt people. This law gives good, law-abiding people the opportunity to carry as well. They deserve the chance to defend themselves.”

The law also puts the Second Amendment on equal footing with the First, he said.

“Business rights don’t extend to violate civil rights and an employer can’t tell you what to do with your own property,” Baus said. “You can’t be fired for keeping a Bible or a Quran in your car and you can’t be fired for sporting a political bumper sticker your boss disagrees with. The Second Amendment deserves the same protection.”

March 21, 2017
An Economy of One

Buckeye Firearms Association President Jim irvine was a guest on "An Economy of One" with host Gary Rathbun. An Economy of One is sydincated by Radio America, which now serves over 500 stations, the American Forces Radio Network and Sirlus/XM Satellite Radio.

March 21, 2017
Columbus DispatchOhio laws allowing guns in parking lots, driving through red lights take effect

"This is important," said Dean Rieck, executive director of the Buckeye Firearms Association. "Previously, if a business bans guns at work, including parking lots, employees are essentially banned from having their firearm all day, and are defenseless from the time they leave home in the morning until they return home in the evening."


Under Senate Bill 199, today also would be the first day that guns could be carried on college campuses and in daycare centers, if trustees or center owners choose to allow them.


Rieck said he wasn't expecting universities to act quickly on the matter.

March 21, 2017
Cleveland.com - New Ohio gun law expands where people can carry concealed weapons

Jim Irvine, president of the Buckeye Firearms Association, said employees deserve the right to defend their lives.

"An employee's gun is their private property and their vehicle is their private property, and there's nothing that allows the employer to dictate what's inside that employee's private property."


Irvine and other supporters said the changes are intended to prevent law-abiding gun owners from accidentally breaking the law. For example, parents who have to unexpectedly pick up a sick child from school don't have to stop home first to store the weapon before parking at the school.


Irvine said some schools are considering allowing some faculty or staff to carry on campus. He declined to identify the schools.

"All of this stuff is all about protecting people's rights and protecting people's lives," Irvine said. "It's about safety and making the law work well."

March 21, 2017
WRGT (FOX Dayton) - New gun laws take effect today in Ohio

"Fear not, we've been in public carrying our firearms since 2004," said Buckeye Firearms Association Regional Manager Larry Moore.

That's the message Larry Moore hopes to get across now that there are new concealed carry gun laws.

"Every time they come in, there's a great deal of anxiety. Most of the time, two years later we don't think abnything about it," said Moore.

Starting today employers have to let CCW holders bring their gun on to company property.

"Locked in the truck or in a container inside the vehicle," said Moore


"I've had calls as a grandparent to go pick up a sick grandchild at school. I'd been out running errands. I had my handgun with me so I have to go home, drop my gun off and then go three or four more miles back to school," said Moore.

Gun owners said the new law gives them more flexiblity.


"I think it's a great step forward for Ohio gun owners," said Moore.

Moore said the Ohio Chamber of Commerce is against the new law.

March 21, 2017
Cincinnati.com- Changes to Ohio concealed carry law take effect Tuesday

Joe Eaton, with the Buckeye Firearms Association, said his group pushed for the changes in the law.

"It's currently a felony and that's where we ran into a problem because a lot of people don't know if their kids are going to be called sick from school," he said. "They may be at work, and they have their firearm, and they would have to go home first and dispose of the gun at their house before going back and picking up the kids. There was a lot of honest people just trying to stay in line with the law."

Eaton said these laws will bring Ohio in line with neighboring states like Kentucky and Indiana.

He said now his members won't get fired for storing their guns in their car to go hunting after work.

March 21, 2017
WCPO (NBC Cincinnati) - Big changes to Ohio’s gun laws take effect today

"When someone tells you, 'Guns in day care. Well, why do you want that?'" said Sean Maloney, a pro-gun attorney for Buckeye Firearms Association.

He says parents with concealed carry licenses face a quandary when it's time to pick up and drop off their kids.

"Think about how dangerous it is with us in the parking lot, arming and disarming ourselves, with people in the parking lot watching that happen -- with kids, potentially, in the back seat of the car, and us leaving a firearm in there," Maloney said.

Maloney hopes day care operators and others will embrace Ohio's changing gun laws, which create more places where legal firearms are allowed.

"Nothing that Ohio is doing is groundbreaking,” he said. “Every other state has already had it. So it just makes sense."


The revision to the concealed carry law affects more than day cares and airports. For more information on where concealed carry weapons license holders can potentially carry their guns, click here.

March 21, 2017
WLWT (ABC Cincinnati) - Ohio concealed carry holders can bring guns to work now, thanks to new law

Jim Irvine, chairman of the Buckeye Firearms Association, argued that a company that bans concealed weapons is also liable for any crimes committed against employees on the way to and from work that could have otherwise been defended against with the use of a handgun.

“For any business that tells you they don’t like this, ask them, ‘Are you willing to take the liability for the 25-year-old single mother who gets car-jacked on the way home?’” Irvine told the Dayton Daily News. “There is no right to be free of guns. There is no right to be free of stupid people. We don’t have the right to be free of danger.”

March 21, 2017
WSYX (ABC Columbus) - Concealed carry law allowing weapons at colleges, daycares, airports takes effect

The Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association supported it, along with the Buckeye Firearms Association.

March 9, 2017
Dayton Daily NewsDo concealed-carry laws make us safer?

Jim Irvine, chairman of the pro-gun rights Buckeye Firearms Association, argues that private citizens with guns can and do thwart mass shootings.

He cited a 1998 incident in Edinboro, Pa., where student Andrew Jerome Wurst killed a man and wounded three other people before being stopped by a man with a shotgun.

Another incident, in 2014, involved a doctor at Mercy-Fitzgerald Hospital in Delaware County, Pa., who wounded psychiatric patient Richard Plotts after the patient fatally shot his caseworker and injured the doctor.

“Part of the reason you don’t have these huge big killings where a license holder saves the day is because it doesn’t become a huge killing,” Irvine said. “The bottom line is waiting for law enforcement will always result in a higher body count when you look collectively at the stuff.”

But of the eight shootings Irvine cited as examples of armed private citizens intervening, two of the shooters were stopped by police and one by an off-duty police officer, rather than private citizens.

Another example on the Buckeye Firearms Association website is a 2009 robbery of an Akron pizza parlor, and in that case the owner of the business shot and killed an armed intruder.

March 8, 2017
Dayton Daily News - Guns at work: New law allows handguns on private property

Jim Irvine, chairman of the Buckeye Firearms Association, which advocated for the new law, said the U.S. Constitution clearly protects a person’s right to bear arms, and restricting that right endangers society.

“For any business that tells you they don’t like this, ask them, ‘Are you willing to take the liability for the 25-year-old single mother who gets car-jacked on the way home?’” Irvine said. “There is no right to be free of guns. There is no right to be free of stupid people. We don’t have the right to be free of danger.”


Although Irvine says he believes companies have a right to keep guns out of their buildings — putting him at odds with some of his fellow gun advocates — he also argues that if an armed hothead at work is confronted by someone else with a gun “might it not be safer if they have the skills, if someone had a gun.”


Irvine said he thinks companies have the right to keep guns out of their buildings.

“Absolutely,” he said. “Because it is inside their private property.”

March 8, 2017
NRANews.com - "Cam & Co."

Buckeye Firearms Association President Jim Irvine was a guest on NRANews.com with NRANews.com's Cam Edwards on Cam & Company.

March 6, 2017
Columbus DispatchPilot program to offer gun boxes to parents of young children

A new partnership is handing out lock boxes for guns to some Columbus pediatricians to distribute in an effort to curb the number of unintentional shootings among young children.


The Partnership for Safety of Children Around Firearms includes the Ohio chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Buckeye Firearms Association, Black Wing Shooting Center and Kiwanis Club of Columbus. The pilot program was announced Monday.

The Kiwanis chapter is providing $10,000 to pay for about 500 lock boxes. Buckeye Firearms [Association] bought an additional 100.


The boxes, manufactured by SnapSafe, are constructed of 16-gauge steel and feature a key lock and a security cable.


"It is completely anonymous. We're not tracking any of the data," [Dr. Sarah] Denny said. "We want people to feel, if they want it, they can ask for it."

March 4, 2017
Bryan TimesConcealed carry: 2016 broke records; 2017 won't

Chad Baus, who lives in Archbold and serves as vice chairman and secretary of the Buckeye Firearms Association, agreed with Stanley’s assessment.

“For much of 2016, Americans were operating under the threat of an extremely anti-Second Amendment candidate being elected to the presidency,” Baus said. “Unlike President Obama, who at least tried to hide his anti-gun rights position during the campaign, Hillary Clinton was the first candidate since Al Gore to openly campaign against gun rights. Many people chose to obtain their licenses out of concerns for what a Clinton presidency would do and what changes she would have made to the Supreme Court would have meant for the Second Amendment.”

January 28, 2017
Akron Beacon-JournalArming themselves out of fear: Politics, violence push up gun sales

“One of the jokes in firearm stores, eight years running, is they have posters on the doors for salesman of the year: Barack Obama,” said Jim Irvine, president of the Buckeye Firearms Association, Ohio’s largest gun advocacy group.


With Trump in office, Second Amendment enthusiasts are at ease. They expect sales to level off, but the gun culture in America, they say, is here to stay.

“It may increase or decrease a bit, but it will continue to rise compared to historical figures,” said Irvine, the gun lobby president. “That’s because owning a gun is not a radical idea … Carrying a gun is not about being a soldier or doing battle. It’s to protect yourself or your country. It’s like putting on a seat belt.”

Irvine, who tracks legislation, is assured that a Trump administration will sign the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, introduced this month by Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C. The bill would make concealed carry permits as accepted nationwide as driver’s licenses. Another bill Ohio passed into law last year, Senate Bill 199, goes into effect in March, allowing for guns in day cares if not posted and forbidding bosses from disciplining employees who leave their guns in their cars at work.

But will the pro-gun push led by Trump and Republicans calm the fervor that drives firearm sales?

“Now you have someone talking about moving legislation that hasn’t been talked about in 20 years. Will that crush the industry?” Irvine asked. “I could see how you might think it would. But the environment has changed so much. So many people are into shooting now.”

January 28, 2017
Marietta TimesFrontier mum on conceal carry program

Buckeye Firearms Foundation launched a program called FASTER in early 2015 to provide violence response training to teachers and administrators. FASTER stands for Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response.


FASTER is funded by donations and the classes are provided at no cost to the school districts operating with this program. The program offers a curriculum with more than 26 hours of hands-on training that exceeds the requirements of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy.

January 10, 2017
Gongwer News Service - Concealed-Carry Law Impact Uncertain As State's Largest Campuses Plan To Maintain Prohibitions

Jim Irvine, president of Buckeye Firearms Association's board of directors, said it's "shameful" that most institutions won't consider making policy changes or likely reach out to his group for guidance on the issue.

"I hope universities authorize people to carry, but I don't think that's going to happen right away," he said in an interview. "Obviously a lot have come out and voiced opposition to authorizing concealed carry, and I think the key on this is that we'll work with the universities that want to work with us and there are a few that are already doing that."

Like it does with primary schools, the association is offering active shooter training for campus staff members who could be authorized to carry concealed firearms once the law takes effect, Mr. Irvine said.

The intent behind the law is to allow individuals to protect themselves and others in an active shooter or other dangerous event, he said.

"To those that say this makes college campuses more dangerous: Explain how the person who carries responsibly everywhere else in their life is suddenly dangerous on a university campus," Mr. Irvine said, adding: "It's not about guns; it's about safety and that's what too many people don't understand."

January 7, 2017
Cleveland Plain DealerNew state school board member Lisa Woods has Tea Party and parenting background

Among her most prominent endorsements for the state board seat was the Buckeye Firearms Association. Woods said she and her husband used to target shoot, but despite being a hiker and camper she never hunts.

"I have never killed anything and I hope I never have to," she said.

But she said she is concerned by the threat of school violence and wants teachers and school staff to be better prepared to handle any attacks on schools. That includes first aid training to deal with serious wounds from gunshots.

"You can do things that will keep them alive until you get to the ambulance and the hospital," Woods said.

She supports letting teachers and staff carry guns in school to counter any attacks.

"I think if they are well trained...and willing...it's a good idea," she said. I wouldn't want to talk someone into something they don't want to do."

January 5, 2017
Dayton Daily News
Despite new gun law, state firearms group won’t pressure area colleges

To convince colleges to allow concealed carry on campus, one gun rights group has a plan: do nothing.

A new Ohio law gives individual college boards of trustees the authority to allow guns on campus but university officials at Wright State, Miami, Ohio State and Cincinnati have said they’ll continue prohibitions on firearms. The University of Dayton has not taken a stance on the new law but UD already prohibits people from carrying concealed guns on campus.

“You can’t force somebody into this and that’s not the intent,” said Jim Irvine, board president of the Buckeye Firearms Association. “I don’t want to work with someone who doesn’t want to work with me.”

While the association and Irvine support the new law, he said they are not planning anything to pressure college trustees into allowing guns on campuses. Instead, Irvine said the association will take a “hands-off approach” and expects most Ohio colleges will eventually come around on their own.

“My guess is it’s been discussed at every college that gives a damn about safety,” Irvine said.

All it takes to change minds, Irvine said, is “an event that touches an emotional nerve.” He referenced the November attack on Ohio State’s campus when Abdul Razak Ali Artan drove a car into a group of people outside Watts Hall before exiting the vehicle and beginning to stab bystanders.

“Literally, in an instant, that idea can change,” Irvine said. “That fear now opens the door.”

Despite Irvine’s prediction, officials at nearby universities have been clear about their opposition to concealed carry on campus. Miami and Wright State both sent students and staff emails reminding them that despite the new law, guns are still prohibited.


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