2019 - BFA in the News

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March 20, 2019
NRATV's "Relentless" with host Dana Loesch - Dean Rieck: City of Columbus Suing Ohio over Anti-Gun Bill

Buckeye Firearms Association Executive Director Dean Rieck was a guest on NRATV's "Relentless" with host Dana Loesch. Click here to view the interview.

March 12, 2019
WCBE (NPR Columbus) - City Of Columbus Suing Ohio Over Gun Legislation

On December 28, the Ohio General Assembly voted to override then Governor John Kasich’s veto of House Bill 228. The bill, which takes effect March 28, also shifts the burden of proof in self-defense cases to the prosecution. The legislation had strong support from pro-gun groups, including the Buckeye Firearms Association.

March 12, 2019
Guns.com - Ohio governor signs 'fix' to prevent accidental gun control

The emergency bill, HB 86, becomes law on March 28, the same date as HB 228. As noted by the Buckeye Firearms Association, “No firearms were ever banned as a result of this swift action by the Ohio General Assembly.”

March 11, 2019
Akron Beacon-Journal Medical marijuana, concealed-carry applicants caught in crossfire

Like oil and water, a concealed-carry license and a medical marijuana card don’t blend together, says Dean Rieck, executive director of the Buckeye Firearms Association, a statewide gun rights advocacy group.

“We estimate there are 4 million gun owners in Ohio in some form,” Rieck said. “And some of those are probably going to use medical marijuana.”

Federal law makes no provision for the use of marijuana for medical reasons, Rieck said. In fact, it is still considered a Schedule 1 substance by the U.S. government — one without an accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.


“I think a lot of people don’t understand federal law and state law can conflict,” Rieck said. With about 667,000 concealed-carry license holders in the state and the rapid expansion of the state marijuana registry, there’s going to be overlap. When that happens, Rieck said, “You have to choose between guns and marijuana.”


Buckeye Firearms supports the idea of “constitutional carry,” which allows any legal gun owner to conceal-carry without a permit or license. Several states have adopted the approach and haven’t had significant issues arising from it, Rieck said.

Unless Ohio decides to go in that direction, concealed-carry applicants who are seeking pain relief from medical marijuana are in a quandary.

March 11, 2019
Akron Beacon-Journal Ohio issues record number of concealed-carry licenses

The number of license holders has expanded steadily statewide since the law’s introduction in 2004. Currently, about 667,000 Ohio residents possess a concealed-carry license, according to the Buckeye Firearms Association. The licenses must be renewed every five years.


Dean Rieck, executive director of the Buckeye Firearms Association, said that about 1 in 13 Ohio residents has a concealed-carry license, and that the holders represent a good cross-section of society.

“They are everywhere,” he said. “They are sitting next to you in restaurants. They are your neighbors.”

March 11, 2019
Columbus DispatchNew Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signs first bill into law - on guns

The new law corrects inadvertent wording that included firearms with an overall length of at least 26 inches — taking in many rifles and shotguns — as “dangerous ordnance.”

Groups such as the Buckeye Firearms Association, Ohioans for Concealed Carry and the Ohio Gun Collectors Association, whose leaders attended the bill-signing ceremony, lobbied lawmakers to swiftly correct the mistake.

March 9, 2019
Americas1stFreedom.org - Armed Teacher Decision Survives Challenge in Ohio

An Ohio county’s decision to let educators carry on campus, provided they had been through the FASTER Saves Lives training program, has survived a legal challenge from a group of parents pushing to require police-level training for any school employee to carry on campus.

Not long after a school shooting a few years ago, the Madison County school system wrestled with the question of whether to allow teachers and administrators to carry at school as a way to provide an additional line of defense in an active-shooter incident. The school board voted to allow armed staff, then considered what kind of training would be required. They soon determined that if a teacher went through Ohio’s FASTER program, that teacher could carry on campus.

A group of parents contended that the FASTER training wasn’t enough. Instead, they wanted to require full training for peace officers—some 700 hours of coursework—as a condition for staff to carry. But a Butler County Common Pleas Court judge saw no need to mandate such extensive instruction and determined that the FASTER program—which has attracted teachers from other states—was sufficient.

 "This ruling is a victory for school safety in Ohio,” said Dean Rieck, executive director of the Buckeye Firearms Association. “While I won’t disparage the motives of the parents who brought the suit, this was really a case of well-funded, out-of-state political activists coming to Ohio with an agenda.”


“Given that no school employee could ever be expected to complete over 700 hours of training, and given the expense of hiring security or police officers, a loss by Madison Local Schools in this case could create precedent that could potentially prevent anyone from being armed in Ohio schools and making them completely defenseless from active killers looking for easy targets,” Rieck said.


As school districts debate the merits of allowing teachers to carry, programs like FASTER have been devised to give educators defensive training and first aid skills. For a glimpse at how much of a draw the concept is, consider that when FASTER announced a class in 2012, it was looking for 24 students; more than 1,000 applicants filed for the positions.

The training has since spread to other states, and over the last past six years, more than 2,000 school employees from 250 school districts have taken the course.

March 1, 2019
WKRC (CBS Cincinnati) - Local school district wins court battle, will allow arming teachers, personnel

A lawyer for the school tells Local 12 that personnel are not required to carry a weapon but can whenever they want. District policy allows for up to 10 staff members to get training. It’s being done through the FASTER program that’s connected to the Buckeye Firearms Association.

March 1, 2019
Columbus DispatchEditorial: These briefs should not be hidden from public view

Yost’s office prepared a press release explaining that he had signed on to friend-of-the-court briefs in two lawsuits asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review lower court rulings upholding laws that restrict access to guns. But, unlike his usual blast out to reporters and others on an email list, the release went only to the Buckeye Firearms Association, a pro-gun group sure to approve of the challenge to the laws.

February 28, 2019
WCPO (ABC Cincinnati) - Judge rules teachers don’t need police-level training to carry guns in Madison schools

In a news release, a pro-gun advocacy group called the Buckeye Firearms Association praised the ruling and accused a gun control advocacy group of using the parents to advance its agenda. The plaintiffs had been supported by Everytown for Gun Safety, which works nationwide to implement what its members call common-sense gun reform.


According to a motion filed by the Buckeye Firearms Foundation asking to intervene in the case — the judge denied the request — they provided the 27-hour training.

“Certain teachers and staff members of the Madison Local Schools have been approved by their board of education and have participated in the FASTER program,” the motion reads. “Participation in the program has provided educators practical violence response training, including response with handguns and to provide emergency first aide to victims of violence.”

February 26, 2019
Columbus DispatchYost quietly joins pro-gun legal fights - and only tells firearms group

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has quietly joined two friend-of-the-court briefs asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a pair of lower-court rulings restricting access to guns.

How quietly? A Feb. 20 release from Yost’s office about the legal moves led by Republican officials only was given to the pro-gun Buckeye Firearms Association, which published it verbatim on its website.

The document, marked for “immediate release” and identical to other public statements issued by Yost’s office, was not shared with reporters and thus, the general public.

Asked why the 12-paragraph release was not issued publicly, Yost spokesman Dave O’Neil replied, “We submitted content for their newsletter in a release format ... The (court) briefs mentioned in the (Buckeye Firearms) newsletter article are public and have been public since Jan. 18 and Feb. 4, respectively.”


The Buckeye Firearms Association, the only group to receive Yost’s release, endorsed the Republican for election as attorney general last year, as did the National Rifle Association and Ohioans for Concealed Carry.

February 26, 2019
Gongwer News Service - Senate Approves Firearm Correction Bill

The corrective measure was supported by firearm groups, including the Buckeye Firearms Association. Sean Maloney, an attorney who testified on behalf of the group before the committee, said the legislation was a "common-sense fix" to an unintended consequence.

February 25, 2019
NRATV's "Relentless" with host Dana Loesch - Dean Rieck: Ohio Lawmakers Studying Error That Could Ban Some Guns

Buckeye Firearms Association Executive Director Dean Rieck was a guest on NRATV's "Relentless" with host Dana Loesch. Click here to view the interview.

February 19, 2019
Gongwer News Service - GOP Fast-Tracks Legislative Fix To Recent Gun Law

"Notwithstanding this misclassification, upon consultation with the attorneys at (Legislative Service Commission) it appears that the amended language would not affect the legality of any existing firearms," she said.

Gun advocates aren't so certain. The Buckeye Firearms Association and Ohioans for Concealed Carry in recent weeks have sounded the alarm to lawmakers hoping for a quick fix.

February 18, 2019
Cleveland Plain DealerOhio guns-rights groups up in arms over law change

Dean Rieck, executive director of the Buckeye Firearms Association, said while it’s unclear whether the law will affect gun owners in “real world terms” once it takes effect in March, it’s still causing concern among gun owners.

February 18, 2019
Associated Press - Error in Ohio bill could ban some guns

It’s unclear if the mistake would cause gun owners problems in “real-world terms,” said Dean Rieck, executive director of the gun rights group Buckeye Firearms, who said he’s consulted with lawyers for the National Rifle Association and Ohio’s Legislative Services Commission, among others.

Nevertheless, “We would prefer they deal with it immediately because it is causing a lot of concern and confusion among gun owners in Ohio,” Rieck said.

February 12, 2019
Guns.com - Court shoots down city bump stock ban

The lawsuit, brought by the Buckeye Firearms Foundation and Ohioans for Concealed Carry, argued the local ban was illegal considering state laws.

“This ban was completely unjustified and a great concern for gun owners,” said Dean Rieck, executive director of Buckeye Firearms Foundation. “Under Ohio law, local municipalities are not permitted to enact firearms laws that conflict with state law. And clearly, outlawing guns or gun parts is a clear violation of state law.”

February 12, 2019
Pacific Standard Magazine - Should teachers carry guns? In many rural school districts, they already are.

According to Joe Eaton, the program director of an Ohio-based program called FASTER (Faculty/Administrator Safety Training & Emergency Response) Saves Lives, which provides first-aid and firearm training to school staff, more and more school boards are coming around to his view that violence in schools should be treated like any other school emergency. "If you have a kid that falls into a swimming pool, are you going to stand at the side of the pool and dial 911? That's ridiculous. You're going to jump in the pool, you're going to pull the kid out, you're going to start saving lives while you're still waiting for the professionals to get there," Eaton says. "That's where the biggest mindset has changed, is that schools realize, no matter how much they prepare ahead of time, if violence starts there is always going to be a certain period of time when they are 100 percent on their own, because until that first 911 call is made, nobody is coming to help."

That's just the kind of preparation that FASTER provides: not just practice time on a range, but first aid for traumatic injuries, tactical exercises, role playing—a crash course in the kind of training that law enforcement officers get. FASTER is meant to prepare teachers not to replace first responders, but just to hold their own until law enforcement can get there.

"Firearms are the last resort to stop these situations," Eaton says. "We teach the staff how to safely remove themselves and groups of kids from an area of danger; how to barricade in a room; how to deal with large chaotic crowds, and all the trauma and medical training to provide compression bandages, chest seals, airway management, to start immediately rendering the medical aid. That way when the professionals get there you actually have patients to transfer to them instead of victims"

The Ohio superintendent credits the FASTER program with giving administrators in his district the tools to prepare for the worst-case scenario, should it ever arrive. The district's armed response team conducts active shooter drills with key school staff and the sheriff's department after hours, and once a year all staff and students participate in a lockdown drill, which is mandated by Ohio law.


When asked how often FASTER-trained school employees have used their training to avert an incident, only a couple examples come to Eaton's mind: in one, a school principal in eastern Ohio allegedly drew his firearm on a student off school grounds, prompting the student to immediately drop a weapon he was carrying. But Eaton takes the rarity of such incidents as a sign the program may be working as a school-violence deterrent: "We hope that we never have any additional stories beyond that because one thing that we encourage schools to do is that, if they adopt this program, to be public about it," he says, "because announcing publicly should have a certain deterrent effect."

February 11, 2019
Cincinnati.com - Hamilton County judge strikes down city's bump stock ban

Two groups, Buckeye Firearms Foundation and Ohioans for Concealed Carry, sued the city in June 2018.

“This ban was completely unjustified and a great concern for gun owners,” Dean Rieck, executive director of Buckeye Firearms Foundation, said in a statement. “Under Ohio law, local municipalities are not permitted to enact firearms laws that conflict with state law. And clearly, outlawing guns or gun parts, is a clear violation of state law.”


Buckeye Firearms Foundation said other municipalities, including Columbus, “have attempted to defy state law in this manner, only to lose in court.” A Franklin County judge last year said the Columbus ban was unconstitutional.

“These bans are not about public safety,” Rieck said. “They are merely political theater and an excuse for city councils to 'virtue signal' for publicity and personal aggrandizement.”

February 11, 2019
WCPO (Cincinnati) - Judge sides with gun owners' groups, overrules Cincinnati's ban on bump stocks

The Buckeye Firearms Association and Ohioans for Concealed Carry filed suit June 21, 2018, arguing that the ordinance violated a state law preventing individual cities and counties from creating policies that conflict with their state and federal counterparts. A judge granted their motion for a temporary injunction preventing the ordinance from taking effect.

Court records indicate the case persisted through the rest of 2018, the city continuing to argue that bump stocks were firearm accessories and could therefore be regulated without infringing on state law or gun owners’ rights.

In November, both the city and the gun owners’ groups filed motions for summary judgment in their favor. Ruehlman granted the latter Monday.

“This ban was completely unjustified and a great concern for gun owners,” Buckeye Firearms Foundation executive director Dean Rieck wrote in a news release, adding later: “These bans are not about public safety. They are merely political theater and an excuse for City Councils to 'virtue signal' for publicity and personal aggrandizement.”

The local victory is likely to be overwhelmed by a national loss by the start of summer. On Dec. 18, 2018, the Trump administration announced a federal ban on bump stocks set to take effect the following March.


Gun owners’ organizations such as Gun Owners of America promised a lawsuit as soon as the policy was announced, meaning members of the Buckeye Firearms Association could soon see their fight reenacted on a national stage.

February 5, 2019
WLWT (NBC Cincinnati) - Shooting death of Clermont County deputy reignites interest in red flag law

Gun rights activist Joe Eaton, who's with Buckeye Firearms Association, is skeptical.

"You cannot strip people of their rights and their property ahead of time," Eaton said. "This young man had troubles, and there are already laws out there that people can be either voluntarily or involuntarily committed for diagnosis of this type of treatment."

February 4, 2019
WXIX (Fox Cincinnati) - Ohio lawmakers look to re-introduce ‘red flag law’ after deputy’s death in standoff

Those who oppose the idea, like the Buckeye Firearms Association, believe that the current laws are already designed to prevent those kinds of tragedies.

“There are already laws in place where somebody can be involuntarily committed for psychological evaluation and have a court determine if they are competent or not competent," said Joe Eaton with the Buckeye Firearms Association.

Opponents also argue that it is important for Ohioans to have the right to self-defense.

“They totally strip the citizens of Ohio of their due process," said Eaton. "Everyone in Ohio should be innocent until they’ve been proven guilty of committing a crime.”

Thomas said they plan to re-introduce the red flag law and other gun bills as early as this week.

Leaders of the Buckeye Firearm Association expect they will fight it.

February 4, 2019
Good Morning Britain - Should School Teachers Carry Guns?

Buckeye Firearms Association Director and FASTER Saves Lives Program Director Joe Eaton was a guest on Good Morning Britain with host Piers Morgan.

February 4, 2019
Evening Standard - Teachers Training To Kill: A new Channel 4 documentary explores a special camp arming US teachers

The training camp in question is FASTER which teaches high school teachers to wield and, if necessary, use guns to deal with potential shooting situations.

February 4, 2019
TheGuardian.com - Examination of Teachers Training to Kill- The Struggle to Arm Elementary Schools

Perhaps the greatest achievement of the film was to find two women at a weapons training camp run by a National Rifle Association (NRA)-funded charity, Faster, and let them be the sympathetic faces of those who do want teachers armed. They both teach young special needs children, and often buy their struggling students clothes and food, too. They see gun training as an extension of the extra care they are already willing to give. The daughter of one has had a shooting at her school. They are tearful, not gung ho, and their feeling of helplessness is almost palpable. “I want to take care of who I’m responsible for,” says one. “They’re babies!” says the other, desperately. “That’s why we’re here.”

The camp involves all the kinds of tuition you’d expect – shooting practice, role play, full-scale enactments of various situations. Much of it looks enough like boys rushing round with toys to make you wonder about the purity of everyone’s motives. But then a whole other field of WTF opens up when the Vietnam veteran in charge of “mindset training” plays a video to show his adult students what they “could be” dealing with. It purports to be of the “Cubs of Allah”, and shows children training to be, you presume, jihadists. “How many people are coming into this country, and you don’t know how they’ve been trained?” he asks. His Faster colleagues hit the remaining NRA markers quicker than you can say “libtard”

February 4, 2019
RealityTitBit.com - Inside the 'gun summer school' in C4's Teachers Training to Kill

The summer school was featured in Teachers Training to Kill is called Faster.

Gun’s right group, Faster, offer free gun training, where teachers learn how to use guns, deal with potential school shooting scenarios and even kill.

February 4, 2019
Channel4.com - Teachers Training to Kill

This documentary meets teachers in Ohio who are learning to shoot and - if necessary - kill; and explores the heated debate in America around how best to protect pupils from gun attacks

February 1, 2019
The Ledger-Independent - MLSD Superintendent addresses arming staff

Rau said in the newsletter that staff members will undergo training by the Tactical Defense Institute using the Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response Program, or FASTER, in West Union, Ohio, and that the program itself is strictly voluntary. According to Rau, the trainers, trainees and weapons will be identical to law enforcement.

“Those individuals will train for several hours over the course of several days, and must pass this course; not everyone passes this course,” he said. “The training is extremely rigorous and is mentally and physically difficult.”


Training through TDI will be free, Rau said, with the Buckeye Firearms Association paying for five people to undergo the training. Despite the possibility for five people to take the training for free, Rau said he wants to be thorough in determining who is fit for the program.


To further supplement the information posted in the newsletter, Rau also said he will also be putting additional information about the FASTER program in the March newsletter.

February 1, 2019
Financial Times - Training Teachers to Kill, Channel 4 — guns to solve the problem of guns

A gun rights group, Faster, offers free training. “You find me somebody who wants more dead kids,” says a spokesman for the cause of getting more guns to solve the problem of guns. In a Faster video, Jim Irvine declares that arming civilians has “worked wonderfully well throughout our country for decades”. That’s one way of putting it. Jim’s own kids are homeschooled, but lest you think him hypocritical, it’s because he believes gun-free zones are an active invitation to shooters.

January 17, 2019
Portsmouth Daily Times Sheriff’s office hands prosecutor case against Lucasville weapons instructor

Rick Jones is a local firearms instructor as well as the south-central Ohio spokesperson for the Buckeye Firearms Association. He said should problems be found with the firearm instruction classes given by any instructor, persons who used that instructor to gain a concealed carry permit likely will lose that permit.

In December, Jones talked about another case currently underway against an instructor in Akron. He said several years ago an Ohio instructor was convicted of selling course completion certificates without actually requiring buyers take any training. Persons who had used the instructor lost any money they paid to that person and any who had gained a permit through that instructor, lost their permit.

January 15, 2019
America's 1st FreedomBuckeye Firearms [Association] Praises Override of Gun Veto

Members of the Ohio General Assembly stood firm in their fight to protect the rights of Ohioans to use firearms to protect themselves. That dedication to the rights of everyday citizens won praise from the Buckeye Firearms Association (BFA).

And while we can chalk up a point for our Second Amendment rights in the Buckeye State, those who want to exercise their constitutional rights know the fight is not over.

At question was House Bill (H.B.) 228 that, among other things, contained a provision related to the Castle Doctrine, granting law-abiding citizens the right to protect themselves and others without fear of being prosecuted.

Then-Gov. John Kasich went out of his way not only to veto the bill, but to introduce less-than-savory amendments—and he waited until the last minute to reject the bill, no doubt hoping that lawmakers would rather spend time with their families than to worry about an override.

But the legislators got the last word, coming back during the recess and convincingly beating the veto with a House vote of 67-22 and a Senate vote of 21-11.

“The key with H.B. 228 was that it shifted the burden of proof to the prosecution,” BFA Executive Director Dean Rieck said.

The news wasn’t 100 percent favorable. In overriding the veto, lawmakers had to remove some provisions and had to keep the “duty to retreat” in the bill. Rieck said the new governor and Legislature will undoubtedly have to deal with the “duty to retreat” matter soon. Still, gun owners in Ohio will enjoy “innocent until proven guilty” protection, a stronger preemption law and other broader rights.

It was an uphill battle not simply because an override is generally a challenge, but because anti-gun groups like Moms Demand Action spent millions trying to water down the bill—and they did win in terms of defeating the push for a true Stand Your Ground option.

“In the end, gun owners won and did so without big power or big money to back them up,” Rieck said.

The Ohio case is another piece of evidence that grassroots efforts—a cornerstone of the NRA’s strategy—can work. But, as Rieck acknowledged, the fight to protect our Second Amendment right never ends.

January 11, 2019
Firearms Policy Coalition's Morning Coffee with Craig - Ohio Legislature Tells Anti-Gun Governor to Shove it!

Buckeye Firearms Association Executive Director Dean Rieck was interviewed on the Firearms Policy Coalition's Morning Coffee with Craig. Click here to listen to the episode.

January 8, 2019
GQ Magazine - When You Give a Teacher a Gun

This entire lengthy article is about Buckeye Firearms Foundation's FASTER Saves Lives program.

January 2, 2019
Guns.com - Ohio Lawmakers Override Kasich Veto on Pro-Gun Bill

The bill and its subsequent override were supported by the National Rifle Association and the Buckeye Firearms Association.

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