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January 17, 2021
WCPO (ABC Cincinnati) - 'Why not a parking lot? Why not a shopping mall?' Ohio's new gun law expands use of deadly force

Rob Sexton of the Buckeye Firearms Association said the new law strengthens gun owners’ rights and creates more clarity in tense situations.

“Your first thought will not have to be, you know, whether to run, whether to hide, whether to duck,” he said. “It'll be, ‘What's the best thing I can do to defend myself or a loved one?’”

From his perspective, he said, there’s no reason the self-defense principles that apply in the home shouldn’t apply elsewhere.

“Why not a parking lot?” he said. “Why not a shopping mall? Why not an ATM machine? Like, why are we saying I’ve got the right to defend myself in some places but not in other places?”

People who use deadly force with the stand-your-ground law in mind will still be required to prove in court that their lives were in danger at the time.

January 12, 2021
WOSU (NPR Columbus) - Firearms Instructor Questions Wisdom Of Ohio's New 'Stand Your Ground' Law

According to Buckeye Firearms Association executive director Dean Rieck – whose organization has lobbied for years to pass the bill – firearms instructors like Cooper can go on teaching classes without any changes because of the new law.

“My take is that the ‘duty to retreat’ as it was in our law really was more of a confusing issue than anything else,” Rieck said.

The new law won’t change anything for police investigating a shooting or prosecutors considering whether to bring charges, he said.

“All the elements are going to remain the same – you can't instigate a situation,” Rieck said. “You can't be the one escalating a situation. You've got to basically be the good guy.”

January 10, 2021
Columbus Dispatch - Gun rights group proclaims victory

The Buckeye Firearms Association last week not only took credit for pushing through a new Stand Your Ground gun law in Ohio, but also for killing numerous measures proposing gun restrictions — several of which were introduced in wake of the August 2019 mass shooting in Dayton.

"Every gun control bill introduced in the last legislative session died at midnight, Dec. 31. We strongly opposed them all. And we now claim victory for their defeat," the organization said.

January 8, 2021
WVXU (NPR Cincinnati) - Analysis: Will Nan Whaley Run For Governor Of Ohio? She Certainly Has The Motivation

But the Republican-dominated Ohio legislature, which has long danced to the tune of the National Rifle Association and the Buckeye Firearms Association, did nothing with the Strong Ohio package.

In fact, last month, the legislature passed a "Stand Your Ground" bill that was anathema to Whaley and her fellow big city mayors in Ohio because it eliminated the duty to retreat in the face of possible gunfire.

January 5, 2021
WLW (700 AM) - "The Scott Sloan Show"

Buckeye Firearms Association Director Joe Eaton appeared on WLW with guest-host Dan Carroll. Click here to listen to the podcast. Joe's segment begins at 36:26.

January 5, 2021
WBNS (CBS Columbus) - Groups react to Gov. DeWine signing 'stand your ground' legislation

“This law change is needed, people need the right to defend themselves”, said Rob Sexton, of the Buckeye Firearms Association, who supports the new legislation.

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Sexton strongly believes that [predictions of increased violence] won’t be the case. He said this new legislation will make self-defense law stronger.

“This is badly needed, we need to remove the burden from victims of crime and shift it onto…responsibility on those who commit it,” said Sexton.

January 5, 2021
Columbus Dispatch - Dayton mayor unhappy as Gov. Mike DeWine signs 'stand your ground' legislation into law

The NRA was happy.

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So was the Buckeye Firearms Association, noting Ohio joins about two dozen other states with comparable laws.

"We're very pleased the governor kept his promise to sign the repeal of Ohio's duty to retreat law that forces victims of violent crime to retreat before they're legally able to defend themselves," executive director Dean Rieck said in a statement. "Our organization worked relentlessly down the stretch to see this bill become law."

January 5, 2021
Cincinnati Enquirer - Why Gov. Mike DeWine signed Ohio's 'stand your ground' gun bill after hinting he would veto

The National Rifle Association and Buckeye Firearms Association praised him.

"Ultimately, he made a decision to keep his promise and we’re very happy about that," Buckeye Firearms Association lobbyist Rob Sexton told The Enquirer.

January 5, 2021
WLWT (NBC Cincinnati) - Son of man killed in Dayton mass shooting upset over new 'stand your ground' law

The Buckeye Firearms Association is praising the move.

"We're very pleased the Governor kept his promise to sign the repeal of Ohio's duty to retreat law that forces victims of violent crime to retreat before they're legally able to defend themselves," said Buckeye Firearms Association Executive Director, Dean Rieck. "Our organization worked relentlessly down the stretch to see this bill become law."

January 4, 2021
WKEF (ABC Dayton) - The 'Strong Ohio' bill failed, what's next?

Joe Eaton with Buckeye Firearms Association opposed “Strong Ohio” saying it could criminalize law-abiding citizens. He also said he had concerns that the mental health records portion could violate doctor-patient privilege.

“We have known for a long time since it was introduced there was nothing in there that would get a lot of support because again, “do something” only makes sense if the “something” actually makes a positive difference in the state of Ohio,” said Eaton.

January 4, 2021
WKRC (CBS Cincinnati) - Ohio's new Stand Your Ground law takes away duty to retreat in life-threatening situations

The Buckeye Firearms Association said it's intended to protect people only if they feel like they're in serious danger.

"This law does not affect anyone until they are already the victim of a violent crime, and I don't understand why any politician or anyone else would be opposed to removing horrendous restrictions on crime victims. We should support crime victims, and we should punish the criminals," said Joe Eaton with the Buckeye Firearms Association.

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"If I am the victim of a violent crime, or someone that I love dearly is the victim of a violent crime, I should have the ability to use any means at my disposal to save them and stop the violence," said Eaton.

January 4, 2021
Cleveland.com - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signs ‘stand your ground’ bill

Proponents of the measure say it gives law-abiding citizens the right to protect themselves. The Buckeye Firearms Association said in a release that DeWine promised them and other gun-rights groups multiple times that he would sign such a bill.

“While this bill changes one technicality in Ohio law, it does not change the near universal and well-established standard for use of lethal force, nor does it give criminals a free pass to commit violent crime,” Buckeye Firearms said in a statement.

January 4, 2021
Associated Press - Ohio governor signs gun bill eliminating duty to retreat

The Buckeye Firearms Association praised the move, saying DeWine kept multiple promises, both publicly and privately with the association, to sign the bill.

“We’re very pleased the Governor kept his promise to sign the repeal of Ohio’s duty to retreat law that forces victims of violent crime to retreat before they’re legally able to defend themselves,” said Dan[sic] Rieck, the group’s executive director.

January 4, 2021
Columbus Dispatch - Gun rights groups happy as Gov. Mike DeWine signs 'stand your ground' legislation into law

The Buckeye Firearms Association praised the governor’s decision Monday, saying Ohio is joining about two dozen other states with comparable laws.

"We're very pleased the governor kept his promise to sign the repeal of Ohio's duty to retreat law that forces victims of violent crime to retreat before they're legally able to defend themselves," Executive Director Dean Rieck said in a statement. "Our organization worked relentlessly down the stretch to see this bill become law."

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