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Ohio Primary Election Early Voting Begins Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Tuesday, April 5, 2022, is the start of early voting in Ohio for the Primary Election. Please check BFA PAC grades and endorsements before you vote. Our PAC will continue to update our endorsement page as we collect more information. The Primary will be different this year, so here's what you need to know. 2 SEPARATE PRIMARIES Because lawmakers have been struggling to finalize district maps, the...

PODCAST: After Permitless Carry, What’s Next for Gun Rights in Ohio?

The Keep and Bear Radio podcast is hosted on Podbean and is also available on Apple , Google , Spotify , iHeartRadio and many other platforms. Make sure to subscribe to the podcast to hear every episode. How to Listen to Podcasts on Your Mobile Phone *** Episode 58: Permitless carry has been signed into law in Ohio and goes into effect on June 13, 2022. But there are many other pro-gun bills...

Permitless Carry Begins in Ohio on Monday, June 13, 2022 - Here's Why

When does permitless carry in Ohio go into effect? We've seen different dates reported. And we've heard stories of people already beginning to carry concealed without a license and getting into legal hot water. So here's the official date for permitless concealed carry to start in Ohio: Monday, June 13, 2022 How do we arrive at that date? Governor DeWine signed Senate Bill 215 on Monday, March 14...

Judge Jackson Affirms Second Amendment Rights But Questions Linger

Anyone expecting Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearing to be a firework show when it came to gun rights was disappointed. President Joe Biden’s nominee answered questions posed by probing U.S. senators, but some of those answers gave reason for pause. Although Judge Jackson noted the U.S. Supreme Court in Heller affirmed the Second Amendment is an individual right, her full testimony...

Recent ATF Action Shows Need for Suppressor Reform

As we reported [recently], the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) denied approximately 850 Form 1 applications for prospective makers of suppressors on February 28. These denials were apparently made due to a change in ATF policy regarding certain devices that ATF claims are in reality suppressor “parts kits.” The Form 1 application (technically ATF Form 5320.1) is the...

One of the Hunting Industry’s Most Contentious Words: 'Trophy'

Within the hunting industry, the word ‘trophy’ seems to have more legs than a herd of migrating elk. Articles and conversations happen on a regular basis with authors providing opinions, facts, stories, and examples to help prove their point either for or against the use of the word. Aside from the term “trophy wife” (or “trophy husband” for that matter), no one else seems to have an issue with...

Reflections on 20+ Years of Effective Gun Rights Advocacy in Ohio

As we mark the signing of Senate Bill 215, an Act which will bring the ability for permitless carry to anyone who would qualify for an Ohio concealed handgun license (CHL), I have found myself reflecting on my more-than two decades of work as a Second Amendment advocate. After spending 1990-2001 in Indiana (a state that has ZERO training requirement to obtain a concealed handgun license) and...

Headline: California mass killing raises troubling questions

They say in order to stop the next mass killing we need red flag laws. They say we need waiting periods. They say we need background checks for every firearm transfer. They say we need to ban standard-capacity magazines. They say there needs to be mandatory training before purchasing a firearm. They say we should limit the purchase of handguns to one-per-month. They say we need background checks...

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