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Civitas Media fights to retain ability to develop database of CHL-holders (and they're not alone )

In early, 2014, I exposed an internal email proving that Civitas Media, which owns some 88 newspapers in 12 states - including 38 here in Ohio - was discussing the use of "public records act requests" to "build state-by-state databases that list those who have the right to carry" firearm licenses. My article quickly went viral. Soon after being picked up by DailyCaller.com , DrudgeReport.com...

SAF lauds Puerto Rico court victory for gun rights

BELLEVUE, WA – A surprising victory for gun rights in Puerto Rico has eliminated the firearms registry and licensing requirements to purchase and carry in the Commonwealth, the Second Amendment Foundation has confirmed. As of now, according to Sandra Barreras with Ladies of the Second Amendment (LSA), the group that brought the lawsuit, “there is no regulation to purchase or carry (and) all...

Federal Bill Seeks to Use Your Taxes to Bribe States to Require Gun Licenses

It's bad enough that antigun members of Congress want to enact federal legislation to impose the elitist views of their coastal enclaves on the entire country. What's worse is that in typical Big Government fashion, they want to use your tax dollars to accomplish their schemes. The latest example of this is the "Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act," which at least has the distinction of having an...

Your Tactical Training Scenario…Violence at Church

Are you prepared to deal with an armed threat in your place of worship? Maybe you should pay more attention to the nature of the potential threat. When we look at all Rapid Mass Murders that have occurred in this country, we find that the second most common place for them to occur is in a church or place of worship. Only schools have a higher rate of killings. Many mentally ill criminals display...

"Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act of 2015" Introduced to Curb BATFE Abuse

On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced H.R. 2710, the "Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act of 2015." This bill would remove BATFE's authority to interpret or reinterpret the "sporting purposes" clauses in federal law, which only serve to undermine the core purpose of the Second Amendment. Under Chairman Bishop’s legislation,...

Surviving a Violent Encounter

A lot of people think that carrying a gun or attempting to resist a violent attack in any way increases the chances that they will be seriously injured or killed in an encounter. FBI statistics show that just the opposite is true! So it is in your best interest to resist an attack. Your chances of being involved in a violent encounter are fairly small. Of the approximately 300 million people that...

We Needed the Supreme Court to Tell us This?

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that when a person who owns firearms is convicted of a felony – which makes firearm possession illegal for them – they still retain the right to dispose of their firearms as they see fit, as long as they don’t do so in a way where they would have access or control over those firearms. What is astounding about this decision is that it had...

Attack on Charleston church draws attention to Ohio ban on concealed carry in places of worship

Once again, a mass murder has occurred in a public place - the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, SC. Once again, the victims were defenseless. Palmetto State law, like Ohio's, prohibits concealed carry in places of worship unless that entity permits otherwise, and it appears unlikely that such permission was given in this case. Once again, political opportunists are following the gun ban...

Legislation Proposes $60 Million for Anti-Gun Research

[Recently], NRA F-rated Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) introduced legislation to authorize the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to give $60 million of the taxpayers' money to anti-gun activists over the next six years, to conduct "research" promoting gun control. The two longtime anti-gun legislators say that their bill is necessary for two reasons...

SB 180 (Protect Workers' Constitutional Rights) scheduled for sponsor testimony in Senate committee

Chairman Kevin Bacon has announced that the Senate Civil Justice Committee will be hearing sponsor testimony on Senate Bill 180 (Protect Workers' Constitutional Rights) today, Wednesday, June 24 at 2:30 p.m.in the Senate Finance Hearing Room. SB 180, sponsored by Senator Joe Uecker (R-Miami Township), seeks to prohibit employers from discriminating against workers exercising constitutional rights...

Lummis Introduces "Collectible Firearms Protection Act"

[Earlier this month], U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) introduced H.R. 2611, the "Collectible Firearms Protection Act." This bill would aim to reverse a State Department decision blocking the importation of wildly popular and historic M1 Garand rifles and M1 carbines from South Korea. The United States exported these firearms to South Korea at the onset of the Korean War in the 1950s...

12 Effects of Post Shooting Syndrome

Defending yourself with a gun is not something any rational person ever wants to do. It's something you do only when there is no other choice. And the personal toll it can take on your mental wellbeing can be surprising, often referred to as "post shooting syndrome." TV dramas and blockbuster movies portray good guys shooting bad guys in heroic fashion. But in the real world, it seldom feels...

Stopping the Threat!

If you have spent any time reading the articles in my newsletter, on any number of self-defense related websites, and/or in gun magazines, you’ve come across a multitude of articles (opinions?) on which caliber is best, the importance of “stopping power”, etc. Which is better, the .45 ACP or the 9mm Parabellum? How about the .357 Magnum or the .44 Magnum? Should I use hit the target where it will...

Vocabulary—Just What is the Difference Between Rimfire and Centerfire Ammunition?

Rimfire Cartridges Rimfire cartridges contain their “priming compound” in the “rim” of the cartridge. The priming compound is what sparks to ignite the gunpowder within the cartridge case, while the rim is precisely where the firing pin strikes when the user pulls the trigger. The powder charge sits directly in front of the priming compound, so ignition is very reliable. The beauty of the rimfire...

Gun Control Called "Absurd" on Anti-Gun Website

To say the very least, articles questioning the advisability of gun control are few and far between on HuffingtonPost.com. Recently, however, a blogger on the normally anti-gun website expressed views that are liable to work gun control supporters into a tizzy. In a piece titled In Gun Control Controversy, Can Americans Handle the Truth? , self-described public relations consultant Mario Almonte...

Stop Obama's Planned Gag Order on Firearm-Related Speech

It's happening again— President Obama is using his imperial pen and telephone to curb your rights and bypass Congress through executive action. Even as news reports have been highlighting the gun control provisions of the Administration's "Unified Agenda" of regulatory objectives, the Obama State Department has been quietly moving ahead with a proposal that could censor online speech related to...

Fanciful "Smart Gun" Bill Seeks to Make Law Out of Wishful Thinking

We all have our hopes for the future. In that regard, we're not so different from Senators Edward J. Markey and Elizabeth Warren (both D-Mass.). Where we're just a little bit different, however, is that while we recognize some people might wish to replace travel by automobiles with on-demand flight via pollution-free unicorns, we're not sure a law to that affect is really necessary. Similarly,...

New bill mandates flying cars! (or, The disarmist crowd and their 'smart guns')

Democrats in Congress have introduced legislation requiring that five years after its passage, all handguns manufactured or imported into the U.S. must have “personalization” technology incorporated into them that prevents “unauthorized” users from firing them. OK, that’s not a mandate for flying cars, but it might as well be. The comparison is very appropriate. Currently, there are prototypes...

HB 48 (Eliminate many 'no-guns' victim zones) approved by House committee

Earlier today, Sub. House Bill 48 was approved by a vote of 9-2 by the Ohio House State Government Committee. The measure will now move on to the state House of Representatives where it could be considered before the summer recess. Substitute HB 48, sponsored by Rep. Ron Maag (R-Lebanon) seeks to restore Ohioans' right to carry in day-care facilities (unless they post "no-guns"), private...

Buckeye Firearms Association sponsors two members of Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports Team at 2015 National Championships

"Have you ever been to Nebraska?" I can still remember hearing that question in a January phone conversation with my friend and fellow 4-H instructor, Frank Steed. He told me that his son Jimmy Steed and my son, Levi Mercer had been offered spots on the Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports Team to compete at the National 4-H Championship in Grand Island, Nebraska. We both thought WOW!...What an opportunity…...

NRA-Backed Measures Aimed at Reversing Obama Administration's Implementation of Gun Control Through Executive Action

Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) [recently] lauded the passage of H.R. 2578, the Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Act (CJS), which contained strong pro-Second Amendment provisions aimed at stopping the Obama Administration from enacting its gun control agenda through executive action. "On behalf of the NRA's five...

Gun Control: Washington Whispers, Industry Prepares

If the whispers in the hallways of Congress are any indication, the Obama administration is gearing up for as many as a dozen regulations which, although described as public safety issues are really gun restrictions. Their titling's based on the tried-and true political strategy of calling something potentially distasteful a "safety" issue when in fact it's something else entirely. Measures being...

To the Editor: Loophole is used to harass gun owners

The following letter to the editor of the Columbus Dispatch was published on Friday, June 12. Addressing a Senate proposal to close the media-access loophole to concealed-handgun license records, Ohio Newspaper Association Executive Director Dennis Hetzel was quoted by the Northeast Ohio Media Group as saying he couldn’t think of any instance in which Ohio journalists have used their ability to...

BFA's Sean Maloney seeks reelection to NRA Board of Directors

Editor's Note: Here's a message from Sean Maloney, one of our Volunteer Leaders who helps protect and advance your firearm rights. Please give Sean the support he needs to collect signatures and get reelected to the NRA Board of Directors. If you are an NRA Life Member or higher or if you have been a regular annual member for 5+ consecutive, uninterrupted years, email Sean today at [email protected]

HB 48 (Eliminate many 'no-guns' victim zones) scheduled for 4th hearing, possible vote in House committee

Chairman Ron Maag (R-Lebanon) has announced that the House State Government committee will be hearing testimony on substitute HB 48 (Eliminate many 'no-guns' victim zones) next Wednesday, June 17 at 2:00 p.m. in Room 121. The chairman has also schedule the bill for a possible vote. Substitute HB 48 seeks to restore Ohioans' right to carry in day-care facilities (unless they post "no-guns"),...

Buckeye Firearms Association endorses SB 180 (Protect Workers' Constitutional Rights)

(Columbus, Ohio) On Wednesday, June 10, Senator Joe Uecker (R-Miami Township) introduced Senate Bill 180, which would prohibit employers from discriminating against workers exercising constitutional rights. Ohio is an “at will” employment state, meaning that workers can be fired for any reason, or no reason. There are many protected classes or exemptions to the general rule. A person may not be...

House committee accepts substitute language in HB 48 (Eliminate many 'no-guns' victim zones)

The House State Government committee has adopted a substitute House Bill 48 (Eliminate many 'no-guns' victim zones). Under the original bill introduced by Rep. Ron Maag (R-Lebanon), Ohioans' right to carry would have been restored on college campuses, places of worship, day-care facilities (unless they post "no-guns"), private airplanes, school safety zones, non-secure areas of police stations...

Ohio Senate proposes changes to concealed carry law in biennium budget bill

Dix Communications is reporting that changes which would effect gun owners are among the Ohio Senate's proposed changes to the 2015-2016 biennium budget bill currently being debated in the Statehouse. The article outlines two amendments that deal with changes to state firearms laws: 1. Guns: Senators added language to block journalists from viewing concealed firearm licensing records, including...

How Sportsmen Make the Great Outdoors (The Pittman-Robertson Tax)

Did you know that as active outdoors people and shooting sports participants we all help contribute to making the outdoor world the great place that it is? We do this through a special excise tax collected on firearms, ammunition and archery equipment. These monies are part of a piece of legislation called the Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act. Monies from these taxes are...

An Active Killer’s Diary

As most of you know, I take a special interest in researching active killers. I’ve been closely watching the progress of the Aurora, Colorado “Batman” movie theater killer’s trial. If you are unfamiliar with the incident, check out my article HERE . Last week, the killer’s diary was released to jurors in the media. The article ‘ Why? Why? Why? ' displays the pages in full for your evaluation. In...

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