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Study on Noise Exposure Suggests Firearm Owners Would Benefit from Better Access to Suppressors

Gun owners should always make sure to use proper hearing protection when operating firearms. Unfortunately, evidence from a recent study published in The Laryngoscope, a medical journal that specializes in head and neck disorders including otolaryngology, revealed that many shooters do not employ adequate hearing protection while exercising their Second Amendment rights. While some of the study’s...

5 reasons to support National Reciprocity

1. Exercising a right shouldn’t be contingent upon what state you’re in. This seems like it would be obvious. Sadly, it’s not. The Supreme Court affirmed in 2008 that Americans have a constitutionally-protected individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms for self-defense. What’s more, no state can deny a Constitutional right. All national reciprocity means is that state governments must respect non-...

MEMORIAL DAY 2017: In 1788, Ohio law required ALL men aged 16-50 to bear arms

(Originally posted by the Cincinnati Enquirer and on this website July 25, 2003) Ohio Moments Soldiers fined 50 cents for lack of weaponry On July 25, 1788, the first Ohio law to establish and regulate a militia was published in Marietta. It mandated all men between 16 and 50 perform military duty. They were required to arm themselves with a musket and bayonet, a cartridge box, powder horn, one...

House committee holds hearing on gun bills; Law enforcement organizations embarrass themselves

On Tuesday, May 23, 2017 the Ohio House Federalism and Interstate Relations Committee Chaired by Rep. Kristine Roegner (R-Hudson) held hearings on two gun-related bills. First up was HB 201, sponsored by Representatives Ron Hood (R-Ashville) and Tom Brinkman (R-Mt. Lookout), for proponent testimony. This is a “Constitutional Carry” bill, similar to ones that have been offered in previous sessions...

How one man defeated a gun ban in Marysville, Ohio

Who says you need thousands of activists and millions of dollars to fight city hall? Sometimes all it takes is the will to make a change and the persistence to follow through. That's how one man defeated an unconstitutional ban on firearms in Marysville, Ohio city parks. No demonstrations. No lawsuits. No political battles. Not a single word spoken in anger. To protect the identity of the hero of...

13 years late: Dayton RTA considers reversing ban on concealed carry

[UPDATE: This article originally stated that the change in policy has already been approved. FOX45 is now reporting the changes noted below will be voted on at the RTA board meeting June 6.] 13 years after the Ohio Attorney General first declared bans on concealed carry on city busses to be illegal, WRGT (Fox Dayton) is reporting that the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (or RTA, the...

Is the Mossberg 590 Shockwave legal in Ohio?

We've been getting questions about the new Mossberg 590 Shockwave. It's a 12-gauge, 6-shot shotgun with a 14-inch barrel. It's the barrel length that creates all the questions. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives has confirmed that the 590 Shockwave is a "firearm" per the Gun Control Act, but it is NOT a Class 3/NFA firearm. You can read their confirmation letter for...

Washington Post Seems to Believe ISIS Propaganda on Buying Guns in U.S.

Not surprisingly, ISIS is wrong about another aspect of how things work in the United States. According to the Washington Post , terrorist propaganda materials argue it is easy to obtain a firearm in the U.S. with no ID and no background check. While the materials make it clear that one cannot walk into a federally licensed firearm retailer (FFL) and expect to walk out with a firearm without...

Ohio nursing home killings highlight failure of gun control laws/justice system and impotence of protection orders

On Friday, May 12, a deranged man entered a nursing home in Kirkersville, Ohio and murdered two female employees. Reports say he then took hostages, ambushed and murdered the village's police chief as he exited his car, and proceeded to commit suicide. It has now been revealed that the murderer, Thomas Hartless, came to the nursing home with intent to kill his girlfriend, registered nurse Marlina...

HB 233: Rep. John Becker's DEFEND legislation introduced with 51 co-sponsors

Rep. John Becker (R-Clermont Co.) has introduced House Bill 233, a bill that seeks to decriminalize so-called “no-guns" victim zones for concealed handgun license (CHL) holders. The bill was introduced with 51 co-sponsors - including House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) - enough support to ensure passage if the bill is brought to a vote. Becker has named the bill the DEFEND Act:...

Two self-defense bills scheduled for further hearings in House committee

Chairwoman Kristina Roegner (R-37) has announced that the House Federalism and Interstate Relations Committee will be hearing testimony on two self-defense bills on Tuesday, May 23 at 4:00p.m. in Room 115. The committee will be hearing testimony on HB 142 (Repeal LEO notification). House Bill 142 seeks to repeal requirements that, when detained for a law-enforcement purpose, a concealed carry...

House committee hears from supporters of HB 142 (Repeal LEO notification)

The Gongwer News Service is reporting that members of the House Federalism & Interstate Relations Committee heard from nearly a dozen people who gave testimony in support of HB 142 (Repeal LEO notification), introduced recently by Rep. Scott Wiggam (R-Wooster). According to the article, many informed the committee about situations they say could have avoided had the legislation been in effect...

Jon Husted's gubernatorial announcement cites Second Amendment record

On Monday, May 8, Secretary of State Jon Husted announced his candidacy for governor of Ohio by highlighting his achievements to promote and defend Second Amendment rights. From his campaign announcement letter : COLUMBUS– In a video message to supporters this weekend, Jon Husted announced that he will seek the Republican nomination for Governor of Ohio in the 2018 election. Speaking from his...

Reps. Johnson & LaTourette introduce HB 228 (Fix Burden of Proof/ Concealed Carry Modernization)

Representatives Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) and Sarah LaTourette (R-Chesterland) have introduced HB 228, a concealed carry modernization bill. The bill seeks to fix several problems with Ohio's concealed carry law, including the state's arcane self-defense burden of proof requirements. Click here to read the text of the bill . Remember when you were taught that all people are "innocent until...

Review: 2017 Handgun Moving and Movers Class

Please let me begin by admitting that I attended this class after completing my CCW class and, at this point, I had had no other formal training. Although I understood the importance of practice with my weapon, I had primarily completed private, unsupervised, target practice at an indoor range, which also meant that I had had no practice drawing from a holster, since that is not allowed at the...

Two self-defense bills scheduled for hearings in House committee

Chairwoman Kristina Roegner (R-37) has announced that the House Federalism and Interstate Relations Committee will be hearing testimony on two self-defense bills on Tuesday, May 16 at 4:00 p.m. in Room 116. The committee will be hearing proponent testimony on HB 142 (Repeal LEO notification). House Bill 142 seeks to repeal requirements that, when detained for a law-enforcement purpose, a...

Co-Sponsorship Memos Circulating for Ohio Self-Defense Legislation

There are co-sponsorship memos currently circulating for two important pieces of pro-gun legislation, and you can help see that they get the support they deserve ! First, via NRA-ILA : State Representatives Terry Johnson (R-90) and Sarah LaTourette (R-76) will soon be circulating a co-sponsorship memo for legislation that would modify current law to further protect the Second Amendment rights of...

April 2017 firearms sales up over prior year

The April 2017 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 1,111,596 is an increase of 0.04 percent compared to the April 2016 figure of 1,111,205. The adjusted NICS data were derived by subtracting out NICS purpose code permit checks used by several states such as Connecticut, Illinois, and Utah for CCW permit application checks as well as checks on active...

Ten years after confiscating Damon Wells' gun, Cleveland police are at it again

Even though ten years have passed, many grassroots gun owners have likely not forgotten the name Damon Wells, the Cleveland concealed handgun license (CHL)-holder who defended himself from a violent attempted robbery in his front yard back in April 2007. Though CHL-holders had defended their lives in many other instances, Mr. Wells' situation played in the media for days and weeks after because...

Cedarville University trustees vote to allow faculty and staff to carry concealed on campus

Cedarville University trustees have approved a plan that makes theirs the first college in Ohio to allow concealed carry on campus. From Cedars , the campus newspaper: The policy, a first among Ohio colleges, “authorizes the President to grant permission to faculty, staff, and trustees with concealed carry licenses to carry a concealed handgun on campus under approved terms and/or conditions...

Ohio junior high student suspended for 'liking' photo of airsoft gun on Instagram

WXIX (Fox Cincinnati) reported Friday that an Edgewood, Ohio middle school student was handed a 10-day suspension for “liking” a picture of a gun on Instagram with the caption “ready." According to the report , the picture in question is of an airsoft gun, and according to the students’ parents, their child didn’t comment on the post but simply liked the picture. "I liked it, scrolling down...

Representatives Hood and Brinkman introduce HB 201 (Constitutional Carry)

Representatives Ron Hood (R-78) and Tom Brinkman (R-27) have introduced House Bill 201, a bill which seeks to have Ohio join the growing number of states which allow "constitutional" carry, or lawful carry of a concealed firearm without a license. Similar bills have been proposed in Ohio in every General Assembly for more than a decade. Hood and Brinkman introduced a similar bill in 2015, and...

Sportsmen are asking for a license fee increase for the ODNR Division of Wildlife

Leading sportsmen organizations from across Ohio have banded together under the leadership of the Sportsmen Alliance to request a license fee increase in funding for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources ( ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The Division of Wildlife is facing a financial crisis that is already impacting hunting, fishing, and conservation in Ohio, and will only get worse if not...

Georgetown joins growing fraternity of Ohio schools arming staff to protect students

WKRC (CBS Cincinnati) is reporting that the Georgetown, Ohio school board has voted unanimously to allow trained staff to carry guns in school starting in the fall. From the article : Those who will carry guns will have extensive training, such as the training sessions that some staff underwent . Under the policy, no one would be allowed without being certified. The training also includes how to...

We warned them: City of Cleveland gun control laws struck down; untold tax dollars wasted

Cleveland.com is reporting that the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals has declared that a Cleveland gun offender registry and several gun regulations first proposed by Mayor Frank Jackson in 2014 , and passed by city council in 2015 are unconstitutional. A lower court had already struck down other parts of the law last year. The Eight District decision comes less than three years after...

Research: Proportion of American Hunters Who Say They Hunt Mostly for the Meat Continues to Grow

Harrisonburg, VA – Survey research shows that American hunters most often name the meat as their most important reason for hunting, and that the percentage of hunters who hunt mainly for the meat continues to grow. Responsive Management, which has tracked hunting participation for almost three decades, recently released the latest results of a survey question put to U.S. hunters since 2008. Asked...

Bloomberg Reemerges to Shower Cash on Antigun Causes

In 2014, Billionaire Michael Bloomberg pledged $50 million to “take on the NRA.” Three years later, America’s embrace of Second Amendment rights is as strong as ever, and pro-gun sentiments dominate both chambers of Congress, the White House, and the bulk of state legislatures and governor’s mansions. A Politico article published [recently], however, reports the former New York City mayor is...

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