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What to Make of Crime in England?

Sometimes it’s hard to understand what things are really like “across the pond.” Anti-gun extremists in America reflexively point to England whenever the discussion about adding restrictions, and especially banning firearms, arises here in the United States. England, after all, had banned virtually all semi-automatic and pump-action rifles and shotguns in the 1980s, then imposed a near total ban...

Free FFL Seminar in Ohio - RSVP By May 31!

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms industry, will host a free educational seminar on Tuesday, June 11 at 9 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. at the Embassy Suites by Hilton - Columbus as part of the ongoing Operation Secure Store® initiative. Please RSVP by May 31, 2019, by contacting...

Trump Administration, Other Pro-Gun Heavyweights Lend Support on Pending Supreme Court Case

As NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox reported in March, the U.S. Supreme Court has taken up a challenge by an NRA state affiliate to a New York City gun control scheme that effectively prohibits lawfully licensed handgun owners from leaving the city with their own firearms. The plaintiffs in the case have raised a number of objections to the regime, the foremost of which is that it violates...

Will Ohio Cities Ever Give up on Local Gun Control?

I live in Westerville, Ohio. It's a great city with an abundance of parks, friendly employees, quiet neighborhoods, and endless activities. And like many municipalities in the state, it has a city council seeking to pass local laws to regulate firearms. However, as I explained to them at a recent meeting where they voted to pass a gun control "resolution," they do not have the legal authority to...

A look back at my first NRA Annual Meetings, and why I keep going back

I first attended the NRA member meetings in 2002. It was in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. My company was in turmoil and furloughing pilots and the economy was a mess. I had an April vacation and my wife and I had no plans or ideas on where to go or what to do. Seeing an advertisement in the NRA magazine, I joked to her that we could go. I was not really serious, but she was. She asked...

HB 178 (Constitutional Carry, Concealed Weapons License & Remove Duty to Notify) scheduled for fifth hearing

Representative John Becker (R-Union Twp, Clermont Co.), who chairs the House Federalism Committee, has announced a fifth hearing for House Bill 178 (Constitutional Carry, Concealed Weapons License & Remove Duty to Notify) on Wednesday, May 29 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 121. The committee will again consider opponent testimony. HB 178, introduced in March by Reps. Ron Hood (R-Ashville) and Tom...

The Well Armed Women Shooting Chapters Promote June 1 as #NotMe Day

TWAW Shooting Chapters invites women across the country to head to a shooting range on Saturday, June 1st, 2019 for #NotMe Day to stand in solidarity with women self-protectors and show the world they refuse to be a victim or to say #NeverAgain to ever being a victim again. Each participant will fire three rounds to symbolize: I am empowered, I am prepared, I will not be a victim. “Women are...

MEMORIAL DAY 2019: 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...

The Logic of the Ignorant

A neighbor of mine has a sign in their yard that reads, “You can’t ban anger, ban AR-15s”. Needless to say, the people that live there are very liberal, probably socialist as they were supporters of Bernie Sanders leading up to the 2016 Presidential election. For some reason, the sign bothers me. A lot of the laws that have been enacted over the years have dealt with "anger." While not banning it...

No Gun Zone ≠ Safe Zone

Federal and state governments have enacted several laws designed to protect children from harm, especially while they are attending school. The enactment of these laws followed some notable school shootings such as the Stockton, California schoolyard shooting (aka Cleveland School massacre) in 1989, during which a gunman killed 5 children and wounded 32 others. The “Gun-Free School Zones Act” was...

NSSF Celebrates President Trump Signing 'Range Bill'

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the firearms industry trade association, celebrates President Donald Trump’s signing of H.R. 1222, the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act, at The White House. The President signed the NSSF-priority bill May 10, just two weeks after the bill was passed by Congress. “We deeply appreciate President Trump’s swift...

Recent school shooting doesn't fit media narrative

On May 7, 2019 two students conducted an attack on their classmates at the Highlands Ranch STEM School in Colorado. The shooting was quite unusual and doesn’t fit the normal narrative for an active killer who shoots up a school (that’s probably why the story disappeared from the media so quickly). I agree with Samuel Culper when he states that this shooting is less about school violence and more...

HB 178 (Constitutional Carry, Concealed Weapons License & Remove Duty to Notify) scheduled for fourth hearing

Representative John Becker (R-Union Twp, Clermont Co.), who chairs the House Federalism Committee, has announced a fourth hearing for House Bill 178 (Constitutional Carry, Concealed Weapons License & Remove Duty to Notify) on Wednesday, May 22 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 121. The committee will consider opponent testimony. HB 178, introduced in March by Reps. Ron Hood (R-Ashville) and Tom Brinkman...

A Beginner Takes an Advanced Class and Tells the Tale

Please let me begin by admitting that I attended this class after completing my concealed carry (CCW) class and, at this point, I had had no other formal firearms training. Although I understood the importance of practice with my gun, 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...

Democrats' HB 240 (Mandatory "Safe" Storage of Firearms) is based on several anti-gun myths

Reps. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) and Jessica Miranda (D-Forest Park) have introduced HB 240, gun control legislation that would prohibit any person from storing or leaving a firearm in a manner or location in the person's residence where the person knows or reasonably should know a minor is able to gain access to the firearm. Unfortunately, this legislation, like similar bills which have been...

Everytown Ignoring Bloomberg’s Findings

We regularly cover anti-gun organizations’ “research” efforts and analyze the claims they make. These claims usually cite a study that excluded important factors, picked a narrow timeframe, or misunderstood some relevant law that undermines the premise. We have to admit, we’re a little surprised by this one. Everytown published an infographic on February 1, 2019, titled “Gun Violence in America...

Ohio House Approves Budget with Critical Investments in Conservation

Responding to a plea by sportsmen and a campaign led by the Sportsmen’s Alliance, the Ohio House of Representatives approved the state’s two-year budget (HB 166), with a major investment in conservation included. At the urging of a coalition of more than 40 sportsmen’s organizations, Gov. Mike DeWine introduced a proposed state budget which included significant improvements to help stave-off a...

Buckeye Firearms Foundation asked to be party in upcoming U.S. Supreme Court Case

Buckeye Firearms Foundation has been asked to be a party in an amicus brief to be filed in the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York (NYSRPA v. NYC). Amicus means "friend of the court." An amicus brief is a document that assists a court by offering information, expertise, or insight that has a bearing on the issues in a given case...

NSSF Applauds Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act Introduction

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the firearms industry trade association, applauds U.S. House of Representatives Republican Whip Steve Scalise’s (R-La.) introduction of H.R. 2443, the Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act. The legislation would reduce the burden on law-abiding citizens, including active duty military and their accompanying spouses, to allow...

Yesterday’s Scandal, Today’s Mandate: Anti-gunner Embraces Operation Choke Point as Official Policy

On Tuesday, March 12, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) unabashedly embraced the tactics behind one of the most shameful policies of the Obama era, openly using the guise of her federal authority to berate and not so subtly threaten a bank for lawfully serving businesses that don’t reflect her political views. While the media did their best to protect Barack Obama and his administration from any...

Juniors Encouraged to Participate in CMP’s National Matches

CAMP PERRY, PORT CLINTON, OH - Just the title of the “National Matches” can scare even the most seasoned shooters. For juniors (those younger than and through his/her 20th birthday), or those starting off in the shooting sports, attending the National Matches is something that some put off until they feel “ready” enough. In reality, the National Matches is a fantastic place to get started...

Democrat Congressman Wants to Tax and Register Squirrel Guns

By the standards of today’s anti-gun zealots, Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) seems at first glance to be aiming rather low with H.R. 1263, which seeks to add to the National Firearms Act any “semiautomatic rifle or shotgun that has the capacity to accept a detachable [magazine].” Oh, don’t get us wrong. No reasonable, freedom-loving person would try to impose such a preposterous, constitutionally-suspect...

HB 178 (Constitutional Carry, Concealed Weapons License & Remove Duty to Notify) scheduled for third hearing

Representative John Becker (R-Union Twp, Clermont Co.), who chairs the House Federalism Committee, has announced a third hearing for House Bill 178 (Constitutional Carry, Concealed Weapons License & Remove Duty to Notify) on Wednesday, May 8 at 9:00 a.m. [UPDATE: The chair has changed the time of the hearing to 10:00am] in Room 121. The committee will consider proponent testimony. The chair...

Activist Court Turns the Law Designed to Protect the Firearm Industry from Frivolous Lawsuits on its Head

On Thursday, March 13, the Connecticut Supreme Court created a dangerous new exception to the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), a strong safeguard for our right to keep and bear arms. Repealing or judicially nullifying the PLCAA has been a priority for the gun ban lobby ever since the law was enacted in 2005. Thursday’s decision, while not binding beyond Connecticut, provides a...

Heeee’s Baaack: Bill Clinton Peddles Gun Control on a Wish and a Lie

Proving there is no statute of limitations on political opportunism, this week former President Bill Clinton used the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the tragic school shooting in Littleton, Colo. to pen an op-ed pushing the modern gun control agenda . In doing so, Clinton adopted several of the tired falsehoods that have become attendant to this debate. In recalling a White House...

Buckeye Firearms Association representatives take to airwaves to push back on "red flag" proposal

Buckeye Firearms Association volunteers have been hard at work this week getting the word out about our concerns with proposals to bring a "red flag" gun control law to Ohio. April 30 NRATV.com - "Relentless" w/ Dana Loesch BFA Director Sean Maloney appeared on NRATV's "Relentless" with show host Dana Loesch. Sean's segment begins at 14:54. May 1, 2019 KRC (550 AM) Cincinnati- "The Brian Thomas...

Knife Rights' Ohio Knife Law Reform Bill Introduced

President's Note: Long time friend Senator Joe Uecker (R) has introduced SB 140. This is a concept we have long supported and are excited about this legislation. Knives are commonly carried every day by law-abiding people, including many people with a Concealed Handgun License (CHL). We commend Knife Rights for their diligent work with legislators and interested parties. The following is a press...

President Trump Withdraws U.S. from United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

During his speech to the 2019 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum, President Trump announced that he would “unsign” the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) effectively withdrawing the United States from the treaty. Officially signed onto by the United States in 2013 by former Secretary of State John Kerry, the ATT represented the most dangerous step yet taken by international gun ban advocates. By...

NSSF Commends Congress’ Passage of ‘Range Bill’

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the firearms industry trade association, commends Congress’s passage of the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act (H.R. 1222). The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by U.S. Reps. Ron Kind (D-Wis.), Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. Companion...

2019 is a good time for some great training

As an airline pilot, I am required to complete several hours of training every quarter. I also travel to a training center for 3-4 days of in-person training every nine months. Training consists of a review of the basics and information we are familiar with, lessons learned from incidents our airline and others have experienced, and skill building to make us better pilots. It is part of how as an...

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