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Why Are So Many NRA Board Members Jumping Ship?

If you blinked, you might have missed it. In just a span of a few hours on Tuesday, news reports revealed that several National Rifle Association board members had resigned following a long string of recent defections, and that one of the organization's top lobbyists threw in the towel as well. This brings the total to seven directors on the NRA's board who have resigned since May. The gun-rights...

REPORT: Ohio Fundraising Scam Aimed at Gun Owners?

A recent investigative report by Cleveland.com suggests the leader of an Ohio organization may be running a fundraising scam, asking for donations purportedly to help pass pro-gun laws, then funneling the money to an out-of-state, for-profit business and pocketing the money along with family members. According to Cleveland.com , Chris Dorr, Executive Director of Ohio Gun Owners, and his brothers...

Spring Valley Range Modernization scheduled for September re-opening

NOTE: Buckeye Firearms Association leaders serve on the Division of Wildlife Range Committee and have played a key role in the Sportsmen's Alliance "Protect What's Right" campaign to get dollars into the Ohio budget for range upgrades around Ohio. There is still much work to do, but we are pleased to be part of this vital work for Ohio's millions of gun owners. The Spring Valley Wildlife Area...

State of “Gun Violence” in the United States

Politicians treat so-called "gun violence" as a lever issue, hoping to energize their base and guilt law-abiding Americans into supporting policies that would have no effect on crime or help the mentally ill. Part of this effort entails presenting as large a number of fatalities as possible, and so researchers, the media, and anti-gun politicians combine suicide, homicide, accidents, legal...

Buckeye Firearms Association Responds to Governor DeWine's Press Conference on Background Checks

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today held a press conference to discuss a plan to fix the background check system for gun purchases in Ohio. This is part of the administration's overall initiative to address violent crime. The proposal is to enable law enforcement agencies to comply with existing reporting requirements and streamline the process both for adding criminal records to the background check...

Judges already have tools to keep guns from abusers

Editor's Note: This article, by the late Ken Hanson , originally published in 2014 , shows that Buckeye Firearms Association has been fighting attempts to pass universal background checks for a very long time now. These words are as prescient today as they were when they were first published in the Columbus Dispatch . Recently, Everytown for Gun Safety published a report in support of new gun-...

Recent Poll Shows Gun Control Not as Popular as Some Would Like to Believe

A recent Morning Consult/POLITICO poll, conducted immediately prior to the recent Democratic debates and gathering responses from 1,991 registered voters, asked about views toward the candidates, issues of potential importance in the election, voting intention, and the like. Of special concern to us were questions about gun policy (i.e., gun control). “Gun policy,” like “common-sense laws,” seems...

13 Anti-Liberty Bills Introduced by Ohio Lawmakers

We see lawmakers introduce bills every legislative session that promise to reduce violence, but actually do little more than further infringe on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens with zero real-world benefits. This session is no different. We're only about one-fourth into the 2-year-long 133rd General Assembly and there are already 13 bills threatening our liberty. Needless to...

Tell Your U.S. Senators and Representative to Oppose Gun Control

In the wake of two recent criminal mass attacks, a number of gun control proposals have begun to circulate in our nation’s capital. None of these proposals would have prevented either of last weekend’s tragedies, but they all would restrict the rights of law-abiding gun owners. “Universal” Background Checks Won’t Stop Mass Shootings Every perpetrator of high-profile mass shootings has either...

Officials admit almost total failure to prosecute lying on background checks

After a mass killing, we see a predictable and frustrating pattern. Politicians in both parties sense the need to reestablish an image of being "in control" (after a violent criminal once again proves they are anything but in control). There is often a secondary felt need to shift blame, given that investigations usually reveal government failures that led to the criminal being able to perpetrate...

Op-Ed: Conservatives Should Be Very Skeptical Of ‘Red Flag’ Laws

For the first time in recent memory following a horrific mass shooting, there appears to be an emerging consensus of many elected Republicans and outside conservative voices that "something" must finally be done on the issue of guns. In particular, many Republicans seem eager to consider the state-level adoption and implementation of so-called "red flag" laws — otherwise known as "gun violence...

Another board of education in Ohio votes to allow concealed carry for teachers

New Philadelphia, OH's Times Reporter reported this week that the Garaway Board of Education has passed a resolution to allow for armed staff at Garaway Schools. From the article : Garaway joins Newcomerstown, Indian Valley and Tusky Valley as Tuscarawas County schools that authorize armed staff members. “Additionally, we included a strict authorization policy and training measures that must be...

Help Us Celebrate a Patriot's Life

Recently, BFA Attorney and Legislative Chair Ken Hanson passed away. On September 7, we will celebrate his life and remember his impact on Second Amendment rights, and YOU are invited. When: Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 2pm - 5pm (celebration of life at 3pm) Where: Black Wing Shooting Center 3722 Marysville Rd, Delaware, OH 43015 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FREE This will be a casual, fun event. Meet BFA...

AGAIN: Law enforcement action against man who made Internet threats proves strength of existing laws

On August 12, police in Mahoning County arrested a man charged with making online threats against federal law enforcement agents because they feared he would commit a mass shooting. Four days later, a similar arrest was made by New Middletown police in a separate case. BOTH of these cases are proof of what Buckeye Firearms Association leaders have been explaining to elected officials for some...

Report: Florida Man Has Firearms Rights Taken Away Over Mistaken Identity

[On August 14], Jonathan Carpenter of Osceola County, Florida was sitting at home when a mail carrier knocked on his front door. The postal carrier asked Carpenter to sign for a certified letter from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Carpenter signed for it, but he was confused because he was not expecting anything from the state. He quickly opened it and was floored...

Great-grandson is latest member of anti-gun Cleveland mayor's family to be arrested for gun crime

Lost in the midst of the terrible attacks on El Paso, Texas and Dayton, OH was the news that yet another relative of anti-gun Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson was arrested for committing a crime with a gun. From the Cleveland Plain Dealer : The 16-year-old great-grandson of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson was arrested on suspicion of shooting at Cleveland police officers, according to court documents...

“Universal” Background Checks Aren’t as Universally Popular as You’ve Been Led to Believe

Advocates of so-called “universal” background checks constantly cite their own polling data to claim that the vast majority of Americans support these measures. But, when these measures have actually been presented to voters, support is nothing close to universal. Take for example the background check ballot initiatives on the 2016 ballots in Maine and Nevada. Question 3 in Maine, requiring...

Ohio legislators admit to predetermining votes on gun control legislation they've never read

Persons on both sides of the debate over President Obama's so-called "Affordable Care Act" are likely never to forget Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's infamous advice to Congress: "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it." Apparently many Ohio legislators are ready to take a page from Pelosi, having told Ohio newspapers how they plan to vote on legislation they've never...

Threats and bad behavior do NOT advance gun rights

The Buckeye Firearms Association wants to make it clear to our supporters, to public officials and to all Ohioans that we fully denounce the use of threatening language, whether literal or figurative. Such behavior by one organization’s leadership, as reported by several news outlets earlier this month, was severe enough to prompt an investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The use of such...

Law enforcement action against man who made Internet threats proves strength of existing laws

Despite claims that new laws are needed to stop potential active killer attacks, law enforcement authorities proved last week that existing law is well up to the task when properly utilized. From the Cleveland Plain Dealer : Police in Mahoning County made a quick arrest of a man charged with making online threats against federal law enforcement agents because they feared he would commit a mass...

DISCUSSION: What to do about gun violence?

Buckeye Firearms Association representatives have been talking to the media almost nonstop since the deadly attacks in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH. On August 5, the night before Governor DeWine's press conference , BFA's Gerard Valentino outlined several ways in which BFA has been working to ensure people can defend themselves when these attacks occur, and also outlined his expectations on how the...

A Statement about the Governor's Press Conference on Reducing Crime and Violence ...

Since Governor DeWine's press conference last Tuesday announcing his initiative on reducing violence, we've been talking to the media nonstop. As usual, some are quoting us correctly and some are not. We have tried to be crystal clear about 3 main points: On the initiative: We're glad to see the Governor focus so heavily on mental health and those actually committing crimes. This is the right...

Free Range Day at All ODNR Shooting Ranges

Help celebrate August as National Shooting Sports Month COLUMBUS, OH – Recreational shooters both young and old are invited to experience one of Ohio’s premier public shooting ranges on Saturday, Aug. 17, during Ohio’s Free Range Day, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. On this day, the shooting range permit requirement is waived at all Division of...

Op-Ed: The media should stop making spree killers famous

...Focusing on the perpetrators of school shootings and other mass shootings has been a longstanding practice in the media. This was particularly evident with the 1999 Columbine High School shooting. The extensive coverage of the two perpetrators made them not only famous but even, in some quarters, folk heroes of a sort, particularly among deeply alienated students. Nearly 20 years later, these...

Job Opening: Spring Valley Shooting Range Looking for Range Attendant

Our good friends at ODNR Division of Wildlife are looking for a part time Range Attendant to work at the Spring Valley Shooting Range, which is undergoing upgrades and improvements . Here's the job announcement: Seasonal Position ODNR Division of Wildlife Position: Natural Resources Technician Duration: Year around, intermittent Duties: Assist Range Attendant with daily shooting range operation (...

Op-Ed: The Dark Side of the Universal Background Check Bill HR8

USA – (AmmoLand.com)- H.R. 8 is sold as a “background check bill” to keep guns away from bad people, but we know from 50 years experience that less than 1% of the bad people who fail the background checks are prosecuted. Make no mistake, this is ONLY about setting up a process which can be later used for registration of guns and gun owners. What is needed are not more background check laws, but...

Dayton killer motive found? "Pro-gun control" and "wanted to promote a change with gun [laws]"

Dayton police say they are still searching for a motive after a man with a violent past misused a firearm to murder his sister and 8 others outside a bar in the Oregon District. One thing they will no-doubt be looking into is how the man's anti-gun rights extremism affected his decision to carry out his cowardly attack. That's right - the 24 year-old was ANTI-Second Amendment. And at least one...

Q&A on Gov. DeWine's Safety Initiative

Reactions to Governor DeWine's safety initiative announced at the press conference on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 have been strong and varied. Many have said he is not going far enough and are calling for sweeping gun control laws in response to the Dayton mass killing, criticizing the Governor for his continued support of pending bills to loosen firearm restrictions. Others have said he is going too...

THIS is why gun control extremists can't wait for the next mass shooting

[Editor's Note: This article was originally published on our website September 3, 2018.] Have you ever gotten the feeling that gun control extremists are poised and ready to take advantage of a mass shooting event? Almost as if they're waiting for it? As if they've strategized about it? It's true, of course. And it's been proven through the release of internal documents such as " Preventing Gun...

Stop Making Killers Famous

While we don't yet have all the facts on the mass murder in Dayton, we do know a lot about about these kind of horrible acts and the people who commit them. Modern mass killers generally display three traits: 1) they suffer from severe depression, 2) they feel socially isolated, 3) they are pathologically narcissistic, convinced that they have been wronged or cheated by society. So they lash out...

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