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HB 614 PASSES: Ohio CHLs extended to June 30, 2021

House Bill 614, with an amendment to extend Concealed Handgun License (CHL) expiration dates, today unanimously passed the Ohio Senate and passed the Ohio House 87-2, and now goes to the Governor to sign into law. BFA's amendment to HB 614 extends all CHL expiration dates through at least June 30, 2021. In addition, if a license expires between April 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021, the license is...

Joe Biden Told Voters the Second Amendment DOES NOT Protect an Individual Right

During a September 2019 “townhall” hosted by New Hampshire ABC affiliate WMUR , Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden made clear that he does not believe the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms and that the U.S. Supreme Court decision in District of Columbia v. Heller was incorrect. During the event, Biden was asked, “Do you agree with the D.C. v. Heller...

SB 360 to Protect Firearms Dealers Passes Senate Committee

On Tuesday, September 22, 2020, the Ohio Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee passed Senate Bill 360 in a 9 to 1 vote. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives. SB 360 bars public officials from prohibiting all federally licensed firearms dealers in the state or a specified geographic area from the commercial sale or transfer of firearms or their components or ammunition...

TAKE ACTION: Tell Your Senator and Representative to Vote YES on House Bill 614

Buckeye Firearms Association (BFA) has been working directly with the Ohio legislature to address the alarming logjam of people struggling to get their Concealed Handgun License (CHL) applications and renewals processed at county sheriff offices around the state. The backlog was first caused by COVID 19 related shutdowns earlier in 2020, but has been greatly exacerbated by record-setting interest...

Buckeye Firearms Association PAC Endorses Donald Trump for President

In ordinary times, BFA PAC does not endorse at the Presidential level. But clearly, we are not in ordinary times. With violence sweeping our cities, the shocking leftward lurch of the Democrat Party, the nomination of a mentally failing Democrat candidate for President and the most liberal member of the Senate for Vice President, we are compelled to act. There has never been a more anti-gun team...

August 2020 firearms sales hit new record

The wave of increased gun sales that followed the government's response to a pandemic, and unrest in some cities, continues this summer. The unadjusted figures of 3,085,227 checks conducted through the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System in August 2020 is a 31.8 percent jump from the unadjusted FBI NICS figure of 2,341,363 logged in August 2019...

Help Launch Conservation Education in Ohio High Schools

I would like to introduce you to Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation's new educational program, and ask for your help launching it in high schools in your community. Do you have kids in high school who might like conservation-based curriculum? Or can you connect us with a school administrator in your area? If so, we’d love your help expanding this program across Ohio. Let us know using this form ...

BFA Testifies in Support of SB 360 to Protect Firearms Dealers

Rob Sexton, Buckeye Firearms Association's Legislative Affairs Director, testified in support of Senate Bill 360 on September 16, 2020. Senate President Larry Obhof introduced the bill to protect firearms dealers. Specifically, the bill bars public officials from prohibiting all federally licensed firearms dealers in the state or a specified geographic area from the commercial sale or transfer of...

NSSF, Project Childsafe Support Suicide Prevention Month with Resources For All Gun Owners

NEWTOWN, Conn., September 8, 2020 – As suicide prevention groups mark Suicide Prevention Month by calling for prevention to become a national priority during the COVID-19 pandemic, the firearm industry is supporting that effort by educating the public – particularly the gun-owning community, including veterans and their families – on how storing firearms responsibly and simply talking to loved...

Gun News Roundup - September 18, 2020

Fighting for Second Amendment rights, and exercising those rights freely and effectively, starts with being informed. Here's a quick roundup of important stories in the news recently: Accused Seattle Looter Now Facing Federal Gun Charges The Armed Citizen® September 14, 2020 Officials: LA deputy shot in face saved partner while she called for help TRUST AND MISPLACED BLAME ON VIOLENCE Georgia Man...

Attorney General Dave Yost files Supreme Court brief in support of school districts letting employees go armed

Ohio’s Attorney General Dave Yost, who has earned multiple endorsements and A-ratings from the BFA-PAC, has put his support behind Madison Local School District's policy to arm school personnel. From coverage byOhioCapitalJournal.com : “This case presents the question whether school districts may allow non-security employees to carry firearms on school grounds,” Yost wrote in a brief to the court...

“I’ll Just Hold Him for the Police”

I hear this statement with some regularity from some of my students and the folks who comment on the articles I post. Have you ever actually tried to hold someone on the ground when they don’t want to be held? It’s not as easy as you may assume. I was reminded of this fact when I was watching one of the videos on the Active Self Protection YouTube channel. Watch the embedded video below. The two...

Senate Pres. Obhof Introduces SB 360 to Prohibit the Closing of Firearms Dealers in an Emergency

Senate President Larry Obhof has introduced Senate Bill 360 to protect firearms dealers. Specifically, the bill bars public officials from prohibiting all federally licensed firearms dealers in the state or a specified geographic area from the commercial sale or transfer of firearms or their components or ammunition. President Obhof is the Primary Sponsor and Co-Sponsors include Senators Peterson...

Don’t be a CCW Idiot

I’m guessing that most of you who are active in the firearm-related blogosphere have seen this story. If you haven’t, please check it out: Gun fell out of man’s sweatpants and discharged, fatally striking woman outside Trend Bar in St. Paul Manslaughter charge for man accused of fatally shooting woman outside St. Paul bar This guy says his gun went off when it fell out of his waistband as he was...

Rep. Grendell Introduces HR 311 to Declare Ohio a Second Amendment Protective State

Rep. Diane Grendell [R] has introduced House Resolution 311 to declare that Ohio is a Second Amendment Protective State. Co-sponsors include Representatives Ginter, Antani, Vitale, Lang, Riedel, Romanchuk, Lipps, D. Manning, Swearingen, and Richardson. Here is the text of the resolution: A R E S O L U T I O N To declare that Ohio is a Second Amendment Protective State. BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE...

Buckeye Firearms Association Mourns Loss of Jack Frontz

A Patriot went home to his final range on August 12, 2020. Jack L. Frontz, a husband, lifetime NRA member, Buckeye Firearms Association Leader, and Faster Saves Lives Instructor, dedicated his life to the Second Amendment and the advancement of firearms training. Jack would meet you with his big smile or with a swift kick in the butt. He wasn't afraid to let you know what was on his mind. Jack...

Trump Administration Announces Historic Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities on Public Lands in YOUR COMMUNITIES

On August 18, the Trump Administration announced a historic expansion of hunting and fishing opportunities on public lands in and around your States, counties and communities. During a visit to the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge in Michigan, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced a final rule that will open and expand over 850 hunting and fishing opportunities across more than 2.3...

Senate Legislation Would Fix Flawed Court Decision on Arming School Staff

On Sept. 2, 2020, the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee voted 6-3 in favor of Senate Bill 317 . This is the first step toward correcting a terrible court decision that would prevent school districts from allowing teachers and other school staff to carry a concealed firearm in schools to protect students. Earlier this year, the 12th District Court of Appeals in Southwest Ohio ruled...

Gun Control End Game

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris want to ban and confiscate commonly owned firearms. If anti-gun politicians take control of the White House and Congress, will they stop at confiscation of semi-automatic rifles? For the answer, look to the source of inspiration for so many gun control dreams: Australia. If Biden and Harris follow the Aussie example, even Americans’ toy guns won’t be safe. Tasmanian...

Contrived Data at Odds with Lived Reality

Social science research is not as clear-cut as the hard sciences; research findings require interpretation and explanation. The findings have to be plausible. When the explanations are not grounded and experienced reality conflicts with the findings, the validity of the research should be questioned. Case in point: the latest research from Florida State University. Doctor Emma Fridel claims to...

Ambitious Junior Saves Up, Makes Trip to CMP North Store to Choose First M1 Garand

PORT CLINTON, Ohio – Ben Garlich of Garrettsville, Ohio, knows the value of hard work and patience when it comes to long-term ambitions. At only 15, Ben has already been involved in several community service endeavors – often recognized as the one to beat at annual food drives. This summer, he achieved a goal that began last year with a friendly gesture and soon transformed into a passion that...

First-Time Gun Buyers Grow to Nearly 5 Million in 2020

NEWTOWN, Conn. – NSSF®, the trade association for the firearm industry, updated retail survey-based estimates and concluded that nearly 5 million Americans purchased a firearm for the very first time in 2020. NSSF surveyed firearm retailers which reported that 40 percent of sales were conducted to purchasers who have never previously owned a firearm. NSSF tracks the background checks associated...

Shooting at the Speed of Decision Making

One of my struggles as a shooter focused on personal defense has been in the area of shooting faster. A couple of training courses I’ve attended had tests at the end of the course that put an emphasis on shooting fast. Most of the time, I’d watch myself and other students shoot fast and miss. Misses aren’t acceptable in a gunfight, not only because they waste time, but because they can cause...

A Biden-Harris Administration Will Make You an Offer You Can’t Refuse

It’s no secret that most in the legacy media do not support the Second Amendment; at least, not a proper interpretation of what that amendment actually protects. It’s also no secret that most of those same purveyors of “news” will do everything they can to attack President Trump, and defend the Biden-Harris ticket—now the official Democrat ticket for President in 2020—any chance they can get. A...

Chicago’s Mayor Lightfoot: Hammering Away at the Second Amendment

City of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has consistently demanded more gun control as the answer to the “epidemic of violence” that her city is experiencing. In an interview on July 18, for example, the mayor was clear: “the only way we’re going to really get at that problem in a profound way …is to have federal laws in place that require background checks and strengthen the penalties for people who...

Survey says recent surge in gun sales not restricted along partisan, racial, or gender lines

It’s hard to get good survey data on firearms related issues for a number of reasons, which we’ll detail below, but new data indicates that gun owners are a diverse community and provides more evidence that the recent surge in gun sales was not restricted along partisan, racial, or gender lines. The latest data from Rasmussen Reports shows a twelve-point decrease in the proportion of likely...

No, WKRC, Kyle Rittenhouse couldn't have open carried an AR-15 in Ohio without laws being broken

If you looked up #FakeNews in the urban dictionary, it probably points to an article by WKRC (CBS Cincinnati) reporter David Winters. The problems begin with the headline and continue throughout. The headline, which screams "The Tri-State's long gun laws: Ohio, Kentucky don't have age limits on possessing AR-15s," is, at best, highly misleading, as will be shown below. The article is as bad as...

BFA President Linda Walker Named to Pres. Trump’s “Gun Owners for Trump” Advisory Board

Buckeye Firearms Association is pleased to announce that Linda Walker, BFA Board President and NRA Board of Directors member, has been named to President Trump’s “Gun Owners for Trump” Advisory Board. This national Advisory Board has eighteen Second Amendment activists on it from across the country. Those selected are grassroots leaders who fight for individual liberties, support the right to...

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