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Buckeyefirearms.org: Top 10 News Items of 2020

In 2020, we published approximately 300 news articles, along with other types of content. Over the years, we have published approximately 13,200 articles, covering elections, legislation, and all manner of events and information of interest to Second Amendment supporters. Ours is an international audience. Beyond the U.S., we receive the most visits from Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia...

Ohio Deer Hunters Benefit from Extra Gun Weekend

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The extra weekend of gun hunting for white-tailed deer in Ohio concluded on Sunday, Dec. 20, with 15,203 deer taken by hunters, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Over the last three years, hunters checked an average of 12,461 deer during the same two-day period. After 71,650 deer were checked by Ohio hunters during the weeklong...

Does Ohio Supreme Court ruling threaten right to bear arms in own home?

In a 4-3 ruling, the Ohio Supreme Court voted to uphold the conviction of a Clermont County man for holding a shotgun in his home while intoxicated. The case is State v. Weber , which as has been noted on our site , "involves a situation where despite the defendant’s wife telling police there was no longer a problem, they pressed their way in. There they found her admittedly inebriated but...

ATF Rescinds Stabilizing Brace Notice

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) has rescinded its Notice of "Objective Factors for Classifying Weapons with Stabilizing Braces." We reported on the notice just last week and encouraged gun owners to submit comments. Here is an excerpt from NSSF's news release: NSSF had been engaging with manufacturers, distributors,...

Ohio Knife Law Reform Bill Passed/Sent To Governor DeWine For Signature

A bipartisan jobs and criminal justice reform bill, SB 140, has passed the legislature and is now headed to Governor DeWine for his consideration. SB 140 passed the Senate 32-1 previously and has now passed in the House 59-23. SB 140 reforms Ohio's knife law by making two separate substantive changes: Repealing the ban on manufacture and sale of already legal to possess and carry "switchblade," "...

Merry Christmas from Buckeye Firearms Association

Merry Christmas to one and all from all of us at Buckeye Firearms Association. Our best gift is the friendship and support given by each of you throughout the year. As we reflect on the year's passing, we count our many blessings, remember our losses, and give thanks for those who helped us through it all. We each need to take time to appreciate our friends and family during this special time of...

Ohio Supreme Court setback is not the end of BFF/OFCC "bump stock" suit against Columbus

The divided ruling handed down by the Ohio Supreme Court on December 18 addressing the joint Buckeye Firearms Foundation (BFF) / Ohioans For Concealed Carry (OFCC) suit challenging the City of Columbus' ban on bump stocks and certain other devices is a setback, but the fight is not over. First, from the Columbus Dispatch : The 4-3 decision released Friday morning found that Ohioans for Concealed...

ACTION ALERT: Ohio House Approval Needed to Protect School Safety Programs

An Ohio Senate amendment added to House Bill 421, a bill that provides civil immunity to hospital police officers and local governments, would correct the 12th District Court of Appeals' horrendous decision that threatens school safety programs all over Ohio. The court’s erroneous ruling would require more than 700 hours of full police officer training for anyone to be armed in a school as part...

ATF to Issue Guidance on Stabilizing Braces - Submit a Comment by Jan. 4

On Friday, December 18th, 2020, the ATF published a document in the Federal Registry titled "Objective Factors for Classifying Weapons with Stabilizing Braces." It's important to note that the publication of this document does not by itself ban pistol braces, as the ATF does not have that authority. However, the information the document contains lays the groundwork for restrictions on firearms...

Photo Tour – The NEW Delaware Wildlife Area Shooting Range

After being closed several years for major enhancements and renovations, Delaware Wildlife Area Shooting Range finally opened on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. With a dramatic expansion of shooting positions, it now lays claim to the title of Ohio’s largest public shooting range. Delaware is the only outdoor public range serving Central Ohio, so the closure has been frustrating for gun owners across the...

Duty to Retreat Bill Passes - Goes to Governor DeWine's Desk

On Dec. 18, 2020, the Ohio Senate voted 18-11 to accept the House amendment of Senate Bill 175 to eliminate the "duty to retreat" in self defense situations. Having passed the House and Senate, the amended bill now goes to Governor DeWine's desk. SEE BELOW TO TAKE ACTION AND CONTACT THE GOVERNOR Current law allows people to defend themselves in their own homes, commonly called "Castle Doctrine."...

Recent Developments in the Shooting of Ohio CHL-holder Casey Goodson

In the week since I first wrote about the Dec. 4, 2020 police shooting of CHL-holder Casey Goodson, there have been a number of significant developments. Before I get to documenting some of them, I want to address the negative reaction some people had to my initial story. Nothing about my coverage of this case is intended to cast judgment on either the deputy's or Casey's actions. As I wrote on...

Ohio House Sends Duty to Retreat Bill to the Senate

With time growing short in the 2019-2020 legislative session, the Ohio House of Representatives approved language allowing people to defend themselves when they fear for their lives without having to first seek escape from their attackers. Current law allows people to defend themselves in their own homes, commonly called "Castle Doctrine." But out in public, a person must first seek avenues of...

ACTION ALERT: Tell Your Senator and Representative to VOTE YES on HB 425

HURRY! The legislative session is coming to a close! Your immediate action is required! On Wednesday, Dec. 16, the Senate Government Oversight Committee passed HB 425, which removes the requirement that a Concealed Handgun License holder “promptly notify” law enforcement if they are carrying a handgun. No one has ever known what "promptly" means. This ambiguously worded law is unnecessary and has...

Columbus woman defends own life with firearm when man violates protection order

WHIO (Dayton CBS) is reporting that a woman shot a man who reportedly violated a protection order. From the article : A woman told police she shot a man who she said walked into her house Saturday night on North Regent Park Drive in Bellbrook. “I have an intruder, my child’s father, and he’s shot,” the woman said when she called 911. “He just walked in my front door. I was sitting in the garage...

Sub. HB 425 (Duty to Notify) to receive third hearing, possible vote

Senator Bill Coley (R-4), who chairs the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee, has announced a third hearing for Sub. HB 425 (Duty to Notify) , sponsored by Rep. Scott Wiggam.. The chair has also indicated the committee may consider amendments before a possible vote. The hearing will be held on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. in the Finance Hearing Room at the Statehouse, 1...

November 2020 firearms sales hit new record

The wave of increased gun sales that followed government's response to a pandemic and unrest in some cities continued in November following the supposed election of Joe Biden. The unadjusted figures of 1,949,141 marked an increase of 45.2 percent over 2019 - the previous record year. However, when the data is adjusted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation by removing figures for gun permit...

Headline: 75-year-old Meals-On-Wheels driver shoots teen in self-defense in Northeast Columbus

WSYX (ABC Columbus) reported recently that a 75-year-old Meals-On-Wheels driver was forced to shoot a teen in self-defense during an attempted robbery in broad daylight. From the article : According to Columbus Police, A LifeCare Alliance Meals-On-Wheels driver was approached by two teens in an attempted robbery while he was delivering food. Columbus Police said one of the teens, a 14-year-old,...

The ATF Flying Finger AR Pistol Raffle - $3,532 Prize Package

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Ohio’s Successful Deer-Gun Hunting Season Results

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio’s hunters harvested 71,650 white-tailed deer during the annual gun hunting week that concluded on Sunday, Dec. 6, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Over the last three years, hunters checked an average of 65,566 deer during the same weeklong period. Deer hunting in Ohio has come a long way since the first gun season in 1943,...

Lawmakers indicate DeWine gun control bill will be allowed to die as session closes

Even though much about this lame-duck session seems up in the air, as legislators navigate an increasing number positive cases of Covid-19, there is one thing that seems patently clear: Mike DeWine's gun control bill, Senate Bill 221, is all but dead. From the Toledo Blade : Republican legislative leaders plan to pass a bill to expand situations in which someone could use a gun in self-defense...

ACTION ALERT: Ohio School Safety Programs at Risk as Session Winds Down

With just days left in the legislative session, one major priority for Second Amendment advocates remains unfinished. Senate Bill 317 clarifies that school districts have the right to set the rules that permit teachers and staff to be armed. The 12th District Court of Appeals issued an erroneous ruling that would mandate teachers be trained the same as police officers. While this terrible...

Duty to Retreat Bill SB 383 Passes Senate Committee

On Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee passed Senate Bill 383 on a party line vote. SB 383 amends Ohio law to enact the Ohio Duty to Retreat Act providing an expansion of the locations at which a person has no duty to retreat before using force under both civil and criminal law. Democrat members of the committee repeatedly attempted to amend the bill with...

Inaugural "Rooster Run" Youth Hunt a success - paying our legacy forward

After several years of rather stagnant numbers at the Greene County Fish and Game Association annual youth hunt, a group of club member passionate about sharing our heritage with young or new hunters, decided to make a change. They formed a committee to lay the groundwork for improved recruitment. Chaired by the Club Secretary, and a hunter education instructor, Tim Ankeney with members Larry...

CHL-holder killed by police: Family demands answers, and we should too

On Friday, December 4, 23 year-old Ohio concealed handgun license (CHL)-holder Casey Goodson Jr. was shot to death by a Franklin County Sheriff's office SWAT deputy, and family members want answers. I believe Ohio's Second Amendment community should demand them as well. From the Columbus Dispatch : Family members and activists say that Casey Christopher Goodson Jr., 23, was carrying a Subway...

HB 425 (Duty to Notify) to receive second Senate committee hearing Wednesday

Representative Bill Coley (R-4), who chairs the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee, has announced a second hearing for HB 425 (Duty to Notify) , sponsored by Rep. Scott Wiggam. The hearing will be held on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. in the Finance Hearing Room at the Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215. The committee will hear proponent testimony. The bill...

ODNR to Offer Natural Resources Officer Training Academy

Applications being accepted through January 15 COLUMBUS, OH— Applications are being accepted through January 15 for the next Natural Resources Officer training academy, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The department is seeking to fill at least 15 positions. “Natural Resource Officers have an essential role in helping our department fulfill its mission,” said ODNR...

Spiking Interest in Hunting Due to Pandemic?

Americans have been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic for the vast majority of 2020, and depending on what state one lives in, the impact on daily life has varied from relatively benign to approaching draconian. Regardless of how any particular governing authority has responded, everyone in our country has had to make some sort of adjustment to how they operate day-to-day. While the message of...

Gun Grabbers Demand Unprecedented “Executive Actions”

Although the outcome of the presidential election has yet to be certified – and with recounts, lawsuits, and investigations ongoing – gun control advocates are wasting no time cozying up to Joe Biden, and demanding his “executive action” to restrict access to firearms. A recent article in Michael Bloomberg’s gun control propaganda arm, The Trace, detailed what it called “7 Ways Biden Could Go It...

ACTION ALERT: Tell State Senators and Representatives to Eliminate Ohio's Duty to Retreat

Identical legislation has been introduced in both the Ohio Senate and House that would repeal Ohio’s unjust law that requires victims of violent crime to retreat from attackers prior to using lethal force to defend themselves. Senate Bill 383, sponsored by Senator Terry Johnson, and House Bill 796, sponsored by Representative Kyle Koehler, are clean, clear-cut bills that protect the right of self...

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