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Recent ATF Action Shows Need for Suppressor Reform

As we reported [recently], the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) denied approximately 850 Form 1 applications for prospective makers of suppressors on February 28. These denials were apparently made due to a change in ATF policy regarding certain devices that ATF claims are in reality suppressor “parts kits.” The Form 1 application (technically ATF Form 5320.1) is the...

One of the Hunting Industry’s Most Contentious Words: 'Trophy'

Within the hunting industry, the word ‘trophy’ seems to have more legs than a herd of migrating elk. Articles and conversations happen on a regular basis with authors providing opinions, facts, stories, and examples to help prove their point either for or against the use of the word. Aside from the term “trophy wife” (or “trophy husband” for that matter), no one else seems to have an issue with...

Reflections on 20+ Years of Effective Gun Rights Advocacy in Ohio

As we mark the signing of Senate Bill 215, an Act which will bring the ability for permitless carry to anyone who would qualify for an Ohio concealed handgun license (CHL), I have found myself reflecting on my more-than two decades of work as a Second Amendment advocate. After spending 1990-2001 in Indiana (a state that has ZERO training requirement to obtain a concealed handgun license) and...

Headline: California mass killing raises troubling questions

They say in order to stop the next mass killing we need red flag laws. They say we need waiting periods. They say we need background checks for every firearm transfer. They say we need to ban standard-capacity magazines. They say there needs to be mandatory training before purchasing a firearm. They say we should limit the purchase of handguns to one-per-month. They say we need background checks...

BFA's 2022 Firearm Events and Self-Defense Training Classes

We sponsor firearms training, fun shoots, self defense seminars, and pro gun fundraisers throughout the year. Sign up early, because our events sell out FAST! BFA MEMBERS can get discounts on most events. If you're not yet a member, click here to join now . Fun Events Buckeye Blast Fun Shoot Sunday, April 3, 2022 - 8:00AM - 5PM Shoot at iron and paper targets, experience the thrill of live fire...

TSA Finds Firearm in Anti-Gun California Lawmaker's Luggage

The Sacramento Bee reported recently that a California state assemblyman, who has been given an "F"-rating by the NRA-ILA for his strong support of gun control, attempted to carry a loaded firearm through a security checkpoint at the Sacramento International Airport. When anyone else makes this mistake, their gun is confiscated and they are charged with criminal penalties and up to $10,000 in...

Announcing the 2022 Spring Youth Shoot - May 14-15

Don't miss the 2022 Spring Youth Shoot. REGISTER TODAY When: Saturday and Sunday May 14-15, 2022 Where: Dillon Sportsman Center 5200 Pleasant Valley Road Nashport, OH 43830 Cost: Only $5 per Youth Adult Volunteers Free Weekend Camping Free Spring is here and it's time for our Youth Shoot! This is a great opportunity to get the kids outside in the fresh air and have some good, healthy fun...

CMP 2022 Smallbore Rifle Postal Competition Now Open

Back by popular demand after the enormous success of last year’s inaugural event, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has created a second round of Smallbore Rifle Postal Competition, running from February to May 2022. The event features Three-Position and Prone matches, fired from distances of 50 feet. The Smallbore Postal Competition is open to both adult and junior athletes. Cost to...

Staccato "Permitless Carry" Pistol Raffle - $3,020 Prize Package

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PODCAST: Answers to Common Questions about Ohio’s New Permitless Carry Law

The Keep and Bear Radio podcast is hosted on Podbean and is also available on Apple , Google , Spotify , iHeartRadio and many other platforms. Make sure to subscribe to the podcast to hear every episode. How to Listen to Podcasts on Your Mobile Phone *** Episode 57: Ohio has passed a new permitless carry law which goes into effect on Monday, June 13, 2022. It makes Ohio's concealed handgun...

Giffords gun control group releases scorecard documenting their irrelevance

In February, the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (formerly Americans for Responsible Solutions) released their annual "Gun Law Scorecards", grading states on how closely a state agrees with the gun ban movement's agenda. "Giffords is a leader in the movement to end gun violence in America. ...Giffords Law Center works in all 50 states to change policies and challenge injustice. We won...

Answers to Common Questions about Ohio’s New Permitless Carry Law

Senate Bill 215 has been signed into law and will make it legal to carry a concealed handgun without a license in Ohio beginning on June 13, 2022 . Generally referred to as “permitless carry” or “constitutional carry,” this legislation will make several important changes to Ohio’s concealed carry laws: Ohio’s concealed handgun license (CHL) will become optional. If you are currently qualified by...

The Administration’s Alternative Universe: Fight Freedom, Not Crime

The White House press secretary was recently criticized for flippantly downplaying crime fears in a January 25 podcast. While reading out and commenting on cable news chyrons, Jen Psaki joked that CNN and MSNBC were “OK, true,” but FOX News was covering some “alternative universe,” with “Jeanine Pirro talking about soft on crime consequences. I mean, what? What does that even mean? Right? So...

BFA PAC Endorses Justices Sharon Kennedy, Patrick Fischer and Patrick DeWine for Ohio Supreme Court

Buckeye Firearms Association PAC (BFA PAC) is pleased to announce our first three endorsements of the 2022 general election season. The primary election is on May 3, and the general election on Nov. 8, 2022. BFA PAC endorses current Justice Sharon Kennedy for the position of Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. She has served on the Court since 2012. As Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor is...

Gun Control’s Crisis of Credibility

Who can you trust? We live in the era of fake news, spin, and shifting narratives. Everything seems to be political. Maybe that’s the wrong question. Maybe we should be asking, “who do you trust?” Recently published research has the answers. Anti-gun activists want you to trust doctors with no constitutional law or law enforcement expertise. They also want you to trust celebrities, people famous...

PODCAST: The Inside Story About How Permitless Carry in Ohio Got to the Governor’s Desk

The Keep and Bear Radio podcast is hosted on Podbean and is also available on Apple , Google , Spotify , iHeartRadio and many other platforms. Make sure to subscribe to the podcast to hear every episode. How to Listen to Podcasts on Your Mobile Phone *** Episode 56: Governor Mike DeWine has signed a BFA-supported bill to make Ohio's concealed carry license optional. This makes Ohio the 23rd state...

Skill Set: Mag Capacity

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard from shooters that their choice of pistol was determined by magazine capacity. “But,” they explain, “this one holds almost twice as many rounds as the other one.” Yet, while mag capacity is a consideration, it shouldn’t be the deciding factor in what pistol you choose for defensive use. Firearm selection should be dictated by application. The weapon I...

Ohio Governor DeWine Signs BFA-Supported Permitless Carry Bill

At approximately 4:50 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2022, Gov. Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 215 , which will make it legal to carry a concealed handgun without a license in Ohio 91 days after it is filed by the Secretary of State. "This is a day that will go down in history," said Dean Rieck, Executive Director of Buckeye Firearms Association. "It has been about 18 years since Ohio enacted HB 12 to...

Ohio woman uses firearm to defend life after boyfriend repeatedly strikes her on head and face

WEWS (ABC Cleveland) reported recently that an Ohio woman was forced to use a firearm to defend herseld during a life-threatening domestic violence incident. From the article : It happened around 5 a.m. Saturday at a home on Enid Road. According to police, the woman returned home earlier that morning and was met by her boyfriend who confronted her about an argument they had before she left...

4 Reasons an “Assault Weapon” Ban Should Matter to Hunters

With the Biden administration and some representatives in the U.S. Congress again calling for a ban on so-called “assault weapons,” the situation is more dire than ever. That’s because with Democrats holding the majority in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, along with the White House, the chances of such a measure becoming law are much greater this year than they have been in...

Police Work Going to the Dogs?

For quite some time, law enforcement has utilized the extremely sensitive sense of smell dogs possess to help with their work detecting illicit, and often quite dangerous, items. Most people are familiar with the concept of drug-sniffing dogs, which have been utilized to try to diminish the flow of illegal drugs across our border and in our neighborhoods. Explosive-sniffing dogs have been trained...

Skill Set: Sudden Violence

Most people have a sanitized concept of violence. Unless you’ve been involved in an attack – violent assault, law enforcement, military service and such – it’s hard to understand just how sudden assaults occur, the short distances involved and the timing. In order to combat violence, you have to become familiar with the details. Violent attacks in real life are nothing like in movies or...

ACTION: Urge Gov. DeWine to Sign Permitless Carry Bill

On Wednesday, March 2, 2022, the Ohio House voted 58-36 to pass Senate Bill 215, sponsored by Sen. Terry Johnson. If signed into law, this bill makes it legal in Ohio to carry a concealed handgun with or without a license. About an hour later, the Senate concurred with a vote of 24-9. This means the bill moves to the governor's desk! So now what happens? After passage through the House and Senate...

Biden Lies to Push Assault on Second Amendment

It has become axiomatic that, when we write about Joe Biden commenting on guns, we will be reporting that he has uttered something patently false. In fact, there are usually several things that he gets completely wrong, and often the things he gets wrong are things he repeatedly gets wrong. And it’s not just us, or others in the pro-gun community, who are calling out the president for being wrong...

PODCAST: The Invasion of Ukraine, Armed Citizens, and the True Meaning of the Second Amendment

The Keep and Bear Radio podcast is hosted on Podbean and is also available on Apple , Google , Spotify , iHeartRadio and many other platforms. Make sure to subscribe to the podcast to hear every episode. How to Listen to Podcasts on Your Mobile Phone *** Episode 55: What we're witnessing in Ukraine is a brutal, real-time demonstration of why gun ownership should be regarded as a basic human right...

Testimony on police shooting of Ohio CHL-holder Casey Goodson reveals new details

The Columbus Dispatch is reporting on details from a court hearing which shed new light on the shooting of Ohio CHL-holder Casey Goodson by a Franklin County Sheriff's deputy over one year ago. At the time of the shooting, Peter Tobin, the U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Ohio who was later forced to apologize for having spoken too soon in deeming the deputy' actions to be "justified,"...

U.S. Air Force ordered to pay $230 million in damages after Texas church shooting

In the wake of every multiple-victim public shooting, anti-Second Amendment extremists run to the nearest microphone to blame America's "lax" gun laws for the loss of life. On the other hand, Second Amendment advocates point out that the reason many of these attackers had access to firearms it is the lack of enforcement of existing gun control laws. A federal judge in Texas has now sided with...

Ohio Attorney General's 2021 Concealed Carry Report shows record renewals

On March, 1, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost issued Ohio’s Law on Concealed Handguns annual report showing that 202,920 concealed carry licenses were issued in Ohio in 2021. This number marked a 20% jump over the number issued in 2020, and was made up of 94,298 new licenses and 108,622 renewals. From coverage by the Cleveland Plain Dealer : The number of new conceal-carry licenses issued in 2021...

BREAKING: Permitless Carry Bill Headed to Governor's Desk

On Wednesday, March 2, 2022, the Ohio House voted 58-36 to pass Senate Bill 215 , sponsored by Sen. Terry Johnson. About an hour later, the Senate concurred with a vote of 24-9. This means the bill now moves to the Governor's desk! The bill seeks to make a concealed handgun license optional in Ohio. It also clarifies how and when a person must notify law enforcement about carrying a firearm, so...

ALERT: House to Vote on Constitutional Carry

Senate Bill 215 for Constitutional Carry has passed out of committee and is now headed to the House floor for a vote. If it clears the House, it would then go back to the Senate floor for a Concurrence vote, then on to the Governor for his signature. Contact your Representative NOW and urge them to vote in support of this bill. Ohio and 33 other states already allow open carry without a license...

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