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Skill Set: The Cost of Training

Recently a gentleman contacted me about training. In response to the details and pricing he accused me of being a “crook,” and he told me that he “refused to be ripped off.” “Someone,” he wrote, “should put you in prison for robbery.” Not sure what I’m guilty of. His response - although rude - was amusing. It also prompted me to do some research on the cost of firearms training. Pretty much...

The Evolution of a Hunter

As students filled the classroom, eager to take their hunter education course, memories came to mind when I took the same class. The year was 1995, and as a young Lieutenant stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC, I had no idea that I would be a hunter-education instructor teaching classes of my own one day. However, after 35 years of hunting and having taught or introduced hundreds of people to hunting, the...

Sen. Dolan's "STRONG Ohio"-Lite is still an abysmal piece of gun control legislation

Having apparently learned nothing from having come in third in the race for his party's nomination for U.S. Senate in May, so-called Republican Matt Dolan is now pressing to cement his poor reputation among voters by pressing for yet another version of "STRONG Ohio." In this latest version, Dolan removed the "red flag" provisions that sought to take citizens' firearms without due process, perhaps...

SEMINAR: Discover how to "read" the body language of dangerous people and respond confidently and effectively in any situation

If you own or carry a firearm and have trained with it, you've prepared yourself for a sudden and unforeseen violent attack that threatens your life or the lives of your loved ones. But what if you could learn a completely different set of skills that allowed you to "see" that violent attack coming before it even happened? What if you could spot the potential attacker before he launches his...

Thanksgiving: George Washington's 1789 Proclamation

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor -- and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful...

Series: Columbus' 2005 assault weapons ban was a failure; City Attorney Zach Klein wants to reinstate it (Part 3)

Editor's Note: After a three year effort to convince a local judge to rule that Ohio's premption law, R.C. 9.68, unconstitutionally infringes upon the City of Columbus' right to exercise its zoning powers , City Attorney Zach Klein is taking the opportunity to fantasize about reinstating another so-called assault weapons ban in Columbus. Given that Klein was in his mid-20s the last time Columbus...

WANTED: People with a Passion for Law Enforcement and the Great Outdoors

ODNR is looking for its next class of Natural Resources Officer Recruits COLUMBUS, Ohio—Looking for a job that will keep you outdoors and on your toes? The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is looking for a new class of Natural Resources Officer cadets. Both experienced, commissioned officers and those looking to start their law enforcement career at ODNR are encouraged to apply until...

ACTION ALERT: Columbus City Council to Host Public Hearing on Gun Control

When: Tuesday, Nov. 22 5:30 pm Where: Columbus City Hall 90 W. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215 Council Chambers, 2nd Floor Just minutes ago, we received word that Columbus has announced a last minute public hearing on the illegal gun control laws they want to pass. This is outrageous because they obviously don't want to give opponents enough time to comment on their plans. And it's doubly...

PODCAST: Everything You Need to Know About Columbus Ohio’s Attempt to Pass Gun Control

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 85: The City of Columbus has announced its intent to pass gun control laws. But local gun control has been illegal in Ohio for 15 years...

Gun News Roundup - November 19, 2022

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: Gun makers fire back, sue states over "public nuisance" laws Virginia: Fairfax Co. Schools Push Anti-Gun Propaganda on 5th Graders CBS News freaks over armed teachers in Texas Under Oregon’s Measure 114, ‘Common...

Practice vs. Training

Are they the same when it comes to firearms? The answer is “No.” When you practice your shooting skills you are doing the things you already know how to do, you are just trying to become more proficient at doing so. On the other hand, when you are training , you are learning new things that you did not previously know. We do not learn things we already know, we only reinforce them. I encounter...

Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Outdoors – the Changing Face of Hunting

The population of the United States has nearly doubled in my lifetime. Rural places where I played and hunted on the edge of the small town where I grew up are unrecognizable. The face of the nation will look considerably different in the middle of the 21st Century than it did in the middle of the 20th Century. Urban centers have exploded in population, consuming rural land for suburbs, and...

Series: Columbus' last assault weapons ban was a failure; City Attorney Zach Klein wants to reinstate it (Part 2)

Editor's Note: After a three year effort to convince a local judge to rule that Ohio's premption law, R.C. 9.68, unconstitutionally infringes upon the City of Columbus' right to exercise its zoning powers , City Attorney Zach Klein is taking the opportunity to fantasize about reinstating another so-called assault weapons ban in Columbus. Given that Klein was in his mid-20s the last time Columbus...

Ohio’s Deer Gun Hunting Seasons Begin in November

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A favorite fall tradition for many Ohioans includes a trip to pursue deer during the annual gun hunting seasons, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The first of those is the youth deer gun hunting season on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19-20. The weeklong gun season open to all hunters kicks off Monday, Nov. 28 and continues until...

New landmark medical report proves more guns do not cause more crime

A recently published study by a team of physicians and medical researchers found no link between increased legal gun sales and increased violent crime rates. Moreover, the study concluded “it is unclear if efforts to limit lawful firearm sales would have any effect on rates of crime, homicide, or injuries from violence committed with firearms.” Dr. Mark E. Hamill, a trauma surgeon at the...

Gun News Roundup - November 12, 2022

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: How the Second Amendment fared in the midterms Iowa approves right to keep and bear arms amendment, Oregon gun control measure too close to call Biden Emboldened: ‘I’m Going to Ban Assault Weapons!’ Federal Judge...

Series: Columbus' 2005 assault weapons ban was a failure; City Attorney Zach Klein wants to reinstate it (Part 1)

Editor's Note: After a three year effort to convince a local judge to rule that Ohio's premption law, R.C. 9.68, unconstitutionally infringes upon the City of Columbus' right to exercise its zoning powers , City Attorney Zach Klein is taking the opportunity to fantasize about reinstating another so-called assault weapons ban in Columbus. Given that Klein was in his mid-20s the last time Columbus...

BREAKING: Motion for Stay Granted in Columbus Preemption Case

A motion by the State to stay a recent ruling involving Ohio's firearm preemption law has been granted. This is good news just one day after the City of Columbus decided to use the erroneous ruling as an excuse to announce municipal gun control laws . This case has been developing rapidly, so let me give you a quick history of preemption and a summary of what has been happening recently. Years...

Preparing for the Future: Applications Open for ODNR Summer Internships

College students from all majors invited to apply for 2023 internships COLUMBUS, Ohio – With some of the most diverse career opportunities in state government, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is inviting college students to apply for the next round of summer internships. Students throughout the state can apply for a 2023 internship through December 9. “Young people bring fresh...

BREAKING: Columbus Announces Intent to Pass Gun Control Laws in Violation of Ohio Law

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, Columbus Mayor Ginther and city officials held a press conference to announce their intention to pass new laws regulating firearms. Specifically, Ginther said they seek to ban AR-15 type rifles, limit magazine size, mandate gun locks, impose universal background checks, pass red flag laws, and more. The announcement comes just days after Franklin County Common Pleas...

BFA PAC Endorsed Candidates Win 2022 General Election

The 2022 election season has been frustrating, confusing, and seemingly endless. But most of the results are in for the General Election and Buckeye Firearms Association PAC endorsed and supported candidates have scored significant victories in Ohio. In the nationally-watched U.S. Senate race, JD Vance beat out Tim Ryan in a huge finish. As expected, Governor DeWine easily won another four years...

Buckeye Firearms Association responds to suit allegedly scuttling Ohio preemption

Ohio has and continues to have solid support for the Second Amendment. Looking at the Buckeye State, Ohio really does have some of the better gun laws. Ohio has gone permitless carry and Ohio came fairly close last legislative session to becoming a Second Amendment Sanctuary state. The other day Cam reported on a lawsuit that targeted Ohio’s preemption law. The injunction seems to have delivered...

VOTE YOUR GUN RIGHTS TODAY, November 8, 2022

TODAY is Ohio's General Election. CLICK HERE to see BFA PAC's grades and endorsements Where to vote View your sample ballot Additional Voter Information This is a critical election, for Ohio and the nation. And perhaps more than any other election, your gun rights are on the ballot. Listen to our Keep and Bear Radio podcast on today's election . We've made great progress here in Ohio recently,...

Tim Ryan attempts desperate Hail Mary to fool gun owners

In the last few days, as polls continue to show Senate candidate Tim Ryan falling farther and farther behind Republican J.D. Vance, the Democrat and former high school quarterback has decided on a Hail Mary: trying to fool gun owners into voting for him, after years of voting AGAINST their Second Amendment rights. On Friday, he Tweeted a video of himself awkwardly firing a pistol: Not too bad for...

PODCAST: How Your Vote Will Shape the Future of Gun Rights in Ohio

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 84: Finally, the 2022 general election is here and it's time to make your voice heard on candidates and issues in the state of Ohio...

The Sheepdog

In his introduction to his book On Combat, Lt Col (Retired) Dave Grossman describes society as being composed of three types of people—“sheep”, “wolves”, and “sheepdogs”. He describes the “sheep” as “kind, gentle, productive creatures who can only hurt one another by accident”. These “sheep” comprise most of our society. The “wolves” are that tiny portion of our society that prey on the majority...

Gun News Roundup - November, 5, 2022

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: Biden’s Bottomless Ignorance on Guns NJ police chief overstates threat of "ghost guns" TV Show Bias: FBI Dismissing the notion Concealed Carry Permit holders can stop a mass public shooter, “wild west shootout”...

Regardless of Ruling, Ohio Cities CANNOT Regulate Firearms

Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Steven McIntosh sided with Columbus in a recent ruling that deals in part with Ohio's "preemption" laws and HB 228. However, the City of Columbus and recent media reports are misleading the public about what this ruling means. "Our reading of this ruling is that it is narrowly focused on the issue of municipal zoning for firearm manufacturers," said Dean Rieck,...

Manipulated Public Opinion Polling Should Not Drive Public Policy on Guns

A recent study by the Crime Prevention Research Center underscored how easily public opinion polling can be used to distort, rather than illuminate, peoples’ true feelings on gun control. Policy-makers should take note. Sound policy requires a thoughtful and sophisticated understanding of facts and evidence, not just the shifting whims of public perception. Emotionalism, on the other hand, is the...

Op-Ed: Gun control is the wrong debate

[Editor's Note: Rep. Brad Wenstrup is an A-graded 2022 BFA-PAC Endorsee who is seeking reelection on November 8, 2022.] There’s a prevailing myth that we can bring an end to mass shootings in America if only we banned AR-15s – or better yet, banned all semi-automatic guns as well. If only it were that simple. By the grace of God, protective firearms were present five years ago at the baseball...

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