D.C. handgun ban facing challenge, national implications bear on 2nd Am.

By Tim Inwood In 1976, Washington D.C. passed a draconian law banning the possession of handguns. Today, there are hopes a lawsuit ( Shelly Parker et al v. District of Columbia ) may bring an end to this era of stupidity. The D.C. law bans all handguns that were not registered with the city prior to September 24th, 1976. This law also applies to ammunition, and a special license to have "...

Ohio House concurs with Senate amendments to HB9; Act heads to Gov. Taft

By Chad D. Baus It's getting tougher and tougher to know what to believe when the Ohio media writes about legislative action in Columbus. On Friday, December 15, the Associated Press put out a wire service report entitled "Public records bill clears Legislature". The story, which was subsequently picked up by several Ohio news outlets, said in part: A bill mandating public-records training for...

Plain Dealer overlooks HB9 in calls for Home Rule-inspired vetos

By Chad D. Baus The Cleveland Plain Dealer editorial page is at it again, writing about legislation we have good reason to believe they've never read. This time, in addition to even more blather about why having one set of rules in the State of Ohio for gun owners is a bad idea, they're whining about legislation which would regulate the use of privacy-invading cameras that are used to find...

Hanson does Blackwater USA: DAY 2

Buckeye Firearms Association Legislative Chair Ken Hanson recently attend Blackwater USA ’s 5 day pistol/carbine class. While attending class, Ken kept a blog of his experiences. Since most visitors to this site take training very seriously, we thought you would enjoy his ramblings. Ken's five day experience will be published on this website on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the end of the month...

Veto Over-ride And The Big City Mayors

Editor's Note: The following op-ed is written in response to this Dayton Daily News story entitled "Officials decry gun law, home-rule threat" By Larry S. Moore Mayor McLin and other big-city Ohio mayors are experiencing angst over the recent over ride of Governor Taft’s veto of HB 347. They are spewing forth venom at the legislators and gun owners while spreading dis-information to the public...

A look back at the Alrosa murders, from someone who was there

By Linda Walker Dec. 8, 2004 is a date that is emblazoned, in the minds of many central Ohio individuals, as the night that the Alrosa Villa nightclub came under attack by a deranged man by the name of Nathan Gale. Several people died that night as the metal band Damageplan took to the stage. Gale had stalked Daryl "Dimebag" Abbott for several months, supposedly because he was upset that Abbott's...

Op-Ed: There Is No Such Thing As Sensible Gun Laws

By John Longenecker This caught my eye this morning: Paul Helmke’s anti-liberty rant " Guns and Governing " , on The Huffington Post, December 1, 2006. Helmke is head of The Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence. Here is my response, December 1, 2006. First of all, very first of all, when it comes to guns, there is no governing to be, with the exception of protection of the Bill of Rights ...

Senate passes HB 9, attempts to clean up media access loophole

By Chad D. Baus Little noticed after the first veto-override in more than a quarter-century was Senate passage of House Bill 9, the public records bill, which contains an attempt by the legislature to clarify its intent for giving journalists access to records of concealed handgun license-holders. On Wednesday, December 13, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Criminal Justice, chaired by Sen. David...

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