Ohio Politics

Bloomberg anti-gun group all smoke and mirrors

"What exactly happens when you throw a political rally an no one shows up - except your opposition?" WBNS (CBS Columbus) 10TV's Jim Heath says the question was answered at a rally organized by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) and President Obama's Organizing For Action (OFA) in Columbus on Friday... Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) plays a good PR game...

First Buckeye Firearms Foundation-funded training class for Ohio teachers is a success; It won't be the last

by Jim Irvine The training class that Buckeye Firearms Foundation proposed at a town hall meeting following the mass murder of teachers and school children in Newtown, Connecticut, has been completed. The class of 24 teachers, administrators, and school employees attended a three day class at Tactical Defense Institute (TDI) in Adams County, Ohio on March 25-27. The weather was cold and at times...

HB495: Definition of "unloaded" gun is now fixed for all Ohioans; "No Guns" signs come down in Statehouse parking garage

by Ken Hanson and Sean Maloney HB495, sponsored by Rep. Terry Johnson (R) and passed into law last December, became effective March 27, 2013, and is now the law of the land. The reforms make three changes to current law: Eliminates the "demonstrated competency" requirement for second and future CHL renewals, making CHL training similar to a hunting license. Fixes the definition of a "loaded gun"...

Governor John Kasich signs Am. HB495; Ohio's concealed carry and firearms laws continue to be improved

On Thursday, December 20, Governor John Kasich (R) signed amended House Bill 495 into law. HB495, sponsored by Rep. Terry Johnson (R), makes three changes to current law: Eliminates the "demonstrated competency" requirement for second and future CHL renewals, making CHL training similar to a hunting license. Fixes the definition of a "loaded gun" to match the commonly accepted definition. Allows...

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine calls for arming school employees

by Chad D. Baus Various Ohio media are reporting that advocates who've long been calling for arming our teachers to deter mass murderers and to stop them if they can, have a new ally: Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R). From The Columbus Dispatch : Attorney General Mike DeWine said today that Ohio schools should consider arming at least one staffer in their building in case of a shooting...

UPDATE: Senate & House pass amended HB495; Bill sent to Governor Kasich for signature

Editor's Note: This article is being updated as information becomes available. by Chad D. Baus An amended HB495 was passed by the Ohio Senate today by a 26-7 vote. Two and a half hours later, the Ohio House voted 66-23 to concur with Senate amendments. The amended bill makes three changes to current law: Eliminates the "demonstrated competency" requirement for second and future CHL renewals,...

What BFA's candidate grades mean

BFA-PAC issues both endorsements and grades to help you better understand each race and how the candidates stack up on Second Amendment issues. We base our decisions on voting records, candidate surveys, and personal knowledge of each candidate. We generally know incumbents better and are incumbent-friendly, so incumbents will generally get the endorsement when two candidates are substantially...

Ohio and Kansas Sign Concealed Carry Reciprocity Agreements

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt have signed an agreement permitting reciprocity between their states for citizens who have valid concealed carry permits. "This agreement between Ohio and Kansas allows Ohioans with valid concealed carry permits the same rights to carry a concealed handgun in the State of Kansas," said Attorney General...

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