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  • Second Amendment sanctuary movement comes to Ohio

    Jan 27, 2020 | 12:00 pm

    Second Amendment sanctuary movement comes to Ohio

    A movement that has seen growth across the United States has come to Ohio in response to efforts to pass gun control laws in the Buckeye State, including Gov. Mike DeWine's SB 221, dubbed "STRONG Ohio."

    "Second Amendment sanctuary" is an idea inspired by "sanctuary cities" that refuse to assist the federal government in efforts to enforce immigration laws. A Second Amendment sanctuary is a city or county that declares it will refuse to enforce any new gun control laws passed by the state or federal government.

    Thus far in Ohio, commissioners in Campbell, Clermont, JacksonLawrence, Meigs, and Scioto Counties, along with trustees in Perry County's Jackson Township, have declared themselves to be Second Amendment sanctuaries. Commissioners in Crawford, Muskingum, Preble and Ross Counties are also considering passing similar resolutions.

    We understand the sentiments behind this movement, and see these efforts as a natural result of gun control radicals pushing too hard against Constitutional rights.

    While it's always encouraging to hear people talking about limiting governmental overreach, it is important to remember that these declarations are largely symbolic - political statements which have no force of law. They do not change the laws of the counties in which they are passed, and they do not override state and federal gun regulations or exempt local law enforcement from being required to uphold them. In short, as with any other form of civil disobedience, if you break the law, you can be held accountable. 

    However, like all protests, sanctuary resolutions send a signal to the government that citizens disagree with certain laws. And if local law enforcement and local prosecutors are on board, such a resolution is effective in principle, because if no one is being arrested and no one is being prosecuted, then the effect is that it is working, just like sanctuary cities.

    As BFA Leader Tom Hall puts it, "this is basically a pledge of civil disobedience. Those that protected Anne Frank were breaking the law, those that murdered her were obeying the law. These resolutions are statements, pledges to NOT enforce or allow enforcement of any further restrictions. We’ve allowed politics to be played with natural rights for far too long as Americans and it’s time those of us that have a clue what they are use our voice and the power inherent in that voice."

    Statewide preemption is Ohio's codified legal bulwark against local gun control. Buckeye Firearms Association is proud to have worked for passage of Ohio's statewide preemption law in 2006, and to have worked for passage of improvements to strengthen the preemption law last year. Both times, passage of these bills required the state legislature to override the veto of a Republican governor.

    Chad D. Baus served as Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary from 2013-2019. He is co-founder of BFA-PAC, and served as its Vice Chairman for 15 years. He is the editor of BuckeyeFirearms.org, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website, and is also an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

  • Ohio General Assembly now broadcasting all committee hearings

    Jan 24, 2020 | 12:00 pm

    Ohio General Assembly now broadcasting all committee hearings

    Persons interested in listening in on committee hearings the Statehouse received some great news last week.

    As of Thursday, January 16, all committee hearings will either be streamed live or recorded and broadcast later via www.OhioChannel.org.

    According to the Statehouse News Bureau, the move comes after years of work from journalists and other groups pushing for more government transparency.

    The article notes that the cameras had actually been in the House and Senate since 1996, but those cameras weren’t regularly used except for floor sessions. The barrier, the report says was one of resources.

    “To bring the cameras into the chambers is one thing, but then when you start to populate them through the committee hearing rooms, that’s a big deal," [Ohio Public Radio Statehouse Bureau editor Karen] Kasler says. "It took people, and it took money."

    Since committee rooms exist throughout the Statehouse, the report notes that to equip every one with the technology to record and send video back to the headquarters of the Ohio Channel was a process that cost about $400,000.

    Buckeye Firearms Association continues to keep a close eye on legislation that could effect your right to bear arms.

    For a complete list of bills we are monitoring in the Ohio legislature, click here.

    Chad D. Baus served as Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary from 2013-2019. He is co-founder of BFA-PAC, and served as its Vice Chairman for 15 years. He is the editor of BuckeyeFirearms.org, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website, and is also an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

  • Dispatch op-ed documents how our "justice" system puts criminals who use guns back on street

    Jan 23, 2020 | 12:00 pm

    Dispatch op-ed documents how our "justice" system puts criminals who use guns back on street

    Recently, Columbus Dispatch reporter Theodore Decker informed readers of a problem Buckeye Firearms Association has long-been warning about: criminals who have previously committed crimes with guns are being released back into society, only to strike again in spite of the gun control laws that were passed to "protect" us.

    From the article:

    Khalil Swayne, 20, the 103rd homicide victim of 2019, was a high school student-athlete who graduated from Eastmoor Academy in 2017.

    Amadi Bakari, 19, the 103rd and last killing of 2018, was a student-athlete who graduated from West High School in 2017.

    ...

    The similarities between the 103rd homicides of 2019 and 2018 don’t end with the victims’ sports careers in high school.

    Another parallel is more illuminating.

    Police eventually charged a young man with Bakari’s murder and with possession of a weapon under disability, a charge that alleged he had run afoul of gun laws prior to the fatal shooting.

    Like the suspect in Bakari’s killing, though, [Swayne's accused killer, Carlos M. Favours Jr., 21] also is charged with possession of a weapon under disability. He, too, prosecutors say, was prohibited from possessing a gun when Swayne died.

    Got that? Both accused murders were arrested for violating gun control laws. Both were released back into society and broke more gun control laws.

    These types of justice system failures are all too common. Back in 2007, Buckeye Firearms Association documented a similar pattern of systematic failure in Cleveland, after the Cleveland Municipal Court has launched a program that they thought would help clear up some 25,000 outstanding warrants and get guns out of criminal hands. The scheme called for known, wanted criminals to walk into a police station, turn in a gun, and walk out without posting bail for their outstanding warrants.

    Think that sounds crazy? Then consider the case of Edward Lesure, one of those Cleveland criminals the justice system is supposed to be "protecting" us from.

    So how did the Bakari and Swayne's killers get back on the street?

    Again, from the Columbus Dispatch:

    [C]ourt records show that at the time Bakari was killed, the suspect was out on bond while awaiting trial in a nonfatal shooting. He had been released after a relative paid 10% of his $50,000 bail.

    As for Swayne's accused killer?

    Favours faced gun charges two years ago, after Whitehall police officers responding to a fight saw him hide something in the waistband of his pants. Favours jumped into the back seat of a car, which police approached and searched. They noticed that a rear seat with access to the trunk was ajar and found a .380-caliber handgun stashed behind the seat.

    Eventually, Favours pleaded guilty to the weapons charge in connection to that case. Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Kimberly Cocroft spared him jail time and instead put him on two years of probation.

    About three months after sentencing, he began violating the terms of his probation, most notably by engaging in a high-speed pursuit with State Highway Patrol troopers.

    On Dec. 18, 2018, Cocroft ordered Favours to serve 90 days of house arrest and abide by other probation conditions for leading troopers on the chase.

    Cases like these are prime examples of why law-abiding gun owners are so tired of politicians who seek to pass new gun control laws that only the law-abiding will follow, and which the justice system isn't even likely to enforce against the criminals who break them.

    Chad D. Baus served as Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary from 2013-2019. He is co-founder of BFA-PAC, and served as its Vice Chairman for 15 years. He is the editor of BuckeyeFirearms.org, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website, and is also an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

  • Headline: In one Ohio county, teachers now carry guns in 5 school districts

    Jan 22, 2020 | 12:00 pm

    Headline: In one Ohio county, teachers now carry guns in 5 school districts

    The Columbus Dispatch reported recently that two new school districts in Tuscawaras County approved allowing staff members to carry firearms in 2019. This brings the total number of school districts in the county that allow staff members the ability to respond immediately to protect their students to five.

    From the article:

    As 2019 draws to a close, the number of school districts in one northeastern Ohio county that have authorized staff members to carry guns on school property has grown to five.

    This year, school boards at Garaway Local Schools and Claymont City Schools approved the safety measure. They join Newcomerstown Exempted Village Schools, which started arming staff members in 2013, Indian Valley Local Schools (2017) and Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools (2018). All are in Tuscarawas County.

    Newcomerstown Superintendent Jeff Staggs is quoted as saying he continues to believe it’s a good idea.

    “When seconds count in responding to a dangerous event, the faster the event is stopped more students and staff stay alive,” he said. “I’m still in favor of a highly trained armed staff along with multiple other layers in the school safety plan.

    “We continue to train and tweak our school safety plan to meet the new issues that schools face every year. The sheriff’s office has been a huge help in our training program with our journey to get better at school safety.”

    Garaway Superintendent James Millet agreed.

    “I still think this is a valuable decision to protect Garaway students and staff,” he said. “At Garaway Schools, the safety of each and every child within this community is our district’s highest priority. We are continually examining safety measures for our school district and looking for ways to improve.

    “We believe that armed staff is one way to provide a quick response and opportunity to protect people in an attack.”

    Superintendent Millet told the Dispatch the plan has been well-received in Garaway.

    For his part, Tuscarawas County Sheriff Orvis Campbell told the newspaper he believes that area educators who have been armed have the training and skills necessary to keep everyone safe.

    Teachers there have gone through FASTER training, provided by the Buckeye Firearms Association. FASTER stands for Faculty/Administrator Safety Training & Emergency Response.

    Police officers who go to a police academy receive 60 hours of training on firearms, and two days of that is in the classroom, Campbell said. By comparison, area teachers have been given three separate weeks of training.

    “I put guys through one of them, and it’s very good,” he said.

    “All of them are qualifying at at least the same level as every peace officer (in Ohio), and all of them have kept up so far,” Campbell said.

    According to the article, staff members are required to keep their gun on their person at all times. They are not allowed to talk about it, and they’re not allow to show their weapon, even to other teachers.

    Sheriff Campbell also said he believes arming staff is a good idea because it’s rare to hear about a teacher running away when there is a shooting.

    “I believe teachers love their kids just as much as parents do, or close,” Campbell said. “I think that they will put their lives right in the middle of the line to protect kids, and that’s another reason that I’m not against it, because I really believe that most teachers look at those kids as their kids.”

    The sheriff said parents should feel better about their children attending schools with armed staff members.

    “My son doesn’t go to a district that carries,” he said. “My daughter works in one. I feel safer for her. I’ve seen her staff members shoot. They’re good.”

    More than 2,600 teachers and staff have taken FASTER training in 260 school districts across 18 states and in 79 of 88 Ohio counties. Training includes both armed response and traumatic medical care.

    Chad D. Baus served as Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary from 2013-2019. He is co-founder of BFA-PAC, and served as its Vice Chairman for 15 years. He is the editor of BuckeyeFirearms.org, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website, and is also an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

  • Eric Trump Meets with Ohio Sportsmen and Second Amendment Leaders

    Jan 21, 2020 | 12:00 pm

    Eric Trump Meets with Ohio Sportsmen and Second Amendment Leaders

    On Thursday, January 16, 2020, LEPD Firearms & Range hosted a Sportsmen / Second Amendment roundtable with Eric Trump. Leaders from across Ohio, representing the state's leading Second Amendment and sportsmen organizations, were invited. LEPD owners Eric Delbert, Phil Delbert and Lori Delbert were most gracious hosts.

    Attendees included: Dean Rieck, Executive Director, representing Buckeye Firearms Association (BFA); BFA Vice President Linda Walker representing the NRA; BFA Sportsmen Leader Larry Moore, and Jim Irvine, Buckeye Firearms Foundation Chairman.

    Other attendees included Paul Brooks (President, League of Ohio Sportsmen); Tim Inwood (Clinton County Republican Party Executive Chairman and Ohio Gun Collectors Director); Jim Samuel (Capitol Integrity Group and well-known sportsman); Amanda Suffecool (Eye on the Target radio host); Tom Vorisek (Vorisek Financial Corporation and well-known sportsman); Doug Deeken (Wayne County Republican Chairman and Ohioans for Concealed Carry); Bob Paduchik (Senior Advisor for Labor and Law Endorcement Engagement for Donald Trump's 2020 campaign); Matthew Brasseaux (Director of Targeted Engagement Trump for Victory); Clayton Henson (Regional Director Trump for Victory); Gene Goodwin (Past National President National Wild Turkey Federation); David Kesler (Attorney with Haynes Kessler Myers & Postalakis); Mike Budzik (member of the Trump Administration Hunting and Shooting Advisory Council).

    After brief introductions, Eric Trump provide an overview of his Second Amendment, shooting sports and hunting experiences. He explained, "This is a real commitment for my family. I started shooting at age five. I grew up hunting with my Grandfather in New York state. This is our lifestyle - a way of life."

    (For more on Eric Trump see my interview with him from 2016.)

    He summed up the critical achievements of the Trump Administration noting, "The Trump Administration has appointed 189 federal judges and 52 federal appellate court judges. This means that 29% of the current appellate court judges are Trump appointees. These are younger conservative judges who may serve for thirty-plus years. There will be two, and possibly three, more Supreme Court judges appointed in the next four years."

    The discussion was a true roundtable with participants providing questions and feedback. Trump was at ease with the group and readily engaged on each topic. It was a significant list of today's important Second Amendment issues including:

    • Public land access for hunting, fishing and trapping.
    • On base firearms carry for military personnel.
    • Red Flag laws.
    • NFA weapons, veteran ownership and inheritance.
    • National concealed carry.
    • Protecting and promoting the Second Amendment.

    Trump provided feedback on each topic. He concluded, "It all comes down to trusting society. We are not the people causing the problems. We cannot put the government in charge of morality. Our family may be attacked more than probably anyone. Red flag laws scare the hell out of me. We must fight like hell for the Second Amendment!"

    Trump, along with the LEPD owners, left for some quick range time. The group, led by Paduchik, Brasseaux and Henson, discussed strategies for a victory in November. There is no magic wand for victory. It is hard work requiring every gun owner to be engaged.

    Getting the vote out is always the key factor. That effort begins with voter registration. Every gun owner should work to register new voters who will support the Second Amendment. We can ensure they get to the polls or, better yet, vote early and get their vote "in the bank."

    Paduchik cautioned, "We hear stories of people signing up through some voter registration effort but when they show up at the polls they are not registered. If anyone signs up through a group, make sure you know that group. Some groups do not follow through and submit the paperwork. Others may actually cull voters who don't agree with their organization."

    The bottom line is gun-owners and sportsmen must own the 2020 election. Quite simply the future of the country we love and our way of life depends on what we do now for a victory in November!

    If you would like to find out more about volunteer campaign and voter registration efforts, click here.  

    Outdoor writer and hunter education instructor Larry S. Moore is a long-time volunteer leader for Buckeye Firearms Foundation and winner of the 2005 USSA Patriot Award, the 2007 League of Ohio Sportsmen/Ohio Wildlife Federation Hunter Educator of the Year and the 2010 National Wild Turkey Federation/ Women in the Outdoors Hunter Education Instructor of the Year.

  • Two gun rights-related bills to receive hearings in Senate committee

    Jan 20, 2020 | 12:00 pm

    Two gun rights-related bills to receive hearings in Senate committee

    Gun ban extremists are sure to be out in full force in Columbus on Tuesday, January 21.

    Senator William Coley (R-4), who chairs the Government Oversight and Reform Committee, has announced that opponent testimony will be heard on Sen. Terry Johnson's (R) SB 237 (Remove Duty to Retreat).

    The hearing will be held on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 3:15 p.m. in the South Hearing Room.

    SB 237 REMOVE DUTY TO RETREAT (JOHNSON, T.)
    To enact the Ohio Duty to Retreat Act to modify the law regarding self-defense and remove the duty to retreat.

    Buckeye Firearms Association has endorsed this important piece of legislation and urges its passage.

    Chairman Coley's committee will also hear SB 182, a bill which seeks to prohibit military-aged adults less than 21 years of age from exercising their Second Amendment rights.

    SB 182 FIREARM PURCHASES (THOMAS, C., LEHNER, P.)
    To raise the minimum age to purchase a firearm to age 21 and to increase the penalty for improperly furnishing firearms to an underage person.

    Buckeye Firearms Association opposes this anti-gun rights legislation.

    For a complete list of bills we are monitoring in the Ohio legislature, click here.

    Chad D. Baus served as Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary from 2013-2019. He is co-founder of BFA-PAC, and served as its Vice Chairman for 15 years. He is the editor of BuckeyeFirearms.org, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website, and is also an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

  • Active Killer Response Options for Armed Citizens

    Jan 17, 2020 | 12:00 pm

    Active Killer Response Options for Armed Citizens

    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about active killer events. I’m convinced that it is getting incrementally more and more dangerous to intervene in such an attack. A study came out ... stating that 8% of Americans have a CCW permit/license. Unlicensed concealed carry is also completely legal in 16 states. Those residents can carry without getting a permit.

    The bottom line is that a lot of Americans are carrying guns. We’ve seen yearly increases in carry permits averaging more than a million new permits each year for several years now. That’s great news. But it also might make an active killer intervention more dangerous. At every large public crime scene, there is a good chance that there will be several armed people. You may not be the only player on the game board.

    When someone starts killing people and you whip your pistol out to engage, there are likely to be other armed people in the crowd. Have you thought about how those folks will perceive your actions? Will they mistake you for the killer? The cops are coming quickly as well. Have you considered that they might shoot you by mistake?

    I’ve talked to lots of my students and readers lately. All of them are good people who want to do the right thing. Many of them have heroic ideas about how they might stop such a killing. I’m glad they are willing to risk their lives to save others. I fear that they haven’t really evaluated the dangers associated with an intervention.

    You are a single person armed with your normal concealed carry pistol. You are going up against an unknown threat. It may be a single deranged teen armed with a revolver. It might be 10-15 terrorists armed with assault rifles and explosives. You have no body armor, radio communications, or friends with guns. What is your response?

    Don’t think this through casually. This is a very important question to answer. This isn’t the movies, and your name isn’t John McClain. The odds here SUCK! You are fighting an opponent who may tremendously outnumber you and likely has superior weaponry. The way I see it, you have three response options. Let’s brainstorm those options as I provide a “choose your own adventure” checklist of things to consider for each one...

    Option 1- Get Out

    This is going to be the safest option.  Use your firearm to safely cover your own (and, if present, your family’s) escape.

    You aren’t under an obligation to protect anyone but yourself and your family. Getting out is the safest thing you can do and I would never speak badly about someone who chose that option.

    I once had a student in a scenario class who ran out of the scenario when he had a clear option to shoot the bad guy and save some lives. I asked him why he left and he said:

    “My gun is for me. Those people had the same opportunity I did to seek high level defensive training and carry their own weapon. The chose to sit around and watch TV instead.  Why should I risk my life for them?”

    “Not my people.  Not my problem.”  That’s a pretty powerful statement that most of the “sheepdogs” need to think about.

    If you do choose the escape option, you will also need to decide the following:

    – Am I going to get in my car and leave the scene, or stay around and help?

    – Do I have any supplies or knowledge that would allow me to help other survivors outside?

    – Do I have any vital intelligence (details about the terrorists location, weapons, or numbers) that I should communicate to law enforcement?

    – As I escape, should I keep my gun in hand, or hidden?

    – Am I wearing clothing or footwear that might hamper my escape?

    – What’s the best way out?  Have you considered that in a terrorist attack the terrorists could be set up at exit points to shoot fleeing hostages?  Did you consider that it might be safer to leave through a lesser used back door?  Do you know where ALL the exits are located in every public place you visit?

    Option 2- Assist as many people out of the area as possible

    In the most recent Kenyan terrorist incident, the armed man above (a former Irish Ranger defense contractor) made multiple trips back into the mall in order to escort hostages outside and provide medical aid.  He used his pistol to engage the terrorists when necessary to defend himself and the hostages he was trying to protect.

    This is an option that appeals to many of my readers.  It is an incredibly heroic and dangerous act.  If you choose to do this, here are some things to consider...

    – Are you going to make entry and exit from the same location every time?  How do you avoid getting locked out when the terrorists secure the doors?

    – Do you actually have the physical stamina to pull this off?

    – How do you attract the attention of the hidden hostages without also attracting the attention of the terrorists?

    – Gun in hand or gun hidden?  How will that affect the hostages view of you?  How do you ensure you are not shot by another CCW permit holder or off duty cop that you are trying to rescue?  How do you differentiate yourself from the terrorists?

    – Triage- Do you carry out the severely wounded or concentrate on getting a larger number of “walking wounded” out instead?

    – When do you know when it is getting too dangerous to continue?  You aren’t any good to anyone if you are dead.   Under what criteria would you cease action?

    – Some folks carry long guns and “active shooter bags” in their vehicles for events like this.  In most active killer situations, there is no time to get them.  In a few situations, there is time.  Would you take the time to go get your kit. or would you maximize the number of casualties you can evacuate in the given time period while armed with what you are currently carrying?

    Option 3- Go Hunting

    Law enforcement response to an active killer attack is now focused on finding and neutralizing the killer. Helping victims is great, but stopping the killer from creating more victims is a more valuable strategy.

    You could take your CCW piece and make entry with the intent of stopping the killing.  In a standard active killer attack with a single offender, there is a pretty good chance you will be successful if you know what you are doing.  In a large scale terrorist attack  you would face almost certain death given the odds.  But if you survived you’d have a greater chance of stopping the killing.  Would you consider it?  Big risks, big rewards.  If you go hunting, think about these things…

    – Your pistol isn’t a good choice against rifles.  Can you kill a terrorist and take his rifle?  That would help your odds of survival, but it also causes some problems.  What if a cop or CCW permit holder sees you?  Are you likely to be mistaken for a terrorist?  How do you avoid that problem?

    – Where do you start?  Do you work towards the sound of gunfire or set up an ambush?  Do you work from the top down or bottom up?  How do you move between locations without being spotted or shot?  Remember, in a terrorist attack, the terrorists are also likely to be in control of any security video feeds as well.

    – The movements of large amounts of people to conceal your own movements?  What about distractions like smoke (fire extinguishers) or noise (fire alarms)?  Would they help and how would you generate them?

    – How do you deal with barricaded belt fed machine guns with only your pistol or rifle?  A large fire hose might work better.  Have you considered using that?

    – Do you know how to avoid booby traps and explosives?  Would you mark those that you encounter to help other responders?

    – Would you notify cops that you were going in?  Would you maintain communications with police as you act?  If so, how?

    – Do you have contingency plans for if you are overwhelmed or pinned down?  How do you decide when it is too dangerous to continue? What is your exit strategy?

    The more I personally consider my options, the more I gravitate towards a combination of option one and option two.  It would be exceptionally rare that I would go hunting.  The guys who are paid to do that (and who are armed with long guns, have radios, wear body armor, and have lots of friends) are going to be on scene in a few minutes.  I’m going to let them focus on finding and killing the attacker.

    I would get myself out, taking as many other folks out with me as possible.  I would keep my gun holstered, but keep my hand on it as I got everyone I could outside.  If I encountered a killer and he posed a threat to me, I’d shoot him. 

    If, on my way out, I stumble across an easy shot on one or more of the killers, I’ll take it.  Other than those two scenarios, my gun is going to stay hidden and I’m going to get out.  That’s my personal choice.  It may or may not be good advice for you.

    These are some hard options from which to choose.  None of them are wrong.  I urge my readers to think about these things in advance to better prepare if such an event happens here.  Which option would you select?

    Greg Ellifritz is the full time firearms and defensive tactics training officer for a central Ohio police department. He holds instructor or master instructor certifications in more than 75 different weapon systems, defensive tactics programs and police specialty areas. Greg has a master's degree in Public Policy and Management and is an instructor for both the Ohio Peace Officer's Training Academy and the Tactical Defense Institute.

    For more information or to contact Greg, visit his training site at Active Response Training.

  • Should I Leave the Scene of a Defensive Shooting?

    Jan 16, 2020 | 12:00 pm

    Should I Leave the Scene of a Defensive Shooting?

    I received the following question from one of my readers:

    “I have discussed ‘what to do’ after a successful ‘stop the threat’ shoot. Some have said that they would leave the scene rather than be subjected to the legal hassle, or additional danger, (depending on the circumstances). Please give me your advice on their reasoning.”

    I was honestly quite shocked at this one.  Are there really people out there advocating leaving the scene of a defensive shooting to “avoid a legal hassle?”  As unbelievable as it may seem, there obviously are such people.  Let’s set the record straight…

    To start with, it is a categorically bad idea to leave the scene of a shooting to avoid legal repercussions.  Lawyers have a saying: “Flight equals guilt.”  It’s true.  Who flees a shooting scene?  The criminals do.  When you flee, you will automatically be considered a criminal, even if your shooting was completely justified.  If you did the right thing, why would you have to flee?

    The entire purpose of fleeing the scene of a shooting is to avoid any type of legal entanglement.  Even if you shoot a criminal in a deserted location, there’s a good chance someone witnessed the shooting.  Cops solve gang shootings every day, even when the shooter flees.  Someone probably saw you, or even worse, videotaped you, as you fired the shots.  When the cops start poking around and asking questions, the witnesses often give us excellent descriptions of shooters.  There’s a good chance your identity won’t be hidden for long.

    Cops will check traffic cameras, business surveillance cameras, and residential theft protection camera footage from the area of the shooting.  Are you certain you avoided all those cameras?  If not, your photo will be circulating on the evening TV news before long.

    Besides the witnesses, you also have to deal with the challenges of defeating the forensic investigation.  Did you pick up all your shell casings?  If not, we’ll get fingerprints.  Did you leave a cigarette butt at the scene?  The cops will gather it and submit it for a DNA test.  Did you leave your own DNA on your attacker’s clothing or under his fingernails?  Forensic science is getting extremely advanced.  You may flee, but there is a better than average chance (depending on the police department investigating and the circumstances of the shooting) that the cops will get some evidence that can track you down.

    Your chances of avoiding a legal hassle by fleeing are very small.  In fact, fleeing will likely only create a bigger hassle for you in the future.  Stay on the scene if you shoot someone in self defense.  Call the police.  Victims who are attacked call the police for help.  Criminals who illegally shoot someone flee.  Even if that isn’t 100% true, that’s how the jurors who will be trying the case will judge your actions.

    There are only two situations where I would not stay at the scene after a defensive shooting….

    The first is if staying until the police arrived would create a situation that is hazardous to me.  If I shoot a guy and his five buddies are still on the scene (and now even more irate since I shot their friend), I probably wouldn’t stick around.  I would get myself to a safe place and call the police from there.  The cops/jury will understand your flight in that instance as long as you call them as soon as it is feasible for you to do so.

    The second situation is if I had to shoot someone in a third world country where I don’t think that I would be given a fair trial (or maybe even any kind of trial at all).  If I’m facing a lynch mob for shooting a local, I won’t be sticking around.  When I think of it, situation two is really pretty similar to situation one.  If it isn’t safe to stay on the scene, don’t stay on the scene.  But if you are in the USA or some other developed country where the police actually investigate crimes, you had better call the cops as soon as you get to safety.

    I should give you one other piece of advice.  Call your attorney as soon as possible.  Don’t answer any detailed police questions about the event until you’ve spoken to your legal representative.

    I highly recommend two books for further explanation of this issue and all of the other issues that are involved in a defensive shooting.  First, pick up Mas Ayoob’s Deadly Force: Understanding Your Right to Self Defense.  Once you understand the concepts it contains, move on to Andrew Branca’s The Law of Self Defense.  Both books should be considered required reading for anyone who carries a gun for self protection.

    Greg Ellifritz is the full time firearms and defensive tactics training officer for a central Ohio police department. He holds instructor or master instructor certifications in more than 75 different weapon systems, defensive tactics programs and police specialty areas. Greg has a master's degree in Public Policy and Management and is an instructor for both the Ohio Peace Officer's Training Academy and the Tactical Defense Institute.

    For more information or to contact Greg, visit his training site at Active Response Training.

  • Growing the Second Amendment Community Through Gaming

    Jan 15, 2020 | 12:00 pm

    Growing the Second Amendment Community Through Gaming

    The future of the Second Amendment depends on changing hearts and minds in America and bringing more people to gun ownership and the shooting sports.

    When asked how we do that, most people suggest youth programs at shooting ranges. But as great as these programs are, statistics show that they may not have the lasting impact we would like without support from a young person's circle of friends.

    So what do we do?

    First, we need to stop trying to make the next generation of gun owners be carbon copies of "us." People get involved in activities for their own unique reasons, and if someone starts shooting, hunting, carrying, or collecting for reasons different from ours, we should be okay with that.

    For example, many people get into hunting because it is a family tradition. But some of today's new hunters may not care about tradition as much as they do finding a source of healthy, locally-sourced, non genetically modified food. So they have different motivations, but the end result of more hunters is the same.

    Second, we need to be open to new ideas because ultimately we can't "force" anyone to change their mind. We can't argue people into being pro-gun. People change their mind when they're ready and when it makes sense to them.

    And one of these new ideas is reaching out to people playing games. It's called "2AGaming" and it's the brainchild of Andrew Gottlieb, Director of Outreach with the Second Amendment Foundation.

    Here's an email we recently received from Andrew explaining his idea:

    What is 2AGaming?

    2AGaming is an outreach program by the Second Amendment Foundation with the goal to grow the Second Amendment Community.

    We plan to reach out to gamers in general, especially those who play games that focus on guns.

    For the future of our rights, we need these people to not feel like they should be quiet about things they do and enjoy just because they involve guns. 

    We also want to reach out to people who don't know anything about guns outside of the games they play so we can get our message across that guns are not evil and can be used responsibly. 

    Why is 2AGaming a big deal?

    Video games are incredibly popular. They are also one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States. 

    For a lot of people, video games are their first and only interaction with firearms. 

    Video games involving some sort of firearm (fictional or realistic) are some of the most popular, especially with the younger generations.

    Most gamers tend to be more active politically. The number of people who play those games involving firearms and vote is almost 48 million. That's almost 35% of the people who voted in the last election.

    We can take that first interaction with firearms and turn it into a trip to the range with friends and a new hobby. We can educate younger generations on safety and where their rights come from. Most importantly we can help shift the political culture in the United States to one that does not fear guns but embraces them.

    How can I support 2AGaming?

    We need as many people as we can to follow and share so that we can grow the Pro-2A movement.

    Following on Facebook, Twitch, and Mixer is the 1st step.

    We will be posting weekly schedules of when we will be live but make sure to turn on notifications. All 3 platforms even have a free mobile app.

    Come watch the streams and engage with us. We want to hear your opinions and questions too!

    Together we can grow the community and protect the Second Amendment.

    Follow 2AGaming on Facebook

    Follow 2AGaming on Twitch

    Follow 2AGaming on Mixer

    Donate To The Project

    If you aren't into gaming, what about your kids or grandkids? Share this 2AGaming idea with them and see if they're interested.

    For what it's worth, I got into firearms because I grew up as a computer and gadget guy. No one in my family had much interest in guns, but I enjoyed shooting games. The fun I had with games later translated into the fun I had at a shooting range during a safety class. And that lead me to bullseye and 30-meter air pistol competition, which opened my mind to concepts like self-defense and concealed carry.

    Also, my background in sales and marketing taught me that the best way to connect with people is to start with what the other person is already interested in. If 48 million voters are interested in shooting games, that sounds like a pretty good group of people to start talking to.

    Dean Rieck is Executive Director of Buckeye Firearms Association, a former competitive shooter, NRA Patron Member, #1 NRA Recruiter for 2013, business owner and partner with Second Call Defense.

  • Get your tickets NOW for the Buckeye Bash gun show and fundraising banquet

    Jan 14, 2020 | 12:00 pm

    Get your tickets NOW for the Buckeye Bash gun show and fundraising banquet

    The 2020 Buckeye Bash is a sponsored gun show with Dinner, Auctions, and TONS O' GUNS!

    We're holding the festivities at the Villa Milano Banquet & Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, April 4, 5-9 p.m.

    Get your tickets now and enjoy a great meal. Bid on guns, gear, and a wide assortment of merchandise, including household goods, artwork, collectibles, knives, jewelry and more in our live and silent auctions!

    Plus we're once again running our popular TONS O' GUNS raffle game. We'll have several tables full of guns on display courtesy of Black Wing Shooting Center, including an assortment of rifles, shotguns, pistols, and revolvers.

    You can also enter other popular raffles to win guns and great prizes.

    WATCH THIS VIDEO:

    Tickets: $50 Earlybird / $55 starting March 1, 2020
    Sponsorships: $100 per person (VIP seating)
    Passes available for private reception at $250 each

    CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS AND TO BUY YOUR TICKETS

    The Buckeye Bash offers lots of ways to have fun, win guns and other prizes, and support our 501(c)(3) charitable Foundation, which funds litigation, education, youth shoots, grants, the FASTER Saves Lives teacher training program, and more.

    Tons O’ Guns - At just $20 per entry, you can play all evening. For each entry, pick a playing card and tear it in half. Put half in the bucket and keep the other half. When all the cards in the deck are taken, we’ll draw a card. If you have the matching half, you win! Tell us which gun you want and it’s yours!

    Evil Black Rifle Raffle - Have you heard about those evil black rifles that gun grabbers call "assault" weapons? Well, we'll have a premium one on display. Just buy your tickets, throw them in the bucket, and we'll announce the winner at the end of the evening.

    Heads or Tails - Buy red, white, and blue mardi gras necklaces and get ready for fun. Guess heads or tails as the auctioneer flips a coin. Get it right and stay in the game. Get it wrong and sit down OR take off one necklace to continue playing. We keep going until there’s a winner for the big prize!

    Ammo Cans / Bucket Raffle - It’s the best value of the evening. Buy as many ammo cans as you want at $50 each. Inside each can is $150 worth of strip tickets for the bucket raffle (30 tickets total). Drop tickets into the buckets for a chance to win guns and other prizes. Keep the ammo can as your bonus gift. But hurry! The ammo cans sell out lightning fast every year!

    Grab-n-Go - Hey, not everything has to be a game. We have a pile of cool items you can just buy for yourself. Everything is $1, $5, or $10. Pony up the bucks and it’s yours right now. But don’t sit on your hands. These items are popular and priced to move. Grab ‘em while the grabbin’ is good because when they’re gone, they’re gone.

    Silent Auction - We have a wide variety of items displayed on the tables, from guns to grills to hunting gear to patriotic home decor, we have a little of everything. Walk around, find what you want, and write your bid on the sheet. Someone is going to win and it could be you!

    Live Auction - Bid against your fellow patriots for firearms and other premium items. Just raise your hand in response to the auctioneer. We’ll have all the items on display in front of the stage throughout the evening so you can get a close-up look and plan your bidding strategy.

    Don't miss the fun and fellowship at this year's Buckeye Bash. Get your tickets today!

    Tickets: $50 Earlybird / $55 starting March 1, 2019
    Sponsorships: $100 per person (VIP seating)
    Passes available for private reception at $250 each

    CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS AND TO BUY YOUR TICKETS

 

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