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  • BFA-PAC endorses several candidates in 2019 elections

    Oct 21, 2019 | 11:00 am

    BFA-PAC endorses several candidates in 2019 elections

    Buckeye Firearms Association has endorsed several candidates for the November 5, 2019 general election.

    While all the media attention is on presidential candidates, many of whom will drop off before a primary, and whose general election is over a year away, we are focused on what matters to you: Endorsed candidates who need your support to win in a few weeks.

    Let’s start with endorsed judicial candidates:

    Josh Berkowitz – Hamilton County
    Mike Peck – Hamilton County
    Matthew George – Licking County

    No matter what law we pass, it does not matter if we don’t have good judges to enforce the law. See our lawsuits against Cincinnati and Columbus for two ongoing examples. Judges are “non-partisan” races, so the (R)/(D) party affiliation do not appear on the ballot. You need to know your candidates.

    We have also seen how important city council has become with some cities violating state law to illegally restrict your rights and many other city councils passing laws to allow license holders to carry firearms in government buildings. These elections really matter.

    Mark Messer – City of Lebanon

    If your city has council members up for election/re-election – find out if they support or have passed resolutions allowing CHLs to carry in city buildings. Support those who support your rights.

    Our 2019 local races are listed on our website.

    We may still endorse more candidates, so check back before you vote.

    Early voting is already underway. Make sure your vote is counted, and your like-minded friends/family/co-workers know about endorsed candidates in your area.

    Jim Irvine is BFA-PAC Chairman, recipient of the NRA-ILA's 2011 Jay M. Littlefield Volunteer of the Year Award, CCRKBA's 2012 Gun Rights Defender of the Year Award and the Second Amendment Foundation's 2019 Distinguished Service Award.

  • FASTER Saves Lives to be featured on Shooting USA

    Oct 18, 2019 | 11:00 am

    FASTER Saves Lives to be featured on Shooting USA

    On Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 9 pm on the Outdoor Channel, Shooting USA will air a 20-minute special on our Foundation's FASTER Saves Lives program.

    Created by concerned parents, law enforcement, and nationally-recognized safety and medical experts, FASTER Saves Lives is a groundbreaking, nonprofit program that gives educators practical violence response training.

    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.

    Mark your calendar and watch this special episode of Shooting USA. 

  • 2A Election Workshop on November 14 at Cabela's

    Oct 17, 2019 | 11:00 am

    2A Election Workshop on November 14 at Cabela's

    Fighting gun control and protecting our Constitutional rights begins with electing pro-gun candidates who will be our advocates.

    Showing up on election day and voting for good people is important. But given how radical some of the left-leaning candidates are becoming, calling for gun bans and outright gun confiscation, we need to dramatically up our game in this election.

    Beto O'Rourke, one of the left's favorites, recently revealed the true agenda when he proclaimed, "Hell, yes, we're going to take your AR-15."

    Make no mistake, the left is out there organizing right now. They're motivating their base to elect a gun-grabbing President and put freedom-hating Senators, Representatives, and others in office who will champion efforts to infringe on our rights at every turn, at the national, state, and local level.

    So we need to do more than just vote. We need to make sure ALL GUN OWNERS VOTE.

    If ever there was a time for patriots to answer the call, that time is NOW!

    Attend this short, 2-hour workshop to discover what YOU can do to help motivate Ohio's 4 million gun owners to show up at the polls on election day so our rights are represented and our voices are heard loud and clear.

    WHEN
    Thursday, November 14, 2019
    6:30 PM to 8:30 PM EST

    NOTE: If you can't attend on this date, but still want to help, contact us. We'll put you in touch with election volunteer coordinators.

    WHERE
    Cabela's
    1650 Gemini Place
    Columbus, OH 43240

    Representatives from the Trump Campaign and NRA-ILA will show you how to play a key role in the upcoming 2020 election. 

    • Promote voter registration to fellow gun owners.
    • Encourage other freedom-loving Ohioans to get out and vote.
    • Hand out literature on behalf of pro-gun candidates.
    • And much more!

    It's easier and more fun than you might think. Some of it you can do from the comfort of your own home during times convenient for you. Everything you need will be provided.

    You can choose to do as much or as little as you like. Pick the grassroots efforts that interest you most. No special skills are needed.

    Best of all, all the election activities will focus on motivating pro-gun, pro-freedom gun owners just like you. You will NOT be asked to confront anyone or change their minds.

    This is a vital election. The future of gun rights hangs in the balance. The America of tomorrow depends entirely on the action we take today.

    CLICK HERE to register for this special workshop FREE.

    Bring your wife, husband, kids, or friends. Just make sure you are willing to make a difference and change the course of history. Attendence is strictly limited to 40 participants.

    See you there!

    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.

  • NSSF Welcomes Federal Court’s Dismissal of Case Against Firearms Manufacturers

    Oct 16, 2019 | 19:00 pm

    NSSF Welcomes Federal Court’s Dismissal of Case Against Firearms Manufacturers

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) welcomes the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio Eastern Division’s dismissal with prejudice of the Primus Group v. Smith & Wesson, et. al. case. The decision was delivered Oct. 9, brushing aside the frivolous claims against several AR-15 firearms manufacturers, including Smith & Wesson, Remington Arms Company, Sig Sauer, Sturm, Ruger & Company, Colt’s Manufacturing and Armalite.

    “This decision by the federal judge to dismiss with prejudice this frivolous case is pleasing, if not unexpected,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs and General Counsel. “These are lawful and federally-regulated AR-15 modern sporting rifle manufacturers that make semiautomatic rifles for lawful purposes. The judge was absolutely correct to assert that the proper venue to establish public firearms policy is through the legislature and not the courts.”

    Primus Group, LLC, is an entertainment venue in Columbus, Ohio. The limited liability company filed suit after the tragic murders in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio. They claimed racketeering, intentional misrepresentation claims and “a clear and present danger” of all American lives due to “assault weapons.” The modern sporting rifles manufactured and sold by the companies named as defendants are semiautomatic rifles, meaning one round is fired for each trigger pull.

    The court found the plaintiffs had no standing to bring the case against the defendants. This decision rightfully asserts that those who purposefully and criminally misuse firearms are the ones who are responsible for those crimes. It further affirms that activist lawsuits to prompt judicial action are not the proper avenue to establish policy.

    About NSSF
    The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.

  • NINE months since NJ magazine ban; ZERO magazines surrendered

    Oct 16, 2019 | 11:00 am

    NINE months since NJ magazine ban; ZERO magazines surrendered

    NJ.com reported recently that a New Jersey law banning "large-capacity" magazines, which went into effect nearly nine months ago, has resulted in exactly ZERO magazines surrendered to New Jersey State Police.

    From the article:

    When New Jersey’s ban on large-capacity gun magazines went into effect last December, it forced gun owners to make a decision.

    Should they turn the magazines over to law enforcement? Should they modify them into compliance? Should they sell them to authorized owners or store them in another state?

    Or simply ignore the law which banned magazines that have more than 10 rounds?

    There are about one million gun owners in the state, which translates into a huge number of magazines.

    The fact is, the state government has absolutely NO idea how many magazines there are in the state. And judging by the response of the citizenry, they're not going to find out any time soon. Again from the article:

    As the state’s largest gun group challenges the constitutionality of the law, gun owners have had to get creative with how they abide by the law.

    Some gun owners have buried their large-capacity magazines in their backyard or behind sheetrock in their garage, said Eric Rebels, a local gun rights activist and owner of GunSitters, a secure firearms storage system company.

    Others are opting to store them away from their homes.

    ...

    Gun stores are legally allowed to store the banned magazines, but they cannot sell them.

    The one thing Rebels said gun owners are not doing is handing their large-capacity magazines over to law enforcement, one of the choices state officials encouraged when the law went into effect.

    A New Jersey State Police spokesman said not a single large-capacity magazine has been turned in since the law went into effect nearly nine months ago.

    A spokesperson from the NJ Attorney General's office is quoted as saying they don't know if a single person has been charged with using or possessing a large-capacity magazine in the nine months since the ban went into effect.

    Scott Bach, the executive director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, the organization who is challenging the constitutionality of the law, is quoted as saying “the law is mistargeted. It is not at all surprising to me (that no one has turned them over to State Police). Why would you turn in property you paid money for when a government has banned it when there is a lawsuit challenging it that could take a few years?”

    Bach said his organization plans to appeal their case up to the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary.

    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.

  • Dayton Dollar General employee defends self and staff from armed robber

    Oct 15, 2019 | 19:00 pm

    Dayton Dollar General employee defends self and staff from armed robber

    Ohio media are reporting that an employee at a Dayton-area Dollar General was able to use a gun to defend his own life and that of several employees after a man pointed a gun at them during an attempted robbery.

    From the article:

    Witnesses at the Dollar General told investigators that a person entered the store, revealed a handgun and then demanded money from the cash register, Hall said.

    A worker, who was not working at the cash register, was armed and confronted Rappley.

    Witnesses said that he pointed the gun at employees, Hall said.

    ...

    In a 911 call, a man told dispatchers that a man with a gun attempted to rob him at the store.

    “He pointed a gun at me,” the caller said. “I had a firearm on me. I pulled my firearm and I shot him in self defense.”

    The caller also said that the suspect “shot back,” but it is not clear how many shots were fire during the incident.

    The suspect, who is now deceased, has since been identified as Roosevelt Rappley, 23, of Dayton.

    Rappley was known to police, said Lt. Jason Hall.

    “The deceased did have a pending weapons charge that was waiting to move forward,” he said. “Right now we are looking into the possibility of this individual may have been involved in several other commercial robberies.”

    Dollar General is wisely refusing to answer media inquiries about their safety procedures, and police are correctly noting that the employee was not legally required to have a concealed handgun license to carry on company property:

    Dollar General did not confirm or deny if employees were allowed to carry firearms, but did say that they have “a number of safety and security procedures.”

    “To protect the integrity of these measures, we do not comment on them specifically,” said a statement issued by the company. “We are continuing to review the circumstance surrounding this evening's events in Dayton, Ohio, and are cooperating with local authorities in their investigation.”

    Because Dollar General is considered private property, the employee did not need a CCW, said Hall.

    “As far the as the employee at Dollar General, he was legally possessing a weapon,” he said. “He was on private property at his place of employment.”

    Police said that the Gettysburg store has been robbed four times this year.

    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.

  • Op-Ed: Ohio group asks SCOTUS to reel in bureaucratic control in brief over bump stocks

    Oct 15, 2019 | 11:00 am

    Op-Ed: Ohio group asks SCOTUS to reel in bureaucratic control in brief over bump stocks

    A free-market think tank based in Ohio is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to prevent unelected bureaucrats from redefining laws and enforcing them in a way that is different from the intent of the U.S. Congress.

    The Buckeye Institute made this request through an amicus brief filed with the court regarding a case over the bump stock ban put in place by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). An amicus brief is a letter to a court on behalf of an interested party that is not directly involved in the litigation.

    ...

    After a person used a bump stock to kill 58 people at a Las Vegas music festival in 2017, many in the public called for a federal ban. President Donald Trump issued a memorandum that instructed ATF to ban the weapons by classifying them as machine guns, which the agency did.

    The ATF is being sued by several firearms groups in Guedes v. ATF. The plaintiffs claim that the ATF arbitrarily changed the previous understanding of the law and that this violates the separation of powers because only Congress has the ability to write or amend legislation.

    "Guedes v. ATF applies well beyond the Second Amendment, and – if this practice is not reversed – would allow unelected government bureaucrats to define and create new crimes without the approval of Congress and in violation of the Constitution," Robert Alt, the president of The Buckeye Institute, said in a news release. "Making something a crime is an awesome responsibility, and the Constitution is clear that doing so falls to our democratically-elected Congress, not unelected bureaucrats in agencies set up to enforce the laws.

    "The Buckeye Institute calls on the U.S. Supreme Court to recognize that the rule of lenity – which requires courts to interpret vaguely worded criminal law in favor of defendants – must be the grounds on which this case is decided."

    Click here to read the entire op-ed at TheCenterSquare.com.

    Related Articles:

    Area law enforcement and ATF in OH/MI unaware of a single bump stock turned into their offices

    Buckeye Firearms Foundation Wins Legal Battle Against Cincinnati over Bump Stock Ban

  • Ohio to Purchase 31,000 Acres for Conservation and Recreation

    Oct 14, 2019 | 19:00 pm

    Ohio to Purchase 31,000 Acres for Conservation and Recreation

    Buckeye Firearms Association leaders have worked with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and with the Sportsman's Alliance "Protect What's Right" campaign to get money in Ohio's budget to purchase land for sportsmen and upgrade public ranges. This is just a small part of our ongoing and comprehensive mission to both protect and advance Second Amendment rights. Click here to see some of the things BFA did last year.

    Governor Mike DeWine recently announced the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and American Electric Power (AEP) have reached an agreement that will secure more than 31,000 acres of public land in perpetuity for conservation and outdoor recreation. The land is in Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, and Guernsey counties in eastern Ohio and will be acquired in parcels over the next two years.

    "This is an historic addition to Ohio's public lands," said Governor Mike DeWine. "With this acquisition, we ensure that all of our citizens and future generations will continue to enjoy this scenic area and its resources."

    The area has long been a popular destination for hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking. The property has 24 continuous miles of the Buckeye Trail traversing the area and includes 350 lakes and ponds and six campgrounds. It adjoins the existing Jesse Owens State Park.

    ODNR’s most recent purchase was completed on September 27th for 4,213 acres. The additional 31,443 acres will be acquired in six installments starting March 2020. Combined with ODNR’s initial purchase of 5,713 acres in June 2018, a total of 41,369 acres of the land will be in public possession within two years. The State of Ohio also has the option to purchase 18,500 more acres in the area by June 2023, which could bring the total close to 60,000 acres.

    Funding for the project comes from $47 million in capital improvement funds appropriated in July by the Ohio General Assembly through House Bill 166.  Additionally, more than 180 different local Ohio conservation and sportsmen clubs have pledged money and support toward the purchase.

    "We are pleased to have played a part in this effort to make sure public lands stay available to Ohioans," said Dean Rieck, Executive Director of Buckeye Firearms Association. "It shows what can happen when gun owners and sportsmen work together for a common cause. This land will play a key role in the lives of countless thousands of families for generations to come."

    The Division of Wildlife has had a management agreement on the land since 1962. Over these 57 years, the Division of Wildlife has provided law enforcement and fish and wildlife management on the property. This acquisition will guarantee outdoor enthusiasts continue to have access to the land now and in the future.

  • The Beto "Hell Yes" AR-15 Raffle - $2,875 Prize Package

    Oct 14, 2019 | 10:00 am

    The Beto "Hell Yes" AR-15 Raffle - $2,875 Prize Package

    *** TICKET SALES CLOSED ***

    Disappointed that you didn't get here fast enough to buy a ticket? We recommend that you 1) make sure you're subscribed to our weekly newsletter and 2) make sure that your subscription account includes your full address. We generally send raffle alerts to our list of Ohio residents only.

    >>> Click here to sign up for our newsletter and be notified of our next raffle.

    If you're already subscribed, find the last newsletter or alert you have from us. Click the "Update Profile" link at the very bottom of the email and follow the directions to add your address information.

    ONLY OHIO RESIDENTS 21 OR OLDER MAY ENTER

    NOTE: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO "LOG IN" TO BUY TICKETS. There are NO physical tickets for this raffle. You will NOT get a number at the time of your purchase. We will randomly assign ticket numbers AFTER ALL 1,000 TICKETS HAVE BEEN SOLD or after raffle ticket sales are closed and provide these numbers to participants before the drawing.

    Dear Mr. "Beto" Francis O'Rourke, 

    At a recent presidential debate, you proclaimed your support for mandatory firearm confiscation, saying, "Hell, yes, we're going to take your AR-15."  We've known all along that this has been the goal for gun control advocates like you. So, thank you for finally admitting it.

    Well, guess what Francis? There are millions of law-abiding Americans who believe in something called the Second Amendment. And not only are we NOT going to let you take our AR-15s, we're NOT going to let you become President. Because anyone who would seek to so brazenly infringe on our rights doesn't deserve our votes.

    Furthermore, in honor of your visit to Ohio for the Oct. 15 CNN / New York Times Democrat presidential debate, we're going to raffle off a locally-manufactured AR-15. Are we serious?

    "HELL, YES WE'RE GOING TO RAFFLE OFF AN AR-15!"

    It's a Faxon Firearms FX-5500 Ultralight AR-15 in 5.56 NATO with a 16" Barrel, weighing in at just 4.95 lbs. It includes a permanently attached 3-Port muzzle brake which meets the NFA 16" minimum barrel length requirement, 13” Streamline carbon fiber handguard, and a lightweight bolt carrier group. And it's manufactured in Cincinnati, Ohio!

    And we sure hope this doesn't "trigger" you, Francis, but we're also including a Franklin Armory binary trigger (*GASP!*), a Magpul 60-round magazine ("HORROR!"), and 2 Mapgul PMAG Gen3 40-round magazines ("OH, THE HUMANITY!").

    Other goodies include a Trijicon reflex sight, 300 Rounds of Federal ammo, a 5.11 back pack and rifle case, plus a "Brothers in Arms" shirt, some Black Rifle Coffee, and a couple mugs with our warmest sentiments, such as "F Your Sensitivity." 

    The entire prize adds up to a retail value of $2,875.

    Proceeds support Buckeye Firearms Association and Buckeye Firearms Foundation, which will work tirelessly to relegate you and your condescending, radical, un-American ideas to the dustbin of history. 

    Welcome to Ohio, Francis!

    Sincerely,

    Buckeye Firearms Association and Ohio's 4 million gun owners.

    Only 1,000 3-digit tickets (numbered 000-999) will be sold for $25 each. The winning number will be determined by the Ohio Lottery’s Pick 3 drawing. You may purchase as many tickets as you want.

    The raffle will end when all tickets are sold. The drawing date will be announced after the raffle has been officially closed. See complete rules and terms at the bottom of this page.

    Tickets now on sale

    ONLY OHIO RESIDENTS 21 OR OLDER MAY ENTER

    NOTE: You do NOT have to "log in" to buy tickets. Also, there are NO physical tickets for this raffle. And you will NOT get a number at the time of your purchase. We will randomly assign ticket numbers AFTER ALL TICKETS HAVE BEEN SOLD and provide these numbers to participants privately by email before the drawing.

    The more tickets you buy, the greater your odds of winning!

    • 1 Ticket = 1 in 1,000 Chance
    • 2 Tickets = 1 in 500 Chance
    • 5 Tickets = 1 in 200 Chance
    • 10 Tickets = 1 in 100 Chance

    Take a look at what you could WIN! Click on the photo for a closer look.

    • Faxon Firearms FX-5500 Ultralight AR-15 5.56 NATO 16" Barrel 4.95lbs - $1,399.99
    • Franklin Armory Binary Trigger - $399.99
    • Magpul 60 Round Magazine - $129.99
    • 2 Mapgul PMAG Gen3 40 Round Magazines - $39.98
    • Trijicon MRO 1x25mm 2 MOA Reflex Sight - $499.99
    • 300 Rounds Federal American Eagle XM855 5.56 NATO Ammo - $119.98
    • 5.11 Rush MOAB 10 Double Tap Back Pack - $109.99
    • 5.11 Shock 42" Rifle Case - $89.99
    • Nine Line Apparel Brothers in Arms Shirt - $13.00
    • Black Rifle Coffee - Coffee or Die Mug - $19.99
    • Black Rifle Coffee - AK47 Espresso 12oz Ground - $15.99
    • Black Rifle Coffee - Freedom Fuel 12oz Ground - $15.99
    • Black Rifle Coffee - "F Your Sensitivity" Mug - $19.99

    To see these items in person, visit Black Wing Shooting Center at 3722 Marysville Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015.

    Tickets now on sale

    ONLY OHIO RESIDENTS 21 OR OLDER MAY ENTER

    Eligibility, Validity and Other Requirements: Void where prohibited by law. Only individuals with residence in Ohio and who are 21 years or older may enter. Employees, officers, directors, and trustees of Buckeye Firearms Association, Buckeye Firearms Foundation, and Black Wing Shooting Center, their immediate families, and members of their household are not eligible to participate. Guns awarded as prizes will be distributed through a licensed dealer and only in compliance with federal and state laws and applicable local ordinances. If a winner is not a resident of Ohio or is ineligible to receive a prize under relevant state, federal or local laws and regulations, the prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen. Any taxes on prizes are the sole responsibility of the winner. Prizes are non-transferable. There will be no prize substitution. The winner will be notified by phone, email, and/or mail. Entry constitutes consent for the use of the name and image of the winner. Raffle ticket purchases are not tax deductible. There will be no refunds for tickets purchased.

    Drawing and Winner: All guns, gear, and other prizes will be given away at the conclusion of the raffle after an eligible winner is selected. There are no physical tickets. Ticket numbers will be randomly assigned after all 1,000 tickets are sold or after raffle ticket sales are closed and these numbers will be made available to all participants before the drawing. The winning number will be determined by the Ohio Lottery Pick 3 number (straight bet) on the specified date of the drawing at 7:29 pm. If for any reason the winning number in a drawing does not match a number assigned to a ticket holder, the drawing will roll to the next day that the Pick 3 drawing takes place at 7:29 pm. If for any reason a winner is ineligible, a new drawing date will be announced to pick an eligible winner.

    Notifications: Drawing dates, number assignments, and raffle notifications are provided via the email address ticket buyers enter at the time of purchase. It is the responsibility of the ticket buyer to provide a working email address and to check for raffle-related messages in a timely fashion. Buckeye Firearms Association and Buckeye Firearms Foundation are NOT responsible for email addresses that are misspelled, non-functional, or which bounce or are blocked in any way.

  • House Speaker says 'Deep Concerns' Remain Over DeWine Gun Plan

    Oct 11, 2019 | 19:00 pm

    House Speaker says 'Deep Concerns' Remain Over DeWine Gun Plan

    On Monday, Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted held a press conference to provide details on legislation they would soon unveil to address violence.

    Thought the final bill has still not yet been formally introduced, the Gongwer News Service is reporting that Ohio Speaker of the House Larry Householder is already expressing his "deep concern" that some provisions go too far.

    From the report:

    "There are several things with the DeWine/Husted plan we have some deep concerns about," the speaker said.

    Among them is language that would create a new private-sale background check process by enabling the buyer to receive a "seller's protection certificate" from the local sheriff. Those who do so would receive a legal safe harbor immunizing them from criminal liability. The plan would also enhance penalties for those who sell or provide a firearm to someone legally prohibited, lowering the burden of proof by requiring a prosecutor to prove negligence of the seller rather than recklessness as is current law.

    "It's the only piece of property to my knowledge where you bear negligence after you've lost possession of it," Speaker Householder said of his concern with that change. "Going back to a fairness issue, I think there's things that need to be looked at and corrected."

    Gongwer also asked Speaker Householder about the "enhanced safety protection order" element, which seeks to build on the current "pink slip" law by allowing those with mental health issues to be involuntarily committed to a hospital for 72 hours, but he said his chamber intends to focus on its own plan to create a weapons disability data portal (HB 354).

    "That is where we're starting at in the House," the speaker said. "We're going to take testimony and continue to work on that bill."

    Rep. Householder said he wants the chamber's discussion to remain centered on "the human being side" of the issue and "not so much on the instrument they might use."

    "Whether that be an automobile, a firearm, a knife or a bomb, I think the most important thing, if we're going to make our communities safer, is to identify these people and get them the type of help they need and separate them from the community for a time to analyze their needs and make our communities safer," he said.

    "Any type of instrument can be used so when you sit there and say, 'I'm going to separate firearms or whatever it might be from the person,' that doesn't mean the person can't go forward and do harm in other ways," the speaker continued. "We need to keep the human nature of this in perspective."

    Indeed, as Buckeye Firearms Association Executive Director Dean Rieck observed on Monday, “We have said for years that we need to focus on mental health and enforce current law."

    Buckeye Firearms Association will carefully review the final bill, and track it and all other firearms legislation introduced in the Ohio Legislature and continue to defend the Second Amendment rights of Ohio’s 4 million gun owners.

    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.

 

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