Sunday, December 24, 2006

Ceasefire Cincinnati marches in Avondale

The mission of this group is noble - they're fighting to rid Cincinnati's streets of violence.

We're still learning about this interesting group, but tackling the problem of gun violence is very different, and much more effective, than trying to eliminate all gun ownership.

Unlike most groups, this set of brave individuals seem to understand that the violence is the issue, and are working to curb that violence by getting guns out of the hands of criminals.

Local dirt bag news

Clark gas station robbed - better make sure you're carrying when you pick up that pack of ho-hos after filling up.

Man accused of raping 9-year old, the daughter of his girlfriend. Women, you need to make sure you're able to defend yourself and those you care for.

Stabbing suspect in jail. Maybe the victim wouldn't have died if he'd been prepared to defend himself.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Better pack a piece when delivering pizza

Workers like this pizza delivery guy who was killed, might benefit from carrying. Too bad Donatos forbids it's employees (and customers visiting their stores) from protecting themselves.

Another case not too long ago was when a Duke Energy employee was threatened by a drug dealer. Duke also forbids its employees (and customers visiting locations) from carrying.

Many feel companies who allow their employees to be vulernable to attack by forbidding carry should be held accountable...

Bloomberg wants VT to pass stricter gun laws

An excellent article from NRANews.com, from Wayne LaPierre.

12/19/2006

People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. That's advice that New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Tom Menino should take to heart.

Bloomberg and Menino have been trying to blame violent crime in their own vicious cities on the gun laws of Vermont.

And they want Vermont to pass New York City-style gun bans 'cause they claim it'll cut crime in their own cities.

But who are they to tell other people what their laws ought to be? Their cities are both disasters compared to the state of Vermont. And yet they want Vermont to adopt their lame laws?

Massachusetts requires a permit to purchase handguns, a special ID to purchase a long gun, and every gun owner has to be licensed by the state. Yet their murder rate is double Vermont's and their violent crime rate is triple Vermont's.

Look at New York City. In New York City, you need a permit to purchase any firearm, and every firearm has to be registered. Yet New York State's murder and violent crime rates are almost four times as high as Vermont's.

New York State and Massachusetts are two of the only states in the country that routinely deny the Right to Carry to honest citizens.

Vermont is one of just two states that requires no permit whatsover to carry a concealed firearm.

Yet more people are killed in one week in New York City than in the entire state of Vermont all year.

So where do Mayors Bloomberg and Menino get off telling Vermont what they should do? Who do they think they're fooling?

Vermont shouldn't adopt New York City-style gun bans. New York City should adopt Vermont-style freedom!
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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Home invasion stopped by woman with a gun

In Springfield, Ohio, two guys broke into the wrong house. The house happened to contain a woman who had been smart enough to learn how to shoot.

One of the bad guys died, the other is in critical condition.

Chock another one up for the good guys, and make sure your signifcant other knows how to defend him/herself if push comes to shove.

*Hat tip to Billy for the link

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

HB 347 will take effect in 90 days

Unless stopped by court action, as has been threatened by Cinti's wonderful mayor, you'll be able to carry concealed in your vehicle in 90 days!

HB 347 PASSES

Governor’s Veto of Ohio Statewide Preemption
Legislation Overridden!

Both the Ohio State Senate and House of Representatives voted to override Governor Bob Taft’s (R) veto of House Bill 347.

Thursday, December 7, the State House voted 71-21 to override Governor Taft’s veto of this crucial piece of legislation. Today, the State Senate voted 21-12 to sustain the override, with three Democratic Senators voting in favor of the measure. This is the first time in twenty-nine years that the Ohio legislature has overturned a Governor’s veto.

Championed by Representative Jim Aslanides (R-94), HB 347 will create statewide preemption ensuring that firearms laws are uniform throughout the state. Currently, 43 states have similar laws across the country. Passing statewide preemption eliminates problems for all gun owners who have been unduly burdened by local ordinances such as Columbus’ so-called “assault weapons ban.”

In addition, this legislation will correct a number of problems that have surfaced during the past year for concealed carry permit holders. The most common complaint for license holders has been the “plain sight” requirement in a motor vehicle. HB 347 will eliminate this requirement.


A special thank you to all NRA members for your calls and emails
in support of HB 347 during the legislative session!

NRA talks about Ohio's HB 347

From NRA-News.com


Ohio Law Aids the Lawless

12/12/2006

Rank-and-file police know how to stop and catch criminals. So why is Ohio
Governor Bob Taft going against them?

Ohio's legislature passed a preemption bill to make gun laws uniform across Ohio. The State Highway Patrol supported the bill, and it's easy to see why: For too long, lawful gun owners have had to live in fear of breaking anti-gun laws that vary from Cleveland to Dayton, from Columbus to Cincinnati.

It's a patchwork quilt of confusing, contradictory laws that turn honest gun owners into criminals while doing nothing to stop the real criminals. Yet Ohio Governor Bob Taft vetoed the bill, suggesting that somehow, it'll put the public in danger.

But if there's anything that puts the public in danger, it's Ohio's failed criminal justice system.

While the rest of the United States enjoys the lowest crime rates in decades, Cincinnati is set to break a 40-year record for homicide.

It's true: The last time Cincinnati had this many homicides was in 1967.

It would have been nice if Ohio Governor Taft stopped playing political games and started listening to police for a change, but he didn't. Now it's up to the state legislature to override Taft's veto.

Maybe it's time to let police stop harassing honest gun owners and start arresting the real criminals who terrorize Ohio citizens.
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Saturday, December 09, 2006

Guns don't make you crazy, crazy makes you crazy

Anti-gunners claim that if you make guns illegal, bad guys don't do bad things.

Check this out from China, where guns are illegal. You don't need a gun to do bad things, but a gun might have let this lady stop the situation before it got to this point.

Also in Illinois, terrorism at your local mall

This guy was planning to blow up a mall. Anyone who says "normal people" can't do anything to stop terrorism are crazy.

You can notice behavior and report it, be vigilant for bad guys, and when push comes to shove, use your carry weapon to stop the guy (unless you're in Illinois, one of only two states that don't have concealed carry).

When guns are outlawed, only outlaws have guns

In Chicago, a guy went on a shooting spree.

Keep in mind, guns are illegal in Chicago, and restricted throughout the whole state.

The typical anti-gunner response? We need to restrict guns MORE! Instead of allow people to defend themselves from nut-jobs.

Friday, December 08, 2006

HB 347 has support of law enforcement

Most of those that oppose it do so because they don't like the provision that removes local gun laws.

Many cities have enacted stricter gun laws. Cincinnati, whose crime rate has increased dramatically in the last two years, is defending it's assult weapons ban (never mind gun crime has INCREASED since it's passing!).

Let's hope the Senate follows the will of the majority of Ohioians, every major police agency, and the Ohio house and passes this legislation, making Ohio's carry and gun laws more sensible.

Shooting: a sport where women routinely defeat men

Man in Salt Lake fights of carjacker with carry weapon

Many judges carry in the courtroom

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Ohio House OVERRIDES Taft Veto - onto Senate

From the NRA:

Governor’s Veto of Ohio Statewide Preemption Bill Overridden by State House!
Please Contact Your State Senators Today!

With strong support by Speaker of the House Jon Husted (R-37), Governor Bob Taft’s (R) veto of House Bill 347 was overridden by the Ohio State House today by a vote of 71-21.

HB 347, sponsored by Representative Jim Aslanides (R-94), would create statewide preemption ensuring that firearms laws are uniform throughout the state. Currently, 43 states have similar laws across the country. Passing statewide preemption will eliminate problems for all gun owners who have been unduly burdened by local ordinances such as Columbus’ so-called “assault weapons ban”.

In addition, this legislation will correct a number of problems that have surfaced during the past year for concealed carry permit holders. The most common complaint for license holders has been the “plain sight” requirement in a motor vehicle. HB 347 will eliminate this requirement.


HB 347 now heads to the State Senate. Please contact your State Senator at (614) 466-4900 today and urge them to vote to override Governor Taft’s veto of this crucial legislation.


If you need help identifying your State Legislator, please use the “Write Your Representative” feature found at www.nraila.org/.

Taft says he'll veto HB 347

Article from NRA-News.com:

12/7/2006

Ohio Governor Bob Taft won't admit it, but when it comes to fairness and safety for thousands of his citizens, he's giving Ohioans the shaft.

Taft says he'll veto a bill just passed by the Ohio Legislature that would make Ohio's gun laws uniform and fair for everyone throughout the state.

He says his veto is in the interest of public safety. But he's not mentioning that the Ohio State Highway Patrol supported the bill overwhelmingly.

Ohio is one of the last states in the country that allows local governments to enact their own firearms restrictions. So in Ohio, citizens in one town can have much less firearm freedom than citizens in a neighboring community. That means a law-abiding gun owner can unwittingly become a criminal simply by crossing a city line.

It's confusing, it's unfair and it puts some Ohioans at greater risk than others of criminal attack-because violent predators aren't stupid. They'll go to the Ohio cities with the most restrictive laws to prey upon the most defenseless Ohioans.

But Bob Taft isn't worried about that. No matter where he goes in Ohio, he's got his protection, because he always goes with a state police escort. Chauffeured through traffic, with armed security at his side.

So while honest citizens are denied their rights and put in harm's way, Bob feels pretty secure with his veto ... and his armed guards.
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With his veto, the new rules related to car carry and making your license good for 5 years, instead of 4, goes away, unless overriden by Ohio's legislature.

We'll keep our eye on this one.

Good stuff at Harbor Freight

A nice LED flashight. Remember, when you hear a bump in the night, you'll need a way to see. An added benefit to LED lights are they are very bright at the source, which is blinding to bad guys looking in your direction.

A stand-up, combination safe, for only $299. It's small, but would work well for handguns or a few long guns.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Taft has until Dec 16 to sign or veto HB 347

Changes to the law to note, ONLY IF IT PASSES:

  • Concealed Handgun Licenses (CHLs) issued under the new law are good for 5 years versus 4 years under current law. The application fee increases to $55.

  • Sheriffs must accept applications for CHLs at least 15 hours per week, ending the administrative harassment some counties were imposing upon applicants.

  • License holders can now carry a concealed handgun in a car. It is no longer a requirement that a pistol in a holster on the person or in a locked case be in plain sight.

  • License holders may now carry in an unlocked closed purse or bag so long as the purse or bag is in plain sight.

  • Local regulation of firearms is now completely preempted at the State level, ending the patchwork quilt of firearm laws across Ohio. Most importantly, this part of the Bill makes the award of attorney fees mandatory for any group that successfully challenges a municipal firearm ordinance, meaning cities that attempt defiance of this provision will financially pay for their obstinance.
  • Defend yourself from a man with a machete, go to court

    Don't think the US won't go down this road, if we let it.

    Cleveland Plain Dealer ignores CHL holder defensive shooting

    An unfortunate side effect

    The new anti-smoking law goes into service at midnight tonight. One unfortunate side effect seems to be businesses, who, taking the opportunity while posting anti-smoking signs on their doors, are also posting anti-CHL signs.

    Fight this as it happens - because once they're up for a while, it's much harder to get them down.

    The law specifically says private employers are “immune from liability in a civil action for any injury, death, or loss to person or property that allegedly was caused by or related to a licensee bringing a handgun onto the premises or property of the private employer.”

    Tuesday, December 05, 2006

    Coverage on the potential changes to CHL law

    An editorial from the Courier.
    Taft, GOP at odds over carry bill.

    The anti-gunners are having a hissy fit, mostly because their laws for everything from "assult weapon bans" to outright bans on handguns are in jeapordy. The truth of the matter is these laws violate Ohio's consitution, and the fix intends to correct this.

    Thursday, November 30, 2006

    Gun ownership up, gun crime down in Scotland

    This needs to be signed by the Gov!

    Ohio Statewide Preemption Legislation Passes Legislature
    Please Contact Governor Taft and Your State Legislators Today!

    House Bill 347, sponsored by Representative Jim Aslanides (R-94) of Coschocton passed in the State Senate by a vote of 19-10 and in the State House 74-14. It now heads to the desk of Governor Bob Taft (R).

    HB 347 would create statewide preemption ensuring that firearms laws are uniform throughout the state. Currently, 43 states have similar laws across the country. Passing statewide preemption will eliminate problems for all gun owners who have been unduly burdened by local ordinances such as the Columbus’ so-called “assault weapons ban”.

    In addition, this legislation will correct a number of problems that have surfaced during the past year for concealed carry permit holders. The most common complaint for license holders has been the “plain sight” requirement in a motor vehicle. HB 347 will eliminate this requirement.


    Please call your State Legislators today to find out how they voted on HB 347. If they voted in favor of HB 347 please thank them for defending your Second Amendment rights. If they opposed HB 347, please respectfully remind them that you are a constituent and will remember their vote come election time.

    Also, please contact Governor Taft today by phone at (
    614) 466-3555 and (614) 644-HELP or via email by visiting http://governor.ohio.gov/contactinfopage.asp and respectfully urge him to sign this important bill and to defend your Right to Keep and Bear arms.

    If you need help identifying your State Legislator, please use the Write Your Representative feature found at www.nraila.org/.

    Wednesday, November 29, 2006

    Dayton store clerk defends himself

    Bill up for vote today

    This bill would make it much easier to carry in Ohio.

    A good summary at OFCC.NET.

    Monday, November 27, 2006

    The "duty to retreat"

    Get robbed in the middle of the street, and you're technically required to run away, if it's possible. What happens when you do that? Well, the bad guy might just shoot at you, as he did in this case.

    Doesn't look like anyone was hurt, but this is exactly the reason that the "duty to retreat" is often referrred to as the "shot in the back rule."

    Many states, including Florida and Michigan, have eliminated this requirement from the use of lethal force rules, much to the displeasure of anti-gun groups.

    Would be nice in Ohio if we didn't have to dodge bullets during an escape, and could instead implement our God-given right to self-defense.

    Ruger days at Target World

    Many students have remarked how much they like the Ruger Mark II we have for student's use. It's a Mark II 22/45 (same grip as a 1911-style 45ACP).

    Target World runs a lot of "manufacturer" days - where a particular mfg comes in and sells guns at discounted prices and answers your questions. They've got one coming up Dec. 2-4 for Ruger.

    Also, the Ruger 9mm semi-auto that is very reasonably priced - usually less than $350 - should be on sale. Check it out this weekend, and take a buddy shooting!

    Wednesday, November 22, 2006

    Don't judge a story by the way it's reported

    World's dumbest criminal caught at Dayton gun show

    In crime riddled memphis, good guys carry for safety

    Waste of human space...

    This dirtbag in Union Township pulled a piece on some guys trying to help him.

    Goes to show that before you pull over to help someone in need, make sure you're ready to defend yourself, just in case being a good citizen puts you in a tough spot.

    Tuesday, November 21, 2006

    A sticky situation

    A brave person decided to help someone being robbed a gunpoint, killing the perpetrator.

    The problem is, that person has yet to come forward.

    Concealed carry is the best way to defend yourself or others, but can lead to sticky legal situations. Even though you acted within your rights, often civil lawsuits or over-zealous prosecutors can make life difficult.

    Anyway, glad to see there are people with the guts out there to protect others. Maybe if we adopted "castle doctrine" (stand your ground) laws, those who are protecting others would be more willing to come forward.

    Ohio Statewide Preemption Up For A Possible Senate Vote On November 29

    From an NRA alert, 11/21:

    House Bill 347, sponsored by Representative Jim Aslanides (R-94) of Coschocton, has been scheduled for a possible vote next week in the Senate. The measure passed the House last spring by a margin of 76-19.

    HB 347 would create statewide preemption ensuring that firearms laws are uniform throughout the state. Currently, 43 states have similar laws across the country. Passing statewide preemption will eliminate problems for all gun owners who have been unduly burdened by local ordinances such as the Columbus' so-called “assault weapons ban”.

    In addition, this legislation will correct a number of problems that have surfaced during the past year for concealed carry permit holders. The most common complaint for license holders has been the “plain sight” requirement in a motor vehicle. HB347 will eliminate this requirement.


    This critical legislation is scheduled for a possible vote next Wednesday, November 29th in the Senate Judiciary/Criminal Justice Committee at 9:00 AM in the North Hearing Room. Please call the following committee members as soon as possible and urge him or her to support HB 347!


    Jim Jordan (R-12) - Committee Chair (614) 466-7584

    Marc Dann (D-32) - Ranking Minority Member (614) 466-7182

    Patricia Clancy (R-8) - Vice Chair (614) 466-8068

    Eric H. Kearney (D-9) (614) 466-5980

    Steve Austria (R-10) (614) 466-3780

    Kimberly A. Zurz (D-28) (614) 466-7041

    Steve Stivers (R-16) (614) 466-7662

    Timothy Grendell (R-18) (614) 644-7718

    J. Kirk Schuring (R-29) (614) 466-0626

    If you need help identifying your State Legislator, please use the “Write Your Representative” feature found at www.nraila.org/.

    Friday, November 17, 2006

    There's an old saying...

    Among National Park guides: "You can't bring a gun in with you, but if you want to survive a bear attack, you better bring a gun."

    There's a bill proposing the legalization of carrying in all national parks. Interesting stuff...

    Concealed carry saves another life in Cincinnati

    Thursday, November 16, 2006

    Idaho city council says homes should have a gun in case of emergency

    Ban guns! Oh wait... they're already banned

    Yet horrible crimes are still committed with handguns in the UK.

    Gun control idea: enforce existing laws

    It's illegal to have a gun in Australia, but murder and suicide aren't down

    Is it Guns or Evil?

    An article that discusses a book that compares gun laws to violent crime rates.

    2006 Election Re-Cap from the NRA

    How did this happen?

    Machine guns are illegal without a special license in the US, and nearly all guns are illegal (especially "assault rifles") in NY!

    Not sure how this happened...

    Oh yea. "When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns."

    This guy should be in jail

    It's sad when someone selling firearms doesn't take that responsibility seriously. This guy sold guns to an undercover ATF agent after that agent said he might have a "problem" with the background check.

    Selling guns to felons should put you in jail a heck of a lot longer than a year. I'm all for looser gun laws, but dirtbags like this should serve serious time for arming criminals.

    Good tips for hunters who don't hit the range often enough

    Kansas, Nebraska announce carry rules

    Looks like they will have the evil "anti-gun" signs that Ohio is plagued by... Good luck.

    Here are the Kansas rules, and Nebraska. Welcome to the world of concealed carry (finally)!

    Wednesday, November 08, 2006

    The twisted logic of anti-gunners

    Check this out - Scottish officials are worried that a recently enacted ban on knives might increase gun crime. Guns are illegal in Scotland.

    Does this make any damn sense to anyone? Guns were made illegal, so gun crime went UP. Knives are being made illegal (because it must not be the bad guys, just that the bad guys have guns or knives!!), and they're afraid gun crime will get even worse, because knives are illegal.

    Don't even try to follow the twisted logic of anti-gunners. They don't really care about what works, just what gets guns away from people. Even if it makes crime surge, as it has in Scotland, England, Australia, and every other country who has taken guns away from law abiding citizens.

    "When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns."

    Tuesday, November 07, 2006

    Friday, November 03, 2006

    The "may issue" state NY

    Where the rich and famous get carry permits, and everyone else is out of luck. Yet the mayor says too many people have permits...

    Thursday, November 02, 2006

    Major league sports on guns

    An interesting article on how the NFL, MLB, NHL, etc. treats gun ownership for it's players.

    Austrialian gun ban a failure (shocking, I know)

    Wednesday, November 01, 2006

    Why you can't NOT fight-back

    Robberies and arguments nationwide are becoming a big source of murders. The bad guys are willing to kill, for some reason, more than ever before.

    This means that being prepared to defend yourself is becoming even more important. The old claim by anti-gunners that you should just submit when attacked could very well get you killed.

    Tuesday, October 24, 2006

    Interesting article on "no guns" sign in NJ

    Two things are interesting with this article.

    First, it's an outsiders view of concealed carry restrictions. The guy doesn't care either way, he's just curious why there's a "no guns allowed" sign outside of an AMC Theatre, where there's never been a problem with crime, guns, or anything of the sort.

    Second, it shows what "may issue" states really are. It's nearly impossible to get a carry permit in NJ, and he outlines that nicely. "May issue" is a BS way to get the carry crowd off the local legislature's back.

    A quick lesson for those who don't know the difference. "Shall issue" states treat carry licenses/permits much like driver's licenses. If you meet the requirements, get some training, and pass a background check, you get one. "May issue" states have the option to give you a permit if you request one, but have no obligation to do so.

    Some states that are "may issue" give permits out just as easily as "shall issue" states (like Ohio). But most leave it up to the political leanings of the local sheriff, which means odds are you won't get a permit if you apply.

    Don't be fooled by anti-gunners who claim that "may issue" is the way to go. It's a way to make the issue go away, not allow carry.

    Monday, October 23, 2006

    Personal Protection (level II) class pushed back until Spring '07

    Unfortunately, the police officer scheduled to participate in our Nov. 4-5 Personal Protection (level II) class has been called away on National Guard duty. This means we'll have to reschedule the class for Spring.

    We apologize for the change, and are open to suggestion for dates in the Spring. There will be at least two Personal Protection classes in 2007, since demand has been high this year and we haven't been able to accommodate.

    On a more positive note, our new pistol range will be going in very soon. We're bumping it out to 100 yards, and adding... drum-roll please... a driveway! So no more need for 4x4's to get to the range! (Though you don't necessarily have to use the driveway, if you like getting your truck a little muddy like some of our instructors!)

    We'll plan on holding a "fun shoot" once the new setup is operational. Bring whatever you like and blow the heck out of it! Also, feel free to attend any range time whenever a normal class is scheduled. Just let us know in advance.

    The new range should be up and running by Spring, about in time for our Level II class.

    Thanks,
    Brandon at Advanced Shooting

    Thursday, October 19, 2006

    Why you need to secure your carry gun

    A carry gun fell out of this guy's pocket, and nearly killed a woman.

    Carry safe! Make sure your gun in securly holstered, and that you're following the gun safety rules.

    Monday, October 16, 2006

    UC Crime Update

    To: University of Cincinnati Community
    From: Director of Public Safety

    Cincinnati Police have notified the University of Cincinnati Police of a rape that occurred at 650 Riddle Rd. at 1:45 AM on September 15, 2006. This offense involved a male victim. The suspect is described as a male black, mid 20's medium build, between 5'6" and 5'10" wearing a dark "hoodie" sweatshirt.

    There was also a report of an attempted robbery on Calhoun St. and Hartshorn Ave. at 11:15 PM last night. The suspects are described as 2 male blacks, both 18-22 years of age, between 5'8" and 5'10" tall, medium builds. One suspect was wearing a light colored "do rag" on his head, the other suspect had on a red and white baseball-style cap. Both suspects were wearing dark "bubble" jackets.

    If you have any information on either of these offenses please contact Cincinnati Police District 5 at 352-3578 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

    At approximately 8:30 PM on Wednesday, September 20, 2006 University of Cincinnati police officers responded to a call regarding two suspicious individuals walking through the hallways of Rhodes Hall. These individuals were found in possession of several ID's not their own. They were charged with criminal trespass.

    Further investigation by UC Police Officers revealed that one of these individuals was the person who attempted to steal cash from the Starbucks in the Steger Student Life Center two weeks ago. He was positively identified by the witness in that case. He has been charged in that case as well.

    This case was solved as a result of a telephone call from a witness who noticed suspicious behavior and reported it to the UC Police. The cooperative efforts of community members and the police have resulted in the arrest of two thieves who were targeting University of Cincinnati property for their crimes. You are encouraged to report any suspicious activity to the police.

    *Hat tip to SW for the info

    Sunday, October 15, 2006

    Another CHL defense in Cincinnati

    A robber got a surprise when the store clerk he was trying to rob in Evanston pulled a gun and defended himself.

    Thursday, October 12, 2006

    Sunday, October 08, 2006

    Guide to Ohio elections

    Check out this website. Put together by Ohioans for Concealed Carry, it oulines very clearly who is on your side in this year's elections.

    We suggest printing the list out and taking it with you to the polls.

    Local legisators have the BIGGEST impact on your gun rights. Vote your guns!

    MN allow teachers/principals to carry one day?

    Friday, October 06, 2006

    Update from Gun Owners of America

    MERGENCY PROTECTION MEANS NO MORE GUN CONFISCATION

    You will remember that in the wake of Hurricane Katrina last year,
    federal and local police stole firearms from New Orleans residents in
    the name of "keeping the people safe." To combat this, GOA has
    worked this year in several states (including Louisiana) to
    specifically outlaw this type of activity.

    GOA also worked for the enactment of this legislation at the federal
    level, and in July, the Emergency Protection language overwhelmingly
    passed both houses of Congress.

    After the Senate vote, one office told GOA: "They [the Senators]
    obviously got your message loud and clear. It was the most lopsided
    gun vote I have ever seen."

    The vote was lopsided... and it was significant as well. The
    Emergency Protection language makes it illegal for federal agents to
    confiscate firearms during an emergency or major disaster.

    Senator David Vitter (R-LA) thanked GOA for its efforts in pushing
    his amendment. The GOA effort "was a huge help, and it was very
    effective," Vitter said. "I look forward to working on many other
    issues with GOA."

    The Vitter-Jindal amendment is now on the President's desk -- as part
    of the Homeland Security appropriations bill -- where it awaits his
    almost certain signature.


    BRADY EXPANSION IS DEAD

    Then there was the defeat of the McCarthy gun grab. This was an
    uphill task, as early on, the bill was expected to easily pass the
    House of Representatives.

    But GOA members and activists overwhelmingly responded to our
    internet and postal alerts over the August recess, resulting in
    untold thousands of postcards and e-mails being dumped on
    legislators' desks.

    The resulting tidal wave of grassroots opposition has buried this
    bill as legislative offices on Capitol Hill have told GOA, "We've
    heard your postcards and e-mails loud and clear!"

    It's a good thing those postcards and e-mails were sent by you, too,
    because GOA was the only Second Amendment group in Washington
    opposing McCarthy's attack.

    The House Judiciary Committee was scheduled to vote on HR 1415
    earlier last month. At that time, the committee reported two
    firearms-related bills to the floor of the House -- but they
    specifically passed over the McCarthy bill (even though it was
    scheduled to come up for a vote).

    Gun Owners of America opposed the McCarthy bill, as it would spend
    nearly $1 billion dollars to further prop up the unconstitutional
    Brady Law. Of the 35 cosponsors, 34 are rated "F" on GOA's
    scorecard... the remaining one is rated "D."

    What has been surprising is how close this bill has come to being
    passed under congressional leadership that claims to be pro-gun. It
    already passed the House once, in October of 2002, but was killed in
    the senate when GOA teamed up with former Sen. Bob Smith (R-NH) to
    block the bill.

    Thanks again for all your hard work. You have reminded the
    Congressional leadership that they should leave the McCarthy gun ban
    alone and that it's "good politics" to pass pro-gun amendments like
    the Vitter-Jindal bill.

    *FROM OCT. 5 UPDATE

    Teachers carry in school?

    It's worked in other countries. Isreal had a big problem with terrorists shooting up schools or planting bombs, until a few teachers stopped them with a carry weapon.

    If proper measures are taken, this could be a great idea to stop the nuts who attack at schools.

    Tuesday, September 26, 2006

    LEGAL concealed carry causes freak-out at hospital in Michigan

    A note to those who don't carefully conceal - dumbasses who don't know the law sometimes freak out.

    Not sure if it's legal to carry in a hospital in Michigan, but either way, the guy should have concealed better, and it wouldn't have been such an issue.

    Wednesday, September 13, 2006

    Crime emergency in gun-free DC

    Stray bullet in Chicago (where guns are illegal) kills a man

    Miami Township parks remove anti-CHL signs

    Real crime, fake justice in England (where guns are illegal)

    Very few Ohio CHLs revoked

    Criminals arming up in Canada (where guns are nearly illegal)

    UC crime update

    September 6, 2006

    To the University of Cincinnati Community

    From: Director of Public Safety

    The Cincinnati Police have recently received reports of street robberies in the Clifton Heights, University Heights and Fairview neighborhoods. The primary suspect in a couple of these crimes has been described as a male black, lighter complexion, 16 to 20 years of age, 5 feet 3 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing approximately 140 lbs. In at least one other case, there were two male blacks, age in the mid-20's, 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet in height, medium build and dressed in dark clothing and wearing black baseball type hats.

    If you have any information regarding these crimes, please notify either the Cincinnati Police at 352-3578, or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

    The Cincinnati Police and University of Cincinnati Police have increased patrol efforts in these neighborhoods to address this problem. In fact, at approximately 2:30 AM this morning an undercover police unit of two UC police officers observed suspicious activity of two male blacks who were walking along Clifton Ave. looking into automobiles parked on the street. The UC Officers saw the subjects enter a house in the 2800 block of Clifton Ave. and notified the Cincinnati Police who responded and arrested the two males for burglary. It is unknown at this time if these individuals are involved in the robberies.

    Both the Cincinnati Police and UC Police are implementing an awareness program during the weekend of September 14, 15 and 16 when most UC students will have moved into their residences preparing for the opening of classes on September 20. This program will include distribution of safety tips, increased patrol, and some undercover surveillance activities. If you notice any suspicious activities on or around campus please notify the police immediately.


    *Hat tip to SW

    Friday, September 08, 2006

    Personal Protection (CHL level II)

    Been getting a lot of questions about when this course will be offered in 2006. We're working on a date in late October - probably the weekend of Oct. 21-22.

    Please let us know if you're interested in attending. We keep this class small, and you have to have attended the Level I to participate.

    Good news!

    If all works out, we'll not only be able to keep the land we're shooting on, we'll be able to UPGRADE our range very soon!

    Very good stuff! Thank you for everyone's support!

    Wednesday, September 06, 2006

    Ignorance is bliss

    Check out this article, written by a NY Times writer for the International Herald Tribune.

    It's a shining example of dumbasses on parade - this person knows NOTHING about concealed carry in the US. As if he/she (who knows) was plucked from Mars and landed in hicksville (Minnesota), clueless as to the ways and customs of this alien race known as 48 of the 50 states. Yet she/he (still don't know) chose to write an article on the topic, with nearly zero research.

    Does she/he know that her/his own state, NY, has a may-issue concealed carry law? Or California, the other state NY elites care about, also grants people the right to carry? Probably not.

    Don't take what you read/see in the main stream media as informed fact when it comes to gun laws. They're completely clueless...

    Friday, September 01, 2006

    We need a new range!

    If anyone has land capable of shooting on (10+ acres, hilly or build a hill, and won't bug your neighbors), please let us know. We pay $10/student during classes to whoever's land we're using.

    The range we've been shooting on is going on the market soon, so we'll need to find a new home for our range times!

    Contact Brandon from www.advancedshooting.com if you have land and you're willing to help us out!

    Thursday, August 31, 2006

    Armed citizens cut crime in SC

    Even cheap guns are relatively accurate, these days

    An interesting article.

    That being said, don't go out and get a $50 gun expecting it to be comfortable, easy to shoot, and reliable. You don't need to go nuts and pay $1500 for a gun, either.

    Best bang for the buck right now is probably the Springfield XD. We just acquired one for class use, if you'd like to try it out!

    LOCK UP YOUR GUNS!!

    There is no reason a kid should EVER get a hold of your guns. LOCK THEM UP!!

    Monday, August 28, 2006

    What were your reasons for getting a CHL?

    Miami Township recinds ban on guns in park

    The Atty General has made it very clear - local bans on guns by gov't agencies in public areas (non-buildings) are ILLEGAL.

    Glad to see Miami Township, the home of one of our instructors, has decided to obey the state law.

    They'll nibble away your rights, if you'll let them

    Try looking at the 47 other states around you with CCW

    Everytime a state passes concealed carry, a few towns act like they're the first ever to get the law passed. This town in Nebraska is one of them...

    How the UN facilitates genocide

    Toronto arresting criminals, and crime is going down

    This is sort of a "duh" for anyone with common sense - arrest the bad guys and crime goes down.

    Many anti-gunners think that laws making guns illegal will reduce crime. They don't. They just disarm lawful citizens.

    Putting criminals in jail reduces crime. Violent criminals are a very small percentage of the population - throw 'em in a cage, and your crime goes down.

    Reduce crime by letting people defend themselves

    Wednesday, August 23, 2006

    We've got an XD!

    As students who have attended our classes know, Advanced Shooting takes the class fees and puts them back into the classes- range upkeep, equipment, and, of course, guns for future class use.

    This week one of our instructors was lucky to stumble across a used Springfield XD 9mm- a gun we've been praising for a while now.

    So thank you, students of Advanced Shooting! Your help is appreciated by future classes!

    Friday, August 18, 2006

    You are NOT a cop

    This poor guy was killed by burglars, which he confronted in his home.

    The article does not say if he was armed (assume he wasn't, since none of the bad guys was injured or killed), but it still demonstrates a basic tenant we try to stress in our concealed carry class - a CHL does not make you a cop.

    Leave this sort of thing to the police to deal with. And if you're just investigating a noise or something strange (not something that makes you think there is a real threat), for God's sake, have something to defend yourself!

    Monday, August 14, 2006

    Woman in NC charged with brandishing a gun at school

    DO NOT pull a gun in an argument, especially in a place where you aren't allowed to have a gun in the first place.

    Remember - you aren't a cop, and you only use a firearm to SAVE YOUR LIFE or the life of another (if the other person is in the right)!

    You are responsible for your guns

    Follow the safety rules, and nobody gets hurt

    1. Always point the gun in a safe direction.
    2. Keep your finger off the trigger until you're ready to fire.
    3. Keep guns unloaded until you're ready to use them.

    Sad when a solider dies - especially from a dumb mistake. Be safe with your guns, follow the rules, and nobody gets hurt!

    Ohio's CHL holders are law abiding

    Still, critics need something to whine about. They're saying they want to know why someone's license was pulled, not just that it was pulled.

    Either way, no one's denying that the law hasn't resulted in the "wild west" scenerio that anti-gunners were screaming about.

    Ohioans who get carry licenses are law abiding citizens who want the ability to protect themselves and their families. Just like the millions of other Americans, in the 48 states that have some form of concealed carry, who have their licenses/permits.

    It is a felony to POINT a gun at someone

    Just a word to the wise - you get in big trouble for threatening with a gun, not just using it...

    Thursday, August 10, 2006

    Another example of why car carry must change

    Guy shot in Avondale while sitting in his car, by two men attempting to rob him. If he had a carry license (doesn't say in the article), he probably would not have been able to defend himself.

    Ohio law requires a carry license holder to either carry open or in a locked container. Most people choose the container option, to not freak out those who park next to them at stop lights.

    It's awful hard to pull your gun in defense when it's locked up and bad guys are approaching quickly. Nearly all states who have concealed carry (there are 48 now) allow those carrying in a motor vehicle to do so in any way they see fit - no BS rules about lock boxes.

    The law needs to change!

    Burglars flee as man, 79, grabs hidden firearm

    This guy was being robbed, and grabbed a hidden gun to scare off the burglars. Note that they broke into his safe (in his basement) and stole money and a gun. He had a second gun, though, and it saved the day!

    It becomes like your keys...

    This guy was arrested for bringing a gun into an airport in his carry-on bag. In Vermont, you don't need a license to carry a concealed handgun. They enforce Federal law (can't be a felon, over 21 yrs old, not a drug addict, etc.), so they don't need additional laws to permit carrying a weapon.

    He forgot he was carrying, and ended up in some trouble. Remember that once you begin to carry your gun becomes like your car keys - and we all know that we lose our keys now and then.

    Make where you put your gun a habit. When you get home, straight in a lock-box or safe. When in the car, on your person or in a lock-box. When travelling, make sure to double-check you don't have a firearm or ammo where it shouldn't be.

    Addict admits to having firearm, gets 10 yrs in prison

    Federal law puts anyone who is a drug addict in prison for 10 yrs. Unfortunately, many states don't enforce this law.

    The best way to get guns out of the hands of those who shouldn't have them (criminals, kids, gang members, felons, and drug abusers) is to ENFORCE FEDERAL LAW. Not create new laws, which usually only infringe on the good gun owners.

    Violent crime spurs push for gun ownership in Philippines

    Be glad we have the 2nd Ammendment in the U.S., and that it hasn't been wiped out by anti-gunners.

    Thursday, August 03, 2006

    DC's social experiment failing

    An exerpt:

    Consider these eye-opening FBI and Metropolitan Police Department statistics: Since 1976, when the District of Columbia imposed its ban on guns, the city's murder rate, which had been declining, started to increase; between 1976 and 1991 it rose 200 percent, while the U.S. murder rate rose just 9 percent.


    Very interesting...

    Monday, July 31, 2006

    Doesn't he know it's ILLEGAL to carry into a restaurant that serves alcohol?

    OH YEA... criminals don't care about the law. That's what makes them criminals.

    This is why anti-CHL signs, laws forbidding carry into places that serve alcohol, etc. don't work. The criminals don't care. They carry their guns ILLEGALLY, commit crimes a heck of a lot worse than misdemeanors (the penalty for carrying into a place with signs), and look for the paths of least resistance (like places they know people won't be armed).

    Thursday, July 27, 2006

    Why Ohio's open media access to CHL list must be closed!

    The Cleveland Plain Dealer has once again published the names of everyone who has recently applied for a carry license in Cleveland.

    Why? They say to make to the info public. I argue it's to intimidate people from getting their licenses. Or maybe to allow criminals to do a yellow-pages look-up for some free guns while people are out at work.

    What good do they think they're serving? The applicants have already passed a criminal background check, received training, and have their info on file with the sheriff. What good would their names appearing in the Plain Dealer serve?

    There is no valid journalistic cause served by this kind of blatant disregard for the safety and privacy of Ohio's concealed carry license holders. It is simply editorializing to scare people from applying for licenses.

    We need to close this loophole! Stop the abuse of anti-gun newsrags like the Plain Dealer!

    Tuesday, July 25, 2006

    Don't believe that the UN doesn't want your guns

    Call your representative

    U.S. House of Representatives to vote on "The Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act" (H.R. 5013) Today!

    Call Your U.S. Representative at (202) 225-3121 Immediately!

    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 5013 "The Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act." Sponsored by U.S. Representative Bobby Jindal (R-La.), this NRA-supported legislation would amend federal emergency statute laws to prohibit federal, state, and local authorities from confiscating lawfully-owned firearms during states of emergency.

    A similar, though temporary, measure offered by Senator David Vitter (R-La.) overwhelmingly passed (84-16) the U. S. Senate on July 13 as an amendment to the Homeland Security appropriations bill (H.R. 5441).

    As you know, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, various reports indicate that law enforcement agencies from the federal government and several states confiscated guns from law-abiding New Orleans residents. Following the Hurricane and the resulting gun confiscations, NRA filed suit in federal court and won a temporary restraining order ending the illegal gun confiscations.

    Enactment into law of the "Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act of 2006" is our top priority.

    Please immediately contact your U.S. Representative and urge him or her to support and vote for H.R. 5013. You can reach your Representative at (202) 225-3121.


    *From NRA alert, 7/25/06

    Armed citizen stops stabbing spree

    I heard this story from both national and local news, but none mentioned that an armed citizen stopped the attacker. They said "he was subdued by an onlooker" or "stopped by a shopper."

    A good example of how media doesn't like to admit that guns STOP criminals and save lives.

    Sunday, July 23, 2006

    Our northern neigbor gets "castle doctrine" protection

    From the NRA-ILA alert, 7/21/06:

    MICHIGAN IS LATEST STATE TO ENACT
    NRA-BACKED "CASTLE DOCTRINE" LEGISLATION!

    On July 20, Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) signed into law a package of six self-defense bills backed by NRA, bringing "Castle Doctrine" protections to law-abiding Michigan citizens.

    "I want to thank the Michigan Legislature and Governor Jennifer Granholm for working together in making this victims' rights bill law," said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox. "When you're confronted by a criminal, you don't have the luxury of time. This "Castle Doctrine" package states that if victims choose to stand their ground and fight, their decision will not be second-guessed by the State of Michigan. The ability to protect yourself, your children, or your spouse from harm is important, whether you're in your home or outside."

    The six-bill "Castle Doctrine" Package passed with bi-partisan, supermajority support in both houses of the Michigan legislature:

    HB 5143, sponsored by Rep. Rick Jones (R-71), creates the "Self Defense Act" and specifies that it is not a crime to use force or deadly force to defend oneself if that person is not breaking any laws when defensive force was used. The person must be facing imminent threat of death or great bodily harm.

    SB 1046, sponsored by Sen. Alan Cropsey (R-33), outlines rebuttal presumptions for justified use of self-defense. The bill makes it clear that there is no "duty to retreat" if a person is in a place where he or she has a legal right to be.

    SB 1185, sponsored by Sen. Ron Jelinek (R-21), allows for the award of court and attorney fees in civil cases where it was determined a person acted in accordance with the "Self Defense Act" and where civil immunities apply.

    HB 5548, sponsored by Rep. Tim Moore (R-97), gives civil immunities to persons acting in accordance with the "Self Defense Act," preventing criminals and their families from suing law-abiding citizens.

    HB 5153, sponsored by Rep. Leslie Mortimer (R-65), puts the burden of proof on the prosecutor to show that a person acted unlawfully in the application of force, rather than the person using the force having to prove they acted lawfully.

    HB 5142, sponsored by Rep. Tom Casperson (R-108), expands the definition of "dwelling" to include a person's garage, barn, backyard, etc.

    "On behalf of all NRA members in Michigan, I want to thank each of the bills' chief sponsors for their leadership in seeing these measures become law," Cox said. "The Castle Doctrine is about putting the law back on the side of the victim; the way it's supposed to be."

    These Senators think it's OK to take guns in time of emergency

    THE NOT-SWEET 16

    As reported in last week's Alert, on July 13, 2006, all 55 Republicans, joined by 28 Democrats and 1 Independent, voted to pass Senator David Vitter's (R-La.) amendment to prohibit the use of taxpayer funds allocated under the Homeland Security appropriations bill (H.R. 5441) to be used to confiscate lawfully-possessed firearms during an emergency or major disaster. Sixteen Senators opposed the prohibition.

    In passing this legislation, the United States Senate acted on a bi-partisan basis to protect the self-defense rights of citizens when those rights are most vital, in the aftermath of a major disaster, when law-abiding citizens are left to defend themselves and their families.

    Sixteen Democrats (including both Senators from the states of California, Hawaii, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York) voted to defeat this commonsense legislation (Déjà vu Note: Under the unblinking eye of the C-SPAN cameras, Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) voted against the Vitter amendment, then minutes later he reversed course and voted for it.) These extreme opponents of the Second Amendment are:

    Daniel Akaka, Hawaii
    Edward Kennedy, Massachusetts
    Barbara Boxer, California
    Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey
    Hillary Clinton, New York
    Carl Levin, Michigan
    Christopher Dodd, Connecticut
    Robert Menéndez, New Jersey
    Dick Durbin, Illinois
    Barbara Mikulski, Maryland
    Dianne Feinstein, California
    Jack Reed, Rhode Island
    Tom Harkin, Iowa
    Paul Sarbanes, Maryland
    Daniel Inouye, Hawaii
    Chuck Schumer, New York

    While the passage of Senator Vitter's Amendment is significant, enactment into law of the "Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act of 2006" should remain our overarching goal. Introduced as S. 2599 by Senator Vitter in the Senate, and H.R. 5013 by U.S. Representative Bobby Jindal (R-La.) in the House, this NRA-supported legislation would amend federal emergency statute laws to prohibit federal, state, and local authorities from confiscating lawfully-owned firearms during times of disaster.

    Please be sure to contact your U.S. Senators and your U.S. Representative, and urge them to cosponsor and support S. 2599, and H.R. 5013, respectively, the "Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act of 2006!" You can reach your Senators at (202) 224-3121 and your Representative at (202) 225-3121.


    *From the NRA-ILA update, 7/21/06

    Friday, July 21, 2006

    Colorado's "make my day" law

    Trouble brewing in Europe

    There has been a brewing concern among Europeans. As their cities begin to become more crime-ridden, and as the concerns over terrorism increase, many are wishing they had the same rights as Americans, who enjoy the 2nd amendment protection of gun rights.

    Our constitution is an amazing thing, and many Europeans are wishing they had the rights we take for granted. Hopefully they'll lean towards respecting the rights of self-protection for their citizenry, rather than clamp down on everyone in the hopes of quelling potential problems.

    Figures show widespread use of guns in crime in Great Britian

    Crime at gunpoint up 68% in the last year, though guns are illegal in the UK.

    What's that saying? "When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns."

    Thursday, July 20, 2006

    Well, it's worked great so far, hasn't it?

    NYC is passing more anti-gun laws. I know when I think of a crime-free utopia, I think of New York City!

    It's basically impossible for a normal civilian to have a handgun within NYC, and their crime is still nuts... they'll never learn.

    75% of Britian's crime caused by 7% of the population

    An example included in the linked article, with some interesting stats. Anyone who says allowing civilians to be armed is just asking for people to "crack" is joking themselves.

    A very small percentage of people are responsible for most crimes. Finding and arresting these people is the way to lower crime, not disarming those who woudln't break the law, anyway.

    Women at home on the range in Boston

    Women are usually really good shots. Beyond this, many women enjoy shooting immensely, as long as they're taught correctly and take proper safety precautions.

    Looks like it's not just a local phenomenon.

    We need carrot control!

    Of Course You Realize This Means War

    "A 46-year-old man is accused of assaulting his wife with a carrot, causing her to lose sight in one eye," reports the Associated Press from Monroe, Conn.:

    Pamela Vecsey, 46, underwent six outs [sic] of surgery after being hit in the left eye with the vegetable Saturday night, but doctors were not able to restore her vision, prosecutor Stephanie Damiani said.

    The couple was arguing when Roderick Vecsey tossed the carrot, Damiani said.

    It is a scandal that thanks to the carrot lobby, Americans--even the mentally ill, convicted criminals and stalkers--are able to buy these dangerous weapons without so much as a license or background check. We need carrot control! It's the only way to deal with crime at its roots.


    * From the WSJ's "Best of the Web" 7/18/06

    The fashion of carrying

    A sign that in some places, carry licenses are the norm, not the exception.

    Saturday, July 15, 2006

    Law making it illegal to carry into bars didn't stop this shooting

    It's a serious crime in Ohio to carry a gun into a liquor establishment. It didn't stop this guy. That's why anti-gun signs don't keep the bad guys out, only the good guys.

    LOCK UP YOUR GUNS

    It's clear why Florida's crime keeps dropping

    A letter from Sen. Frist

    The Second Amendment unquestionably protects the right of individual Americans to own firearms. Thankfully, most gun-owners are never forced to defend themselves, their families, their homes. But during an emergency or disaster, when police protection breaks down like it did in the chaos in New Orleans that followed Hurricane Katrina, lawfully owned firearms may be the only effective means of protection.

    In the days following Katrina, when police and other first responders where overwhelmed and overstretched ... when the failure of telephone and other communication systems prevented so many from calling for help ... the police began seizing legal firearms from law-abiding citizens. This gun confiscation defied common sense as well as the rights protected by the Second Amendment ... and it left many ordinary Americans defenseless at the worst possible time.

    That's why I'm proud to say that the Homeland Security legislation passed by the Senate last night includes a much-needed amendment offered by my colleague, Louisiana Senator David Vitter. This amendment specifically prohibits the temporary or permanent seizure of lawfully owned firearms just because a state of emergency has been declared. The amendment overwhelming passed the Senate by a vote of 86 to 14 ... and I don't have to tell you that all 14 of its opponents were Democrats.

    I will support keeping Senator Vitter's proposal in the final bill that is sent to the President. We cannot afford to repeat the mistakes of Katrina ... and prohibiting gun confiscation from lawful citizens -- especially during periods of emergency and disaster -- is an important step in the right direction.

    Senator Bill Frist, M.D.

    Majority Leader, U.S. Senate

    Friday, July 14, 2006

    The NRA protects your rights, again

    From an NRA-ILA bulletin...

    U.S. Senate Votes to Protect
    Second Amendment Rights During Emergencies

    Thursday, July 13, 2006

    Please click here to make a secure, online contribution to help fund NRA's legislative efforts around the country.

    Fairfax, VA - On July 13, the United States Senate overwhelmingly passed (84-16) an amendment (#4615) to the Homeland Security appropriations bill (H.R. 5441). This amendment -- sponsored by Senator David Vitter (R-LA) -- prohibits the use of funds appropriated under HR 5441 for the confiscation of lawfully possessed firearms during an emergency or major disaster.

    Commenting on the passage of the amendment, NRA-ILA Executive Director and chief lobbyist Chris W. Cox said, "After Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Police Superintendent issued orders to confiscate firearms from all citizens, allegedly under a state emergency powers law. With that one order, he stripped the one means of self-protection innocent citizens had during a time of widespread civil disorder. This legislation guarantees that will never happen again."

    Various reports indicate that military and law enforcement agencies from the federal government and several states confiscated guns from law-abiding New Orleans residents. The Vitter Amendment prohibits the use of federal funds to seize firearms or restrict firearms possession, except in the circumstances allowed by current federal or state law. Convicted felons and other "prohibited persons" are not protected under this legislation and it does not effect law enforcement operations outside of disaster relief situations.

    "In passing this legislation, the United States Senate acted to protect the self-defense rights of citizens when those rights are most vital. There was no 9-1-1 or police to rely on while looters and rapists and thugs ran rampant and honest citizens were left to their own devices to protect themselves, their families and their neighbors. I want to thank Senator Vitter for introducing this amendment and all the Senators who supported it."

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the resulting gun confiscations, NRA filed suit in federal court and won a temporary restraining order ending all the illegal gun confiscations. After the City of New Orleans failed to comply with the court’s ruling, NRA filed a motion of contempt that included an order that all seized firearms be returned to their rightful owners.

    Due to NRA’s leadership, emergency powers legislation prohibiting government officials from restricting the rights of law-abiding gun owners during declared states of emergency passed in 10 states during the 2006 legislative session, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, Alaska, Idaho, Kentucky, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma.

    While the passage of the Vitter Amendment in the U.S. Senate represents an important victory for America’s law-abiding gun owners, the job is not yet finished. It is vital that this provision be included in the final version of the bill that emerges from the House and Senate conference committee later this year.

    Thursday, July 13, 2006

    Deli clerk in Price Hill defends self successfully

    After he was shot (realizing the robbers would probably kill him), this Price Hill deli clerk shot back at the bad guys, scaring them off. Police caught up with one of them at the hospital - seems the clerk is a pretty good shot, and got him in the face. The deli clerk worker is OK, and the bad guy is going to jail (and is 19-yrs old, and therefore had a gun illegally - big surprise, eh?).

    Chalk one up for the good guys.

    Attacked in a parking garage

    Three things to note about this :

    - she was attacked in a parking garage, which happens often because people are distracted and trapped in an area that is secluded

    - second, if she had a concealed handgun, she would have had to lock it up had he attacked her when she was ready to pull away in her car

    - finally, most parking garages in downtown Cincinnati are owned by the city, and therefore posted with anti-CHL signs, making it an obvious target for bad guys

    Glad to see the guy got caught, though.

    THIS is where gun violence comes from, not law abiding citizens

    Another home invasion in Cinci, another person hurt

    Wednesday, July 12, 2006

    Question: Do I ever have to take the training again for my CHL?

    Answer: Unfortunately, yes.

    Ohio law says the certificate issued for your training to apply for a carry license in Ohio is good for six years. That means you can apply for your permit, then in four years when it expires renew your permit, and that's it. After that (or the 3rd time you apply) you'll have to sit through a training class again.

    This is one thing many are pushing to eliminate. While it might be a good idea to get a law refresher, the Basic Pistol class isn't very relevant for those who have been carrying for a total of eight years (first 4 with the license, then another 4 after the renew).

    Anyway, hope that answers your question.

    Florida's pioneering gun laws are WORKING

    Florida's crime rate is down AGAIN, for the 14th year in a row. In fact, it's down to 1971 levels.

    Florida has some of the most cutting edge self-protection and gun laws in the country, being one of the first states to have shall-issue concealed carry and allowing people to stand their ground when attacked.

    Note to states like Illionis and Wisconsin, whose crime rates don't seem to be going down. Let the good guys protect themselves from the bad guys, and crime will go down.

    Florida's castle doctrine law hasn't caused the "Wild West" as predicted (shocking, I know)

    Anti-gunners have an OLD playbook. Whenever a law is introduced that will loosen gun laws for law-abiding citizens, such as concealed carry or castle doctrine (the ability to stand your ground if confronted by a bad guy, as opposed to having to attempt escape like in most states), they claim that the streets will erupt in violence.

    There's nothing but their wild imaginations and fear of good people with the means of defense to support their claims. And this is proven by the fact that crime typically goes down when concealed carry is passed.

    Keep this in mind next time you hear the "Wild West" claim. I think anti-gunners need to remember that Hollywood isn't real life...

    Tuesday, July 11, 2006

    Not safe when supersizing

    Note to those who carry - don't leave it at home, just because you're running out to get a snack.

    Good to see some foks with GUTS

    Another home invasion, this time in Anderson Towship

    Bad guys are finding easy prey by kicking in doors late at night.

    A lock-box by the bed with a 357-mag tucked inside might be a good way to avoid being the next victim... And for God's sake, don't answer the door at night unarmed.

    Monday, July 10, 2006

    For all those who say we'll be safer if only police/military have guns

    D.C. is an anti-gunner utopia. Gun ownership is restricted to those police and military - a regular citizen cannot have a gun.

    And what has that led to? The highest per-capita murder rate in the U.S. One of the highest gun crime rates in the country. And examples like this, where even a cop's gun is used by criminals.

    The fact is, the bad guys don't follow the laws. Making it illegal for people to have guns means that only criminals will have guns, making us all less safe.

    Thursday, July 06, 2006

    We need power saw control!

    A guy went nuts with a power saw on the NYC subway, cutting a guy's chest.

    I think it's time we call for power saw control legislation. Hey, it works so great for guns... might as well extend the ban in NYC.

    Wednesday, July 05, 2006

    Report finds crime decreases as gun sales increase

    KY now requires birth certificate to apply for a carry permit

    For homeland security? Do you think a terrorist is going to carry illegally, or put his info on file with the sheriff to carry legally?

    Doesn't really make a lot of sense. Anyway, just a head's up.

    Monday, July 03, 2006

    At least the dog had the guts to fight back

    Another home invasion in Cincinnati this morning, this time the family dog chased the bad guys out the door.

    They knocked on the door at 4am, then barged in demanding money. Perhaps a 357-mag would have changed their minds. And maybe instead of the dog dying, one of the bad guys would have.

    Friday, June 30, 2006

    CAR CARRY MUST BE REFORMED

    A woman was abducted and raped by a stranger when sitting at a stop sign in Deerfield Township. The sad part about it, if she had a license to carry a weapon she most likely wouldn't have been able to defend herself.

    Ohio law says that you must carry open (and risk getting the cops called on you) or in a locked case in your vehicle. Making situations like this possible, even while having a gun for protection.

    Submit to a robber, get shot

    Don't beleive those who say you'll be fine if you just submit to the bad guy. At least the victim will live...

    When all hell breaks loose, you better have a means of protection

    Three people were just convicted of looting during Katrina, and will be serving 15 yrs in prison.

    Just a reminder that when the worst happens, the worst sometimes comes out of people. You can't rely on the police, military, etc. to protect yourself, your family, and your property.

    First they take your right to defense, then the rest of your rights

    There's a very distinct pattern for most dictatorship/communist/socialist governments.

    First, they make you defenseless. When the communists took control of China, they took away all the guns. Only military/police (arms of the gov't) were allowed to have arms.

    Then they take away the rest of your rights, because you can't do anything about it. A good example of this is the freedom of thought in China.

    I know someone in China who was arrested and questioned for sending an email that mentioned the word "democracy." And another that was taken out of her home in the middle of the night for three weeks by the Chinese gov't for posting on a blog that she wished she lived in Taiwan because it felt more "free."

    In fact, this is one of the primary reasons the 2nd amendment was included into the Bill of Rights. America had just experienced a monarchy that would impose its will on the colonies and the founders of the country, in their wisdom and foresight, knew that the people needed a way to balance power. An armed citizenry is one way this is done in the U.S.

    Wonder why were one of the few countries that has a peaceful pass of power (presidents, congress, etc.) each election? A big reason is that the people are powerful here. In China, the people do as their told. In the U.S., the gov't does as it's told.

    Thursday, June 29, 2006

    Why vehicle carry has to change

    A woman in Colerain was carjacked yesterday. If she had a carry license, and was carrying legally, her gun would have most likely been in a locked case in the vehicle - inaccessible, in other words. You can also carry completely open, which many fear is a good way to get the cops called on you.

    Most states allow those with a license to carry to do so in anyway that is safe in their vehicle. Would be nice if Ohio followed the same logic.

    Wednesday, June 28, 2006

    Woman with protection order against ex-husband STABBED TO DEATH in Blue Ash

    If you've got someone after you, the best defense is obvious. Get a license to carry a gun.

    Saturday, June 24, 2006

    Vote for anyone BUT DeWine

    Here's why...

    BRADY CAMPAIGN ENDORSES DEWINE

    In its first Senatorial endorsement of the year, The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence this week endorsed anti-gun Senator Mike DeWine (R-Ohio).

    In lauding the anti-gun efforts of Senator DeWine, the group cited DeWine's unsuccessful effort to block the "Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act," (which was signed last fall by President Bush), his ill-conceived efforts to create a "firearm tracing" database, and his push for sweeping semi-auto firearm bans.

    "In politics, you are defined as much by the battles you fight where you fail as those in which you win," said Michael D. Barnes, president of the Brady Campaign. And if anyone knows about failure, it's the soon-to-be-departed Barnes and the Brady Bunch.

    *Hat tip NRA-ILA newsletter

    Wednesday, June 21, 2006

    Man fights home invasion, bad guys get arrested

    At least a few Ohioans have some guts! Might still be smarter to answer the door able to defend yourself.

    Maybe a few reports of bad guys getting their butts kicked will deter this scary form of robbery.

    Tuesday, June 20, 2006

    Know thine enemy

    Top 10 anti-gun U.S. Senators.

    Top 10 anti-gun U.S. House of Reps.

    Don't believe the photo-ops (e.g. John Kerry holding a shotgun during the election).

    Another Cincinnati home invasion

    These are becoming all-too-common around here.

    Answer the door, magnum in hand...

    "Gangsters don't register their guns."

    Truer words were never spoken in Canada. Looks like the Canadian gun registry, a horrible (and amazingky expensive) flop by all accounts, will be going away soon.

    Anti-gunners wrong in La. about concealed carry

    Friday, June 16, 2006

    Anti-carry signs work FLAWLESSLY at local UDF

    Shots fired by a burglar at a UDF near Norwood.

    All UDFs (except the one in Forest Park, for some reason) have anti-concealed carry signs, making it illegal for anyone with a license to carry to enter the building with a firearm.

    Signs only keep out law-abiding citizens who have passed a criminal background check. Criminals don't care about them - they're not going to the sheriff to have their info on file. And why would they care about a 4th-degree misdemeanor when they're about to commit a felony?

    Anyone who thinks anti-CHL signs will actually keep them safe is joking themselves.

    Wednesday, June 14, 2006

    Woman sexually assaulted on bike trail

    Why it's important that public areas, like parks, don't forbid concealed carry.

    Also the advice from the police of not "being on your own" if your a woman - kind of insulting, eh? How about making yourself NOT as vulnerable, by having the ability to defend yourself, no matter your sex, size, etc.

    As the saying goes, "God didn't make men equal, John Browning (inventor of the 45 ACP) did."

    Tuesday, June 13, 2006

    Thanks for your help to fund Advanced Shooting

    As most of you know, the money that comes into Advanced Shooting goes back into Advanced Shooting - we buy guns, equipment, range materials, and classroom materials for future classes (plus a yearly donation to the NRA).

    Thanks to everyone who has attended a class lately - we were just able to upgrade our computer used for presentations (the old one died). So future classes will be able to enjoy presentations with smoother video, better sound, and a better picture.

    We've also got our eye on a Springfield XD 40 cal. It's an often requested gun, and since we allow students to use our guns for free, we try to keep up with the newest and most interesting stuff out there. Hopefully by the end of the summer we'll be able to pick one up for the CHL classes in the fall.

    Thank you, again, everyone who helps keep this puppy moving!

    --Advanced Shooting's Instructors

    But aren't guns ILLEGAL in Scotland?

    Police in Scotland are warning that Scottish gangs are taking up guns, in lieu of knives, lately.

    "When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns."

    2nd ammedment upheld - San Fran gun ban stopped

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    Excellent site for buying guns in Kentucky

    Check out Bud's Gun Shop - a huge selection of guns! Good site to browse around and see what prices are, what guns look like, etc.

    Compare their prices before going to a local gun store or buying online. I've heard their "real" shop is very nice, too.

    Thanks to a student from last week's CHL class for letting us know about this guy...

    Need a safe?

    A lot of people ask me where to buy a safe for your guns. Target World in Tri-County is running a sale this weekend for father's day (6/17-18).

    Bass Pro and Dicks also sell safes, but Target World has the biggest selection of serious safes around town. Just a head's up.

    Gang activity cited in U.S. increase in homicides

    Is this really shocking? Nowhere is concealed carry, which has spread across the U.S. like wildfire the last 20 years, blamed. As it shouldn't be.

    When crime rates go up it becomes even more imperative that law-abiding citizens are able to defend themselves against the bad guys. Concealed carry license holders are among the most law abiding in the U.S. - less than one percent will ever be involved in any serious crime.

    As the streets get rougher, remember that you have the right to self-defense in most parts of the U.S.

    Do a white load, check your piece

    Goes to show that you can find yourself a victim anywhere, anytime.

    Friday, June 09, 2006

    Just 9 days after protection order ends, woman is attacked

    Anyone who says the police will protect you from violence, especially domestic abuse, is fooling themselves.

    It is your responsibility to ensure your own protection. We've issued training for several domestic abuse victims who were relieved to know they have the right to carry a gun for self-defense.

    In several states, the government gives information on concealed carry to those who put a restraining order against someone (and no, someone with a restraining order against them CANNOT get a license to carry). Perhaps this is what Ohio should do, allowing more victims of domestic violence to escape further harm from their abusers.

    Thursday, June 08, 2006

    At fast food joints, keep a shotgun in the freezer

    Seems like a lot of fast food robberies end with the bad dudes putting the employees in the freezer. Maybe a 12-gauge in the freezer would help these guys out and stop a few robberies...

    If I were a pizza driver, I'd have pepperoni and a pistol

    Gun buybacks don't work

    Another anti-gunner program to try and get guns off the streets. Too bad it doesn't work. Just like every anti-gunner policy that aims to curb gun ownership, the bad guys never give up their guns.

    Only way to get their guns is through ENFORCEMENT. That's right. Convict bad guys of doing bad things, and get them off the streets.

    Mandatory concealed carry in Canada would reduce crime

    Interesting article form the land up North that isn't very friendly to gun owners, especially handgun owners.

    Salem, OH instructor gives up permit after offence

    It's very rare you hear about people losing their carry licenses after an incident - because permit holders are not likely to ever be involved in a crime involving a gun (less than 1/10 of 1% nationwide).

    This is a case where an instructor in Salem, Ohio pulled a gun during a dispute. He claims it was in self-defense, but gave up his license by request of the sheriff until the case is finalized.

    Keep in mind the rules for the use of lethal force. It isn't just shooting someone that could get you in trouble, pulling a gun can do the same.

    1) You must have not caused or aggrevated the situation.
    2) You must honestly beleive you're about to receive serious bodily injury or be killed.
    3) You must have no reasonable means of escape.

    Tuesday, June 06, 2006

    Robbery at local park

    This is why local gov't shouldn't be able to ban carrying in parks...

    More UC robberies

    To: The University of Cincinnati Community
    From:Executive Staff Officer
    University of Cincinnati

    The Cincinnati Police have received two reports of aggravated robberies off campus. The first incident occurred on May 22nd, 2006 on Rohs Street at approximately 10:20 PM. The victim was approached by a male white and a male black. Both subjects were wearing white tee shirts and jeans and the male black had a dark-colored bandana. One of the suspects had a large black handgun and demanded her purse. She complied and the suspects then ran south of Rohs Street.

    The second incident occurred on May 27th, 2006 at Straight Street at University Court at 12:47 AM. The victim and two friends were approached by two male black suspects who were in their 20's and approximately 5'6". Suspect #1 is dark skinned, and had a cap, navy shirt, khaki shorts and a black semi-auto handgun. Suspect #2 was wearing a blue do-rag, blue shirt and blue shorts with a black semi-auto handgun. The suspects took two purses, car keys and a Sony digital camera and fled in an unknown direction.

    These incidents are still under investigation at this time. We continue to remind everyone to remain alert while walking both on and off campus. If you have any information concerning these offenses, or if you see someone matching the descriptions, the Cincinnati Police can be reached at 765-1212. If it is an emergency, dial 911. Working together the police and community members can have a positive impact on safety in our neighborhoods.

    You can receive additional personal safety tips by subscribing to a list server established by the UC Department of Public Safety:

    http://listserv.uc.edu/archives/uc-public-safety-html

    *Hat tip to SW

    Saturday, June 03, 2006

    Clueless elitism

    This guy doesn't want "backwoods" hicks carrying guns in the cities he loves!

    He's railing against a bill proposed in congress that would allow for universal reciprocity - in other words your carry license would be good nationwide (in any of the states with "shall issue" concealed carry).

    Notice he doesn't mention that most of the nation lives in a state with concealed carry (only two have absolutlely no form of it, Illonis and Wisconsin), that no state that's ever passed it has overturned the law (because it lowers crime), and that many states already have reciprocity with other states, and that hasn't turned the nation into "Deadwood."

    Also, note that two of the cities he mentions already have concealed carry - so people are carrying there already.

    This is typical of an anti-gunner. They don't do any research, assume what they want is what everyone else wants, and ignore the facts to support their gut-feelings.

    Friday, June 02, 2006

    NO AMMO in the room while cleaning guns

    This is why we emphasize this point, along with the three safety rules, during our classes.

    1. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction (not at yourself)
    2. Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot
    3. Always keep the gub unloaded until you are using it

    Home invasion in Springfield Township

    Four or five guys with guns busted into a man's home (while his wife & child were there), and got away with cash, injuring the homeowner.

    Goes to show that if someone knocks on your door, might be a good idea to grab a magnum before answering.

    Saturday, May 27, 2006

    School zone

    Another question came up during a carry class about carrying onto school property.

    There is a specific exception for those dropping someone off to school - OK to carry as long as you don't get out of the car.

    Ohioans for Concealed Carry tries to tackle this issue, though the law isn't very clear.

    Basically, it's OK to carry if you're dropping your kid off at school. But if you're going into his/her school, leave the gun at home.

    Carrying on a boat

    Had a question in the last concealed carry class that I didn't have a good answer for, so here it is.

    Yes, you can carry on a boat. In fact, it appears that you do not have to follow "motor vehicle" carry laws in Ohio while carrying.

    See the Ohio Boat Operator's Guide and Ohioans for Concealed Carry for more.

    Excellent tactical light

    Check out the FL-214 LED lights - they're bright, small, take AAA batteries, and are perfect for tactical use. Plus they're only $10 (less if you buy several).

    We've bought a half-dozen for tactical classes. Very nice, and LED flashlights last a LOT LONGER than a normal flashlight.

    Fighting anti-gun gov't for your right to carry

    A case is moving forward that is challenging a city's ability to ban carry in parks, where the law says it's OK but local gov't doesn't.

    Anti-gunners want to ban carry in particular places to either prove a point or inconvenience carry license holders, hopefully dissuading people from getting a license in the first place.

    This kind of brazen opposition to a law that was passed by the state of Ohio can't be tolerated. And it underscores the need for an Ohio law forbidding local laws to override state laws.

    Wednesday, May 24, 2006

    Two who robbed seinors behind bars

    If you're older, get a carry permit to defend yourself from such thugs.

    HB 347 - stalled? Some politicans are fighting for you....

    The fix to Ohio's carry law is up for vote next week. Looks like it might not make it before the recess this summer.

    An Ohio gun-lobby group is encouraging letters to reps in Ohio's congress:

    http://www.buckeyefirearms.org/article

    I'd suggest sending one.

    Do note, however, that one of the recipients is definitely on your side. Joe Uecker is a Ohio House Rep. He's also an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, and the father of an Air Force pilot that is a close friend.

    Not every politician is anti-CHL. In fact many, like Joe Uecker, are fighting the bureaucracy to help law-abiding gun owners.