Friday, March 31, 2006

Nebraska approves concealed carry

And the Gov. has said he'll sign it. Looks like Illonis and Wisconsin remain as the only hold-outs.

Now for the "may issue" states to convert to "shall issue."

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Newest NRA Instructor - first class scheduled March 2027.


Jack was born at 20:27 3/29/06, 7lbs 8oz, 20.5 inches.

Thanks to everyone who has wished us well, especially those attending CHL classes during her pregnancy!

We'll have him at the range in no time and he'll be out-shooting his dad before we know it!

Using a tragedy to blame the guns

Some anti-gun people are using the tragedy in Seattle (rave shooting) as an excuse to talk about the "common-sense gun laws" they think are needed.

I really don't get why people aren't willing to blame the bad-guy for the shooting, instead of the guns.

Yes, some guns are built to kill people, not animals. They're used for self-defense 2.1 million times per year according to the FBI to save the lives of Americans.

The shame is this guy, who is a convicted felon (despite the article saying otherwise), was allowed to keep his guns after being convicted of a serious crime.

If you let bad people have guns, bad things happen. Just like if you let drunks drive, they'll end up killing someone. No one is condoning the banning of alcohol or cars. It's the fault of the bad-guy, not the gun.

Put criminals in jail for crimes, and you'll prevent a lot of tragedies such as this one.

It becomes like your keys....

People don't believe me when I tell them your gun becomes like your keys after you carry for a while - you forget about it, leave it places, etc.

That's why it's especially important to give yourself a routine. Put the gun in the same place everytime you're done carrying. I use a safe in my bedroom, and a lock-box in my car. It's always either on my person or in one of those two spots.

Here's an example of a cop leaving behind his gun, only to be found by the secret service.

Still no arrest in church parking lot shooting

Ohio's got a strange rule when it comes to carrying in churches. It's not OK, unless the pastor is OK with it.

Very weird, indeed. Anyway, here's a good reason carrying should be allowed in churches.

What about weedwackers?

More legislative dumbness from a liberal state. Mass. (home state of anti-gunners Ted Kennedy and John Kerry) wants to regulate MACHETE ownership.

Goes to show anti-gunners don't get that CRIMINALS are the problem, not the tools they choose to use to do their misdeeds.

Let's go ahead make cars illegal, since they're used in homicides and robberies. Or ski-masks? When does the blame on the inanimate object end and the blame on the criminal begin?

*Hat tip to PWD for the link

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

94 percent has the right to carry, 82 percent "shall issue"


Only three states have no concealed carry - Wisconsin, Illinois and Nebraska. And both Wisconsin and Nebraska have passed legislation, only to be vetoed. Nebraska will probably get carry this year. Wisconsin will get it when they elect a governor who is actually for the people, instead of in the back pocket of Chicago.

Yes, there are a few pockets in here with laws that stink. The "restricted" states have may issue concealed carry - which means only if you've got a fat checkbook or a famous name you can get a permit. It's better than nothing, but these states are fighting to change. And the high-crime places like NY City, DC and Chicago all ban guns (works great, doesn't it?).

Goes to show, though, you are NOT alone in the U.S. having a carry license. Millions of Americans have them, and the vast majority (47 states - or 94 percent of the U.S.) has the right to carry, and most of that (41 states, 82 percent) has "shall issue" concealed carry, which means if you want a permit and qualify, you get a permit. You'd never know that by the news, movies, etc., but it's true.

*Hat tip to packing.org for the map, updated to include Kansas

Monday, March 27, 2006

Not safe at the pharmacy

A drug addict robbed a local Walgreens for drugs at knife-point.

Goes to show that you shouldn't leave your piece at home, even if you're just running down to the drug store.

Clermont County residents being robbed outside bars

You're on your way to the car after having a burger or a few drinks at a local bar, only to be robbed in the parking lot (feature on Local 12 TV 6pm News, 3/27/06).

Ohio law disarmes CHL holders when entering a bar. Many other states allow you to carry, as long as you don't drink.

Be aware of your surroundings, and work to fix this bug in our law.

Not smart to answer the door at night without a magnum in hand

Lock up your guns!

Ohio House to meet on removing "Duty to Retreat"

BULLETIN FROM THE NRA:


The House Criminal Justice Committee will be holding a hearing on House Bill 541, "Castle Doctrine" legislation, Tuesday, March 28. Sponsored by Representative Steven Buehrer (R-74), HB 541 restores Ohioans right to self-defense by removing the "duty to retreat" in the face of a criminal attack and provides civil immunity in such situations.

It is unreasonable that victims of crime should have to worry about being arrested or prosecuted if they use force to defend themselves or their family!

The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28, at 2:30 p.m. in Room 121 of the State House at the capitol. Please plan on attending to show your support for HB 541. If you are unable to attend, please contact your State Representative and ask him or her to support your right to self-defense by voting in favor of HB 541. All State Representatives can be reached during normal business hours by calling toll-free at (800) 282-0253.

To find further contact information please use the "Write Your Representative" feature found at www.nraila.org/.

Again, he didn't just "snap"

You may hear stories claiming the nut-job who went on a shooting spree (with a shotgun) at a Rave party "just snapped."

Not true. He's a convicted felon, and shouldn't have had a gun in the first place. Check out the end of this article.

It is VERY rare that shootings of this nature happen. When they do, many of the anti-gun media like to claim that the person "snapped" and isn't the kind of person who they would suspect of such things.

It is almost never the case that someone who commits such a horrible crime doesn't have a history of violence. Dig deeper - don't believe the headlines.

CHL lists should be secret, and here's why...

Friday, March 24, 2006

How did this happen?

Guns are illegal in Australia - how was there a drive-by shooting?

Oh, yea...

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

Kansas gets the right to carry

Thursday, March 23, 2006

You gotta love Indiana

Indiana's Gov just signed in a "castle doctrine" law, much like Florida's.

In Indiana it just became a lot easier on the good guys, and a lot scarrier for the bad guys.

Swedish doctors don't see many shooting victims

Odd, because guns are a way of life in Sweden. Yes, their laws are different, but they are not nearly as tight as some U.S. cities and most European countries.

Sweden is an example that more guns does not equal more crime. And it's an example that it's the culture, not the presence of guns, that causes homicide shootings.

We need to control our CRIME, not our guns. When criminals go to jail and when there are SERIOUS consequences for crime, crime decreases. It works every time. Gun control does not reduce crime (see D.C., NY, Chicago). Locking criminals up does.

This is why you follow the rules

A sheriff accidentally popped off a round at a courthouse in VA while demonstrating unloading/disassembly techniques.

This is why we follow the safety rules!

1) Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction (good thing he did that!)
2) Always keep your finger off the trigger (to disassemble a Glock, you have to squeeze the trigger, that's why you make sure you follow step 3)
3) Always keep your gun UNLOADED until you're ready to use it

I guess the police in VA need more training on their firearms. That's why you CHECK a gun to make sure it's unloaded EVERY TIME YOU PICK IT UP.

Accidents don't have to happen if you're careful and follow the rules.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Always vote for the F's

The UN wants your guns

The UN is holding a small-arms regulation conference soon, and there are events to encourage the UN to take away your guns in the UK going on right now.

More women buying and using guns

Florida fighting to allow guns in locked cars

We need legislation in Ohio to allow this. It's a shame when companies disarm their employees by not allowing guns in cars - even if the person has a permit to carry that firearm.

Florida's attorney general supports such legislation, and many others are putting forth the case to Florida's legislature.

Comparing apples to oranges

This is a typical anti-gun rant that says "concealed carry won't make us safer."

Why? Because some states have a higher per capita crime rate than the state in question. But you can't compare two states directly - you have to compare a state with concealed carry and then the SAME state after.

Florida, for instance, saw a 30%+ decline in violent crime after they passed concealed carry legislation. If no other statistic convinces you, know that NO state that has passed concealed carry has done away with it. In other words, crime has never gone up due to concealed carry.

Citizens of Kansas deserve to join the rest of the nation (all but a few lingering states) to have the ability to protect themselves with concealed carry. Hopefully the gov's veto will be overridden, and Kansas will join the rest of the country.

It ain't just about political party

Many think that Republicans are pro-gun, and Democrats anti-gun.

Often this is the case, but there are glaring examples of this being false. Mayor Bloomberg of NYC is an example. He's probably the most anti-gun mayor in the country, in a tight race with Chicago's mayor.

Remember to do your research before voting. "R" doesn't always mean pro-gun.

Wisconsin fighting for concealed carry, and to keep names private

Strikes close to home for Ohioans whose local newspapers have seen fit to publish the names of all permit holders, just to intimidate those who haven't gotten their CHLs yet.

States allow self-defense (or that should be the title)

Monday, March 20, 2006

Submit to the criminal and you'll be fine

Or not, as this convenience store owner found. All the details aren't in, but it looks like submitting to the bad guy got him killed.

If you're attacked, your odds of survival increase dramatically if you have the means to fight back.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Good summary of potential changes for Ohio's carry law

Typical anti-gunner tactic

In Chicago, two little girls were killed during a drive-by shooting, and the mayor and governor are marching to make guns and ammunition illegal.

Dozens of laws were broken with the shooting, and odds are the perpetrators had illegally acquired the guns. These add up to lifetimes in prison, even before the shootings happened.

Instead of dealing with the problem - crime and criminals - anti-gunners try to outlaw the guns. Also note that it is ILLEGAL already to have a firearm in Chicago, which didn't stop the crime.

So would making guns illegal have stopped this horrible tragedy? Absolutely not. The guns used are already illegal in Chicago.

Instead of taking responsibility for the rising crime in the gun-free utopia of Chicago, the mayor and governor point the finger at legal gun owners.

How is this possible?

I thought firearms are ILLEGAL in Australia.

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

Why you should carry while out to dinner with the family

There have been three shootings in Denny's in California recently. Makes you think twice about "just leaving the gun at home" while you run out for a quick meal.

The NRA looks out for gun owners, even non-members

NRA AND NEW ORLEANS REACH AGREEMENT ON RETURN OF FIREARMS CONFISCATED DURING KATRINA

NRA has negotiated an agreement with New Orleans regarding the firearms seized from lawful owners during and after Hurricane Katrina. The issue is pending before the federal court in the case NRA v. Mayor Ray Nagin. On March 15, 2006, lawyers for both sides informed the court that positive settlement negotiations were occurring. After months of stonewalling, the city of New Orleans has now admitted that it holds a number of firearms, and that owners of firearms which may have been confiscated may contact the Property and Evidence Division of the New Orleans Police Department in any of the following ways: by telephone, at (504) 658-5503; by mail, sent to: New Orleans Police Department, Property and Evidence, 400 North Jefferson Davis Parkway, New Orleans, LA 70119; or in person at the same address. Please be patient as records are incomplete, and the police are currently understaffed. Records are most accessible if you can supply your gun's serial number. Claims can be made based on proof of ownership, or, lacking such documents, an affidavit that the item belongs to you. For those who go through the above process, whether successfully or unsuccessfully, NRA would be interested in hearing your comments on what occurred. Please contact NRA Grassroots at 800-392-8683 or by email at https://secure.nraila.org/Contact.aspx.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Good legislation works

Looks like the a frivolous lawsuit against a gun manufacturer has been dismissed, under the new Federal law pushed by Bush.

It's sad to think anti-gun groups stated purpose is to litigate gun manufacturers out of business in the U.S. Good think common sense reins, now and then.

If you were hit by a Chevy, would you sue GM? That's the logic used by people who sue gun manufacturers. If the product isn't defective, it's the fault of the bad guy, not the manufacturer.

21 states considering "stand your ground" bills

We need to add Ohio to this list!

In Flordia, you don't have a "duty to retreat" when being attacked, as you do in Ohio.

Let's get rid of the "shot in the back" provision of the use of lethal force in Ohio!!

Concealed carry likely coming to Kansas

Kansas has had a long fight, much like Ohio. Hopefully the will of the people will be done this time around.

Facts ease fears about Ohio's carry law

Facts ease fears with Ohio concealed carry

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Sunday, March 12, 2006

This is what an elitist anti-gunner sounds like

Notice a few things about these anti-gunners, who think they know what's best for the "hapless" masses. This one who says the backers of concealed carry are being controlled by "special interests," and this one who claims that concealed carry backers are controlling the masses.

No mention that 42 states have concealed carry. No mention that the law has worked, no wild-west in the streets, crime has not gone up, and thousands of Ohioans have gotten licenses to legally protect themselves.

Anti-gunners don't like worrying about the facts, or about that Americans should be free to protect themselves in whatever manner they wish, given that they're not hurting others.

Instead, they like to wax poetic about how a bunch of hillbilly rednecks that just want to put bullet holes in everything that moves is taking everyone for a political ride.

Arm yourself with the facts, a concealed carry permit, and the knowledge that 84% of the U.S. can legally protect themselves with a concealed weapon, despite the elitist anti-gunners whine about.

And guess what? Looks like Kansas and Nebraska will be getting the right to carry soon... That will make 88%.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Ohio House passes bill to ease car carry

The new bill gets rid of the "plain sight" requirement in Ohio's carry law, which has caused confusion among those with carry licenses and police.

Onto the Senate...

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Intruders enter home, grandma answers door with gun

A senior citizen in Akron showed some felons-in-the-making that they should mend their ways.

*Hat tip to BM for the link

Suspect in UC's Sunday shooting arrested

Doesn't help the guy who got shot, though. That's why concealed carry is so important. Cops usually are charged with cleaning up the messes created by bad guys. They rarely save someone's life who is in danger. It's up to the victim to save his/her own life.

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

The suspect in the shooting that occurred early Sunday morning
on campus has been arrested.

UC Police investigators had determined the identity of the
suspect within hours of the shooting, but needed assistance
in locating the suspect.

A tip to Crime Stoppers provided the information that led to
his arrest by Cincinnati Police District 5.

*Hat tip to SW for the info

Ohio carry permit holder list available to media still, for now

Looks like the abuses will continue until Ohio's legislature listens to those who don't want the media to use the lists without cause (e.g. Dayton Daily News printing the names of every permit holder in Dayton).

*Hat tip to SK for the link

Georgia looking to follow Florida's lead

Another state looking to rid themselves of the "duty to retreat."

Ohio legislators- take note. We'd like to be able to stand up to bad guys, instead of getting a bullet in the back.

*Hat tip to VG for the link

Monday, March 06, 2006

Criminals don't care that it's illegal to carry into a bar

Two shootings happened in/around bars last weekend. This one at a club, and this one near UC.

Ohio law makes it a felony to carry a gun into a bar, with 1-2 yrs in prison as the penalty.

If you're a CHL holder, you know you're not allowed to carry into anywhere that serves alcohol for consumption on premises. It's pretty obvious that these rules don't carry criminals, who are carrying illegally in the first place.

This makes law-abiding citizens more prone to getting caught unable to defend themselves when bad guys do bad things.

Ohio should consider changing the law to like that of many other states - you can't carry and drink, but you can carry into a place that serves alcohol. Maybe innocent bystanders would be able to stop the bad guys, instead of just hiding from them.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

UC Campus is a "gun-free" zone

Somebody forgot to tell the criminals...

Sent: Sun 3/5/2006 11:19 AM
Subject: Shots Fired On Campus

To: The University of Cincinnati Community

From: Director of Public Safety

Re: Shots Fired On Campus

At approximately 2:15 a.m. on Sunday, March 5, shots were fired on the western edge of the UC campus near the McMicken Circle intersection with Clifton Avenue. Two vehicles were known to have been struck by bullets fired from a third vehicle, which then fled the scene.

One occupant in each of the two vehicles suffered a single wound to the arm. The victims were both taken to University Hospital for treatment. The injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. Neither victim is believed to be a UC student.

*Hat tip to SW for the info

Friday, March 03, 2006

Why "may-issue" concealed carry doesn't work

Hawaii is one of the states that does not have "shall-issue" concealed carry. Basically, unless the local law enforcment/burecrats feel you're worthy of a permit.

In most cases where "may-issue" is the law, it's very difficult to get a permit. Hawaii, NY, NJ, and California are states with this form of concealed carry.

If you're a politician, a celebrity, or rich, you get a permit. Everyone else, like this guy who is obviousially qualified to carry, is out of luck.

So if a liberal tells you "may-issue" is the way to go (as a cop-out to make him/her think you agree), don't buy it.

Pack of BS from anti-gunners

An article appeared in the Columbus Dispatch and was re-printed in the Cinti Enquirer saying Taft should veto the fixes to the CHL law in Ohio.

The changes would allow people to omit their names from the "public list" of permit holders if they fear it could cause a problem, and would clear up the problems with car-carry (that only Ohio has).
So why not allow these changes? Because the ticked-off anti-gunners want to make as much trouble as they can, and are still bitter the law passed in the first place.

Anyone who knows the Ohio CHL law knows it has some serious flaws. The most ridiculous argument in this particular piece is that if the names of permit holders aren't available to the media no one would be able to check to make sure felons aren't getting permits. Obviously the author has no idea how the law works, because the sheriff does a background check before issuing the permit.

Anyway, cleaning up the law is a good idea. In fact, the changes listed would put Ohio's law on par with most other state's laws, and clear up some of the confusion and hesitation people have before applying for a permit. Maybe that's why anti-gunners don't want the law fixed - they know it will encourage those on the fence to get a permit.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

"Stopped in the act" might have been better if "shot in the act"

This is one of those EXTREMELY rare cases where someone being attacked (in this case, raped) is caught while the crime is in progress.

More than not, police are clean-up crews for horrible crimes. Given that, and given that this guy was "caught in the act" (who knows if the crime began or was stopped), and finally that he broke into a house in Cincinnati in the middle of the night with the intent to rape a woman, it might be smart to keep a loaded gun by the bed. Or in your purse.

Seems like rapes in the Cincinnati area are getting a lot more attention lately. Women should know that Ohio law gives them the right to carry a gun for self-protection.