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.