Monday, April 30, 2007
Well, that really depends on where you want to carry and how much $$ you're willing to spend.
The two most common out-of-state permits are Flordia and Utah, and for good reason. Both give you 30 states you can carry in, and bring your Ohio + out-of-state count to 32. Florida's cost $117 every 4 years and Utah $55. The disadvantage to Utah is it requries that you review Utah's law in-class, while Flordia's only requires you review the law yourself.
In other words, Utah's license requires additional training for an Ohio resident. Florida does not.
The "economical" permit option is New Hampshire. They only charge $20 for out-of-state permits. It brings your toal state count up to 30. NH requires a special range-time certification, though, and therefore some additional training.
Given that many people like the idea of a Utah permit, our lead pistol instructor has applied with Utah to be an instructor capable of issuing Utah out-of-state training, and we can also provide the special range-time required by NH for their out-of-state permit. Both Utah and NH certificiation will cost $25 additional, since a seperate certificate and additional training is required.
All of Advanced Shooting's Basic Pistol classes already allow you to apply for a Florida permit, for no addtional fee.
If you're wondering what states are covered by each permit, there's a great tool available at www.packing.org.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
According to the attorney general, you must be a legal resident, not necessarily a citizen, to obtain a CHL. In other words, if you are a permanent resident of Ohio and have some sort of documentation to back that up (a green card, for instance), you're OK to apply for a license.
NOTE that it is against Ohio law for anyone to carry a weapon into a university building, and often university parking lots are posted with anti-CHL signs, leaving UC students/faculty just as helpless as the victims at Virginia Tech.
April 25, 2007
The University of Cincinnati Police have received reports of some people making threatening or suspicious comments related to the Virginia Tech incident last week. In one such case a student is reported to have stated that the Virginia Tech incident was nothing compared to what he would do if his grades were not adjusted. Such statements are, unfortunately, not uncommon following major news stories such as Virginia Tech. Historically, such comments have proven to be attempts at bravado to gain more attention to the person's issue.
However, since the potential for harm is so great, we take these statements seriously. We will investigate all such cases. Arrest and prosecution will occur where appropriate.
UC Police are already investigating several such cases, but encourage everyone to report any suspicious or threatening statements. Do not assume UC Police already know of a particular case. We would prefer to be notified several times rather than not be informed because someone thought we already knew about the situation.
If you have information regarding such a situation, please call 513-556-1111.
*Thanks to SW for the info
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
VT massacre: OH Gov. says state gun laws sound; Sheriff calls for armed teachers
The Dayton Daily News is reporting that while Governor Ted Strickland (D) believes dangerous mentally disturbed people should not have access to guns, he does not believe the Virginia Tech case means Ohio's gun [control] laws need strengthened.
Buckeye Firearms Association is pleased to report that the Ohio Republican Party State Central and Executive Committee chose State Rep. Kevin DeWine to be the state party's deputy director.
In an article that otherwise took a very balanced, healthy look at the problem of disarming adults on college campuses, the Cleveland Plain Dealer has published some factually incorrect information. Be warned, this information could get you arrested.
In the hours after the massacre at Virginia Tech, we predicted that there would be a call for tighter gun control measures. It didn't take days. In fact, gun ban extremist Toby Hoover, who fronts the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, issued a press release before the total number of victims was even known.
One of the things that's got to be going through a lot of peoples' minds now is how one man with two handguns, that he had to reload time and time again, could go from classroom to classroom on the Virginia Tech campus without being stopped. Much of the answer can be found in policies put in place by the university itself.
In the wake of the massacre of 32 defenseless students on the 'gun free' campus of Virginia Tech, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland (D) has called for a review of safety issues on Ohio's college campuses.
On Wednesday, April 18, the Cleveland Plain Dealer published an article entitled “In Ohio its really easy to buy a gun.” It was immediately apparent that the writer, Plain Dealer reporter Terry Oblander, relied on incorrect information from the Brady Campaign.
"The District of Columbia and Mayor Adrian Fenty respectfully petition this Court for rehearing en banc." With these words the Mayor of Washington D.C. launches his challenge to the D.C. Circuit Court's ruling in Parker vs. Washington D.C., made on March 9,2007.
The sadness of Monday, April 16, 2007, will echo for some time. Our hearts and prayers continue to go out to the family and friends of those killed at Virginia Tech.
The news coverage has been wall to wall, and when the talking heads begin to chatter all sorts of mindless things are said. As I feared, the knee jerk reaction has been, "What gun control measure would have stopped this?"
Most self-defense advocates take training very seriously. However, there is one component of concealed carry training that is completely ignored by most schools. This is unfortunate, as this one component is the one that is statistically most likely to result in the arrest of a concealed carry license holder.
The establishment media’s immediate vilification of guns whenever a mass shooting happens means they forget that it only takes only one person with a concealed handgun license to stop a killer. They also refuse to accept that despite the leftist anti-gunners' cries to the contrary, when someone resists with a gun the death toll in these cases is much lower.
Some sportsmen might consider too many deer an oxymoron, like owning too many guns. A recent article in the Columbus Dispatch by Dave Golowenski certainly presents what is becoming a common debate.
Buckeye Firearms Association
Sunday, April 22, 2007
One thing to note is that private ownership of handguns is illegal in Russia and nearly all long guns are tightly controlled. And surprise, surprise - violent crime is out of control.
I guess it's easy to see why when just about everything, including the media, is state controlled.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Looks like the nut-job from Virigina Tech was influenced by such movies. It was a Korean film Cho was obsessed with, but nevertheless, it is a good example of the way guns are treated in our movie theaters and TV shows.
Note all parents out there what your kids are exposed to. Impressionable minds are a horrible thing ot corrupt.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Massacre at a Gun-Free School
Predictably, opponents of Second Amendment rights seized opportunistically on the Virginia Tech massacre. "It is long overdue for us to take some common-sense actions to prevent tragedies like this from continuing to occur," said a statement from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. White House spokeswoman Dana Perino got questions like this one in yesterday's press briefing:
Columbine, Amish school shooting, now this, and a whole host of other gun issues brought into schools--that's not including guns on the streets and in many urban areas and rural areas. Does [sic] there need to be some more restrictions? Does there need to be gun control in this country?
And of course the New York Times, while noted that "it is premature to draw too many lessons from this tragedy," draws one anyway:
What is needed, urgently, is stronger controls over the lethal weapons that cause such wasteful carnage and such unbearable loss.
But there is another side to this argument. Longtime readers may recall the lead item in our Jan. 18, 2002, column, which concerned a shooting spree at another Virginia institution of higher learning, the Appalachian School of Law. The gunman, Peter Odighizuwa, killed three, and probably would have killed more but for another student's gun:
Students ended the rampage by confronting and then tackling the gunman, officials said.
"We saw the shooter, stopped at my vehicle and got out my handgun and started to approach Peter," Tracy Bridges, who helped subdue the shooter with other students, said Thursday on NBC's "Today" show. "At that time, Peter threw up his hands and threw his weapon down. Ted was the first person to have contact with Peter, and Peter hit him one time in the face, so there was a little bit of a struggle there."
Appalachian is a private institution, Virginia Tech a public one; and Virginia law prohibits guns on campus. Early last year there was an effort in the state Legislature to change that law, but it died in committee. As the Roanoke Times reported at the time:
Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker was happy to hear the bill was defeated. "I'm sure the university community is appreciative of the General Assembly's actions because this will help parents, students, faculty and visitors feel safe on our campus."
There are reasons one may be wary of arming academia. College students spend a lot of time drinking and carousing, and so perhaps they're better off without firearms. Academic disputes can get vicious; we wouldn't want them to get bloody. But it does not seem a stretch to think that if Cho Seung-hui had encountered someone else with a gun, fewer people would lie dead at Virginia Tech.
In the case of the Virginia Tech tragedy, it looks like Cho was a very disturbed individual. Perhaps if someone would have pressed charges against him he would have been forced to get help. As most people know, you can't get a gun if you've ever convicted of a crime of violence, or if you have a restraining order against him. If someone would have gotten the law involved, maybe things would have turned out differently.
A note to anyone who sees someone acting like Cho - take it seriously. If such people don't get help there can be horrible consequences.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Yet another mass shooting in a 'gun free zone': At least 32 dead at VA Tech
It is a story that is all too familiar, and it has happened again. The Associated Press reports that a man opened fire in a 'gun free' dorm and classroom at Virginia Tech on Monday, killing at least people and wounding many others. It seems clear than none of the students were able to defend themselves by use of a firearm, and many died while depending on campus security and police to find and stop the killer.
Gun bans disarm victims, not criminals. That is the simple lesson that anti-gun groups refuse to acknowledge as they race to dance in the blood of the Virginia Tech tragedy. Tech fought, and won, a battle against a statewide measure that would have guaranteed the right of students to defend themselves while on campus.
Buckeye Firearms Association has compiled a list of the known incidences of Ohio CHL-holders defending their own lives or the lives of others. It is not our intent to re-open old wounds or to gain from these tragedies. However, it is critical that the public understand how well this law is working.
Several readers have encouraged us to advise Buckeye Firearms Association supporters that ABC News is preparing a story on people that have used their firearms to defend themselves.
In an important victory to gun owners, the Court of Appeals of Ohio’s Sixth district, on Friday April 13, 2007 reversed its earlier ruling on the City of Clyde’s ordinances intended to restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens who possess a concealed handgun license from exercising their constitutional rights in city parks.
The NRA held its annual meetings in St. Louis, Missouri this weekend. I have come to have high expectations of these events, and this one did not disappoint.
Gun owners disappointed by a bevy of Presidential front-runners in both the Democrat and Republican camps got a boost in recent weeks with when former Senator Fred Thompson (R-Tenn) announced that he was considering a Presidential run.
The flap over Jim Zumbo’s comments about so-called assault weapons brought the rift among gun owners into the public spotlight. Although Zumbo apologized, his comments show that some gun owners, and advocacy groups, are content to fight their own battle against gun confiscation unaware of the danger that poses for the movement as a whole.
What do you do when the police can't protect you? Police may be the single most important factor for reducing crime, but there is something the police themselves understand: They almost always arrive at the crime scene after the crime has occurred.
The first quarter of 2007 has come to an end, and we saw two important gun bills introduced at the federal level. They both would have a profound effect on our Second Amendment rights. One bill is all about freedom and the other is all about control.
"I do not carry guns on planes, I carry two guns,” Jackson, Miss., Mayor Frank Melton told WLBT Channel 3 reporters, according to the Jackson Free Press. It’s not like Frank is asserting his right to keep and bear arms as a matter of Constitutional principle. He just wants his guns, and the hell with everybody else.
Many times I've heard people say that, “all politicians are the same.” Nothing could be further from the truth. All politicians are all different. Sure they have some similarities, just like members of any other group, but they are all unique people with unique thoughts.
*from 4/17/07 Buckeye Firearms Newsletter
The problem with this logic is the same as that of banning guns outright. It does not work. In Britian, an island nation which has banned most forms of guns including handguns, violent gun crime is at it's highest level ever.
It's the same problem at Virginia Tech - guns are ILLEGAL on campus. Passing laws or restrictions to limit guns does not stop crazed killers. If it did, gun crime would all but disappear in countries who have outright bans, like Australia. Unfortunately, crime there is also up.
Sure, there must be laws forbidding people who have proven to be a threat from obtaining guns. On the other hand, you must allow people to defend themselves.
Virginia Tech is a sad and tragic example of what happens when people are left defenseless. If only concealed carry were allowed, perhaps the spree would have ended quickly or without any innocent deaths.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Unfortunately, he has a sinister plan, wanting to open up the records of all FFLs to law enforcement without warrants (creating a de-facto gun registration scheme).
One group that supports is the American Hunters and Shooters Association. Unfortunately, this group is comprised of anti-gun lobby groups, shrouding themselves in pro-hunting/gun messaging.
The NRA opposes Bloomberg's plan with good reason. Don't believe the BS group of anti-gunners known as the AHSA out to get the NRA and your guns.
It is interesting to note that a bill has been pushed lately to allow students in Virginia, such as those at Virginia Tech, the ability to protect themselves like they can outside of campus. Virgina Tech, like most universities, is a "gun free zone," where concealed carry permits are not valid.
Unfortunately, this does not stop the bad guys. And good people die as a result.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Get a weapon and know how to use it, people. Bad guys don't just strike when you're away...
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
In MN, a recent report says concealed carry hasn't reduced crime. OK. Well it hasn't raised it, either. So what are they arguing? That it's not necessary? Problem is, CCW permit holders are the most law-abiding people in the country, and the US is founded on the idea of freedom - freedom to do what you will as long as you aren't hurting someone else.
When anti-gunners whine that in some cases, concealed carry doesn't reduce crime, it just demonstrates how weak their argument against it was in the first place. If it doesn't reduce crime, why not keep it legal? Because they don't like it?
Even if crime does not decrease due to CCW legislation, it should still be legal. Even if the only reason is that some people want the freedom to protect themselves and their families.
This demonstrates an interesting fact in "may-issue" states like California. Only famous/rich/influential people can get permits. Even Micheal Moore has a California CCW.
Too bad the "little people" aren't afforded the same protections... I thought liberalism was about EQUALITY?