Friday, October 26, 2007

Pistol Marksmanship Class - Nov. 3 at 9am - 11:30

We'll be holding a public Pistol Marksmanship class at Spring Valley Saturday, November 3 from 9am - 11:30 a.m.

The cost is $40 if you'd like to attend. Email us at or give us a call at 513-549-4045 if you'd like to spend some time at the range with an instructor!

Drop Out of School?

An interesting view from, a newsletter sponsored by the WSJ.

'Drop Out of School'
Last April a man who seemed to have been mentally ill went on a rampage at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Cho Seung-hui used firearms to murder 32 people before killing himself--and somehow he managed to do it even though Virginia Tech is a "gun-free school."

Or was that because it's a gun-free school? As we noted at the time, a shooting five years earlier at another Virginia institution, the Appalachian School of Law, was stopped when an armed student confronted the gunman. Appalachian, a private school, is not "gun free."

From these two incidents it is reasonable to believe that campus gun bans are more effective in preventing defensive than aggressive use of guns--a view that is gaining adherents on campus, Fox News reports:

College students across the country have been strapping empty holsters around their waists this week to protest laws that prohibit concealed weapons on campus, citing concerns over campus shootings.

"People who would otherwise be able to defend themselves are left defenseless when on campus," said Ethan Bratt, a graduate student wearing an empty holster this week on the campus of Seattle Pacific University.

Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, a group of college students, parents and citizens who organized after the deadly shootings at Virginia Tech University in April, launched the protest. . . .

But others believe college is no place for firearms.

"You don't like the fact that you can't have a gun on your college campus? Drop out of school," said Peter Hamm, a spokesman for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

"Drop out of school." Hamm's advice certainly reflects the degree of maturity and thoughtfulness we've come to expect from the Brady Center.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Glock trigger lock

We received a question about the Glock safety one of our instructors added to his Glock 36. It's a trigger lock called a "Siderlock."

It cost about $60, but gives you the ability to carry a Glock without a holster (Glocks normally do not have a manual safety, making them unsafe to carry without covering the trigger guard).

A good product, and if you do a bit of searching on the internet you can find where they're sold. Just make sure you buy the proper lock for your gun, and also pay attention to the installation instructions, as you will have to disassemble your trigger.

Duty to retreat gets you shot

These two guys were rehabbing a building in Over The Rhine. Unfortunately, two bad dudes crept up and tried to rob them. The rehabbers ran, but were shot anyway.

Goes to show that being prepared, especially when you're in a rough part of town, could save your life. Running, on the other hand, will probably get you hurt.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Student defends self today in Covington

Another student glad he was carrying today just across the river.

Brandon -
I was in Covington KY today . . . was taking my tools out to the car, and
noticed a several lowlifes sitting on the stoop Madison Ave.
There was a guy with stringy long blond hair, two other guys,and a
pregnant chick who'd been turning tricks all day. I'd watched her
from the window of the piano store -
cars would pull up, she'd get in, and they'd drop her off 20 minutes later.

Anyhow, I had three toolboxes full of stuff and I was
taking them individually to the truck. I watched these people watching
me -
I was loading the last toolbox behind the front seat when I heard a
voice yell, "Hey, my buddy in the red truck" and as I turned, I pulled
my Taurus 605 carry pistol from my pocket
and held it in the "low ready" position - basically pointed at the guys
crotch! He'd come from across the street and was about 20 feet away.
The guy had a jacket on, with one hand in the jacket (it was 75 degrees
and he had a jacket on). He took one look at the stainless steel
revolver I had, and
quickly pulled his hand out of the jacket, showed me both hands, and
then took off running down the street.

I got in the truck and started to leave, and the owner of the
store came out. I stopped and told him what happened, and he told me
they've been trying to get rid of those
people for a couple of weeks - that they'd just as soon shoot you as
look at you, and I probably kept myself from getting robbed, at the very
He told me that Covington police don't really pay much attention to the
crime element on Madison Ave. They're more concerned about the riverfront.

I showed him my concealed carry permit, and the pistol, and he asked how
he could get one too . . . so I told him I'd find someone in KY who gave
CCW classes.

At the time, I was calm, but started shaking later . . . came home and
had a couple of scotches . . . sheesh!

Anyhow, the training I got from you, along with the books
Armed Response: A Comprehensive Guide to Using Firearms for Self-Defense
by David Kenik &
In the Gravest Extreme by Massad Ayoob along with a few episodes of Self
Defense TV
really helped in this situation.


Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Buckeye Firearms News

Buckeye Firearms Association Announces 2007 Endorsements
As a part of our focus on general firearms issues, this political action committee continues our efforts to direct voters' attention to an increasing variety of local races in the state of Ohio for off-year elections. This year, there are a few contests which pique the interest of Buckeye Firearms Association, some because they are between pro-gun candidates and out-and-out liberal anti-gunners, and others because we wish to support pro-gun candidates in positions that could one day lead them to the Statehouse or Governor's mansion.

Tim Inwood: Yet another anti-gun liberal grapples with reality ...
Some liberals acknowledge the Second Amendment, but then suggested it should be repealed. However one prominent liberal now admits that the Second Amendment might actually mean what it says and that is deserves honest study by those who have given it a liberal knee jerk rejection.

Fewer and fewer Americans say they support gun control
A new Gallup poll indicates that fewer people in the United States say they are supportive of stricter gun control laws. This poll indicates that more and more Americans are realizing that gun control laws do nothing to restrict the lawless, and proves the gun ban lobby is lying when it claims to represent the vast majority of America.

Letter to the Editor: Cities have no business messing with gun laws
ou can argue all you want, but the truth of the matter is that the people of the United States are a free people who have the right to keep and bear arms. No one -- no mayor, no city council or government -- has the right to take away these rights. To do so is a crime.

Mark Noble: Second Amendment Foundation Recognizes Ron Paul
Last weekend, the Second Amendment Foundation's (SAF) Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) convened in Fort Mitchell, KY. With eight hundred pre-registered attendees, this was the largest SAF event ever. From the buttons, bumper stickers, and familiar faces, it was clear that a sizable chunk of the morning's record figure could be attributed to interest in Congressman and Republican Presidential Candidate Ron Paul.

Chad D. Baus: Gun ban extremists' answer to school shootings is more of the same
Only a few hours after 14 year-old Asa Coon is accused of broke numerous local, state and Federal gun control and other laws, opening fire on classmates and teachers at SuccessTech Academy in Cleveland, Ohio before committing suicide, gun ban extremists began the predictable call for even more gun control laws. I can't think of a better example of insanity.

Cleveland School Shooting Highlights Plight of Unarmed Victims
90% of multiple victim public shootings in our country occur in the few places victims are not permitted to defend their own life with a gun. We know that teachers and school officials who have the knowledge, skills, and tools to stop the killing of our innocent children are by law not permitted to bring the only tool (a gun) which can stop an active shooter onto school premises.

It's a good thing this off-duty cop was carrying

It appears that a bad guy took offense when this off-duty cop reached around him to get something off a convenience store counter. He went to his car, grabbed a gun, and intended to shoot the off-duty cop. Good thing the cop was carrying.

Anti-gun folks would have only cops carry, and many even fight cops who are off-duty carrying.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Phone number fixed

Sorry to anyone who tried to call our standard number and were forced into a weird loop. We had the number forwarded to an instructor's phone that didn't like the system and malfunctioned.

Should be fixed now! Call away!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Buckeye Firearms News

** Buckeye Firearms is the Grassroots Organization of the Year! ***
Alan Gottlieb presented Buckeye Firearms Association with the Citizens Committee For The Right To Keep And Bear Arms (CCRKBA) “2007 Grassroots Organization of the Year” award at the Second Amendment Foundation’s 22nd annual Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) held in Covington, Kentucky.

Buckeye Firearms Association at the Gun Rights Policy Conference
Buckeye Firearms Association welcomes the Second Amendment Foundation and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms to the Ohio area for the 22nd Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference. Get all the details of this important event.

Pro-gunner appointed to replace Seitz in state's 30th House District
Buckeye Firearms Association is pleased to report that Bob Mecklenborg has been appointed to serve in the Ohio House of Representatives for Ohio's 30th House District. He is to replace long time Representative Bill Seitz, who is moving on to the Ohio Senate.

Ken Hanson: Teachers Begin School Year Armed with Lucky Charms
Whether we want to acknowledge it or not, schools are nothing but soft targets to the sickos of the world. Yet we continue to protect against this reality with nothing but happy thoughts (denial) and wishful “precautions.”

Larry S. Moore: HB238: Getting Tough on Poachers
Deer season is upon us with all the anticipation and excitement for that possibility of the Ohio big buck trophy. That means sleepless nights for deer hunters after seeing the “big one” but not getting a shot. In far too many instances Ohio’s law-abiding sportsmen and, in fact, all Ohioans are being robbed. As Ohio’s deer herd has grown and become known for quality hunting, so have the instances of poaching.

Dan Long:'s 2007 Deer Outlook - Part 1
Once again, Ohio hunters crushed 2006's deer-harvest record with a total kill exceeding 237,000 deer. With an estimated pre-hunt population of 650,000 deer, Ohio is on track for another record-breaking harvest.

Ken Hanson: OSC ruling highlights urgency of need for unloaded transportation law fix
In a decision that surprised no one, the Court ruled that ammunition being readily at hand places anyone transporting any firearm in Ohio in jeopardy of arrest and prosecution. What does “readily at hand” mean? Anything the police want it to.

Two more innocent Ohioans' lives protected with a gun
Columbus' 10TV is reporting that when three armed men invaded a couple's home in a quiet east-side neighborhood, the homeowner was able to protect his life and his wife - because the criminals weren't the only ones with a gun.

Monday, October 08, 2007

The NRA backs NICS changes

Here's why...


Some opponents of the "NICS Improvement Amendments Act" (H.R. 2640) have spent the last several months painting a picture of the bill that would rightly terrify gun owners-if it was true.

The opponents' motive seems to be a totally unrealistic hope of undercutting or repealing the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) by ensuring that its records are inaccurate and incomplete. But make no mistake-an inaccurate and incomplete system only serves to delay and burden lawful gun buyers, while failing to screen those who are prohibited from possessing firearms under existing law.

Nonetheless, opponents of H.R. 2640 continue to spread misconceptions about the bill. The following are some of the common myths.

MYTH: "Millions of Americans will awake one day and find that they are suddenly barred from buying guns based upon decades old convictions of 'misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence,' or mental health adjudications that were later rescinded or expired."

FACT: H.R. 2640 does not create any new classes of "prohibited persons." The NRA does not, and will not, support the creation of new classes of prohibited persons. H.R. 2640 only requires reporting of available records on people who are prohibited from possessing firearms under existing law.

Also, H.R. 2640-for the first time-specifies that mental health adjudications may not be reported if they've been expunged, or if the person has received relief from the adjudication under the procedures required by the bill. In those cases, the mental adjudication or commitment "shall be deemed not to have occurred," and therefore would not prohibit the person from possessing firearms.

MYTH: "As many as a quarter to a third of returning Iraq veterans could be prohibited from owning firearms-based solely on a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder."

FACT: The only veterans who would be reported to NICS under this bill due to mental health issues are-as with civilians-those who are adjudicated as incompetent or involuntarily committed to a mental institution.

A diagnosis alone is never enough; the person must be "adjudicated as a mental defective," which is a legal term that implies a fair hearing process. The Veterans' Administration has regulations that provide veterans with an opportunity for a hearing on those decisions, and an opportunity for multiple appeals-just as a civilian does in state court. Any records that don't meet this standard could not be reported to NICS, and any deficient records that have already been provided would have to be removed.

Veteran and journalist Larry Scott (operator of the website calls the allegation about veterans a "huge campaign of misinformation and scare tactics." Scott points out that thousands of veterans who receive mental health care through the VA-but have not been found incompetent or involuntarily committed-are not currently reported to NICS, and wouldn't be reported under H.R. 2640. (Scott's analysis is available online at,15202,151321_1,00.html?wh=wh.)

Last, but not least, H.R. 2640 also provides veterans and others their first opportunity in 15 years to seek "relief from disabilities" through either state or federal programs. Currently, no matter how successfully a person responds to treatment, there is no way for a person "adjudicated" incompetent or involuntarily committed to an institution to seek restoration of the right to possess a firearm.

MYTH: A child who has been diagnosed with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder "can be banned for life from ever owning a gun as an adult." "Your ailing grandfather could have his entire gun collection seized, based only on a diagnosis of Alzheimer's (and there goes the family inheritance)."

FACT: Again, a psychiatric or medical diagnosis alone is not an "adjudication" or "commitment."

Critics base their concern on BATFE regulations that define an "adjudication" to include a decision by a "court, board, commission, or other lawful authority." They claim any doctor could potentially be a "lawful authority."

They are wrong. Not even the Clinton Administration took such an extreme position. In fact, the term "lawful authority" was apparently intended to cover various types of government panels that are similar to "courts, boards, or commissions." Basic principles of legal interpretation require reading it that way. The term also doesn't override the basic constitutional protections that come into play in decisions about a person's mental health.

Finally, records of voluntary treatment also would not be available under federal and state health privacy laws, which H.R. 2640 also does not override.

MYTH: People who get voluntary drug or alcohol treatment would be prohibited from possessing guns.

FACT: Again, current BATFE regulations make clear that voluntary commitments do not affect a person's right to arms. NRA (and, surely, the medical community) would vehemently oppose any proposal that would punish or deter a person getting needed voluntary treatment.

MYTH: A Pennsylvania man lost his right to possess firearms due to an "offhanded, tongue-in-cheek remark."

FACT: This case does not hold up to close investigation. The person made comments on a college campus that were interpreted as threatening in the wake of the Virginia Tech tragedy; he was then briefly sent to a mental institution.

Opponents, however, have failed to mention that the man had been the subject of chronic complaints from his neighbors. (The "filth, mold, [and] mildew" in his apartment were so bad that the town declared it unfit for human habitation.) After his brief hospital stay, he was arrested for previously pointing a gun at his landlord and wiretapping his neighbors.

Despite these facts, it also appears he was only committed for a brief period of observation. Current BATFE regulations say that the term "committed to a mental institution" "does not include a person in a mental institution for observation." Therefore, even in this extreme case, the person may not ultimately be prohibited from possessing firearms. Second Amendment scholar Clayton Cramer describes this case in a recent Shotgun News column (available online at and reaches the same conclusion.

MYTH: "Relief from disability" provisions would require gun owners to spend a fortune in legal fees to win restoration of rights.

FACT: Relief programs are not that complicated. When BATFE (then just BATF) operated the relief from disabilities program, the application was a simple two-page form that a person could submit on his own behalf. The bureau approved about 60% of valid applications from 1981-91.

Pro-gun attorney Evan Nappen points out that the most extreme anti-gun groups now oppose H.R. 2640 simply because of the relief provisions. Nappen includes a sampling of their comments in his article on the bill ("Enough NRA Bashing"), available online at

MYTH: The bill's "relief from disability" provisions are useless because Congress has defunded the "relief" program.

FACT: The current ban on processing relief applications wouldn't affect this bill. The appropriations rider (promoted in 1992 by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.)) only restricts expenditures by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. H.R. 2640 requires relief programs to be set up and operated by agencies that make adjudications or commitments related to people's mental health. BATFE doesn't do that, but other agencies-especially the Veterans' Administration-do. Naturally, NRA would strongly oppose any effort to remove funding from new "relief" programs set up under this widely supported bill.

MYTH: The bill must be anti-gun, because it was co-sponsored by anti-gun Members of Congress.

FACT: By this unreasonable standard, any bill with broad support in Congress must be a bad idea. NRA believes in working with legislators of all political persuasions if the end result will benefit lawful gun owners. Anti-gun Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) supported arming airline pilots against terrorists, but that program was (and is) a good idea nonetheless.

MYTH: The bill "was hatched in secret .and passed out of the House without even a roll call."

FACT: No one asked for a roll call vote. This is not unusual. The House voted on H.R. 2640 under "suspension of the rules," which allows passing widely supported bills by a two-thirds vote. (This procedure also helps prevent amendments-which in this case helped prevent anti-gun legislators from turning the bill into a "Christmas tree" for their agenda.)

After a debate in which only one House member opposed the bill, the House passed the bill by a voice vote. There is never a recorded vote in the House without a request from a House member. No one asked for one on H.R. 2640, again showing the widespread support for the bill.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Buy one, get one 1/2 off ammo at Dick's

Check out the coupon in today's Dick's circular (in the Sunday paper) - buy one box of ammo get a 2nd 50% off, up to 6 boxes.

Time to stock up!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Buckeye Firearms News

Buckeye Firearms Assoc. Endorses Bill Todd for Columbus Mayor
Buckeye Firearms Association and the citizens of central Ohio recognize the poor leadership that the City of Columbus has experienced over the past 8 years under the direction of the current Mayor. Columbus needs a change. Buckeye Firearms Association is proud to give our support and endorsement to Mr. Bill Todd as the candidate for Mayor of the City of Columbus.

Buckeye Firearms Assoc.'s Jim Irvine on FOX News
Buckeye Firearms Association Chairman Jim Irvine was interviewed by FOX News for a story about Mayor Frank Jackson's proposal for a new state gun control law.
The segment aired several times on Tuesday, September 25th in various forms. The comprehensive version aired during the 6:00 p.m. evening news hour with Brit Hume. View the video online.

Chad D. Baus: Attorney General Dann asked to settle questions on media access loophole
The Youngstown Vindicator is reporting that Trumbull County prosecutor Dennis Watkins has instructed the sheriff not to allow journalists to copy the confidential records of concealed handgun license (CHL) holders, and has asked Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann to clarify how information about those who have licenses can be released under an amendment to Ohio's concealed carry law media access loophole.

Chad D. Baus: Lima News: ''Who’s packing? Almost 2,000 area residents''
Over the past several years, Buckeye Firearms Association has documented a large number of reasons why publishing the names of persons who are simply exercising their Constitutional right to bear arms for self-defense is a very bad and potentially dangerous idea. We are pleased that The Lima News chose to respect the intent of the past two General Assemblies by deciding NOT to publicize confidential information they have obtained at the eleventh-hour via a lame-duck media access loophole.

Ohio Supremes to hear case of weapons in parks
The Toledo Blade is reporting that the Ohio Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving the city of Clyde's ordinance prohibiting the carrying of firearms in public parks.

Fred Thompson wins state Republican straw poll
The Hannah Report is covering news that the Ohio Republican Party released the results of its recent straw poll for the 2008 presidential primary showing the pro-gun former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson leading the anti-gun former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Chad D. Baus: Giuliani's latest try: Election year conversion on guns happened...6 years ago?
Ever since he began campaigning for President, Rudy Giuliani has known that his past as a staunch gun control advocate would be at issue. The stumping began in earnest in 2007, and since then, Giuliani has tried on a number of different strategies to try and work his way past well-documented historical fact.

Few converts for Giuliani at NRA candidate forum
On Friday, we reported that GOP presidential wanna-be would be seeking support from the NRA, a group he once likened to "extremists," at the group's “A Celebration of American Values” candidate forum in Washington D.C.. As a follow-up to that meeting, MSNBC is reporting that Giuliani's attempts to distract pro-gun voters from his anti-gun record with a few pro-gun election year pick-up lines fell on largely deaf ears.

NRA-ILA's Chris Cox: NRA eyeing role in GOP primaries
The Washington Times is reporting that Chris Cox, Executive Director of The National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), says the group is considering stepping into the presidential campaign fray early next year during the primary season.

Ken Blackwell: Locked and Loaded
The 2008 GOP presidential primary is shaping up to be the most competitive nominating process the party has seen in decades. It is also the most frontloaded. Candidates are fighting it out in the constantly expanding pool of "early primary" states and hoping to make it to Super Tuesday. With nearly two dozen states up for grabs on that first Tuesday in February, the eventual nominee can close the deal with GOP voters then and there.

John Longenecker: Delaware School Shooting Now: How Do Universities Teach When They Will Not Learn
Disarming willing students is to force all to choose between felony or funeral, including visitors, such as parents, and including staff. Virginia Tech chose funeral for 32 of its students. Delaware State is a late arrival. What about the next school shooting - and there will be more.

Chad D. Baus: Exposed: Ohio anti-gunners' 2004 & 2005 IRS returns
Hoover never releases reports like ours, because she has cloaked the OCAGV behind a declaration of being a tax-exempt, not-for-profit charity. As I revealed in August of 2005, Hoover can't hide everything about where her anti-gun funding comes from. OCAGV is required to turn in an IRS Form 990 each year, which becomes a public record.

Pizza guy in Wisconsin not charged

A very interesting case in Wisconsin, one of two states that has no concealed carry provision.

A pizza guy has had to shoot attackers on two occasions - and it looks like he'll not be charged for either. They say he had to carry for his own protection...

Maybe this will push Wisconsin to ignore Chicago's demands and enact concealed carry legislation.