Monday, July 28, 2008

You never know when choas (and a need for personal defense) will break out

Church fights back, stops slaughter

Many would have you believe that fighting back will only lead to more bloodshed. Concealed carry, and cases like this where people tackled an attacker, prove otherwise. Good thing people were physically close enough, and brave enough, to attack.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

More crime in/near gun-free UC campus

July 23, 2008

To: UC Community

From: Eugene R. Ferrara

Director of Public Safety/Police Chief

The University of Cincinnati Police received notice from the Cincinnati Police of three robberies that have occurred in the neighborhood south of the Uptown Campus during the past few days.

The first robbery occurred at 2346 Wheeler St. on July 18 at approximately 1:00 AM. This robbery involved two victims, 1 male and 1 female who were assaulted by 4 male black suspects wearing white tank tops. The woman's purse was taken. No weapon was shown or indicated.

A second robbery occurred at 200 Atkinson St. on July 19 at approximately 3:30 AM. In this incident 1 male victim was confronted by

3 male blacks 16- 20 years of age, one of whom was wearing a white tank top and blue jean shorts. Suspects took the victim's wallet and cigarettes. No weapon was shown or indicated in this offense.

The third incident occurred on Wheeler St. on July 23 at approximately 2:00 AM. In this case, three victims, one male and two female were confronted in the side yard of the building at 2372 Wheeler St. A wallet and two purses were taken at gunpoint. The suspects were two male blacks, approximately 19-20 years of age, 5'10" to 6 feet, thin build, wearing black shirts with white designs and blue jeans.

The Cincinnati Police are investigating these crimes at this time and no further information is available. The purpose of these crime alerts is to inform members of the University about incidents that may present an ongoing risk to members of the community and to request any information that you may have regarding these crimes.

Both police agencies remind everyone to be alert to their surroundings and travel in occupied, well-lighted areas whenever possible. If you have any information about these crimes please contact the Cincinnati Police at 352-3578 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Eugene R. Ferrara

Associate Vice President for

Administration and Finance Division

Director of Public Safety/Police Chief

University of Cincinnati

*Hat tip to SW for the info

Monday, July 21, 2008

Personal Protection and Pistol Marksmanship scheduled

We've added our second Personal Protection class to the summer schedule, and a Pistol Marksmanship class as well.

Personal Protection is step beyond Basic Pistol. It basically goes over specific techniques that a civilian should know to defend him/herself with a firearm. You must have completed Basic Pistol in order to take this course. It costs $70 plus a $5 range donation, and you'll need about 300 rounds of ammo for your gun or one of ours.

Pistol Marksmanship is for those who want to 1) Spend a couple of hours at the range with an instructor as a refresher to tune in their ability to shoot, 2) Took a Basic Pistol class from someone who didn't teach them to shoot very well (e.g. at a short distance) and would like to learn how to do it right, 3) Want to borrow our guns to figure out what they might want to buy, or 4) Want to learn how to shoot but don't want to sit through a Basic Pistol class. No matter your reason, Pistol Marksmanship has become one of our more requested classes, so you might want to sign up if the date works for you. The cost is $40 plus $5 for a range pass, and you'll at least 200 rounds of ammo. You do not need any experience with firearms to attend this class.

Pistol Marksmanship will be held Aug. 30 from 9am - 11am, and Personal Protection Sept. 27. Sign up today to secure your spot at

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

New DC gun rule almost as bad as before

Remember to TEST your carry bullets

Received a report today from a student who bought a Sig 225 (great deal on these guys at both and, by the way), but is having trouble feeding Winchester Hollow Points through it.

Remember to always try your desired carry bullet through your carry gun. That doesn't mean you have to go out and spend a fortune on expensive bullets every time you go to the range, just that you should run a few through it to make sure there are no issues.

If anyone else is running into this issue, I've been told that Hornady HPs (available at Bass Pro) feed fine in the Sig 225. I plan to test our class gun this weekend during our Personal Protection class to see if it has the same issue, as I'm not sure if it has ever had HPs in it. I'm a fan of Federals, and will test those as well.

It's worth a few expensive bullets to make sure the gun will work when you need it to!

Chicago needs National Guard to help crime

The gun-free Utopia of Chicago needs Federal assistance, it appears, to stop violent crime.

And it looks like DC is refusing to accept Heller's permit to own a handgun... When will these people learn?

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

From "never touched a gun" to IDPA

.:. A nice note from a student... .:.

Hi Brandon . . . the first time I ever touched a handgun was in your last August Basic Pistol Class . . . then at the Pistol Marksmanship and also Personal Protection classes.

Well, just this weekend, at my third outing shooting IDPA, I qualified as Marksman! shooting my Springfield XD9 5"

All the proper safety techniques you taught put me in good stead shooting IDPA, as I've never been warned for unsafe pistol handling! I'm glad I didn't have any bad habits to unlearn.

I also took to heart what you'd said about using Wolf Ammo . . . and have seen more than one guy shooting an expensive 1911 at IDPA have problems with Wolf Ammo.
It boggles the mind that someone would spend upwards of $1500 on a nice 1911 and shoot cr_p ammo through it!

Thanks again!


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A note on Florida non-resident CCW

We received a note from a student this week saying he waited on the phone for over 30 minutes to request a packet from the Florida Dept. of Licensing for a non-resident carry license.

Just a reminder--you can also request this information online. No wait, there. Also, remember it'll probably take several weeks for them to process your paperwork, so don't apply with the assumption that you'll have it quick. Ohio's is definitely faster, though having both is the best combo for reciprocity.

A student report on reciprocity

We had a call not long ago from a student who said he called the local sheriff of South Carolina to confirm it was legal for him, under an Ohio CHL, to carry there. He was told by the sheriff that he'd be arrested if he set foot in South Carolina with a concealed weapon.

After hearing this, one of our instructors called the sheriff and asked what the deal was. After some explaining (and defining "reciprocity" for the gentleman), he said "Well, I guess it's legal. But tell him to make sure he tells the cop he has a license and he's carrying."

Once again, this shows a very important fact--be armed with the law when your traveling. Our suggestion is to take the NRA-ILA print-out of state law with you whenever you leave Ohio. Heck, if you're unsure, go to the Attorney General's website and print out the actual reciprocity agreement with the state (as we did while we were on the phone with the student to confirm what we had told him).

An interesting report on banks

We had a student call us today who was escorted out of his bank when his carry gun was visible. He was advised by the bank manager that the bank was a Federal building, and it was illegal to carry there. He was also told the bank would be putting up signs shortly, letting everyone know you couldn't carry there.

The student politely informed the bank manager that a bank is not Federal property, though it is Federally insured, and without signs, he was within his right to carry.

Later that night, the student received a call from the corporate office of the bank. They apologized for the inconvenience, told him it was perfectly fine for him to carry in the bank, no signs would be posted, and the bank manager would be educated on the law.

The moral of the story? Be polite when confronted with someone ignorant of the law. Often times, when a gun is involved people's immediate reaction is to, well, over-react. That seems to be the case here, and we're glad it all worked out for the best.

By the way - the bank was US Bank. Goes to show--they realize that the guys with carry licenses (who have clean background checks and training) aren't the ones to worry about, and they respect a citizen's right to have the option to defend himself.

Nice to see some common sense, even if it did take a call from corporate to straighten everyone out.

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

New 38 special revolver

We've been looking to replace a 38 special snub-nose, and have found the new one! Thanks to Audrey for helping us acquire this!

38 Special Taurus Model 85, with some nice wood grips. A good class gun for anyone wanting to see what they're getting into when they buy a snub-nose double-action only 38!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

When travelling, make sure you're also armed with the law

It's not uncommon that local law enforcement is unaware of rules like reciprocity. For that reason, it's not a bad idea to bring along with you a copy of the law you're following when you travel.

A good example of an easy way to do this is - when you go to another state, like South Carolina, make sure you take the reciprocity agreement with you. The doc is available for download at the Ohio attorney general's website, and allows you to have something proving that it is legal for you to carry under your Ohio CHL.

Better to be safe than sorry!

Clermont County Sheriff updates their hours

Check out their site under "concealed carry" for new hours where they're accepting applications.