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  • National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them

    On January 3rd, Congressman Richard Hudson (R-N.C.8th) introduced H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which simply allows lawful firearm carriers from any state to carry a concealed firearm in any other state. The bill addresses our nation’s patchwork of concealed carry reciprocity laws, where each state determines which states’ permits, if any, they will recognize.

    Before the bill was even introduced, Everytown for Gun Safety launched a predictable scare campaign to demonize it. In an email distributed through Daily Kos, Brina Milikowsky, Chief Strategy Officer for Everytown, claimed that the bill would “allow dangerous individuals -- including convicted criminals, domestic abusers, and stalkers -- to legally carry weapons in public.” An Everytown-funded petition on Daily Kos urged senators to oppose it, claiming the bill would allow “dangerous people to carry guns on their streets,” including “violent criminals, stalkers, and domestic abusers.”

    The reality is that the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act allows a person to concealed carry only if they are not federally prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm, are carrying a valid government-issued photo ID, and are lawfully licensed or otherwise entitled to carry a concealed handgun.

    Everytown’s allegation that the bill will allow “violent criminals, stalkers, and domestic abusers” to carry guns on our street doesn’t hold water. It is already illegal under federal law – specifically 18 U.S.C. 922(g) – for prohibited persons to possess a firearm, including those convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year or a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, or those subject to a restraining order for harassment, stalking, or threatening.

    The bill has nothing to do with arming criminals – they already carry guns on our streets in violation of the law.  It is about allowing law-abiding citizens to legally carry concealed firearms to defend themselves.

    Every state in our nation has a legal procedure allowing its residents to lawfully carry a concealed handgun in public for self-defense – a right that more than 15 million Americans now exercise. America’s experience with concealed carry demonstrates that the repeated anti-gun claim that concealed carry increases violence is a lie. The available evidence shows that concealed carry licensees are exceptionally law abiding. 

    National reciprocity is already a reality in the 22 states that recognize all other concealed carry licenses or allow law-abiding non-residents to carry a firearm without a license. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is simply the next logical progression of this trend.

    Only ten states still refuse to grant full faith and credit to the permits of other states, forcing lawful concealed carriers to surrender their rights when traveling through these jurisdictions. The consequence is obvious, as otherwise law-abiding citizens – including veterans, a single mother, a disaster response worker, a nurse and medical school student, and even a corrections officer – have become accidental criminals and suffered seizure of property, arrest, detention, and even prosecution because they failed to navigate the legal minefield that is the current state reciprocity system.

    Everytown’s final claim is that the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is flawed because “the public safety laws that work in Wyoming don’t work for a city like Boston or Milwaukee.” It also rings false. The bill recognizes the diversity of state concealed carry laws by making each person subject to the concealed carry laws of the state where they are present, including certain places off-limits to firearms and laws governing defensive use of force. It merely allows out-of-state permitees to concealed carry the same way in-state residents already do.

    As Congress considers the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, Everytown and its media allies will continue their disinformation assault on the bill. Armed with the truth, you can contact your member of Congress to set the record straight and urge them to support H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.  You can also contact your member of Congress via the Congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

    © 2017 National Rifle Association of America, Institute for Legislative Action. This may be reproduced. This may not be reproduced for commercial purposes. 

  • Re-Elect SEAN MALONEY to the NRA Board of Directors
    by Dean Rieck

    If you're a voting member of the NRA, you will soon receive your ballot to elect the NRA Board of Directors. Your ballot will be in the February issue of your NRA magazine, which will start hitting mailboxes on January 23rd.

    As Executive Director of Buckeye Firearms Association, I personally endorse SEAN MALONEY. I am enthusiastically voting for him, and I urge you to vote for him too.

    BFA has endorsed both Sean and Linda Walker, both tireless Second Amendment advocates and current NRA Board members. We've published information about Linda, and now I want to share some thoughts about Sean.

    Sean plays a key roll in Buckeye Firearms Association, where he serves on our Board, and in Buckeye Firearms Foundation, where he is part of the team involved in our nationally-recognized FASTER Saves Lives program.

    In addition to working to defend your gun rights here in Ohio, Sean has put his passion to work in many other states. In 2013, he traveled to Colorado as a volunteer to help recall two anti-gun Colorado state senators and force another anti-gun state senator to resign.

    Sean has also traveled to Virginia, Iowa, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania to campaign on behalf of candidates for political office who share our Second Amendment values.

    As an attorney, Sean has volunteered his time representing clients whose Second Amendment rights were being infringed. In 2011, he founded Second Call Defense to provide ongoing legal protection for those law-abiding citizens who are forced to defend themselves and their families in lawful self-defense.

    Sean has been an NRA Life Member since 2004. He's worked as an NRA Election Volunteer Coordinator, helping to organize grassroots work for NRA Endorsed Candidates. And he earned the NRA’s Jay M. Littlefield Volunteer of the Year Award in 2010. He was first elected to the NRA Board of Directors in 2014, and he's now running for reelection.

    In addition to BFA's endorsement, he's also endorsed by Soldier of Fortune Magazine, Ammoland, Dick Heller (DC vs. Heller), and Laura Carno (Founder, I Am Created Equal).

    That's just the tip of the iceberg for Sean's long and impressive bio. But what I really want to express is the personal side. I've known Sean for many years and have worked with him closely. And I can tell you there is no one who works harder to protect and advance your Second Amendment rights. In a world where, frankly, many people talk tough but do little, Sean stands out as a doer and achiever. When there's a gun owner in need, Sean is there. When there's a threat to Second Amendment rights, Sean doesn't waste time talking about it - he takes action.

    That's the Sean Maloney I know. And that's why I'm voting to re-elect him to the NRA Board of Directors. Not only has he earned it, we all need him to be in a position where he can put his vast talents and endless energy to work fighting the good fight. 

    I'm voting for both Sean Maloney and Linda Walker. And I'm going to vote ONLY for them. This is called "bullet voting" and it means you vote for one or two people only. When you vote for too many people, it dilutes the power of your votes. So please consider bullet voting for Sean and Linda. 

    Click here to learn more about SEAN MALONEY. Read his bio. You'll be impressed by just how hard he works for you.

    Open your NRA magazine as soon as you receive it, and fill out the ballot. Follow the directions carefully to make sure your vote is counted. Don't put it off. Do it right away.

    There are a lot of people running this year, and we need SEAN MALONEY and LINDA WALKER on the Board now more than ever.

    Dean Rieck is Executive Director of Buckeye Firearms Association, a former competitive shooter, NRA Patron Member, #1 NRA Recruiter for 2013, business owner and partner with Second Call Defense.

  • Your Members of Congress Need to Hear from You on the Hearing Protection Act of 2017

    [Recently], Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) – joined by co-sponsors Sens. Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Rand Paul (R-KY) – introduced S. 59, the Hearing Protection Act of 2017 (HPA). Similar legislation was introduced in the House by Reps. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) and John Carter (R-TX) – along with 42 co-sponsors – as H.R. 367.

    The HPA would remove sound suppressors from regulation under the National Firearms Act (NFA) and treat them as ordinary firearms under the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA). As with other firearms, commercial manufacturers, dealers, and importers would still have to be licensed, and the items’ retail sales would be subject to the GCA’s background check and transfer form requirements. 

    Currently, suppressors (misleadingly referred to as “silencers” in federal law) are subject to the NFA’s cumbersome and lengthy application process and a $200 tax stamp. Lawful purchasers can expect a raft of red tape and months of waiting. This is so, even though the devices themselves are completely harmless and very rarely used in crime.

    Like a muffler on an automobile, suppressors reduce the muzzle report of the firearm to which they are attached, protecting the hearing of the firearm’s operator and reducing noise and disturbance to those in nearby vicinities. Recoil is also dampened.  

    Contrary to their portrayal in movies and television shows, suppressors do not render firearms all but soundless. They do, however, make them safer and quieter to operate. 

    Suppressors have soared in popularity in recent years, as more and more hunters and firearm owners have discovered their benefits. Private ownership is legal in 42 states, and they are lawful for hunting in 40 of those states. 

    Ironically, regulation of suppressors is one area where American gun owners are at a relative disadvantage to their counterparts in other countries. In England – which has gone a long way toward eradicating private firearm ownership – suppressors are nevertheless encouraged for private firearm owners and mandatory for uses such as pest control. 

    It is inconsistent, if not incoherent, that mufflers are commonly used or even legally required on noise-producing tools in the U.S. – including cars, lawn mowers, chainsaws, etc. – but legally discouraged for use on firearms.

    It’s also the height of hypocrisy for gun control groups posing as “safety organizations” and pushing so-called “smart gun” technology to oppose legislation that would increase the safety and reduce the collateral effects of lawfully-owned guns. 

    The NRA strongly supports the HPA and thanks its sponsors and co-sponsors in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate for their leadership in this important effort. We also commend the American Suppressor Association, which has provided valuable insight and expertise on this issue.

    “Gun owners and sportsmen should be able to enjoy their outdoor heritage with the tools necessary to do so safely. This bill makes it easier for them to do that,” stated NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox.

    Please make sure your U.S. senators and congressional representative hear from you on this legislation to protect Second Amendment rights and the health of the American gun owner. It is long past time to discard America’s antiquated and unsupported approach to suppressor regulation.

    You can contact your member of Congress via our Write Your Reps tool by clicking HERE or use the Congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

    © 2017 National Rifle Association of America, Institute for Legislative Action. This may be reproduced. This may not be reproduced for commercial purposes. 

  • 2017 – The year ahead
    by Jim Irvine

    With the New Year, so begins new legislative sessions at the federal level and in Ohio.

    Republicans control the U.S. Congress, Senate and White House, and most state Governorships and state legislatures.

    The anti-gun, anti-freedom zealots got their wish in a presidential candidate proud of being anti-freedom and their platform was soundly defeated.

    Campaigning as unabashedly pro-gun, President-elect Donald Trump shocked the “news” and talking heads with a decisive victory.

    How will these and other events shape the year ahead?

    One would think that Republicans who tend to be pro-gun would seize this moment and repeal some of the failed gun control laws, but history shows they are normally afraid to do anything the media is apt to criticize.

    After eight years of attack at the federal level, many gun owners will relax and cease to be politically active. But Ohio Republicans are still suffering from the horrible influence of Voinovich/Taft/Davidson, so we must fight against that tendency. There are important battles to fight and win.

    It has been said that the best time to save money is when you have some. The best time to advance our cause is when we have a receptive political environment. This year represents some of the best opportunities many of us have ever experienced. We must seize our opportunities and advance our cause.

    Guns will be discussed in several levels in Washington D.C. Trump will nominate a justice to replace Anthony Scalia on the Supreme Court. He will be hard pressed to find someone as strong on our issues, but I predict the new justice will be solid on our issue.

    We will see guns debated again in the U.S. Senate. But instead of debating Obama’s overreaching gun grab, they will be discussing national concealed carry. States should continue to set their own rules for carrying guns and obtaining licenses, but they should have to accept other states licenses just as they do driver's licenses. With Presidential leadership, I think this passes this session - hopefully this year.

    It has been decades since the federal government passed significant improvements to firearms laws. They should be looking at repealing the restriction to buying handguns across state lines, and the prohibitions on carrying on federal land/buildings. With concealed carry now the law in all 50 states, there is no reason why the estimated 14,500,000+ license-holders should be disarmed at the post office.

    In Ohio we have many legislators lining up to run various pro-gun bills. Dr. Terry Johnson (R) is in his last session as a state representative, and is expected to run a significant bill. We may see several others members run various bills to restore rights. I will not be shocked if some improvements are made in 2017 instead of the usual wait till the last day of session for gun bills.

    Demand for concealed handgun licenses (CHLs) will remain strong. The threat of President Obama/Clinton have subsided, but active killers, terror threats and common sense will continue encouraging responsible people to obtaining and their CHL.

    Strong demand for FASTER Saves Lives © program will continue. Districts that already have authorized staff will expand a successful program. Districts that have waited will authorize staff for the first time, and several districts will announce they have armed staff. The media will barely mention it as it becomes “old news.” Ohio will be recognized as a leader by other states looking for better ways to keep their children safe. Trauma care will get more attention.

    By the end of this year we will see jockeying for the 2018 elections. Most notable is an open Ohio governor’s race. Republicans Jon Husted, Mike DeWine and Mary Taylor as well as Democrat Richard Cordray have all indicated interest in that office. Josh Mandel, Matt Huffman and Pat Tiberi are three Republicans looking to unseat Sherrod Brown (D) for a U.S. Senate seat. There will be interesting candidates for two upcoming Ohio Supreme Court seats as well as many other important races.

    No matter what actually happens, you can stay informed by signing up for Buckeye Firearms Association’s free newsletter.

    Jim Irvine is Chairman of the Buckeye Firearms Association Political Action Committee (BFA-PAC). He is also Board President of Buckeye Firearms Association, and recipient of the NRA-ILA's 2011 "Jay M. Littlefield Volunteer of the Year Award," the CCRKBA's 2012 "Gun Rights Defender of the Year Award," and the SAF's 2015 "Defender of Freedom Award."

  • Obama's parting shot at the Second Amendment
    by Jeff Knox

    In the final days of the Obama administration, several agencies finalized new rules and regulations that Mr. Obama had been pushing for. Among those, the Social Security Administration, or SSA, announced that they have finalized rules under which they will be reporting – possibly many thousands of – Social Security benefit recipients to the FBI's National Instant Check System as “prohibited persons.”

    Inclusion in NICS means complete loss of all Second Amendment rights, and makes it a felony for the person to possess or have access to any firearm or ammunition – ever. It also makes a felon of anyone who provides a “prohibited person” access to firearms or ammunition. So parents of developmentally disabled children who receive SSI, and have used shooting and hunting as a family bonding activity, can continue doing that until the child turns 18, at which time, they would be committing a felony if they allowed their ward to touch a gun or ammunition.

    The basis of this “final rule” is a bureaucratic finding that the person is “unable to manage their own affairs.” Just as we've seen from the Veterans Administration since the mid-1990s, the SSA is now submitting to NICS the name and identifying information of anyone whom they say is “adjudicated mentally defective” under the 1968 Gun Control Act. The primary criteria for that determination is that they be an adult who, rather than handling SSA benefits themselves, has a “designated payee” who acts as a fiduciary to manage the person's benefits. For instance, a person might have sustained a head injury and, as a result, has trouble dealing with numbers, so they have a parent or spouse named as their “designated payee.” Under the new SSA rules, that person will be labeled as “adjudicated mentally defective” and will be barred from ever holding a gun or ammunition for the rest of their life. It doesn't matter to the SSA if the person is fully functional in every other way, if they “can't manage their own affairs” with SSA, they are considered a “mental defective,” and their name is submitted to NICS.

    In some cases, someone who requested a “designated payee” as a matter of convenience, might be able to appeal the NICS submission, but they can only appeal after the submission has been made, and they could be looking at significant time and legal expense. They would also have to remove their guns and ammunition from their home until the matter was resolved. That could be a problem in states like Washington, where any firearm transfer, even just temporarily while sorting out a SSA mistake, must be processed through a licensed dealer, with a per-gun fee, and a required background check. Assuming the person won their appeal, legally transferring the guns back into their possession would require processing again, including the per-gun fee, and a background check on the person getting his guns back.

    The thing that is the most frustrating about this new rule, is that SSA says they are merely obeying a law which received broad bipartisan support, and which was supported by the NRA. The law is called the NICS Improvement Amendment Act of 2007. It was passed in response to the horrible attack at Virginia Tech. One of the provisions of the act requires that government agencies share with NICS the names of people who are prohibited from firearm possession for mental health reasons. Even more frustrating, the law which forbids possession of firearms by “mental defectives” does not say anything about people who can't manage their own financial affairs.

    What the law says is that “prohibited person” includes anyone: “who has been adjudicated as a mental defective or who has been committed to a mental institution.” That's it. Nothing about managing financial affairs, etc. But several years ago, the BATFE, promulgated regulations for enforcing that line of the law, and in their definition of terms, they stated that “adjudicated as a mental defective” means: “A determination by a court, board, commission, or other lawful authority that a person, as a result of marked subnormal intelligence, or mental illness, incompetency, condition, or disease:

    (1) Is a danger to himself or to others; or
    (2) Lacks the mental capacity to contract or manage his own affairs.”

    Out of the blue, the BATFE simply added the part about the “capacity to contract or manage his own affairs.” They also stretched the term “adjudicated” to now include rulings by boards, commissions, and “other lawful authority,” which they say includes the bureaucrats at the VA and the SSA.

    Where was Congress when this agency took it upon itself to overreach so dramatically. And where have they been in the subsequent two decades as this unfounded regulation has been used to strip Second Amendment rights from countless, innocent veterans?

    Let's hope that this ruling from the SSA will be the wake-up call Congress needs to finally take action to correct this travesty. Please let your senators and representative know that you want this travesty corrected. The number for the Capitol Switchboard is (202)224-3121.

    ©2017 The Firearms Coalition, all rights reserved. Reprinting, posting, and distributing permitted with inclusion of this copyright statement. www.FirearmsCoalition.org.

  • While Media Chase “Fear” Narrative; Americans Make their Own Decisions on Buying Firearms
    by Larry Keane

    Mainstream media always struggle to explain the fact that Americans choose to exercise their Second Amendment rights.  In the last few days alone we have headlines suggesting the incoming Trump Administration and fear of hate crimes are behind soaring gun sales.

    Under the Obama Administration, gun sales surged. The media’s take: nutty people who already have guns are buying even more guns because they are scared Obama will take away their right to buy more in the future.

    Now that President-elect Trump is getting set to take office, gun sales continue to rise. Only now, the media cannot blame the fear of the nation’s gun owners. Instead, they are chasing the fear narrative in the other direction.

    Media outlets are now taking a look at the demographics of those choosing to legally purchase firearms and are seeing for the first time the trends that have been evident for years now. The ongoing trends of more ethnic diversity and increasing female participation are clear to anyone in the industry. 

    Click here to read the entire article at NSSFBlog.com.

  • Changes to Ohio concealed carry law coming March 21, 2017
    by Chad D. Baus

    Buckeye Firearms Association is pleased to announced that changes made to Ohio law via the recently-passed Senate Bill 199 will take effect on March 21, 2017.

    The changes and improvements made to Ohio law for gunowners include the following:

    • Prohibit a business entity, property owner, or public or private employer from banning a person who has been issued a valid CHL from transporting or storing a firearm or ammunition when the items are locked in a person's privately-owned motor vehicle on company property.
    • Allow CHL-holders to keep their handgun locked in a motor vehicle on school premises.
    • Allow colleges and government bodies to decide for themselves if concealed-carry should be allowed.
    • Allow CHL-holders to carry on private aircraft, in the non-secure area of airports and in day-care centers (unless the day care posts a "no-guns" sign).
    • Allow active military members who have the same or greater training than that required to obtain a concealed handgun license (CHL) to carry a concealed firearm as a license-holder to carry without a license.
    • Allows the sale of firearms to active duty military members without regard to their age. Current law prohibits those under 21 from purchasing a handgun.

    Click here to read the exact language of the new law, which, to repeat, will take effect on March 21, 2017.

    Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary, BFA PAC Vice Chairman, and an NRA-certified firearms instructor. He is the editor of BuckeyeFirearms.org, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website.

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