Passage of H.R. 2028 Includes Right-to-Carry on Army Corps Land Provision
On Friday, May 1, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2028 the "Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016," by a bipartisan vote of 240-177.
This bill is designed to protect the rights of gun owners on lands owned or managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). This legislation would help end the patchwork of firearm laws and regulations that govern different federal lands managed by different federal agencies.
On May 12, 2009, legislation was passed that greatly reduced restrictions on the possession of firearms for self-defense on National Park Service and National Wildlife Refuge System lands. Under this legislation, rules governing carry on those federal lands incorporate the laws of the state in which the lands are located. This greatly expanded the places where law-abiding Americans can legally carry firearms for self-defense. However, that change in the law did not include millions of acres of recreational land managed by the Corps. The Corps owns or manages over 11.7 million acres, including 400 lakes and river projects, 90,000 campsites and 4,000 miles of trails. H.R. 2028 would reverse the Corps' policy and restore the right of law-abiding Americans to possess firearms for self-defense on Corps lands.
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When it comes to a concealed carry gun, how small is too small?
Republished from The Outdoor Wire.
Recently, I met someone who was interested in the new Glock 43. He said that he was carrying a six-shot Kahr pistol and, due to size comparisons he'd stay with it. I'd wondered about carrying such a small gun as a primary self-defense tool and said so in an article.
A reader replied. While I won't identify him, I'm going to post his comment here – noting that he's a person of some experience who works with experienced folks.
"If we have decided that we need to carry a gun we have decided that because . . . we believe a possibility exists of having to use our gun (God forbid). Small guns are harder to shoot than guns which better fit our hands, have better ballistics due to longer barrels, larger sights, a longer sight radius, and less recoil. I believe too many armed citizens want a free lunch and want to fit their carry gun to their wardrobe and not vice versa."
He's right. However, I know people who've worked in environments where – due to dress codes and close proximity with others -- a deep concealment piece is the only solution if you feel the need to carry a gun. That is clearly not everyone – I recounted a story of a young man who's been the owner of a Glock 23 for a number of years, has a permit, but has only carried a few times because "it's too big."
Okay. But how small is too small? Are you ever justified in basing your personal survival on a little gun? How can you tell?
Case in point: I'd talked to some friends at Ruger about a stunt I wanted to perform for this article. I had a Ruger LCP, just needed a few magazines to make it doable, and knew what I'd do. I was talked into trying their new upgrade to the LCP – the LCP Custom.
It's still a sub-10 ounce .380 ACP pistol with a 2.75" barrel, still has a six round capacity, with barrel and slide made of steel and a grip frame of glass-filled Nylon. The new gun has a "drift adjustable" rear sight (instead of the trench in the slide on the original) and a high front sight with a Photoluminescent dot.
The trigger is obvious in that it's red anodized aluminum with holes in it – yes, holes in it – and the face of the trigger is wide and flat, making the trigger press feel . . . different.
The LCP that was here previously was from 2013 and was an improvement over the original LCP in trigger press – the hammer is "pre-set" or partly staged and the sights were improved over the original gun – though still small, a little easier to see.
Locked-breech or not, 10-ounce or so .380s will pull at you some. After sixty rounds, you can feel it.
Is this a gun I'd recommend for primary self defense? Not usually, but in special situations. But how would the LCP or LCP Custom do in a test designed to test shooters with service sidearms?
My correspondent was right. This gun is too small. By way of testing, I'd noticed that Greg Ellifritz, in his blog on Active Response Training, that the current FBI Pistol Qualification Course could be very court defensible and have other benefits:
"In fact, using the FBI standards might make a lot of sense for the average armed citizen. The FBI recently changed their qualification course to better reflect the scenarios where agents have fired their weapons. Since the FBI agents are plain clothed and carry concealed, the situations where they use their guns are very similar to the situations that the average armed citizen might experience."
Tom Givens, Rangemaster Firearms Training Services, apparently agrees as he uses this course of fire in his classes. He's also done an assessment of FBI's analysis of their shootings and compared it to DEA and to the shootings involving his own students.
That's good enough for me. The Ruger LCP Custom arrived, I added to my meager stash of .380 ACP by picking up a box of Monarch 95 grain ball from the local Academy Sporting Goods store. I supplemented that fifty-round box with ten rounds of Cor-Bon 90 grain JHP to make the sixty rounds necessary for the course of fire.
The course is fired from concealment and shot on the FBI QIT-99 target. I had those from a previous job I'd done. Any hit in the "bottle" counts as a point, with 48 out of sixty required for an agent to "pass."
With a ten-ounce gun with an overall length just over five-inches, I wondered if I'd make 48 hits.
They start at three yards and stages go back to 25 yards. I prefer the AFTT-modification of the Arizona Daytime Handgun Qualification Course (not the current course, but the previous) in which shooters fired the 25 yard stage first – we could see where the hits were – then start at the closest range and move back, ending at fifteen yards. I did this here, starting with the last stage first, then moving all the way forward to 3 yards and working back.
From behind a cover item at 25 yards, draw to a pair of hits standing, go to kneeling and produce three hits, all in 15 seconds or less. Do this twice for ten rounds total. I took a lot of the time – hey, these were the first rounds I'd ever fired from this gun. I had four hits in the "bottle" outline with a flyer low – my called "clutch" at the trigger. The second iteration put five in the bottle.
Yep, that's one low and out of the running. The rest are there.
At three yards, it's three hits in three seconds fired with dominant hand only – done twice – followed by a draw to three hits dominant hand only, passing the gun to the support hand and producing three hits with the support hand only – all in eight seconds.
At five yards, produce three hits in three seconds, freestyle, done in four strings of fire (total 12 rounds). Then it's four rounds, four seconds from seven yards, done twice. The last string at seven yards is draw to four hits, reload and make four more hits in 8 seconds.
You haven't experienced true fun until you try a reload drill with an itty-bitty gun.
Finally, there are two strings of three rounds in six seconds and a string of four rounds in 8 seconds from fifteen yards.
I made the times, I pulled no more rounds out of the outline, for 59/60. I did use a lot of target "real estate," making the counting easy. It's a bit wearing shooting a tiny .380 (locked breech or not) weighing less than 10 ounces empty for sixty rounds. I don't notice any effort shooting a Glock 19 on the same course. It appears that it's possible to make carry of this pistol defensible in an academic sense. Is it the best choice? Not for a primary gun unless you just have to. If you're going to rely on something this small, you better be a good shot with it. As a redundant safety measure, it's great.
Some time I need to try it with the earlier LCP. I imagine the result will be similar even with the smaller sights and the round, narrower trigger.
Did the sights and trigger help? They sure didn't hurt. Actually, the sights are kind of incredible – I had no trouble seeing them. They're still small, but I could see them with my ancient eyes.
For really discreet carry – and for carry as a second or third gun – the Ruger LCP Custom is formidable.
History relived at the Centerburg Conservation Club
When I got into the shooting I generally thought that people just went to the range once in a while for practice. The more I got involved in Second Amendment issues I found defensive shooting leagues were really big and seemed to be growing leaps and bounds as more people obtained their concealed handgun licenses. This made sense, because in those leagues a participant is given a possible defensive scenario in which they have to engage threats and not engage no-shoot targets. All this must be done in the quickest time possible to beat your competitors.
As I became more seasoned in the shooting sports, I ran across another genre of shooting sports; cowboy action shooting. In these leagues participants dress up in their ‘Wild West Best’, with their six-guns, ten gallon hats and spurs, and engage targets similar to the one in the defensive shooting scenarios. In an offshoot - no pun intended - of Cowboy Action Shooting is the Mounted Cowboy Action Shooting league. I ran into this unique sport while honeymooning in Arizona. Each participant must shoot at targets while mounted on their best horse! Granted, the range is pretty darn big and out in the desert, but how cool is that?!
One of the last shooting genres I ran across was at the Centerburg Conservation Club, a venue that has been gracious to Buckeye Firearms Association for hosting various shooting events, and it was a shooting competition of Civil War-era muskets! The group is called the North-South Skirmish Association.
From the NSSA website (www.n-ssa.org):
The core of N-SSA shooting is the 8-man musket team match. Uniformed Union and Confederate teams compete in timed, rapid-fire events, shooting at breakable targets such as clay pigeons, ceramic tiles, and clay flower pots at ranges of 50 and 100 yards. The team with the lowest time wins.
In addition to shooting, members and their families compete for trophies in Civil War dress competitions. Men compete for the most accurate individual uniform. Union and Confederate troops compete for best-uniformed company awards. Men, women and children compete for awards in period dress - both formal and informal attire. As lovingly authentic as any of the weapons on the line, these garments add color and excitement to skirmish weekends.
The NSSA meets regularly for competitions at the 100 yard shooting range of the Centerburg Conservation Club. The club is currently the home range of the N-SSA Midwest Division and the 2nd OVI. Skirmishes are currently held three times a year.
From the Club website:
If you [are] searching for a club that has an endless dedication to the practice of your 2nd Amend skills then take a look at the CCCC. In 2000 CCCC created the Centerburg Youth Shooting Sports, Inc (CYSS). Since its creation, CYSS has introduced more than 1000 youth so the shooting sports. In addition, many of these young people compete in state and national competitions, bringing national recognition to the Centerburg Community. A sister organization, Buckeye International Junior Shooting Sports, Inc (Buckeye) was formed to foster youth in international competition. Since its foundation several local youth have earned positions on prestigious national shooting teams and shot for the USA and Germany, Cypress, and Sylvania. In 2008, Buckeye partnered with Cardinal Center Campground in Marengo to build and International Bunker. Youth from around the Midwest train on this $100,000 facility.
Through the years the club has not only worked hard to meet its conservation and outdoor heritage goals, it has worked with like minded organizations to help achieve their goals. In addition to those previously mentioned, the following are but a few of the organizations that use the clubs facilities: American Legion Post 460, Boy Scout Troop 382, Ohio Valley Muzzle Loading Gun Club, Local police, Sheriff s Departments, and the Highway Patrol, FFA, National wild Turkey Federation, Step outside, Woman in the Outdoors, and church groups.
The club currently has 829 members from all around the country. Many members are active in the day to day affairs of the club, some participate in one activity or another, and others are members as a matter of family history. Over the years members and guests have participated in coon hound races, archery tournaments, black powder target shooting, American and Olympic style trapshooting, fishing derbies, Easter egg hunts, Civil War skirmishes, various other war reenactments, shooting coach training, American Legion flag retirement ceremonies, youth groundhog hunting derbies, just to name a few. The club currently holds a pancake supper in the early spring, a club picnic in June, and a theme dinner in the fall. The club keeps a regular calendar to update members on upcoming events. Trapshooting is open to the public in Thursdays, and Protection trapshooting takes place on odd Sunday nights. A Family Membership in the club affords members access to the stocked fishing pond, rifle range, campground, trapshooting range, in addition to other club events.
For more information: www.centerburgconservationclub.com
Click Lake is a Buckeye Firearms Association Region Leader.
Confessions of a Middle-Aged Woman Gun Owner
"You what?" My friend looked at me with a mixture of shock and admiration.
We were having lunch at one of my favorite restaurants while I shared with her my secret. It was a secret I had kept from her until now.
My friend had to be in Columbus, Ohio for a business training session and stayed in a downtown hotel. We made arrangements to have dinner on Friday. I realized that although she had a car, it made more sense for me to pick her up instead of expecting her to find her way through a strange city.
As we enjoyed our delicious lunch entrees, I casually mentioned that when she was in Columbus, I was "packing heat."
Now don't get me wrong. I didn't use that exact phrase.
What I actually said was, "Um, you may not know this but I have a Concealed Handgun License and I was carrying that night I picked you up from your hotel to have dinner."
She smiled as she shook her head and told me I was full of surprises. She never thought someone like me would be carrying a concealed firearm. Then she admitted she and her husband wanted to receive the training required to also get their permits. The only thing holding them back was an impending move across the country to another state. She reasoned that it might be better to wait.
We then had a great discussion about firearms, our Second Amendment right, and why carrying a firearm is simply a smart thing to do.
I remember how I felt when my husband and I finally decided to get our licenses. I'm a middle-aged woman and never handled a gun in my life. But I was determined not to allow fear to control me. I knew I had to get over it and just learn how to properly handle a firearm.
I'll never forget when my husband and I visited a local gun store to buy my first gun. I say "first" because from what I've discovered about firearms and owners, it's sort of like getting a tattoo. One is never enough.
The store was an absolute madhouse. It was filled mostly with men but I did see a few ladies. The display case held a dizzying array of just about every handgun invented. Or so it seemed.
I immediately said to the man behind the counter, "Where's the ‘Dirty Harry' gun? Do you have one of those?" The man chuckled as he handed me a Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum.
The grip wasn't made of gorgeous wood like the movie version but was definitely impressive.
"It's the most pahwerful handgun in the world, and it will blow your head kleeeeeen off..." I mumbled as I squinted my eyes Dirty Harry-style. The man behind the counter raised his eyebrows. My husband shook his head.
"This might have been a mistake..." he said to the man apologetically.
However, I realized that if I was going to carry that heavy of a firearm, I'd need a small crane attached to my hip to lift it. I sadly gave it back to the man behind the counter.
"Do you want a revolver-style handgun or a semi-automatic?" He showed me a few semi-autos and instantly I saw myself as Trinity from the movie, "The Matrix."
"Guns. We need more guns..." I said as I envisioned myself dressed entirely in black, battling the evil agents who controlled the world and wielding all types of powerful firearms.
My husband impatiently snapped his fingers near my face. I realized I had gone to Movie-Land in my head and confounded once again the poor man behind the counter.
"I'm sorry. Let me see the M&P9." I felt it and liked the weight of it in my hand. I instantly felt safe. If I couldn't handle Dirty Harry's .44 Magnum, this was close enough.
The man behind the counter looked relieved as we walked toward the cash register. My husband remarked that life is never dull with me around.
I marveled at how far I had come regarding exercising my Second Amendment right. My image of those who owned a gun (let alone carry one concealed) was of men. Manly men. The "Dirty Harry" kind of man.
But then I started to see how those who did have guns were being unfairly labeled. I realized how carrying a gun could protect me and that the Second Amendment was for all of us, including women. Part of my journey included a burly motorcycle-riding co-worker who had a carry license. He was fond of saying, "When seconds count, police are only minutes away."
It made me think.
I have the greatest respect for our law enforcement officers but also realized they can only be in so many places at one time. What would I do if I was in a life-endangering situation and they were on the other side of town?
Carrying a firearm is a heavy responsibility. Both physically and mentally. But it's a right guaranteed to every American. Whenever I carry it, I'm reminded of our country's history and the men and women who defended our freedom.
There are many around you who might be surprised to learn you carry a firearm. You might be surprised that they're wondering if they should get a license. The most important step I feel we can all take is to open up the conversation whenever possible. We have plenty of news items to use as a starting point. And whenever anyone sides with erroneous assumptions, it only presents an opportunity to bring calm reason into the discussion.
I didn't arrive at this place in life all at once. Although my father had a hunting rifle, he never taught me how to handle it. But I've been making up for lost time by visiting local shooting ranges and practicing my aim. I've got a bad habit of pulling to the side before pulling the trigger, but I'm working on it. Someday soon, I'll have better accuracy with my shots. The important thing is that I keep trying.
And let others know that carrying is our Constitutional right.
After all, I want to make our Founding Fathers – and Dirty Harry – proud.
Mary Rose Maguire is an in-house copywriter for an e-Commerce site and a freedom-loving patriot. You can find her at www.maryrosemaguire.com, stirring it up on topics such as marketing, creativity and life.
Anti-Gun Lawmakers Seek to Stop Online Ammunition Sales
On May 12, 2015, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) introduced H.R. 2283 or the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2015. According to a report from The Hill (full text of the legislation has not been received by the Government Publishing Office at press time) the bill would require that ammunition sellers be federally licensed, that online ammunition purchasers show a photo identification in-person at an “authorized dealer” in order to take receipt of their orders, and that any purchases of more than 1000 rounds made within five consecutive days be reported to the Attorney General.
This retrograde plan ignores the federal government’s past experience with regulating ammunition sales. The Gun Control Act of 1968 imposed similar regulations on ammunition sellers and purchasers. Ammunition buyers were required to sign, and ammunition sellers required to maintain, a ledger of pistol-caliber ammunition purchases. In 1982, Congress exempted .22 rimfire ammunition from this burdensome regime, and with 1986’s Firearms Owners Protection Act the requirement was fully repealed.
In 1986, even the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms admitted the failure of federal ammunition regulation. In a February 10, 1986 BATF memo that made it into the House of Representatives hearings report on the Firearm Owners Protection Act, BATF Director Steve Higgins lists the elimination of “Ammunition Licensing and Recordkeeping” as one of the “Positive Aspects” of the bill. The memo states, “The Bureau and the Department have recognized that current recordkeeping requirements for ammunition have no substantial law enforcement value. In addition, their elimination would remove an unnecessary recordkeeping burden from licensees.”
According to The Hill, Coleman’s communication director, Courtney Cochran, explained the reasoning behind the legislation as attempting to detect “[i]f someone is trying to stock pile ammunition for a malicious reason.” The more likely outcome, however, is that criminals would simply work around this inconvenient hurdle (through straw purchase and the like) to operate undetected. Meanwhile, legitimate high-volume shooters who economize by purchasing large quantities of ammunition at a single time would be effectively registered with the federal government as owing firearms of that caliber.
NRA-ILA will work to halt this regressive legislation, and provide our members with more information on the bill as it becomes available.
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HB 35 (Prohibit Firearms Seizure/Registry) scheduled for proponent testimony in House committee
Chairman Ron Maag has announced that the House State Government committee will be hearing proponent testimony on two firearms-related bills today, Wednesday, May 13, at 2:00 p.m. in Room 121.
The Chairman had previously announced a hearing for HB 152 (Constitutional Carry), and he has now added HB 35 (Prohibit Firearms Seizure/Registry), sponsored jointly by Representatives Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) and Ron Hood (R-Alliance), to the schedule for proponent testimony.
The bill seeks to prohibit any agency and its employees and agents from seizing or authorizing the seizure of any firearm from any person lawfully in possession or control of the firearm except when a law enforcement officer reasonably believes the immediate seizure of the firearm is necessary for the safety of the officer or another person or to preserve the firearm as evidence, to prohibit the establishment of a firearm registry, and to prohibit law enforcement officers and international agents from enforcing a firearms registration requirement or firearm ban.
Buckeye Firearms Association maintains a vigilant watch on gun legislation in Ohio. As legislation is introduced in the Ohio House or Senate, we will evaluate it and post information here.
Calls needed - Parking lot bill needs cosponsors
Ohio Senator Joe Uecker (R) has circulated a cosponsor request for a bill that will protect employees from being wrongly discriminated against by their employers. The bill protects employee private property rights while also respecting the employer rights.
Everyone agrees that employers have broad rights to control what goes on inside their building. Unfortunately many employers do not recognize the same rights for their employees. They think they have the right to get inside emploees' personal property (automobile) and control what private property (Bible or firearm) they may possess. By default, this also means they are controlling their employee's personal property and rights to and from work, when they are not on company property, not in a company vehicle, and not on company time! No one can articulate why employers need such power.
Calls are needed.
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Please ask your Senator to co-sponsor Senator Uecker’s parking lot bill. Too few Senators have agreed to co-sponsor this key legislation. They need to hear from constituents that this is important.
Ohio is an “at will” employment state, meaning you can be fired for any reason or no reason. There are, however, certain protected classes. It is established law that an employee may not be fired because they are black, Jewish, female, or many other traits that are simply wrong to discriminate against. Uecker’s bill would add exercise of a constitutional right inside personal vehicles to the list of protected classes.
While some argue that this bill would trample on employer private property rights, no one can explain how it is right that employers trample on the private property rights of their employees. Property rights are either important, or they are not. Uecker’s bill is a good balance of rights.
This is not a typical gun bill. It does not matter if your Senator is “pro-gun” or “anti-gun.” It does not matter if he/she is Republican or Democrat. Discrimination against the exercise of a constitutional right in your private vehicle is wrong. This is something that everyone should agree with. This is something that every senator should support.
Jim Irvine is the Buckeye Firearms Association Chairman, BFA PAC Chairman and recipient of the NRA-ILA's 2011 "Jay M. Littlefield Volunteer of the Year Award" and the CCRKBA's 2012 "Gun Rights Defender of the Year Award."
When is it ok to be against private property rights?