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  • Headline: 1960s Ohio State star sues over road rage arrest
    by Chad D. Baus

    Concealed handgun licensees are, general speaking, a law-abiding bunch - more-so than the average non-license-holder. Crimes committed by concealed handgun licensees are rare. Violent crimes committed by licensees are so rare, in fact, that statistically speaking, a law enforcement officer has been shown to be three times more likely to commit murder than a concealed handgun licensee.

    Never-the-less, when a concealed handgun licensee is accused of a violent crime, the news media are quick to make sure that everyone hears about it, just as they did in September 2012 when 1960's Ohio State football star Jim Stillwagon was charged with felonious assault after a reported road-rage incident.

    Fast forward to 2014, however, and not only has the concealed handgun license-holder been acquitted, but he is back on offense, charging in a federal lawsuit that investigators altered facts and suppressed and destroyed evidence to pursue their investigation.

    From WHIO (CBS Columbus):

    Investigators alleged a truck driver was grazed by a bullet when Stillwagon fired at him. Stillwagon had been riding a motorcycle.

    Stillwagon, 65, acknowledged firing at the driver three times in fear for his life when the truck began backing up toward him at one point, according to his lawsuit.

    Stillwagon said he later fired a fourth shot at a tire on the truck to disable it, then hit the driver in the head with his gun. He said the driver had tried at least six times to attack him during the encounter that investigators say spanned 14 miles.

    A Delaware city spokesman declined to comment. A copy of the police report released by the city Thursday quotes witnesses who say they saw Stillwagon shoot at the driver. An investigator concludes in the same report there was nothing "that would definitively confirm or disprove" either version of how the driver received his head wound.

    The report also said the driver had a blood-alcohol content of 0.106, which is above the legal limit in Ohio.

    The lawsuit says police coaxed the other driver to be a cooperative witness and offered him leniency, and failed to examine evidence, including skid marks, the driver's claim that mechanical issues in his truck occasionally caused it to stall or surge, and a 911 call made by a witness.

    Investigators also didn't hand over a state report that questioned whether the driver suffered a gunshot wound to the head, according to the lawsuit.

    The report says that Stillwagon, who said the ordeal cost him $400,000 in legal and other fees, is suing to be compensated for his losses and for financial damages against the City of Delaware and the officers, and for attorney costs.

    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.



  • FLASH: Firearms carry ban struck down in D.C.

    The ban on carrying of firearms by citizens in the nation’s capitol has been struck down by the United States District Court, District of Columbia, attorney Alan Gura, representing plaintiffs in Palmer vs. District of Columbia announced Saturday.

    "In light of Heller, McDonald, and their progeny, there is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia's total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny," Senior Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr. wrote in a Memorandum-Decision Order signed Thursday and filed today.

    "Having reviewed the parties' submissions and the applicable law ... the Court here by GRANTS Plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment and DENIES Defendants' cross-motion for summary judgment," Judge Scullin wrote, further ordering "that Defendants ... are permanently enjoined from enforcing D .C. Code ... to ban registration of handguns to be carried in public for self-defense by law-abiding citizens."

    Read the full story at Examiner.com.



  • NSSF's Project ChildSafe Takes Second Annual S.A.F.E Summer into Communities Nationwide

    NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Project ChildSafe, in partnership with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), announces the second annual S.A.F.E Summer campaign, a part of Project ChildSafe's ongoing program to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage -- particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended.

    Each month, Project ChildSafe will recognize and spotlight local leaders nationwide who are promoting safety and making a difference in their community as the program turns its national message into local action. The firearm industry is promoting safe and responsible ownership through its network -- reinforcing Project ChildSafe's overarching message, "Own it? Respect It. Secure it," -- so that programs such as S.A.F.E. Summer serve as a reminder that proper firearm storage is the #1 way to prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse. 

    "Our mission is to make the mantra "Own it? Respect it. Secure it." second nature when talking about firearm safety," says Steve Sanetti, President of NSSF. "The S.A.F.E Summer initiative aims to emphasize the importance of safe and responsible storage in communities across the country."

    "S.A.F.E." serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; BeAware of those around you who should not have unauthorized access to guns; Focus on your responsibility as a firearm owner and Educate yourself and others about safe firearm handling and storage. The effort is focused on providing education and tools that helps gun owners take responsible action to keep their families and communities safer.

    NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. Through partnerships with more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies, the program has provided more than 36 million free firearm safety kits to gun owners in all 50 states and five U.S. territories. That's in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.

    Project ChildSafe was originally supported by federal grants provided by the U.S. Department of Justice. Since 2008, when this funding was cut, the firearms manufacturing industry has solely funded the Project ChildSafe program through the members of NSSF.



  • 300th educator graduates F.A.S.T.E.R. class in Ohio
    by Jim Irvine & Chad D. Baus

    Last week, Buckeye Firearms Foundation held the 13th F.A.S.T.E.R. (Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response) class in Ohio.

    Created by Buckeye Firearms Foundation in partnership with Tactical Defense Institute, the class is designed specifically for school staff to enable them to quickly, safely, and appropriately respond to an active killer in a school setting and offer immediate life-saving medical treatment to victims.

    With roughly 24 per class, over 300 teachers, administrators, and staff have now completed the training. In addition to Ohio, educators from Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Colorado have attended the training. In addition, educators in other states are looking at what is going on in Ohio and asking the Foundation if it can help them make their schools safer as well.

    One of the most frequent comments from attendees is, "I’m a different person." Different because they have a new awareness of active killer events and how they are successfully stopped. Different because they now understand why current policies don’t work, and are committed to making needed changes for the safety of their students.

    It has been an honor to work and train with such a dedicated group of people. They love our kids and will do anything - even die - to protect them. We owe them the tools and skills to keep our children safe at school.

    We continue to get calls on a regular basis from schools who know they need to do more about safety, but just don’t understand active killer events, are not familiar with firearms, and don’t know where to turn for the knowledge they seek. After talking with so many individuals over the last year and a half, it is clear that this is the future for school security. Like Israel, we are growing tired of having our kids murdered at school, and, like it or not, armed security is the best viable solution to our problem.

    The idea of armed staff in schools is not new. Schools in Idaho, Texas, and Alabama have been doing it for a decade. It has worked exceptionally well. None of the terrible “What if…” scenarios have ever happened. Instead, what these states have seen are safer schools where children learn and play, and killers know they need to pick a different location to rack up a record body count.

    After the success of the original class, more than 1,700 educators from counties across Ohio have applied for the training, which has now expanded to 3 separate locations in the state in order to accommodate more more people.  

    Following are excerpts from just a few of the many letters we have received from F.A.S.T.E.R. graduates:

    All of your instructions were precise, thus avoiding confusion, especially important in the risk environment with live fire courses. Your follow-up with the constructive criticism was effective and well presented. With obviously good results! There was improvement in the shooting and understanding of all participants, with the goal of accuracy at distance--- precise shot placement was increased.

    ...

    I found debriefs on the scenarios especially helpful, along with the actual experience of action and stress.

    ...

    The interest created by Buckeye Firearms Foundation in these programs is, as you know, receiving national attention. I am sure it will continue to grow and the children and students in our schools will be safer because of the involvement of professionals such as yourselves and the dedicated teachers who avail themselves of the courses.

    ...

    I want to say thanks for the opportunity to attend the recent FASTER training at TDI. I was a fairly accomplished shooter before the training. However, through the training, I have achieved a whole new level of skill in marksmanship and I know that if the needs arises I can step up and perform in any situation. Thanks

    ...

    I just wanted to say thank you for that wonderful class. I can't say enough great things to do it justice! I find myself thinking through different aspects of it frequently, and mulling over the different scenarios that could arise in my particular situation. I have always felt pretty competent with my gun and level of situational awareness, but that class took it to a whole other level--and then some!! I'm hoping to get in on the new, level 2 class...

    You're doing great and vital work there at Buckeye Firearms Foundation!

    ...I HAVE had quite a bit of professional, tactical firearms training, and I STILL came away with a huge amount of improved skill and knowledge. This class does not only revolutionize the previously untrained. Don't sell yourselves short on that count!

    ...

    I want to extend my sincere appreciation for your assistance in accepting me in the class. It was a fantastic experience. The confidence gained in the last three days has made a night and day difference in my mindset. Thanks for all you are doing to help us be prepared.

    And finally, the following feedback is from firearms instructor Dave Spaulding, 2010 Law Officer Trainer of the Year: 

    Just finished a two day fund raiser for the Buckeye Firearms Foundation. Bucky Buchanan and I had 27 students on day one and 28 on day two which made for a busy time, but most gratifying in student feedback! Seldom do I get a group of students that are so eager to learn...they were like sponges! The questions were excellent as were the shooters.

    Day two was made up mostly of armed teachers who had graduated from the BFF Armed Teacher Program, a training course that is paid for completely by BFF. The course instructors are John Benner and Chris Cerino and the quality of their instruction was readily apparent! These were a group of exceptional shooters! Bucky and I discussed how gratified we were that these dedicated professionals have decided to volunteer to protect out children from criminal attack and you can tell they take this responsibility seriously. These folks possessed a high level of skill which is certainly necessary for the task(s) they have taken on.

    If you are an Ohio teacher and are interested in this program, check out the Buckeye Firearms Foundation web site.

    Jim Irvine is the Buckeye Firearms Foundation President, 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." 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.



  • Beretta Will Relocate All Manufacturing to Gallatin, Tennessee

    Beretta U.S.A. Corp., located in Accokeek, Maryland, announced today that it has decided to move its manufacturing capabilities from its existing location to a new production facility that it is building in Gallatin, Tennessee. The Gallatin facility is scheduled to be opened in mid-2015. Beretta U.S.A. had previously planned to use the new Gallatin, Tennessee facility for new machinery and production of new products only.

    "During the legislative session in Maryland that resulted in passage of the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, the version of the statute that passed the Maryland Senate would have prohibited Beretta U.S.A. from being able to manufacture, store or even import into the State products that we sell to customers throughout the United States and around the world. While we were able in the Maryland House of Delegates to reverse some of those obstructive provisions, the possibility that such restrictions might be reinstated in the future leaves us very worried about the wisdom of maintaining a firearm manufacturing factory in the State," stated Jeff Cooper, General Manager for Beretta U.S.A. Corp.

    "While we had originally planned to use the Tennessee facility for new equipment and for production of new product lines only, we have decided that it is more prudent from the point of view of our future welfare to move the Maryland production lines in their entirety to the new Tennessee facility," Cooper added.

    The transition of production from Beretta U.S.A.'s Maryland facility to the Tennessee facility will not occur until 2015 and will be managed so as not to disrupt deliveries to Beretta customers. Beretta U.S.A.'s production of the U.S. Armed Forces M9 9mm pistol will continue at the Accokeek, Maryland facility until all current orders from the U.S. Armed Forces have been filled.

    "We have not yet begun groundbreaking on the Tennessee facility and we do not anticipate that that building will be completed until the middle part of 2015," continued Cooper. "That timing, combined with our need to plan an orderly transition of production from one facility to the other so that our delivery obligations to customers are not disrupted, means that no Beretta U.S.A. Maryland employee will be impacted by this news for many months. More importantly, we will use this time to meet with every Beretta U.S.A. employee whose Maryland job might be affected by the move to discuss with them their interest in taking a position at our new facility in Tennessee or, if they are not willing to do so, to lay out a long-term strategy for remaining with the Company while our production in Maryland continues."

    Beretta U.S.A. anticipates that the Gallatin, Tennessee facility will involve $45 million of investment in building and equipment and the employment of around 300 employees during the next five years.

    Beretta U.S.A. has no plans to relocate its office, administrative and executive support functions from its Accokeek, Maryland facility.

    About Beretta
    Beretta, established in 1526, is the oldest industrial dynasty in the world tracing its roots through 16 generations of continuous family ownership. Firearms bearing the Beretta name have been sold for almost 500 years. Beretta USA Corp. was founded in 1977 and supplies the standard sidearm to the U.S. Armed Forces. Today, Beretta manufactures, distributes and markets a complete line of firearms, accessories and apparel. Beretta also owns and operates six retail Beretta Gallery stores worldwide. For additional information, visit www.beretta.com.



  • Do armed citizens help decrease crime? Detroit police chief and Ohio attorney general say YES
    by Chad D. Baus

    Detroit Police Chief James Craig is giving his city's armed residents - the law-abiding ones - credit for a large drop in crime, and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine agrees, telling WKEF (ABC Dayton) it just might keep the bad guys away.

    First, from the Detroit News:

    Detroit has experienced 37 percent fewer robberies in 2014 than during the same period last year, 22 percent fewer break-ins of businesses and homes, and 30 percent fewer carjackings. Craig attributed the drop to better police work and criminals being reluctant to prey on citizens who may be carrying guns.

    “Criminals are getting the message that good Detroiters are armed and will use that weapon,” said Craig, who has repeatedly said he believes armed citizens deter crime. “I don’t want to take away from the good work our investigators are doing, but I think part of the drop in crime, and robberies in particular, is because criminals are thinking twice that citizens could be armed.

    “I can’t say what specific percentage is caused by this, but there’s no question in my mind it has had an effect,” Craig said.

    Craig's observations are causing politicians and members of the media in other states to ponder the question - if it's working there, can it work here?

    From WKEF:

    "I think more people are arming themselves," said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine,

    Attorney General DeWine would know.

    His office keeps track of how many concealed carry permits are granted in the State of Ohio.

    "We have seen a continuous increase of people who are getting their concealed carry permit," he said.

    ...

    "I would hope that that would cause some of the burglars and some of the robbers to have a second thought, hey that man behind the counter, that woman behind the counter, she may have a gun," said Ohio Attorney General DeWine.

    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.

    Additional Information:

    County sees surge in concealed carry licenses and women holding them - Women about half of county's fourfold rise



  • Service Pistol Warm-Up, EIC Matches Prime Competitors for 2014 National Trophy Pistol Match Season
    by Ashley Brugnone

    CAMP PERRY, OH – The 2014 National Trophy Pistol Match Season began with a little stretching of the mind and loosening of the competitive muscles as the Pistol Small Arms Firing School (SAFS) and Service Pistol Warm-Up Matches readied competitors for the week ahead.

    SAFS was held on July 7 to a class of 305 new and experienced shooters. During the school, participants receive basic instruction on firing practices, competition skills, range firing and safety. The Department of Defense first conducted SAFS as part of the National Matches at Camp Perry in 1918, and the course has been a staple ever since.

    Members of the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine and Navy Active, as well as the National Guard and Reserve shooting teams assist students during the course. Their attention to detail, knowledge and experience make them some of the most qualified instructors in the country.

    “These instructors are way better than what I had 30, 40 years ago in the Army,” said Jack Turner, 72, of Sebastian, FL. “My instructor here knew so much. He could talk your ear off with everything he knew. It was really excellent.”

    At the conclusion of classroom training, students made their ways out to the range for live firing practice. All participants then have the opportunity to follow a true Course of Fire in an M9 Pistol Excellence-In-Competition (EIC) Match. Marksmen participate in EIC Matches in order to earn leg points towards becoming named a Distinguished Pistol shooter.

    Stephen Monroe, 45, of Janesville, WI, was the overall winner in the M9 Pistol EIC Match, with a score of 258-4x. Monroe, new to pistol shooting, is now on his way to earning his Distinguished Badge – earning 4 leg points with his win. The Top 10 percent of finishers also received their introductory leg points.

    Monroe showed outstanding perseverance during the match, continuing to fire while also battling terrible stomach pain. Crumpled over between shots, he was able to find the strength to straighten his back, aim and fire accurately during each sequence.

    “I would have rather lost than feel like that,” he said, jokingly. “But I somehow managed to finish alright.”

    Just behind Monroe in second place was 1st Lt. Zane Jones, USMCR, 33, of Columbus, OH, with a score of 257-3x. Jacob Tuomi, 19, of Chassell, MI, rounded out the top three with a score of 247-2x for third.

    The Service Pistol Warm-Up Match on July 8 is meant to give competitors the opportunity to practice using their own pistols in a major competition. The event was slightly interrupted this year when rain poured down onto the competitors, causing a short delay. Relay 1 watched the black skies move in over the lake but managed to finish their sequences, while Relay 2 was forced to evacuate the range until the storm passed.

    Once the clouds moved out of the area and all relays fired, it was SFC James Henderson, 47, of Midland, GA, who earned the top spot with his score of 388-11x. Henderson is the current record holder for the event, having fired a 392-15x back in 2009.

    SSgt. Jonathan Shue, 32, of Stafford, VA, claimed the second place position with a score of 382-16x, while SGT Greg Markowski, 40, of Columbus, GA, trailed closely behind with 381-12x to land in third place.

    Though all competitors in the Warm-Up Match received a commemorative coin, the Top 10 percent of the 277 competitors who fired in the event was given exclusive Gold Coins.

    For a complete list of results in the M9 and Warm-Up Pistol Matches, visit https://ct.thecmp.org/app/v1/index.php?do=match&task=edit&match=11023. Photos of the events are available for free download at http://cmp1.zenfolio.com/.



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