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  • Latest Anti-Gunner Demand: Slow Down Firearm Sales!

    With Americans buying firearms at record-shattering levels and public opinion turning against gun control over the last few years, anti-gun groups and politicians are trying to convince firearm dealers to voluntarily refuse to sell firearms to some of their law-abiding customers.

    The anti-gunners’ new effort tracks with the three-part plan outlined by the Brady Campaign in 1976, when it was known as the National Council to Control Handguns, to first “slow down the increasing number of handguns being produced and sold in this country,” and thereafter get handguns registered, then banned from private possession.

    Except that now it’s not only about handguns, it’s about all firearms. 

    At issue is the federal law that requires firearm dealers to delay, for three business days, transfers of firearms to customers whose background checks are not quickly approved by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The delay is to give the FBI time to sort out background checks on the vast majority of persons whose identities or records cannot be ascertained immediately, but is necessarily limited to three days to prevent bureaucratic glitches from preventing people from acquiring firearms altogether.

    As the FBI explains, “In most cases, the results of a background check yield definitive information regarding an individual’s eligibility when the firearm background [check] is initiated. However, not all inquiries can be provided a final status during the initial contact with the NICS Section,” for a variety of reasons. In such cases, the FBI says, “the NICS Section must search for the information needed to complete the record” and federal law “allows the [firearm dealer] to legally transfer the firearm if the NICS transaction is not resolved within 3 business days.”

    13 anti-gun U.S. senators have asked Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s to refuse to sell firearms to customers whose background checks aren’t completed within three business days. So far, both retailers have rejected the demand.  Michael Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action group is making the same demand on Gander Mountain and the Sportsman’s Warehouse. And this week, U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) and Brady Campaign president Dan Gross urged the same from firearm dealers nationwide. 

    The anti-gunners know more than they are telling, however. First, according to the FBI, if a background check cannot be completed within three days, “the NICS Section continues to search for the information necessary to make a final determination” and, if a person is determined to be prohibited, NICS will notify the BATFE to recover any firearms such person may have acquired. The FBI reports that in 2014, “The NICS Section forwarded 2,511 firearm retrieval referrals to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives,” something on the order of about 0.1 percent of all firearms sold by dealers that year.

    Second, in some instances, even though the FBI continues working on an unresolved check after three days have passed, it will do so only for 90 days, after which time the check is terminated. Were dealers to acquiesce to anti-gunners’ new demand, people could be prevented from legally buying firearms by simply delaying their background checks until the time allotted for their checks expires.

    That would certainly “slow down” firearm sales, while gun control supporters continue working toward the registration portion of their long-standing three-part plan by requiring background checks on private firearm sales.

    © 2015 National Rifle Association of America, Institute for Legislative Action. This may be reproduced. This may not be reproduced for commercial purposes. 



  • Fifth Column: Traitors Among Us
    by Ron Borsch

    While there is nothing wrong with migrating or fleeing from another country to enjoy American freedoms and opportunity, it is a totally different matter to betray our open-arms welcome and trust. Certainly a worse offense is to be disloyal after having the good fortune of being born in America. In either case, obeying direct, indirect orders or being influenced by a foreign entity to self-initiate savage acts of terror in the name of is the act of traitors.

    A fifth column is domestic individuals, groups or cells of secret sympathizers or supporters criminally and traitorously working in enemy-opposition to the country they are in. Undoubtedly we have a variety of 5th Columns, Russians, Chinese, Etc. but it is the 5th Column of Criminal Islamists that are guilty of rendering aid and comfort to a foreign enemy who has formally declared war on America. The sooner we recognize any 5th Column as an enemy within, and take serious action against them, the safer and more secure fellow Americans will be from these barbarous traitors.

    Though the majority of Muslims may be peaceful, these Criminal Islamists remain a very deadly threat. On the subject of a majority of peaceful people, recall that largely “peaceful” Germans gave us Adolph Hitler, who in turn gave us WWII, and majority of “peaceful” Japanese attacked us at Pearl Harbor. This militant minority of a minority is a clear, present and growing danger to America. It will continue to be fatal to Americans until the peaceful Muslim majority takes serious steps to cooperate in rooting out these traitors.

    We have often stressed that words have meaning. For example, the word Assassin refers to a secret order of murdering Muslims that in the time of the crusade’s, terrorized Christians for fanatical motives while under the influence of the drug Hashish. Another important distinction of words having meaning is our media’s mistake of using our enemy’s language and terms when referring to themselves. For instance, the term “Jihad” to them means a holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty. This is of course the seventh century savagery of Criminal Islamists then and now. ”Jihadi” or “Jihadists” to them, means “holy warriors” whereas any civil society knows them as merely barbaric Criminal Islamist terrorists.

    We need to STOP using our enemy’s language terms. There is absolutely nothing holy about the vicious cruelty of these murderous felons. These folks are stuck in the dimension of seventh century barbarism. Today, as then, we still have the Muslim form of “Barbary Pirates” who continue to ply their trade of high-jacking ships and planes, assassination, rape, torture, slavery, kidnapping and demanding of ransom’s all in the name of Islam. At present and unfortunately, our federal government is taking a Head-in-the-Sand approach by treating the traitorous viciousness committed upon innocent Americans as mere crimes instead of more serious acts of terrorism.

    LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT COUNTER-TERRORISM

    Unfortunately a secret society of sympathizers or supporters, by design, are going to avoid the attention of law enforcement. Alert and patriotic citizens are more likely to come across clues. British Sir Robert “Bobby” Peel, the originator of modern law enforcement, said that “The public are the police and the police are the public.” Our take-away from this is that law enforcement has to depend heavily on the cooperation of the public seeing or hearing something suspicious and responsibly reporting it. Some of the non-verbal clues we should be noticing are often under–the-news-radar of Islamic “Sharia” law that criminally approves of such things as “honor killing” wives and daughters by husbands or brothers, and the beheading of non-believers. Regrettably, both categories of these brutal murders have already occurred in America.

    On the Counter-Terrorism training front, both the public and law enforcement first responders should be learning all they can about the enemy that has formally declared war against our country almost a decade ago. They have already followed up with large scale offensive actions, such as NY-NY sneak-attack bombings, (1996 and 2001), suicide bomber attempts aboard aircraft, the Boston Marathon bombing, multiple attacks on military installations and facilities, and have promised more in one form or another. See “Black Swan” attacks in “Active Killer Activity- Good News and Bad News.”   Another good head start would of course be Jeffrey D. Simon’s book “Lone Wolf Terrorism.”

    On July 16th 2015 in Chattanooga TN,  a Criminal Islamist murdered 4 Marines, a Navy Sailor and wounded one other military member and a policeman via a drive-by shooting at a recruitment center in a strip mall, and another military site about seven miles away. (Didn’t he see the “No Firearms on a Federal facility” signs?) The cowardly criminal was killed later by police. What is unfortunate is the media reporting that police are seeking a motive. Sooner or later even “Captain Obvious” and the “Drive-By” media, will realize the basic motivation of Criminal Islamists is to murder those who do not submit, (Islam means “Submission”). A secondary intention of assassinating anyone who resist their world conquest, (Al Quada, ISIS/ISIL, Etc.), including the totally innocent and public figures. Assassination of our military and police, anywhere/anytime, especially when they are unarmed, are among primary targets.

    THE PERFECT DAY FOR CRIMINAL ISLAMISTS

    Dave Grossman, (LTC U.S. Army Ranger and West Point Psychology Professor Retired), reminds us about his article “The ‘Perfect Day’ Our Terrorist Opponents’ Possible Plans for Future Attacks” first published In side Homeland Security: Journal of the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security, Vol. 8, Issue 4, Winter 2010.

    One Islam expert, related: “… that since we have been at war with jihadis–one way or another–since 1979, they have steadily ramped-up their one man assassinations. And remember, “assassination” is a political statement treacherously devised to elicit a fear reaction. The act is terrible in itself, but it’s in the “reaction” that they find terrorism’s effectiveness…

    I would have ALL of our military personnel armed, 24/7… in service force-on-force sessions… M-4s carefully concealed on the premises… they need training!!! Mo Training! We’re in a war here! We need to stop playing around and get our war face on …”

    “We suggest, you decide”

    Ron Borsch manages and is the lead consultant for the PACT Consultant Group, which trains LE officers and does some Pro-Bono work for civic groups such as Churches. In the name of and supported by the seven SEALE Chiefs of police, Ron is also the founder and 1998-2015 was the manager and lead trainer for SEALE Regional Training Academy in Bedford Ohio, a post-graduate facility. Ron built the academy law enforcement client base to over 100 agencies from ten states. Ron has served on two different expert panels for the last several years at the annual International Law Enforcement and Educators Training Association in the Chicago area. After enlistment in the U.S. Army, and serving with the 101st Airborne, (Paratroopers, Viet-Nam 1965-1966), Ron had a three decade patrol career with Bedford PD. Dual responsibilities for decades included serving as Range-master, Pistol Team captain, DT/Arrest control instructor, SWAT operator and trainer. Ron is also a staff instructor with the Kent Martial Arts Club.



  • "High Society" Types Sued Over Anti-Gun "Bracelets"

    As the saying goes, "you can't make this stuff up."

    A lawsuit has been filed in Manhattan against a multi-millionaire and his activist wife, over the profits—if there are any—from the sale, by Everytown and Moms Demand Action, of the "Everytown X Urban Zen" bracelet, basically an ugly leather wrist-belt imprinted with a gun control slogan. 

    The New York Post reports that former Goldman Sachs executive J. Michael Evans and his activist wife are being sued for $5 million by a woman who claims she designed the bracelets and that the Evanses "hijacked" her idea out of "sheer greed or malice."

    The bracelet-peddling is a joint venture of the Evanses and multi-billionaire Michael Bloomberg. Evans may not have Bloomberg's dough, but in 2012 he was reported to have held $75 million in Goldman stocks and to have bought a $27 million apartment in New York City. With that kind of money, you’d think Bloomberg and Evans could just give away their tacky bracelets for free.

    © 2015 National Rifle Association of America, Institute for Legislative Action. This may be reproduced. This may not be reproduced for commercial purposes.



  • Attorney General announces Second Quarter 2015 CHL statistics; Record demand for CHLs continues
    by Jim Irvine

    Initial CHL applications surge 23% in wake of Governor Kasich signing significant improvements to Ohio’s concealed carry laws

    Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) has released the Concealed Handgun License (CHL) statistics for the second quarter of 2015. There were a total of 31,669 licenses issued during the quarter.

    After six straight quarters of declining demand for new CHL’s, the second quarter marked a strong turnaround with demand jumping 23% over the same period a year earlier. Governor John Kasich (R) signed Sub. HB 234 in December of 2014. During that quarter and the following one, we saw a dramatic slow in the decline of new CHL applicants. The two quarters prior to passage saw declines of new licenses of 50% and 36%, respectively. The quarter the bill was hotly debated and the following quarter, during the 90 day waiting period for the bill to become effective, showed declines of only 5% and 4% respectively. The second quarter of 2015 was the first full quarter after HB 234 took effect in late March, 2015, and it showed a significant increase in demand. 

    As we have seen many times, when concealed carry laws are improved, more people participate. Bad laws serve as a barrier to entry, which is part of what the anti-self-defense groups want. Given the strong popularity of concealed carry, both in Ohio and nationally, it’s hard to understand why many legislators still view improving carry laws as controversial.

    There were 19,608 new Concealed Handgun Licenses (CHL’s) issued during the second quarter of this year, more than 4,000 more than during the first quarter. There were an additional 12,042 CHL’s renewed during the quarter, making it the 28th consecutive quarter with increasing total numbers of valid licenses outstanding. There are now over 461,000 Ohioans licensed to carry concealed handguns.

    The 18 Temporary Emergency Licenses (TELs) issued marks the highest demand for TEL’s since 19 were issued in the 2nd quarter of 2013. TELs are only valid for 90 days and cannot be renewed. TELs are issued to persons who need to carry a firearm for protection, but don't have time to obtain the required training. Applicants must apply with their sheriff, pay a fee and pass a background check. The 90 days allows them time to obtain training and apply for a regular license. After issuance, a person must wait four years before they qualify for another TEL.

    Professor Brian Anse Patrick of University of Toledo has made the point that concealed carry should no longer be viewed as something that only appeals to a tiny percentage of the population. Rather Patrick says the data indicate an “S” curve where the program is still accelerating in popularity. The numbers from Ohio and nationwide certainly seem to fit his model.

    There were 276 licenses revoked during the quarter. This is a spike up from the normal. Like other spikes, it is largely attributed to a single instructor issuing training certificates without conducting the required training. That instructor's training credentials have been revoked. We commend the people who notified law enforcement of the improperly conducted training class, as well as law enforcement who stepped in to shut this instructor down.

    Less than one half of one percent of all CHLs have ever been revoked for any reason, including death or moving out of state. The establishment media love to make a big deal about the exceptional cases where a CHL breaks the law, but say almost nothing about the more than 99% of law-abiding license holders, many of whom have used their gun to protect life. About one in four revocations were because the training to obtain the license was deficient. Prospective CHL students are reminded that the application contains an affidavit where the student swears that he/she has received the appropriate training. Signing a false affidavit can subject persons to felony prosecutions and a permanent loss of firearms rights.

    During the second quarter, 14 people per hour around the clock received a new or renewed CHL from an Ohio sheriff. That is over 477 licenses issued per work day in Ohio. The popular program is a good facilitator of communication between sheriffs and citizens. Take time to get to know your sheriff/deputy while obtaining/renewing your CHL. Law enforcement is generally very supportive of citizens' rights to carry firearms for self-defense.

    We encourage you to talk with your sheriff about their support for our continued efforts to update Ohio's concealed carry laws to make them friendlier to citizens. Explain which current gun rights bills you support and get their thoughts on the bills. We welcome your feedback. Law enforcement and armed citizens are on the same side opposing criminals. We seem to be returning to a time when we can work together for the rights of the "good guys.”

    License-holders, like gun owners in general, are not extremists as the anti-gun rights crowd claims. They are honorable citizens who want the means of protection from real dangers. They understand that police cannot, and are not obligated to protect individual citizens from rape or murder any more than they can prevent someone from running a red light. Responsible people wear a seat belt to protect themselves in a car accident. They also carry a gun to protect themselves from a criminal attack.

    With nearly one-half million Ohio citizens licensed to carry handguns, anytime you are in a group of 20 adults, odds are there is at least one licensee present. If you are with an older or more affluent group, the odds are even greater. Any school with 20 employees probably has one person with a CHL who could be authorized to carry a firearm in that school for the protection of the children. In short, there are few public locations you can travel in Ohio where there will not be a license-holder nearby. Unfortunately, because of the many places license-holders are still prohibited from carrying their guns, the license does not necessarily translate into having someone ready and armed to stop an attack. Several bills are pending in the legislature that would make improvements to Ohio law.

    In the first year of Ohio's concealed carry law, the anti-self-defense people bragged about the "small" demand for the new CHLs. They claimed that only a few fringe gun nuts wanted to carry "hidden" guns. It is clear that those who seek to deny others the right of self-defense are themselves the radical minority.

    Every time legislation is passed improving the law, anti-self-defense pundits predict mayhem and problems that will result without tight restrictions on gun owners. They have been wrong every time, but some newspapers and anti-gun politicians keep repeating their nonsense.

    Other media outlets seemed to have turned the corner as evidenced by many positive stories. The public reaction to recent shootings in a South Carolina church, a Louisiana movie theater and military recruiters suggest that America is getting sick of the deadly results of gun control. A record number of Ohioans are carrying guns in more places, yet we have not seen any dramatic increase in violent crime. This is yet another indication that more guns in the hands of good citizens do not cause any increase in crime, and is likely to deter criminals. It is time to fully “de-Taft” our CHL laws and bring Ohio in line with the majority of states. While no large group of people is perfect, the CHL-holder has proven to be considerably more law-abiding than the population at large.

    It always takes time for the feelings of society to have a real change and adopt new safety ideas. It was once normal for kids to ride in cars without seat belts or even car seats. Today such behavior can be considered criminally reckless. We rode bikes with no helmets. CPR was left to "the professionals." Thousands of lives are saved annually because our society realized how quickly a life could be lost and how a few simple changes make the difference between life and death. With the surging numbers of gun owners and concealed carry licenses, the day seems to be a little closer at hand when carrying a gun for safety will be seen as being as sensible as wearing seat belts.

    Ohio’s concealed carry law has been in effect for over 11 years. It is clear that the law is working well and is popular with responsible, law-abiding adults who care about safety.

    Jim Irvine is the Buckeye Firearms Association 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."

    Further Information:

    Ohio Attorney General - 2015 Q2 Concealed Carry Stats

    Ohio CHL-holders acting in self-defense



  • First Shots: Safe Storage—More Than a Steel Box and Combination Lock
    by Tisma Juett

    Storing firearms, whether loaded or unloaded, so that they are inaccessible to children and other unauthorized individuals is easy to do given the many options on the market today. Now, when you hear the word “storage,” most people are thinking a safe of some sort, and that is certainly an appropriate way to store firearms. But have you considered how you safely store your firearm when carrying concealed?

    ...

    It is imperative that you practice safety and are mindful of where your firearm is at all times with whatever holster and carry method you use.

    Click here to read the entire article.

     



  • Dayton firearms thefts expose impotence of "universal" background checks to stop criminals' access to guns
    by Chad D. Baus

    Headlines earlier this month screamed the news: at least 75 handguns and two semi-automatic rifles were stolen during overnight break-ins at three Dayton area firearms retailers.

    From the article:

    Thieves have broken in to three local gun shops in three days, stealing a total of 75 handguns and 2 semi-automatic rifles, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

    All three break ins occurred last week at the Vandalia Range and Armory, Palmer Firearms, and The Miami Armory.

    The ATF has partnered with the National Shooting Sports Foundation - the trade association for the firearms industry - to offer a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of gun thieves.

    The first burglary occurred Aug. 5, early morning in the morning, at the Vandalia Range and Armory. A total of 42 handguns were taken. On Friday, Aug. 7, detectives believe the same suspects broke in to Palmer Firearms in Beavercreek and stole 2 semi-automatic rifles. Early in the morning Aug. 8, investigators the thieves hit again - this time stealing 33 handguns from The Miami Armory in Miami Township.

    The Dayton criminals' images were captured on security video, just as they had been in a dramatic video taken from an Orlando gun show last month.

    What no one in the media thought to mention is the fact that these burglaries have exposed the fallacy of so-called "universal" background checks (UBCs) for the entire world to see.

    Forcing family members, relatives and friends who wish to sell firearms to one another in a private transaction to spend time and money to go through a background check will not stop criminals from accessing firearms, as these high-profile burglaries prove. Criminals will not be submitted be background checks, no matter what the law, because criminals do not obtain their firearms through legal means.

    Earlier this month, another widely-publicized revelation that also exposed the impotence of UBCs came in the form of news that bureaucratic bungling had allowed two mass killers access to guns, despite laws that should have prohibited them from making a purchase, and that significant problems in the computerized background-check system operated by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has resulted in thousands of criminals having "clean" records.

    As Jeff Knox, a frequent contributor to this website observes, "background checks, like all gun control laws, focus on the law-abiding while mostly ignoring criminals."

    "The idea of 'universal background checks' sounds good and seems reasonable," Knox continues, "but it is a fantasy that cannot work to keep guns away from criminals. What it would do is increase the cost of firearms, some by as much as 30% to 40%, encumber the law-abiding with additional regulations, and generate a paper trail that could be – and historically has been in places like California, New York, and New Jersey – later used for registration and confiscation."

    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.



  • Two armed men robbing customers at "no-guns" Fifth-Third bank ATMs

    WSYX (ABC Columbus) is reporting that six armed robberies have been carried out at central Ohio banks, most of which occurred at Fifth-Third bank branches, which are posted with "no-guns" signs.

    From the article:

    "They are sliding up alongside of the car, producing a handgun, and demanding cash," said Det. Regina Dudley with Crime Stoppers.

    The first hold-up happened on April 11, 2015, at 6:43am, at Fifth Third Bank, 6935 E Main St, Reynoldsburg Police say as the victim was making a transaction the suspect walked up from behind to the driver's door, pointed a handgun at the victim and said "I just need $400.00." After the victim complied, the suspect said "Sorry," and ran away.

    The report says another robbery occurred at a different Reynoldsburg bank on June 7, while the victim was at the night depository. According to the report, two subjects approached, with one of the suspects striking the victim, causing him to fall. While standing over the victim, one of the suspects produced a handgun and said "give me all you got," but ended up fleeing on foot without anything.

    Det. Dudley tells us during one crime, the suspects struck one of the victims forcing him to the ground, "they have gotten violent," she said.

    The third robbery happened on June 13, 2015, at the Fifth Third Bank, 6935 E. Main St in Reynoldsburg. Authorities say while withdrawing from the ATM, the victim was approached by two thugs, one on each side of the car. Police tell us both suspects pointed a gun at the victim, made the victim turn off the car ignition and demanded $500.00. After compliance, both suspects fled south on foot.

    ...

    On July 23, 2015, robbers returned to the Fifth Third Bank on E. Main St. in Reynoldsburg for the third time since April. The suspect, while pointing a gun at the victim said, "Give me all your money." Crime Stoppers say the woman gave the crook what she had, $20.00, which enraged the suspect, who then racked the slide back on the gun in a threatening manner. He ordered the victim to drop her keys and ID on the ground.

    The suspect made two additional withdrawals from the ATM before picking up the victim's ID, reading it, and then fled south from the area on foot.

    The most recent robbery happened on Saturday August 1, 2015, at 6:00am, at the Fifth Third Bank, 3011 E. Broad St. The victim was waiting for cash to be dispensed when the suspect came towards the car, yelling "Hey, Hey..." The victim sped away honking the car horn. The suspect took the cash from the ATM.

    According to the report, in some cases, the crooks were not done after stealing the cash; they continued to terrorize the victims, demanding they throw wallets and purses out onto the parking lot, so they can have personal information about the innocent customers.

    "They are saying if you tell anyone or give me up that you've been robbed, I will find you," said Dudley.

    The suspects are described as: Male/Black, with one having a very light complexion or being white, wearing dark clothing and partially concealing their faces with scarves and hoodies, 5'8"-6'0", thin to average build.

    Crimestoppers is now offering a cash reward. Anyone with information can call the 24-hour anonymous tipline at 614-461-TIPS.

    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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