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  • New Curriculum In Cleveland Diocese Stresses Orthodoxy and Moral Clarity!

    06/08/2012 3:53:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Courageous Priest ^ | June 8, 2012 | Benjamin Mann
    In response to concerns raised by teachers and clergy, the Diocese of Cleveland has revamped its high school religion curriculum for the upcoming year, with a focus on orthodoxy and moral clarity.Superintendent of Schools Margaret Lyons told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the new program, developed under Bishop Richard G. Lennon, was “Gospel-centered” and “very orthodox.” The new teaching materials, she said, also corrected “a shyness about talking about moral issues.” After his appointment in 2006, Bishop Lennon heard concerns raised about the quality of religious instruction in local Catholic schools. Several years of assessments and meetings resulted in changes...
  • A Mans Girlfriends Car is His Castle. Or Not.(OH)

    06/08/2012 4:21:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 7 June, 2012 | Tim McNabb
    Ohios castle doctrine law justifies defending yourself without retreating in your home or car. Twenty-nine-year-old Woodrow Edwards III was in his girlfriends car when a man he didnt know lifted the door handle and tried to enter. Edwards then lifted the .40-caliber handgun he was legally carrying. As a result, he was convicted of aggravated menacing. Though only fined $100 and ordered to stay away from the other man, hes appealing his conviction based on a novel (at least for Ohio) interpretation of the states castle doctrine law . . . The case will be the first of its kind...
  • Headline: House Panel Debates Bill To Ease Regulations On Gun Owners(OH)

    06/07/2012 10:04:30 AM PDT · by marktwain
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 6 June, 2012 | cbaus
    The Gongwer News Service is reporting on the second hearing on HB495 (Reciprocity & Concealed Carry Modernization), which was held yesterday before the House Committee on State Government and Elections. According to the article, gun rights advocates urged members of the committee to ease restrictions on concealed carry licensees, while opponents warned the bill would bring Ohio's firearm regulations into line with the "lowest common denominator" among states. National Rifle Association member Omar Ganoom said the legislation (HB 495) would eliminate an onerous and unfair requirement for licensees to undergo competency training for renewing their licenses, he said, noting that...
  • Lima jury finds gunman acted in self-defense(OH)

    06/02/2012 4:46:54 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 30 May, 2012 | Greg Sowinski
    LIMA A jury acquitted Dontez Parks, who has a concealed handgun license, on Wednesday finding he acted in self-defense when he shot another man who he believed he was trying to enter his van to harm him and his two children. I feel good today about the decision, Parks said after the verdict and before he walked out of the courtroom. Parks attorney, Rebecca West-Estell, said this was a victory for Parks, which she credited to his understanding of the law and to the fact he followed the law when he acted in self-defense. She said it does not...
  • Cuccinelli opinion clarifies gun-transport law(VA)

    05/31/2012 4:29:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 30 May, 2012 | David Sherfinski
    Virginians who can lawfully possess firearms do not need concealed-weapons permits to keep loaded handguns within reach in vehicles, according to Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II. The official advisory opinion does not codify anything new that job would be the General Assemblys but clarifies what some had seen as a potentially nebulous recent change to state gun law. Before 2010, absent certain exceptions, the law that prohibited carrying a concealed weapon without a permit also barred transporting a handgun in a concealed manner in a vehicle. This included guns that were stored in glove compartments or center...
  • Patrons carrying guns in Ohio bars: Whatever happened to ...?

    05/29/2012 3:19:56 PM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies ^ | 27 May, 2012 | Joe Guillen
    "Whatever happened to . . .?" is a weekly series updating some of the most newsworthy and interesting local stories covered in The Plain Dealer. Have a suggestion on a story we should update? Send it to John C. Kuehner. Today, we answer this question: Whatever happened to concerns about patrons carrying guns in bars after Ohio legislators adopted a new law last year? "It hasn't been long enough to come to any conclusions on it for sure," said Toby Hoover, executive director of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence. Police have not noticed a change either. "I haven't heard...
  • Oops! Anti-Gun Politicians Accidentally Make "Shooting Fundraiser" a Huge Success(oh)

    05/16/2012 3:37:33 PM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 15 May, 2012 | drieck
    Representative Margaret Conditt (Butler County District 55) held a fundraiser at the Middletown Sportsmens Club on Saturday, May 12, 2012. The plan was to invite a handful of supporters, spend a few hours shooting at targets, and raise a little money for her reelection campaign. But what actually happened took everyone by surprise. Rather than hosting a typical fundraiser which would ordinarily draw a few dozen people, Rep. Conditt ended up hosting a major event that drew over 200 attendees and raised tens of thousands of dollars. What happened? Rep. Conditt got an "accidental" assist from a group of anti-gun...
  • Buckeye Firearms Association Responds to Attack on Representative Conditt's "Shooting" Fundraiser

    05/05/2012 7:34:58 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 3 May, 2012 | cbaus
    Several Democrats have joined with a gun control group to publicly attack State Representative Margy Conditt (Liberty Township, District 55) because of a fundraising event she has scheduled for May 12 at the Middletown Sportsmens Club where participants will have the opportunity to shoot GUNS. The group linked her fundraiser to a recent Ohio shooting where three students died and called her fundraiser "absurd" and "highly inappropriate." In response to these attacks, Buckeye Firearms Association today announced the fundraiser to their hundreds of thousands of supporters in Ohio and are pledging to match any donations made to this event, up...
  • Police Detain OSU Student for Participating in Empty Holster Protest

    04/14/2012 5:58:09 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 28 replies
    Ohio State University Police detained and drew their weapons on student-activist Mike Newbern for demonstrating his support for gun rights by wearing an empty holster to a candlelight vigil for Trayvon Martin on Wednesday. Newbern, the president of Buckeyes for Concealed Carry, was taken forcibly into police custody just after 8:30 p.m., while he was standing at the front of the crowd wearing an empty holster, which was clearly visible on his belt, and with his hands crossed in front of his chest. A police report released on Thursday indicates two officers drew their firearms before approaching Newbern and removing...
  • Campus Police Detain and Draw Weapons on Student Activist for Wearing Empty Holster

    04/11/2012 9:53:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 126 replies
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 9 April, 2012 | cbaus
    Columbus, Ohio Ohio State University Police detained and drew their weapons on student-activist Mike Newbern for demonstrating his support for gun rights by wearing an empty holster to a candlelight vigil for Trayvon Martin on Wednesday. Newbern, the president of Buckeyes for Concealed Carry, was taken forcibly into police custody just after 8:30 p.m., while he was standing at the front of the crowd wearing an empty holster, which was clearly visible on his belt, and with his hands crossed in front of his chest. A police report released on Thursday indicates two officers drew their firearms before approaching...
  • Toledo police: shooting of burglar justified(OH)

    04/10/2012 8:05:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 9 April, 2012 | Alexis Means
    A burglar is still recovering after being shot by a homeowner. Toledo police say, under the law, the homeowner had every right to shoot. Toledo police say, if someone breaks into your home, you have a right to protect yourself. You can have a fire arm inside your home without having a concealed carry permit. Toledo police say the homeowner who shot Victor Stubblefield Jr. did the right thing. The 49-year-old was shot after he broke into a Point Place home. The homeowner, who wants to remain anonymous, says he came face to face with the suspect in his hallway....
  • OU Students To Wear Empty Gun Holsters This Week (OH)

    04/03/2012 7:09:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 2 April, 2012 | Staff
    Members of the Ohio University Second Amendment Club are planning to take part in a nationwide protest this week against laws that ban concealed weapons on college campuses. From Tuesday until Friday, the students will wear visible, but empty, gun holsters. "The hope is to interact with people. It's kind of a way to start these conversations and to say our viewpoints," said Thomas Stierhoff, president of the club. The club has between 10 and 20 active members and about 100 alumni on its mailing list. In Ohio, concealed weapons are allowed in many places. Last fall, carrying firearms in...
  • Recovered firearms to be destroyed

    03/29/2012 10:02:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies ^ | 28 March, 2012 | NA
    TOLEDO, Ohio (WUPW) - Nearly 150 firearms recovered over the past six months in Toledo will soon be melted down at a foundry. "They vary anywhere from little Derringers all the way to assault rifles," said Toledo police spokesman Sgt. Joe Heffernan. "It's a little collection of things that we've obtained through search warrants, and traffic stops. Some people just have a firearm they don't want anymore. They'll turn it in to us to have it destroyed."
  • Gunman tries to rob barbershop, shoots employee(OH)

    03/29/2012 9:48:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 29 March, 2012 | Lori Monsewicz
    CANTON When a man tried to rob a barbershop and starting shooting up the place, one of the barbershop employees fired back. Another employee was shot in the leg before the robber ran away, said Capt. Dave Davis, who heads the police departments detective bureau. Adam Trussel, 32, of Canton, was taken to Aultman Hospital with a gunshot wound to the right leg, Davis said. His condition was not known early Thursday. The robbery occurred about 8 p.m. Wednesday at the A&R Barber Shop at 1256 Maryland Ave. SW, he said. A man walked into the barbershop carrying a...
  • Representative Terry Johnson introduces HB495 (Reciprocity & Concealed Carry Modernization)(OH)

    03/28/2012 7:45:15 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 27 March, 2012 | Jim Irvine
    Representative Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) has introduced HB495, a bill designed to reform Ohio concealed carry law to protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners and continue a trend toward making Ohio law similar to other states. Currently, the gun laws in the Ohio Revised Code contain a number of ambiguities, and a number of "poison pill" provisions that have created confusion for law-abiding Ohioans, law enforcement agencies and the courts. Nine years ago, Governor Robert Taft refused to sign Ohio's concealed carry legislation unless it contained language to address so-called "safety concerns" of anti-gun activists. None of these provisions have...
  • Father arrives home to hostage situation, is shot and still manages to return fire and stop(OH)

    03/14/2012 8:40:10 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 14 March, 2012 | Chad D. Baus
    The Daily Jeffersonian of Cambridge, Ohio is reporting that a hostage situation led to a pair of shootings in Guernsey County's Liberty Township on February 28 and sent two men to the hospital with gunshot wounds. From the article: According to a Southeastern Med spokesperson, the male assailant who allegedly held the second man's family hostage was in "critical" condition following surgery at the hospital and the male victim who was initially shot was in "serious" condition following surgery. "They were both taken by ambulance to Southeastern Med," Guernsey County Sheriff Mike McCauley said. "I do know the victim was...
  • Gun Rights Organization Lawsuit Dismissed, But City Ordered to Pay Legal Fees (OH)

    03/14/2012 4:13:01 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 14 March, 2012 | Michelle Simakis
    A judge has ordered the City of Cleveland Heights to pay Ohioans for Concealed Carrys legal fees after the organization sued the city over its firearm-related laws. However, the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court judge dismissed the lawsuit and ruled it moot in February, as Cleveland Heights took care of the ordinances in question less than a month after the lawsuit was filed. Cleveland Heights was ordered to pay $7,000. The gun-rights organization took the issue to court in August 2011 because officials said Cleveland Heights gun laws were in conflict with new state laws, and the city had ignored...
  • OHIO: Valley splits support on GOP presidential candidates [number crunchers give your opinion]

    03/07/2012 7:21:58 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Vindy ^ | March 7, 2012 | David Skolnick
    YOUNGSTOWN, OH - In an extremely tight race, Mitt Romney edged Rick Santorum in the Ohio Republican primary. With 96 percent of the vote counted, Romney was about 12,000 votes ahead of Santorum. Romney won Mahoning and Trumbull counties in close races and was blown out by the former Pennsylvania senator in Columbiana County. Regardless of the official outcome, Romney almost definitely will receive a majority of the states 66 delegates, in part, because of a failure by the Santorum campaign. Republican candidates are on the ballot twice in Ohio once for 15 at-large delegates divided among the candidates...
  • Time to arm willing teachers to stop spree killers(OH)

    03/02/2012 4:39:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies · 223+ views
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 29 February, 2012 | Jeff Thomas
    By now everyone has heard about the Chardon High School shooting that left three students dead and two others wounded this week. Many believed it was just a matter of time before a school shooting reached Ohio. On Monday morning it happened. This just highlights the need to arm willing teachers to serve as the last line of defense of our children. While a lot remains unknown about Monday's shooting, had a willing and properly trained and armed teacher been present, this could have prevented multiple children from being shot. I don't know anyone who would argue against the notion...
  • To Everyone Who Wants Safer Schools in Chardon (OH)

    02/29/2012 7:38:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Bill in the Blank ^ | 27 February, 2012 | Bill Blankschaen
    I live in Chardon. My family loves Chardon. We just had dinner at Morgans Place on Chardon Square last week. Were looking forward to hot and fresh maple syrup for a buck-a-bowl at the Chardon Maple Festival soon. The 200th birthday of Chardon as a patriotic community in Ohios Western Reserve has finally arrived in 2012. This is not how we, the good folk of Chardon, had planned to commemorate it. Tonight our hearts ache for our friends, neighbors, and our Chardon community after the senseless violence that left two of our innocent students dead and several others seriously injured....
  • 78-year-old shoots teen trying to break into his Cleveland home(OH)

    02/25/2012 6:14:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 37 replies · 2+ views ^ | 24 February, 2012 | Kristin Byrne
    CLEVELAND - A 78-year-old man said he acted in self-defense Thursday night when he shot a teen trying to break into his Cleveland home. Ted Ziolkowksi rents the house on the 7400 block of Clement Avenue. He said he was staying there last night because he was making some repairs to his place. Around 11 p.m. Ziolkowski heard a knock on his back door, but didn't answer. Moments later, he heard someone trying to break in. He said he pushed the door open and shot the intruder. "I just fired a shot at him. He was standing right there. I...
  • Clerk indicted for killing man in robbery(OH)

    02/25/2012 5:49:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies · 1+ views ^ | 23 February, 2012 | ERICA BLAKE
    An employee of a North Toledo convenience store who shot and killed a man attempting to rob him was indicted by a Lucas County grand jury Thursday on a charge of voluntary manslaughter. Bandar Abu-Karsh, 28, of Moore Street, was charged with the shooting death of Lamar Allen, 25, who died Nov. 21 as the result of multiple gunshot wounds. Allen was with another man when they entered the Express Carryout on Mulberry Street and attempted to rob it. If convicted of the charge, Mr. Abu-Karsh faces up to 11 years in prison. A summons will be issued for him...
  • Concealed carry laws trigger protests(OH)

    02/15/2012 5:43:14 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 15 February, 2012 | Mary Posani and Jackie Storer
    Guns and coffee collided Tuesday outside as Ohio State students from the group Buckeyes for Concealed Carry on Campus spent part of their Valentine's Day advocating for the right to carry a weapon on campus. The group protested outside Starbucks on 14th Avenue and High Street in a response to a nationwide boycott against Starbucks for its neutral position on concealed carry. The National Gun Victim's Action Council called for a nationwide boycott of Starbucks on Valentine's Day until the corporation prohibits guns in the stores. Michael Newbern, a second-year in industrial engineering and president of Buckeyes for Concealed Carry...
  • Major gun heist at Ohio gun store proves background checks can't stop criminals from getting guns

    02/10/2012 7:59:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 9 February, 2012 | Chad D. Baus
    WCMH, Columbus' NBC affiliate, is reporting that police are investigating a break-in in which approximately 80 firearms were stolen from a Central Ohio shooting range as well as boxes of ammunition. Thieves knocked a hole through a cinder block wall to gain access to The Powder Room, which is located in Powell. According to the report, this wasn't the first time thieves have targeted The Powder Room. In the past, a gun stolen from the shop was later used in a crime where violence against a police officer was involved. Linda Walker is the Ohio chair of the Buckeye Firearms...
  • Ohio Supreme Court declines to hear Castle Doctrine appeal; Man who acted in self-defense is free

    02/10/2012 7:32:25 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 9 February, 2012 | Chad D. Baus
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that the Ohio Supreme Court (OSC) has declined to hear the case of a 55-year-old Cleveland homeowner convicted in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court last year of killing an intruder. In 2010, Carl Kozlosky was convicted by a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court jury and sentenced last year to 18 years to life in prison for the shooting death of Andre Coleman on Sept. 20, 2009. Last fall, the 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals ordered a new trial for Kozlosky, saying there was overwhelming evidence that he had acted in self-defense. "Under the...
  • Headline: Handgun ownership rising among women(OH)

    02/09/2012 9:18:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 8 February, 2012 | Chad D. Baus
    The Dayton Daily News is reporting that according to a DDN analysis of permit data, opinion polls and interviews with firearm and criminal justice experts, more women in the Miami Valley are choosing to purchase and carry handguns for protection, reflecting a national trend. From the article: More than one in five who have applied to carry concealed handguns in Butler, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties are women, and owners of local gun stores and shooting ranges say women are increasingly participating in training and target practice. Although violent crime continues to decline in the region, experts said more...
  • Silent during Strickland years, Ohio State Highway Patrol inserts itself in concealed carry debate

    02/04/2012 9:35:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 3 February, 2012 | Chad D. Baus
    The Marietta Times is reporting that the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) is voicing concerns about HB422, legislation that seeks to repeal requirements that a concealed carry licensee inform an approaching law enforcement officer that the licensee is a licensee and is carrying a concealed handgun. From the article: House Bill 422, jointly sponsored by Reps. Ron Maag, R-Lebanon, and Andy Thompson, R-Marietta, would amend the current state code to remove a requirement that during a traffic stop drivers must notify police officers if they're carrying a firearm. "The patrol has concerns from a public safety viewpoint, not only for...
  • Ohio Supreme Court sends Castle Doctrine case of Carl Kozlosky back to trial court

    02/03/2012 11:39:42 AM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies · 1+ views ^ | 2 February, 2012 | Pat Galbincea
    The Ohio Supreme Court declined Wednesday to hear the case of a 55-year-old Cleveland homeowner convicted in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court last year of killing an intruder. When the 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals threw out the conviction of Carl Kozlosky and ordered a new trial, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason appealed the decision. The Ohio Supreme Court's decision Wednesday returns the case to Common Pleas Court. Kozlosky was sentenced last year to 18 years to life in prison for the shooting death of Andre Coleman on Sept. 20, 2009. Coleman broke into Kozlosky's house and began beating...
  • Stolen Clothes Suspects Claim Racial Profiling

    01/28/2012 6:05:16 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 4 replies
    WYTV 33 ^ | 1/27 /2012 | WYTV 33
    Lawyers for four suspects involved in an alleged stolen clothing case claim their clients are victims of racial profiling. "Anybody in the business would know this is a profiling case," said Atty. Gary Rich. "I believe without a doubt. Illegal aliens, or drugs in the car, no drugs found and my clients legal." Rich's client, Jesus Fabian, was the only one of the four to be released on bond. The other three remain jailed on an Immigration and Naturalization Services hold. Last week, the Ohio State Highway Patrol stopped the vehicle and seized nearly $78,000 worth of stolen clothes, including...
  • Reps. Maag & Thompson introduce HB422 (Repeal LEO notification) and HB425 (OH)

    01/27/2012 10:59:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 26 January, 2012 | Chad D. Baus
    State Reps. Ron Maag (R-Lebanon) and Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) have introduced two bills that seek to reform, or "de-Taft," portions of Ohio's concealed carry law. House Bill 422 seeks to repeal requirements that a concealed carry licensee inform an approaching law enforcement officer that the licensee is a licensee and is carrying a concealed handgun. According to rep. Maag, Ohio is one of only four states that have such a requirement. The idea for repealing the notification provision has been the subject of frequent discussion since last June, when Canton police officer Daniel Harless was caught on dash cam video...
  • Woman shot, killed trying to break into home(OH)

    01/25/2012 10:03:58 AM PST · by marktwain · 61 replies ^ | 22 January, 2012 | Andy Sedlak
    DAYTON A woman is dead following the attempted burglary of a residence on Burbank Drive, according to police. The woman was fatally shot by the resident of 1932 Burbank Dr., after she broke in to the residence Saturday afternoon and was confronted by a resident of the home. The resident told the unarmed woman to stay put after he discovered her intruding, but the woman threw an object at him. He then shot the woman in the chest using a semiautomatic handgun, according to Dayton Police. When asked if the resident was justified in firing his weapon, Lt. Kenneth...
  • LEO Notification Reform Long Overdue(OH CCW)

    01/21/2012 5:36:19 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies ^ | 18 January, 2012 | Jeff Garvas
    This summer a man was arrested, threatened with execution while handcuffed in the back of a cruiser, and then forced to deal with the real life tragedy of having to go through a criminal trial for something he shouldn't have been charged with in the first place. William Bartlett spent the next four months of his life having a prosecutor dangle sweetheart deals in front of him that always came with a catch: Plea to this and we'll drop the more serious charges. Sign a waiver that releases the city from any culpability or legal liability and we'll make this...
  • Professor to host concealed weapon course(OH)

    01/19/2012 7:26:52 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 19 January, 2012 | Staff
    Shots will fly as five members of UT's College Republicans attend a concealed weapons course this weekend. This day-long seminar will begin with a lecture explaining how to legally conceal and carry a firearm. The students will then demonstrate their shooting abilities with live ammunition at a shooting range. If their aim is accurate, participants who are 21 years old and up will be licensed to carry a concealed firearm in Ohio. This is the second time the College Republicans will have the opportunity to learn about carrying a concealed firearm. Scott Mazzola, Doug Dettert, Drew Ashcraft, Patrick Richardson and...
  • Top Threats To Our Ohio Gun Rights In 2012

    01/18/2012 5:26:27 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Buckeye Firearms Association ^ | 17 January, 2012 | Gerard Valentino
    Every January, Buckeye Firearms Association identifies the top 10 threats to our gun rights for the upcoming twelve months. Historically, the list includes an ever changing line up of anti-gun personalities including the likes of Sarah Brady, Toby Hoover and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. One of the people included on the list more times than any other, however, is the apathetic and uninformed gun owner. Few individual threats pose more danger to the right to bear arms than the self-proclaimed gun-rights advocate who doesnt support the latest pro-gun reform, or who refuses to take their business elsewhere when a...
  • Grand Jury: No Indictment For Man Claiming Self Defense(OH)

    01/12/2012 1:46:58 PM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies ^ | 11 January, 2012 | Rick Reitzel
    BLACKLICK, Ohio -- A man who was shot to death after breaking into a car sparked a grand jury hearing. On October 9, 2011, a Blacklick man confronted 28-year-old Sean Stiffler who was breaking into a neighbors car on Bollengen Road on the city's far east side. The case begs the question: when can you claim self defense? 911 caller: "He went into his pocket and drew a gun on me. I thought he had a gun and my life was in danger." A Franklin County grand jury looked at the facts from the shooting and decided Wednesday not to...
  • Police: Woman Shoots Ex-Boyfriend in the Face(OH)

    01/06/2012 6:56:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies · 1+ views ^ | 4 January, 2012 | Jack Shea
    BEDFORD, Ohio A Bedford woman was defending herself Wednesday morning when she shot her ex-boyfriend in the face after he broke into her house, authorities told Fox 8 News. Investigators said the suspect showed up at the woman's home on Grant Boulevard, and when she didn't answer the front door, he allegedly went to the back door, broke a window and forced his way inside. Police said the woman was at the top of her stairs, and told her ex to leave, but instead, he started up the stairs, and that's when she shot him in the face. On a...
  • Police: Elderly man shoots, kills 75-year-old intruder(OH)

    01/04/2012 7:42:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies ^ | 3 January, 2012 | NA
    HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - An 84-year-old Hamilton man called 911 Tuesday morning and told police that he shot and killed an intruder. Hamilton Police say officers got a call at around 10 a.m. from a resident in the 2700 block of Hilda Avenue saying that he had shot a male inside his house. In the 911 call, the man identified himself as Charles Foster and told the dispatcher that he "had a dead man in the basement." When the dispatcher asked how the man died, Foster replied, "I shot him." Police arrived and found Ed T. Stevens, 75, dead in...
  • Craigslist Robbery: Victim Pulls Gun On Robbers

    12/29/2011 6:29:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies ^ | 28 December, 2011 | Amani Abraham
    A 22-year-old Akron man was robbed at gunpoint after advertising an Xbox on Craigslist. Akron Police say it happened around 6 p.m when a suspect came inside the victim's home on Triplett Boulevard to see if the game system worked. Police say the suspect called a friend to bring him money and within minutes, two other males came inside the house, armed with handguns, and robbed the victim of $85.00. According to authorities, the victim turned the tables on the robbers and pulled his own handgun, firing several shots at the suspects. Both suspects were found inside Barberton Citizen Hospital...
  • Ohio and New Mexico Sign Concealed Carry Reciprocity Agreement(CCW)

    12/27/2011 7:38:44 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 27 December, 2011 | NA
    COLUMBUS/SANTA FE --( Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and New Mexico Department of Public Safety Cabinet Secretary Gorden E. Eden, Jr. have signed an agreement that permits reciprocity between their states for citizens who have valid concealed carry permits. I am pleased that this agreement between Ohio and New Mexico will allow Ohioans who have concealed carry permits the same rights to carry a concealed handgun in the State of New Mexico, as well as New Mexicans who have concealed carry permits to do the same in Ohio said Attorney General DeWine. Secretary Eden reiterated those remarks. As proponents of...
  • Reader's Viewpoint: Government should uphold, not bypass, gun laws(OH)

    12/13/2011 4:11:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 12 December, 2011 | THOMAS E. LORENZ
    On Dec. 8, Attorney General Eric Holder received questions from senators who have been critical about the handling of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives failed sting operation aimed at Mexican gun smugglers, Operation Fast and Furious. BATFE conspired to supply thousands of weapons to some of the most dangerous criminals on earth. These are people who think nothing of cutting off heads and murdering children and little old ladies. If he had prior knowledge of the operation, the chief law-enforcement officer of the nation broke the very laws that he has sworn to uphold. His arrogance and...
  • Teen, young woman shot during skill games robbery, another woman arrested(OH)

    12/11/2011 7:08:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 10 December, 2011 | Lori Monsewicz
    PLAIN TWP. A teenage boy and a young woman were shot during a robbery at a local skill games business, and a woman accused of helping them was later arrested in an FBI office escape attempt. The young woman was inside the Lucky Heaven 777 Skill Games at 2123 Columbus Rd. NE in Plain Township when she answered a knock on the rear door at 5:28 a.m. Thursday, said Chief Deputy Rick Perez of the Stark County Sheriffs Department. A masked man carrying a gun walked inside. An employee suspecting a robbery was underway pulled out his own gun...
  • Coshocton County Leads 2011 Ohio Deer-Gun Harvest

    12/09/2011 8:02:25 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Buckeye Firearms Association ^ | 6 December, 2011 | Chad D. Baus
    Hunters still have a weekend of deer-gun hunting, December 17-18 COLUMBUS, OH- Ohio hunters took 90,282 white-tailed deer during the state's popular, week-long deer-gun season, which ran November 28 through December 4, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife. In 2010, hunters checked a total of 105,034 deer during the same time period. "Hunters clearly took advantage of the weather as the week progressed. They trimmed the deficit from last season from 39% on opening day, to 14% by the close of the season on Sunday," said Mike Tonkovich, ODNR, Division of Wildlife deer project...
  • Hearing for Canton police officer who threatened to execute concealed carry licensee postponed again

    12/09/2011 7:54:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Buckeye Firearms Association ^ | 7 December, 2011 | Chad D. Baus
    Officer Daniel Harless is still receiving paid time off, even after running out of sick days by Chad D. Baus The Canton Repository reported recently that a hearing for Officer Daniel Harless, the Canton police officer who was caught on dash cam video berating an Ohio concealed handgun license-holder and threatening to execute him, has been postponed yet again. The article also reveals that Harless continues to receive sick pay, even though he is out of paid time off, thanks to a special clause in his union contract. From the article: A disciplinary hearing for Daniel Harless, the police officer...
  • Newt Catches A Break On The Ohio Filing Deadline

    12/07/2011 11:27:56 AM PST · by TitansAFC · 29 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 12-7-2011 | Pema Levy
    This morning, an article in The Washington Times noted that Newt Gingrichs campaign was likely to miss the Ohio filing deadline to be on the GOP primary ballot Wednesday, December 7, 4pm EST. But thats not the full story: that is an old deadline because the Ohio legislature recently moved its GOP presidential primary from March to June, and with it, the filing deadline. Gingrich is not missing the actual deadline. In Ohio, the deadline for filing to be on the primary ballot is 90 days before the primary, which means that the new deadline for now-scheduled June primary...
  • Headline: Shootings prompt personal protection(OH)

    12/06/2011 5:29:25 PM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Buckeye Firearms Association ^ | 5 December, 2011 | cbaus
    WUPW, Toledo's Fox News affiliate, is reporting that more people are considering carring a concealed handgun in the wake of two violent encounters. From the report: "Frightening that you can't go out in public without having to worry about your safety.late at night, said Derek Mungons, who lives a few blocks from one of the shooting incidents. Mungons is glad he got a conceal-carry permit. A 9mm pistol is now strapped to his side. "I do carry and never thought I would," he admitted. "People seem to have less and less respect for other people's property and lives."
  • Nick's Quick Stop Owner Opens Fire on Intruder(OH)

    12/03/2011 11:49:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 2 December, 2011 | Walter Allen
    COLUMBUS -- A frightened owner opened fire on a man who broke into his convenience store on North Monroe Avenue Friday morning. "I just wake up, find somebody wearing mask, and when I say 'Freeze!,' he throw something at me," the owner told ABC6/Fox28 News' Walter Allen. It happened just about 7 a.m. when the owner reported hearing noise when he went to open Nick's Quick Stop Food Mart in northeast Columbus. He says he confronted the suspect, involved in a robbery attempt, and ordered him to "Freeze!" The store owner says the alleged robber responded by throwing something at...
  • Report: Ohio's Castle Doctrine puts law on the side of victims of home invasion

    12/03/2011 7:28:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Buckeye Firearms Association ^ | 2 December, 2011 | NA
    This is a video story about the Ohio Castle Doctrine law. It is surprisingly well done, with very little political correctness. There is an annoying commercial at the beginning of the video clip, but it is not very long. The video is worth watching because it is not politically correct, so it goes against the usual progressive mindset in the MSM.
  • Ohio's restaurant & car carry law in effect for two months, but where is the carnage?

    12/03/2011 6:58:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Buckeye Firearms Association ^ | 2 December, 2011 | Jim Irvine
    It has been two months since concealed carry in restaurants became law in Ohio and onerous car carry rules were removed. Once again the anti-gun editorial boards and fear mongers were wrong. Carrying a "hidden gun," as the "guns in bars" -types like to call it, is proving to be no more dangerous than the "hidden" car keys carried by the same person in the same establishment. It was a long hard fight for such a common sense law, but it was worth it. In the first month of the new law I left my gun in my car in...
  • Recent crimes fire up concealed carry club(OH)

    12/02/2011 7:41:32 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 1 December, 2011 | Jenelle Cooper
    Due to recent crimes and awareness on campus, some students are feeling the need to pursue a concealed carry license. A concealed carry permit gives people the ability to legally carry a handgun or another weapon in a concealed manner, on their person, or near their proximity. A new group, Buckeyes for Concealed Carry on Campus, is advocating restoring the right to carry a concealed weapon on university property to individuals who already have a license. The founder of the group Michael Newbern, a second-year in mechanical engineering, said the group is specifically looking to restore those rights to individuals...
  • Person fatally shot in North Toledo(OH)

    11/25/2011 1:06:39 PM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies · 1+ views ^ | 21 November, 2011 | Staff
    Toledo police are at the scene of a convenience store robbery in North Toledo where one person has been fatally shot. The deceased was identified by police as Lamar Allen, 25, of Toledo. The incident occurred about 9:45 a.m. at the Express Carryout, 1920 Mulberry St. The two adult male suspects were in the process of emptying the store's cash register when the clerk fatally shot one of them, said Toledo police Sgt. Joe Heffernan. The victim, who was struck multiple times, collapsed right in front of the counter. It was unclear whether the second suspect, who fled the store,...