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Don Jr & Kim Guilfoyle visit Delaware OH

Recently Donald Trump Jr and Kimberly Guilfoyle visited a nearby shooting range to provide support for Troy Balderson who is running for the 12th District US House of Representatives. I received email notice of the event from both Buckeye Firearms Assoc and Blackwing Shooting Center. Of course, I had to go to meet them.

Don Trump Jr & Kim Guilfoyle

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With a smaller venue than the HUUGE Trump Rally in Lewis Center, it was much easier to get up close.

The event began with speeches by both Don Jr and Ms Guilfoyle. Even though a number of Secret Service guys were around, the outdoor gun range was still being used. Thus there were shotgun blasts throughout the speeches. (Responsible gun owners are safe to be around!)

Donald Trump Jr

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I’m pretty sure I was being watched by the Secret Service guy as I got closer to Don Jr. 🙂 I was also standing almost shoulder-to-shoulder with another SS guy to my left. You know you can’t trust the elderly grandmas!

Kimberly Guilfoyle & me

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While I didn’t get a photo with Don Jr, I did get one with Kimberly. She’s the pretty one in the photo! Then they took a group photo of the attendees.

Goup Photo of Don Trump Jr event

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In Ohio, 1 in 16 people are licensed to carry a handgun!

Buckeye Firearms Association just reported on the Ohio Attorney General’s release of Concealed Handgun Licenses (CHL) issued for the 2nd Qtr.

RESULTS:

  • The 2nd Qtr showed a 65% increase over prior year.
  • There are 550,000 valid Ohio CHL’s.
  • Sheriffs issued almost 20 CHLs per hour.
  • Sheriffs issued over 650 CHLs per week.
  • If in a group of 16 people, odds are that 1 person has a CHL.
Concealed Handgun Carry Chart for Ohio

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As the Buckeye Firearms article indicates, Sheriffs have been swamped with requests. The process to get a CHL is to take an 8-hour training/shooting class from an accredited instructor. (I took my training at Blackwing Shooting Center.) Once you have the certificate, you schedule an appointment with your local sheriff or the sheriff of a contingent county. You complete a background questionnaire, have an ID photo taken and are fingerprinted. The sheriff sends all the info for main processing in Columbus/Cincinnati where a thorough FBI background check is conducted. Once completed, they send your license to you which is similar in appearance to a driver’s license with your photo. It was about 7 weeks from the time I took the class until I received the license, but the Christmas/New Year holidays were in the middle so that likely added time.

Today it was announced there is a Bill to be presented that would alter the number of gun-free zones. Read about the proposed bill here.

Remember how the East Coast media freaked out when they learned Ohio was an open-carry State and they were afraid of “mass shootings” during the Republican Convention? Then nothing happened! 🙂

Practice, Practice, Practice!

I hadn’t been to the shooting range for 3 weeks so decided I’d better practice. Besides it was a dreary afternoon so might as well spend it doing something fun. I practiced putting into play some new things I learned during the 8-hour CCW class. Changed my stance to the defense mode and kept both eyes open. Our instructor told us to aim for center mass (versus the bullseye as in target shooting) and to line up the end of the gun to the center mass area with BOTH eyes. This allows you to keep peripheral vision during a stress event.

 

I continue to be amazed at the number of “senior” women who are learning how to shoot. Both my “Beginner’s Handgun” and “Concealed Carry” classes (which were full) had half the class with women over 60. It’s a sign of the times!!