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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! 🙂

Are you safe mowing the lawn?

Are you at risk of a criminal attack while doing yard work? The Buckeye Firearms site just asked that question. (click to read)

I live in a very safe neighborhood and seldom worry as I work outside in the yard. The one thing I do do that’s mentioned in the article is to shut my garage door when I’m working in the back yard.

However, last year something happened that caused me to pause as to how quickly an undesirable situation can occur. I was chatting with a neighbor in front of my garage. Nearby another neighbor who is a policeman was home, as was another neighbor who is an EMT supervisor and former military guard.

All of a sudden a teenager came running through one of the yards, just as the policeman’s wife was arriving home. The kid ran up to the wife’s car then to her window. We could tell the kid wasn’t ‘acting right’ so we became alert. Soon her husband came running out of the house. By that time the kid was up to my drive and staring at me. I’ve never been around people who are on drugs, but I could tell by his eyes that “the lights were on but no one was home”. I grabbed the first big tool – a shovel – in case he proceeded up my drive. He continued on up the street, stripping off his clothes along the way.

Now the EMT guy was out so he and the cop chased and ultimately caught the kid and held him until the police arrived.

Later we learned he had been to a party another teen held since his parents were out-of-town for the weekend. They had multiple types of drugs. This kid tested to have several different drugs in his system.

This event was a wake-up call for me. I realized that someone on drugs does not act rationally and I’ve heard that they are difficult to ‘take-down’ because they don’t feel the pain. Michael Brown (Ferguson, MO) was an example of this. He was a very large man under the influence of drugs. Even though the policeman shot him several times, he wasn’t stopped until he was shot in the head.

Whether watching the Boston Marathon, attending a movie, sitting in a comapny meeting or dancing with friends in a bar, we don’t know when our lives might be in danger. Our lives can change in an instant. We each have to decide how we want to handle that danger – be a victim or be a survivor.

Ohio Promotes Self-Defense

Buckeye Firearms Association posts many interesting articles. This week they had two that were interesting statistics for Ohio.

The first article reported on the current results of the FASTER program which trains school teachers to use a gun as well as other tactical maneuvers should an active shooter situation occur. Currently 63 counties have trained teachers with more signing up for future training. Read the complete article on Buckeye Firearms website.

Today they posted an 2015 Year-End update to the number of Concealed Carry licenses issued in the 4th Qtr per Ohio’s AG Mike Dewine. At the end of 2015 there are now close to 500,000 license holders. As the article notes, if you’re in a crowd of 18 people, chances are there is 1 person carrying. If the crowd is older and upscale the chances are greater. Read the complete article on Buckeye Firearms website.

Concealed Carry Chart

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Ohio NCIS Background Checks Up 20% vs 2014

EDIT: See Year-End Update Article

In October, I posted info on the increase of NCIS Background Checks performed for people purchasing guns. The number of requests has increased substantially since Obama became President, due to his well-known goal of eliminating guns, thus violating Americans’ 2nd Amendment rights. Every time he brings up the topic of gun control, sales of guns increase. Just recently, it was published that gun sales on Black Friday shopping day had the most background checks EVER for a single day. (The number of background checks do not indicate the number of guns sold since multiple guns could be purchased under one background search.)

I’ve updated the three charts to include Oct-Nov data now available on FBI.gov. The upward trend continues.

National Historical NCIS Background Checks. Red equals Obama’s tenure.

Historical NCIS National Background Checks

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National 2014 vs 2015 NCIS Background Checks.

National NCIS Background Checks 2014-2015

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Ohio 2014 vs 2015 NCIS Background Checks.

Ohio NCIS Background Checks 2014-2015

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Glock 19 Gen 4Buckeye Firearms just posted an article that some Ohio Sheriffs are suggesting that citizens with Concealed Carry Licenses (CCL) carry their guns with them. They’re also recommending that gun owners obtain a CCL in case they need to protect themselves. Link to article.