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Show Date: 1/4/2014 - Listen Here

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Show Date: 12/28/2013 - Listen Here

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Happy New Year from all of us at SimTrainer and Shootin' From The Hip!

Show Date: 12/21/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - Special guest - Jake Stoner from our new show sponsor, Stoner Holsters! Also, last chance to get in on the Twelve Days of Christmas Sale at SimTrainer. Special Christmas Eve Day "Last Minute Sale" at SimTrainer - stop by the range between 10 AM and 2 PM on Tuesday to get in on the rockin' deals.

May this be a blessed time for you and yours to remember and celebrate the birth of our Savior. He is the reason we do what we do all we do - yes, during this season of celebration, but also all year long. Merry Christmas from all of us at SimTrainer and Shootin' From The Hip!

Show Date: 12/14/2013 - Listen Here

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Show Date: 9/21/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - Live from the Dayton Women's Fair! Thanks to everyone who stopped by. Dealing with violent attacks at schools and other "soft targets" - any place where lawful possession of firearms is prohibited. Training opportunities at SimTrainer for everyone, whether you have handled firearms before or not. Selecting a firearm that's right for you, not just one that your friend or significant other thinks is best! Regular training and practice is very important.

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Show Date: 8/31/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - Last show before the break for college football. Track us here, on our Facebook page, and sign up for the SimTrainer Range Email List. Special promotion from Ruger for all of September - several great guns plus promotional items and raffle for a free gun for all who purchase a Ruger this month. Basic Handgun is a great way to get ready for taking a CCW class and select the best self-defense handgun for you, but we can also do this with a lesson. Mayors Against Illegal Guns rally in Columbus - outnumbered by about 15 times as many supporters from Cinci, Toledo, Cleveland - all ages, concealed carry, open carry, etc. (Thanks to Dave for calling in with that update from the rally.) What can be done about Executive Orders that violate individual rights to keep and bear arms? Getting to the source of the violence - it's not guns. UN Arms Trade Treaty status - still not signed as far as we can determine.

Note: Our next show will be on Sep 21, live from the Dayton Women's Fair at the Dayton Airport Expo Center!

Show Date: 8/24/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - Premeditated murder of Australian college student by three minors who claimed to be bored and looking for excitement. The race division industry and how it makes it difficult to deal with issues that matter. Gun control will NOT change an instance where people who cannot legally own firearms use them to commit a crime. Excellent analysis of the messaging guide available in two parts on Buckeye Firearms Association web site - Part 1, Part 2. Article on stolen firearms, Ohio being 7th in the country (also has 6th largest population, so no huge surprise), and that they are used in crimes. Guns not on your person need to be stored securely. Avoiding lead contimination in an indoor range - wash hands after shooting using soap and cool water, leave your drinks and snacks outside the range, and avoid touching sensitive tissues until after washing hands. Selecting a holster for concealed carry - choose one that works for you, but be sure to practice with it so you can work it properly under stress. Ammunition marked "For Law Enforcement" does not mean civilians are not allowed to own it, at least in Ohio. Concealed carry without a license applies in your residence only. A deck or porch is a gray area - open carry is legal, so that's a much safer option in open areas and outbuildings on your own property if you do not have a CHL. Consumer Safety Alert - Smith&Wesson M&P Shield. Since the show, there has also been a recall issued by Springfield Armory for the XD-S. Links are also on the home page at

Show Date: 8/17/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - More discussion on Gun Violence Messaging Guide (see link in note below). Using ammunition with corrosive primers - clean the gun thoroughly as soon as you get back from the range. Shooting with dominant eye and hand on opposite sides - strong right hand and dominant left eye, or vice versa. Put your cheek on the strong side shoulder to align the dominant eye with the sights on the gun. Inheriting firearms and legal transport - no FFL transfer is required due to a specific exception for inheritance as long as you are legally permitted to own firearms. Traumatic Brain Injury is not automatically a disqualfier for possession of a firearm or obtaining a Concealed Handgun License. Interstate Transportation of Firearms - it is very important do follow the rules exactly.

Show Date: 8/10/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - Ammunition report from NSSF - none of the conspiracy theories were true and manufacturers really are at maximum production. One manufacturer said they're producing over 4 MILLION rounds PER DAY and still are just barely catching up with demand. Huge numbers of guns being purchased, they're all buying ammo for training and practice, and a lot of them never purchased guns before. Buy what you need now, but don't try to build large reserves now - the current demand is still keeping prices much higher than they will be when price begins to drop as inventories increase. NSSF web site has some good info available. Overwhelming numbers of Sheriffs in areas where radical gun control legislation has been passed are standing strong in defending the Constitution, even if it means ignoring or refusing to enforce laws passed in their jurisdictions. Using steel-cased ammunition. New guns available for Try It Before You Buy It. Includes the new DoubleTap pistol. Ruger offering a special through September 2013 - great guns at good prices, plus entry into a raffle for a free gun from Ruger. Number of CHLs issued last quarter exceeded every other quarter, including last quarter which was another new record.

Happy First Birthday, Audrey Pedro (Jeff's granddaughter and miracle child - needed many medical procedures, now doing quite well)!

Gun Violence Messaging Guide - Click to DownloadPreventing Gun Violence Through Effective Messaging   80 pages, 360 KB

Have you ever wondered why the same, tired lies seem to come from every one of the anti-gun activists, or how they jump on every shocking example of violence and dance in the blood of the victims? Download the document linked here and look through it. This may or may not get discussed on the show, but it's such an amazing document that everyone in the Second Amendment community needs to read it. NRA Headquarters - are you listening?

Download a copy then email it to your 2A friends. Why not just share this link? I can't guarantee this file will continue to be available since I have no idea why the original source of the file referenced in the article by Dave Workman is no longer available either. Of course, once something is out, it's going to stay out - just have no idea whether we will be able to keep this link up or not. The more copies that individuals have, the better!

Show Date: 8/3/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - Several couples took advantage our 2-for-1 special for the Aug 5-8 Concealed Carry class - not something we do very often! Ruger running a special on some rifles and handguns - we have several different models in stock. Everyone who purchases a Ruger firearm will be entered into a drawing for a free gun. Also selling some of our Ruger Mark III pistols which have been lightly used for about a year in our First Shots class. Stand Your Ground would be included in HB203 if passed as introduced. Article by Greg Ellifritz on the legal concept of Preclusion. Use of deadly force must always be a last resort, including trying to avoid a situation if possible. Ammunition availability getting slightly better, but still not time to be purchasing large quantities to rebuild personal inventories.

Show Date: 7/27/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - Moving forward after the verdict in the case against George Zimmerman - according to the jury, it was a case of self-defense. Even though completely unrelated to the Florida case, the media and other anti-gun forces have tried to use it as an argument about "Stand Your Ground" laws. Whether self-defense is justified depends on the totality of the circumstances surrounding the case. Turning and running will have no benefit to the victim in most cases. It is now legal to drive across Illinois while carrying concealed if it is legal to do so in your state as long as you do not exit your vehicle. For Ohio residents, that means you have a CHL. The new Springfield Armory XDS now available in reasonable quantities - come down to SimTrainer to try it out! Winchester AA Tracker shotgun shells - a great way to help diagnose tracking errors for trap and skeet. .

Show Date: 7/20/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - Mayor Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, scheduled a rally at The Greene, in part to honor the memory of those lost one year ago in Aurora, Colorado, but primarily to push their anti-gun agenda. With almost no advance notice, people from the great audience of Shootin from the Hip and members of SimTrainer braved heavy rains to stand in support of the Second Amendment. Reports from the scene during the show indicated that nobody showed for the anti-gun rally, with possibly one person arriving later, alone with a clipboard. The Zimmerman case is over with a verdict of not guilty. Practicing effectively with less available ammunition.

At the beginning of the show, Mark mentioned that Jeff was out with a family emergency - just to let everyone know, it turned out not to be serious and was quickly treated. Thanks to the many who asked how they were doing and offered support!

Show Date: 7/13/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - Zimmerman trial closing arguments and final jury deliberations. Illinois legislature overrides Governor's veto amendment that would have gutted the bill as passed. The legislature would havev no part of that, so the bills stands as written and passed. Carrying a 1911-style single action automatic in Condition One - cocked and locked, as designed. Carrying multiple firearms of different styles means making an extra effort to train with multiple types of firearms. Far better to train and become most proficient with one style. Ammunition will not discharge on its own simply because it is sitting in a hot car. Places posted off limits which are not listed as prohibited places in the law are indeed off limits, and the signs carry the force of law. Carrying a firearm past those signs could result in being arrested for criminal trespassing. Using a .22 for self-defense - we don't recommend it because of reliability even though it is a deadly round. Better than nothing, but not as reliable as a centerfire cartridge such as .380 Auto or .38 Special as a minimum. Carrying under LEOSA differs from the rules for those with a CHL. Concealed carry is much more about the legal, moral, and ethical considerations than just learning how to handle a firearm.

Show Date: 7/6/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - Due to a miscommunication with the station, this show is a repeat of the June 8 show.

Show Date: 6/29/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - Shooting with cross-eye dominance - strong hand and dominant eye on opposite sides of the body. Glasses for shooting, needing to be able to see the sights clearly. Bureau of Justice Statistics Report on sources of guns. Carrying reloads for revolvers - how many rounds might you need? Receiving firearms from an inheritence that you are unfamiliar with - get with someone who understands the firearms well to learn how to use them properly. HB203 in Ohio which would enact Stand Your Ground in Ohio. More accurately, it removes duty to retreat, regardless of where you are legally. Best alternative is ALWAYS to avoid the deadly threat if at all possible. What the bill would change with respect to training - very little.

Show Date: 6/22/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - Training, certification of competency, personal practice, and how it relates to concealed carry and responsible firearms ownership. Using dry fire (practicing the functional operation of your firearm) to maintain and improve competency between opportunities to go to the range. (Great article by Kathy Jackson on safe dry fire practice on her web site, The Cornered Cat.) Preparation for the violent encounter, both with advanced realistic training and mental preparation. Practice with a purpose - getting the most value from your live fire practice with your gun.

Show Date: 6/15/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - UN Arms Trade Treaty not yet signed as far as we can tell, but Rep Mike Kelly (R-PA) proposed that no funding from National Defense Authorization Bill (HR1960) be used to enforce treaty provisions. Gov Sandoval of Nevada vetoed so-called "universal" background checks on private firearms sales which would have no effect on keeping firearms away from criminals and would place an undue burden on law abiding citizens. Delays in processing Ohio CHLs due to high demand for new and renewed licenses; processing may extend beyond the 45 day requirement. Illinois Concealed Carry not yet signed, but discussed some of the provisions - no reciprocity but will have nonresident licenses, may carry concealed in your car if you can carry in your state. New concealed carry legislation in the Ohio General Assembly - HB191 and HB203.

Show Date: 6/8/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - Attacks on rights guaranteed by First, Second, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments being highlighted by the several controversies identified over the last few weeks. Concealed carry law progresses through the Illinois legislature. Transporting firearms in checked airline baggage. Ohio Gun Collectors Association is a great source for information on historic firearms. UN Arms Trade Treaty. Ammunition availability.

Show Date: 6/1/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - Violent storms hit Oklahoma City and St Louis. Interstate transportation of firearms, particularly states that do have have concealed carry or reciprocity for your license. United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, required liability insurance of $250,000 for anyone who intends to purchase a firearm. Selecting a firearm for those with physical challenges.

Show Date: 5/27/2013 - Special Memorial Day Morning Show - Listen Here

Topics - Special guests Linda Mauro and Anita Miller, past presidents of the Dayton chapter for Blue Star Mothers of America.

Show Date: 5/25/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - More discussion on the open carry incident in Riverside from last week. Successful defense against lead ban lawsuit. CA pushes forward with microstamping requirement, a technology which is not practical or effective and is based on flawed assumptions (as are most gun control proposals). Starting to get some relief from ammunition shortage.

Show Date: 5/18/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - Open carry incident in Riverside, citizen interaction with a law enforcement officer (LEO) which has been getting some national attention. Terry v. Ohio and the "Terry stop" parameters. Many interesting perspectives on this issue. Requirement in Ohio law (ORC 2921.29) for citizen to provide identification has specific requirements.

Show Date: 5/11/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - Happy Mother's Day this weekend! Report of man who shot himself with a gun he purchased from someone at a gas station. Get trained first, then select a firearm that fits you and your intended use. Bureau of Justice Statistics shows significant reduction in violent crime while millions of new guns having been sold. Golden Bullseye award for Gun of the Year for 2012 went to the Springfield Armory XDs compact pistol in .45 ACP caliber, Ruger American bolt action rifle, and Mossberg Flex shotgun. Concealed carry reciprocity, not available in California, but is possible in many states. Ammunition - a few more boxes starting to show up in distribution in personal defense calibers, still a little while before we expect that to happen for .22LR. When you find ammunition, buy what you need for the short term, but wait for supplies to recover before buying ammunition to stockpile, then do that gradually. Reminder about the LC380 raffle - automatically get entered by joining or renewing your membership to the NRA at SimTrainer or on this web site. Using a laser to get time on your gun and trigger without using ammunition, a .22LR conversion kit, and airsoft pistols that match your carry weapon. Gun control attempts and how viewed by the public.

Show Date: 5/4/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - The national gun control agenda - first defeats in the US Senate are not the end. The impact of evil people on the innocent. It is time to get involved, get interested, and pay attention - now, well in advance of the next general election in 2014. NRA Annual Meeting this weekend in Houston; next year in Indianapolis. If you're not a current member of the NRA, it's time to join or renew - click here to get a $10 discount off the annual membership dues. Anyone who joins or renews their membership to the NRA, either here on our web site or in person at the range, will be automatically entered into a raffle for the new Ruger LC380 pistol. Raffle remains open through July 4, 2013. Victory for the Second Amendment in Illinois ending the ban of residents possessing firearms in public housing. Open carry with a CHL is legal, but we don't recommend it for a variety of reasons. Information on carry in other states -, NRA Institute for Legislative Action, US Concealed Carry Association, and several others.

Show Date: 4/27/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - New handgun available from Ruger, the LC380, larger and easier to handle than the LCP, less recoil than the LC9. Getting a new gun, especially a first gun - get training first before you decide and buy. Next week is the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibitions - follow the proceedings on NRA If you're not a current member of the NRA, it's time to join or renew - click here to get a $10 discount off the annual membership dues. Take the time to contact your elected officials and let them know you do not want them to restrict your right to keep and bear arms. SimTrainer now open additional hours during the week.

Show Date: 4/20/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - Summary of some of the gun control provisions considered by the Senate - all of which failed. Keep watching - some of these will doubtless show up again. Carrying concealed on your own property (outside the residence itself) does require a CHL. Traveling through states where gun rights are restricted - Interstate Transportation of Firearms (18 USC 926a). When does government become tyranny, and when is deadly force justified against agents of the government? When businesses post themselves off limits to concealed carry, be polite but do business with someone else. New definition of unloaded - gun transported in closed case with unloaded magazines still easiest, but can have magazines loaded as long as they are in a separate compartment that has its own closure. If you are denied a CHL, you have 20 days to file an appeal if there was an error made in processing the application.

Show Date: 4/13/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - WHIO's Jason Michaels joins us in studio to talk about his experience at SimTrainer's First Shots class. Senate decides to begin discussing gun control provisions. Jeff and Mark predict none of the current proposals will become law. Understanding the facts about gun show and Internet sales - nearly all of those transfers already have background checks! None of the current proposals would have done anything to stop any of the recent mass shootings. survey of law enforcement on gun control - overwhelming opposition, and say none of the proposals would affect crime or officer safety. Recertification for second and following renewals of the Concealed Handgun License no longer required. Bragging rights - 2013 Senior Studio Major Exhibition at Whitenberg University, through May 11.

Show Date: 4/6/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - Information on the Aurora, CO, shooting, notes from the psychologist, timing of events, possible protection orders, and how all these affect the discussion on "universal" background checks. Castle Doctrine and how it applies to vehicles. Weapons used at Sandy Hook School - not fully known because the after-action report has not been released. Ammunition shortage - don't believe the stories you've heard about why there is a shortage. We know there is a shortage, we know none of the stories floating around the Internet are true, but we do not know where the ammunition is or where it's going. Shipping handguns across state lines requires transfer through an FFL.

Show Date: 3/30/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - Surveys say most people support so-called "universal background checks." Most people do not really know what it means, but it sounds good. Criminals will never submit to a background check and will still get firearms illegally, just as they do now. Adding obstacles to private ownership and transfers will not affect criminals nor would they prevent crime. Greatest failing in current system is collecting information on mental health issues. Changes to Ohio firearms law passed last year in HB495 now in effect explained - parking in state-owned garages with firearms permitted, no requirement for recertification for second and following CHL renewals, definition of unloaded changed and improved.

Show Date: 3/23/2013 - Listen Here (apologies for the early technical problems)

Topics - Much of the dangerous legislation, especially the so-called assault weapons ban, has already failed in the US Senate. Still pending - universal background checks. They will have NO effect on criminals or the mentally ill. Several related stories in the Dayton Daily News prove the point. Mental health issues are extremely difficult to get entered into any sort of national database. How the NICS checks data is dealt with - not saved or kept at NICS, no permanent record of who was checked except at the FFL. (Correction - the CMP armory at Camp Perry is currently out of rifles. More are being serviced and will be available later this year.) Join the NRA - close to a million new members since mid-December 2012.

Show Date: 3/16/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - Competency demonstration expires on March 27. Gun control debate between Senators Cruz and Feinstein. Brief history of gun control and how we let infringement occur. Illinois court decision leaves the lower court decision intact that requires the state enact licenses or permits for concealed carry. Bloomberg's nanny state regulations deemed "arbitrary and capricious" - very strong words. Finding the right gun for a new shooter. Concern about the government intent to restrict or control firearms ownership, including moves to register all guns. Join the NRA - close to a million new members since mid-December 2012. There are many pro-gun organizations, but start with the NRA if you own a firearm, ever hope to, or simply support the Second Amendment-guaranteed right to keep and bear arms. The rules regarding open carry. Definition of an unloaded firearm in a motor vehicle, and changes on March 27, 2013. Ammunition availability and why it seems to be so difficult - we don't know, but none of the rumors going around have any merit. In particular, the Federal government is NOT buying billions of rounds of ammunition contrary to what you hear from blogs, web sites, and conspiracy theorists' emails. Benefits of membership at SimTrainer - availablity of firearms and ammunition.

Show Date: 3/2/2013 - Listen Here (shortened show due to basketball game)

Topics - Firearms Safety! Firearms are dangerous; that's why we carry them. Any dangerous object needs to be handled carefully and with full attention whether that is a firearm, knife, chainsaw, or vehicle. Two serious incidents since our last show where firearms were discharged - both were preventable by following the universal rules for firearms - Treat every firearm as if it was loaded, Always keep pointed in a safe direction, Keep finger off the trigger until sights on target and you have decided to fire, and Be aware of your target and the surrounding area. Proper and regular training is essential. Concealed carry in other states, interstate transportation of firearms, and open carry. Latest gun control bills in Congress and the Ohio General Assembly - fear not, but pay attention and let your elected officials hear from you! Expanded hours of operation at SimTrainer.

Show Date: 2/9/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - Gun control proposals in Congress and the Ohio General Assembly. Understanding the full meaning and implications of accepting an oath of office. Legal issues regarding concealed carry and adequate notice on private property. Advanced firearms training at SimTrainer.

Show Date: 1/26/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - Being sensible about buying firearms and ammunition. Report from the buyer's conference in Fort Worth, TX, with news from manufacturers and distributors. Ruger has started a Protect Your Rights campaign to let legislators know your firm support for the Second Amendment and your right to keep and bear arms - approaching a million responses already. Gun control and the futility of trying to explain the logic behind it. The Founder's real motivation behind the Second Amendment. Is the NCIS background check de facto gun registration?

Show Date: 1/19/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - Gun control proposals and the President's press event rolling out 23 "executive actions" and public message to Congress. Preparing for the legal issues following the use of deadly force.

Show Date: 1/5/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - Special Guest former Ohio Representative Dan Bubp talks about HB 495 losing reciprocity provisions, gun control, gun rights, school security, and the right to keep and bear arms.

Program note - Flyer Basketball game on Jan 12 means our next show will be Jan 19.

Show Date: 12/31/2012 - New Year's Eve Morning Show - Listen Here

Topics - Looking back at 2012 and looking forward to 2013. Dealing with new proposals, why gun control should or should not be the response to violent incidents. Callers weigh in with great perspectives.

Many thanks to our audience for a great year! Happy New Year, everyone. See you next year. Be safe!

Show Date: 12/29/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - Special Guests - Dianne Jennings and Phyllis Williams discuss women in the shooting sports, Women's Wilderness Escape week at the NRA's Whittington Center last summer in New Mexico, firearms selection, dealing with the active shooter situation. Also, renewing the Ohio CHL, when to call 911 if you have to defend yourself using deadly force.

Note: HB495 takes effect March 22, 2013. No range competency recertification will be required for renewal applications submitted after that date.

Show Date: 12/15/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - The aftermath of the mass casualty shooting in Newtown, CT, at the Sandy Hook School.

Show Date: 12/8/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - Guns, Gun Control, and the Media. Bob Costas uses his commentary time to wax ignorant on gun control following the Kansas City Chiefs' Jovan Belcher murder/suicide. Open carry and transport in a vehicle - unloaded only.

Show Date: 12/1/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - FBI NICS Checks set a new record on Black Friday 2012, even with all the problems they had with the system. After action report from NSSF.

Show Date: 11/23/2012 - Listen Here: Hour 1 Hour 2

Topics - Special Black Friday Sale TWO-HOUR Shootin' from the Hip from 7-9AM!

Show Date: 11/17/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - We're BACK! Huge Black Friday Sale at SimTrainer after a special TWO-HOUR Shootin' from the Hip from 7-9AM. The range will be open all day from 10AM-9PM. More details in the Black Friday flyer. Before you buy a gun anywhere, take advantage of our Try It Before You Buy It program to try it out. Getting advanced training, applies whether you carry a firearm or some other tool for self-defense. Possibility for the Federal government banning certain types of weapons as President Obama promised in the first campaign, on his various web sites, and during one of the debates this year. The National Rifle Association - 141st Anniversary. If you're not a member, click here to join or renew today for only $25. Selecting a semi-auto shotgun for hunting pheasants. When businesses refuse to respect your right to bear arms, it's your option to decide whether to similarly refuse to do business with them as well. Registration of standard firearms not required in Ohio.

Show Date: 8/25/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - Last show until after college football season is over. Summary of upcoming classes and events at SimTrainer. Issues to consider for the upcoming election, including local and Ohio elections. Getting involved yourself to make a difference in the election. Shooting in New York City and collateral injuries. Practice regularly and under stress to improve your chance of performing well when it matters most. Mental preparation for violent situations - The Bulleproof Mind seminar with LTC Dave Grossman. Purchasing a firearm for someone else - bad idea. Get the training first, then decide which gun is best for you. Most of all, shoot one like it before you make a final purchase decision. SimTrainer's Try It Before You Buy It is a great way to test a gun before you make a purchase. Reciprocity with other states. Open carry in a motor vehicle - only legal if you have CHL. Ohio Senate Bill 337 changes certain provisions for expungement, may make it possible for some people to get a CHL when they were previously ineligible - ORC 2953.31.

Show Date: 8/18/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - Purchasing a handgun as a gift - legitimate with no registration, explaining the militia clause in the Second Amendment, interview with NRA spokesperson Jacqueline Otto regarding the Dayton NRA Election Headquarters (opening Aug 25 - contact James Lee at or on the office Facebook page for more information) and what is at stake in the upcoming election, choosing a self-defense handgun between revolvers and semi-automatic pistols.

Show Date: 8/11/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - Failure of NBC to broadcast any shooting events from this year's Summer Olympics, fraudulent CHL training certificates in Franklin County affecting 600 licensees, correcting factual errors in Dayton Daily News article on Concealed Carry in Ohio, Dayton NRA Election Headquarters opening Aug 25 - contact James Lee at or on the office Facebook page for more information.

Show Date: 8/4/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - Violence in Chicago; dealing with the active killer.

Show Date: 7/28/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - Coming Soon.

Show Date: 7/21/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - Coming Soon.

Show Date: 7/14/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - Coming Soon.

Show Date: 7/7/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - Getting started and wanting to purchase a firearm? Training is an essential prerequisite! As of 9/30/2012, carry in a motor vehicle with a CHL no longer has any legal restrictions - just be safe. Change did not affect unloaded transportation for those without a CHL and for all long guns. Concealed carry in rest areas - but what happens if management is privatized? More information will be needed to determine what the potential impacts could be. Firearm selection and concealed carry for those with physical disabilities. UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) - if signed, it would need to be ratified in the Senate before the US would be bound by its provisions (statement attributed to Sec Clinton was actually in a letter sent to the White House and State Department from US Representatives). If you move, you have 45 days to register a change of address with the sheriff who issued your CHL. National Championships at Camp Perry.

Show Date: 7/4/2012 - Special Independence Day Morning Program - Hour 1   Hour 2

Topics - Independence Day event at SimTrainer. Take advantage of our Try It Before You Buy It program all day. The new Springfield Armory XDs in .45 ACP now in. SlideFire rapid-fire stock. New Canon Safari safes with automatic locking bolts available from Macintosh Safes thru SimTrainer - full lifetime warranty, including against against flood, fire, or criminal attack. Restoring our firearms heritage, engaging the entire family in the shooting sports. Effective self defense for the less physically able. New handguns developed in the last few years specifically for the concealed carry market. Great for helping new shooters get fit to the best gun for them, but it's easy to get distracted and end up chasing after each next new gun. Preparing for emergencies.

Show Date: 6/30/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - Preparing for adversity, tested with a major regional power outage following severe storm.

Show Date: 6/23/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - FBI Uniform Crime Reports preliminary 2011 statistics released, show a 4.0% drop in violent crime over 2010, which was 6% below 2009. Tactical rifle class Jun 29-30. Situational awareness and its role in self-defense.

Links: FBI Uniform Crime Reports, NRA Institute for Legislative Action Gun Laws,

Show Date: 6/16/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - HB495 - Concealed Carry Modernization passes Ohio House! Legal issues for buying and selling handguns.

National Take Your Daughter To The Range Day

Show Date: 6/9/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - First annual National Take Your Daughter To The Range Day. May 2012 NICS check adjusted figures show 20% increase in gun sales and transfers over May 2011. HB495 and required competency demonstration at time of second CHL renewal.

Show Date: 6/2/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - Last chance coming soon for Tactical Rifle class registration. More information on the Zimmerman case in Florida. Storing firearms in vehicle on company property for employees. No permit or registration required for firearm ownership. Determining whether a firearm is listed as stolen - difficult to get reliable information. Some web databases are available - search for 'firearm stolen database" for sources.

Show Date: 5/28/2012 - Memorial Day Morning - Hour 1   Hour 2

Topics - Special guests Ken Waughtal and Scott Bunker discuss the AR15/M16 weapon system and SimTrainer's Tactical Rifle classes. Memorial Day tributes to fallen comrades.

Links: Nick Erdy Foundation, Always Brothers.

Show Date: 5/26/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - Gun control advocates drag out an old saw, that guns are more "dangerous" than cars. Oops...another great theory murdered in a vicious assault by the facts. LTC Dave Grossman's seminar, "The Bulletproof Mind" will be presented in October by the Buckeye Firearms Association at the King's Island Conference Center, also available on DVD from the United States Concealed Carry Association and for rent from SimTrainer. Stay tuned for more info to be posted, probably in June. Concealed carry in arenas, only addressed in relation to liquor licenses - not prohibited unless posted. Biometric locks for securing firearms.

Show Date: 5/19/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - More discussion on Stand Your Ground, what it is, and especially what it is not. Please - let the facts come out before making a judgment regarding what did or did not happen in the Florida case. Good decision from Bureau of Land Management on recreational use of firearms in desert areas of Arizona that have been designated as national monuments. Debunking myths regarding pending legislation.

Show Date: 5/12/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - Stand Your Ground, what it is, and especially what it is not. Again, debunking the myths and correcting the record as reported by most media outlets. Note that no matter what your thoughts about what happened between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, Stand Your Ground is not a factor, regardless of what the anti-gun lobby and legislators say about it.

Show Date: 5/5/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - New firearms available at SimTrainer for Try It Before You Buy It, single-stack handguns from Smith & Wesson, Beretta, Sig Sauer, Kahr, Ruger, and Springfield Armory (soon, we hope). Supplies of new firearms are low - manufacturers are working hard to catch up to demand. Open carry - yes, it's legal in Ohio and does not require a license unless you are in a motor vehicle. Carry of firearms in a motor vehicle - except handguns for people with a CHL, the firearms must be unloaded (including any magazines or speedloaders). Unlicensed carry if HB256 passes would still require training and be able to pass a background check.

Links: Ohio Firearms Law, Concealed Carry, etc: Ohio Revised Code Chapter 2923, especially §2923.126 and 2923.16 regarding the responsibilities of the licensee in a motor vehicle during any encounter with law enforcement in the official performance of their duties - these provisions apply to open carry in a motor vehicle as well as concealed carry at any time.

Show Date: 4/28/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - Concealed Carry in the news; correcting the record. Explaining what some of the legislation pending the Ohio General Assembly would change, and what would not change - definition of unloaded, increased flexibility with reciprocity, demonstration of range competency, training requirements, eliminating prohbited carry locations (aka, "soft targets"), duty to notify.

Links: Pending Concealed Carry-related Ohio legislation - HB256, "Constitutional Carry"; HB328, Modify Journalist Exception to CHL Confidentiality; HB422, Repeal Duty to Inform; HB425, State-owned Parking; HB495, Redefine Unloaded, Reciprocity, and Requalification.
Buckeye Firearms Association Legislation Guide and Non-Resident Licenses article.
Dayton Daily News article, Concealed Carry Rules Loosen; Permits On Rise. (link may expire)

Show Date: 4/21/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - Special guest - Greg Kennebeck, MD - emergency, traumatic, austere, and disaster medicine. Getting prepared to deal with injuries when help is not available.

Links: World T.E.A.M. Sports "Face of America" Ride - Support Team CrisisEd! Join us to honor Wounded Warriors on a two-day, 110-mile ride from the Pentagon near Washington, DC to the historic battlefields of Gettysburg, PA!

Show Date: 4/14/2012 - Listen Here

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Show Date: 3/31/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - The SimTrainer Difference for firearms and concealed carry training. Keeping up with Concealed Carry and firearms laws. Waiting for the facts before making assesments on news items. Selecting ammunition for personal defense. Selecting body armor for armed security. Selecting a firearm - best is to actually shoot one or more before making a final decision. Identifying the source of a repeated firearms malfunction. Second Amendment Foundation court decision, all victories for liberty.

Links: NRA Institute for Legislative Action Gun Laws,, Buckeye Firearms Association Education Guide, Ohio Revised Code Section 2923. Second Amendment Foundation.

Show Date: 3/24/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - Discussion on school shootings. Information on Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman situation in Sanford, Florida. Most of what has been reported in the media to this point does not match the police reports from the scene.

Links: City of Sanford Florida - Trayvon Martin Investigation.

Show Date: 3/17/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - Recent examples of violent incidents - Chardon High School, shooter in Pittsburg clinic, multiple stabbing in Columbus. Decision in Virginia Tech shooting lawsuit finds the school culpable due to warnings being provided too slowly. Recognizing that only the immediate and spontaneous acts of individuals on scene who are willing, trained, and equipped to respond can stop such events. Need to prepare more effectively to deal with such situations in our most vulnerable and most precious locations - schools, day care, churches, etc. It is time for the state to eliminate all such locations. Or not - callers have varying views on this topic for some lively and interesting discussion.

Show Date: 3/10/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - Some popular firearms are getting harder to find; month-over-month sales increased for each of the last 21 months with Feb 34% over last year. Training routines to reinforce what you would need to do if the gun is ever needed for self-defense. Answering questions on the CHL application. Tactical rifle/modern sporting rifle classes offered at SimTrainer. Smith&Wesson Governor revolver in .45 Colt/.410 Shotgun. Vermont-style or Constitutional Carry bill, HB256 would allow the possibility of concealed carry in Ohio without first obtaining a license. Firearms for home defense, and keeping guns in the home with children. Interstate concealed carry reciprocity.

Links: The Cornered Cat website, particularly having a home with guns and kids. Interstate concealed carry recprocity article on Buckeye Firearms Association web site.

Show Date: 2/25/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - Firearms Safety: Several incidents over the last few weeks where unsafe handling of firearms caused injury and death. Time for a review! Even people with a lot of experience can have a momentary lapse in concentration, which makes it all the more critical have multiple layers of safety protocols in place.

Show Date: 2/18/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - Firearms Training: Should it be required or recommended? Jeff and Mark discuss this with callers. Join in the discussion on our Facebook page! If it is to be required, who does the requiring, and who is responsible for enforcement? If it is not required, how does that affect society?

Show Date: 2/4/2012 - Listen Here (some breaks in audio)

Topics - Live from the Universal 1 Credit Union Home World 2012 show at the Dayton Airport Expo Center. Discussion prompted by Dayton Daily News article, Handgun Ownership Rising Among Women. Several callers describe their shooting experiences. (No show next week due to Flyer Basketball.)

Show Date: 1/28/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - Notes from our trip to the AcuSport Buyer's Conference - new products, guns for sale, discussions with firearms industry CEOs, and a blast at Range Day! Selecting a gun for purchase - be sure to Try It Before You Buy It! It's one thing to handle a firearm, but only by shooting it can you really know if it works for you. Finding a good AR15. House Bills 422 and 425 to change requirements and restrictions on concealed handgun licensees. Quick summary of CHL law changes that went into effect on Sep 30, 2011.

Show Date: 1/14/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - Active shooter event in South Carolina, 82-year-old man in Florida defends home. Storing firearms in vehicle on city property when employer prohibits bringing firearms to work. Second Amendment Freedom Conference, Feb 12-13, where Jeff and Mark will be speaking on Practice with Purpose on trips to the range. Carrying in other states, finding reciprocity agreements, following laws in various states. Off campus shooting where a student in Philadelphia defended himself, with college noting that students are not allowed to carry on campus, same as in Ohio - we need to get that changed. The worst thing we can to do protect the safety of children in school is to keep licensed individuals from carrying, leaving the entire school as a soft target. Caliber wars - is "stopping power" a relevant factor for selecting a personal defense handgun? Not in our opinion - shoot the gun before you decide to purchase.

Show Date: 1/7/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - News items relating to firearms - December 2011 NICS checks (an indication of firearms purchases) exceed all previous months since NICS checks started, examples of self-defense against home intruders. Predictions - these events will drop out of the news cycle, unlike what would have happened had either of these victims been killed or injured instead of defending themselves. Anti-gun organizations blame "gun deaths" on inappropriate actions by angry people instead of criminal activity. There is no statistical basis for these conclusions. Guns are not the problem - crime is the problem, and one root cause is the decline of the family. New product at SimTrainer - the iKAM XTREME Video Eyewear - great way to record your shooting and other sports activities. Mental preparation for violent encounter - rather than hope we will not need to use deadly force to defend ourselves, instead decide in advance that, if we ever have to use deadly force, we are ready, willing, and capable to do whatever is necessary to stop the threat and go home safely.

Show Date: 12/31/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Happy New Year! .

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Topics - Christmas Eve

Show Date: 12/17/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Special event - Christmas Eve Sale at SimTrainer! The range will be open from 9AM-1PM on Saturday, Dec 24. Need some last minute gifts? We will have all accessories on sale, plus both used range guns and some brand new guns just received. Springfield Armory XDs and XD(M)s in 5.25, 4.5, and 3.8 in barrels, also some 1911s in stainless steel and the blued Range Officer and MilSpec Parkerized. Used guns include Ruger SR-9 and SR-9c, S&W M&P 9 and 9c, SA XD and XD(M)s, Ruger 1911 (new for 2011), all at dealer prices or below. Also have a couple of special new items that we'll leave as a surprise for those who stop by! Be safe - several "active shooter" criminal assaults recently - be aware of what is going on around you, avoid bad situations if at all possible, call 911 to report suspicious persons or activities, but be prepared to deal with the ones you cannot avoid. National Instant Check System denials and delays - if due to an error or having a common name, you can request that the FBI open a Voluntary Appeal File. Restoring firearms rights - consult with an attorney. Finding the right gun - start with training first, then use that knowledge to help you decide which gun is best for you and your intended purposes.

Show Date: 12/10/2011 - Listen Here

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Show Date: 11/25/2011 Two-Hour Black Friday Special! - Hour 1   Hour 2

Topics - Black Friday Sale at SimTrainer - classes, guns, memberships! Building an AR-15 type modern sporting rifle on a lower receiver. No Guns signs on mall entrances but not on exterior entrances directly to stores in the mall. Historic firearm heirloom - can you shoot it? Gun registration - not required in Ohio. Jeff and Mark rant on anti-gun rhetoric. Changes in Ohio law that went into effect on September 30 eliminated restriction on loaded carry of handguns in motor vehicles.

Show Date: 8/27/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Special Guest - Brendon Reed discusses his 4-H firearms project that received recognition for excellence at the Ohio State Fair. Classes and opportunities at SimTrainer for all ages! Selecting a firearm for carry, training the necessary skills to go with it. Open carry - legal in Ohio, protected by the state Constitution, confirmed by the Ohio Supreme Court. Even so, it will likely get some negative attention in most local urban and suburban areas. Restaurant/Car Carry and Restoration of Rights - both bills go into effect on Sep 30, 2011.

This will be our last show until mid-November. Thanks for listening!

Show Date: 8/20/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Special Guest Dave Williams brings Private Security Training to SimTrainer! Springfield Armory's "Test Drive" program (extended to August 31, 2011). Standards for use of deadly force in defense of another. Working through the mental preparation for violent confrontation - the police cannot be everywhere, so it is each person's responsibility to protect themselves. Citizen's Arrest - covered in the SimTrainer CCW Legal Update, limited to felony only in Ohio. Join those who have checked out the new XD(m) 5.25 and other models. Restaurant/Car Carry and Restoration of Rights - both bills go into effect on Sep 30, 2011.

Show Date: 8/13/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Springfield Armory's "Test Drive" program, available at SimTrainer August 19-29, 2011. Check out the new XD(m) 5.25 and other models. Finding the right combination of firearm, holster, and clothing for concealed carry. Restaurant/Car Carry and Restoration of Rights - both bills go into effect on Sep 30, 2011. Additional legislation still pending in the General Assembly.

Links: HB 256: Constitutional Carry (more accurately, legal concealed carry without a license). Excellent bill summary on the Buckeye Firearms Association web site.

Show Date: 8/6/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Try It Before You Buy It program at SimTrainer, a great way to finalize a selection after you've narrowed the choices down to a few options. Time limit for applying for a license - must apply within three years of completing the concealed carry class. Non-resident licenses and changes Utah is making to their policy to require that applicants have their resident license. Michigan requires a class certified by the state for their concealed carry license. The Restaurant/Car Carry bill, SB17, and Rights Restoration bill, HB54, go into effect on September 30, 2011. The classic Colt Automatic Colt Pistol, M1911, is stil being manufactured with several other manufacturers also making similar models.

Links: House Resolution 822 - National Right to Carry Reciprocity, now with 242 cosponsors.

Show Date: 7/30/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Finding the handgun that fits properly. Bulletproof Your Mind seminar 'early bird' registration extended through August 19! Changes in Ohio firearms law regarding prohibition for drug charges - HB54 will mean misdemeanor drug charges will no longer create a firearms disability when it goes into effect on September 30, 2011. Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns soliciting people to send letters of condolence to Norway. One such letter posted on our Facebook page. Being a responsible gun owner when a family member is under a firearms disability. Purchase of a firearm in a private sale, whether at a gun show or other place.

Links: FBI Uniform Crime Reports.

Show Date: 7/23/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2010 shows reductions in violent crime across the country. The only serious exceptions are New York City, the home of Mayor Bloomberg and the Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and California. NICS checks in 2010 at an all-time high, over 14 million. Cruiser videos of Canton police and a concealed handgun license holder, duty to inform, and appropriate interaction between licensee and police (watch the second version first, without the narrative captions. Proper procedure for CHL holder interaction with law enforcement whether there is a requirement in law or not. Matthew Foughty, an employee of a local restaurant that serves alcohol, addresses SB17 Restaurant Carry issue when that law goes into effect on September 30, 2011.

Links: FBI Uniform Crime Reports.

Show Date: 7/16/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Wildcard Weekend! Taking calls pretty much the whole hour.

Show Date: 7/9/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Special Guests Mark Medskger and David Boston. Mark Medskger works at the Boulevard Haus in the Oregon District of downtown Dayton; David Boston is owner of Boston's Bistro and Pub on North Main in Dayton. Brief summary of HB54 and SB17, both bills go into effect on Sep 30, 2010. (Correction: The date the bills were signed is June 30. The bills were filed with the Secretary of State on Jul 1. The effective date is correct.) SB17 contains no charges specifications for entering a posted facility. House Bill 256 - Constitutional Carry. Accidental open carry, when a wardrobe malfunction exposes a concealed handgun, is not a violation of law but it could draw unwanted attention.

Links: Article from Dayton Daily News regarding SB17 that included statements from our show guests.
HB 256: Constitutional Carry (more accurately, legal concealed carry without a license). Excellent bill summary on the Buckeye Firearms Association web site.

Show Date: 7/4/2011 - Listen Here - Special Independence Day Morning Show!

Topics - Special Independence Day Show! National Training Week - started Monday, July 4. More discussion on SB17 - Restaurant/Car Carry Revisions, discussing the ban on consumption. Liability of a business that prohibits carry. Requirements for carry in a motor vehicle. Celebrating the 235th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence with the inherent right that backed up the statement with action - citizens armed with the same weapons used by the most powerful military of the time.

Show Date: 7/2/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Special Independence Day hours from 10AM-2PM after our show, 8-9AM! National Training Week - starts Monday, July 4. Summary of the changes to firearms law signed this week by Governor Kasich. Remembering the sacrifices of our Founders that earned for us the liberty we enjoy and celebrate this weekend. Recommendation for laser addtions to personal defense handguns. Car carry with a CHL, carry on a bike path or bus.

Show Date: 6/25/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Discussing open carry and interaction with police and others. SB17, Restaurant/Car Carry will allow carry in restaurants that serve alcohol, but will also eliminate all restrictions on carry methods while in a motor vehicle. The current four methods for carry will still work, but any other safe method is also permitted. Bob Wolfe calls in from Washington DC and the Honor Flight Dayton trip. Transporting a firearm in a motor vehicle without a CHL - unloaded, in a compartment not accessible from inside the vehicle or closed case, with all magazines and speedloaders also unloaded. Ammunition may be in the same case wih the gun as long as the gun and all magazines or speedloaders have no ammunition in them.

Links: Rules on carrying unloaded firearms in a motor vehicle - ORC 2923.16 - Imporperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle. Legal methods for transport - paragraph (C), definition of unloaded - paragraph (K)(5). Also listed in the Ohio Concealed Carry Law manual, page 16 (PDF page 12).

Show Date: 6/18/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Special Guests - Ohio Representative Jarrod B. Martin discussed the two bills we have tracked throughout the year and which passed this week, SB17 and HB54. Also joining the show with an inside view of the "Gun in Bars" bill, more accurately, Restaurant Carry, was Ada Overstreet, General Manager at Big Bang Columbus. Lively discussion on both sides of the Restaurant Carry issue!

Show Date: 6/11/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - SimTrainer classes, Poaching fines and restitution (Jeff gets owned by listeners!) Transport of an unloaded firearm in checked baggage - know the rules and bring a printed copy with you when you fly - too many airline staff do not know their own rules. Substantial difference between appropriate self-defense and going after someone to "even the score" when a crime has already been committed. Status on bills SB17 and HB54. Carry in commercial vehicles - no restrictions simply because they are commercial vehicles.

Show Date: 6/4/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Special Guest - Patrick Kilchermann, Director of Marketing, United States Concealed Carry Association - History, mission, and objectives of the USCCA, including the newest program, Self-Defense SHIELD which launched formally on Monday, June 6.

Show Date: 5/30/2011 - Listen Here - Memorial Day

Topics - Training and recreational shooting activities at SimTrainer. Definition of an automatic firearm in Ohio includes being able to fire more than 31 rounds without reloading. Transfer of firearms through inheritence. Transporting an unloaded firearm. Leaving a loaded handgun in a vehicle. Concealed carry insurance - more to come soon, but having some means to cover the inevitable legal expenses that would follow the need to use deadly force to defend innocent life. Finding an attorney to defend you in the aftermath of a violent encounter. Carrying in other states - rules for concealed carry varies widely and are set by each state. It is very important for anyone who wants to carry through reciprocity or in states that recognize the Ohio license to research the rules in each state they will be traveling through.

Carry in other states - non-resident licenses article at Buckeye Firearms Association, maps available at US Concealed Carry Association,, and, among others. Law summaries of all states also at the NRA ILA Web Site.

Show Date: 5/28/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Cleveland penalized for legal abuse of gun owners with attorney's fees awarded to the Buckeye Firearms Foundation who sued the city. Preliminary 2010 crime statistics released by the FBI. In general, violent crime is down, but society is by no means safe, especially for the more vulnerable members. Throughout this time, gun ownership has greatly increased - although the decrease in crime cannot be directly attributed to the increase in gun ownership, it is very clear that more guns does NOT mean more violent crime as groups like the Brady Campaign, Violence Policy Center, and the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence would have you believe. Passing along the firearms heritage - applies to sons and daughters! SimTrainer is glad to help by providing the initial training to ensure getting started on a solid foundation. Application of deadly force - are the Hollywood representations or email rumors correct? It is very important to shut out the distractions and deal with the facts. The critical factors for the use of deadly force - you did not start the confrontation, you had a reasonable and honest belief that you were at imminent risk of grave bodiy harm (which includes rape) or death, and you had fulfilled any duty to retreat. Self defense is based on your view of the situation at the time, given the very few seconds you have to make the life-or-death decision. Physical handicaps do not in any way create a firearms disabilty, and there is no need to register a firearm in Ohio or have permit. Legal firearm carry is permitted on bike paths.

Links: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Show Date: 5/21/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Status of bills still needing to be passed in either the House or Senate in Ohio. National reciprocity bill now has 227 cosponsors! Contact your US Representatives to encourage progress on this bill. Selecting a rifle, cost and availability of ammunition are factors to consider. Indiana Supreme Court decision generally stating that citizens do not have a right to resist entry by law enforcement, even unlawful entry - there is much more to the story than that simplistic summary. Always get the facts before making conclusions. Transporting an unloaded firearm in a motor vehicle. Comments on the "guns in bars" bill, more accurately described as Restaurant Carry - we strongly support this bill and encourage restaurants to not ban carry in their establishments. Selecting a firearm - 9MM or .45 ACP? Both are excellent options with advantages and disadvantages - what is best for you is based on personal preference. The key point is not caliber but the ability to place an accurate shot under stress.

Restaurant Carry/Car Carry - HB45/SB17 Passed both House and Senate!!
Restoration of Rights - HB54/SB61 Passed both House and Senate!!
National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011 - HR822 - Currently has 83 100 130 171 214 227! cosponsors. Only 218 votes needed to pass the House.

Show Date: 5/14/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Remembering Deputy Brian Dulle. Restaurant Carry/'Car Carry and Restoration of Rights pass the Ohio House! Church security and preparation for the violent encounter. Traveling through other states and finding out what the legal requirements there for concealed carry. Using a .22 handgun for practice - separate handgun or conversion, each with advantages.

Show Date: 5/7/2011 - Listen HereWe Support Restaurant Carry - When passed and in effect, lawful concealed carry is welcome here!

Topics - Recap of Mark's trip to the NRA Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh. NSSF matching fund to help restart shooting programs for the Boy Scouts, a program which has deteriorated over the last several years. Listener question regarding a police blotter story on pellet guns. HB45 - no news, but encouraging everyone to contact their legislators if they are not listed as a cosponsor. Opposing arguments by the Fraternal Order of Police and Ohio Restaurant Association are filled with emotion, but have no facts backing them up. New range guns available to try - Springfield Armory Range Officer 1911 in .45 ACP, Beretta PX4 Storm, and the American Tactical AR-15 .22 LR conversion upper.

Restaurant Owners!! Post one of these signs if you support concealed carry and do NOT support the Ohio Restaurant Association's opposition to HB45 - Letter Size (8½x11) or Tabloid Size (11x17)

Restaurant Carry/Car Carry - HB45/SB17
Passed the Senate - Contact your state Representatives!!
Restoration of Rights - HB54/SB61 Passed the Senate! Contact your state Representatives!!
National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011 - HR822 - Currently has 83 100 130 171 214 cosponsors.

Show Date: 4/30/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Live from the NRA Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA!! Guests - NH pro-gun attorney Penny Dean who talks about how she got into firearms law and her perspective on what to do after the fact if you have had to defend yourself with a firearm. Linda Walker from Buckeye Firearms Association, newest member of the NRA Board of Directors! A Cincinnati-area police chief talks about his perspective on Restaurant Carry. Tom Myers from X-Treme Shooting Products talks about new products from this Ohio firearms products manufacturer, including titanium receivers. George Fennell from Steel Shield Technologies describes his company's new Weapon Shield lubricant and protectant.

Show Date: 4/23/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Perspectives on Restaurant/Car Carry bill from Ohio Chiefs of Police and Fraternal Order of Police. Price of ammunition expected to go up somewhat in May. Many factors affect the price, including the base metals prices (see charts below) and transportation costs (especially fuel). The 90% myth - excellent article in the April 2011 edition of Shooting Industry Magazine with information from STRATFOR debunking the myth that most of the guns captured from criminals in Mexico came from the USA - the actual number is about 12%. Taking care of a gun that has been submerged. Shooting on the cheap - using .22LR ammunition in a 1911 .45ACP style firearm. One possibility from Chiappa, the 1911-22. Opportunities for training with the Tuesday Tactical Training League at SimTrainer. Finding parts for old guns - check with the manufacturer, after-market parts makers, MidwayUSA, or Brownells. Getting started with armed private security.

Price charts for principal base metals used in ammunition manufacturing:

Lead Price Graph
Copper Price Graph Tin Price Graph

Show Date: 4/16/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Special guest Alyssa Campbell discusses the NRA's Youth Education Summit. Be sure to listen to the show at the link above or download the podcast if you missed it live! Status on bills pending in the Ohio House of Representatives. Response from Ohio Restaurant Association on why they oppose Restaurant Carry.

Restaurant Carry/Car Carry - HB45/SB17
Passed the Senate - Contact your state Representatives!!
Restoration of Rights - HB54/SB61 Passed the Senate! Contact your state Representatives!!
National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011 - HR822 - Currently has 83 100 130 171 cosponsors.
NRA Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) Summary of HR822
Anti-gun "Fix Gun Checks Act of 2011" - S.436 - still has only 2 cosponsors. ILA Bill Summary.

Show Date: 4/9/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Instance of self-defense in Florida, home invader loses - permanently. Illinois Supreme Court decision overturning a conviction for the equivalent of 'Existence While Armed' for non-resident with a license to carry a concealed handgun in his home state. Campus carry opening up in other states, needs to open in Ohio as well. Critically review your carry equipment to ensure it all still works as designed and is not worn. Dry fire - great way to practice, but must be done safely. NRA Annual Meeting - April 29-May 1 in Pittsburg. Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association - for the Ohio NRA affiliate organization. Age and ways to start teaching firearms safety and skills to children. Business having No Weapons signs can permit carry - should the sign be left up to limit carry? We recommend removing the signs - criminals will ignore it and you don't have to be concerned about law-abiding CHL holders!

The Cornered Cat - - great information for families who have guns.

Show Date: 4/2/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Getting a license to carry a concealed handgun in Ohio - take a class (includes live fire certification), fill out the application, provide fingerprints and a photo, and pay the fees . If you meet all the qualifications, the sheriff will issue the license within 45 days, usually less. Adding a pistol grip to a shotgun no longer restricted. Restaurant Carry/Car Carry reform bill (HB45) making progress, next step is a vote by the full House followed by consideration by the Senate. "Obamacare" bill does not contain any gun control issues as far as anyone has yet identified. Walther PK380 - point-and-shoot gun for self-defense, but is somewhat complicated to operate for a new shooter because it required decocking but has no decocker. Single action (trigger pull only fires the gun) vs. double action (trigger cocks the hammer and fires the gun) - some double action guns can be cocked to single action mode or fired in double action mode from the hammer down. Some double action revolvers cannot be cocked to single action mode, either because the hammer is hidden inside the frame or the spur was "bobbed" - cut off to minimize the possibility of getting snagged on clothing when drawing from concealment. Shotguns for hunting deer and birds, smooth vs. rifled barrels, and semi-auto vs. pump action. "No Weapons" signs by a parking lot puts the buildings off limits, but does not make leaving your gun in the car a criminal offense. No laws in Ohio make ammunition such as Glazer Safety Slugs illegal. No "good Samaritan" law for handgun defense - although one may or may not be charged criminally if an act of self-defense results in injury to a by-stander, there is no such protection against civil liability.

Show Date: 3/26/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Classes and opportunities availalble at SimTrainer. "Pocket" guns - several good options now available for carrying a gun in a pocket, but should always be in a holster with nothing else in the pocket. National Instant Check System (NICS) denials may be appealed to find out what caused the denial, check with local law enforcement to ensure nothing is pending. No limit in Ohio law on the number of handguns that may be carried. Selecting a handgun for concealed carry. Status on Restaurant Carry/Car Carry Reform bill - not yet voted on in the full House, but has been reported out of committee. Storing ammunition.

Show Date: 3/19/2011 - Listen Here We're Back!!

Topics - Restaurant Carry/Car Carry bills have now been introduced. The House version has been reported out of committee and to the floor. This would eliminate the need to leave a firearm unattended when going to a restaurant that serves alcohol. There has also been a bill introduced in the US House of Representatives that would eliminate the need for multiple licenses to carry in any state that issues a license. As currently written, it would allow carry on a license issued by any state in any state that issues licenses. It does not preempt any provision of state law with respect to issuing licenses, but would force states to recognize licenses issued by other states. It would not require may issue states to recognize non-resident licenses from other states held by state residents. The state would need to be one that issues a license - the current version does not address the three states which do not require licenses (Vermont, Alaska, and Arizona). Suggestion for base policy allowing firearms on base, using technique that would mirror the procedures required for college campuses - can be worn when in the vehicle, but must be locked in the vehicle. NRA Annual Meeting in Pittsburg - is concealed carry permitted? More to come... Parking lot carry - not yet introduced, but could be coming soon.

Show Date: 1/22/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Preliminary reports from SHOT Show starting to come out - stand by for more news soon! Continuing discussion regarding the 1/8/2011 shooting in Tucson, AZ. The Mayors Against Illegal Guns have released a telephone survey supposedly proving that people want more gun control. Huge surprise - right in line with their agenda. Complete garbage, but right in line with their agenda. Gun control laws, or any other laws, will not stop a criminal intent on doing harm, particularly in the case where self preservation is not a factor. Jeff answers questions on suitability of particular handguns for concealed carry, practicality and utility of lasers on handguns.

Show Date: 1/17/2011 - Special Monday Morning Show!   Listen Here

Topics - SimTrainer memberships, classes, training, and recreational shooting opportunities. Background about SimTrainer's origins and mission, to provide quality firearms training to civilians and police. Selecting a rifle. When making a firearm purchase, consider more than just the bottom line price - when your life could depend on that firearm, quality counts more! Best way to select a handgun - try it before you buy it! Ways to secure a firearm for personal defense with children in the home - wear it!

Great information on guns in the home with children: The Cornered Cat Web Site.

Show Date: 1/15/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Discussion regarding last week's shooting in Tucson, AZ. Sadly, the anti-gun crowd lived up to their reputations. Note that it was three civilians, one of whom carried but did not use a concealed handgun, in subduing the shooter. It was several minutes before the police could get there and take over for the citizens who stopped the shooter and held him in custody. Statements by the youngest victim's father stating how this tragedy must not be used to restrict personal liberty. Proposal to restrict possession of firearms within 1000 feet of an elected official, even if possible, would not stop a criminal with evil intent. Nobody argues for limiting any other enumerated rights.

Show Date: 1/8/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Show dedicated to the memory of Clark County Sheriff Deputy Suzanne Hopper. Reflections on her life and the memorial service. Breaking news of shooting in Tucson, AZ, targeting Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Note that the facts are not yet in (reports of Rep Giffords' death captured in this show have since proven incorrect). Although many will try to get ahead of the investigations and file reports, it is far better to wait until all the facts are in before making conclusions. When some group decides to take the issue and use it for their ends, be very skeptical...ask probing questions, and do not be satisfied with pat answers. Note that current Ohio laws prohibiting carry in a variety of sensitive places only serve to protect criminals, not the law abiding citizens who must enter those places only after being disarmed.

Show Date: 12/27/2010 - Special Monday Morning Show!! Listen Here

Topics - Special Guest Bob Glaves from Miami Valley Freedom Alliance Charity Golf Classic. The Freedom Alliance provides scholarships and assistance for family members of wounded warriors and those who have given the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Happy New Year from SimTrainer and Shootin' from the Hip!!

Show Date: 12/24/2010 - Special Christmas Eve Show!! Listen Here

Topics - Special Guests Linda Mauro and Kristi Snodgrass from Blue Star Mothers of Dayton. Blue Star Mothers is a national organization of mothers of deployed troops. They provide support to each other and to their deployed family members, plus many others. For more information, contact the Miami Valley Chapter at (937) 671-8636 or browse their web site.

A very merry Christmas from SimTrainer and Shootin' from the Hip!!

Show Date: 12/18/2010 - Listen Here

Topics - Shooting at a Panama City Florida school board meeting. Note that most of the speculation in the media reports are not confirmed. As expected, the anti-gun crowd is trying to spin this as a reason to ban guns. In fact, it is a perfect example why board members should not have been required to be disarmed. Not yet known where this convicted criminal obtained the firearm, but his mere possession was a violation of existing law. New sponsor to the show - Olde English Outfitters! Introducing people to the shooting sports, with proper training.

Links: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Show Date: 12/11/2010 - Listen Here (missing a few minutes at opening of show)

Topics - Unwinding the Brady Campaign and Mayors Against Illegal Guns spin on firearms found in Mexico. Unfortunately, the anti-gun forces routinely misrepresent statistics to make their case. Strict gun laws - maybe they are needed in some places - except that the highest violent crime rates in the country are in the places with the most severe gun restrictions. They don't work. Training for concealed carry - non-resident licenses from other states instead of the resident Ohio license - not recommended; get the Ohio license in addition to any other non-resident licenses needed to allow carry in other states. Ohio CCW training must include life fire, but the minimum required by Ohio law is not sufficient to prepare citizens to be proficient under the stress of a violent encounter. Every responsible citizen should get advanced training and practice in realistic scenarios. Reciprocity with other states.

:Links: Non-resident licenses article from Buckeye Firearms Association

Show Date: 12/4/2010 - Listen Here

Topics - Peabody Sports- free enrollment for Handgun 1-5 drawing with purchase of any gun. Court case will decide issue of whether it is a violation of the Constitutional rights of 18-20 year olds for them to be prohibited from owning, possessing, or carrying handguns. Police procedure with respect to warrants, searches, and appropriate forcible entry, possibly including mistaken identity - Fourth Amendment issues. Ohio magazine restrictions - 30 round maximum. Definition of unloaded for transport in a motor vehicle - all firearms and any magazines or speed loader that can be used with them must be unloaded. Fourth Amendment issues and TSA - Fourth Amendment Wear.

Show Date: 11/27/2010 - Listen Here

Topics - Range gun programs from Springfield Armory and Glock. SimTrainer's "Try it before you buy it" program. Next First Shots class is Saturday, Dec 4, from 4-7 PM. Only a few slots left! Concealed Carry class is Dec 13-18, evenings from 5:30-9:30 PM. Purchase of a firearm based on cost of ammunition. Getting non-resident license for carry in other states. Carry in Ohio as a resident with non-resident license from a state with reciprocity. NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" releases misleading data.

Links: Buckeye Firearms Association article on Non-Resident Concealed Carry Licenses

Show Date: 11/20/2010 - Listen Here

Topics - Special guest - Ohio State Representative Jerrod Martin. Concealed carry legislation and the lame duck session of the Ohio Legislature. There almost no chance any of the pending bills will even get addressed, much less passed. Focus now should shift to the next session which will include a new and strongly pro-gun Speaker of the House. When reintroduced, bills similar to the current pending legislation for restaurant and car carry reform will almost certainly pass quickly, putting these provisions into effect as early as Summer 2011. Expunged offenses and their effect on concealed handgun license applications.

Show Date: 10/9/2010 - Listen Here

Topics - Last show before the Nov 2 elections. First Shots, CCW, Basic Handgun, and Tactical Rifle classes. Responsible gun ownership includes keeping them out of the hands of children when unsupervised - Tragic story from Mason, OH, where children found a key to a gun locker, played with it, and caused a serious injury. Selecting .380 Auto ammunition for concealed carry. Handgun training for military and police who carry as part of their profession. Importance of keeping a gun clean.

Links: Kathy Jackson's Cornered Cat Website

Show Date: 9/25/2010 - Listen Here

Topics - Programs and upcoming classes at SimTrainer. Carrying weapons in commercial vehicles in Ohio and neighboring states. Responsibility of citizenship - contact elected officials, and especially pay attention to candidates and their positions. Elections have consequences; vote wisely! FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics - violent crime has now declined for three years in a row, while gun sales are still at record highs. Selecting a handgun for defense - best for shooters to select their own after trial rather than to buy a gun for someone else. Small guns often difficult and painful to shoot, particularly for smaller shooters.

Links: Buckeye Firearms Association article on Non-Resident Concealed Carry Licenses,
FBI Uniform Crime Report Statistics for 2009

Next show: October 9, 2010

Show Date: 8/28/2010 - Listen Here

Topics - Special Guest - Robert Owens, Constitution Party candidate for Ohio Attorney General. Hear candidate Owens' views on Gun Rights and other issues as he answers our questions and those from listeners. SimTrainer classes and special "Try it before you buy it" promotion on firearms. Get email updates about SimTrainer activities and events by signing on to the range email list.

Links: Robert Owens for Ohio Attorney General Campaign Web Site, Facebook Page

Next show: September 25, 2010

Show Date: 8/21/2010 - Listen Here

Topics - Special Guest - Ken Matesz, Libertarian Party candidate for Governor. Hear candidate Matesz' views on Gun Rights, Ohio politics, and other issues as he answers our questions and those from listeners. Special offer from Smith and Wesson for rebates on new guns - buy through SimTrainer and get a 20% discount off MSRP to go with it, plus a great "try it before you buy it" program at SimTrainer.

Links: Ken Matesz for Ohio Governor Campaign Web Site, Facebook Page

Show Date: 8/14/2010 - Listen Here

Topics - Special Guest - Eric Deaton, Constitution Party candidate for US Senate. Hear candidate Deaton's views on Gun Rights, Washington politics, immigration, and other issues. Find out more at the links below.

Links: Eric Deaton for US Senate Campaign Web Site, Facebook Page

Show Date: 8/7/2010 - Listen Here

Topics - Coming Soon!

Links: Montgomery County GOP Second Annual Trap Shoot at Middletown Sportsmen's Club
NRA News Video, Can Truckers Carry? with NRA Deputy General Counsel Stefan B. Tahmassebi.

Show Date: 7/31/2010 - Listen Here

Topics - Classes and league at SimTrainer. Discussion regarding enactment of AZ immigration bill and the injunction against its enforcement, inconsistency by not addressing sanctuary cities where local governments have prohibited enforcement of immigration laws. Responsibility of citizenship - contact elected officials, and especially pay attention to candidates and their positions. Elections have consequences; vote wisely! Laws regarding having firearms in the home, in a vehicle, or in a hotel in Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee; Castle doctrine and conditions for use of deadly force in defense. Health care bill and rumored taxes on ammunition - concerns are understandable but no such provisions have yet been found. Handgun shoots fine from the bench but shoots low when held - normally a result of anticipating recoil and jerking the trigger; this is a very common shooting error and relatively easy for a qualified instructor to diagnose and correct. Caliber - not as important as shot placement as long as momentum is sufficient to penetrate 12-14 inches. Selecting a handgun for defense - best for shooters to select their own after trial rather than to buy a gun for someone else. Small guns often difficult and painful to shoot, particularly for smaller shooters.

Links: Support the defense of the Arizona immigration bill at

Show Date: 7/24/2010 - Listen Here

Topics - Dealing with inherited firearms - which to keep, getting a fair price for any being sold, learning how to handle them safely. Miami Valley Crime Stoppers Golf Tournament, Kettering Community Golf Course, $70 per person, For more information, call Steve Diorio, 293-5121, or Cayce Cantrell, 333-1196. Magazine loading to capacity does not cause damage to springs. Ammunition degrades when exposed to temperature and humidity extremes, storage of ammunition and firearms in vehicles not recommended. Carry of less-than-lethal devices such as a TASER - specific civilian model C2 is permitted in Ohio, with each device registered to the user by TASER so that a thief cannot purchase replacement cartridges for a stolen device. Carry in a commercial vehicle - not restricted by Federal or Ohio law or regulation. Excellent article in the August 2010 issue of America's First Freedom with excerpts from former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich speech at the NRA Annual Meeting - Government has no business stopping law-abiding citizens from carrying firearms to protect themselves. Pay attention to the candidates' records when getting prepared for the November elections. Information about the Harold Fish case and use of a 10mm handgun for defense in the wild - Fish did not have expert counsel and was wrongly convicted, now released.

Links: NRA News Video, Can Truckers Carry? with NRA Deputy General Counsel Stefan B. Tahmassebi,
Speaker Gingrich at the 2010 NRA Annual Meeting.

Show Date: 7/17/2010 - Listen Here

Topics - More on the decision in McDonald v. Chicago and the city's response to losing that case - the city has been sued again after enacting new ordinances restricting gun ownership, possession, and use. The next case to pay attention to: Benson v. Chicago. Any limit on number of handguns to be carried under a Concealed Handgun License. Cost for obtaining an Ohio CHL - required training, license application fee, etc. Where the Ohio license is recognized, and how to get licensed to carry in other states (great article on Buckeye Firearms Association website). Obtaining a suppressor (or muffler, aka, "silencer") - in the Dayton area, check with Peabody Sports for information on transfer of NFA items. Cannot carry a firearm in a restaurant or bar that serves alcohol for consumption on premises. Ohio House and Senate bills would change this to permit carry for those not impaired by or consuming alcohol, but these have not been passed yet. Dealing with a difficult trigger pull - could be due to a malfunction, but we do not recommend lightening a trigger below manufacturer specifications. Finding parts for very old and obscure firearms - check out the Ohio Gun Collectors Association. Inheriting firearms - no registration required for firearms in Ohio.

Links: Restaurant Carry - HB203 and SB239 - links include lists of co-sponsors
Organizations: Buckeye Firearms Association, Ohioans for Concealed Carry, Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association, Ohio Gun Collectors Association.

Show Date: 7/10/2010 - Listen Here

Topics - Good deals on some lightly-used range guns at SimTrainer, new range guns available for rental. Chicago's response to the McDonald decision - more Draconian ordinances from the city council. Carrying a concealed handgun that gets accidentally exposed - no violation of Ohio law. Carrying concealed during warm and humid summer months requires clothing and accessory adjustments. Responsible concealed carry requires regular practice and training, even though not required by the state - a great way to do that is SimTrainer's Tuesday Tactical Training League. Riding in a vehicle (not a driver) stopped for an official law enforcement purpose should still provide required notice, as appropriately as practical. Finding parts for older firearms can be a challenge. Cutting down a firearm can cause problems with Federal firearms laws.

Show Date: 7/3/2010 - Independence Day Weekend - Listen Here

Topics - Guest Ken Hanson, Buckeye Firearms Association Legislative Chair and Attorney of Record on the BFA/USCCA amicus brief in the McDonald v. Chicago case. Implications for Ohio residents, including eventual restoration of the right to possess firearms in states like New York and Illinois that require licenses for possession but only issue them to residents. Implications of being charged and convicted (or pleading guilty) to criminal trespassing when ignoring "No Guns" signs on commercial establishments. MultiGun Clinic hosted by the Buckeye Firearms Association, July 11. Middletown Sportsmen's Club Youth Skeet Program Sunday afternoons, 2-5PM through July 18 except Independence Day. For more information, call 513-422-5112 and ask for club manager Mike Erter. The unheralded gem of central Ohio, Cardinal Center Campground with shotgun fields. Concealed carry class and CCW Legal Update next weekend at SimTrainer. Learning the technique of "Shootin' from the hip" also known as point shooting or target-focused shooting - covered in SimTrainer's Advanced Handgun series of classes.

Show Date: 6/26/2010 - Listen Here

Topics - Guest John Thyne from Peabody Sports with info on Sidewalk Sale. Firearm selection, making sure all your critical defense handguns operate identically. Practicing drawing a revolver from a pocket holster. More FOP misrepresentation of law enforcement officers' positions on citizen concealed carry. Getting a jump start on handling a firearm with First Shots at SimTrainer. Selecting ammunition for self defense.

Show Date: 6/19/2010 - Father's Day Weekend - Listen Here

Topics - Father's Day Specials for new members. FOP misrepresentation of law enforcement officers' positions on citizen concealed carry, facts on SB239. Restoring firearms rights - currently only possible for one offense if that one offense is expunged. Concealed carry for past law enforcement. Requirement to notify law enforcement of concealed carry. Posting of No Weapons signs at parking lot entrance - driving onto the parking lot does not carry any criminal offense, unlike carry into a posted building. The DISCLOSE bill pending in Congress and the NRA position on it - completely opposed. Traveling and concealed carry. Selling a privately owned firearm. Crossbreed Holster shipment has arrived at SimTrainer - get in quick!

Show Date: 6/12/2010 - Listen Here

Topics - Carry in a vehicle, in a holster on your person, in a closed glove box or console, a closed case in plain sight, or a locked case, not in a holster sitting loose on the seat for several reasons. Getting started with handguns in First Shots at SimTrainer - great way to get started!

Show Date: 6/5/2010 - Listen Here! 

Topics - First Shots at SimTrainer, a great introduction to the shooting sports! Great for individuals, couples, families, or special groups - we will even schedule special classes for company "team building" events, a fun way for employees to decompress. Ohio law regarding "No Weapons" signs on businesses, parking lots, and government buildings. Senate Bill 239, restaurant carry, and differences for law enforcement; restriction against consumption (and many other concealed carry restrictions) apply only to citizens who are not law enforcement. Restoration of aspects of the right to keep and bear arms that have been and continue to be infringed.

Links: Ohioans for Concealed Carry, Buckeye Firearms Association.

Show Date: 5/29/2010 - Memorial Day Weekend - Listen Here! 

Topics - Memorial day, remembering those who have lost their lives defending liberty and freedom. Political statements by Mexican President Felipe Calderón calling for a US "assault weapons ban" reinstatement - replete with blatantly false statements. No impact on crime, either in US or Mexico. Guns are not the problem, never have been, and never will be - criminals cause crime, not guns, not the economy, not jobs, not anything else. Supposed UN treaty on small arms - not even drafted yet, much less signed, and would not be ratified by this Senate regardless of whether the Clinton State Department would agree to UN terms. Holster clothing - pants, vests, T-shirts - try them out if possible before committing to purchase. Shield law to prevent civil liability following use of handgun for self-defense. Senate Bill 239 - Restaurant Carry bill passed the Senate, comments by Ohio FOP's Mark Drum quoted in Columbus Dispatch.

Links: Nick Erdy Foundation, 2948 Quitter Road, Williamsburg, OH, 45176. (513) 625-2501
NRA Institute of Legislative Action statement on UN Gun Ban Treaty.

Restaurant Carry - SB239 - passed by Ohio Senate this week. Now goes to House for vote. Be sure to follow the progress of this and other important bills with the Buckeye Firearms Association Legislation Guide.

Show Date: 5/22/2010 - Listen Here! 

Topics - Concealed carry and interactions with law enforcement. Handguns for concealed carry by women - the best answer is very individual and determined by experimentation. Update on Restaurant Carry bills. Selecting appropriate night sights. Carry at locations where employer forbids firearms on property.

Show Date: 5/15/2010 - Listen Here! 

Topics - Law Enforcement Memorial Week, remembering those in blue who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service of others. Training for basic handgun, concealed carry, and personal defense. Opportunities for training and practice at SimTrainer. Gun "buy backs" and their futility.

Show Date: 5/8/2010 - Listen Here! 

One year on the air - our first anniversary!

Topics - Mental preparation for the violent encounter, post-traumatic stress, physiological effects. If you are involved in a violent encounter, it is very unlikely that police will be available to assist until well after the encounter. Avoid the situation if at all possible, but be prepared to do what it takes to defend yourself. Registration of firearms is not required in Ohio. Training to shoot accurately under stress. Training for personal defense - Total Personal Defense at SimTrainer for anyone, plus Rape/Aggression Defense (RAD) classes for women at local police departments. Concealing larger firearrms. Traveling with firearms in a Recreational Vehicle - rules differ state by state.

Carry in other states - non-resident licenses article at Buckeye Firearms Association, maps available at US Concealed Carry Association,, and, among others. Law summaries of all states also at the NRA ILA Web Site.

Show Date: 5/1/2010 - Listen Here! 

Topics - Gun selection, private sales, firearm carry in a motor vehicle, how that would change if SB239 passes, selling antique and rare firearms, having guns in a home with children, workman's compensation and a newsletter from 2004 - there is no requirement that workplaces are to be posted with No Weapons signs, special firearms classes for company events, carry in KY and TN permitted on an Ohio CHL, carry in vehicle by armed security guard - CHL recommended.

Links: Restaurant Carry - HB203 and SB239 - links include lists of co-sponsors, Ohio Gun Collectors Association.

Show Date: 4/24/2010 - Listen Here! 

Topics - Introduction to Tactical Rilfe class recap. Hearing on Wednesday on SB239, regarding restaurant carry and carry in a vehicle. Second CHL renewal will require recertification, as yet to be fully defined. Shotgun for home defense. Transportation of firearms in a vehicle requires magazines be unloaded unless carried pursuant to a CHL, which can be handguns only. Licenses from other states.

Show Date: 4/17/2010 - Listen Here! 

Topics - Restaurant carry - only licensed individuals who do not consume alcohol will be allowed to carry in restaurants legally. Open carry v. concealed carry - many factors affect which might be the best option. Concealed carry in a church or other house of worship - permission must be granted (recommended in writing) for carry to be legal, but can be granted to specific individuals on a case-by-case basis, church volunteer security team training. Carry in commercial vehicles - no federal regulations or limitations, but some companies restrict carry. Carry in a business vehicle permitted with a CHL, applies only to handguns. Business indicates that Workers Compensation requires posting No Weapons signs - more info later. Licenses from Utah and other states. Application for a CHL now will not be denied for an expunged offense.

Links: NRA News Video, Can Truckers Carry? with NRA Deputy General Counsel Stefan B. Tahmassebi

Show Date: 4/10/2010 - Listen Here! 

Topics - Dayton Liberty Week activities, TEA Party events in Dayton and Cincinnati areas. Update on a call from an earlier week on the duty to inform law enforcement if you have a CHL and are carrying a concealed handgun. Carry in commercial vehicles. Getting youth started in shooting shotguns. CHL and storing a handgun in a vehicle for airport employees. Open carry - no license required except in a vehicle.

Links: Middletown Sportsmen's Club for introduction to shotgun, Ohio Hunter Education.

Show Date: 4/3/2010 - Listen Here! 

Topics - Special Guest - Cy Byrd, Past President of the Ohio Gun Collectors Association. Finding laws for concealed carry in other states with Ohio and other licenses (links below). Transfer of licenses from other states - not currently possible. Estimated value of some very interesting old firearms. Purchase of firearms requires a NICS background check when purchased from FFL dealers or from anyone in another state. The NICS check for purchase not related to the background check completed by the sheriff when applying for a CHL. Determining when it is appropriate to use deadly force in self-defense.

Show Date: 3/27/2010 - Listen Here! 

Topics - Show broadcast live from the Payne Recreation Center at the Moraine Home Fair. Ohio Senate now considering SB239 which would make concealed carry legal in restaurants which serve alcohol. Procedures for legally carrying loaded and unloaded firearms in a motor vehicle. Carry in private clubs with liquor licenses. Getting restaurant carry passed - contact state legislators if not already co-sponsors.

Links: Restaurant Carry - HB203 and SB239 - links include lists of co-sponsors.

Show Date: 3/20/2010 - Listen Here! 

Topics - Ohio Senate now considering SB239 which would make concealed carry legal in restaurants which serve alcohol. The bill would also remove restrictions on method of carry in vehicles for people with an Ohio CHL or a license from other states recognized by Ohio. This would allow pocket carry, vehicle-mounted holsters which are not in a console or glove box, waistband clips, and other methods not currently allowed. "No Weapons" sign on local bank fails to prevent armed robbery...again. Gun registration not required in Ohio, the difference between registration and the NICS check. Limitations on private sales - you can only sell or purchase a handgun in a private sale with someone who is a resident of the same state as you. Check the driver license for the seller or buyer to ensure you are both residents of the same state, particularly if you purchase at a gun show. Gun laws in other states available from several sources. Renewing the Ohio CHL - start soon enough before your current license expires to complete renewal, but the new license will expire five years after the new one is issued - renewing earlier than 45 days will shorten your license duration more than necessary. A gun carried visibly in a holster is not considered concealed carry simply because the holster hides part of the gun. After taking a certified Ohio concealed carry class, you must obtain your first license within 3 years or you will need to take another class to apply for a license.

Gun Laws Links: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) firearms publications, NRA Institute for Legislative Action US and state gun laws summary,,

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Show Date: 3/13/2010 - Listen Here!   40k stream

Topics - Special Guest Mike Kinsey from the Appleseed Project discusses restoring the country's lost firearms heritage by training Americans to again be a Nation of Riflemen.

Additional links: Ohio Gun Collectors Association, Restaurant Carry - HB203, now also SB239.

Show Date: 3/6/2010 - Listen Here!   40k stream

Topics - Special Guest Ken Hanson, Buckeye Firearms Association, discussing the case of McDonald v. City of Chicago and Second Amendment incorporation.

Show Date: 2/27/2010 - Listen Here!  40k stream

Topics - You have your CHL - what's next? Advanced training, regular practice, mental preparation for the extreme encounter with a deadly threat. Carry in a vehicle without a CHL - must be unloaded which means no ammunition in the gun and no ammunition in any magazines or speedloaders. If one wants to carry a firearm for defense in a vehicle, a CHL is required, even if you don't intend to conceal it. Transport of an unloaded firearm can be in a closed box or case which is in plain sight or in a compartment which cannot be reached without leaving the vehicle. Registration of firearms when coming from other states or after receipt through inheritance or gift - not required in Ohio! Transfer of handguns between residents of different states must be conducted through dealers with a Federal Firearms Licnese. Another record number of CHLs issued in 2009, more than in any year so far - including the first year that licenses were available.

Show Date: 2/20/2010 - Listen Here!   40k stream

Topics - Brady Campaign Scorecard rating Ohio as a horrible place to live, receiving only 11 points on their 100-point scale. Personal sales of firearms and ensuring transfers occur legally, determining whether the purchaser is a prohibited person. Update on HR45 - still no sponsors have signed on to this bill. Despite the political divisions, both the House and Senate still have pro-gun majorities - it is very unlikely that any bills, or even amendments to bills, would pass that add further infringements on our guaranteed right to keep and bear arms, a right of equal standing with all other rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. Example of use of firearm for self-defense, how the Castle Doctrine passed in 2009 may have affected the outcome. National Parks - law passed last year included an amendment that restored the right to keep and bear arms in National Parks, effective Feb 22, 2010. The parks recognize this change. The parks now follow the laws of the state in which the park is located. Law enforcement simply cannot provide protection for individuals, particularly in rural areas. Protecting your safety is your responsibility alone. Getting gun rights restored following a one-time mistake many years ago - contact an attorney to have the record expunged. Steps necessary to purchase a suppressor or build a short-barreled rifle, items which are controlled under the National Firearms Act. Handguns for defense against dangerous game.

Class III Information on suppressors, automatic firearms, and short-barreled rifles from Peabody Sports.

Show Date: 2/13/2010 - Listen Here!   40k stream

Topics - Live Remote from HomeWorld at the Dayton Airport Expo Center. Negligent discharge by CHL holder carrying in coat pocket without a holster in prohibited place - not recommended. Rules for indoor ranges - background checks, safety, carry in "liquor" establishments does not mean package stores.

Show Date: 1/302010 - Listen Here!   40k stream

Topics - Recap of some issues covered over the last two weeks. Class options coming up at SimTrainer. New holsters available at SimTrainer from Crossbreed Holsters and Galco Leather. Update on HB203 - Restaurant Carry. Dispelling myths about firearms - meet with the reporters, give them the full picture, get the facts - great resource: Gun Facts book. Ohio reciprocity agreements, plus additional states that recognize the Ohio license - total 27. Selecting a holster for concealed carry - try several, see how it fits and feels, make sure it is designed specifically for your gun and the manufacturer lists your make and model on the package. Make certain you also have a good belt designed for carrying a gun. New .22 LR rifles available for rental at the range - Smith and Wesson M&P 15-22, and SigSauer 522. Open carry - legal in Ohio if not in a vehicle, but comes with some significant disadvantages. Using deadly force to defend against an attacking animal - not specifically covered in Ohio law.

Ohio Attorney General web site: Reciprocity Agreements, Ohio Concealed Carry Law Booklet
Carry in other states - maps available at US Concealed Carry Association,, and, among others.
Armed American Radio - Follow the show here or listen live Sundays from 8-11 PM Eastern.

Note: We will be off the air on Feb 6 while the Dayton Flyers play Xavier. Next show is Feb 13, 2010.

Show Date: 1/23/2010 - Listen Here!   40k stream

Topics - Special Guest City of Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl. Crime rate in Dayton and issues related to the recent FBI Uniform Crime Reports showing a drop in violent crime, specific Dayton-area statistics showing significant decrease in crimes including the use of a firearm.

Show Date: 1/16/2010 - Listen Here!   40k stream

Topics - Special Guest Steve Pierson, defense attorney and show sponsor. When to get an attorney to represent you - earlier is better. If you must defend yourself, call 911 immediately, but make the next call to the attorney who will be defending you. It's difficult to say you're not going to speak to the police, but instead say something to the effect of, "I would like to cooperate, I don't believe I have done anything wrong, but I do have a right to speak with a lawyer and I want to exercise that right." Note that even a police officer involved in a shooting is often advised to speak with a lawyer before addressing the details of the event. Duty to retreat, open carry vs. concealed carry, carry at youth sports events.

(Note: This week's show started late due to the Dayton Flyer's Basketball Post-Game Show. The show on 1/9/2010 was preempted in its entirety because the game that week ran into overtime.)

Show Date: 1/2/2010 - Listen Here!   40k stream

Topics - Welcome to 2010! Looking forward to a very busy year, including the mid-term elections for Congress. FBI Uniform Crime Report Statistics showing a 10% decrease in murder in first half of 2009 compared to 2008, even with a record number of guns being manufactured and sold (or, perhaps, because people are taking more responsibility for their own safety). In a recent study of officer-involved shootings, none of the criminals obtained their guns legally, including at gun shows...none. Choosing between the .357 Magnum vs. new .327 Magnum. Requirement for having firearm in a holster on one's person when in a vehicle. Value of the Automag III pistol in .30 Carbine - $300-$500. State law now supersedes all local regulation for firearms in Ohio. Concealed carry in Ohio and South Carolina, and other states in general. Selecting a handgun for personal defense. SimTrainer classes open to everyone legally eligible to possess a firearm - membership not required!

Show Date: 12/26/2009 - Listen Here!    40k stream   (missing show opening)

Topics - Special offers for membership and classes extended from last week until Dec 30...the last day the range will be open this week. Celebrating Christmas with gifts from the gun store. Get training to go with new guns, and be sure to read the manual carefully! Special guest John Thyne from Peabody Sports - Special offer to listeners of our show - spend $100 and get a $25 SimTrainer membership or gift certificate, plus special end-of-year sale prices through New Years Eve. New shooters? Try First Shots! Extra class added on Jan 16. Concealed carry for an Ohio resident in Georgia - great article on the Buckeye Firearms Association web site about non-resident licenses for Ohio CHL holders.  Restaurant Carry HB 203 update. Concealed carry - is it even worth it with all the restrictions? Carry in other states - maps available at US Concealed Carry Association,, and, among others - print a copy of the reciprocity agreement, if available, plus the copy of the concealed carry laws in all the states you travel through. Carry on your person when not in a vehicle - holster recommended but not mandatory under the law. Getting firearms rights restored after having had a felony on your record - possible, but difficult.
Happy New Year, everyone!

Show Date: 12/19/2009 - Listen Here!    40k stream

Topics - New sponsor - Crossbreed Holsters. Bloomberg's folly, gun show 'gotcha' - reality check: FBI study of selected law enforcement officer shootings showed that not one case in the study did the criminal obtain the weapon used during the crime at a gun show. Many instances in Dayton area during the last week where violent crimes could have been stopped had the victims been appropriately armed. Restaurant Carry HB 203 update. Handgun for home defense. Incident of armed guard being shot on Main Street; mental preparation for conflict. Shotgun for home defense. Ohio Concealed Handgun License application with expunged offense. Limit on number of guns for concealed carry - no legal limit; be sure to train and practice with what you carry, same place every time, close out practice with your primary carry weapon. Concealed carry for Indiana residents - no license reciprocity with Ohio, and no non-resident license; can obtain non-resident license from state which does have Ohio reciprocity and it will be recognized in Ohio. Merry Christmas, everyone!

Show Date: 12/12/2009 - Listen Here! 40k stream  

Topics - Special guest - Cyndi Dalena, NSSF Program Manager for First Shots, celebrating SimTrainer's third year hosting the program, now at 136 ranges in 36 states and reaching over 7,000 new shooters each year. Ohio Attorney General third quarter concealed carry licensing statistics, reciprocity and recognition of Ohio licenses by other states. and Buckeye Firearms Association. (maps also available at and USCCA) Storing ammunition - in accordance with manufacturer's recommendation, generally in human-comfortable conditions, but change defensive ammunition you carry at least once a year. For personal defense, use ammunition specifically designed and marked for personal defense or police use. Shotgun for home protection.

First Shots - Web site and Facebook Fan Page

Show Date: 9/5/2009 - Listen Here!   40k stream  (recording slightly distorted)

Topics - Last show before the Dayton Flyer Football break, listen to WHIO for updates on what's happening until we're back on the air - contact us at with questions and comments, Voice of America TEA Party in West Chester, OH, CHL renewal fees and training requirements - fee for new license going to $67 and for renewal dropping to $50 effective between now and October 17, 2009 (date varies between counties), Dayton homeowner defends himself and family, gun ownership and concealed carry, open carry and the right to keep and bear arms - legal in Ohio, civil liability when a property owner prohibits weapons on property, introducing youth to shooting using an air pistol or rifle - pellet, BB, or airsoft, weapons prohibited with "unless otherwise authorized" on signs does NOT exempt CHL holders from the prohibition, Ohioans for Concealed Carry "Do Not Patronize while Armed" database.

UPS United Way Trifecta Shoot - Sunday September 13, 2009 at Middletown Sportsmen's Club, contact Don England 937-296-9116 for more information.

Show Date: 8/29/2009 - Listen Here!   40k stream  (lower quality for first six minutes)

Topics - Improving availability of firearms and ammunition, great job by Glock especially, but all manufacturers, to increase production, special offers to callers and people who stopped by the range on August 30, carrying ammunition listed as "For Law Enforcement" or "Personal Protection," finding a smaller gun for summer - best to keep all operating characteristics the same for all guns to improve your chances of success under stress, magazine spring maintenance - no harm to keep them loaded when ready for use, check them to ensure they still operate properly periodically, shooting on personal property in unincorporated areas - ensure safety and complete containment of any rounds, carry of duty firearms while in security guard uniform - must have Concealed Handgun License to carry a loaded firearm in a vehicle, how "fresh" ammunition should be - will be safe to use for decades if stored indoors under normal environmental controls, but change carry ammo out about once per year, getting started with shooting by taking a class or private lessons, changing triggers with firearms - best to go with original manufacturer items instead of after-market items, starting children into shooting sports, introducing them to guns, setting safety rules, and making shooting a fun family activity, transporting an unloaded gun - in a case with no ammunition in the gun or any magazines. - excellent source of information on firearms having guns in the home with children, introducing them to guns, "gun proofing" the family.

Show Date: 8/22/2009 - Listen Here!   40k stream

Topics - Shooting Fundamentals - trigger control, recent shootings in Dayton and crime rate compared to previous years (2009 down 50% from previous years), registration of firearms (not required in Ohio), purchase of firearms and instant background checks, ammunition supplies starting to recover but prices still high (and will likely stay higher than before 2008 - see price charts below), information provided for background checks not retained, carry in city or state parks permitted, CCW class can be taken in a different county from where you apply, caliber of handgun used to qualify, malfunctions ejecting rounds from a .22 LR firearm. - excellent source of information on firearms including Curing the Flinch (correcting improper trigger control) and Dry Fire Practice (safety precautions for practicing at home with an unloaded gun).

Show Date: 8/15/2009 - Listen Here!   40k stream

Topics - Shooting Fundamentals - grip and sight alignment, processing paperwork for Class III (National Firearms Act registered) items and where to shoot them (SimTrainer, of course!), concealed carry when so many places choose to prohibit weapons, breaking a dog from being gun shy or raising gun dogs, number of guns permitted to be carried concealed, Florida non-resident license, requesting concealed carry reciprocity with Colorado, consequences for carry in places that are posted as criminal protection zones (no weapons allowed).

Show Date: 8/08/2009 -Listen Here!   40k stream

Topics - Jeff Pedro reports from Middletown Sportsman's Club - Single Action Shooting Society concealed carry after having consumed alcohol but not being impaired, liability issues when carry is prohibited, concealed carry vs. open carry - pros and cons, concealed carry while hunting (page 34 of 2009-2010 Hunting Guide), interstate concealed carry information, statewide firearms law preemption - no city prohibitions allowed, classes for handling, operating, and maintaining AR-15 type rifles, report from First Shots participant.

Special Events at Middletown Sportsman's Club - "Mattie's Hope Charity Shoot For The Cure to Childhood Cancer" - Skeet, Trap and/or Sporting Clays - Saturday, August 8, 9AM-4PM, "Guns of August" Regional Cowboy Championship, Thursday, August 5 - Saturday, August 8, 8:30 AM - 4 PM each day.

Sources for Information on Interstate Concealed Carry - NRA Institute for Legislative Action Gun Laws page, HandgunLaw.US,, and US Concealed Carry Association

Show Date: 8/01/2009 - Listen Here! 

Topics - Selecting and purchasing a handgun for self-defense - revolver or semi-auto pistol, training and practicing at typical defensive distances - 7 to 25 feet - as well as at longer distances, Castle Doctrine, legal issues regarding use of force, National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity, concealed carry on a bicycle, keeping a gun in the home, must have CHL to carry loaded in a motor vehicle, reciprocity and carry in other states, concealing a handgun in a purse when in a vehicle, always keep the gun in a separate area in the purse, getting youth started with firearms - First Shots!

Freedom Alliance Charity Golf Classic - Click the event name for more information about the event held Friday afternoon, July 31, and Saturday morning, August 1. Benefit First Shots Class will be held Sunday, August 2, from 4:00 - 7:00 PM - all proceeds go to benefit the Freedom Alliance.

HR 197, The National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2009, would provide a national standard by which concealed carry licenses from any state would be required to be recognized by all states. This bill has 97 112 120 127 133 138 147 150 cosponsors. If your Representative is not among the list of cosponsors, make your voice heard!

Show Date: 7/25/2009 - Listen Here!  (Portion missing after first break)

Topics - Tragic deaths of two Dayton area children who found their parents' loaded firearms, responsibilities of gun owners, actual statistics regarding accidental deaths by many causes, carry by retired law enforcement under LEOSA, concealed handgun license requirements when moving to a new county, disposing of old ammo, types of ammunition allowed to own.

Sources for reliable statistics: FBI Uniform Crime Reports, National Safety Council Injury Facts

Additional Information on New Hampshire Non-Resident Licenses: A telephone recording said they were currently working on the applications received in the first week of March and email if you wanted more information. No email address is given in the recording and there is no email for that department listed on their site. The license fee increased from $20 on July 1 to $100. Applications received before that date will be processed at the old fee. Applications received on or after July 1 are being returned if they do not include the increased fee.

Freedom Alliance Charity Golf Classic - Click the event name for more information, or click here to register for Friday afternoon, July 31, or Saturday morning, August 1. Benefit First Shots Class will be held Sunday, August 2, from 4:00 - 7:00 PM - all proceeds go to benefit the Freedom Alliance.

HR 197, The National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2009, would provide a national standard by which concealed carry licenses from any state would be required to be recognized by all states. This bill has 97 112 120 127 133 138 147 cosponsors. If your Representative is not among the list of cosponsors, make your voice heard!

Show Date: 7/18/2009 - Listen Here!

Topics - GOP Trap Shoot recap with special guest Greg Gallagher, shooting pistol with wrong ammunition, inherited firearms and registration issues, Supreme Court Justice Nominee who apparently does not believe owning arms is a fundamental right and should not be confirmed, New Hampshire non-resident license issuance delays, National Concealed Carry Reciprocity, hate crimes amendments.

Show Date: 7/11/2009 - Listen Here!

Topics - First Shots class recap, penalty for carry in a private establishment posted for no weapons, Thunder Valley Fun Shoot, legal prohibition for concealed carry, seatbelt in a car causing problems with concealed carry, using a seatbelt extension, getting a collection of old guns assessed - the Ohio Gun Collector's Association, HR 2296.

Freedom Alliance Charity Golf Classic - Special guest Bob Glaves. Click the event name for more information, or click here to register for Friday afternoon, July 31, or Saturday morning, August 1.

Montgomery County GOP Trap Shoot - Special guest Greg Gallagher. Come join us at the Middletown Sportsman's Club Aug 18!

Ohio Gun Collectors Association - The premiere organization in Ohio for those interested in the collection, possession, and use of arms by responsible persons.

HR 2296, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) Reform and Firearms Modernization Act of 2009, would adjust Bureau operations and procedures to reduce some of reported abuses with respect to licensing FFL dealers, would eliminate the requirement for written permission for minors use a handgun for lawful purposes when a parent or guardian is present during such use, and especially, prohibits consideration of the amount of fines or license revocations imposed by agents in the retention, promotion, or transfer of such agents.

Show Date: 7/4/2009 - Listen Here! - Independence Day

Topics - Reflections on the birth of our nation and the Declaration of Independence (go read it!) - Training for Concealed Carry, Special First Shots classes to support the Dayton Tea Party, selling a handgun, finding the appropriate handgun for concealed carry, concealed carry on a bike path and in parks,  GOP Trap Shoot at Middletown Sportsman's Club, concealed carry in places that serve alcohol - House Bill 203.

Youth Skeet Shooting Program at Middletown Sportsmen's Club - Sundays from 2-5 PM through July 19, 2009 (closed July 5), youth age 18 and under, 50 shells and 50 targets per student per week. Queries may be sent to Timothy L. Stuart for more info, or call 513-422-5112. Only two weeks left!!

Show Date: 6/27/2009 - Listen Here!

Topics - Special First Shots classes to support the Dayton Tea Party, qualifying for CHL based on military experience, AR-15 M4 variant rifles, using +P loads in older handguns (not recommended!) and other personal protection ammo options, contacting legislators - be polite but persistent, GOP Trap Shoot at Middletown Sportsman's Club, securing a handgun in a vehicle, why to carry and get Ohio concealed carry training to adequately prepare for the violent encounter, carrying an extra magazine for a semi-automatic pistol kept in a glove compartment.

Nick Erdy Foundation, 2948 Quitter Road, Williamsburg, OH, 45176. (513) 625-2501

Concealed carry in places that serve alcohol - House Bill 203.

Show Date: 6/20/2009 - Listen Here! - Father's Day Weekend

Topics - Guns and ammo availability, email rumors - send them to us at the address above and let us check them out before you forward them anywhere, please! Special First Shots classes to support the Dayton Tea Party, legal calibers for personal defense, concealed carry in parking lots, "assault weapons" and why people own them, local ordinances regarding firearms, crime statistics, carry in places that serve alcohol - House Bill 203.

Show Date: 6/13/2009 - Listen Here!

Topic - Concealed Carry: Individual responsibility, training requirements, prerequisites, reciprocity, licenses from other states (esp. Pennsylvania), application process, concealment options, prohibited areas, legal ways to transport in a motor vehicle, mental preparation for the violent encounter, legal update for CHL holders, active and retired law enforcement officer carry under HR218, The Law Enforcement Officer's Safety Act of 2004.

Information about Concealed Carry on an Ohio license in other states:,, NRA Institute for Legislative Action, Buckeye Firearms Association article

Show Date: 6/6/2009 - Listen Here!

Topic - HB 203 - Restaurant Carry: Guest - Representative Jerrod Martin, Co-Author
Find more info about this bill linked at the Facebook group page!

What you can do - Contact your legislator and House Speaker Armond Budish (614-466-5441) to request consideration and support for HB203. Also contact Governor Strickland (614-466-3555) to thank him for his support of previous concealed carry bills and ask him to support this legislation.

Youth Skeet Shooting Program at Middletown Sportsmen's Club - Sundays from 2-5 PM through July 19, 2009 (closed July 5), youth age 18 and under, 50 shells and 50 targets per student per week. Queries may be sent to Timothy L. Stuart for more info, or call 513-422-5112.

Other Topics - Open Carry; Carry by law enforcement in restaurants that serve alcohol

Show Date: 5/30/2009 - Listen Here!

Topics - Legislation, International Travel with Firearms, Ammunition Shortages, Destruction of Fired Cases by Department of Defense.

Buckeye Firearms Association - Defending and promoting gun rights in Ohio

NRA Institute for Legislative Action - Pending legislation, News, Issues, Armed Citizen Stories

HR45 - Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009. This bill was introduced in the last Congress by Rep Bobby L. Rush, but failed then also. It currently has zero cosponsors. Referred to the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. It has virtually no chance of being passed. On the other hand, HR 197, The National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2009, would provide a national standard by which concealed carry licenses from any state would be required to be recognized by all states. This bill has 97 112 120 127 cosponsors. If your Representative is not among the list of cosponsors, make your voice heard!

Firearms Forum Web site - information of all sorts on any aspects of firearms - hobby, sport, defense, or the politics of guns.

Transporting Firearms as Baggage on Airlines - Transportation Security Administration guidelines. Also check with your airline - each has their own requirements and restrictions. Suggestion: Print a copy of both the TSA page and the airline page just before you travel and take the information with you. If one of the employees is misinformed regarding their own requirements, your printed copy of their rules could help resolve the issue. International Travel with Firearms - They recommend registering your firearms with Customs and Border Patrol before you leave so you have proof they are yours when you return.

Ohio Attorney General Concealed Carry Web Page - Concealed Carry Law Handbook, Application Forms, FAQ, Statistics, Reciprocity with other states, AG Opinions, etc.

Military Surplus Fired Casings - Shipments were halted temporarily, but have resumed. No fired brass was mutilated. Please respond to anyone who sends an email alert that this is no longer true.

Show Date: 05/23/2009 - Listen Here! - Memorial Day Weekend

Topics: Competitive Shooting - Bullseye, IDPA, IPSC/USPSA, Cowboy Action Shooting, Training - including your family, use of a look-alike "gun" to scare away a criminal, owning a gun when there are children in the home.

The Cornered Cat - Written by and from the perspective of a woman, but with great information for everyone who has a firearm. Excellent information on introducing kids to guns - SAFELY - and taking them to the range, gun care, practice time, ethical, social, and having guns in a home with children. One of the best sources of practical information available.

Show Date: 05/16/2009 - Listen Here! - With segments live from the NRA Annual Meeting

Topics: Ammunition, handgun, and tactical rifle availability.

Our show hit the airwaves on May 9, 2009, after several months in the making. It was a great start!

Show Premiere: 05/09/2009 - Listen Here!

First Shots at SimTrainer - Sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation

The Gun Facts Book - a great reference for sifting facts from myths about firearms.

United States Concealed Carry Association - a great source for information surrounding use of a handgun for personal protection

"We've of course heard the term before, often referring to someone who doesn't get all their facts before answering. But this is a gun show - and you're talking about really shooting from the hip!"

Why would anyone be "shooting from the hip" - is it ever appropriate?

Absolutely - it's an advanced skill, one of several handgun techniques variously called instinctive shooting, point shooting, or target-focused shooting, among others. We teach this technique at SimTrainer in our Advanced Handgun Level 5 class - Spontaneous Assault. Done properly, it is remarkably effective out to about 15 feet. However, as with all advanced skills, doing it safely requires proper training and practice. We strongly recommend that people not try this technique for the first time without the supervision of a qualified, experienced instructor.


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