NRA Bunker by Ed Harhager

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Ohio Election Results...
The 2nd Amendment was a big winner for Ohio elections. Thestateofficialsthatwereelected were all pro-gun: Dewine/Husted, Governor and Lieutenant Governor; Dave Yost, Attorney Gen- eral, Frank LaRose , Secretary of State; Keith Fa- ber, Auditor of State: Robert Sprague, Treasurer of State.

The Ohio House of Representatives was won by a majority of pro-gun candidates with only a fewlossestoanti-guncandidates. TheOhio House sustains it’s super majority of pro-gun can- didates representing 85% of the House of Repre- sentatives.

The Ohio Senate defended every open seat and added one additional seat with pro-gun candi- dates.

The only losses for Ohio gun owners were the two Ohio Supreme Court Justices that were not recommended by Buckeye Firearms. Sherrod Brown a U.S. Senate candidate, an incumbent and anti-gun, was re-elected to the Senate.

In addition, Anthony Gonzales who is pro-gun won his race for Ohio’s 16 th district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Troy Balderson (pro- gun) won his first election to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Ohio Gun Legislation...
The Ohio House has passed HB 228 that re- quires the prosecution to prove an illegal use of a firearm in a case of self-defense. The Senate will need to ratify and be signed by the Governor. Current law has been that the gun owner had to prove that he/she used their firearm legally for self-defense, which totally conflates with the prin- ciple of “innocent till proven guilty”.

Of interest is the following text in the bill:

“The general assembly also finds and declares that it is proper for law-abiding people to protect themselves, their families, and others from intrud- ers and attackers without fear of prosecution or civil action for acting in defense of themselves or others. ”

Other components of the bill include:
Expands the locations at which a person has no duty to retreat before using force under both civil and criminal law.

Eliminates the requirement for license holders to carry a second form of ID while in pos- session of a firearm.

Adds a requirement for licensees to keep the licensee's hands in plain sight “unless im- practical”.

Repeals the required posting of warning signs regarding the possession of weapons on specified premises that allow conceal carry.

Increased penalties for people illegally buying a gun to sell to a prohibited person.

Excludes certain firearms from the defini- tion of sawed-off firearms.

Provides for a safe harbor for a spouse or other unlicensed individual driving a car that another person has left a firearm in.

Ohio Supreme Court Change to Rules of Superintendence
The Ohio Supreme Court has proposed amendments to the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio that will empower law enforcement to seize guns. Many of these changes usurp the role of elected lawmakers and repre- sent the most significant changes to Ohio law of our time.

The Ohio Supreme Court has proposed rule changes that would disarm and force those subject to a civil protection order to surrender firearms, ammunition, and concealed handgun license to law enforcement. This seizure would take place even if there is no evidence that a firearm was threatened to be used, used, or brandished.

If passed and adopted as they are currently written, the amendments will empower authorities to: Seize guns, ammo, and concealed handgun license, requiring a separate legal action to be filed within 30 days for return of the property and no clear policy for returning or reinstating the license. (Guilty until proven innocent ??)

Dispose of guns and ammo as unclaimed property upon expiration of the protection order.

Create a registry of all firearms owned by the gun owner by repeatedly asking for an inventory of firearms owned or possessed throughout proposed forms.

Infringe on the 2nd and 5th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

Ignore the Ohio Constitution and court decisions on matters of civil protection orders. Usurp the power reserved exclusively for the Ohio General Assembly to create new laws.

HOW THE PROCESS WORKS
The Supreme Court drafts proposed rule changes. The proposed rule changes are put out for public comment. Then the Supreme Court reviews the comments and meets to make decisions on the final draft of the rules.

The Supreme Court then votes on its new rule changes, and once passed, they move on to the Ohio General Assembly.

According to the Ohio Constitution, the amendments must be submitted to the General Assembly by Jan. 15, and the Court has until April 30 to make any revisions and file the amendments. Unless the General Assembly adopts a concurrent resolution of disapproval before July 1, the amendments take effect on that date.

Based on historical precedent, it is highly unlikely that the General Assembly will interfere with rule changes coming from the Ohio Supreme Court.

Update
Buckeye Firearms petitioned it’s members to call and send email in opposition to the proposed rules change during the time for public comment. Patriot supporters for the second amendment shut down the court’s phone lines and crashed their computers with opposing comments. Buckeye Firearms has recently talked to two of the Ohio Supreme Court Justices who were surprised by the volume of comment and expressed their desire to fix the problem that they created...stay tuned.

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