Here is what’s going on Down Range at North Lawrence Fish and Game

Week ending Sunday December 10th 2023

Retirees meeting:

  • Thursday, December 7th at 10 am

Officers meeting:

  • Thursday, December 7th at 6 pm

Membership meeting:

  • Thursday, December 14th at 7 pm

NLFG is conducting its annual Christmas season food drive. If you are planning on attending a club function, please bring a non-perishable item with you. Our Thanksgiving food drive was a huge success, and everything that was donated went to the Chapel of the Cross.

The Club office will be open Sundays from noon until 2 pm for raffle ticket sales and 2024 dues payments.

Turkey shoot:

  • Sunday, December 10th
  • Doors open at 8 am, shooting starts at 9 am
  • Breakfast will be available
  • Next shoot: December 17th

Indoor Archery and air rifle programs:

  • Start on Sunday, November 5th
  • Hours: 11 am until 3 pm
  • Program for kids of all ages interested in Archery
  • Details at

Membership meeting in November:

  • Second round of nominations for officers for 2024
  • No nominations for Treasurer for 2024
  • Election for 2 one-year trustees
  • Interested in being on the Board? Let us know.

Traders Day:

  • Saturday, February 17th
  • 9 am to 1 pm at the Clubhouse
  • 15325 Lawmont Ave NW, North Lawrence, OH 44666
  • 20 tables available for rent (Club members only)
  • Only items allowed for sale: hunting, fishing, shooting sports, and sportsman’s related items
  • NO flea market goods
  • Tables: $20 each
  • Contact Mike Heaberlin to reserve a table: or 330-807-0810


  • Every Friday evening at 7 pm
  • Plenty of room for more tables and players
  • Call Joe for details at 330-353-0337

Next gun raffle:

  • Choice of an M1 Carbine or an M1 Garand
  • $10.00 per ticket, only 200 tickets sold
  • Purchase tickets at the Clubhouse during open hours

Help the Club:

  • Sign up a new member
  • Share information about the club with others interested in firearms
  • Signing up new members will help keep membership costs down

2024 Dues payments:

  • According to NLFG bylaws, Article VI, Item 3, “member dues must be paid by December 31st for the next year.”
  • Dues payments accepted on Sundays during office open hours
  • Mail completed membership renewal form with a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Club
  • Membership forms available for downloading and printing on the website

Thanks to everyone who called with offers to trap muskrats at the lake. The trapping will be done by one of our retired members.

Happy Holidays

5 gun law facts you should know before toking that first legal joint

Close-up of a man smoking a marijuana joint

5 gun law facts you should know before toking that first legal joint

by Joe D. “Buck” Ruth6:01AM FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2023

Ohio voters overwhelmingly approved Issue 2 on Nov. 7, paving the way for the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state.

The law takes effect 30 days after Election Day, but it still has to go through a planning and rule-making process. Once it does take hold, gun owners should be aware of how the new law affects them before firing up that first joint.

Here are five facts you should know about your rights as a gun owner:

  1. Marijuana is still illegal at the federal level. “Marijuana is a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act, meaning that it has a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision,” according to a fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Justice/Drug Enforcement Administration.
  2. Federal law, 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(3), prohibits any person who is an “unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802)” from shipping, transporting, receiving or possessing firearms or ammunition.
  3. You should be very mindful of points 1 and 2 when purchasing a firearm and completing ATF Form 4473, which is used to conduct a background check. The form asks in question 21(f): “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?” You might think you are a lawful user of marijuana, but pay close attention to the question’s next sentence: “Warning: The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in the state where you reside.”
  4. If you answer yes to question 21(f), you are “prohibited from receiving, possessing, or purchasing a firearm.”
  5. If you falsely answer no to that question, you are in violation of federal law. As the form states, “I also understand that making any false oral or written statement, or exhibiting any false or misrepresented identification with respect to this transaction, is a crime punishable as a felony under Federal law …”

As we’ve stated, Buckeye Firearms Association doesn’t believe marijuana use should disqualify anyone from lawfully purchasing and/or owning a firearm.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit agrees. In August, the court unanimously ruled that the 1968 law is unconstitutional. The ruling in the case, United States v. Daniels, included comments from Circuit Judge Jerry E. Smith, a President Ronald Reagan appointee.

“Throughout American history, laws have regulated the combination of guns and intoxicating substances. But at no point in the 18th or 19th century did the government disarm individuals who used drugs or alcohol at one time from possessing guns at another.”

Smith said some limits historically have been placed on an intoxicated person’s right to carry a weapon, …

but it does not justify disarming a sober citizen based exclusively on his past drug usage. Nor do more generalized traditions of disarming dangerous persons support this restriction on nonviolent drug users. As applied to Daniels, then, § 922(g)(3) violates the Second Amendment. We reverse the judgment of conviction and render a dismissal of the indictment.

Patrick Daniels had been arrested in spring 2022 after a traffic stop in Mississippi in which a DEA officer found marijuana butts and two loaded firearms in his vehicle. Daniels was not administered a drug test, nor was he asked if he was under the influence, according to Smith’s ruling.

You may remember this was the federal statute that led to Hunter Biden’s indictment.

Before you get your hopes too high on that ruling, understand that it is limited to Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

Our goal at BFA is to protect gun rights and advance pro-gun legislation, but it is also to educate the public. And so now you know.

Joe D. “Buck” Ruth is a longtime small-game hunter and gun owner who spent nearly three decades in the news industry.

Here is what’s going on Down Range at North Lawrence Fish and Game

Youth Archery & Air Rifle Program

Winter Schedule: Every Sunday* from 11:00am to 3:00pm

First Sunday in November through the last Sunday in March (Indoors)

Summer Schedule: See website for specific dates and locations throughout the area.

We will instruct the fundamentals of Archery and Air Rifle to participants from age 5 to 95.

This activity is FREE to all participants. We have all equipment required. Club Membership is not required to participate, but all inquiries about family memberships are welcome at the Club office.

15325 Lawmont St NW, North Lawrence, OH 44666 

Exceptions would be Holidays, bad weather, Youth Outdoor Day in June or any scheduling conflicts with other organized activities at North Lawrence Fish & Game Club. Please consult website calendar at

Here is what’s going on Down Range at North Lawrence Fish and Game

Week ending Sunday October 29th 2023

Revised Trap Range Hours:

The trap range will be open on Sundays from 12 noon to 2 pm. The last Sunday shoot will be on November 19th. Additionally, the range will be open on Tuesdays from 5 pm to 7 pm. The last Tuesday shoot will be on October 31st. These dates are open to the public.

Club Office Hours:

The Club office will be open on Tuesday evenings from 5 pm to 7 pm and on Sundays from 12 noon to 2 pm for raffle ticket sales and other Club business.

Important Date Change:

The second Turkey shoot will now be held on Sunday, October 29th. Doors open at 8 am, and shooting starts at 9 am. Breakfast will be available.

Upcoming Events:

  • Steel Challenge Shoot: Sunday, November 19th. Contact Don Bates at 330-309-6903 to reserve a spot on the schedule.
  • Indoor Archery Program: Starting Sunday, November 5th. This program is open to kids of all ages who are interested in archery.
  • At the Membership meeting in October, we had our first round of nominations for officers for 2024. The second round of nominations will be during the November membership meeting. If you are interested in being on the Board, let us know.
  • Traders Day Event: Mike Heaberlin is willing to head up a committee to put on a trader’s day event at the club. We have done this at the Club in the past, and Mike is willing to get it started again. If you are willing to help, contact Mike at 330-807-0810 or
  • Weekly Euchre Games: Every Friday evening at 7 pm. Plenty of room for more tables and players. Call Joe for details at 330-353-0337.

Raffle Updates:

  • The raffle for an M1 Carbine is sold out, and the winner will be drawn at the November membership meeting.
  • The next gun raffle will be for a choice of an M1 Carbine or an M1 Garand. Tickets are $10.00 each, limited to 200 tickets. Stop by the Clubhouse during open hours to purchase tickets.

Coming Up in November:

I just got off the phone with Art Karas. He is planning an M1 Garand match for the second weekend in November. This will be shot at 200 yards on our range. More details to come soon on the website. So get Grandpa’s old rifle out of the safe, clean it, service it, and get to the range to sight it in.

Club Support:

  • New Member Recruitment: Help the Club by signing up new members. If you hear someone talking about Firearms, ask them where they shoot. Tell them about our club and bring them out for a tour of the place. Signing up new members will help keep membership costs down. If half of our members would sign up a new member, it would really help out.
  • Volunteer Opportunities: If anyone would like to volunteer to help out at the Club, give us a call at 330-832-2411.

Hope to see you at the Club!