Dave Spaulding Fundraiser for Buckeye Firearms Foundation fun and successful

by Larry S. Moore

"Be prepared to play an active role in your rescue" and "If you are not cheating then you are not trying hard enough" were two of the key points driven home by Dave Spaulding. It wasn't about the make, model, caliber or type of gun used but the mindset and skill of the person with the gun. The Buckeye Firearms Foundation fund raising seminar was held Saturday 8/6/11 outside Xenia, Ohio at the Greene County Fish and Game Association (http://www.gcfng.com/).

Spaulding set the tone in the brief classroom session. He presented the critical aspects of mindset and what it takes to win on the street. He next outlined the requirements of how to build the skills to win. Spaulding places a lot of emphasis on mastering basic skills first and then building on those skills. It was quickly out to the ranges to put into practice the principles discussed in the classroom.

While the above two themes, which Spaulding repeated throughout the day, stuck in my head, the coaching on the range sealed the deal for me. The class was anxious to get to the range and put the words into action. I can assure you that I was also somewhat apprehensive about the range time. Would I screw up? Would I measure up? How well would I execute the drills and remember previous training. Fortunately, part of the class dealt with the reality that the concealed handgun license holder is often "the moderately trained person." Switching from my sport of trap shooting and my passion for deer hunting with a handgun to combat tactics for street survival all employ different skill sets and even some direct opposite skills. In short, I am the person that needed this training.

50 youth participants enjoy marksmanship training weekend sponsored by Buckeye Firearms Foundation

by Aaron Kirkingburg

Over the weekend of July 29-31st a group of 30 adult volunteers ran a youth shooting event out at Dillon Gun Range. Both firearms safety and marksmanship skills were learned by 50 youth participants, ranging in age from 11-17. Boys and girls from the Licking county area received instruction in proper marksmanship skills, the basic rules of safe gun handling, the importance of conservation, and much more. Area Boy Scouts and American Heritage Girls in attendance were given the opportunity to meet all their requirements for both Shotgun and Rifle merit badges. First, Second and Third place trophies were awarded in both Rifle and Shotgun disciplines. Among the many marksmanship ratings that were earned over the weekend, there were two Marksman 1st class and three Sharpshooters awarded in rifle, and one Marksman 1st Class in Shotgun.

Thanks to sponsor Buckeye Firearms Foundation, as well as a Step Outside grant from the ODNR, and the help of a some local businesses, participants enjoyed the weekends shooting activities without the normal cost of ammunition, targets, and range fees.

Despite temperatures hovering in the mid to high 90's, punctuated by occasional thunderstorms, both attendance and moral was high. Most of the registered attendees camped from Friday evening, till Sunday around mid-day. Those youth attempting to complete their goals on the range had the opportunity to receive instruction and attempt to get their qualifications done until 11:30 when we shut down the firing lines. The persistence and dedication exhibited by these kids is remarkable. Seeing the sparkle in their eyes when they get that qualifying target, or break five clay birds in a row cannot be described with words. Giving these kids the opportunity to have a great time while learning safe gun handling along with marksmanship skills, ensures that under no circumstances will the "guns are bad" crowd ever hold sway over them in the future. NRA Marksmanship Qualifications along with the opportunity to earn merit badges and trophies, appeals to the widest variety of active youth out there. Marksmanship rockers and the competition for top shooter give them the motivation to continue shooting year after year, even after any initial goal may have been achieved.

Buckeye Firearms Foundation donates $1000 to legal defense for Ohio licensee threatened with execution by police officer

Buckeye Firearms Foundation is making a donation of $1000 to the legal defense fund of Canton, Ohio concealed handgun licensee William Bartlett, who was subjected to horrific civil rights violations by a police officer.

canton ohio police officer threatens execution of concealed license holder

Watch the video and see the officer, Daniel Harless, abuse and threaten the licensee during a traffic stop last month. The abuse included repeated threats to EXECUTE the licensee.

Madison, WI prosecutors drop charges filed against gun rights activists after open carry incident

Buckeye Firearms Foundation-supported civil rights lawsuit against city alive and well

On Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, Buckeye Firearms Association informed readers about the arrest of five members of Wisconsin Carry Inc., a state firearms rights group in Wisconsin, who were legally open carrying in their local Culvers restaurant when a dreaded "man with a gun" call was made to the local police. We announced an effort by the Buckeye Firearms Foundation to help the Wisconsin five pay for legal fees to fight the charges against them, to which BFF had already committed $2500 in matching funds.

Buckeye Firearms supporters responded immediately. By the end of the following day, more than twice the original goal of $2500 was raised, and on Wednesday Sept. 29 a check for $7,500 was mailed to Wisconsin Carry Inc.

That same day, Wisconsin Carry, Inc filed a Federal lawsuit against the City of Madison and Madison Police Chief Noble Wray. (A copy of this lawsuit is available here.)

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported recently that prosecutors have dismissed disorderly conduct charges issued against the five gun rights activists.

From the article:

"The only disturbance created on that Saturday evening was by a mass of uniformed Madison police officers and squads arriving to investigate law-abiding citizens having dinner," said Christopher Van Wagner, a defense attorney hired by Wisconsin Carry, Inc. to defend the men.

According to Nik Clark, president of the group, the Madison City Attorney's office on Thursday informed Wagner and Wisconsin Carry of its decision to dismiss the citations against all five men.

While the bogus charges against these men have been dropped, our friends at Wisconsin Carry Inc. are pleased to report that their civil rights lawsuit is still alive and well.

Buckeye Firearms Foundation joins SAF-led coalition in amicus re: Colorado carry case

BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation has been joined by 17 other firearms rights groups in an amicus brief filed in a case now before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, challenging laws that prohibit the carrying of firearms by law-abiding non-resident U.S. citizens in Denver, Colorado.


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