Heard that before? Yes, we all have. Reaction? “You’re not taking MY guns.”
Sportsmen everywhere should pay attention to what government agencies are discussing — or proposing — these days.
In late May the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee voted on four proposed bills that could affect guns owners. (See article by Bill Waugaman on Page 8.) Three of those bills failed. One of those, House Bill 1045, puts strict controls on “assault weapons”. This should alarm hunters because some hunting rifles may be included in this group of “assault weapons”.
The bill that passed, HB40, has received more attention than others over the years. It’s known as the “Castle Doctrine Bill”. This legislation, which other states have considered and/or implemented, could help gun owners to clarify situations where deadly protection force is warranted. In PA, the bill still has a ways to go before it becomes law.
In Ohio, the Buckeye Firearms Association (BFA) recently reported the Senate Criminal Justice Committee passed two vital bills: one to allow Ohioans to carry guns in restaurants and the other to restore gun owner rights. “SB239 would allow citizens who hold a valid concealed handgun license (CHL) to carry a firearm in restaurants. To do so, license holders may not consume any alcohol and must not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” says a press release from BFA.
The bill also seeks to reduce burdensome restrictions on how a license holder must transport a firearm in a car. Currently, Ohio is the only state to place such complex limitations on license holders.
“SB247 would align Ohio law with federal statutes regarding the restoration of rights to Ohio firearms purchasers. Due to a U.S. Supreme Court decision, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) has stopped accepting Ohio's court orders restoring a citizen's right to own firearms. This bill would update Ohio's statutes to address this issue and protect Ohio citizens' legal rights under the law,” according to BFA.
Big Buck Rendezvous plans moving forward
Mark your calendar for Sept. 11-12, 2010. That’s the dates for the 7th Annual Big Buck Rendezvous and Wildlife Festival, which moves to a new venue this year, the spacious Columbiana County Fairgrounds in Lisbon, OH. We’re currently putting together several new wrinkles into the event to make it bigger and better. But, we’ll will have the usual staple events we’re known for; big buck scoring, taxidermy contest, drawings and raffles, seminars and lots of vendors. For vendors, applications will be available soon. We’ll have 200 vendor spaces available, including more than 60 indoor “trade related” spaces. Call our office at 330-385-2243 for details.
Fact BoxThe bill that passed, HB40, has received more attention than others over the years. It’s known as the “Castle Doctrine Bill”.