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    Machi
    This November is shaping up to be more important than ever to get out and vote for the candidate you think best represents on gun control. With the untimely passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, the San Bernadino attack, and the latest travesty down in Orlando, a gun battle is coming. Some top candidates on the left even seem posed to compromise on gun rights this time around with front-runner Donald Trump recently meeting with the NRA to seek advice about an ban on high capacity rifles that are often associated with these mass shootings.
    What to know what restrictions are very likely to happen if you are not out there voting for a pro-gun candidate this year? Not to be an alarmist but lets take a look at the recent actions California has taken on gun control. First the passed a law that required rifles with the ability to have high capacity magazines to take more work to reload. This brought about the invention of the "bullet button". Now, the bullet button has been outlawed.
    The Assembly Public Safety Committee approved a ban on high-capacity magazines and set the limit at anything more than 10 rounds. If you own or poses these items please destroy them, or take them to your local police station for destruction immediately.
    Ready For Background Checks On Firearm Related Items?
    Think that is an inane and far fetched idea? Well California has a bill going through right now thats aiming to require background checks on purchases of ammunition. Right now its just aimed at ammo, but how long will it be before it takes aim at other accessories? Want that new upper for your rifle, or a new free floating rail, better hope someone before you didn't use it in a mass shooting or else you'll probably never get it.
    Do not think about building your own firearm either to stay off the radar. A bill working its way through out there would require you to apply for a serial number or other identifying mark and thus be on the government books. Other things you can look forward to our gun registrations where you'll need register every gun you own. But wait, my personal favorite is the AB 2607 Bill, which authorizes an employer, a coworker, a mental health worker, or an employee of a secondary or post secondary school file a petition for an ex-parte, one-year or renewed gun violence restraining order. Which basically means somoene is coming to take all your guns, and you are never going to see them again.
    How insane is that, people who are completely unqualified on mental health decisions (employer, coworkers, secondary/postsecondary schools) can have your liberties stripped from you with a simple phone call. No evaluation will be performed, no way to appeal it, just have all your guns taken from you. How long do you think before that is abused, and every time someone quits, or is terminated from work they automatically make that phone call?

    Machi
    I see this question asked a lot around the internet, and since this site puts a big focus on the buying,selling and trading of firearms it is good information to know. Basically you can buy an unlimited amount of firearms if you so wish. You can also turn around and sell an unlimited amount of firearms as well. But when you need an FFL is pretty simple.
    Ask yourself, what is your intent with the firearms you are purchasing? If you plan to keep them forever then there won't be any issue at all. But if you buy a firearm, with the intent of turning around and selling that firearm, either for profit, no profit, or at a loss you will require a FFL.
    The key is what is your intent when you purchase that firearm. Intent means everything in this situation. If you bought a gun and knew you were going to resell it immediately, or wait a week, or even after 2 months you will be breaking the law unless you obtain an FFL. Good luck with the sale, and let me know what kind of cake you like and I'll bake one for you and send a file in with it because chances are good if you get caught you'll be locked up for a while.
    If you are conducting a firearm business, then I suggest getting a FFL. It will save you a ton of headache and legal costs and honestly it may even be the difference in freedom and prison one day. Plus on the bright side you can do transfers for all your buddies and rake in some savings on other firearms as well!

    Machi
    Ohioans set a new record for the number of concealed handgun licenses issued in the first quarter of 2016. With over 36,000 new CHL applications approved (36,118 to be exact) there were over 400 approved every single day during the first 90 days of 2016. If you add in the 11,242 renewals for the same period you get a staggering number of almost 48,000 CHL holders. That brings the total to over 500,000 in the state of Ohio, which is about 4% of the population. In other words, every time you pass 17 Ohio residents, one of them will have their CHL. Other interesting stats from the recently released report out of Columbus.
    500,000 plus active Ohio CHL's (most ever active). 36,118 CHL's issued are the most in any quarter ever. 132 percent increase over last year numbers. 47,360 total CHL's issued, second to only the 48,032 issued in Q2 of 2013 70 percent of CHL's that were expiring were renewed, slightly below average. 6 percent more CHL's than three months ago and 16% more than a year ago. 21 CHL's every hour. 721 CHL's issued per week, more than double the average. .4 percent of CHL applications were revoked. 12.3 million: Total number of in-state and out of state CHL's that Ohio honors. At a time when gun rights are under heavy attack from all fronts, its important that we continue to exercise our rights we have been granted. Jim Irvine president of the Buckeye Firearms Association thanks the increase in numbers to a change that reduced the number of training hours down from 12 to 8.

    RangerTim
    Real guns shoot real bullets and can cause real death. The ownership and use of firearms is a right, but with it comes an inherent risk of danger. As a responsible shooter we need to recognize that and take steps to prepare ourselves for when that risk of danger becomes a medical emergency. A key element of any range bag should include a trauma kit. I specifically use the phrase “trauma kit” instead of “first aid kit” as “first aid kit” generally implies a small kit with band-aids and 2x2 pieces of gauze along with other minor injury treatment supplies. A trauma kit for a range bag should be focused around severe penetrating trauma such as…..you guessed it, a gunshot. The greatest medical trauma research lab in history has taken place in the last 10 years in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have learned an amazing amount on what works, what doesn’t, and what is really causing trauma victims (specifically gunshot wounds) to die. The single highest killer is bleeding, which causes 60% of battlefield deaths. This goes against the traditional “A.B.C.” approach of treatment where airway obstructions were always addressed prior to bleeding. I’m not going to give a TC3 class here and explain the when, where, and how to use each in detail, but just try to give you the reader an idea of the important items to have. Here are my recommendations for the trauma kit you should add to your range bag (which one can always modify as they see fit).
    BLEEDING
    Israeli Bandage/Emergency Bandage (Pressure Dressing)
    What is a pressure dressing? It is simply a dressing that applies direct pressure to a wound without forcing you or anyone else to hold it in place. The Israeli Bandage is a purpose built pressure dressing and another great creation from Israeli. The dressing itself comes in two sizes (4in wide & 6in wide) and compared to the old field dressing issued to the Army, it is light years in advancement. The Israeli Bandage has an absorbent area that gets applied directly to the wound. Directly opposite on the outside of the bandage is a tension bar that the tail of the bandage routes through and wraps the opposite directions. When this 180 degree turn happens the pressure bar acts as a cam and drives additional pressure onto the wound to help stop the bleeding. It’s fast and effective. The American made version is referred to as the Emergency Bandage.
    Wound Packing Material
    Depending on the entry and exit of a gunshot wound there is a pretty decent chance that a single pressure dressing won’t do the job. If the wound has any type of deep and separating laceration the pressure dressing will not make direct contact with the bleeding tissue. Imagine taking a scoop of ice cream right out of the middle of a tub. When you put the lid back on it won’t contact the lower portion where you took the scoop out. The same goes for tissue damage. In these circumstances we need to pack the wound with an absorbent material until filling it full enough that the pressure from a dressing pushes the packing material tightly against the bleeding tissue. This is best accomplished with rolled gauze or z-folded gauze. I use Kerlix or H&H Compress gauze. 
    Tourniquet
    Battlefield research has also dispelled many myths about tourniquets. Research has found that they do not cause anywhere near the issues or problems previously assumed. A quickly and correctly applied tourniquet without a doubt saves lives by reducing blood loss until the victim can get to higher level medical care. JSOC approved commercial units are the CAT tourniquet (pictured) and the SOF-T tourniquet. Both are well made, easy to use, and are vital for controlling any type or arterial bleeding or traumatic amputation. These units run $23-$30 each. If you’re buying one for $8-$12 on ebay, it belongs with your airsoft gun, not in a trauma kit. Improvised tourniquetsmay get the job done, but they take longer to put on, generally do not work as well, and are more likely to cause tissue damage than commercial units. 
    Hemostatic Agents
    A hemostatic agent utilizes a chemical reaction to cause rapid coagulation of blood. The first major one was Quick Clot powder. However, QC powder’s chemical reaction created extreme heat which essentially cauterized the veins and arteries, while giving 2nd degree burns to those rendering aid, and did not stay in contact with heavily bleeding tissue. The QC powder also posed a severe risk if the powder came into contact with an individual’s eye. Fortunately, the chemical composition of hemostatic agents has changed to mitigate this risk. Now most hemostatic agents are impregnated into a gauze. Quick Clot combat gauze is an example of this. The key is that hemostatic agent must be in direct contact with the bleeding tissue, which means it may need to be packed in tight. Hemostatic agents are designed to be used where a pressure dressing and tourniquet may not be applicable or work as well such as the armpit, or a major joint, but can also be used in lieu of standard roll gauze for wound packing.
    Asphyxiation
    AIRWAY obstructions are the second leading cause of battlefield deaths followed by BREATHING complications. Below are two important medical aids when dealing with airway and breathing issues.
    Nasopharyngeal (NPA)
    The NPA is a simple device made from flexible tubing designed to be inserted through the nasal cavity and bypass the tongue. The NPA is especially important to restoring an airway to someone suffering from severe facial trauma or disfigurement. As long as the structural support of the bone is intact, you can likely use an NPA. There are circumstances in which an NPA is not appropriate which includes cranial fracture, but I’m not going to get into details here. 
    Occlusive Dressing
    An occlusive dressing is specifically designed for a puncture wound to the lung cavity allowing air to enter the chest and collapse the lung. Examples like the Asherman Chest Seal (ACS) are designed as a peel and stick to completely cover the wound with a 1 way valve. This design allows the injured to push air out of the puncture hole when exhaling, but not sucking in air from the puncture wound when inhaling. While there is some controversy regarding how well the valve works, it is still recommended to use on “sucking chest wounds”.

    Tape
    I know it sounds like I’m stating the obvious by including tape, but I wish I had a dollar for every time someone asked me for tape at the range for a hot spot on their finger or knuckle. Tape is a utilitarian tool in the kit and along with holding some of the other bandages in place, it can be used to make improvised dressings.
    Trauma Shears
    A dedicated trauma shears is an invaluable asset. They are built tough, inexpensive, won’t poke your skin (blunt tip), and will cut through virtually any shirts, pants, coat, etc. to allow you to get to a wound. Let alone those small odd jobs where a scissors is just handy to have.

     
    Latex Free Rubber or Nitrile Gloves
    Always remember that you may be working on someone that you don’t know. Protect yourself from blood borne pathogens by having and using protective gloves. Know that commonality of latex allergies, make a point to buy latex free gloves.
    Summary
    It is good practice to keep small first aid kits in the range bag, band-aids, gauze, a pack of Motrin or Tylenol, but make sure you also plan and prepare for what could happen in terms of trauma. Just like using a knife or running a chainsaw, there is a risk of injury when using a firearm and that risk goes up if there are other shooters around. Stocking a pouch with these items isn’t enough. Take the time to get some training in Tactical Combat Casualty Care and know how to use the items you have. The life you save may just be your own.

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