Capitol Insider: Yost keeps pro-gun groups up to speed, records reveal

Capitol Insider: Yost keeps pro-gun groups up to speed, records reveal

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Hide caption Who ya gonna call? If you’re Attorney General Dave Yost and his senior staff, the answer is the Buckeye Firearms Association, reporter Randy Ludlow discovered. Yost raised eyebrows last month when his office distributed a news release about his office filing friend-of-the-court briefs asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review two out-of-state lower court rulings restricting access to guns. The release was given only to the Buckeye Firearms Association, not to reporters. A public records request to Yost’s office for its correspondence with the pro-gun group shows the two stay in contact. For example, Yost’s lieutenants flagged the organization to gun-related legislation at the Statehouse and apparently sent a letter to the National Rifle Association at the group’s request. The Buckeye Firearms Association apparently was out to revoke the NRA certification of a Columbus gun instructor who lost his concealed carry license when convicted of a misdemeanor involving a gun. The group forwarded the name of NRA training officials to Yost’s office, and it wrote a letter suggesting the NRA revoke the man’s stamp of approval, which it did. Catching up Three months into the new legislative session, let’s take a glance at some of the early measures introduced: House Bill 19: To exempt tampons and other feminine hygiene products from the sales tax. HB 20: To prohibit condominium, homeowners and neighborhood associations from imposing unreasonable limitations on the installation of solar collector systems on the roof or exterior walls of improvements. HB 30: To prohibit pet […]

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