Buckeye Firearms AssociationFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 23, 2014

COLUMBUS, OH – Buckeye Firearms Association (BFA) has announced a new membership program to help grow resources and further its mission to advocate for Second Amendment rights.

Just days old, this program has already attracted well over 500 members from Ohio and 17 other states, including Alaska, California, Florida, and Texas. The Association expects to have over 1,000 members by the end of the month and will push to reach 10,000 or more paying members within a year.

“The response to membership has been overwhelming,” said Dean Rieck, Board Member and Marketing Director for BFA. “We took a survey of our supporters a couple months ago and more than 75% said they would be interested in joining if we offered a membership program. So we began work on it right away.”

When the program was recently introduced, so many people signed up in the first 24 hours, BFA’s credit card processing service stopped taking orders thinking that it was seeing the beginning of an “attack” on their financial accounts.

“All of a sudden, the memberships stopped,” Rieck explained. “We weren’t sure what was going on until later that evening our credit card company contacted us and said they’d shut us down. They simply couldn’t believe that so many people would want to join a Second Amendment organization so quickly. It took us two days to prove to them that we really did have that level of support and that everything was okay.”

It wasn’t the first time that BFA was “punished” for their success. In 2013, computer hackers associated with the infamous group Anonymous launched a “denial of service” attack against BFA’s host servers. Unhappy with the Association’s pro-gun activism, they managed to shut down not only the organization’s website, but also websites for hundreds of cities, schools, and businesses around Ohio. The group’s site was down for about a week, and when it came back online, leaders had plans to not only overhaul the site, but grow the organization dramatically.

Rieck explained, “That’s the thing our political opponents don’t seem to ever understand. Unlike gun-control groups that are almost always just a handful of people supported by deep-pocketed anti-gun activists, pro-gun groups like BFA are grassroots groups supported by massive numbers of real people with deep-seated beliefs who don’t like to be pushed around. When we’re pushed, we push back hard and nearly always win.

“That cyber attack was what initiated the path we’re on now. First a new website. Then we created a new 501(c)(4) association. Now we’re growing membership. And we’ve only just started.”

Through its PAC, Buckeye Firearms Association has been influencing elections and changing laws for 10 years, starting with its efforts to pass a bill allowing concealed carry in Ohio. Other victories have included pushing through a statewide “preemption” bill by overriding a governor veto, closing a loophole that allowed media to publish names of concealed carry licensees, and helping to pass SB184 which has been hailed as one of the most comprehensive changes to state gun laws in the country, including the establishment of “castle doctrine.”

The group’s influence extends outside Ohio as well, having been involved in two U.S. Supreme Court cases that changed America’s concept of gun rights and sending leaders to Colorado to help organize the successful effort to recall two State Senators last year. In the 2014 midterm elections, BFA has a representative in Iowa to help with pro-gun candidates. The Association is also busy organizing phone banks and targeted email campaigns to support endorsed candidates here in the Buckeye state.

Leaders with the group have garnered national attention for their ability to assemble powerful support both in the Statehouse and on the grassroots level, despite facing well-financed opposition, including former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg creating a staffed presence in the state capital working out of Columbus Mayor Coleman’s office.

Awards have included the NRA-ILA Volunteer Organization of the Year, NRA-ILA Defender of Justice Award, NRA Sybil Ludington Women’s Freedom Award, CCRKBA Grassroots Organization of the Year, among others from the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, League of Ohio Sportsmen, National Wild Turkey Federation, and Outdoor Writers of Ohio.

BFA’s $35 annual membership program offers a variety of benefits, including 24/7 defense of your Second Amendment rights, official BFA membership card and decal, discounts on select training and events, invitations to gun raffles and fundraisers, and more.

Go to JoinBFA.org to join online or download a form to join by mail. 

Buckeye Firearms Association is dedicated to defending and advancing the right of Ohio citizens to own and use firearms for all legal activities, including self-defense, hunting, competition, and recreation.

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For more information, please visit www.BuckeyeFirearms.org.

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