A memberís gun was stolen from his home May 22, 2020.   Any information would be appreciated.  Smith & Wesson 2nd Model cal .38 made between 1880 and 1884, Nichol plated, top break, black grips, 6 shot s.n. 41545.   Please contact Det. Kowalski (937) 296-2572 Kettering Police Department. Also stolen was a single blade folding presentation knife approximately 7 inches with wood handle engraved ďCertainteed.Ē  At each end of the knife housing was brass ends. 

Security Reminder

Putting a gun tie through the trigger guard is not an acceptable way of tying a gun. We have posters and fliers available that illustrates the proper way to tie firearms, and we will gladly provide assistance. For tableholders during set up, ask any officer, director or past president (orange flag) and our Head of Security. Directors can also be found before/during show hours at the Gun Tie desk. All firearms must be tied so they are inoperable and incapable of being discharged.

Legislative Alert - Your Action Needed

Our lawmakers are receiving thousands of letters, calls and emails demanding a wide variety of gun control measures including an outright ban, registration and confiscation of guns. Some (a few) are calling for measures directed at actual crime control which is something all OGCA members can get behind assuming the law is well-written and actually enforced. Our credo, after all, includes ď...We believe when a person convicted of a crime in which a weapon is used, the punishment should be swift, certain and severe.Ē

Mass shootings have become more and more sensationalized and have resulted in a debate over gun violence that is widely misrepresented by the media and certain political groups. Anti-firearms extremists are doing a better job than we are in getting our message across, and the sooner we face that fact, the better. Our rights and our grandchildrenís rights are at stake! With onerous legislation on the docket and a crucial national election only 13 months away we are calling on each of our members, like-minded friends and family to contact your legislators.

If you have never written a letter to your congressman today is the day, and for your convenience we have provided a sample letter on our website. You may edit the letter according to your personal beliefs and opinions or sign it and send it as is. If you are reading this at click here to go directly to that generic letter as a Word doc.  See below for a pdf file format and links to  pre-addressed letters to some of our Ohio legislators and President Trump. (Contact us for a hard copy of the letter as needed at (330) 467-5733.)  Find your legislators using the links below.

Donít forget your pro-freedom legislators! A natural assumption is that we donít need to pressure those who already think like us on the Second Amendment, but that couldnít be more wrong! They need to be able to tell the press and the anti-gun forces that the number of contacts they are receiving in favor of the Second Amendment are more than those calling for ineffective and dangerous gun control and outright bans.

Likewise, if you have never taken the time to write an intelligent, well-reasoned and respectful blog, post or letter-to-the-editor, now is the time. This is no false alarm or hype. Our lawmakers, media and general public need to hear the opinions of the 18,000 members of The Ohio Gun Collectors Association, their friends and family.

PDF of Generic Letter to Legislator
Sample letter to Senator Brown
Sample letter to Senator Portman
Sample letter to Ohio Governor DeWine
Sample letter to President Trump
The White House Phone Numbers
Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
U.S. Capitol Switchboard
The U.S. Capitol switchboard will connect you to your legislatorís offices. Call (202) 224-3121
Take 60 seconds to call and let them know we donít need any new gun regs. Address crime and mental health!
FAX: 202-456-2461

Following are some helpful links to contact your legislators:


Detective Seeking Help from Members on Stolen Guns

[June 6, 2017] Sgt. Chris Stang is seeking the help of OGCA members on recovering seven stolen guns.  He is a detective with the Findlay Township Police Department located in Clinton, Pennsylvania (Allegheny County), just outside of Pittsburgh.  Over the past year, he has been investigating a theft of eight guns from a home in his jurisdiction and recently acquired information that the guns "may" have possibly been sold to someone in Ohio.  One gun has been recovered and he is seeking help on recovering the other seven.  The guns are as follows:

 #1.  Colt AR Rifle - 5.56 cal. M2 with Synthetic stock, Serial# 32659.

#2.  Marlin 336C - .35 cal. lever action with Wood stock, Serial# P31556

 #3.  Springfield 1911 - .45 cal. pistol with matte finish and wood grips, Serial# NM237453 

#4.  Ruger Blackhawk - .44 cal. pistol, blued with wood grips, Serial# 870-00947 

#5.  Colt - .44 cal. Wiley Clapp pistol, blued with black plastic grips, Serial# WCP0156 

#6.  Springfield Armory - .30 cal. M-1 Garand rifle, grey metal with wood stock, Serial# 3579161 

#7.  Springfield Armory - .308 cal. M1A rifle, Serial# 096896

 Anyone with information should contact:  Sgt. Chris Stang, Findlay Township Police Dept., 1271 Route 30, PO Box W.Clinton, PA  15026
724-695-1300 office,   724-601-5424 cell,


Tusk to Tusk; This is our Battle Too by Director Tim Inwood

When you go into an art museum frequently it will have a small firearm display. Surprising? Not really, as guns are frequently objects that artists have lavished loving hard work on with ornate engraving, gold, silver and ivory inlay if not full ivory stocks. You see, even those who may not like guns can still appreciate guns when they are done as art.

One thing I love about the Ohio Gun Collector Association shows is the antique firearms displays; many are embellished with engraving and ivory. Itís a delight to the eyes. But this is true of modern firearms too and that is the purpose of my article today: to draw your attention to yet another back door way the Obama administration is attacking our gun rights. He is going after our ornate guns now.

Via the Interior Departmentís US Fish and Wildlife division, a new war is being waged on the ownership of ivory in the United States. Now even if you favor a ban on the hunting of elephants for ivory I ask you to bear with me. What is particularly galling about the new regulations is that it would make it illegal to sell ivory that is less than 100 years old. That means if you have an old family heirloom or bought a piano with ivory keys, flatware with ivory handles, statues, scrimshaw tusks, jewelry or yes even gun stocks with ivory, unless you can prove it was made prior to 1914 you can not sell it.

Does that make any sense? To trap people who currently own ivory and tell them they cannot sell what is theirs and at this moment is a legal thing to own? It takes something of value and makes it worthless contraband. If you condemn property it must be compensated by law. It will also deny our ability to purchase a firearm with ivory on it that was made after 1914. This is an affront to not only private property rights its clearly an assault on our Second Amendment rights. We must jealously guard our liberty and any attack on any component used on a firearm is a battle we must engage in and fight tenaciously. These actions, by this government, in this supposed land of the free is an outrage.

There is something in the law called "Ex Post Facto". The Latin translates as "From a thing done afterward", in this case taking and retroactively criminalizing a product which was previously legal. There are actually two clauses in our US Constitution that prohibit this, Article 1 sections 9 and 10. Sadly our Constitution is oft ignored these days as we see this administration and various States abusing our constitutional protections and retroactively banning guns previously legal and forcing owners to register or turn them in, often with no compensation. As I write this folks in New York and Connecticut are facing such injustice.

The other thing that galls me, and this is also true with gun bans, that having made the legal item illegal the government is offering no compensation for the now contraband item. Its just illegal and you have to soak up the loss. I ask, is that fair? No. Itís also not fair to ask tax payers to have to pay for things someone in the government with some private agenda wants to ban.

I know not many of us own ivory stocked guns, but in my view this is still part of our fight. Yet another blow to our liberty at the hands of an unjust administration that is hell bent on pushing their agenda of fundamental change of America. Donít sit in silence and take this, friends. Get involved and call your members of Congress and demand they stop the Interior Departmentís actions against ivory now. While you are at it also ask them to protect and defend our Second Amendment rights from this administration too. Our rights and freedoms are slowly ebbing away from us daily; do your part to stop this insidious assault on our rights and liberty.

Below you will find the websites that will take you to the House and Senate web pages where you can contact your Representative and both of your US Senators.

Director, Tim Inwood, is the current Legislative Liaison and Past President of the Clinton County Farmers and Sportsmen Association, an Endowment Member of the NRA, Republican Central Committeeman for Chester Township A in Clinton County, and a volunteer for Buckeye Firearms Association.

 Ivory Ban

OGCA member, Sandy Brady, urges fellow members to go to for the most up-to-date information on the proposed Ivory ban announced in past OGCA newsletters.   For more information see link to related article, below.
Sandra Brady

 This link answers questions about the fact sheet:

Members, voice opposition  to any new gun regulations!
Call (202) 224-3121
The U.S. Capitol switchboard will connect you to your legislatorís offices.
Take 60 seconds to call and let them know we donít need any new gun regs

November 11, 2013: The following guns were stolen from a member in Medina, Ohio on November 11, 2013.  Your assistance is needed in this crime.  Contact Sgt. Chad Meyers of the Medina County Sheriffs office at 330.6725.0028 with any information. Click for pdf

December 2011

A member's grandmothers home was burglarized in Athen's County.  Among the items stolen was a Smith and Wesson Model 60-7 Lady Smith .38 spl. revolver S.N BFP2816.  Replacement grips.  It has great sentimental value. Contact OGCA and reference Charles Smith #54512.

December 2010 - Mankato, MN, Armory
Stolen Gun Alert from Mankato, Minnesota National Guard Armory.  Almost 90 firearms were stolen 12/1/2010 from the armory.  Mankato Police need your help (507) 387-8780.  For a complete list click here.


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