News and Information of The Ohio Gun Collectors Association

 
     
 

--OGCA Meetings are strictly LIMITED to members and their guests--

Upcoming Meeting Dates
Nov. 21-22, 2020 * Jan. 9-10, 2021 * March 13-14, 2021

FOR A COMPLETE SCHEDULE, DIRECTIONS AND HOTELS, CLICK ON SHOWS.

Fall 2020 Member's Newsletter (click to read)


A Safe and Successful September Show

I want to thank everyone that participated in the September meeting. A great weekend was had by all! Virtually everyone was vigilant, patient and kind. You made this comeback meeting a huge success.

By 7:00 am Saturday morning, a line was formed with excited buyers and collectors. By 8:15 am the line wrapped 650 feet all the way to the gravel lot and around the corner to the back of the building. But by 9 am we managed to get everyone inside! After that, hardly anyone had to wait to get in the rest of the weekend. Everyone was able to move about the one-way aisles with ease and at a safe distance. Trading was as lively and energetic as the camaraderie!

Numerous members said that the whole weekend was seamless. Tableholder Katrina Nichols thanked us for a safe and profitable show and posted on Facebook, “Thank you for a GREAT meeting/show this weekend!” David Rachwal said, “The crowd was smaller but ambitious, excited to be there, anxious to buy and above-average happy.” Several people noticed that Sunday was busier than normal. Brian Rooney said, “Everyone seemed to cooperate with the new (hopefully temporary!) rules. I appreciated the improved lighting (kudos to the Roberts Centre) and the comfortable temperatures.”

Tableholders came from all over the country. We enjoyed seeing the many fine Winchester rifles offered by members of The Winchester Arms Collectors Assoc. plus two phenomenal Feature Displays by Richard Baird, “Smith and Wesson – The Start of It All” and “Smith & Wesson, Self-Ejecting M Frame .22”.  Look for more information in the Winter 2020 newsletter.

Members were happy to see all the coronavirus safety measures and thanked the board and staff for caring about their safety and that of their friends and family. Temperatures were taken, and masks were available to those that needed them.

To those of you who stayed home to protect your health or care for an at risk loved one, you were missed, but you did the right thing. Thank you and may God bless you and yours.

The November show will be here before you know it. There is no Director Election this year since there are four spots and 4 candidates. I am putting a call out to all that can attend, to please attend. Until then... please… everyone stay safe!

The timeless Winchester rider on the cover of the Fall 2020 newsletter says it all with her rifle raised in the air as if to declare, “Thank you ALL! We did it and we will do it again!”

Stay strong,

Fred Kolb
President


What You Need to Know About Out Next Meeting – November 21-22, 2020

Our next meeting is November 21-22, 2020. Stay vigilant and patient for the safety of your fellow members. Be sure to read all correspondence, “like us” on Facebook, and email your email address to ogca@ogca.com to stay up to date on OGCA events.

1) Attendance limited to 2,240 people. Enter thru the South Lobby door, same as in September. Members had a hard time finding the exit in September, so the new exit in November is the main/center lobby. (Just look for signage).
2) FACE MASKS ARE MANDATORY and must cover the nose, mouth and chin. If you are unable to wear a mask, please do not attend the November meeting. There is no exemption. Clear shields may be worn in addition to masks but are not a substitute. Bring your mask or one will be provided for free while supplies last (donations benefit youth shooting programs.) Kids 5+ must wear a mask.
3) For everyone's safety, temperatures will be taken. If you are ill or have been in contact with someone known to have Covid-19 14 days prior, you must stay home. Thank you.
4) Guests are welcome both Sat. and Sun. of the Nov. meeting. A guest pass form can be found in the Fall Interim newsletter that will reach members in mid October.  The form may be duplicated. members may bring up to 4 guests per meeting.  (Guests are limited to 2 visits per life.)
5) Tables are full and we have a short waiting list. Call (330) 467-5733 or email ogca@ogca.com to be added to the wait list and/or reserve for Jan. 9-10, 2021.
6) All guns must be checked upon entry. (Enter at the South Lobby, and make an immediate right into the Hamilton room for Gun Check.)
7) Follow one-way east/west aisles. Maintain 6-foot social distancing. Do not walk the show in groups larger than 2 so that aisle ways are not constricted. Wash your hands frequently. Hand sanitizing stations will be in place.
8) Follow all safety rules and gun show etiquette. Never touch a gun without asking permission, and do not ask to touch it if you have no intention of buying it.
9) Please dress for the weather in the event there is a line to enter the building, and practice 6 feet social distancing in all cues. You may leave your umbrella or coat at your own risk on the coat rack in the main/center lobby.
10) Max & Ermas opens at 8 am. The hall will have full concessions in the rear of the building. Note that you must go outside to get to or from the hotel or Max and Erma‘s.
11) For the safety of our on-site staff and volunteers please do as much as you can in advance via mail, phone (330) 467-5733 or email ogca@ogca.com. If you can’t find your paper badge insert contact us today and we will mail you your paper badge insert.
12) Most importantly if you are sick or live with a loved one who is at-risk please do not attend. The pandemic is not over.

Thank you for your support as we diligently work to stay in compliance with the Health Department authorization so that we may continue to hold our meetings. We look forward to a safe and great November meeting. Periodically check this website for any changes especially before you leave home.  Any critical announcements will be on the "Home" page. 


Reasons to VOTE November 3rd

The General election is upon us, and gun owners must vote on November 3rd to protect themselves, their firearm hobby and investments. With violence shaking our cities, attacks on honest, hard working law enforcement and a Supreme Court vacancy, you must make your voice heard by voting for who will protect what you care most about.

Before you go to the polls educate yourself on the candidates from the president on down to your local races. You will find links below for two of the best Voter Guides compiled by our friends at the NRA and Buckeye Firearms Association PAC. Both are easy to use and grade the candidates from A-F on where they stand on Gun Rights. Ohio members, visit https://www.buckeyefirearms.org/general-2020. The NRA guide can be found in their recent magazine and at https://www.nrapvf.org/.

The NRA, OGCA, Buckeye Firearms Association and many other pro-freedom groups have been warning gun owners for months. Joe Biden has clearly stated that he does not believe the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms.

According to Dean Rieck of BFA, “There has never been a more anti-gun team than Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. And the Democrat Party’s published platform brazenly proclaims their hostility toward the Second Amendment, declaring their plan to:
• Ban the manufacture and sale of ‘assault weapons’ and ‘high capacity’ magazines.
• End online sales of guns and ammunition.
• Ensure the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ‘have sufficient resources to study gun violence as a public health issue.’
• Enact universal background checks.
• Expand the definition of who can lose their gun rights due to misdemeanor domestic violence  charges.
• Halt the safety valve that allows would-be gun buyers to receive a firearm after a background check has stalled out for more than three days.
• Enact mandatory gun lock laws.
• Push for states to enact licensing requirements for owning firearms.
• Push for more ‘red flag’ gun seizure laws which have become increasingly popular in blue states.
• Prioritize repealing the law that shields gun manufacturers from frivolous lawsuits.”

The increasing radical left has made clear their intentions for your guns, and they should not be taken lightly. They already have plans for illegal infringement and are not sugar-coating it this year.

If enough of them get elected - - If enough of us don’t vote - - this is what we will get.

Important Dates for ohio

Military & Overseas Absentee Voting: Begins September 18 (46 Days Before Election Day)

Early In-Person Voting: Begins October 6 and includes the two Saturdays, two Sundays and the Monday before Election Day

Deadline to Register to Vote:  October 5 (BOEs open until 9:00 p.m.)

Absentee Voting By Mail: Begins October 6 (28 Days Before Election Day)

Election Day: November 3 (Polls Open 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.)

OCTOBER

October 6: Absentee Voting by Mail begins (ends November 2)

October 6: Early In-Person Voting begins

October 31: Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot (Noon)

EARLY IN-PERSON VOTING HOURS FOR OCTOBER

October 6-9: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

October 12-16: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

October 19-23: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

October 24: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

October 25: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

October 26-30: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

October 31: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

NOVEMBER

November 2: Mailed absentee ballots must be postmarked by this date

November 3: General Election: Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

November 3: Voters are able to drop off absentee ballot at their county board of elections office until 7:30 p.m.

EARLY IN-PERSON VOTING HOURS FOR NOVEMBER

November 1: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

November 2: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Source: www.voteohio.gov


Annual PAC Raffle
The drawings for the PAC raffles are 12 p.m. Nov. 22nd. If you have not done so already get those tickets back to us for a chance at winning one of six great prizes.  Tickets are 5 for $20 or $5 each. PAC is also raffling a hat signed by the President! More info and tickets available through the Office and at the PAC table in Nov.

Six Great Prizes:
1st M-1 Garand CMP Korean
War Springfield Rifle
2nd Walther P-38 WWII Pistol
3rd Winchester Model 70, 7mm
4th Colt Mustang Plus II .380
5th Double Tap 9mm Pistol
6th Colt Knife

Autographed USA Hat Raffle
OGCA PAC will run two raffles this year to raise much needed funds for pro-gun Political Candidates. One raffle is for a USA hat signed by the President of the United States. Ticket donation level is just $1/ticket or $5 for 6. Mail a self addressed stamped envelope (SASE) today with a check made out to “OGCA PAC.” We will return your numbered ticket stubs in your SASE. OGCA PAC, P.O. Box 670406, Sagamore Hills, OH 44067. The hat drawing will be held at the November meeting after the big Annual 2020 PAC raffle drawing


If you are a member and need copy of a Table Application of Guest Pass Registration form do not hesitate to contact us anytime at ogca@ogca.com or (330) 467-5733.   

Guest Passes: Guests are welcome both Saturday and Sunday! Guest Passes for  the November and January meeting will be on page 1 of the Fall 2020 Interim newsletter that will arrive in mid-October.  For security reasons the form is not online.  If you are a member and would like a form before your Fall Interim newsletter arrives, call (330) 467-5733 or email ogca@ogca.com. Guest Passes are $15. Members may bring up to 4 guests per meeting. Guests are limited to 2 visits per life. 

November Tables Sold Out / Great spots remain open for January 9-10: Nov. 21-22, tables are full. We anticipate some cancellations so contact the office to be added to the waiting list for Nov.  Also, Jan. 9-10, 2021 tables went on sale at the Sept. meeting and there are many tables in great locations still available. (330) 467-5733 ogca@ogca.com. (Forms are not posted on the web for security reasons.) If you have regular or annual tables for November but need to cancel please contact us asap at (330) 467-5733 or email ogca@ogca.com Members may reserve tables for up to two shows at a time ($80 per table) or by the year (see below). Tables may be rented via mail, phone, or in person during a meeting.   

Annual Tables: Take advantage of the savings when you reserve 2021 Annual Tables. Annual tables run January 2021 to November 2021 for all 6 Roberts Centre meetings and must be purchased no later than December 11, 2020. Cost is $420 per table which breaks down to $70 per table x 6 meetings and is a savings of $60 per year, per table. (Per-show rent is $80/table.)


Constitution Changes to be Voted on 11/21/2020

Members, vote at 10 am Sat., Nov. 21st, 2020 on the following proposed amendment to the OGCA Constitution. The amendment recognizes that possessing a current CCW permit or FFL license establishes that a prospective member is eligible to own a firearm and reduces the number of sponsors needed from two to one. It also gives former members another option to reapply (with a $15 Guest Pass, $10 Application Fee and a min. of 3 years dues), addressing a recurring issue in which a former member’s original sponsors and friends may no longer be able to be physically present to sponsor. Also, it clarifies that a member may not be under a disability from gun ownership such as a court issued restraining order or because they have become incompetent.

Current
Article III: Membership subsection 1:

Membership in the Ohio Gun Collectors Association shall be open to all persons who have attained the age of 18 years, having no criminal record, and having an interest in the collection, possession, preservation, use and study of arms, accessories, and related history. Each prospective member must be sponsored by two members who have been in good standing for not less than one year, and must be accepted by affirmative vote of a majority of the members present and voting at a regular meeting. New members will be on probation for one year following approval and during probation are not eligible to sponsor others for membership.”

Proposed
Article III Membership subsection 1:

Membership in the Ohio Gun Collectors Association shall be open to all persons who have attained the age of 18 years, having no criminal record or legal disability from owning a gun, and having an interest in the collection, possession, preservation, use and study of arms, accessories, and related history. Each prospective member must be sponsored by:

1. two members who have been in good standing for not less than one year; or,

2. one member in good standing for not less than one year and provide proof of possessing a current concealed carry permit issued by any state or Federal Firearms License (including a Curios and Relics License).

A former member who at the time their membership expired was a member in good standing may re-apply for membership, without sponsorship, but shall comply with all other requirements of applying for membership.

The prospective or former member must be accepted by affirmative vote of a majority of the members present and voting at a regular meeting. New and former members will be on probation for one year following approval and during probation are not eligible to sponsor others for membership.


Meeting Hours Now Start at 8:30 AM / Save on Lodging Cost with Increased Sat. Set up Time

Sat. and Sun. Meeting Hours now start at 8:30 AM, and tableholder set up hours Sat. and Sun. morning have been extended to better accommodate members who rent tables and potentially avoid the time and cost of a Fri. hotel stay.  Based on the recent Membership Questionnaire it is clear that these minor time changes will make a big impact. There are no changes to the Friday set up time.   Note the Holiday Inn at Roberts Centre still has a strict 2-night minimum (which is beyond OGCA's control) and a list of other hotels can be found on the SHOWS page.

Meeting Hours Now in Effect
Saturday 8:30 am - 5 pm
Sunday 8:30 am - 2 pm

Set up/Exhibitor Hours (Refer to special final instructions in the mailing with the Table confirmation as we may need Tableholders to arrive by 8 am.)
Fri. 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm exhibitor Set-up
Sat. 7:00 am - 8:30 am exhibitor Set-up
Sun. 7:30 am - 8:30 am exhibitor Set-up

Membership Dues

Members:  Your Dues Statement will be mailed in the Interim mailing to arrive in mid-October.

The year through which your dues are paid can be found on your current membership badge and wallet card, as well as on your dues statement mailing in October.  P
lease read it carefully to see if your membership expires December 31, 2020. If your Statement indicates that your dues are paid through 2021 or beyond, you need not take any action at this time.  If you have any questions, call anytime at (330) 467-5733. 
 Members may pay directly on our secure Online Dues Payment Program by Clicking Here; via credit card over the phone at (330) 467-5733 or mail check or money order to the business office. You do not need your dues statement in order to mail your dues, but whenever possible include your member number on the memo of your check.  For more information click on
"Dues".

1-year dues: $45*
1-year Active Duty Military: Free
(Enclose rank, branch, duty station)
3-year dues:
 $110 (saves $25)
5-year dues:
 $165 (saves $60)
Life Membership:
 $700
Sr. Life (65 yrs.+):
$400 (Enclose proof of age)

*Members whose membership expires as of 12/31/20, shall have the option as Covid-19 Relief to pay one year of dues for the year 2021 only, in the amount of $35 instead of $45.

Mail check or money order to: OGCA, P.O. Box 670406, Sagamore Hills, OH 44067.

Please anticipate 3-6 weeks for processing. If payment is not received by March 31, 2021, the name of the non-paying member will be removed from our files and can be reinstated only by paying a minimum of 3 years dues by December 31, 2021. We need and appreciate your support. Thank you! Also, all members are encouraged to update their confidential phone and email address. Simply email us at ogca@ogca.com, write it on your dues statement when mailing it in, or call the Business Office at (330) 467-5733.  Thank you! 


 Support Youth Shooting

The Dues statement to Life and Paid members includes an optional spot for donations for youth firearms safety training and target shooting. So far we’ve collected $3,515 from about 70 generous members. Thank you! You do not need a certain level of membership to participate in our youth shooting initiative. Mark the memo of your check or call with a credit card. Although your donation is not tax deductible this is a vitally important cause for the long-term. Any amount is appreciated and 100% will go to grants in support of youth shooting.


Join Brochure

We have a brand new brochure on joining OGCA. Click here (pdf)  Members: Do you know someone who would be interested in becoming a member of OGCA? A brother, sister, uncle, or cousin? How about a friend or neighbor? Would you like some Brochures so you can give friends and family for more information on who we are and how to join? No problem! Send a request to the business office and we will be happy to mail them to you, or pick up copies at the  meeting. 


Gun Collector Etiquette - A Partial List

  1. Every firearm should be treated as if it were loaded. Keep all firearms pointed in a safe direction. Keep your finger out of the trigger guard.

  2. Never touch a firearm or remove the safety tie without permission from the owner.

  3. Don’t ask to handle a firearm unless you have serious intent to buy.

  4. Look for signs that indicate what is appropriate. Collections marked “Display Only” are never to be touched.

  5. Do not dry fire, work bolts or cycle actions without permission. If you want to manipulate anything, get permission. Make sure whatever you’re manipulating is not a safety issue.

  6. Avoid unnecessary wear. Never spin the cylinder of a revolver like you are playing Russian roulette or slam it closed by “flipping” it sideways.

  7. When necessary to inspect a gun you have intent to buy, the tableholder should be the one that cuts the safety tie. The tableholder should also be the one that opens the bolt and clears a weapon in a safe manner before he hands it over and re-ties the weapon regardless of whether it will be sold or not.

  8. Remember how a gun was laying and put it back down the way you found it. Never hit the gun against another gun or lay it down on top of another gun.

  9. Hold a gun by the wood and not the metal if possible. If you get fingerprints on the metal, alert the tableholder so he/she can clean it.

  10. Don’t allow children to run amuck. Keep your kids with you and instruct them on all safety rules and general etiquette.

  11. Never set food or drink on someone’s table.

  12. Never interrupt a “sale in progress” or try to purchase an item someone else is holding or negotiating a price on.

  13. Do not block a table or aisle chatting with your buddy. Keep traffic moving past the table so people can see his/her display.

“May I...” and “Thank You” go a long way and are just plain common courtesy.


Automatic Penalties For a Loaded Gun or Magazine: On March 11, 2016, the OGCA Board of Directors adopted automatic penalties for those in violation of bringing in a loaded gun or magazine. Members will be removed from the building and placed on an automatic one-year suspension. If a guest brings a loaded firearm/magazine, he/she will be immediately banned for life, and the sponsor of that guest will automatically be suspended for one year. If each and every member makes safety their number one focus and informs their guest of the Safety Rules, enforcement of this new automatic penalty will never be necessary...and that is our hope.    

Important:  Bump Fire Stocks or any devices that simulates full automatic fire are NOT  Permitted.

 Firearms Safety REQUIRED


Current Member's Newsletter: Fall 2020 Member's Newsletter (click to read)

Some Prior Newsletters

Summer 2020 Member's Newsletter (click to read)
May 2020 "Interim" Newsletter (click to read)
Spring 2020 Member's Newsletter
Winter 2020 Member's Newsletter
Fall 2019 Newsletter

Spring 2019 Member's Newsletter (pdf)
Summer 2019 Member's Newsletter (pdf)
Spring 2019 Member's Newsletter (pdf)
Winter 2019 Member's Newsletter (pdf)
Fall 2018 Member's Newsletter (pdf)
Summer 2018 Member's Newsletter (pdf)

Spring 2018 Member's Newsletter (pdf)
Winter 2018 Member's Newsletter (pdf)
Fall 2017 Member's Newsletter (pdf)
Summer 2017 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)

Spring 2017 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
Winter 2017 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
Fall 2016 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
Summer 2016 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)

Spring 2016 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
Winter 2016 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)

Fall 2015 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
July 2015 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)

May 2015 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
March 2015 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
January 2015 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
November 2014 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
Sept./Oct. 2014 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
July 2014 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)

May 2014 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
March 2014 M
ember's Newsletter (pdf format)
January 201
4 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
Sept. 21-22 and Oct 12-13, 2013 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
July 20-21, 2013 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)

May 18-19, 2013 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
March 23-24, 2013 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
January 5-6, 2013 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
November 17-18, 2012 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
September 15-16, 2012 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
July 21-22, 2012 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
May 5-6, 2012 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
March 10-11, 2012 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
January 7-8, 2012 Newsletter (pdf format)
November 19-20, 2011 Newsletter (pdf format)
September 17-18, 2011 Newsletter (pdf format)
July 16-17, 2011 Newsletter (pdf Format)
May 7-8, 2011 Newsletter (PDF Format)
March 12-13, 2011 Newsletter  (PDF Format)

There has never been a more important time for supporters of the Second Amendment to band together and ensure that those who share our love of collecting, shooting and hunting are registered to vote.

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