Welcome to the OFFICIAL NRA State Association for Ohio
Ohio is the hub of one of the largest competitive pistol shooting area in the country. It is also the home of The National Rifle and Pistol Matches, held at Camp Perry, the largest outdoor shooting range in the country. Ohio also hosted the Grand American ATA Shotgun Championships at Vandalia until 2005.
Each years thousands of shooters in many different disciplines migrate to Ohio to participate in shooting sports- From the National Matches to local weekly trap shoots and turkey shoots, Ohio is active in all phases of the Shooting Sports.
ORPA is committed to defending our rights as citizens to keep and bear arms as well as to promote safety, education and marksmanship.
A Christmas Gift Idea
That time of year is approaching and finding the right gift can be tough. Know someone who is 20 years of age or younger, you can get them an ORPA membership for only $8 a year. The youth may find, from the various shooting disciplines one that interest him or her. This membership may help them become more involved in the shooting sports, be more responsible with firearms and know some of the challenges of protecting the 2nd Amendment. If time or money currently precludes the youth from participating in such a sport, the seed maybe planted, that later the youth will take up shooting sport/interest that will last them a lifetime. This same gift idea applies to family friends and shooting buddies. Wanting a life membership hi-lite this and place it out for the spouse to see or simply put it on your Christmas list. ORPA membership forms can be found near the back of each issue of GunSmoke. Click here to join ORPA.
ORPA’s Electronic Gunsmoke to be Published Monthly
If you are not already an ORPA member, go to our membership page, click here, to Join Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association and start your montly subscription to our electronic newsletter, "GunSmoke".
Recycle your Live-Cut Christmas Tree
Live-cut Christmas trees can be recycled in a variety of environmentally friendly ways once the holiday season comes to an end, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). "Recycling Christmas trees is a great way to prolong their usefulness and a wise alternative to discarding them into our landfills." More Ohio communities are making it easier to recycle trees by offering convenient drop-off locations and curbside pick-up. Christmas trees are often chipped and shredded into landscape mulch or compost for local park districts and municipal projects. They can also be turned into wildlife habitat. Individuals interested in recycling their trees should contact their local recycling and litter prevention office or solid waste district for details. A complete list of communities with Christmas tree recycling facilities, along with locations and times, is available on the ODNR web site at ohiodnr.com
New Antlerless Deer Muzzleloader Season ODNR considers a Success
Ohio muzzleloader hunters enjoyed warm weather as they harvested 5,608 antlerless white-tailed deer during the new antlerless-only muzzleloader hunting weekend Oct. 12-13, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). "Ohio's first antlerless-only muzzleloader deer season was a success, and we are pleased so many hunters participated," said ODNR Director James Zehringer. "We remain committed to providing Ohio's sportsmen and women with some of the best hunting opportunities in the nation." The new antlerless muzzleloader weekend was the first opportunity to take advantage of Ohio's new extended hunting hours. A half hour of golden opportunity hunting time after sunset was added to all of this year's upcoming deer-gun hunting seasons. The Ohio counties that reported the most checked deer during the 2013 antlerless-only muzzleloader season: Ashtabula (200), Licking (164), Guernsey (144), Muskingum (143), Knox (141), Coshocton (138), Adams (135), Columbiana (128), Carroll (120), Athens (117) and Trumbull (117).
NRA STAND and FIGHT
"We Are America - We're Free Already and We Allow Politicians to Be In Power" - STAND and FIGHT
ORPA Members – Request to receive your Gunsmoke newsletter electronically. If you haven't already done so, please request to receive the email version of ORPA's newsletter, Gunsmoke. By opting to receive the electronic version, you will join a group of members who have already saved ORPA hundreds of dollars on printing and shipping charges. ORPA can now use the funds to strengthen and expand its core programs including state competitions, teams and clinics. Many members believe that the Electronic Gunsmoke is a superior to its paper counterpart. It appears in full color and arrives several weeks before the printed version. The electronic version also includes links to websites including ORPA's online calendar, and Facebook page. The tickets for ORPA's annual sweepstakes will be mailed to electronic subscribers.
U.S. Constitution; Amendent II
"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."
Ohio Constitution, Art.1.04 (1851)
"The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security; but standing armies, in time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, and shall not be kept up; and the military shall be in strict subordination to the civil power."
Ohio Hotshots Finish #4 & #5 in the Nation!
ORPA teams among best in the nation
Continuing its record of excellence, the Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association has again sponsored two state association teams to compete in this years 3 position air rifle National Championships. As in years past, the ORPA air gun director, Tom Paumier and head coach Chuck Miller, invite the best of the best from across Ohio to form the OPRA precision and ORPA sporter teams. The teams start by coming to the Great Trails shooting complex in Minerva, Ohio for a weeklong camp/clinic before the championships. This year's teams were treated to "learning moments" from a plethora of former ORPA team members and other talented coaches. However, the camp was much more than marksmanship.