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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. S1.04 Ohio Constitution.

Gun Safety

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The Second Amendment, Gun Rights and Personal Protection

Gun safety is important to me. My concern for gun safety prompted me to acquire the training for certification as an NRA Pistol Instructor. This certification enables me to teach other people how to properly handle a firearm including gun safety, safe handling, storage, and proper attitude. In addition to being an NRA Pistol Instructor, I  am a member of the Second Amendment Foundation and an NRA Life Member

The recent gun violence in the country has greatly saddened me; however, we must realize that the recent shootings, San Bernadino, CA, Newtown, CT and in Colorado, were all done by breaking already existing laws. Having children at home, I am very careful about our use of firearms and their safe storage. It does not appear similar safety measures were taken in Newtown. I support the enforcement of laws already in place to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them.


I firmly support the right to keep and bear arms and I believe in the right to personal protection. The second amendment is there to protect against tyranny from our government, the very government I’m asking to be a part of. It troubles me when I learn about gun bills that do nothing to actually address the reasons for the violence nor attempt to curb those activities. Guns can be safe when handled properly. Firearms play a pivotal role in keeping a society free.

Stay Safe. Vote Freedom. Vote Vitale.

Below is a picture from our most recent NRA Pistol Safety and Ohio Concealed Carry Course. It was taught by Nino Vitale and son Frankie, Ohio's youngest NRA Pistol Apprentice Instructor.

At left is my oldest son Frankie practicing close range pistol. Note the forward angle of the hips, and shoulders. This is something we teach in our classes called "Combat Pistol technique."

It makes for a much more accurate shot and helps in managing recoil for some of these short-barrel concealable firearms. As stated above, Frankie is Ohio's youngest NRA Pistol Apprentice instructor. He is using a Glock 26 with fingertip extension in this photo. A very nice EDC firearm.

Nino and NRA President Porter

At left, myself and the new president of the NRA, James Porter.