ODP Public Records Request Reveals Yost “Offer[ed]” Briefs To Buckeye Firearms
In case you missed it… A records request from the Columbus Dispatch has revealed further special treatment given by Dave Yost to the Buckeye Firearms Association (BFA) after Yost filed two amicus briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court and only sent a news release announcing them to the gun lobbying group.
Records received in response to a request from the Ohio Democratic Party reveal more of the same — email exchanges between Yost’s staff and BFA on the amicus briefs. In one internal email, a staffer for the Attorney General referred to the two amicus briefs as “the amicus briefs Dave wants to offer to the Buckeye Firearms Association.”
“The Ohio attorney general is supposed to be ‘the people’s lawyer,’ not that of special interests. Court filings made in the name of the people of Ohio should be filed on behalf of the people of Ohio — they shouldn’t be touted as special ‘offers’ to special interests,” said Ohio Democratic Party Spokesperson David DeWitt.
- Who ya gonna call?
- If you’re Attorney General Dave Yost and his senior staff, the answer is the Buckeye Firearms Association, reporter Randy Ludlow discovered.
- Yost raised eyebrows last month when his office distributed a news release about his office filing friend-of-the-court briefs asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review two out-of-state lower court rulings restricting access to guns.
- The release was given only to the Buckeye Firearms Association, not to reporters.
- A public records request to Yost’s office for its correspondence with the pro-gun group shows the two stay in contact.
- For example, Yost’s lieutenants flagged the organization to gun-related legislation at the Statehouse and apparently sent a letter to the National Rifle Association at the group’s request.
- The Buckeye Firearms Association apparently was out to revoke the NRA certification of a Columbus gun instructor who lost his concealed carry license when convicted of a misdemeanor involving a gun.
- The group forwarded the name of NRA training officials to Yost’s office, and it wrote a letter suggesting the NRA revoke the man’s stamp of approval, which it did.
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