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jboch

http://www.gunssavelife.com/?page_id=68 CCRA/GSL member for 15 years and VP for almost as long. Lead instructor for GSL Defense Training with nearly 15-years experience as a handgun instructor and more recently rifle instructor as well, teaching hundreds of people (kids and adults like) basic firearm safety and handling skills. Editor emeritus of GunNews. Grew up in Hillsboro, IL. University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign Alumni. Works as an office manager during the day, publication editor at night and firearms instructor on the weekends. Firearm training junkie. Graduate of shooting schools taught by nationally-known instructors Massad Ayoob (Lethal Force Institute, 299/300 qualification score), John Farnam (Defense Training International), Pat Rogers (EAG Tactical), “Sully” Sullivan (Defensive Edge), John Krupa (Spartan Tactical Training Group, class top individual combined skills shooter), Frank Sharp (Fortress Defense), Steve Tarani and classes from numerous other regional and local instructors on firearms and defense topics as diverse as exhibition shooting (shooting trap with a rifle among other fun stuff), defensive knife, speed skills and first aid. United States Rifle Association Certified Instructor, Appleseed Intructor (in training), NRA Certified Rifle, Pistol and Personal Protection in the Home instructor. Teaches primarily with GSL Defense Training, but does 100% volunteer work for USRA, RWVA and the longest-running NRA Youth Shooting Camp in the USA, recently promoted to running the pistol line there. Married to guns and firearms training, and enjoys photography, flashlights, amateur radio as hobbies. Shares the home with three furry ferrets and a delightful woman who could do better than John. Terribly unlucky, John has tragically lost most of his guns and ammo in a series of boating accidents.


SCANDALOUS: Treasure Hunter’s Roadshow shutting down…

August 15, 2012
SCANDALOUS:  Treasure Hunter’s Roadshow shutting down…

It’s been a bad couple of years for little Jeffrey Parsons, who first surfaced on the Guns Save Life radar in 2010 when his show rolled into Champaign-Urbana, IL and offered one of our Colt collectors $225 for a pair of $10,000+ Civil War-era Colts. The GSL-member and Colt collector owner had taken the...
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Darnall’s NRA Youth Camp 2012

August 14, 2012
Darnall’s NRA Youth Camp 2012

PHOTO GALLERY Bloomington, IL (Guns Save Life) – Darnall’s GunWorks and Ranges hosted their 18th annual National Rifle Association Youth Shooting Camp July 26-29th west of Bloomington, IL. One hundred thirty young people ages 8-16 showed up to enjoy a long weekend learning basic firearm safety and the safe and responsible use of firearms...
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Pastors behaving badly

August 14, 2012
Pastors behaving badly

by John Boch (Guns Save Life) – I spoke with Pastor Gary Grogan of Urbana’s Stonecreek Church, formerly known as the Urbana Assembly of God church some weeks ago after the formal announcement of their gun buyback program. He claimed he was a member of the NRA and seeks more gun safety education to...
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Champaign gun “buy back” flop sees intimidation, questions and unpublished conditions while netting a mere 25% of expectations

August 14, 2012
Champaign gun “buy back” flop sees intimidation, questions and unpublished conditions while netting a mere 25% of expectations

Champaign, IL (GunsSaveLife) – The former Urbana Assembly of God church, now known as Stonecreek Church, sponsored a gun “buy back” in Champaign on Saturday August 4th.  One family turning in guns was greeted with lots of questions and a healthy dose of rudeness and intimidation while another man was turned away at the...
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Guns Save Life’s APPLESEED event.

August 12, 2012
Guns Save Life’s APPLESEED event.

PHOTO GALLERY Bloomington, IL (Guns Save Life) – Guns Save Life once again sponsored the longest-running Appleseed shoot in Illinois at Darnall’s GunWorks and Ranges June 9-10, 2012. It was a very family-friendly event and over thirty shooters participated. Two new Appleseed instructors were welcomed into the RWVA and two new Applecore support staff...
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THANKS CHICAGO! Chicago gun buy-back money sponsors NRA Youth Shooting Camp

August 10, 2012
THANKS CHICAGO!  Chicago gun buy-back money sponsors NRA Youth Shooting Camp

(Guns Save Life / The Truth About Guns) – On Saturday, June 23, three of Guns Save Life’s intrepid members, Chris Betley, John Sutter and Steve Fuller drove to Chicago to participate in the city’s annual gun “turn-in” event titled, “Don’t Kill A Dream Save A Life.” The guns “surrendered”, by and large, were...
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Do away with the T.S.A.

August 10, 2012
Do away with the T.S.A.

(Guns Save Life) – Led by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, more and more Americans are questioning the role of the Transportation Safety Administration in its role in America’s airports and more recently on highways and train stations, and calling for the elimination of the entire TSA organization. “The American people shouldn’t be subjected to...
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The mainstream media is not your friend

August 10, 2012
The mainstream media is not your friend

President’s Report May 2012 by John Boch Firearm instructors often emphasize to their students that investigating police officers are not their friends when it comes to exercising gun ownership rights or in the aftermath of a self-defense incident. Perhaps we should spend more time teaching our students that mainstream media is also not their...
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FOID is a mess

August 10, 2012
FOID is a mess

OAG Report found poor management at ISP’s FOID unit, as 85% of calls to FOID office abandoned / not answered. As few as 40% of approvals within the legally mandated 30-days. 29% of denials took longer than the legally mandated 30-days. Three employees accounted for $239,000 in overtime No current administrative rules and policies....
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