Jim Irvine is professional airline pilot. He volunteers time to serve as President of the Buckeye Firearms Foundation (BFF). His work for BFA includes working with legislators and interested parties to enact changes to Ohio firearm and self-defense laws. He works with candidates to help them better understand the various firearms related interests and disciplines.
Jim’s work for BFF includes coordinating work and funding for the Foundation’s involvement with education and litigation projects. The Foundation filed amicus briefs in the successful Heller v District of Columbia and McDonald v Chicago cases at the SCOTUS level and has won other rulings prohibiting Cleveland from enforcing local gun control schemes.
Jim’s passion is his work with schools related to the “FASTER Saves Lives” program. He works with school boards and staff on understanding, prevention, and mitigation of violence. He is part of a small group that has changed the way schools prepare and react to active killers.
He speaks regularly with media, business/trade groups, political and community events to address any issue related to firearms, safety/security, politics or litigation.
Our guest today is Jim Irvine. Jim Irvine is a Director with FASTERSavesLives and the President of the Buckeye Firearms Foundation (BFF). With both of these organizations, Jim works with legislators and interested parties to enact positive changes to Ohio firearm and self-defense laws. Jim is also a husband, father, and a professional airline pilot.
1) Give us brief overview of what FASTER is, and how long this training has been helping to keep schools, churches, synagogues, and other organizations safe?
2) Recently, I was honored to be a participant in the training. The training is serious and focused. I have been shooting most of my life and I wasn’t able to pass your firearms / accuracy qualification test. Talk to us about what is involved in the course?
3) While I was in OH the OH Supreme Court made a ruling that could threaten this decade-long program and cause schools to be less safe. Talk to us about this ruling.
4) Schools are once again open all over the nation and horribly, bad guys WILL take advantage of the “Gun Free Zone” signs. Many administrators and educators are going to want to have this kind of training – medical and physical (armed and unarmed) preparedness – how can they get signed up for a class?