Utah is in the process of recognizing the iconic 1911 .45 ACP pistol as its official state firearm. James over at Hell In A Handbasket posted about this the other day but I was already aware as many of the folks on the We The Armed board I frequent are from Utah to begin with.
John Browning was from Utah and designed the 1911 there so its only fitting that it be recognized as a design that is identified with the state. Utah is really pro gun if you haven't picked up on that yet..
I seriously doubt with the social and political climate in Ohio that we would ever seriously be able to even think about naming a state gun.....But if we did it would have to be something designed and built totally in Ohio...hmmmm..that can only mean one thing....
hey, GO BUCKS!!
disclaimer: OK, I am making fun of the Hi-Point reputation. In reality I have no real beef with them. I owned a Hi-Point pistol as one of the first handguns I owned...other then its obviously made cheaply and its ugly...it worked. It would not be the first choice of anyone I know to grab and head off to a gunfight with...but if it is all you can afford its better than nothing. Hi-Point themselves have stated that they make the best gun for the money that they can to provide those on limited means with a way to protect themselves. Getting back to Hell in a Handbasket, James used to run a charity self defense course for people who had been victims of crime. Many were financially on a limited income. A Hi-Point would be a logical choice for these folks. There pistols can be found for around $150 in most places. They even had a booth at the SHOT show (pic below is of the Mad Ogre with one of their pieces ~ George is a proud Utah resident btw).
2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America
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.
"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)