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October 28, 2014

Virginia: Expanded Hunting Opportunities in Draft Plan for James River National Wildlife Refuge

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has released a draft plan to guide management of the James River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) for the next 15 years.  The 4,325-acre Refuge is located in Prince George County, Virginia, and is administered by staff at Eastern Virginia Rivers NWR Complex.  
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October 31, 2014

Oklahoma: Show Your Support for Hunting in Lexington

The Lexington City Council will meet next Tuesday, November 4, at 7:00 p.m. in the Luther Dean Memorial Council Chambers of Lexington City Hall at 111 East Broadway Street.  After discussion of a hunting ban at its last two meetings, as reported here, the City Council proposed to vote on a hunting ban within the Lexington city limits on November 4.  At this time, this issue is not on the agenda for November 4.  
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October 31, 2014

Maine: Protect Our Hunting Heritage—Vote NO on Question 1 on Tuesday

Tuesday, November 4 is Election Day and the NRA Political Victory Fund is encouraging all Mainers to vote NO on Question 1, the anti-hunting ballot initiative that would outlaw three traditional methods of bear hunting in Maine: hunting with dogs, baiting and trapping.
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October 6, 2014

Oklahoma: City Council to Discuss Future of Hunting in Lexington at Tomorrow’s Meeting

The Lexington City Council will discuss hunting within the Lexington city limits at its meeting tomorrow, October 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the Luther Dean Memorial Council Chambers of Lexington City Hall at 111 East Broadway Street.  Public comment will be heard at the beginning of this meeting.
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May 27, 2014

Ohio: Senate Civil Justice Committee to Hold Second and Third Hearings Tomorrow on Two Pro-Gun Bills

Tomorrow, the Ohio Senate Civil Justice Committee will hold its second proponent testimony hearing on House Bill 234 and its third hearing for opponent/interested party on Senate Bill 338.
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April 29, 2014

Iowa: New Path for Pro-Firearms Legislation

House File 2381 -- NRA-supported legislation to legalize firearm sound suppressors for civilian ownership in Iowa – has faced many uphill battles during this legislative session, as previously reported here.  The NRA and the Iowa Firearms Coalition (IFC) worked ceaselessly this year with members of the state Senate and House of Representatives to advance firearms freedoms for Iowans, but unfortunately, the current Iowa General Assembly was set to once again continue the trend of failing to send strong Second Amendment legislation to the Governor for enactment.
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April 8, 2014

Virginia: Pro-Hunting Bill Signed into Law

Last Friday, April 4, another pro-hunting bill was signed into law by Governor Terry McAuliffe (D).  House Bill 307, sponsored by pro-gun Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (R-31), permits local school boards to provide after-school hunter safety education programs for students grades seven through twelve, at the cost of the participant.
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April 3, 2014

Ohio: Suppressor Bill Passes House, Goes to Senate

Yesterday, the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 234 by a 76 to 15 vote.  HB 234 will now be sent to the state Senate where it awaits committee assignment and consideration.  Please contact your state Senator in support of this pro-gun legislation.  
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April 3, 2014

Nebraska: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bill into Law

LB 699 repeals an outdated state firearms statute and brings state law into conformity with federal law by allowing Nebraska residents to purchase long guns in non-contiguous states.  This long-overdue reform will align Nebraska with forty other states that already allow their residents to purchase rifles and shotguns in non-contiguous states, provided that the purchase or transfer complies with state and federal law.  
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April 1, 2014

Iowa: Encourage Senate to Consider and Pass Pro-Firearms Legislation

As previously reported, House File 2381 -- NRA-supported legislation to legalize suppressors in Iowa – has faced many uphill battles during this legislative session.  The NRA and the Iowa Firearms Coalition have worked ceaselessly with members of the state House of Representatives and state Senate to advance firearms freedoms for Iowans, but unfortunately, the current Iowa General Assembly is set to once again continue a trend of failing to send strong Second Amendment legislation to the Governor for enactment.
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March 24, 2014

Louisiana: Senate Committee Passes Legislation Expanding Hunting with Suppressors

Last week, the Senate Natural Resources Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 212.  Sponsored by state Senator Rick Ward (R-Port Allen), NRA-backed SB 212 would allow the use of firearm sound suppressors while hunting wild quadrupeds.  In 2011, the Louisiana Legislature legalized the use of lawfully-owned suppressors for hunting non-game nuisance quadrupeds.  Now, it's time for Louisiana to join the majority of other states which allow the use of these devices for hunting game animals.  The use of a suppressor will help to prevent hearing loss and mitigate noise complaints for both experienced and novice hunters.
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March 20, 2014

Mississippi: Legislature Takes Final Actions on Two NRA-Backed Bills, Sends Them to Governor for Signature

As we reported earlier this week, the Mississippi House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 2425, NRA-backed legislation sponsored by state Senator Philip Moran (R-Hancock, Harrison Counties), by a 102 to 16 vote.  SB 2425 creates a tax-free weekend in the Magnolia State during September for individual sales of firearms, ammunition, archery equipment and certain hunting supplies.  On Thursday, the Senate concurred with the House amendments to SB 2425 and it now goes to Governor Phil Bryant (R) for his expected signature.
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March 20, 2014

Alabama: Right to Hunt and Fish Legislation Advances to Senate Floor

Yesterday, House Bill 322 passed unanimously in the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee and will now go to the Senate floor.  Sponsored by state Representative Mark Tuggle (R-81), HB 322 would guarantee the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife in Alabama.
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March 19, 2014

Tennessee: Hunter Protection Bill Goes to Governor

Last week, Senate Bill 1777 was substituted for its companion bill, House Bill 1952, on the House floor and proceeded to be unanimously approved by the Tennessee House of Representatives.  Having been unanimously passed in the state Senate on February 27, SB 1777 will now be sent to Governor Bill Haslam (R) for his expected signature into law.
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March 18, 2014

Alabama: Senate Committee to Hear Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment Tomorrow

Tomorrow, House Bill 322 will be heard in the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee.  Sponsored by state Representative Mark Tuggle (R-81), HB 322 would guarantee the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife in Alabama.
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March 14, 2014

Alabama: House Approves Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment

Yesterday, the Alabama House of Representatives passed House Bill 322 by a 90 to 2 vote.  This Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment has been sent to the Alabama Senate where it currently awaits scheduling of a committee hearing.  Sponsored by state Representative Mark Tuggle (R-81), HB 322 would guarantee the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife in Alabama.  HB 322 has been referred to the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee.
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March 14, 2014

Idaho: Governor Otter Signs Apprentice Hunting Bill Into Law

Yesterday, Governor Butch Otter (R) signed House Bill 399 into law.  This NRA-supported legislation will lower the minimum age to hunt big game from twelve years to ten years, while retaining the requirement that an individual younger than twelve must be accompanied in the field by an adult licensed to hunt in Idaho.
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March 11, 2014

Hawaii: Update on Second Amendment Legislation

Last week, the Hawaii House of Representatives passed House Bill 1902 with amendment HD2.  As amended, HB 1902, introduced by state Representative Cindy Evans (D-7), would integrate a no net loss policy for public hunting lands in Hawaii.  This legislation would require the state Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) to preserve the aggregate amount of designated public hunting land available for use by sportsmen.  In the event that the BLNR reduces the amount of available public hunting land, they must make reasonable efforts to provide alternative land for hunting, of equal or greater amount and quality of wildlife habitat.  “No Net Loss” laws create a base-line acreage of state public land open to public hunting, guaranteeing that future generations have the same hunting opportunities that we enjoy today.
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March 11, 2014

Indiana: Conference Committee Hears Pro-Gun Bill, Likely to be Considered by Senate and House Soon

Yesterday, a public hearing for the conference committee on Senate Bill 229 was held at the Indiana Statehouse.  The conference committee report will likely be finalized soon and SB 229 will be sent to the Senate and House floors for a final vote.  
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March 10, 2014

Iowa: Bill to Legalize Suppressor Ownership Needs Your Immediate Help to Get a Senate Hearing

As previously reported, House File 2381 -- NRA-supported suppressor legislation -- is in jeopardy of not receiving a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by state Senator Robert Hogg (D-33).
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March 10, 2014

West Virginia: Three Pro-Gun Bills Pass Legislature and Await Governor’s Signature

The 2014 West Virginia legislative session adjourned on Saturday, March 8.  This session saw numerous advances, especially the passage through both the West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates of three pro-firearms bills.  The below bills, all of which were previously reported here, are now awaiting signature into law by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D).
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March 10, 2014

Ohio: House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee to Hear Suppressor Bill Tomorrow

Tomorrow, March 11, at 10:00 a.m., House Bill 234, legislation allowing hunting with suppressors, is scheduled for a possible vote in the Ohio House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.  As previously reported, HB 234, sponsored by state Representative Cheryl Grossman (R-23), would revise state law to allow a person to use a noise suppressor attached to a firearm while hunting in the Buckeye State.  
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March 10, 2014

Alabama: House to Consider Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment this Thursday

This Thursday, March 13, the Alabama House of Representatives will consider and vote on House Bill 322.  Sponsored by state Representative Mark Tuggle (R-81), HB 322 would guarantee the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife in Alabama.  
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March 7, 2014

Wyoming: 2014 Short Budget Session Adjourns

Yesterday, the 2014 short budget session in Wyoming adjourned.  The 2014 session saw the introduction of several firearms and hunting-related bills, including the pro-hunting Senate File 38. 
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March 7, 2014

Idaho: Secure Campuses and Apprentice Hunting Bills Sent to Governor

Yesterday, the Idaho legislature took positive steps on two important pro-gun bills.  Senate Bill 1254 and House Bill 399, both NRA-supported legislation, have passed in both legislative chambers and are now awaiting the signature of Governor Butch Otter (R).  The hard work and diligence of NRA members supporting these bills made all the difference!
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March 7, 2014

Louisiana: State Legislature to Convene Next Week for 2014 Session

On Monday, March 10, the Louisiana Legislature will convene for its 2014 Regular Session and a large number of bills – both pro-gun and anti-gun – have already been pre-filed.  NRA-ILA will be working to pass legislation which expand your rights and to defeat any measures which seek to restrict them – and alerting you as to how you can help every step of the way!
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March 6, 2014

Iowa: Suppressor Bill Receives Senate Subcommittee Assignment But Needs Your Immediate Support to Get a Hearing

Last week, on the heels of powerful grassroots support, the Iowa House of Representatives passed House File 2381, legislation to legalize suppressor ownership and use with overwhelming bipartisan support.  Despite this action, HF 2381 is in jeopardy of not receiving a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by state Senator Robert Hogg (D-33), as reported earlier this week.  
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March 6, 2014

Virginia: McAuliffe’s First Attempt to Roll Back the Rights of Gun Owners

With only two days left in the 2014 regular legislative session, Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) has made his first attempt to limit the legal use of firearms in Virginia by returning an amendment to House Bill 962 that would further restrict how handguns may be stored in vehicles.  Sponsored by Delegate Ben Cline (R-24), HB 962 would codify an Attorney General opinion from 2012 (see here), and a decision of the Virginia Court of Appeals from last year, Doulgerakis v. Com., 737 S.E.2d 40 (Va. Ct. App. 2013). House Bill 962 has passed in the House of Delegates by a 70 to 27 vote as well as in the Senate by a 27 to 13 vote.
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March 6, 2014

West Virginia: Three Pro-Gun Bills Headed towards Final Passage in Charleston

Yesterday, Senate Bill 317 passed in the West Virginia House Judiciary Committee by a voice vote.  SB 317, sponsored by state Senator John Unger (D-16), is a statewide firearms preemption bill which would bring Charleston and three other cities that currently have and enforce local gun control ordinances into uniformity with the rest of the state.  
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March 5, 2014

Idaho: Secure Campuses Bill Goes to House Floor Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Idaho House of Representatives is expected to consider and vote on Senate Bill 1254.  This NRA-backed self-defense bill, sponsored by state Senator Curt McKenzie (R-13), would permit qualified retired law enforcement officers and law-abiding adults who have obtained an Idaho “enhanced” concealed carry license to possess a firearm on public college or university campuses.
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March 4, 2014

Indiana: State House Approves Pro-Gun and Pro-Hunting Legislation

Yesterday, on the final day for third reading of Senate bills, the Indiana House of Representatives passed two NRA-backed pieces of legislation -- Senate Bill 229 and Senate Joint Resolution 9.
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March 4, 2014

Iowa: Senate Committee Chairman Refusing to Hear Suppressor Legislation

Last week, on the heels of powerful grassroots support, the Iowa House of Representatives passed legislation to legalize suppressor ownership and use, House File 2381, with overwhelming bipartisan support.  HF 2381 has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Robert Hogg (D-33), and at this time has not been assigned to a subcommittee.  Last year, Senator Hogg refused to give a fair hearing to another bill which received strong bipartisan (95-3) support in the House: NRA-backed House File 535.
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March 3, 2014

West Virginia: Pro-Gun Legislation Needs Your Help Before Committee Deadline this Wednesday

The NRA needs your immediate help to get four important House bills moving and passed in the state Senate Judiciary Committee by this Wednesday’s deadline.  The following pro-gun House bills must be heard and voted on by this Wednesday, March 5:
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February 28, 2014

Tennessee: Pro-Hunting Bills Advancing out of House Committee

This week, the Tennessee General Assembly took action on a pair of companion pro-hunting bills.  Senate Bill 1777 was passed unanimously in the Tennessee Senate, and House Bill 1952 passed in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee by a voice vote.  HB 1952 will now be heard in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday, March 4.
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February 28, 2014

Alabama: Pro-Hunting Bills Advance to Full House and Senate

On Wednesday, two pro-hunting bills passed in the House Agriculture and Forestry Committee.  House Bill 322, sponsored by state Representative Mark Tuggle (R-81), would guarantee the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife in Alabama and Senate Bill 240, sponsored by state Senator Roger Bedford (D-6), would prohibit the use of drones to intentionally and knowingly harass a person who is legally hunting or fishing.  Both of these bills could be voted on in the full House as early as next week.
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February 27, 2014

Iowa: House Passes Bill to Legalize Suppressors in a Strong Bipartisan Vote Today

Today, after a strong show of support from the NRA, Iowa Firearms Coalition (IFC) and American Silencer Association (ASA) members, House File 2381 passed in the Iowa House of Representatives by an overwhelming bipartisan 83-16 vote.  HF 2381, authored by state Representative Matt Windschitl (R-17), would legalize the ownership of firearm sound suppressors, also referred to as "silencers” in Iowa.  Your contact to state lawmakers truly made the difference.
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February 27, 2014

Kansas: Senate Passes Apprentice Hunting Bill

Yesterday, the Kansas Senate passed Senate Bill 357 unanimously by voice vote.  SB 357 would increase the amount of times an individual over the age of 16 could apply for an apprentice hunting license and provide them with the opportunity to enjoy this activity while learning from an experienced mentor.  Currently, Kansas allows anyone over the age of 16 to apply for an apprentice license one time before requiring they attend hunter education.  
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February 27, 2014

Georgia: Senate Passes Bill to Allow Hunting with Suppressors

Yesterday, the Georgia Senate passed Senate Bill 93 by a 43-10 vote.  SB 93, sponsored by state Senator Bill Heath (R-31), would allow hunters in Georgia to use lawfully-possessed suppressors on firearms while hunting.  
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February 26, 2014

Iowa: Bill to Legalize Suppressors Receives New Number, Scheduled for House Floor Vote Tomorrow

Tomorrow, House File 2381 is scheduled to be considered by the Iowa House of Representatives.  This action follows passage last week of HF 2381 in the House Judiciary Committee by a strong, bipartisan 17-4 vote.  HF 2381, authored by state Representative Matt Windschitl (R-17), is formerly known as HF 384 and would legalize the ownership of firearm sound suppressors, also referred to as "silencers” in Iowa.
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February 25, 2014

Georgia: State Senate to Vote Tomorrow on Bill to Allow Hunting with Suppressors

Tomorrow, the Georgia Senate will consider and vote on Senate Bill 93.  SB 93, sponsored by state Senator Bill Heath (R-31), would allow hunters in Georgia to use lawfully-possessed suppressors on firearms while hunting.
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