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February 16, 2011

Virginia: House Committee Tables Legislation to Endanger Deer, Elk, and Bear Populations!

Earlier today, the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee tabled Senate Bill 868 by a 17 to 3 vote. Even though this bill has been effectively defeated for the remainder of this legislative session, it is not technically dead and there is still a chance it is revived this year. Your NRA will continue to update you should this unlikely scenario develop, so please continue to check your e-mail and www.NRAILA.org for updates.
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February 16, 2011

Important “No-Net-Loss” Hunting Bill Needs Your Help in Minnesota!

Tomorrow, February 17, at 8:15 a.m., the House Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Committee will hear House File 498, sponsored by state Representative Tony Cornish (R-24B). HF 498 would assure hunters in the state of Minnesota that their public hunting acreage will never decrease.
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February 15, 2011

El Dorado County, California: Another Public Meeting To Consider Land Use Plan For Kanaka Valley

Another public meeting will be held this Thursday, February 17 to discuss the use and public access of the newly-acquired Kanaka Valley. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) currently allows recreational shooting and hunting on BLM lands. Your attendance is needed at this February 17 meeting to ensure recreational shooting and hunting will be allowed at Kanaka Valley. To view information about the Kanaka Valley project and planning, please click here. Date: Thursday, February 17, Time: 6 pm – 8 pm, Location: Green Valley Elementary School, 2380 Bass Lake Road in Rescue
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February 15, 2011

Virginia Deer, Elk and Bear Populations in Serious Jeopardy

Virginia Senate Bill 868 is scheduled for a possible vote tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. in the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee in House Room C. This bill poses a significant threat to deer, elk and bear populations within the state and could have devastating impacts on the future hunting and scientific management of these species.
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February 15, 2011

Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment to be Heardin Kentucky Senate Committee

On February 11, NRA-backed House Bill 1, the Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment, passed in the state House by a 91 to 4 vote. This bill is expected to be heard in the Senate State and Local Government Committee as early as tomorrow, February 16.
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February 12, 2011

Pro-Gun Legislation on the Move in Kentucky

The Kentucky Legislature is underway and moving quickly on firearm-related legislation. House Bill 1, House Bill 308, House Bill 313, and House Bill 326 are all pro-gun pieces of legislation. House Resolution 48, House Resolution 96, and House Bill 114 are anti-gun bills. Please contact your state Representative TODAY and respectfully voice your SUPPORT for HB 308, HB 313, and HB 326. Your state Representative can be reached by phone at (502) 564-8100. Committee contact information can be found by clicking here. Please contact your state Representative TODAY and respectfully voice your OPPOSITION to HR 48, HR 96 and HB 114. Your state Representative can be reached by phone at (502) 564-8100. Committee contact information can be found by clicking here.
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February 10, 2011

Michigan: Resolution to Continue to Allow Hunting in Huron-Manistee National Forest Passes Committee

House Concurrent Resolution No. 2, introduced by state Representative Bruce Rendon (R-103), was unanimously approved by the House Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Committee on Tuesday, February 8. This resolution expresses opposition to the imposition of a ban on firearm hunting in certain areas of the Huron-Manistee National Forest.
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February 10, 2011

Legislation to Legalize the Use of Firearm Suppressors Passes Washington State House

Monday, February 7, House Bill 1016, sponsored by state Representative Brian Blake (D-19), passed the Washington State House by a vote of 88-4. This legislation has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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February 8, 2011

Kentucky Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment Passes Committee!

Today, February 8, NRA-backed House Bill 1, Kentucky Right to Hunt and Fish legislation, passed the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee by an 8 to 0 vote. This bill could be heard as early as this Thursday, February 10, on the House floor.
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February 7, 2011

Two Pro-Gun Bills Pass Committee and Head to House Floor in Montana

On Friday, February 4, House Bill 174 and House Bill 384 were passed out of the House Judiciary Committee by votes of 16-4 and 12-8, respectively. Both pieces of legislation are now headed to the House floor.
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February 7, 2011

Kentucky Legislature Addresses Firearm-Related Legislation

After a three-week recess, the Kentucky Legislature returned to the capitol to address firearm-related legislation.
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February 7, 2011

Kentucky Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment to be Heard in Committee

NRA-backed House Bill 1, Kentucky Right to Hunt and Fish legislation, could be heard in the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee as early as Tuesday, February 8.
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February 1, 2011

Montana House Judiciary Committee Taking Public Testimony on Pro-Gun Legislation Starting Tomorrow

The House Judiciary Committee will start taking public testimony on several pro-gun bills tomorrow, February 2 and Thursday, February 3. The House Judiciary Committee will be meeting from 8 a.m. to noon on both February 2 and February 3 in room 137 of the Capitol. If you can attend, please come early as the Capitol is short on close parking spaces. If you would like to speak in support of the bills listed above, you must fill out the sign-in sheet at the door. If you have written testimony, please deliver it to the committee secretary to be distributed to the committee members. If you are unable to attend, but would like to make sure your voice is still heard by the House Judiciary Committee, please call (406) 444-4800 asking committee members to please support HB 368, HB 271, HB 355, HB 384, LC 0703 and LC 1948. When you call, please ask that your message also be delivered to your state Senator and Representative. If you need help identifying your state Senator and Representative, please click here.
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February 1, 2011

El Dorado County, California: Public Meeting To Consider Land Use Plan For Kanaka Valley

A public meeting will be held this Thursday, February 3 to discuss the use and public access of the newly-acquired Kanaka Valley. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) currently allows recreational shooting and hunting on BLM lands. Your attendance is needed at this February 3 meeting to ensure recreational shooting and hunting can be allowed at Kanaka Valley. To view information about the Kanaka Valley project and planning, please click here. Date: Thursday, February 3 Time: 6 pm – 8 pm Location: Green Valley Elementary School, 2380 Bass Lake Road in Rescue
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January 28, 2011

Virginia: Two Bills to be Considered by the Senate on Monday

On Monday, January 31, Senate Bill 757 and Senate Bill 1213 are scheduled to be heard on the Senate floor and it is important for you to contact your state Senator and respectfully urge him or her to support these important measures.
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January 28, 2011

Legislation To Manage The Washington Cougar Population Needs Your Help!

Cougars are notoriously reclusive animals. They are extremely difficult to hunt without the aid of dogs and this leads to frustrated efforts to appropriately manage their numbers where dog hunting bans are in place. House Bill 1124 would allow the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to authorize the use of dogs to hunt cougars in certain situations, such as public safety, within specific game management units. This legislation will provide the state’s wildlife biologists access to the most effective method of managing Washington’s growing cougar populations. Please contact your member of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources committee IMMEDIATELY by phone or e-mail and urge him or her to support HB 1124 and science-based wildlife management practices.
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January 26, 2011

Virginia: Sunday Hunting Bill to be Heard in Senate Committee!

On Monday, January 31, at 9 a.m. in Senate Room B of the Capitol, the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on Senate Bill 850, introduced by state Senator Chap Petersen (D-34), legislation repealing the Commonwealth’s ban on Sunday hunting.
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January 24, 2011

Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Trying to Restrict the Second Amendment Again!

Philadelphia is at it again – trying to restrict a law-abiding resident’s right to keep and bear arms. This Thursday, January 27, at 10:00 AM, the Philadelphia City Council will once again attempt to pass several anti-gun measures. All of these proposed ordinances would violate Pennsylvania’s state preemption statutes which dictate that only the state can enact further firearms regulations:
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January 20, 2011

Michigan: Future of Gun Hunting at Risk in the Huron-Manistee National Forest

A recent court ruling could result in the closure to gun hunting in all Semiprimitive Nonmotorized Management Areas and in the Nordhouse Dunes Primitive Area of the Huron-Manistee National Forest.
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December 17, 2010

Arizona: Lake Havasu Travel Management Plan Will Affect Motorized Access for Hunters

The Bureau of Land Management is developing a Travel Management Plan (TMP) to designate the routes that will remain open to the use of motorized vehicles by the public. The Federal lands involved in the TMP are located below I-40 in Arizona and California, north, east, and south of Lake Havasu City, including parts of the California shoreline and south within 5-7 miles of the Bill Williams River. The public comment period on the TMP closes February 28th. Comments may be emailed to Lake_Havasu@blm.gov or by filling out the comment form on BLM’s Arizona State website at www.blm.gov/az. Click on Lake Havasu. For further information you may call Myron McCoy at 928-505-1216 or write to Myron_mccoy@blm.gov.
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December 8, 2010

Ohio: Discharge Petitions Filed!

Yesterday, Representative Dan Bupp successfully filed discharge petitions to bring two important bills before the House for a vote before the end of session. As reported, before the summer recess, Senate Bill 239 and Senate Bill 247 passed the Senate with overwhelming margins. Despite Senate action, these bills have been pending in the House of Representatives. This afternoon, the House will vote to discharge the measures from the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee. This action will bring the proposals before the House for final passage next week. Please contact your State Representative TODAY and respectfully urge him or her to support the discharge of SB 239 and SB 247 and when the bills come up for final passage. Contact information for your State Representative can be found by clicking here.
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November 5, 2010

NRA's Right To Hunt And Fish Amendments Adopted In Three States

Voters in Tennessee, Arkansas, and South Carolina made a powerful statement on Tuesday by overwhelmingly voting to include National Rifle Association-backed constitutional amendments to protect America's great, ages-old heritage of hunting and fishing as state constitutional rights.
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October 28, 2010

Anti-Hunting Extremists Spending Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars on a Campaign of Lies Against Arizona’s Right to Hunt and Fish

Last week, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Representative Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) announced their support of Arizona's Proposition 109 – the Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment. Joining them at a press conference in the Arizona State Capitol was former NRA president Sandy Froman. Arizona is among four states with a Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment appearing on the November ballot. If adopted, Prop. 109 will protect Arizona's generations-old hunting and fishing heritage and critical wildlife management practices against the kinds of emotion-driven bans that have been imposed in other states.
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October 22, 2010

Senator McCain Announces Support For NRA-Backed Proposition 109 – Arizona Right To Hunt And Fish

This week, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Representative Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) announced their support of Arizona's Proposition 109 – the Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment.
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October 4, 2010

California: Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Important Pro-Hunting Bill

On Wednesday, September 29, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) signed Senate Bill 1179 into law. SB1179, introduced by State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth (R-36), will require the Department...
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September 27, 2010

Last Chance to Comment on Proposed Hunter Orange Mandate in Oregon: Thursday, September 30, in Bend!

There are now three different options under the proposed hunter orange rule currently being considered by the Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission. They range from maintaining the status quo of no hunter orange requirement, to requiring a hunter orange upper garment or hat for hunters 17 years of age or younger, or for sportsmen of all ages, while hunting big game and upland birds (except turkey) with a centerfire firearm or shotgun.
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September 24, 2010

FWS Releases Refuge-Specific Hunting and Fishing Regulations for National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a proposed rule for public comment that will add Caddo Lake NWR, Texas to the list of refuges open to hunting.
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September 13, 2010

Right to Hunt and Fish Coming Under Fire in Arizona!

Proposition 109, Arizona’s proposed amendment to constitutionally protect your right to hunt and fish, is coming under attack from anti-hunting groups like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and their friends in the media. We need our members help and we need it now!
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September 3, 2010

EPA Rejects Lead Ammo Ban Petition, But Anglers Aren't Off the Hook

The Environmental Protection Agency issued a press release August 27th announcing that it had rejected a petition filed by radical environmental groups to have lead ammunition banned under the Toxic Substances Control Act.
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August 22, 2010

NRA Letter to EPA Regarding Lead Ammunition Ban

On August 3rd, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD and several other groups filed a petition with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban lead in ammunition and fishing...
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August 20, 2010

California: Pro-Hunting Bill Heads to Governor Schwarzenegger’s Desk!

Please Contact the Governor Today! Yesterday, the California Senate passed Senate Bill 1179.  The bill now heads to the desk of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) for his consideration....
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August 20, 2010

Arizona: OHV Restrictions in Kaibab National Forest Allow for Big Game Retrieval

The Tusayan Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest has issued a draft plan for managing off-highway vehicle (OHV) use. OHV use will be restricted to those roads and trails designated in the plan, depending on which management alternative is selected following public review and comment. Tusayan Ranger District offers four plan alternatives for managing OHV use. Alternative 1 is the status quo and is used as a baseline to compare the changes to be made in OHV use by the other alternatives. Alternatives 2 and 3 allow motorized big game retrieval up to a mile off of a designated road or trail. Alternative 4 allows no such exemption for hunters using OHVs for game retrieval. Comments on the plan are being accepted until August 30th and can be emailed to comments-southwestern-kaibab-tusayan@fs.fed.us. The plan can be found online by going to http://fs.usda.gov/goto/kaibab/projects and look for the Tusayan Travel Management Project. If you have questions about the plan or need additional information, you may call 928-635-5649.
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August 6, 2010

NRA-Backed Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax Passes Unanimously in U.S. SenateBill Passed in U.S. House by 412-6 Vote in June

By unanimous consent, the U.S. Senate on Thursday passed H.R. 5552 -- the Firearms Excise Tax Improvement Act -- sponsored by Congressmen Ron Kind (D-WI) and Paul Ryan (R-WI).
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August 6, 2010

California: Long Gun Registration Bill Still Pending Consideration

Earlier this week, Assembly Bill 1810 was placed in the suspense file by the Senate Appropriations Committee. However, AB1810 could be resurrected in a special hearing next week. AB1810 would establish a registration system, similar to the one currently in place for handguns, for all newly-acquired long guns. This legislation would require the make, model and serial number of the firearm as well as the identifying information of the purchaser to be recorded and kept on file by the California Attorney General’s office. Please call the members of Senate Appropriations Committee and urge them to OPPOSE AB1810. Contact information for the committee can be found here.
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July 30, 2010

Anti-Hunting Ballot Initiative being Circulated for Signatures at the North Dakota State Fair!

Don’t Allow Radical Animal “Rights” Interests to Infiltrate North Dakota! North Dakota sportsmen should be aware that a group cleverly calling itself North Dakota Hunters for Fair...
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July 15, 2010

North Carolina: New Management Plan for The Uwharrie National Forest

The US Forest Service is planning to revise the current management plan for the Uwharrie National Forest. The new plan will guide the Forest's management for the next 15 years. This process is of critical importance to sportsmen and women because hunting and recreational shooting must be included in the plan in order to safeguard these activities for the future.
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July 9, 2010

Federal Open Fields Program to Expand Hunting Opportunities Nationwide

NRA is pleased to report that the federal Open Fields Initiative is now in effect and grant money is available through the United States Department of Agriculture for state and tribal governments interested in enrolling in the program, or expanding their existing Open Fields program.
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July 1, 2010

California: Important Pro-Hunting Bill Advances in Sacramento!

Please Contact the Members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee! On Tuesday, June 29, the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee passed Senate Bill 1179.  The bill...
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June 29, 2010

HSUS Continues to Unfairly Target Breeders in North Carolina!

The anti-hunting extremists at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) have turned up the pressure on the North Carolina House Finance Committee in an effort to pass Senate Bill 460, or another bill to which they can attach its language. Time continues to run out on their ability to pass this attack on responsible dog breeders, including those that breed dogs for hunting. While some have tried to claim that hunting dogs will not be affected by this bill, the statement is completely false. All breeds of dogs will be affected.
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June 25, 2010

HSUS Continuing to Attack North Carolina’s Hunting Heritage!

Thanks to the tremendous response to last week’s alert, the hearing on Senate Bill 460 did not take place on Thursday, June 24. The anti-hunting extremists at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) must have realized they were losing support for this legislation, and agreed to have the bill pulled from the calendar so that they could redouble their efforts for another push. Time is rapidly running out for HSUS, and the word we are hearing is that S 460 will be heard in the House Finance Committee on Wednesday, June 30, at 8:30 AM.
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