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February 18, 2014

Iowa: Your Action Needed! House Judiciary Committee to Hear Pro-Gun Legislation Tomorrow

House File 384 is scheduled for a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee tomorrow, February 19, at 3:00 p.m.  This bill, with a proposed NRA-supported amendment, will legalize the ownership of firearm sound suppressors, also referred to as "silencers,” in Iowa.  
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February 18, 2014

West Virginia: Bills on the Move in Charleston

Late last week and early this week, multiple pro-gun and hunting reform bills have seen passage in committees and on the House floor.
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February 15, 2014

Tennessee: Senate Committee to Hear Pro-Hunting Bill on Wednesday

On Wednesday, February 19, the Senate Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 1777.  This committee hearing will take place at 2:30 p.m., in Room 12 LP of the Tennessee state Capitol.
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February 14, 2014

Idaho: Pro-Hunting Legislation Passes House Committee

Earlier this week, House Bill 399 passed in the House Resources and Conservation Committee with a do-pass recommendation and is now awaiting consideration on the House floor.  HB 399 seeks to 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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February 12, 2014

West Virginia: Update on Legislative Activity in Charleston

Yesterday, February 11, House Bill 4309, sponsored by Delegate Rupie Phillips (D-24), passed in the state House Judiciary Committee and goes to the House floor for further consideration tomorrow.  
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February 11, 2014

West Virginia: Pro-Gun Legislation to be Heard in Senate Committee Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Senate Bill 298, introduced by state Senator John Unger II (D-16), is scheduled to be heard in the West Virginia Senate Natural Resources Committee.  SB 298 will clarify the distinction between hunters and shooters in the field and would allow shooters who are in possession of a firearm, in or near the woods, to be protected from unnecessary interference by a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officer based solely on possession of a firearm.  This Senate committee is scheduled to meet at 2:00 p.m. in Room 451M of the state Capitol.  Using the contact information provided below, please contact members of this Senate committee and urge them to support SB 298.
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February 11, 2014

Georgia: Important Pro-Hunting Bill in Senate Committee on Thursday

This Thursday, February 13, an important pro-hunting bill is scheduled to be heard in the state Senate Natural Resources & Environment Committee, barring inclement weather in Atlanta.  Senate Bill 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 10, 2014

Virginia: Sunday Hunting Bill Passes in Senate

Today, Senate Bill 154, the Senate companion to House Bill 1237, passed by a 29-10 vote in the Virginia Senate, putting Virginia hunters one step closer to having the opportunity to hunt on Sundays on private land.
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February 7, 2014

Pennsylvania: Game Commission Approves Adult Mentor Youth Hunting Regulations

The Pennsylvania Game Commission recently approved regulations to implement Senate Bill 623 from the 2013 legislative session.  Final approval and adoption of this proposal is expected at the Pennsylvania Game Commission meeting in April.  Sponsored by state Senator Jake Corman (R-34), SB 623 seeks to increase adult participation in hunting by authorizing the Pennsylvania Game Commission to expand its successful Mentored Youth Hunting Program to all ages, allowing a licensed hunter to take an unlicensed adult hunter afield.  This important pro-hunting reform will help with hunter recruitment and preserve Pennsylvania’s rich hunting heritage for generations to come.
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February 7, 2014

Ohio: Suppressor Bill Awaits Approval by House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee

After having received several hearings by the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, House Bill 234, sponsored by state Representative Cheryl Grossman (R-23), still awaits passage by this committee.  This important pro-hunting legislation would revise state law to allow a person to use a noise suppressor attached to a firearm while hunting game birds or wild quadrupeds in the Buckeye State.
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February 7, 2014

West Virginia: Exciting Legislation in Charleston

It has been another busy week in the West Virginia Legislature.  Several Second Amendment bills have been proposed and assigned to committee, including:
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February 3, 2014

Indiana: Constitutional Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment Clears Senate, Goes to House

Today, Senate Joint Resolution 9, sponsored by state Senator Brent Steele (R-44), passed in the Indiana Senate by a 43 to 4 vote.  SJR 9 will now be transmitted to the Indiana House of Representatives where its sponsors are state Representatives Sean Eberhart (R-57), Heath VanNatter (R-38) and Mark Messmer (R-63).  SJR 9 would guarantee Hoosiers the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.  This proposed constitutional amendment would ensure the preservation of Indiana's rich hunting heritage for future generations.
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February 3, 2014

Alabama: Right to Hunt and Fish Legislation Introduced

Earlier this month, the Alabama Legislature convened its 2014 legislative session and saw the introduction of 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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January 31, 2014

Idaho: Pro-Hunting Legislation Introduced in state House

Last week, state legislation that seeks to recruit and retain more hunters in the Gem State was introduced and referred to the House Committee on Resources and Conservation.  House Bill 399 aims to 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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January 30, 2014

Virginia: Sunday Hunting Bill Passes in Senate Committee

Senate Bill 154, the Senate companion to House Bill 1237, passed by a 9-4 vote today in the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee, putting Virginia hunters one step closer to having the opportunity to hunt on Sundays on private land.  
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January 29, 2014

Maryland: Annapolis Update! Pro-Gun Bills Making Progress; Pro-Second Amendment Event Days Away

Yesterday, January 28, Senate Bill 231 was heard in the state Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee and is now awaiting a vote in committee.  House Bill 214 was also heard yesterday and awaiting a vote in the House Judiciary Committee.
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January 28, 2014

Virginia: Sunday Hunting Bill Passes in House!

In great news for Virginia sportsmen as well as the future of gun rights and hunting in the Commonwealth, today the Virginia House of Delegates passed House Bill 1237 by a 71-27 vote - without the inclusion of any amendments, such as the local option amendment, which would have created a patchwork of confusing ordinances for Virginia hunters.
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January 27, 2014

Hawaii: Committee to Hear Multiple Pro-Hunting Bills This Week

This Wednesday, January 29, the House Committee on Water and Land is scheduled to hear several important hunting bills.  Among those bills to be heard is House Bill 1902, introduced by state Representative Cindy Evans (D-7), which would integrate a no net loss policy for public hunting lands in Hawaii.  
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January 27, 2014

Indiana: Constitutional Right to Hunt and Fish Passed in Committee, Goes to Senate Floor for Vote

Today, Senate Joint Resolution 9 passed in the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee by a 7 to 0 vote.  Sponsored by state Senator Brent Steele (R-44), SJR 9 would guarantee Hoosiers the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.  This proposed constitutional amendment would ensure the preservation of Indiana's rich hunting heritage for future generations.  SJR 9 could be voted on as early as Monday, February 3.
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January 24, 2014

West Virginia: A Busy Week in Charleston Sees a Number of Pro-Gun Bills Introduced

It has been a busy week in Charleston as numerous pro-gun measures were introduced and referred to committee.  Your NRA is closely watching and fully supporting the following legislation that was recently introduced:
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January 24, 2014

Tennessee: General Assembly Returns for 2014 Session

Last week, the 2014 session of the Tennessee General Assembly convened.  Right out of the gate, a number of pro-gun and pro-hunting bills have been introduced.  Your NRA-ILA will keep you up-to-date as these bills make their way through the legislative process.  
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January 23, 2014

Hawaii: 2014 Legislative Session Underway, Pro-gun and Anti-gun Legislation Introduced

Last Wednesday, the 2014 Hawaii Legislature convened in Honolulu.  As the legislative session gets going, the NRA is working hard to further and protect your Second Amendment rights.  There are several bills which were carried over from the 2013 session and a number of newly introduced bills, both pro-gun and anti-gun.  
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January 23, 2014

Indiana: Constitutional Right to Hunt and Fish Scheduled for Monday Committee Hearing

Originally scheduled for tomorrow, the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources committee will now consider Senate Joint Resolution 9 on Monday, January 27, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 431 of the Indiana Statehouse.  Sponsored by state Senator Brent Steele (R-44), SJR 9 would guarantee Hoosiers the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.  This legislation would ensure the preservation of Indiana's rich hunting heritage.
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January 23, 2014

Iowa: Ensure Your Firearms Freedoms are a Priority This Session

The second week of the 85th Iowa General Assembly is underway in the Hawkeye State, and your NRA-ILA continues to work in Des Moines with the Iowa Firearms Coalition (IFC) and your state legislators to protect, restore and advance your Second Amendment rights.  It is imperative that your state legislators hear from you, as we work with them to ensure Iowans’ firearms freedoms are made a priority this session.  Call and e-mail your state Senator and Representative today!  Respectfully tell them you support fortifying your gun rights with a STRONG and meaningful state constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms amendment, protecting the privacy of Iowans' records, and legalizing suppressor ownership.
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January 22, 2014

Mississippi: Senator Files Sportsmen’s Sales Tax Holiday Bill

This week, state Senator Philip Moran (R-Hancock, Harrison Cos.) introduced Senate Bill 2425, legislation creating a sales tax holiday in the Magnolia State during the first full weekend in September for individual sales of firearms, ammunition, most hunting supplies and certain recreational fishing equipment.
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January 22, 2014

Virginia: Sunday Hunting Bill Passes Committee Hurdle and Goes to House Floor

In a big win today for Virginia hunters and sportsmen, House Bill 1237 was reported favorably by the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee by a 12-10 vote, and now goes to the House floor.  
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January 21, 2014

Indiana: Pro-Gun and Pro-Hunting Bills Scheduled for Committee Hearings This Week

Tomorrow, January 22, at 9:00 a.m. in Room 130 of the Indiana Statehouse, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 229, legislation which would prohibit taxpayer-funded gun “buyback” programs.
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January 21, 2014

Virginia: House Committee to Vote on Sunday Hunting Bill Tomorrow

Tomorrow, January 22 at 8:30 a.m. in House Room C of the General Assembly Building in Richmond, the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee will consider an important bill to allow Sunday hunting on private property with written permission from the owner.
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January 16, 2014

Georgia: Things Heating Up in State Capital in Fight for Your Gun Rights

It’s only the first week of the 2014 legislative session, but things are beginning to heat up in Atlanta in the battle for your Second Amendment rights.
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January 15, 2014

Maine: 2013-2014 Legislative Session Reconvened in Augusta

Last Wednesday, the 2013-2014 legislative session reconvened in Augusta.   Last year, the legislature defeated some of the greatest threats to the Second Amendment ever seen in the Pine Tree State.  But our fight to protect your rights is not over.
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January 11, 2014

Nebraska: 2014 Legislative Session Convened This Week

On Wednesday, the Nebraska Legislature convened its 2014 legislative session.  Your NRA-ILA will be monitoring and reporting on all pro-/anti-gun and pro-/anti-hunting bills throughout this legislative session.  
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January 8, 2014

Virginia: 2014 General Assembly Session Convened Today

Today, the Virginia General Assembly convened its 2014 legislative session.  Your NRA-ILA will be monitoring and reporting on all pro-/anti-gun and pro-/anti-hunting bills throughout this session.  
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December 31, 2013

Michigan: Governor Signs House Bill 4993 into Law

House Bill 4993 (now Public Act 246) was signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder (R) on December 21.  HB 4993 creates a Wildlife Management Public Education Fund to be managed by the Michigan Wildlife Council.  This nine-member council will be responsible for establishing a comprehensive media-based public information program aimed at promoting Michigan’s abundant wildlife resources and educating the general public on the role that sportsmen play in the conservation of these resources.
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December 13, 2013

Michigan: Important Pro-Hunting Bill Goes to Governor

Yesterday, December 12, the Michigan Legislature passed an important NRA-supported pro-hunting bill, House Bill 4993, which promotes wildlife conservation and education.  HB 4993 will now be sent to Governor Rick Snyder (R) for his expected signature
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December 12, 2013

Wisconsin: Crossbow Hunting Bill Signed by Governor Walker

On Tuesday, December 10, Governor Scott Walker (R) signed into law Assembly Bill 194.  This long-awaited legislation provides hunters with the freedom to use a crossbow during big game archery season, allowing more sportsmen to participate in the Badger State’s rich hunting heritage.  
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October 25, 2013

Ohio: House Committees to Receive Public Comment on Important Hunting and Right-to-Carry Reform Bills on Tuesday

On Tuesday, October 29, two NRA-backed bills of importance to gun owners and sportsmen will be up for public comment in their respective state House committee.
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October 17, 2013

Wisconsin: Pro-Hunting Bill Passes Final Hurdle and Goes to Governor

Today, the Wisconsin Assembly unanimously voted to concur with Senate changes to the NRA-supported, pro-hunting crossbow legislation, Assembly Bill 194.   AB 194 will now be sent to Governor Scott Walker (R) for his signature.  This long-awaited state legislation will allow hunters the freedom to use a crossbow if they choose during big game archery season.  Along with other pro-hunting bills championed by the NRA like the Sporting Heritage Act, AB 194 will help increase hunter participation and preserve Wisconsin’s rich hunting heritage.
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October 9, 2013

Maine: Anti-Hunting Extremists are Threatening to Erode your Hunting Heritage

Several weeks ago, the largest national anti-hunting group—the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)—announced they are resurrecting an attempt to ban traditional methods of taking black bear.  These methods, which account for more than 90% of black bear taken annually, include baiting, hunting with dogs, and trapping.  If these methods are eliminated, Maine’s sustainable bear management program will be threatened.
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September 17, 2013

Wisconsin: Increased Hunter Opportunity Bill Overwhelmingly Passes State Senate, Heads to State Assembly for a Concurrence Vote

Today, on a voice vote, the Wisconsin Senate approved an amended version of Assembly Bill 194, legislation that would allow hunters to use a crossbow during the big game archery season.  While this measure already passed the Assembly in June, it must return to the Assembly for a concurrence vote because of some changes the Senate made to the bill.  
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August 26, 2013

Tennessee: Limited Sandhill Crane Hunting Season Approved by State Fish and Wildlife Commission

Last Friday, the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission (TFWC) approved the establishment of a sandhill crane hunting season.  Over the last three decades, the population of the sandhill crane has grown more than 300% to the point where hunters in fifteen states (AK, AZ, CO, ID, KS, KY, MN, MT, ND, NM, OK, SD, TX, UT, WY) currently enjoy being able to participate in the hunting and proper management of this abundant species.  Now, sportsmen in Tennessee will be able to enjoy this same opportunity beginning on November 28 through January 1, 2014.
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