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February 8, 2013

North Carolina: Hunting and Recreational Shooting at Stake in Management Plan for Two National Forests

The U.S. Forest Service is in the process of revising the management plan for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests.  When completed, the plan will guide management of the two national forests for approximately 15 years.  Nearly all decisions made about public use of national forests across the country, including access and opportunity to hunt and target shoot, flow from these management plans.  
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February 7, 2013

Wyoming House of Representatives Considering Hostile Amendments to Pro-Gun Reform

As the state House of Representatives prepares for its final vote to repeal the state prohibition on hunting with sound suppressors, a number of hostile amendments are being proposed that would essentially cripple this bill’s purpose.  Senate File 132, introduced by Senator Ogden Driskill (R-01), passed the House Agriculture, State and Public Lands and Water Resources Committee by a 6 to 3 vote earlier this week with Representatives Dan Zwonitzer (R-43), Rita Campbell (R-34) and Stan Blake (D-39) voting against it.  Thanks to your calls and e-mails Representative Blake has changed his opinion on the bill and said he will now vote for it on the House floor.  Last week, the state Senate passed this bill unamended by a 23 to 7 vote.  A final vote on the House floor will be held any day now and it is imperative that you let your Representative know that a vote for any amendment is a vote against your rights.
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February 7, 2013

Mississippi Senate Approves Pro-Gun and Pro-Hunting Bills By Overwhelming Margins

Thanks to the leadership of Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves and Chairman of the Senate Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks Committee Giles Ward, the Mississippi Senate overwhelmingly approved three NRA-backed bills this week: Senate Bill 2212 by Sen. Giles Ward (R-Louisville) corrects vague and problematic language in Mississippi’s firearm carry laws; Senate Bill 2048, also by Senator Ward, expands the opportunities for hunters to use crossbows in archery and primitive weapons seasons regardless of physical ability; and Senate Bill 2647 by Sen. Briggs Hopson (R-Vicksburg) requires reporting of firearm-purchase disqualifying mental health records to the National Instant Check System.  All three bills now move to the State House of Representatives where they will be assigned to an appropriate committee for further consideration.
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February 5, 2013

Montana: Apprentice Hunting Bill to be Heard in Senate Committee Today

Senate Bill 197, sponsored by state Senator Scott Boulanger (R-44), would establish an apprentice hunting certificate program that allows individuals of any age to learn the art of hunting while under the supervision of a mentor before completing a hunter education course.  SB 197 is scheduled for its first hearing today in the Senate Fish and Game Committee at 3:00 p.m. in hearing room 303 in the Capitol.  While no action will be taken today, it is still imperative that you contact members of the Senate Fish and Game Committee today and urge them to support and promote our hunting heritage by voting for SB 197.
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February 5, 2013

Wyoming: Pro-Hunting Reform Passes House Committee and Awaits Final Approval by the House

Today, the state House Agriculture, State and Public Lands and Water Resources Committee voted 6 to 3 to repeal the state prohibition on hunting with sound suppressors (which are additionally regulated under federal law) while providing additional penalties for those who use them illegally. Representatives Dan Zwonitzer (R-43), Rita Campbell (R-34), and Stan Blake (D-39) voted against this bill. Last week, the state Senate voted 23 to 7 to pass Senate File 132, introduced by Senator Ogden Driskill (R-01).  This bill is now eligible for a final vote of approval in the House, which could be held as early as tomorrow.  This is your last chance to contact your state Representative and politely encourage his or her support of this common sense hunting reform measure.
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January 30, 2013

Nevada: Ban on Hunting Bear with Dogs could be Voted on this Friday

As previously reported by the NRA-ILA in December, there is an effort underway in Nevada to ban the use of hounds while hunting black bear.  The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners (NVBWC) will be once again hearing a petition to impose this ban at its meeting in Las Vegas this Friday, February 1, and it is likely that action will be taken on this issue.  Their agenda and guidelines for public comment can be viewed  here  (petition details are under 5 and guidelines are under 14).
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January 29, 2013

Wyoming: Pro-Gun Reforms Advance

The Wyoming House Judiciary Committee approved two pro-gun bills today:  House Bill 103, introduced by state Representative Allen Jaggi (R-19), would strengthen the state’s authority over firearm laws while prohibiting local counties from enacting their own ordinances in clear violation of the current state firearms preemption statute, and House Bill 105, also introduced by Rep. Jaggi, would allow law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed firearm in more locations.  Both of these bills passed in committee by an 8 to 1 vote and are scheduled for a House floor vote tomorrow.  Please contact your state Representative TODAY and urge him or her to support these pro-gun reforms.
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January 28, 2013

Wyoming: Senate Passes Important Pro-Hunting Reform Bill While House Considers Two Right to Carry Reform Bills

Three bills of interest to gun owners and sportsmen in the Cowboy State are moving through the state legislature in Cheyenne. The House Judiciary Committee will have a hearing tomorrow to consider two bills: House Bill 103, introduced by Representative Allen Jaggi (R-19), which would strengthen the state’s authority over firearm laws while prohibiting local counties from enacting their own ordinances in clear violation of the current state firearms preemption statute, and House Bill 105, also introduced by Rep. Jaggi, which would allow law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed firearm in more locations. Please contact members of the House Judiciary Committee and your state Representative today and politely ask them to support HB 103 with Representative Jaggi’s amendment and HB 105 without any amendments.
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January 25, 2013

MONTANA: The 2013 Legislative Session Starts Off Strong

The 2013 legislative session is underway and several pro-gun bills have been introduced.
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January 22, 2013

Wyoming Senate Committee Approves Pro-Hunting Reform

The Wyoming Senate Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee voted 4 to 1 in favor of a pro-hunting reform authored by Senator Ogden Driskill (R-1).  Senate File 132 would repeal the state prohibition on hunting with sound suppressors (which are additionally regulated under federal law) while providing additional penalties for those who use them illegally.  This bill is now eligible for a vote in the full Senate.  A date for this Senate floor vote has not been scheduled at this time but please call and e-mail your state Senator urging him or her to vote in favor of this meaningful hunting improvement legislation!  Your senator’s contact information can be found here.
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July 20, 2012

Florida: Public Comment on Three Proposed Alternatives for Big Cypress National Hunting Preserve Will Impact Florida’s Hunting Community!

Public comment is sought on three alternatives for a draft Hunting Management Plan for Big Cypress National Preserve that has been released by the National Park Service (NPS), along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).  The draft plan, which addresses concerns voiced in a previous public comment period, can be viewed by clicking here.  The deadline for public comment is August 24 – make your voice heard today and support Alternative 3! 
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June 8, 2012

New York: Comment Period Open in Proposed Pro-Hunting Plans for Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has drafted a plan to guide management of the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge for the next 15 years.  This 9,184-acre refuge is located in Cayuga, Seneca and Wayne Counties and was established in 1938 to provide nesting, feeding, and resting habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds.  In the drafted plan, three alternatives are presented for public review.  Alternative A would keep things as they currently are.  Alternative B would open new opportunities and more accessible sites for hunting.  Alternative C is similar to Alternative B, but would leave waterfowl hunting in its current state.
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June 1, 2012

New York: Mourning Dove Hunting Legislation Now Pending in Senate Committee

Pro-hunting legislation has been introduced in the New York Senate.  Senate Bill 6968, sponsored by state Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-50), would classify mourning doves as “migratory game birds,” ultimately allowing for the creation of a dove hunting season.
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May 22, 2012

In the Final Week of Session, the Oklahoma Legislature Passes Legislation to Legalize Suppressors While Hunting

Today, the Oklahoma House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to legalize the use of suppressors while hunting through passage of Senate Bill 1743 by a 78 to 3 vote.  Last week, SB 1743 passed in the state Senate by a 44 to 0 vote.  This bill now heads to Governor Mary Fallin for her consideration and approval.
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May 4, 2012

Minnesota Governor Signs Important Pro-Hunting Legislation into Law

Yesterday, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (D) signed House File 2171, the 2012 Game and Fish Omnibus Bill.  This legislation includes Minnesota’s first regulated wolf hunting and trapping season, as well as provisions allowing youth firearm education and safety courses at specified publicly-owned or managed firearm ranges
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May 4, 2012

Your Help is Needed to Expand Hunting Opportunities in Illinois

House Bill 4819 stalled in the state Senate Agriculture and Conservation Committee this week and needs your support.  This legislation, if enacted, would expand the use of crossbows for hunting to provide increased opportunities for new and experienced hunters alike.  Please contact members of the Senate Agriculture and Conservation Committee today and respectfully urge them to support House Bill 4819 and the full inclusion of crossbows for hunting!
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April 27, 2012

NRA-Backed Bills Beat Legislative Deadline in Oklahoma

Yesterday, two NRA-supported bills advanced in the Oklahoma House, before the legislative crossover deadline.  Senate Bills 1760 and 1743 both received the required third reading in the House and each bill was approved by an overwhelming majority.  
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April 19, 2012

Montana: Hunting Included in Management Plan for Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is currently allowing the public to comment on a recent plan to manage the Lee Metcalf Refuge for the next 15 years.  Located south of Missoula, this 2,800-acre refuge is one of the smallest refuges in the country and is one of the few remaining undeveloped areas in the Bitterroot Valley.  The Lee Metcalf Refuge is open to archery hunting for deer, which is one of the fish and wildlife related recreational opportunities available.   
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April 18, 2012

Oklahoma Firearm Reform Bills Face Deadline Next Week

By next Thursday, April 26, all Senate bills must receive the approval of the Oklahoma House or they will no longer be eligible for consideration this session.  NRA members' active support has been a key factor in the positive outcome of pro-Second Amendment legislation this session, and is now more important than ever.  Please continue to urge your state Representative to support these necessary protections of your gun rights and hunting heritage by encouraging consideration of the following legislation in advance of the impending deadline:
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April 11, 2012

Arizona Governor Signs Hunter Protection Bill into Law

Last night, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed House Bill 2457 into law.  This legislation will allow hunters to carry a handgun for self-defense while in the field.  This important...
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April 4, 2012

Oklahoma Firearms Reform Bills Continue to Advance

After passing their chamber of origin, three NRA-backed bills continue to garner support in the Oklahoma Legislature. Today, Senate Bills 1760 and 1743 were each passed in their respective House committees with overwhelming approval, while Senate Bill 1420 cleared the House yesterday. Your active support has been a key factor in the positive outcome of pro-Second Amendment legislation this session and is now more important than ever. Please continue to encourage your state Representative to support protections to your gun rights and hunting heritage.
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April 4, 2012

Governor Walker Signs Two Important Hunting Bills

Today, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has signed into law two important hunting initiatives.  Assembly Bill 311, sponsored by state Representative Jim Steineke (R-5), and Senate Bill 411, sponsored by state Senator Terry Moulton (R-23), passed by large bipartisan majorities in both houses of the state legislature and will help preserve Wisconsin’s rich hunting heritage.
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April 2, 2012

West Virginia Governor Signs NRA-Backed Bills Into Law

Today, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed three NRA-backed bills into law: SB 149, SB 353 and SB 478.  All three laws will take effect on June 8, 2012.
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March 30, 2012

Will Fear or Facts Decide Hunting Policy in Oklahoma?

After receiving overwhelming approval in the Senate by a 40 to 3 vote, Senate Bill1743 has come under attack from some state game wardens, and needs your help to pass in the House Agriculture, Wildlife and Environment Committee.  Known as the “Landowner's Hunting Freedom Act,” this important pro-hunting legislation would allow Oklahoma landowners and their guests to use lawfully-possessed suppressors (also referred to as silencers) on firearms for hunting.  Some state game wardens are taking a page out of the anti-gunners’ playbook, spreading false and unfounded concerns to derail this common sense reform. Opposing game wardens are pressuring Committee members to oppose the bill.  It is important that you contact Committee members TODAY, urging them to base their legislative decisions on fact and not fear.
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March 30, 2012

Mississippi: Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment Needs Your Help!

Yesterday, the Senate Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks Committee unanimously reported out House Concurrent Resolution 30, the NRA-backed Right to Hunt and Fish constitutional amendment that would appear on the 2014 ballot, sending it to the full Senate for consideration.  HCR 30 would provide meaningful protections against the anti-hunting extremists who seek to ban all hunting in America.
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March 30, 2012

NRA-Supported Oklahoma Pro-Gun Bills on the Move!

Thanks to your active support, Senate Bills 1760 and 1743 passed in the state Senate and will be heard next week by their respective state House committees.  Please continue to encourage state Representatives to support protections to your Second Amendment rights and hunting heritage.
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March 29, 2012

Kansas: Governor Brownback Signs Important Hunting Bill into Law

Today, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2491 into law.  This important self-defense and hunting reform will allow hunters, fishermen, and fur harvesters to carry a handgun in the field.  HB 2491 passed in the state Senate unanimously on March 15 and in the House by an overwhelming 113 to 8 vote in February. 
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March 29, 2012

Kansas: Governor Brownback Signs Important Hunting Bill into Law

Today, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2491 into law.  This important self-defense and hunting reform will allow hunters, fishermen, and fur harvesters to carry a handgun in the field.  HB 2491 passed in the state Senate unanimously on March 15 and in the House by an overwhelming 113 to 8 vote in February. 
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March 29, 2012

Texas: Use of Lawfully-Owned Suppressors While Hunting Legalized in the Lone Star State

Today, after hearing your support for this NRA-backed common sense hunting reform, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission voted unanimously to legalize suppressor use while hunting.  The benefits associated with suppressor use include increased accuracy due to reduced recoil and muzzle blast, protection from hearing damage and reduced noise pollution. 
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March 28, 2012

Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendments Will be on the Ballot in Idaho, Nebraska and Kentucky this November!

The National Rifle Association's effort to preserve hunting and fishing for future generations has moved forward into Idaho and Nebraska.  Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendments will be on the ballot in Idaho, Nebraska and Kentucky this November.  The Kentucky Legislature passed an Amendment last year.
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March 28, 2012

Idaho Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment Passes Senate and Will Be on November Ballot

Yesterday, the Idaho Senate voted 31 to 3 to pass House Joint Resolution 2a, a much-needed constitutional amendment that would provide meaningful protections against anti-hunting activists who seek to ban all hunting in America.  HJR 2a passed the House on March 22 by a 63 to 4 vote.  HJR 2a will now be on the ballot for voter approval this November.
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March 27, 2012

Arizona Pro-Hunting Bill Passes Senate, Goes to Governor Brewer

The Arizona Senate passed an important pro-hunting bill this afternoon by a 20 to 9 vote.  House Bill 2728, which would allow hunters in Arizona to use lawfully-possessed suppressors (also referred to as silencers) on firearms for hunting, passed in the state House on February 28 by a 42 to 14 vote.  HB 2728 now goes to Governor Jan Brewer for her approval.
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March 27, 2012

Nebraska Legislature Places Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment on 2012 Ballot

Today, the Nebraska Legislature passed NRA-backed Legislative Resolution 40CA, the Right to Hunt and Fish constitutional amendment, by a 41 to 3 vote.  This action places this issue on the general election ballot this November.
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March 27, 2012

Arizona Senate to Vote on Pro-Hunting Bill Today

An important pro-hunting bill will be on third reading this afternoon in the Arizona Senate.  House Bill 2728, introduced by state Representative David Gowan (R-30), would allow hunters in Arizona to use lawfully-possessed suppressors (also referred to as silencers) on firearms for hunting.   HB 2728 has already passed in the House by a 42 to 14 vote on February 28.  Passage in the state Senate is the final legislative hurdle to be cleared before going to Governor Jan Brewer for her approval.
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March 23, 2012

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission to Vote Next Thursday on Allowing Use of Lawfully-Owned Suppressors to Hunt -- Last Chance to Comment!

Recently, the NRA notified you about the opportunity to attend Texas Parks and Wildlife Department public hearings or to submit public comments online in support of an administrative rule change that would positively impact hunting in the Lone Star State.  You now have one last opportunity to weigh in on this debate by personally attending the next public meeting, where the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission will vote on the department's hunting regulation proposals.  This meeting will be held on Thursday, March 29 at 9:00 a.m. in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Commission Hearing Room, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744.
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March 23, 2012

Nebraska: Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment Scheduled for its Final Reading on Tuesday

On Tuesday, March 27, the Nebraska Legislature is scheduled to have the final reading for Legislative Resolution 40CA.  This is a much-needed constitutional amendment that would provide meaningful protections against anti-hunting activists who seek to ban all hunting in America, enshrining hunting and fishing in the Nebraska Constitution. 
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March 23, 2012

One Arizona Hunting Bill Signed by Governor, Another Up for a Vote in Senate

Two NRA-backed hunting bills have made big strides in Arizona this week.  Yesterday, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law House Bill 2640, which passed in both houses by large bipartisan majorities and will eliminate restrictions on the magazine capacity of any authorized firearm regulated by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission.  Also, House Bill 2728, which would allow hunters in Arizona to use lawfully-possessed suppressors (also referred to as silencers) on firearms for hunting, has passed out of the Committee of the Whole and is now eligible for a vote in the full Senate.
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March 22, 2012

Idaho House Sends Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment to the Senate

Today, the Idaho House of Representatives voted 63 to 4 to pass House Joint Resolution 2a, a much-needed constitutional amendment that would provide meaningful protections against anti-hunting activists who seek to ban all hunting in America.  HJR 2a will now go to the Senate where it must receive a two-thirds majority before going on the ballot. 
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March 20, 2012

Georgia: NRA-Backed Hunting Reform Bill Needs Your Immediate Help

Last week, excellent testimony from industry professionals, individual citizens and elected officials was given in support of Senate Bill 301 in the Georgia House Game, Fish and Parks Committee. Unfortunately, SB 301 has not yet been scheduled for another committee hearing and time is running short in this legislative session.  If SB 301 is not voted on soon, it cannot be considered on the House floor.  SB 301 passed in the state Senate by an overwhelming 48 to 5 vote on January 31.  SB 301 would allow hunters in Georgia to use lawfully-possessed suppressors (also referred to as silencers) on firearms for hunting.
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March 16, 2012

Idaho House Offers Constitutional Amendment to Guarantee the Right to Hunt and Fish

An important constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to hunt and fish has been introduced in the state legislature in Boise.  The NRA has been collaborating with state House and Senate leadership to produce this much-needed constitutional amendment that would provide truly meaningful protections against anti-hunting activists who seek to ban all hunting in America.  House Joint Resolution 2 incorporates the agreed-upon language and has been assigned to the House Resources and Conservation Committee for its consideration.
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