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February 3, 2012

Arizona: House Committee Hearing Scheduled for Pro-Hunting Legislation

Arizona House Bill 2728, NRA-backed pro-hunting legislation introduced earlier this week by state Representative David Gowan (R-30), is scheduled to be heard by the House Committee on Military Affairs and Public Safety on Wednesday, February 8th.  Enactment of HB 2728 would allow hunters in Arizona to use lawfully-possessed suppressors (also referred to as silencers) on firearms for hunting.  This bill needs your support!  Please contact committee members and request their support of this pro-hunting legislation.
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January 31, 2012

Arizona: NRA-Backed Pro-Hunting Legislation Introduced In House!

Today, state Representative David Gowan (R-30) introduced House Bill 2728, NRA-backed pro-hunting legislation.  Enactment of this bill would allow hunters in Arizona to use lawfully-possessed suppressors (also referred to as silencers) on firearms for hunting. 
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January 31, 2012

Indiana: NRA-Backed Pro-Hunting Legislation Faces Final Vote in Senate Tomorrow!

Today, NRA-backed Senate Bill 243 passed its second reading in the Indiana Senate by a voice vote, after adoption of an amendment that clarifies misdemeanor charges for unlawful hunting with a suppressor.  This bill now faces a final vote tomorrow, for passage in the Senate. 
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January 31, 2012

Georgia: Pro-Hunting Legislation Passes Senate

Today, NRA-backed Senate Bill 301 passed in the Georgia Senate by a 48-5 vote. This legislation now goes to the state House of Representatives for its consideration.
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January 30, 2012

Virginia: Sunday Hunting Needs Your Help!

After the historic passage of Senate Bill 464 in the Virginia Senate last week by an overwhelming, bipartisan 29 to 11 vote, Sunday hunting legislation now faces a decidedly tougher challenge in the House of Delegates.  Assigned to the Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee, House Bill 921 will first be considered by the Natural Recourses Subcommittee on the evening of Wednesday, February 1.
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January 27, 2012

Iowa: Traditional Ammunition Protections Move Forward in Des Moines

Yesterday, the state House Natural Resources Committee passed House Joint Resolution 2001 by a 17 to 4 vote.  HJR 2001, which is the House companion of Senate Joint Resolution 2001, is now headed to the House floor for consideration.  SJR 2001 and HJR 2001 would rescind the Iowa Natural Resources Commission’s unjustified and dangerous regulation banning the use of traditional ammunition for dove hunting. 
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January 26, 2012

Georgia: Pro-Hunting Bill Passes Unanimously in Senate Committee!

Yesterday, NRA-backed Senate Bill 301 passed unanimously in the state Senate Natural Resources & the Environment Committee!  This bill now goes to the Senate floor. 
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January 26, 2012

Virginia: Senate Passes Historic Sunday Hunting Legislation!

Earlier today, in a victory for sportsmen throughout the Commonwealth, the Virginia Senate passed legislation to repeal the comprehensive ban on Sunday hunting by a 29 to 11 vote.  This bipartisan action will now send Senate Bill 464 to the state House of Delegates for committee assignment and further consideration. 
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January 25, 2012

Iowa Legislature Moving Forward with Important Pro-Gun and Pro-Hunting Legislation

Yesterday, the state House Public Safety Subcommittee passed HF 573 by a 2 to 1 vote.  This important “stand your ground” self-defense legislation will now be heard by the full House Public Safety Committee as early as tomorrow.  State Representatives Clel Baulder (R-58) and Matt Windschitl (R-56) voted to pass HF 573, while Representative Rick Olson (D-68) voted against it.  Also, Senate Joint Resolution 2001 passed in the state Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee by a 9 to 3 vote.   In the meantime, House Joint Resolution 2001, House companion of SJR 2001, is expected to be voted on tomorrow in the state House Natural Resources Committee. 
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January 25, 2012

Indiana: NRA-Backed Pro-Hunting Legislation Passes Committee and Goes to the Senate Floor!

Today, NRA-backed Senate Bill 243 passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 7 to 1 vote!  This bill will now head to the full Senate for a floor vote.  Currently, Indiana law permits use of suppressors for all shooting activities except for the taking of game.  Enactment of SB 243 would ensure that hunting is treated the same way as other shooting activities with respect to the use of suppressors, and allow hunters to reap the many benefits suppressor use provides.
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January 24, 2012

Georgia: Pro-Hunting Legislation to be Heard in Senate Committee Tomorrow

Tomorrow, January 25, the state Senate Natural Resources and the Environment Committee is scheduled to hear NRA-backed Senate Bill 301.  This hearing will take place at 3:00 p.m. in Room 450 of the State Capitol. 
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January 20, 2012

Virginia: Sunday Hunting Legislation Passes Senate Committee!

Yesterday in the General Assembly Building, the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee considered four similar Sunday hunting bills. The committee rolled these four bills into Senate Bill 464 and then passed it by a vote of 11 to 4. This legislation will now be sent to the full state Senate for its consideration.
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January 19, 2012

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission to Consider Rule Change to Allow Hunting with Suppressors

At its next meeting on Wednesday, January 25, the Regulations Committee of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission will present proposed amendments to the 2012-2013 Statewide Hunting Proclamation. It will seek permission for them to be published in the Texas Register for public comment.
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January 13, 2012

Washington Shooting Range Protection Bill Needs Your Help!

Yesterday, House Bill 1508, a vital shooting range protection bill, introduced by state Representatives Dean Takko (D-19), Tim Probst (D-17), and Kevin Van De Wege (D-24), was heard in the House Judiciary Committee.  Due to the short legislative session, this bill needs to be voted on soon, if it is going to pass this year.  
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January 13, 2012

Georgia: Senate proposal would end ban on suppressors for hunting firearms

A Georgia Senate proposal would end the ban on silencers for hunting firearms.Senate Bill 301 is sponsored by Sen. John Bulloch, who says allowing hunters to use silencers would keep them from disturbing their neighbors. The Ochlocknee Republican says hunters would still have to have a federal permit to possess a silencer and argues this does not create an unfair advantage for hunters.
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January 12, 2012

NRA-Backed Pro-Hunting Legislation Introduced in the Georgia Senate

On Tuesday, NRA-backed Senate Bill 301 introduced by state Senator John Bulloch (R-11), was referred to the state Senate Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment.  SB 301 would allow Georgians to use lawfully-possessed silencers (also referred to as suppressors) on firearms for hunting.  There are many benefits to silencers/suppressors: (1) they increase accuracy, (2) make shooting more enjoyable by lessening felt recoil and reducing muzzle blast, (3) protect shooters’ hearing and (4) help reduce noise pollution.
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December 23, 2011

Gray Wolves in the Western Great Lakes region to be Delisted Once Again

It was announced this week that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will publish a final rule removing gray wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin from the list of endangered and threatened species.  This policy change will take effect thirty days after the rule is published in the Federal Register and that is expected to occur next week.  This issue marks one more wildlife conservation success story funded, at least in part, by America’s hunters.
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December 16, 2011

Pennsylvania: New Law Removing License Display Applauded by Requirement Game Commission!

Earlier today, Governor Tom Corbett signed legislation into law removing an antiquated law which required hunters and trappers to display their license on an outer garment. With the enactment of House Bill 735, hunters and trappers will no longer be required to display their license beginning on February 13. Since this legislation will not take effect for sixty days, it is important that hunters and trappers continue to respect the current law and continue to wear their license until then.
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December 14, 2011

Pennsylvania: “Animal Rights” Activists Shut Down for 2011

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted to recommit Senate Bill 71 to the Gaming Oversight Committee by a 124 to 69 vote.
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December 12, 2011

Vote on Amendments Attacking Pennsylvania’s Sporting Tradition Scheduled for Tomorrow!

Last week, a vote on two amendments that would put an end to organized bird shoots in Pennsylvania was postponed due to your telephone calls and e-mails. These amendments have been rescheduled for a vote in the state House tomorrow.
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December 8, 2011

Vote on Amendments Attacking Pennsylvania’s Sporting Tradition Postponed to Tuesday, December 13!

Yesterday, animal “rights" lobbyists and activists converged on Harrisburg in support of Representative Maher’s amendments to Senate Bill 71. Due to your telephone calls and e-mails, the scheduled vote was postponed to Tuesday, December 13.
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December 7, 2011

Amendments Attacking Pennsylvania’s Sporting Tradition Could be Voted on in the State House!

Animal “rights” activists have once again talked state Representative John Maher (R-40) into sponsoring two amendments that would put an end to organized bird shoots in Pennsylvania. These amendments, which could amend Senate Bill 71, are scheduled to be voted on TODAY.
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November 17, 2011

Wisconsin: Two Pro-Hunting Bills Signed into Law

On November 4, Governor Scott Walker signed two pro-hunting bills into law which will take effect in advance of opening day of hunting season this year.
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November 8, 2011

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau to Discuss Sunday Hunting Next Week

Next week, the state Farm Bureau will hold its annual meeting at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center from November 14 to 16. A topic of discussion at this meeting will be a county resolution to support House Bill 1760, Sunday hunting legislation.
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October 28, 2011

NRA Files Protest Letter in Opposition to BLM's Resource Management Plan for Recreational Shooting Ban

NRA has filed a letter protesting the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) final resource management plan for Ironwood Forest National Monument that will close the entire monument to recreational shooting.
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October 26, 2011

Pennsylvania: Sunday Hunting Public Hearing Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, October 27, the state House Game and Fisheries Committee will have a public hearing on House Bill 1760, which would remove the statutory prohibition on Sunday hunting. This hearing will begin at 9:00 a.m. in Room 140 of the Main Capitol.
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October 24, 2011

Sunday Hunting Hearing This Week in Pennsylvania!

The battle to legalize Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania has come to a critical point and your help is essential. State lawmakers have reported that they are not hearing from constituents who want their hunting freedoms restored. Many are using this as an excuse to justify their opposition. Your action today must change their impressions! Every single contact with a legislator makes a difference. Rest assured that the opponents are making their voices heard.
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October 12, 2011

Proposed Sandhill Crane Hunting Season Approved in the Bluegrass State

On October 11, members of the Administrative Regulations Review Subcommittee voted unanimously, by a 7 to 0 vote, to approve a plan to allow sandhill crane hunting in the Bluegrass State. With this final approval, Kentucky will join thirteen other states in which sandhill cranes can be properly and scientifically managed through hunting. Click here to see the proposal.
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October 11, 2011

California: Governor Jerry Brown Signs Three Anti-Gun Bills into Law

On Sunday, California gun owners and sportsmen were dealt another blow when Governor Jerry Brown signed into law three anti-gun bills (AB 809, SB 819 and AB 144) and vetoed a fourth (SB 427) only because there is a pending lawsuit, according to his veto message on the bill. The Governor did sign one pro-gun bill (SB 610) into law.
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October 7, 2011

Polar Bear Trophy Bill Passes Committee

On October 5th, 2011, the House Natural Resources Committee passed Rep. Don Young's (R- Alaska) bill to allow the importation of legally hunted polar bear trophies (H.R. 991) by voice vote.
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October 6, 2011

Final Days for California Governor to Hear Your Veto Request on Four Anti-Gun Bills

The final day for Governor Jerry Brown to veto or sign into law four pending anti-guns bills is this Sunday or they become law without his signature. Please continue to call AND e-mail the Governor urging him to support the law-abiding gun owners of California and veto these detrimental anti-gun bills. Let him know that these bills will have no effect on criminals, because criminals don’t obey the law. Also, respectfully remind the Governor that California doesn’t have the money to waste on programs that have not been proven to stop criminal activity. Please continue to call AND e-mail Governor Brown respectfully urging him to VETO SB 427, SB 819, AB 144 and AB 809.
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October 5, 2011

Kentucky: Subcommittee Meets Next Tuesday to Discuss Sandhill Crane Hunting Season

On Tuesday, October 11, a subcommittee of eight members will meet to discuss the proposed plans for Kentucky’s new sandhill crane hunting season. Already approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, this subcommittee is the final step before the proposed plan can go into effect.
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September 30, 2011

Groups File Spurious Petition to Protect Nevada Bears

Among the more desperate actions taken by anti-hunting groups lately is the petition, filed by Big Wildlife and NoBearHuntNV, to grant black bears in Nevada federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.
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September 30, 2011

California Governor Has Four Anti-Gun Bills to Consider and Time is Running out to Request His Veto

Four anti-guns bills that are detrimental to California’s law-abiding gun owners have been presented to Governor Jerry Brown for his consideration. Governor Brown has just over a week to decide whether to sign or veto these bills. The NRA has requested Governor Brown veto these bills, but he needs to hear from California’s gun owners that such legislation only affects and penalizes law-abiding citizens while having no impact on crime or criminals. One pro-gun bill did make it to Governor Brown’s desk, Senate Bill 610. It is critical to call AND e-mail Governor Brown every day respectfully urging him to VETO SB 427, SB 819, AB 144 and AB 809. Also, please urge him to SIGN into law SB 610.
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September 23, 2011

“The Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act” Introduced In The Senate: Urge Your Senators To Cosponsor And Support This Important Legislation

On September 21, Senators Jim Webb (D-Va.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.) introduced S. 1588 -- “The Recreational Land Self –Defense Act.”
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September 23, 2011

California: Four Anti-Gun Bills Now on Your Governor’s Desk

Three of the four anti-gun bills that passed the California legislature have been presented to Governor Jerry Brown. He has about two weeks to decide whether to sign or veto these bills. The NRA has requested Governor Brown to veto these bills, but he will need to hear from California’s gun owners that such legislation only affects and penalizes law-abiding citizens while having no affect on crime or criminals. On a good note, one pro-gun bill did make it to Governor Brown’s desk, Senate Bill 610. It is critical to call AND e-mail Governor Brown every day respectfully urging him to VETO SB 427, SB 819, AB 144 and AB 809. Also, please urge him to SIGN into law SB 610.
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September 23, 2011

Sunday Hunting Needs Your Support in Pennsylvania!

The prohibition on Sunday hunting is an old blue law left on the books in only six states. Hunters pump millions of dollars into habitat restoration and conservation and they are primarily responsible for healthy ecosystems throughout Pennsylvania. Many hunters cannot introduce their children or friends to hunting because Saturday is their only opportunity, and they are competing with various other activities. The addition of an extra day in the field increases a person’s available time to enjoy our hunting heritage. This will invigorate essential hunter recruitment and retention efforts.
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September 22, 2011

The NRA Goes to Bat for Washington Hunters

On September 19, attorneys for the NRA submitted a letter to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) requesting that they repeal the traditional (lead) ammunition ban. You can review the full text of this letter by clicking here.
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September 15, 2011

Time is Running Out; Washington Hunters Must Speak Now!

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has imposed a ban on the use of traditional (lead) ammunition for all upland bird hunting on all WDFW pheasant release sites across the state. This restriction was adopted by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission two years ago but its implementation was delayed until this hunting season. The Commission adopted the restriction during the course of its 2010-2012 hunting season-setting process.
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September 14, 2011

HSUS to Stage Anti-Hunting Call-in-Day in Pennsylvania

When the Pennsylvania Senate reconvenes on Monday, September 19, the anti-hunting extremists of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) will stage an “End Live Pigeon Shoots Call-in-Day” to members of the state Senate. The HSUS “Call-in-Day” is in support of immediate action on Senate Bill 626, legislation sponsored by state Senator Patrick Browne (R-16) prohibiting organized bird shoots. This proposal still remains active on the Senate Calendar for possible consideration.
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