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August 29, 2011

Washington Imposes New Fees to Use Public Lands -Some Hunters May Be Double-Taxed!

With the start of the 2011 hunting seasons upon us, Washington hunters need to be aware of a new tax they may have to pay. Due to Washington’s budget crisis, the state Legislature imposed new fees to use public lands beginning July 1, 2011. The fees come in the form of the new “Discover Pass,” which costs $30 for an annual pass and $10 for a day pass (additional processing fees apply). This excerpt from the Discover Pass website lists what areas the pass applies to:
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August 23, 2011

More Pressure Needed Opposing Anti-Gun Legislation in Sacramento

The California Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees are scheduled to hear several anti-gun bills this Thursday, August 25. It is crucial that all California gun owners and sportsmen contact the members of the state Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committee to OPPOSE the following anti-gun legislation and SUPPORT the NRA-backed CCW reform bill.
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August 19, 2011

Washington Hunters: Let Your Voices be Heard!!!

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has imposed a ban on the use of traditional 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 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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August 19, 2011

Administrative Rules Committee Strips Dove Rule of Statewide Traditional Ammunition Ban!

The nation was watching this week as the Administrative Rules Committee met to review the Natural Resource Commission's final rule for Iowa's first dove hunting season in nearly a century.
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August 16, 2011

Iowa: Administrative Rules Committee Strips Dove Ruleof Traditional Ammunition Ban!

Today, the Administrative Rules Committee met to review the National Resource Commission’s (NRC) final rule for Iowa’s first dove hunting season. In a nine-to-one bipartisan vote, legislators overwhelmingly rejected the NRC’s underhanded attempt to include a traditional ammunition ban in the final dove rule. This vote allows for a “session-delay” of the lead ammunition ban, meaning the legislature will have to act during the next legislative session to remove the ban from the final dove rule. However, Iowa’s first dove season will proceed and will not include a traditional ammunition ban.
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August 12, 2011

Washington: Plan for Columbia National Wildlife Refuge of Importance to Hunters

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has drafted a plan to guide management of the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge for the next fifteen years. The Refuge is scattered across four counties in the Columbia Basin of east-central Washington near Othello. The management plan is open for public comment until August 28 which can be submitted at www.fws.gov/columbia. Click on “Draft Management Plan” in the orange box and it will show you how to submit comments online. You may also submit comments to: mcriver@fws.gov. Please include “Columbia CCP Comments” in the subject line of all correspondence.
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August 12, 2011

Pennsylvania: Hearing on Sunday Hunting Scheduled for September 15

On Thursday, September 15, the Pennsylvania House Game and Fisheries Committee will hold its second public hearing to consider ending the prohibition on Sunday hunting. This hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the East Allen Township Municipal Building, 5344 Nor-Bath Boulevard; Northampton, PA 18067. Please continue to contact members of the House Game and Fisheries Committee and urge them to support expanding Sunday hunting. Contact information for this committee can be found here.
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August 12, 2011

California Legislature Returns to Work on August 15 and Anti-Gun Legislation is on their Schedule

The California Legislature returns to work this Monday, August 15. It is imperative that you call AND e-mail your state Senator and Assemblyman TODAY and respectfully urge them to OPPOSE several anti-gun bills and support the NRA CCW reform legislation. To view all the legislation and find contact information for your state Senator and Assemblymember, please click here.
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August 9, 2011

Colorado: Hunting and Shooting on Forest Service Lands is Topic of Boulder County Commission Meeting

The Boulder County Commission will be briefed this Thursday, August 11 by the U.S. Forest Service regarding public recreation, including hunting and shooting, on Forest Service lands in unincorporated Boulder County. This is an informational meeting only, but the public is invited to attend. This briefing will be held at 2:30 pm this Thursday in the hearing room on the third floor of the county Courthouse located at 1325 Pearl Street in Boulder.
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July 21, 2011

Michigan: Hunter Heritage Bills Signed into Law

Yesterday, July 20, Governor Rick Snyder signed into law the Hunter Heritage Act, allowing youth hunters to get in the field at an earlier age, under the direct supervision of an adult mentor hunter. Senate Bill 207, sponsored by state Senator Joseph Hune (R-22), and House Bill 4371, sponsored by state Representative Peter Pettalia (R-106), establish a mentored youth hunting program allowing parents to determine at which age their kids are ready to hunt.
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July 15, 2011

Delisting of Recovered Wolf Populations Moves Forward in U.S. House

The National Rifle Association and a coalition of sportsmen’s groups sent a letter to Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Interior and Environment, and committee member Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming) concerning the delisting of recovered wolf populations from the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The letter supports efforts in advancing Section 119 of the 2012 Interior-Environment Appropriations bill, which was approved yesterday by the House Appropriations Committee.
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July 15, 2011

Colorado: U.S. Forest Service Releases Allenspark Recreational Shooting Project Environmental Assessment for Public Comment

The U.S. Forest Service has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) to address safety concerns that led to an emergency closure of approximately 132 acres of forest land located on the Boulder Ranger District of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. The closed area is a small undeveloped, isolated parcel in and around the former Allenspark Dump, intersected by State Highway 72. It was a popular place that people gathered for informal target shooting.
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July 14, 2011

Iowa Natural Resources Commission Bans Traditional Ammunition During Dove Season

Earlier today, the Iowa Natural Resources Commission gave final approval to the establishment of a dove season to begin on September 1. However, the Commission felt it necessary to add an amendment that will now ban the use of traditional ammunition when dove hunting.
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July 8, 2011

Hunting Opportunities to be Expanded on National Wildlife Refuges in Eight States

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is proposing to open Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Minnesota to deer and turkey hunting for the first time, while expanding hunting activities at nine other refuges in eight states. These states include: Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Minnesota, Iowa, Utah and Texas. If approved, the proposal would provide additional public hunting opportunities in fulfillment of the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997.
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July 4, 2011

California Legislature Hearing More Anti-Gun Bills Before Its Summer Recess

The California Legislature is trying to get as many anti-gun bills passed before its summer recess starts on July 15. Two more anti-gun bills have been scheduled for a hearing this Wednesday, July 6. We need all NRA members, gun owners and sportsmen across California to call AND e-mail members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee. The Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 427 (local licensing of handgun ammunition sellers and ammunition ban) and Senate Bill 819 (reallocation of Dealer Record of Sales (DROS) funds).
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July 1, 2011

California: Two Extreme Anti-Gun Bills to be Heard on July 5

Anti-gun extremist Senator Kevin De León is continuing his assault on our Second Amendment rights in Sacramento for a second consecutive year and his bills are even more restrictive this year. On Tuesday, July 5, the state Assembly Public Safety Committee is scheduled to hear two of De León’s anti-gun bills that, if enacted into law, will have very serious ramifications for ALL of California’s gun owners and sportsmen: Senate Bill 124 (ammunition registration) and Senate Bill 798 (air and BB gun regulation). SB 124 and SB 798 have both already passed in the state Senate by a 22 to 16 vote and will go to the Governor if passed in the Assembly.
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June 30, 2011

Louisiana 2011 Legislative Session has Come to a Close

On June 23, the 2011 Louisiana legislative session adjourned. Governor Bobby Jindal signed four pro-gun bills into law. All of these bills will effect on August 15, 2011.
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June 30, 2011

2011 Florida Legislative Session Ends with Three Pro-Gun Bills Signed into Law

On May 7, the 2011 Florida legislative session adjourned. Governor Rick Scott signed three important pro-gun bills into law.
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June 29, 2011

Sunday Hunting Legislation Assigned a Bill Number in Pennsylvania

Sunday hunting legislation has been assigned a bill number. House Bill 1760, sponsored by state Representative John Evans (R-5), would permit hunting on Sunday.
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June 24, 2011

Anti-Gun Bills Still Alive in California

Despite passing one pro-gun bill and defeating one anti-gun bill, the state Senate and Assembly Public Safety Committee still voted to attack our Second Amendment rights by supporting several anti-gun bills. Those anti-gun bills now go to the state Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees. Your calls and e-mails opposing these anti-gun bills are even more important. Please forward this alert to your family, friends and fellow gun owners across California and urge them to also call their state legislators to OPPOSE SB 427, SB 819, AB 809 and SUPPORT SB 610.
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June 24, 2011

North Carolina: Governor Bev Perdue Signs NRA-Backed Omnibus Gun Bill into Law

Yesterday, Governor Bev Perdue signed House Bill 650 into law. H 650 will make several positive reforms to North Carolina’s gun laws.
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June 24, 2011

Two More Pro-Gun Bills Head to Louisiana’s Governor

After passing in the state House and Senate respectively, House Bill 489 and Senate Bill 39 now await Governor Bobby Jindal’s signature to become law. SB 39, sponsored by state Senators Eric LaFleur (D-28) and Neil Riser (R-32), would clarify that Louisianans may purchase a long gun in any state, and allow a citizen of any other state to purchase a long gun in Louisiana, so long as both states allow such purchases. HB 489, introduced by state Representative Alan Seabaugh (R-5), would remove the requirement that an individual must wait six months to acquire “resident” status to apply for a concealed handgun permit.
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June 22, 2011

Georgia: Jackson County Board of Commissioners Vote Against Discharge Ban

Due to your calls and e-mails, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted down a poorly written discharge ban proposal on Monday, June 20. The proposed ordinance would have prohibited the discharge of any type of firearm for private land owners on less than ten acres in Jackson County, except in defense of life or property. Thank you to all of the NRA members who contacted the commissioners urging them to oppose the firearm discharge ordinance.
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June 21, 2011

Tennessee: White County Board of Commissioners Chooses to Not Adopt Firing Range Restrictions

Yesterday, the White County Commission met to discuss and vote on an anti-gun resolution regarding the future of new firing ranges within the county. Since no one offered a motion to vote on the resolution restricting gun ranges, this proposal is now considered dead.
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June 17, 2011

Gun-Related Bills to be Heard on June 21 in the California Legislature

One pro-gun bill and several anti-guns bills are expected to be heard in the state Senate and Assembly Public Safety Committees this Tuesday, June 21. Please call and e-mail members of the state Senate and Assembly Public Safety Committees urging them not to punish California’s law-abiding gun owners and support our freedoms by opposing all anti-gun legislation.
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June 17, 2011

Georgia: Jackson County Commissioners to Hear Proposed Firearm Discharge Ban this Monday, June 20

This Monday, June 20, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners will meet at 6:00 p.m. to discuss a firearm discharge ordinance. The NRA has not yet seen this proposal and is attempting to obtain a copy, but the Commerce News Today quoted Commissioner Tom Crow as expressing concern over the fact that the proposed discharge ban language affects, “...not only a subdivision, but any residential home in the county, whether that home is located on a half acre or 50 acres. ” To read this article, please click here.
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June 9, 2011

NRA-Backed Bills Progress in Louisiana Legislature

Yesterday, the House Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice unanimously passed Senate Bill 39 by a voice vote, sending it to the House floor for consideration. Sponsored by state Senators Eric LaFleur (D-28) and Neil Riser (R-32), SB 39 would clarify that Louisianans may purchase a long gun in any state, and allow a citizen of any other state to purchase a long gun in Louisiana, so long as both states allow such purchases.
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June 7, 2011

Two Important Pro-Gun Bills Headed to the Oregon House Floor

Senate Bill 347 B-Engrossed is expected to be heard on the state House floor tomorrow, June 8. Introduced by state Senator Diane Rosenbaum (D-21), SB 347 was amended in the state House to include a provision that would prohibit a public body from releasing information that identifies either an applicant for, or a holder of, a concealed handgun license (CHL). A key factor of this bill is that it would also exempt the disclosure of records pertaining to a domestic violence service or a resource center that assists those affected by domestic or sexual violence who visit the center for referrals, resource information, or any related services.
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June 7, 2011

Pennsylvania: Hearing on Sunday Hunting to Occur this Thursday

This Thursday, June 9, the Pennsylvania House Game and Fisheries Committee will hold a public hearing to consider ending the prohibition on Sunday hunting. This hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort, 777 Waterwheel Drive in Seven Springs.
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June 6, 2011

Oregon: No-Net-Loss Hunting Bill on Senate Floor Tomorrow

Tomorrow, June 7, House Bill 2875 B-Engrossed will be considered on the state Senate floor. This is a no-net-loss bill that would require public lands used for wildlife management purposes to be accessible for hunting.
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June 6, 2011

Mississippi: Board of Supervisors Repeals Portion of Rankin County Ordinance that Created “No Hunting Zones”

In 2009, the Rankin County Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance banning the discharge of firearms inside of and within 500 yards of platted subdivisions, as well as hunting with a bow inside of and within 100 yards of platted subdivisions. This far-reaching ordinance created large “no hunting zones” that extended far beyond subdivision property lines into neighboring tracts of land. In no way did it account for the property rights of landowners within those boundaries, or for cases in which firearms could safely be discharged on those land tracts with no threat to neighbors. In response to concerns raised by local NRA members, sportsmen and landowners, the Board amended the ordinance in February of 2010 to change the distance prohibition from 500 yards to 200 yards for firearms.
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June 3, 2011

Hunting Included in Plan for Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has released a plan that will direct the management of the Atchafalaya Refuge for the next 15 years.  The 44,000-acre Refuge is  one of 8 refuges managed...
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June 3, 2011

US Fish and Wildlife Service Seeking Comments on Improving Hunting at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is developing a new plan that will guide management of the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge for the next 15 years.
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June 2, 2011

Status Update on Anti-Gun Bills in California

Unfortunately, several anti-gun bills have passed in their chambers of origin and have moved to the opposite legislative body for consideration. These bills must be stopped and your help is needed! The following bills have passed in the Assembly and are now in the Senate Public Safety Committee. Please call AND e-mail members of the Senate Public Safety Committee urging them to OPPOSE AB 144 and AB 809. The following bills have passed in the state Senate and are now in the Assembly Public Safety Committee. Please call AND e-mail members of the Assembly Public Safety Committee urging them to OPPOSE SB 124, SB 427, SB 798 and SB 819.
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May 27, 2011

Kentucky: Important Meetings Scheduled on the Sandhill Crane Hunting Proposal!

At 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, the Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Environment will hold a meeting to discuss the proposed Sandhill Crane hunting season, prior to its official filing by the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission. At this time, you should begin contacting members of the Interim Joint Committee, who can be found by clicking here. While this meeting will not determine the outcome of the proposed season, it is important that we continue to show how important it is to use hunters as the conservation tool for Kentucky’s abundant and sustainable population of Sandhill Cranes.
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May 27, 2011

Michigan: Youth Hunting Bill Passes Michigan House

On May 24, House Bill 4371 passed in the Michigan House by an 85 to 23 vote and has been referred to the Senate Committee on Outdoor Recreation and Tourism. Please contact your state Senator and urge him or her to support HB 4371. Introduced by state Representative Peter Pettalia (R-106), HB 4371 would establish a mentored youth hunting program allowing parents to determine at which age their kids are ready to hunt.
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May 24, 2011

Legislative Deadlines Weed Out Gun Bills in Nevada

With only fourteen days left in the Nevada Legislature's 76th Regular Session, only a handful of pro-gun bills remain. Two measures have been signed into law by Governor Brian Sandoval, Assembly Bill 217, legislation providing for out-of-state purchase of long guns, and Assembly Bill 321, self-defense reform legislation, which was signed into law on May 19. On Friday, May 20, the Senate unanimously passed Assembly Bill 143, introduced by state Assemblyman David Bobzien (D-24). This bill will now go back to the Assembly to be engrossed and then goes to the Governor for his consideration. AB 143 is similar in nature to SB 126 regarding the use of any semi-automatic pistol and any revolver to qualify for a CCW permit. AB 143 also ensures that the identity of Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) permit holders is kept confidential. Please contact Governor Sandoval and ask that he sign this important right to carry measure into law when it arrives on his desk. Governor Sandoval can be reached by e-mail here.
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May 23, 2011

Iowa: Attend the Natural Resources Commission Hearing Tomorrow, Open for Public Comment on Proposed Mourning Dove Hunting Rules

On Tuesday, May 24 at 1:00 p.m., the Natural Resources Commission of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is scheduled to discuss the proposed rules for the mourning dove hunting season. This is the next step in the legislative approval process for the rules proposed by the Natural Resources Commission. Do not let the anti-hunting forces inject their politics and emotion into the formulation of the mourning dove hunting season. It is important that we make our voices heard and ensure that science drives the process of establishing the mourning dove hunting season.
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May 19, 2011

Louisiana: Two Important Hunting Bills Pass Committee, Move to Senate Floor!

Today, the Senate Natural Resources Committee passed two important pro-hunting bills by unanimous voice votes.  House Bill 169, introduced by state Representative Cameron Henry (R-82),...
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May 18, 2011

Louisiana: Two Important Hunting Bills Up in Senate Natural Resources Committee

Tomorrow, the Senate Natural Resources Committee will hear House Bill 169, introduced by state Representative Cameron Henry (R-82), and House Bill 294, introduced by state Representative Major Thibaut (D-18). Both bills have already passed in the state House and await Senate committee consideration.
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