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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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May 13, 2011

Wisconsin Personal Protection Act Heard in Committees and Hundreds Show Their Support!

Making it evident that they are tired of being denied the right to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense, hundreds of Badger State residents attended hearings yesterday on the Personal Protection Act (PPA) in the Senate and Assembly Judiciary Committees. This degree of citizen participation is rarely seen by legislators, even in this age of controversy at the Capitol, and many took note. It is critical that you contact your state Senator AND state Representative and request that they support the PPA without any amendments that further restrict your right to self-defense or cause more difficulty in obtaining a license. Specifically, ask that they oppose a training mandate.
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May 13, 2011

Hearing Held On H.R. 991, Polar Bear Trophy Importation Bill

Earlier this year, U.S. Rep. Don Young (D-Alaska) introduced H.R. 991, a bill to allow the importation of polar bear trophies by hunters who had completed their hunts before the Secretary of the Interior changed the listing of all polar bears globally to the status of "threatened."
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May 13, 2011

Montana Governor Signs Important Ammunition Bill

Last night, Governor Brian Schweitzer signed into law House Bill 159. HB 159, sponsored by state Representative Cary Smith (R-55), restricts the authority of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) and the FWP Commission to regulate firearms and ammunition.
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May 12, 2011

Alabama Senate Stalls Forever Wild Reauthorization Vote - Decides to Push Forever Wild Constitutional Amendment

In a last minute attempt to avoid reauthorization of the Forever Wild program, the Alabama Senate instead pushed for the passage of a Forever Wild constitutional amendment that would appear on the 2012 ballot.
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May 12, 2011

2011 Colorado Legislative Session Comes to a Close

The 2011 legislative session of the Colorado General Assembly adjourned sine die on May 11. During this session, three pro-gun bills - Senate Bill 53, Senate Bill 77 and House Bill 1205 - were defeated in the designated Senate “kill committee” which has predictably defeated pro-Second Amendment bills by partisan 3 to 2 votes during the past several years. Senate Bill 53 would have eliminated the authority of the governor to suspend or limit the sale, dispensing, or transportation of firearms during a state of disaster/emergency. House Bill 1205 would have allowed residents to carry a concealed handgun without a permit as long as they were legally eligible to purchase and possess a firearm. Senate Bill 77 would have rectified the noticeable omission of businesses in current self-defense law. Senate Bill 208, legislation in which the NRA remained neutral, passed in both chambers and is now awaiting action by Governor John Hickenlooper.
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May 11, 2011

Massachusetts Committee to Hear Second Amendment Bills

Tomorrow, May 12, the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security will hear eighteen firearm-related bills in room A-2 at 1:00 p.m. More specifically, the Committee will hear pro-gun legislation regarding firearms preemption, Sunday hunting, youth hunting, and emergency powers as well as anti-gun legislations on restricted areas. For a full listing of all bills on the agenda, click here.
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May 9, 2011

Iowa: Public Hearing this Wednesday for the Mourning Dove Hunting Proposal!

On Wednesday, May 11 at 2 p.m., the Administrative Rules Review Committee is scheduled to discuss the proposed rules for the mourning dove hunting season. This is the first step in the process of legislative approval of 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 9, 2011

Texas: Urge Your State Senator to Support HB 716, The Feral Hog & Coyote Management Bill

Feral hogs are responsible for an estimated $400 million in direct damages in Texas every year according to several sources. There are an estimated 1.5 to 2 million feral hogs in the state across all 254 counties. It is also reported that for each dollar spent on feral hog control, over $7.50 is saved in agricultural products that are not destroyed by this depredating species.
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May 9, 2011

Two Important Pro-Gun Bills Await Governor’s Signature in Montana

House Bill 159, which would limit the authority of the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP), as well as House Bill 271, a permitless carry bill, are both awaiting action by Governor Brian Schweitzer. The Governor has until this Thursday, May 12, to act on these bills. As long as HB 159 and HB 271 are not vetoed, they will become law.
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May 9, 2011

Maine: Two Pro-Gun Bills Pass in the Joint Criminal Justice Committee

Thanks to your help, last Friday two important pro-gun bills were voted “Ought to Pass” by the Joint Criminal Justice Committee. Legislative Document 35, worker protection legislation, was voted “Ought to Pass” by a 7 to 6 vote. Legislative Document 1347, expanding right-to-carry, was voted “Ought to Pass” by an 8 to 5 vote. These pro-gun bills would be a major step forward for the gun owners and sportsmen of Maine.
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May 9, 2011

North Carolina: Crossbow Permit-to-Purchase Repeal Signed by Governor!

We are pleased to announce that Senate Bill 406 was signed into law by Governor Bev Perdue on April 28. This bill, which repeals the requirement that one obtain a purchase permit before acquiring a crossbow, sailed out of the state Senate in March by a unanimous vote and was passed in the state House of Representatives on April 19 by a 69 to 48 vote. S 406 was introduced by state Senators Andrew C. Brock (R-34), Don East (R-30) and Buck Newton (R-11). Thank you to all who made your voices heard during this process!
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May 6, 2011

Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources to Hold Public Hearings on Coyote, Fox Training Grounds

In the coming days, the Natural Resources Commission will hold two public hearings on proposed changes regarding hunting dog field trial permits and the chasing of fox and coyotes in enclosures.
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May 6, 2011

Alabama Senate Nears Vote on Extending Forever Wild Program

Forever Wild was created in 1992 by a constitutional referendum that garnered nearly 83 percent of the vote. The program is dedicated to preserving Alabama's great wild lands and wildlife, all while expanding the public recreational opportunities such as hunting. This land-preservation program has secured more than 220,000 acres in Alabama. It is entirely funded by Gulf oil and gas leases with no monies coming from the taxpayer.
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May 5, 2011

Anti-Gun Bills A Major Threat in the California Legislature

Several anti-gun bills were heard in the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees this week that will have major implications for California gun owners and sportsmen if passed and enacted. Senate Bill 124 would ban virtually all handgun and rifle ammunition and cartridges. Senate Bill 798 would require BB guns to be manufactured the same as a toy gun. Assembly Bill 144 would ban open carry of firearms. Assembly Bill 809 would require long gun registration. Please call, e-mail and write your state Senator TODAY and urge him or her to oppose SB 798 and SB 124 and also call, e-mail and write your state Assemblyman TODAY and strongly urge him or her to oppose AB 144 and AB 809. These bills are unnecessary restrictions on law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen and WILL NOT stop criminals. Contact information for your state Senator and Assemblyman can be found here.
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May 5, 2011

Bill Attacking Pennsylvania’s Sporting Tradition Remains on Senate Calendar

Senate Bill 626 remains on the Senate Calendar for possible consideration by the Pennsylvania Senate. This legislation is an unjustified attack by “animal rights” extremists who want to criminalize and ban organized bird shoots in Pennsylvania.
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May 5, 2011

Hunter Heritage Bill Passes Committee in Michigan

On May 3, the House Natural Resources, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee passed Senate Bill 207. Sponsored by state Senator Joseph Hune (R-22), SB 207 would establish a mentored youth hunting program allowing parents to determine at which age their children are ready to hunt.
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May 2, 2011

Montana: Important Ammunition Bill on Governor’s Desk

House Bill 159, sponsored by state Representative Cary Smith (R-55), is legislation to restrict the authority of the Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) and the FWP Commission to regulate firearms and ammunition. HB 159 is currently awaiting action by Governor Brian Schweitzer.
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May 1, 2011

California: Anti-Gun Bills to be Heard in the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committee This Week

On May 2 and May 4, the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees will be hearing anti-gun bills that will have major implications for California gun owners and sportsmen if passed and enacted. Senate Bill 124 would ban virtually all handgun and rifle ammunition and cartridges. Assembly Bill 144 would ban open carry of firearms. Assembly Bill 809 would require long gun registration.
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April 29, 2011

Montana: 2011 Legislature Adjourns

House Bill 271 was approved by the state Senate last night, April 28, and will now go to Governor Brian Schweitzer for his consideration. Sponsored by state Representative Krayton Kerns (R-58), HB 271 simply says that the prohibition on concealed carry does not apply to “a person who is eligible to possess a handgun under state or federal law.”
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April 29, 2011

Pro-Gun Legislation Needs Your Help Moving Through the Maine Legislature

The pro-gun bills listed below will be voted on in the near future and your state Senator and Representative need to hear from you today. Please call and e-mail them expressing your support for these important bills to help advance Second Amendment rights for Maine gun owners and sportsmen. Contact information for your state Senator and Representative, or help identifying you state Senator and Representative, can be found here.
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April 29, 2011

NRA-Backed Employee/Parking Lot Protection Bill to be Considered in the Texas House this Monday, May 2

The Texas House is expected to debate and vote on NRA-backed employee/parking lot protection legislation this coming Monday, May 2. House Bill 681, sponsored by state Representative Tim Kleinschmidt (R-Lexington), is set on Monday's House calendar. The sponsor plans to substitute Senate Bill 321, the companion measure sponsored by state Senator Glenn Hegar (R-Katy), since it is has already passed in the Senate and has moved over to the House. HB 681/SB 321 would prevent employers from enacting and enforcing policies to prohibit employees from storing firearms in their locked private motor vehicles while parked at work.
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April 28, 2011

Your Support is Needed to Save Pennsylvania’s Sporting Tradition!

Although expected to be considered this week, the Pennsylvania Senate did not vote on Senate Bill 626. However, there are indications that it will be considered next week. This legislation is an unjustified attack by “animal rights” extremists and simply put, Senate Bill 626 would criminalize and ban organized bird shoots in Pennsylvania.
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April 27, 2011

Two Important Pro-Gun Bills Pending on Montana Senate Floor

House Bill 174, legislation to legalize the use of suppressors, and House Bill 271, a bill to allow concealed carry within city limits without a permit are advancing in the Montana Senate. Both bills are sponsored by state Representative Krayton Kerns (R-58), and they need your help!
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April 27, 2011

Iowa Natural Resources Commission Taking Public Comment on Proposed Rules for the Introductory Dove Season!

On Tuesday, May 24 at 1 p.m. in the west conference room of the Wallace Building, the Iowa Natural Resources Commission will meet to discuss the rules for the recently proposed mourning dove hunting season. The Wallace Building is located at 502 E. 9th Street in Des Moines. At this time the commission is currently accepting public comment and your input is needed to make sure that this new season is established to allow hunters sustainable and abundant opportunities.
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April 27, 2011

Missouri: Vote on NRA-Backed Hunting Legislation Postponed!

Yesterday’s vote on Senate Bill 300 was held off in the House General Laws Committee, but could be reconsidered as early as this Thursday, April 28.
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April 26, 2011

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to Hold Public Meetings on Big Game Regulations

This May, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) will hold several public meetings throughout the state to discuss big game hunting regulations. The purpose of these meetings is to “provide information about big game herd health and numbers, propose the number of controlled big game hunting tags to issue this fall and review concepts for any 2012 big game regulation changes.”
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April 25, 2011

Vote Expected in the Senate on a Bill to Ban Sporting Tradition in Pennsylvania!

State Senator Patrick Browne (R-16) is again leading the charge on this legislation and it is fully supported by “animal rights” extremists. The Senate Judiciary Committee passed SB 626 by a 11 to 3 vote and it is expected to be voted on in the state Senate this week. Simply put, Senate Bill 626 would criminalize and ban organized bird shoots in Pennsylvania.
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April 25, 2011

Missouri: NRA-Supported Hunting Legislation Under Attack!

The NRA’s motivation for supporting Senate Bill 300 in Missouri has been attacked by some individuals and organizations and you should know the truth. SB 300 is a bill that would allow centerfire handguns to be used during the state’s muzzleloader hunting seasons. Like with countless other proposed laws each year throughout the country, the NRA supports this bill because it expands hunter opportunity and choice. It does this while maintaining the spirit associated with this lesser weapons season. Expanded opportunity and choice help to improve critical hunter recruitment and retention efforts. The state Legislature has chosen to consider this bill after the Conservation Commission failed to act on a similar rule proposal for three long years.
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April 22, 2011

Cougar Management Bill Advances to Oregon Senate

On April 20, House Bill 2337 passed in the state House by a 45 to 14 vote. HB 2337 is a cougar management bill ordered by the Speaker pursuant to House Rule 12.00A (5). Due to the fact that hunting cougars with dogs is considered a Measure 11 penalty, 40 votes were required to pass it. HB 2337 now moves to the state Senate where, if past experience is repeated, the legislation will face an uphill battle.
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April 21, 2011

Legislation on Black Bears Passes Colorado House Committee; Natural Resources Merger Bill Passes State Senate

On April 18, the House Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Committee passed House Bill 1294 by an 8 to 5 vote. This bill will now head to the House floor for consideration.
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April 21, 2011

Kentucky to Consider Establishing Sandhill Crane Hunting Season!

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) is currently considering instituting a hunting season for the now prosperous Sandhill Crane population which migrate through the state. Sandhill cranes are classified as a game species by Congress under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. Over the last three decades their population has grown over 300% to the point where hunters in 13 states currently enjoy being able to participate in the hunting and proper management of this abundant species. The goal of the KDFWR proposal is to allow the greatest possible participation for hunters, while being certain the Sandhill Crane population is properly maintained for future generations.
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April 20, 2011

Missouri: NRA-Backed Hunting Legislation Referred to the House General Laws Committee

Senate Bill 300 has already passed unanimous in the state Senate, passed Second Reading in the state House and is now in the House General Laws Committee. SB 300 is scheduled to be heard this Tuesday, April 26 at 12:00 p.m. in House hearing 4.
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April 20, 2011

Pennsylvania Bill to Ban Sporting Tradition Remains on Active Senate Calendar!

As previously reported, Senate Bill 626 was headed to the Senate Appropriations Committee. The NRA has learned that SB 626 has been not referred to the Senate Appropriations committee, but kept on the active Senate Calendar and could be voted in the Senate as earlier as next week. Please call your state Senator today to OPPOSE SB 626 and protect Pennsylvania tradition.
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April 20, 2011

New Hampshire: Permitless Carry Bill Scheduled for Hearing in the Senate Today and NRA-Backed Amendment is Needed

Today, the state Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on legislation to allow a law-abiding person to possess a concealed firearm without a license. This committee is scheduled to meet at 1:15 p.m. in SH 100. Alaska, Arizona and Vermont already allow the carrying of a concealed firearm without a permit. Wyoming recently enacted a permitless carry law that will go into effect this July and Montana now has a bill awaiting final consideration by the legislature before it heads to the Governor. New Hampshire could be the sixth state to further extend the Second Amendment rights for its citizens.
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April 19, 2011

Pennsylvania’s Sporting Tradition Ban Referred to Senate Appropriations

Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill supported by “animal rights” extremists and state Senator Patrick Browne (R-16) is again leading the charge. Simply put, Senate Bill 626 would criminalize and ban organized bird shoots in Pennsylvania.
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April 19, 2011

Families Afield Bill Heads to New Hampshire Governor

Families Afield is an education and outreach program that helps states create hunting opportunities for those looking to enter sportsmen’s ranks by instituting a “try it before you buy it” approach. With an incredible safety record in all states that have adopted such measures, New Hampshire could be the 32nd state to enact this critical hunting legislation.
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April 14, 2011

Missouri: Expanded Hunting Opportunities on the Move in the Show Me State

Missouri’s Senate Bill 300, legislation sponsored by state Senator Brian Munzlinger (R-18), would allow hunters to use centerfire handguns during the state’s muzzleloader hunting seasons. This is one important way to provide hunters with increased choice and opportunity in the field. Handguns have a more limited range than modern muzzleloaders and therefore fall within the scope and spirit of this lesser weapons season.
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April 13, 2011

Maine: Work Session Scheduled on Gun-Related Bills this Friday, April 15

The Joint Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee has scheduled a firearm legislation Work Session this Friday, April 15 at 9:00 a.m. in room 436 State House. This Work Session will determine the fate of critical firearm legislation for this legislative session. Listed below are the bills that the NRA is supporting and opposing.
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April 13, 2011

Missouri: Expanded Hunter Opportunities in the Show Me State

Missouri’s Senate Bill 300 is legislation sponsored by state Senator Brian Munzlinger (R-18) that would allow hunters to use centerfire handguns during the state’s muzzleloader hunting seasons. This is one important way to provide hunters with increased choice and opportunity in the field. Handguns have a more limited range than modern muzzleloaders and therefore fall within the scope and spirit of this lesser weapons season. Please contact your state senator today and ask that he or she support SB 300 as a means of expanding hunter choice and opportunity. To locate your state Senator and his or her contact information, please click here. The bill could be voted on as soon as tomorrow, so please act now!
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