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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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April 13, 2011

Pennsylvania's Longstanding Sporting Tradition Under Attack Again!

State Senator Patrick Browne (R-16) is again leading the charge for “animal rights” extremists in Pennsylvania. Senate Bill 626, simply put, would criminalize and ban organized bird shoots in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately yesterday, Senate Bill 626 passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee by an 11 to 3 vote. Please contact those members of the Senate Judiciary Committee who voted to pass SB 626 and let them know how disappointed you are that they supported the radical “animal rights” agenda. Contact information for the committee can be found here. Also, please contact state Senator Browne and let him know of your opposition to this bill. He can be reached by e-mail at pbrowne@pasen.gov.
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April 13, 2011

Suppressor Bill Tabled in Montana Senate Judiciary Committee – Your Immediate Action Needed!

House Bill 174 was tabled in the state Senate Judiciary Committee; however, there is an effort underway to get the bill out of committee. The major stumbling block was opposition by landowners, based on a lack of accurate information, that suppressors actually “silenced” firearms and would enable poachers. The Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) initially testified in opposition to HB 174. Based on a newfound understanding of the facts about suppressors and a subsequent reevaluation of their position, the MSGA has submitted a letter to the committee withdrawing their opposition to this bill. This development creates an opportunity to “take HB 174 off the table” and move it out of committee. HB 174 passed in the state House by a 73 to 26 vote on February 11.
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April 11, 2011

Legislation to Legalize the Use of Firearm Suppressors in Washington Signed into Law by Governor Gregoire

Today, House Bill 1016 was signed into law by Governor Chris Gregoire. Sponsored by state Representative Brian Blake (D-19), NRA member and staunch supporter of firearm rights, HB 1016 legalizes the use of firearm suppressors. This legislation will take effect 90 days after adjournment.
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April 8, 2011

Maine: Several Firearm-Related Bills to be Heard on Monday, April 11

This Monday, April 11, at 10 a.m. in room 436, the Joint Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee is scheduled to have public hearings on several bills of interest to Maine gun owners. Below is a list of the bills that are scheduled to be heard. No action is needed at this time and the NRA will keep you posted on the status of these bills.
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April 7, 2011

Colorado: Natural Resources Merger Bill Passes Senate Committee

On March 31, the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee passed Senate Bill 208 by a unanimous 7 to 0 vote. Sponsored by state Senators Gail Schwartz (D-5) and Mary Hodge (D-25), SB 208 would combine State Parks and the Division of Wildlife under the Department of Natural Resources.
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April 6, 2011

California: Anti-Gun Bills Scheduled to be Heard in the State Assembly and Senate Public Safety Committees on April 12

On Tuesday, April 12, the California Senate and Assembly Public Safety Committees, are scheduled to hear three anti-guns bills, Senate Bill 124 would ban virtually all handgun and rifle ammunition and cartridges. AB 144 would ban open carry and AB 809 would require long gun registration.
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April 4, 2011

El Dorado County, California: Ideas from the Hunting Solution Subcommittee to be Heard at Kanaka Valley Meeting on April 7

A public meeting will be held this Thursday, April 7 to discuss the use and public access of the recently acquired Kanaka Valley by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Ideas from the hunting solution subcommittee will be heard at this meeting. Date: Thursday, April 7 Time: 6 pm – 8 pm Location: Green Valley Elementary School, 2380 Bass Lake Road in Rescue
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April 1, 2011

Legislative Debate on Nebraska’s Constitutional Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment to be Continued this Tuesday, April 5!

Nebraska Right to Hunt and Fish legislation, LR 40CA, has been scheduled for continued debate on the Senate floor this Tuesday, April 5 at 10 a.m. State Senator Pete Pirsch’s (4) amendment to LR 40CA to be considered would provide truly meaningful protections against anti-hunting activists who seek to ban all hunting in America, enshrining hunting and fishing in Nebraska’s Constitution.
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April 1, 2011

Ban on Lead Shot Proposed By Iowa Natural Resources Commission

Iowa’s Natural Resources Commission recently announced its intent to ban hunters’ use of lead shot on numerous state and federal wildlife areas across Iowa, except for use in turkey and deer hunting. The ban will also prohibit the use of lead shot in target shooting.
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March 30, 2011

Washington: Legislation to Legalize the Use of Firearm Suppressors Headed to Governor’s Desk

On March 29, House Bill 1016 passed in the Washington Senate by a 47 to 0 vote and on February 7, it passed in the state House by an 88 to 4 vote. Sponsored by state Representative Brian Blake (D-19), NRA member and staunch supporter of firearm rights, HB 1016 would legalize the use of firearm suppressors. This bill now goes to Governor Chris Gregoire’s desk for her consideration.
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March 30, 2011

Additional Hearing on Gray Wolf Legislation Scheduled in Oregon

Today, March 30, the state House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will hear seven bills that relate to the management of gray wolves at 3:00 p.m. in Hearing Room C. Due to high interest on this issue, an additional hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 5 at 5:00 p.m. in Hearing Room C.
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March 29, 2011

Massachusetts: Youth Hunting Legislation Introduced in the Commonwealth

Last week state Representative Anne Gobi (D-Spencer) introduced H.2400 “An Act Relative to Youth Hunting Programs.” H.2400 will resolve some of the current problems for youth hunters and target shooters which are linked to the Massachusetts Firearm Identification Card system. This week, Representative Gobi will be circulating a letter to her colleagues, for co-signing, which urges the Joint Committee on Public Safety to favorably release H.2400.
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March 29, 2011

Kansas: Right-to-Carry Reform Bill Awaits Governor Brownback’s Approval

Yesterday, Senate Bill 152 was sent to Governor Brownback for his approval. This important self-defense legislation would allow persons licensed to carry a concealed firearm to lawfully carry their firearm while hunting. Current law restricts possession during bow season and limits handgun possession to certain legal hunting calibers, effectively prohibiting anyone from carrying a firearm for self-defense.
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March 28, 2011

Concealed Handgun License Confidentiality Bill Referred to Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee

House Bill 2787A Engrossed has been referred to the state Senate Judiciary Committee after passing in the state House by a bi-partisan 42-18 vote. Sponsored by state Representatives Jeff Barker (D-28) and Kim Thatcher (R-25), HB 2787A would prohibit a public body from releasing personal information that identifies the holder of or applicant for a Concealed Handgun License.
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March 25, 2011

Dove Hunting Ban Lifted In Iowa

This week, both houses of the Iowa Legislature passed, and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (R) signed, legislation into law authorizing a mourning dove hunting season.
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March 25, 2011

Nebraska Constitutional Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment to be Debated This Monday, March 28!

Nebraska Right to Hunt and Fish legislation, LR 40CA, is scheduled to be heard on the Senate floor this Monday, March 28 after it was delayed this week. State Senator Pete Pirsch (4) will be offering an amendment to LR 40CA on Monday that would provide truly meaningful protections against anti-hunting activists who seek to ban all hunting in America, enshrining hunting and fishing in Nebraska’s Constitution.
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March 21, 2011

Nebraska Constitutional Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment to be Debated

Please contact your state Senator today and strongly urge him or her to support an amendment to LR 40CA that will be offered by state Senator Pete Pirsch (4)! Nebraska Right to Hunt and Fish legislation, LR 40CA, is scheduled to be heard on the floor this Tuesday, March 22. Senator Pirsch will be offering an amendment to LR 40CA on Tuesday that would provide truly meaningful protections against the anti-hunting activists who seek to ban all hunting in America, enshrining hunting and fishing in the Nebraska Constitution.
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March 18, 2011

Montana Senate Judiciary Committee Defeats One Anti-Gun Bill; Still Considering Three Pro-Gun Bills

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee defeated House Bill 496 by a party-line 7 to 5 vote. HB 496, sponsored by state Representative Mike Menahan (D-Helena), would have allowed the destruction of firearms that were used to commit a violent crime.
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March 18, 2011

Connecticut Joint Committee on Judiciary to Hear Pro-Gun Bill and Anti-Gun Bill on March 23

On Wednesday, March 23 at 10:00 A.M. in Room 2C, the Connecticut Joint Committee on Judiciary will hold a public hearing on two bills of interest to law-abiding gun owners in Connecticut: Senate Bill 1094 and Senate Bill 1210. Please contact members of the Joint Committee on Judiciary here and respectfully urge them to support SB 1210 and to oppose SB 1094 and any legislation that forces law-abiding citizens to surrender their property.
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March 17, 2011

Iowa: Dove Hunting Bill Passes in Senate Committee

Recently, the Senate Natural Resources Committee passed Senate File 83 by a 10 to 3 vote. Sponsored by state Senator Dick Dearden (D-34), SF 83 would establish a mourning dove hunting season in Iowa. This legislation would add the Hawkeye State to the list of forty other states whose conservation and local economies are benefited by recognizing this type of hunting. Doves are the most popular and abundant game bird hunted in America and there is no biological justification to continue to deny Iowans the right to hunt them if they choose to do so. Do not let the anti-hunters decide what you can hunt!
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March 11, 2011

South Dakota: Commission Set to Vote in April on Proposed Lead Shot Ban

A private landowner filed a petition with the Game, Fish and Parks Commission to ban lead shot for hunting on public roads and rights-of-ways.  The Commission recently announced that...
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March 11, 2011

Sutter County, California Board of Supervisors to Discuss Gun/Hunting Ban on Feather River Levees

The Sutter County Board of Supervisors will meet on Tuesday, March 15 at 7 p.m. and your attendance is needed at this meeting to stand up for the responsible hunters who use the levees! This meeting will take place at the Sutter County Hall of Records located at 466 Second Street in Yuba City at 7 p.m. If you are unable to attend, please call the Board of Supervisor’s at (530) 822-7106 or click here to send an e-mail urging them to support responsible hunting on the levees and oppose this discharge ban.
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March 11, 2011

UPDATE: Second Amendment Legislation is on the Move in Tennessee

Many Second Amendment-related bills have been introduced in the Tennessee Legislature and are moving quickly throughout both chambers.
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March 10, 2011

Kansas: Two NRA-Backed Bills Switch Chambers After Passage!

Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs passed House Bill 2013, which will now be sent to the Senate floor for a vote. The intent of HB 2013 is to clean up Kansas’ firearm code and to remove a provision that became obsolete with the enactment of the Firearms Owners Protection Act (FOPA). Originally, the federal Gun Control Act banned interstate sales of firearms but contained an exception for long gun transactions occurring between federally licensed firearms dealers (FFLs) and residents of contiguous states. Such sales could occur, only if “the purchaser’s State of residence permit[ted] such sale or delivery by law.” Thus, states around the country passed provisions specifically allowing their residents to buy long guns from FFLs in contiguous states.
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March 9, 2011

Gun/Hunting Ban on Feather River Levees in Sutter County, California

Please attend the Sutter County Fish and Game Advisory Commission meeting tomorrow, March 10 at 7 p.m. and help stand up for the responsible hunters who use the levees!
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March 4, 2011

Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment Passes Kentucky Legislature!

Today, March 4, the state House concurred with the Senate amendment to NRA-backed House Bill 1, the Right to Hunt and Fish constitutional amendment, and it thus will be on the ballot in November of 2012. Earlier this week, HB 1 passed the state Senate by a 33 to 2 vote.
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March 3, 2011

Two Oregon House Committees to Hear Three Pro-Gun Bills Each

A number of pro-gun, pro-hunting bills are on the move in the Oregon House of Representatives and are scheduled for committee consideration early next week.
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March 3, 2011

Second Amendment Legislation is on the Move in Tennessee

Many Second Amendment-related bills have been introduced in the Tennessee Legislature. Pro-gun legislation is moving quickly throughout both chambers.
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March 3, 2011

Iowa: Dove Hunting Bill Passes Senate Natural Resources Committee

Earlier today, the Senate Natural Resources Committee passed Senate File 83 by a 10 to 3 vote. Sponsored by state Senator Dick Dearden (D-34), SF 83 would establish a mourning dove hunting season in Iowa. This legislation would add the Hawkeye State to the list of forty other states whose conservation and local economies are benefited by recognizing this type of hunting. Doves are the most popular and abundant hunted game bird in America, and there is no biological justification to continue to deny Iowans the right to hunt them if they choose to do so. Do not let the anti-hunters decide what you can hunt!
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March 1, 2011

Washington: Thurston County Board of Commissioners to Consider No-Shooting Ordinance Tonight

The NRA has just learned that the Thurston County Board of Commissioners will take public testimony on a proposed No-Shooting ordinance tonight in Building One, Room 152 of the Thurston County Courthouse from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
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February 28, 2011

Mississippi: Urgent Committee Action Needed for Pro-Hunting Legislation in Jackson

The Senate Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Committee has until tomorrow, March 1, to act on House Bill 1121 or it will die for the remainder of this legislative session. It is important that you contact committee members today, urge them to take action and report this important pro-hunting bill out of Committee in its current form as passed by the House before tomorrow’s deadline.
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February 25, 2011

Three Pro-Gun Bills Waiting to be Heard in the Kentucky Senate

Three important Second Amendment-related bills have passed in the Kentucky House of Representatives and are awaiting consideration by the state Senate. NRA-backed House Bill 1 is a Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment, House Bill 308 would provide a pathway to restoring gun rights, and House Bill 313 would allow for concealed carry in a vehicle’s installed compartment. Your help is needed to make sure these critical bills do not get delayed or fall victim to partisan politics.
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February 23, 2011

Kentucky: Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment Moving Through the Senate

On February 11, NRA-backed House Bill 1 (HB 1), the Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment, passed in the state House by a 91 to 4 vote. The bill is now making its way through the state Senate and your help is needed to make sure that this critical legislation does not get delayed or fall victim to partisan politics.
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February 22, 2011

Oregon: No-Net-Loss Bill to be Heard Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, February 23, the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will hear House Bill 2875. This is a no-net-loss bill that would require that public lands used for wildlife management purposes be accessible for hunting.
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February 18, 2011

NRA Works With Coalition To Address Wolf Management Crisis

A coalition of the nation's largest hunting and conservation groups today thanked Members of Congress for taking several steps in the right direction for wolf conservation.
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