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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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February 18, 2011

Proposed Rule to Allow Take of Wolves in North-Central Idaho

Because wolves are having a devastating impact on elk herds in the Lolo Elk Management Zone, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) has requested permission of the Service to...
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February 18, 2011

Public Comment Sought on New Refuge Proposed in Central Florida

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing the creation of a new national wildlife refuge that would encompass more than 150,000 acres in portions of Polk, Osceola, Indian River,...
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February 18, 2011

March 3 Open House to view Northern Arizona Shooting Range Draft Master Plan

As previously mentioned in an earlier alert, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGF) will be hosting an informational open house to present the draft master site-plan for the Northern Arizona Shooting Range on Thursday, March 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The meeting will take place at the AZGF regional office in Flagstaff, located at 3500 S. Lake Mary Road.
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February 18, 2011

Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment and NICS Legislation Waiting to be Heard in the Kentucky Senate

Two important Second Amendment-related bills have passed the Kentucky House of Representatives and are waiting to be considered by the state Senate. NRA-backed House Bill 1 is a Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment, while House Bill 308 would provide a pathway to restoring gun-rights.
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February 16, 2011

Virginia: House Committee Tables Legislation to Endanger Deer, Elk, and Bear Populations!

Earlier today, the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee tabled Senate Bill 868 by a 17 to 3 vote. Even though this bill has been effectively defeated for the remainder of this legislative session, it is not technically dead and there is still a chance it is revived this year. Your NRA will continue to update you should this unlikely scenario develop, so please continue to check your e-mail and www.NRAILA.org for updates.
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February 16, 2011

Important “No-Net-Loss” Hunting Bill Needs Your Help in Minnesota!

Tomorrow, February 17, at 8:15 a.m., the House Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Committee will hear House File 498, sponsored by state Representative Tony Cornish (R-24B). HF 498 would assure hunters in the state of Minnesota that their public hunting acreage will never decrease.
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February 15, 2011

El Dorado County, California: Another Public Meeting To Consider Land Use Plan For Kanaka Valley

Another public meeting will be held this Thursday, February 17 to discuss the use and public access of the newly-acquired Kanaka Valley. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) currently allows recreational shooting and hunting on BLM lands. Your attendance is needed at this February 17 meeting to ensure recreational shooting and hunting will be allowed at Kanaka Valley. To view information about the Kanaka Valley project and planning, please click here. Date: Thursday, February 17, Time: 6 pm – 8 pm, Location: Green Valley Elementary School, 2380 Bass Lake Road in Rescue
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February 15, 2011

Virginia Deer, Elk and Bear Populations in Serious Jeopardy

Virginia Senate Bill 868 is scheduled for a possible vote tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. in the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee in House Room C. This bill poses a significant threat to deer, elk and bear populations within the state and could have devastating impacts on the future hunting and scientific management of these species.
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February 15, 2011

Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment to be Heardin Kentucky Senate Committee

On February 11, NRA-backed House Bill 1, the Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment, passed in the state House by a 91 to 4 vote. This bill is expected to be heard in the Senate State and Local Government Committee as early as tomorrow, February 16.
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February 12, 2011

Pro-Gun Legislation on the Move in Kentucky

The Kentucky Legislature is underway and moving quickly on firearm-related legislation. House Bill 1, House Bill 308, House Bill 313, and House Bill 326 are all pro-gun pieces of legislation. House Resolution 48, House Resolution 96, and House Bill 114 are anti-gun bills. Please contact your state Representative TODAY and respectfully voice your SUPPORT for HB 308, HB 313, and HB 326. Your state Representative can be reached by phone at (502) 564-8100. Committee contact information can be found by clicking here. Please contact your state Representative TODAY and respectfully voice your OPPOSITION to HR 48, HR 96 and HB 114. Your state Representative can be reached by phone at (502) 564-8100. Committee contact information can be found by clicking here.
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