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March 7, 2014

Idaho: Secure Campuses and Apprentice Hunting Bills Sent to Governor

Yesterday, the Idaho legislature took positive steps on two important pro-gun bills.  Senate Bill 1254 and House Bill 399, both NRA-supported legislation, have passed in both legislative chambers and are now awaiting the signature of Governor Butch Otter (R).  The hard work and diligence of NRA members supporting these bills made all the difference!
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March 7, 2014

Louisiana: State Legislature to Convene Next Week for 2014 Session

On Monday, March 10, the Louisiana Legislature will convene for its 2014 Regular Session and a large number of bills – both pro-gun and anti-gun – have already been pre-filed.  NRA-ILA will be working to pass legislation which expand your rights and to defeat any measures which seek to restrict them – and alerting you as to how you can help every step of the way!
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March 7, 2014

Tennessee: Second Pro-Gun Bill Signed into Law

Yesterday, Governor Bill Haslam (R) signed Senate Bill 1701 into law.  Sponsored by state Senator Mark Green (R-22), SB 1701 redefines “motor vehicle” under Tennessee’s parking lot law to include all vehicles lawfully possessed by the permit holder with the exception of government or business-owned vehicles.
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March 7, 2014

Kentucky: “Shall Certify” Legislation Introduced in State Senate, Two Important Pro-Gun Bills Sent to State House

Yesterday, Senate Bill 232, sponsored by state Senator Brandon Smith (R-30), was introduced in the Kentucky Senate and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where a hearing is expected next Thursday, March 13.  SB 232 would require that certification by a chief law enforcement officer (CLEO), when a signoff is required for the transfer of a firearm or other item regulated by the National Firearms Act (NFA), be provided within fifteen days as long as the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving the firearm or other item.
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March 7, 2014

Florida Report on Legislative Committee Action Mon. 3/3/14 -- Thurs. 3/6/14

Thank you for your help this week.  Not only was it the first week of the Legislative Session, it was an incredibly busy week of Committee hearings for us.  It was one of the busiest weeks we've ever had and was a logistical challenge that we met with unqualified success.  If you would like to review the most current version of each of the bills, click on the blue underlined bill numbers.   A new version is prepared every time a bill is amended (changed) in committee.
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March 7, 2014

Confusion Reigns as Gun Control Law Takes Effect in Connecticut; Meanwhile NRA Continues the Fight

On April 4, 2013, Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy (D) signed Senate Bill 1160 into law, unleashing one of the most draconian gun control laws in the nation on his constituents.  Among other things, the 140-page law bans large classes of firearms and magazines that had been obtained lawfully by tens of thousands of Connecticut residents.  Limited grandfather provisions apply to those who registered otherwise banned items before January 1, 2014.  Others in possession could face felony penalties for violations.  President Obama himself was in Connecticut four days after this bill became law, praising it as a model for the nation.
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March 6, 2014

Iowa: Suppressor Bill Receives Senate Subcommittee Assignment But Needs Your Immediate Support to Get a Hearing

Last week, on the heels of powerful grassroots support, the Iowa House of Representatives passed House File 2381, legislation to legalize suppressor ownership and use with overwhelming bipartisan support.  Despite this action, HF 2381 is in jeopardy of not receiving a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by state Senator Robert Hogg (D-33), as reported earlier this week.  
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March 6, 2014

Virginia: McAuliffe’s First Attempt to Roll Back the Rights of Gun Owners

With only two days left in the 2014 regular legislative session, Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) has made his first attempt to limit the legal use of firearms in Virginia by returning an amendment to House Bill 962 that would further restrict how handguns may be stored in vehicles.  Sponsored by Delegate Ben Cline (R-24), HB 962 would codify an Attorney General opinion from 2012 (see here), and a decision of the Virginia Court of Appeals from last year, Doulgerakis v. Com., 737 S.E.2d 40 (Va. Ct. App. 2013). House Bill 962 has passed in the House of Delegates by a 70 to 27 vote as well as in the Senate by a 27 to 13 vote.
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March 6, 2014

West Virginia: Three Pro-Gun Bills Headed towards Final Passage in Charleston

Yesterday, Senate Bill 317 passed in the West Virginia House Judiciary Committee by a voice vote.  SB 317, sponsored by state Senator John Unger (D-16), is a statewide firearms preemption bill which would bring Charleston and three other cities that currently have and enforce local gun control ordinances into uniformity with the rest of the state.  
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March 6, 2014

Utah: House Committee to Hear Firearm Possession Protection Bill TOMORROW

Tomorrow, House Bill 276 is scheduled to be heard in the state House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee at 8:00 a.m. in Room 25 of the House Building.  Sponsored by state Representative Curt Oda (R-14), HB 276 would provide that the mere carrying or possession of a holstered or encased firearm does not constitute a violation of the Disorderly Conduct statute.
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March 6, 2014

Tennessee: Two Pro-Gun Bills Pass House Subcommittee

Yesterday, the House Civil Justice Subcommittee passed House Bill 1407 and House Bill 1483 by a voice vote.  Both bills have already been scheduled for next week’s House Civil Justice Committee agenda.  This committee hearing will be held on Wednesday, March 12, at 12:00 noon in House Hearing Room 30 (HHR30) of the state Capitol.
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March 6, 2014

Idaho: House to Vote on Secure Campuses Bill TODAY

Today, the Idaho House of Representatives is expected to consider and vote on Senate Bill 1254.  This NRA-backed self-defense bill, sponsored by state Senator Curt McKenzie (R-13), would permit qualified retired law enforcement officers and law-abiding adults who have obtained an Idaho “enhanced” concealed carry license to possess a firearm on public college or university campuses.
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March 6, 2014

South Dakota: HB 1229 Passes State Senate, Heads to Governor for his Signature

Today, the South Dakota Senate passed House Bill 1229 by a 26 to 9 vote.  HB 1229, introduced by state Representative Timothy Johns (R-31), would ensure that South Dakota state law meets the requirements set forth in the federal NICS Improvement Amendments Act (NIAA) of 2007 and would ensure a strong restoration of rights provision for South Dakotans.  
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March 5, 2014

Georgia: Charges by National Anti-Gun Group Dispelled About Pro-Gun Reform

Today, the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) published an article dispelling exaggerated allegations about House Bill 875.  HB 875, which we have previously reported on here, is a comprehensive pro-gun reform bill seeking to update Georgia firearms law in numerous ways.
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March 5, 2014

Missouri: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Receive Hearing in House Committee

Yesterday, March 4, the House General Laws Committee conducted a hearing at which multiple pro-gun bills were presented and testimony was taken.  The NRA-ILA would like to give a special thanks to the chairman of this committee, state Representative Caleb Jones (R-50), for allowing this hearing to take place.  While the hearing was completed, no votes were taken on any of the bills.  
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March 5, 2014

Idaho: Secure Campuses Bill Goes to House Floor Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Idaho House of Representatives is expected to consider and vote on Senate Bill 1254.  This NRA-backed self-defense bill, sponsored by state Senator Curt McKenzie (R-13), would permit qualified retired law enforcement officers and law-abiding adults who have obtained an Idaho “enhanced” concealed carry license to possess a firearm on public college or university campuses.
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March 5, 2014

Connecticut: Confusion Reigns as Gun Control Law Takes Effect; Meanwhile NRA Continues the Fight

On April 4, 2013, Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy (D) signed Senate Bill 1160 into law, unleashing one of the most draconian gun control laws in the nation on his constituents.  Among other things, the 140-page law bans large classes of firearms and magazines that had been obtained lawfully by tens of thousands of Connecticut residents.  Limited grandfather provisions apply to those who registered otherwise banned items before January 1, 2014.  Others in possession could face felony penalties for violations.  President Obama himself was in Connecticut four days after this bill became law, praising it as a model for the nation.
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March 4, 2014

Utah: Legislature Looking to Raid Concealed Firearm Permit Account

The NRA has fought for years to keep concealed firearm permit (CFP) fees in check in Utah and has regularly opposed any proposed increases on those fees.  Lo and behold, it has just come to light that the CFP account may have as much as a $5 million surplus.  This surplus is money that CFP applicants have paid in excess of the actual cost of issuing permits.  This money should stay in the CFP account and be used ONLY to administer the CFP issuance program and fees for permits should be reduced going forward.
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March 4, 2014

Alaska: Senate Judiciary Committee Holding Hearings on NRA-Backed Campus Carry Bill This Week

Yesterday, an important NRA-backed self-defense bill was introduced to the Alaska Senate Judiciary Committee.  Those wishing to testify in support of this legislation will be able to do so tomorrow, March 5.
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March 4, 2014

Utah: House Committee Passes “Shall Certify” Legislation

Last Wednesday, the Utah House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee passed House Bill 373 by a 9-0-2 vote.  Authored by state Representative Ryan Wilcox (R-7), HB 373 would require that certification by a chief law enforcement officer (CLEO), when a signoff is required for the transfer of a firearm or other item regulated by the National Firearms Act (NFA), be provided within fifteen days as long as the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving the firearm or other item.  
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March 4, 2014

Indiana: State House Approves Pro-Gun and Pro-Hunting Legislation

Yesterday, on the final day for third reading of Senate bills, the Indiana House of Representatives passed two NRA-backed pieces of legislation -- Senate Bill 229 and Senate Joint Resolution 9.
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March 4, 2014

Iowa: Senate Committee Chairman Refusing to Hear Suppressor Legislation

Last week, on the heels of powerful grassroots support, the Iowa House of Representatives passed legislation to legalize suppressor ownership and use, House File 2381, with overwhelming bipartisan support.  HF 2381 has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Robert Hogg (D-33), and at this time has not been assigned to a subcommittee.  Last year, Senator Hogg refused to give a fair hearing to another bill which received strong bipartisan (95-3) support in the House: NRA-backed House File 535.
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March 4, 2014

Florida Urgent Alert! Zero Tolerance Shouldn't Mean Zero Common Sense

This Thursday, March 6, the House Education Committee will hear HB-7029, a bill to stop school administrators from using Zero Tolerance to punish children for playing.  This is a MUST PASS BILL.  This bill will stop some of the unbelievable actions by school administrators against children who behave like children and point fingers at each other pretending to shoot guns etc.  Read the Background information below and you'll know why this bill is so important.
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March 3, 2014

West Virginia: Pro-Gun Legislation Needs Your Help Before Committee Deadline this Wednesday

The NRA needs your immediate help to get four important House bills moving and passed in the state Senate Judiciary Committee by this Wednesday’s deadline.  The following pro-gun House bills must be heard and voted on by this Wednesday, March 5:
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March 3, 2014

Idaho: Secure Campuses Bill Passes House Committee, Goes to House Floor for a Vote This Week

Last Friday, the Idaho House State Affairs Committee passed Senate Bill 1254 by a party-line 11 to 3 vote.  This NRA-backed self-defense bill, sponsored by state Senator Curt McKenzie (R-13), would permit qualified retired law enforcement officers and law-abiding adults who have obtained an Idaho “enhanced” concealed carry license to possess a firearm on public college or university campuses.  SB 1254 now goes to the House floor for a vote this week.
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March 3, 2014

Florida CRITICAL! SB-448 -- Threat of Force to Stop Attackers Up on Tuesday 3/4

SB-448 by Senator Greg Evers is on the agenda for the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 8:00am.  It is CRITICAL that you contact members of this Committee IMMEDIATELY and tell them to SUPPORT SB-448. Getting the bill out of this Committee is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.  SB-448 by Senator Greg Evers is a bill to stop abusive prosecutors from using 10-20-LIFE to prosecute people who, in self-defense, threaten to use deadly force against an attacker as a means to stop an attack.  
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March 1, 2014

Virginia: Report on Legislative Action for the Week of February 24

Yesterday, the House of Delegates passed Senate Bill 154 by a 73-24 vote.  Sponsored by state Senator Phil Puckett (D-38), SB 154 allows Sunday hunting on private lands with written permission from the owner - while still prohibiting hunting within 200 yards of a house of worship, the hunting of deer with dogs and the hunting of bear.
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March 1, 2014

Rhode Island: Ocean State Assault on the Second Amendment Lawmakers in Providence Unleash Long List of Anti-Gun Bills

This week, law-abiding gun owners were in the crosshairs of anti-gun lawmakers in Providence.  Several pieces of legislation were introduced that would turn law-abiding gun owners into criminals.  This assault on your Second Amendment rights is a continuation of last year’s anti-gun agenda, with even more outrageous bills introduced.  Of the state legislation introduced
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March 1, 2014

Alaska: Senate Judiciary Committee to Hold Hearings on NRA-Backed Campus Carry Bill Next Week

On Monday, March 3, an important NRA-backed self-defense bill will be introduced to the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Those who wish to testify will be able to do so on Wednesday, March 5, and again on Friday, March 7.
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March 1, 2014

Minnesota Hunters: Discover the Truth Regarding the Misleading Campaign Designed to Ban Lead Ammunition

The Minnesota Chapter of the Wildlife Society recently held a panel discussion in Bemidji to discuss banning the use of lead ammunition for hunting.  The panelists included researchers, state Department of Natural Resources personnel, and representatives of various non-profit organizations.  Numerous comments were made by some Minnesota Department of Natural Resources personnel expressing their belief that using lead ammunition for hunting should not be allowed.  This should concern Minnesota hunters greatly.                                                     
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February 28, 2014

Tennessee: Two Pro-Gun Bills Scheduled for House Subcommittee Hearing

On Wednesday, March 5, the House Civil Justice Subcommittee is scheduled to consider House Bill 1407 and House Bill 1483.  The Senate companion to HB 1407, Senate Bill 1496, passed in the Tennessee Senate by a 26 to 7 vote and currently awaits action by the House on HB 1407.
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February 28, 2014

Tennessee: Pro-Hunting Bills Advancing out of House Committee

This week, the Tennessee General Assembly took action on a pair of companion pro-hunting bills.  Senate Bill 1777 was passed unanimously in the Tennessee Senate, and House Bill 1952 passed in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee by a voice vote.  HB 1952 will now be heard in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday, March 4.
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February 28, 2014

Alabama: Pro-Hunting Bills Advance to Full House and Senate

On Wednesday, two pro-hunting bills passed in the House Agriculture and Forestry Committee.  House Bill 322, sponsored by state Representative Mark Tuggle (R-81), would guarantee the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife in Alabama and Senate Bill 240, sponsored by state Senator Roger Bedford (D-6), would prohibit the use of drones to intentionally and knowingly harass a person who is legally hunting or fishing.  Both of these bills could be voted on in the full House as early as next week.
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February 28, 2014

Mississippi: Senate Committee Passes Comprehensive Pro-Gun Legislation

This week, the Senate Judiciary A Committee approved House Bill 314, NRA-backed legislation sponsored by state Representative Andy Gipson (R-Rankin, Simpson, and Smith Cos.), and advanced this measure to the full Senate for consideration. 
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February 28, 2014

Minnesota: 2014 Legislative Session is Underway

The 2014 session of the 88th Minnesota Legislature convened this Tuesday.  As state legislation is introduced, your NRA-ILA is working to advance recognition and restoration of your firearms freedoms as well as to ensure the defeat of all legislation that would infringe on your Second Amendment rights.  
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February 28, 2014

Florida Alert! TWO (2) Pro-Gun Bills Up in Committee on Monday 3/3/14

THE FIRST BILL: Senate Bill 296 by Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) is scheduled for its 1st hearing in the Senate.  It will be heard in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Monday, March 3, 2014, at 4:00pm.  THE SECOND BILL: Senate Bill 1060 by Senator Greg Evers (R-Baker) is also scheduled for its 1st hearing in the Senate.  It will be heard in the same committee -- Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Monday, March 3, 2014, at 4:00pm
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February 27, 2014

Iowa: House Passes Bill to Legalize Suppressors in a Strong Bipartisan Vote Today

Today, after a strong show of support from the NRA, Iowa Firearms Coalition (IFC) and American Silencer Association (ASA) members, House File 2381 passed in the Iowa House of Representatives by an overwhelming bipartisan 83-16 vote.  HF 2381, authored by state Representative Matt Windschitl (R-17), would legalize the ownership of firearm sound suppressors, also referred to as "silencers” in Iowa.  Your contact to state lawmakers truly made the difference.
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February 27, 2014

Maryland: House “Gun Day” to be Held on Tuesday, March 4

Tuesday, March 4, at 1:00 p.m., the Maryland House of Delegates is holding its annual “Gun Day” in Annapolis.  As previously reported, numerous pro-gun and anti-gun bills are scheduled to be heard and debated in the House Judiciary Committee
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February 27, 2014

Michigan: Important Pro-Gun Bills Go to House Floor

Today, both Senate Bill 610 and the Firearms Confidentiality Package were passed in the Michigan House Judiciary Committee.  These important bills now go to the House floor for consideration, and it is important that you contact your state Representative TODAY in support of these critical pro-gun reforms.  
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February 27, 2014

Kansas: Senate Passes Apprentice Hunting Bill

Yesterday, the Kansas Senate passed Senate Bill 357 unanimously by voice vote.  SB 357 would increase the amount of times an individual over the age of 16 could apply for an apprentice hunting license and provide them with the opportunity to enjoy this activity while learning from an experienced mentor.  Currently, Kansas allows anyone over the age of 16 to apply for an apprentice license one time before requiring they attend hunter education.  
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