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March 22, 2006

Kansas Senate Overrides Governor’s Veto!

The Kansas State Senate stood up for the citizens of Kansas and voted 30 to 10 to override Governor Sebelius veto of the Right to Carry legislation. A vote to override the Governor’s veto will take place in the House as early as 9 a.m. tomorrow. It is critical that Kansans call their State Representative immediately and ask them to continue their support of Right to Carry.
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March 22, 2006

Kansas Senate Override Vote Today - Call Now!

On Tuesday, March 21, Governor Sebelius for the second time vetoed Right to Carry in Kansas. SB 418 will be heard today around 4:00 p.m. in the Senate for a veto override vote. It is critical that Kansans call their State Senator immediately and ask him or her to vote in favor of the veto override for SB 418.
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March 20, 2006

Letter From Florida State Attorney John Tanner Supporting Possession of Firearms in Parking Lots

Click here to view the letter from Florida State Attorney John Tanner supporting HB-129 which protects your right to have a firearm in your vehicle for lawful purposes and to park your vehicle in parking lots.
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March 18, 2006

Glendale, CA Council Rejects Gun Show Ban

On February 28, the Glendale (California) City Council considered and overwhelmingly rejected a proposed ordinance brought by Mayor Rafi Manoukian (D) that would have banned gun shows...
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March 17, 2006

Illinois Primary Election, Tuesday, March 21!

Illinois will hold primary elections on Tuesday, March 21. NRA members are encouraged to head to the polls and vote for those candidates who support our Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Please be sure to encourage your family, friends, and fellow firearm owners to do the same. For NRA-PVF endorsement information, NRA members are encouraged to call the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division at (800) 392-VOTE (8683). Be sure to “Vote Freedom First!” on Tuesday, March 21!
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March 17, 2006

Rhode Island Anti-Gun Measure to be Voted on Soon!

The House Judiciary Committee members could vote on H 7114, sponsored by Representative Edith Ajello (D-3), at any time. This proposal would make it illegal to buy, sell, or transfer more than one handgun in a 30-day period, and sets up a centralized handgun registry with the State Police. Similar laws have been tried in other states, failing miserably in reducing crime. You can call (401) 222-2466 and ask to be connected to your legislator, or you may visit the Rhode Island General Assembly web page at: www.rilin.state.ri.us/ for additional contact information.
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March 17, 2006

"The Personal and Family Protection Act" Passes the Kansas House!

On Tuesday, March 14, Senate Bill 418, “The Personal and Family Protection Act,” passed the Kansas House of Representatives by a vote of 90 to 33! This important legislation, sponsored by Senator Phil Journey (R-26), was then approved by the Senate on a vote of 30-11 the next day, Wednesday, March 15. SB 418 is now on the Governor’s desk. Please contact Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D) toll-free at (877) 579-6757, locally at (785) 296-6240, via e-mail at www.ksgovernor.org/comment.html, or by fax at (785) 368-8788, and respectfully ask her to sign SB 418. And please ask your family, friends, fellow firearm owners, and co-workers to help out by calling Governor Sebelius. The time has come for Kansans to be trusted to protect themselves and their loved ones!
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March 17, 2006

Please Contact Hawaii Legislators on SB 600!

SB 600 was passed out of the House Public Safety and Military Affairs Committee today and is now on its way to the House Judiciary Committee (no hearing date is scheduled). This proposed draft voids the current SB 600 and replaces it with the language from House Bill 2996, sponsored by Representative Ken Ito (D-48), which repeals the greater than 10-round magazine ban. Please contact your legislator at (808) 587-0666 and urge him or her to support SB 600. To find out more, please contact Dr. Max Cooper (who is also an NRA-ILA EVC) with the Hawaii Rifle Association at mcooper@aloha.net. For a list of House Judiciary Committee contact information, please visit the NRA-ILA Hawaii state update section of www.NRAILA.org.
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March 17, 2006

Two Pro-Gun Bills Advancing to Oklahoma Senate!

On Tuesday, March 14, the House of Representatives passed House Bill 2696 on an overwhelming vote of 94-1! HB 2696, sponsored by Representative Trebor Worthen (R-87), will eliminate any threat of restrictions being imposed on lawful uses of firearms or ammunition during a state of emergency. On Wednesday, March 15, House Bill 2615, the “Stand Your Ground Law,” passed the House of Representatives on a vote of 96 to 2! HB 2615, sponsored by Representative Kevin Calvey (R-94), recognizes that the citizens of Oklahoma have the right to expect absolute safety in a place that he or she has a right to be. Both HB 2696 and HB 2615 are now advancing to the Senate. Please contact your State Senator and ask him or her to support HB 2696 and HB 2615. The general phone number for the Oklahoma State Senate is (405) 524-0126.
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March 17, 2006

Delaware State Representatives Need to Hear From You!

Next Wednesday, March 22, the House Public Safety Committee will be considering HB 359, sponsored by Deborah Hudson (R-12), the Delaware “shall issue” concealed carry permit bill, which would grant law-abiding citizens, who have met all requirements, the Right-to-Carry a firearm concealed for personal protection.
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March 17, 2006

Connecticut SB 605 Legislative Update!

SB 605 could be voted on as early as this coming Monday, March 20. SB 605 allows the Department of Environmental Protection to designate areas that would be open to Sunday hunting on private property. Unfortunately, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Environment Committee omitted important language when drafting SB 605. As drafted, the bill would regrettably apply only to bow hunters and would not include individuals who hunt with firearms. NRA anticipated SB 605 would include rifles and shotguns.
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March 17, 2006

Please Thank New Mexico State Representatives for Supporting Improvements to Albuquerque Shooting Range State Park!

Earlier this week, we announced that Governor Bill Richardson (D) had signed House Bill 622, which contained nearly $1.4 million for improvements to Shooting Range State Park in Albuquerque, the new home of the NRA-sponsored National Police Shooting Championships (NPSC). The money was requested, in part, by the Governor himself, and by roughly a dozen different lawmakers who represent different parts of the city.
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March 17, 2006

Please Attend New Hampshire Emergency Powers Legislation Hearing!

A public hearing will be held on Senate Bill 348, "Emergency Powers" legislation, in the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee on Thursday, March 23, at 1:15 p.m., in Room 204 of the Legislative Office Building in Concord. Sponsored by Senator Peter Bragdon (R-11), SB 348 would prohibit government authority from suspending or restricting the lawful possession of firearms and ammunition during a declared state of emergency.
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March 17, 2006

A Successful 2006 Legislative Session for Mississippi!

This week the Mississippi legislature took final action on House Bill 1141 by State Representative Warner McBride (D-Courtland) to send this bill on its way to Governor Haley Barbour’s (R) desk for his signature. This NRA-backed bill contains language (1) allowing hunting to continue on land annexed by a city or county, even if that locality has an ordinance banning the discharge of firearms within its limits; (2) prohibiting the seizure and confiscation of firearms by local officials during any future natural disaster; and (3) permitting employees to transport and store firearms in their locked private vehicles while parked on their employer's property in certain circumstances. On Thursday, March 16, the Mississippi Senate gave final approval to Senate Bill 2426, the NRA-backed "Castle Doctrine" and self-defense reform legislation sponsored by State Senator Charlie Ross (R-Brandon) and State Senator Ralph Doxey (R-Holly Springs). SB 2426 will also be sent to Governor Barbour for his signature.Finally, Senate Bill 2075, NRA-supported No-Net-Loss of public hunting land legislation sponsored by Senate Senator Lynn Posey (D-Union Church), awaits final action in a conference committee to work out differences between the Senate and House passed versions of the bill.
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March 17, 2006

New Mexico Governor and Legislature Fund Nearly $1.4M in Improvements to Albuquerque Shooting Range State Park!

  New Home of the NRA-Sponsored National Police Shooting Championships   Late last week, Governor Bill Richardson (D) signed House Bill 622, finalizing action on nearly...
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March 16, 2006

Two Pro-Gun Bills Heading to the Idaho Senate!

On Wednesday, March 15, the Senate Judiciary Committee refused to pass Senate Bill 1441, legislation that would strengthen Idaho’s current self-defense laws by providing civil immunity to a person who has used justifiable force in self-defense. Sponsored by Senator Joyce Broadsword (R-02) and Senator Melvin Richardson (R-32), this important piece of legislation was, instead, sent to the Senate Floor for amending, where opponents are expected to modify the bill. Please contact your State Senator and ask him or her to oppose any amendments that would open the door for criminals to bring lawsuits against their victims. House Bill 686 has passed the Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee and is advancing to the Senate floor. HB 686, sponsored by State Representative Bill Sali (R-21) and State Senator Gerry Sweet (R-20), helps protect non-profit hunting and shooting sports organizations in Idaho. Please take a moment to call them to let them know you are a constituent and you support HB 686. Also, please contact your State Senator and ask him or her to vote in favor of HB 686 and SB1441 with no amendments! Messages for your State Senator may be left at (208) 332-1000 or (800) 626-0471 for citizens outside the Boise area. E-mail your State Senator by clicking on their name at the following link http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/senate/membership.cfm. The following three Senators are members of the Local Government and Tax Committee and voted “NO” on HB 686. Please take a moment to call them to let them know you are a constituent and you support HB686. Chairman Hal Bunderson (R-14)Senator Tim Corder (R-22)Senator Joe Stegner (R-7)
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March 16, 2006

NRA And New Orleans Reach Agreement On Return Of Firearms Confiscated During Katrina

NRA has negotiated an agreement with New Orleans regarding the firearms seized from lawful firearm owners during and after Hurricane Katrina.
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March 15, 2006

Alabama State Representatives are playing politics with your right to self-defense!

Senate Bill 283, the Castle Doctrine bill, which removes your duty to retreat in the face of attack, is being held hostage by the members of the Alabama State House of Representatives. The members of the House are refusing to take a vote on the bill because of unrelated political motivations, resulting in your right to self-defense being put on hold.
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March 15, 2006

Thanks to Your Calls Idaho Emergency Powers Legislation Passed House Committee!

SB 1401 Moves to the House Floor - Please Contact Your State Representative, Today! Last week, Senate Bill 1401 passed the Senate with a unanimous 34-0 vote. Thanks to your recent calls, this important legislation passed out of the House Transportation and Defense Committee yesterday, March 14. SB 1401 is now headed to the House Floor.
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March 14, 2006

Oklahoma Emergency Powers Legislation Heading to the Senate!

Today, Tuesday, March 14, the Oklahoma House of Representative passed House Bill 2696 with an overwhelming vote of 94-1! HB 2696, sponsored by Representative Trebor Worthen (R-87), will eliminate any threat of restrictions being imposed on lawful uses of firearms or ammunition during a state of emergency. Please contact your State Senator and respectfully ask him or her to support HB 2696. The general phone number for the Oklahoma State Senate is (405) 524-0126.
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March 14, 2006

Another Step Closer for Personal Protection in Kansas!

Today, Tuesday, March 14, Senate Bill 418, "The Personal and Family Protection Act" passed the Kansas House of Representatives with a vote of 90 to 33! This important legislation sponsored by Senator Phil Journey (R-26) is now heading back to the Senate for expected concurrence.
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March 14, 2006

Second Chance for Pro-Gun Legislation in Hawaii!

This Thursday, March 16, the House Public Safety and Military Affairs Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 600 with proposed House Draft 1. This proposed draft will void the current SB 600 and replace it with the language from House Bill 2996 , sponsored by Representative Ken Ito (D-48), which repeals the greater than 10-round magazine ban.
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March 14, 2006

Please Attend Pima Motorsports Public Meeting in Tucson, Arizona!

IMPORTANT NOTICE Pima Motorsports Public Meeting AFFECTING POTENTIAL FUTURE GROWTH AND RANGE DEVELOPMENT AT SOUTHEAST REGIONAL PARK SHOOTING RANGE THURSDAY MARCH 16, 6:00 P.M. Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Recreation 3500 W. River Road Tucson, AZ 85741 Shooters show your support for shotgun sports and other shooting range development at Southeast Regional Park Shooting Range.
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March 13, 2006

A Hearing on Protecting Hunting and Shooting Sports in Idaho has been Scheduled!

House Bill 686, sponsored by State Representative Bill Sali (R-21) and State Senator Gerry Sweet (R-20), which helps protect non-profit hunting and shooting sports organizations in Idaho, has passed the House and will be heard in the Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15 in Room 426 of the State Capitol Building.
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March 13, 2006

Hearing Scheduled on Idaho Emergency Powers Legislation!

Senate Bill 1401, sponsored by State Representative Bill Sali (R-21) and State Senator Gerry Sweet (R-20), is NRA-sponsored "Emergency Powers" legislation that will prevent government officials from imposing restrictions on the lawful possession, transfer, sale, transport, storage, display or use of firearms and ammunition during a state of emergency. Most citizens are aware that some government officials were stripping law-abiding citizens of their firearms in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. This bill will ensure that such abuses will never occur in the State of Idaho. The House Transportation and Defense Committee will hear SB 1401 on Tuesday, March 14 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 412 of the State Capitol Building.
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March 13, 2006

More Help Needed Now in Florida!

The Florida House Judiciary Committee will hold another hearing on HB-129 by Representative Dennis Baxley on Wednesday, March 15, 2006. Please immediately send email to members of the House Judiciary Committee and urge them to SUPPORT HB-129 by Representative Baxley. In The Subject Line of Your Email Put: SUPPORT HB-129 - Protect Possession of Firearms in Vehicles/Parking Lots
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March 13, 2006

Bond Monies Benefiting Arizona Gun Owners and Sportsmen to be Voted on in Phoenix, Tuesday, March 14!

Tuesday, March 14, the City of Phoenix is holding a bond election. The NRA has endorsed BOTH Propositions One and Four. These two propositions provide funding toward projects protecting the Ben Avery Shooting Facility from further encroachment that could threaten the long-term future of this nationally recognized shooting facility. Money will be made available for major capital improvements to the shooting facility and for enhanced operations of the clay target ranges. This is the first time in recent history, bond monies have specifically been made available to benefit gun owners and sportsmen in Phoenix.
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March 13, 2006

Show your Support for Right to Carry in Nebraska!

In support of our Right to Keep and Bear Arms, please take a moment to visit www.journalstar.com and participate in their "Sound Off" section about LB 454, Nebraska's "Concealed Handgun Permit Act." Your comments will be listed alongside others in this online section, so you will be able to look over what the rest of Nebraska is thinking. The "Sound Off" section is located on the right hand side of the Journal Star homepage.
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March 10, 2006

Your Help is Needed to Pass Kentucky Pro-Gun Legislation!

House Bill 236, “Castle Doctrine” legislation, sponsored by Representative J.R. Gray (D-6), passed the full House on Friday, February 24, by a vote of 84 to 4. This legislation, modeled after legislation passed last year in Florida, specifies that a citizen is presumed to be acting lawfully if he or she uses force, including lethal force, to repel a person unlawfully and forcibly entering the citizen's residence or occupied motor vehicle.
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March 10, 2006

Governor Rounds Protecting South Dakota's Second Amendment Rights!

House Bill 1199, sponsored by Representative Margaret Gillespie (D-16), was signed by Governor Mike Rounds (R), on Friday, March 3. HB 1199 will protect law-abiding South Dakota citizens by prohibiting the release of information concerning applicants and current permit holders to any person, and prohibits any lists or records of privately-owned firearms to be kept.
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March 10, 2006

Public Hearing for South Carolina Emergency Right to Carry Permit to be Held!

Next Wednesday, March 15, the House Judiciary Committee’s Criminal Laws Subcommittee will have a public hearing on H 4473, introduced by Representative Catherine Ceips (R-124). This legislation will establish an expedited process for issuing an emergency Right-to-Carry (RTC) permit to victims of domestic violence. H 4473 will also require victims be notified of this personal protection option if their request for an order of protection is granted, and will ensure that, should a domestic violence victim obtain an emergency RTC permit, that victim’s personal information cannot be released unless for the purpose of an official police investigation. This will prevent abusers from tracking down their victims by exploiting the current system that allows easy access to personal information regarding RTC permit holders.
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March 10, 2006

Pennsylvania Right to Carry Press Conference to be Held Tuesday, March 14!

Several Pennsylvania Sportsmen’s organizations will be holding a “Right to Keep and Bear Arms” Press Conference Tuesday, March 14, from 9:00-11:00 a.m., on the steps of the Capitol Building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Also, State Representative Dwight Evans (D-203), this week was joined by Philadelphia City Council members Darrell Clarke and Donna Reed Miller in announcing House Bill 2483, legislation to gut state preemption and allow local control or regulation firearms.
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March 10, 2006

Legislation Protecting Arizona's Law-Abiding Citizens is on the Move!

Senate Bill 1145, the "Castle Doctrine" sponsored by Senator Timothy Bee (R-30), passed the full Senate this week with a strong bi-partisan vote of 28-0. In addition to codifying the "Castle Doctrine," this critically important legislation returns the "Burden of Proof" in self-defense cases to the state, which corrects the current “guilty-until-you-prove-your-innocence” standard.
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March 10, 2006

New Hampshire's Right to Self Defense Needs More Support!

Senate Bill 318, sponsored by State Senator Peter E. Bragdon, (R-11, Milford), passed by a narrow margin this week in the Senate and is now headed to the House. SB 318 says if a criminal breaks into your home, your occupied vehicle, or your place of business, you may presume he is there to do bodily harm, and therefore, you may use necessary force against him. The bill removes the “duty to retreat” if you are attacked in any place you have a legal right to be and it provides protection from criminal prosecution and civil litigation for those who defend themselves from criminal attack.
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March 10, 2006

Idaho Emergency Powers Legislation to be Heard in House Committee! Please Contact Representatives!

Senate Bill 1401, sponsored by State Representative Bill Sali (R-21) and State Senator Gerry Sweet (R-20), is NRA-sponsored "Emergency Powers" legislation that will prevent government officials from imposing restrictions on the lawful possession, transfer, sale, transport, storage, display or use of firearms and ammunition during a state of emergency.
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March 10, 2006

Nebraska Another Step Closer to Personal Protection!

Legislative Bill 454, the “Concealed Handgun Permit Act,” sponsored by Representative Jeanne Combs (I-32), passed Select File by a vote of 31-9, with 33 votes for cloture. Unfortunately, LB 454 will not come up for final passage for a couple of weeks due to budget hearings.
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March 10, 2006

Kansas Right to Carry Scheduled for Monday, March 13!

On Monday morning, March 13, Senate Bill 418, “The Personal and Family Protection Act,” is scheduled for a vote in the Kansas House of Representatives! This important legislation, sponsored by Senator Phil Journey (R-26), will bring Kansans a step closer to having their right to self-defense fully recognized.
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March 10, 2006

Help Protect Hunting and Shooting Sports in Idaho! Call Senate Committee Members!

House Bill 686, sponsored by State Representative Bill Sali (R-21) and State Senator Gerry Sweet (R-20), which helps protect non-profit hunting and shooting sports organizations in Idaho, has passed the House and is expected to be heard in the Senate Local Government Committee.
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March 10, 2006

Illinois Primary Election, March 21!

Illinois will hold primary elections on Tuesday, March 21. NRA members are encouraged to head to the polls and vote for those candidates who support our Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Please be sure to encourage your family, friends, and fellow firearm owners to do the same.
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March 10, 2006

Your Help is Needed to Pass Legislation Protecting Gun Owners in Mississippi!

It is critical that you continue contacting your State Representatives asking them to VOTE TO CONCUR with the Senate amendments to House Bill 1141. HB 1141 is the most significant piece of legislation protecting gun owners and sportsmen in recent memory. It contains language (1) allowing hunting to continue on minimum-sized land tracts which are annexed by a city or county (even if that locality bans the discharge of firearms); (2) prohibiting local officials from confiscating lawfully-possessed firearms during a natural disaster; and (3) permitting employees, under certain circumstances, to transport and store firearms in their locked private vehicles while parked on property controlled by their employer.
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