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June 24, 2014

Rhode Island: General Assembly Adjourns for Remainder of Year

Late last week, state lawmakers in Providence adjourned their 2014 legislative session.  The NRA and gun rights activists spent many nights at the Statehouse during the last six months, testifying against dozens of gun control bills.  Most of those packed hearings stretched into the early morning hours and demonstrated the passion of Second Amendment supporters who lined the halls of the state Capitol and were persistent in having their voices heard.   Gun owners patiently waited in line all evening to give their two-minute testimony against the damaging bills.
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June 24, 2014

New York: 2014 Regular Legislative Session Ends

Gun owners in the Empire State can breathe a sigh of relief as the New York Legislature concluded its 2014 regular session last Friday.  Despite the ongoing litigation seeking to overturn last year’s damaging “SAFE Act,” anti-gun state lawmakers were busy once again continuing their attacks.  The NRA was actively engaged in Albany again this year working against these additional gun control bills and fighting funding for the SAFE Act in the state budget.
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June 24, 2014

Nevada: Anti-Gun Ballot Initiative Filed with Secretary of State

Last Friday, anti-gun group Nevadans for Background Checks, likely affiliated with New York City ex-Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, filed an initiative petition with the Secretary of State.  The 2016 ballot initiative petition seeks to criminalize most private transfers and mandate background checks for nearly all gun transfers in Nevada, with very limited exceptions.
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June 24, 2014

Michigan: Governor Snyder Signs Firearms Records Confidentiality Package and Youth Firearm Education Bill

Today, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) signed into law an NRA-backed package of bills aimed at protecting gun owners’ privacy by making firearms records confidential.  The Firearms Records Confidentiality Package, comprised of Senate Bills 49, 834 and 881 and House Bills 4155, 5325 and 5328, passed in the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support.  
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June 23, 2014

Massachusetts: House Ways and Means Committee to Consider Radical Anti-Gun Bill Any Day

The Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee will be considering and voting on a radical anti-gun bill, House Bill 4121, any day now.  Your immediate action and help is needed to defeat this misguided legislation in committee.
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June 23, 2014

Delaware: Update on Gun Ban Legislation in Dover

Last Thursday, in an effort to pass anti-gun legislation in the waning days of the 2014 legislative session, state Senator Harris McDowell (D-1) introduced a substitute bill for Senate Bill 137.  The language of the substitute bill is a verbatim copy of the federal Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988, which was reauthorized by Congress in 2013.  
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June 23, 2014

ALERT: Governor Rick Scott Makes History Signing 5 Pro-gun Bills

On, Friday, June 20, 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed 5 pro-gun bills into law.  A strong supporter of the Second Amendment, Governor Rick Scott has now signed more pro-gun bills into law -- in one term -- than any other Governor in Florida history.  
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June 23, 2014

California: Keep Up the Pressure in Sacramento Ammunition Registration Bill and Several Anti-Gun Bills Still in Moving

The state Assembly did not take up anti-gun Senate Bill 53 last week, so it is still awaiting its final vote.  The next chance for SB 53 to be considered on the Assembly floor is TODAY, June 23.   It’s CRITICAL that you contact your state Assemblyman TODAY and urge him or her to OPPOSE this egregious legislation.  Contact information for your Assemblyman can be found here.  For talking points on SB 53, please click here.  TODAY, June 23, AB 1964 is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee.  Contact information for this committee can be found here.  TOMORROW, June 24, the following anti-gun bills will be heard in the Assembly Public Safety Committee.  Please call AND e-mail members of this committee urging them to OPPOSE these anti-gun bills.  
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June 20, 2014

North Carolina: Update on Legislation Repealing Gun Registration in Durham County

As previously reported, Senate Bill 226, sponsored by state Senator Mike Woodard (D-22), passed unanimously on its second and third reading in the North Carolina House of Representatives on Wednesday.  S 226, which repeals a 1935 law that allows gun registration in Durham County, went into effect upon ratification yesterday.  Since S 226 is considered a “local” bill, it does not need to be signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory (R) to be enacted.
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June 19, 2014

Michigan: Legislature Adjourned for Summer Recess After Passing Several NRA-Supported Bills

Last week, the Michigan Legislature adjourned for its summer recess after a successful start to the 2014 legislative session.  To date, the state legislature has passed eight NRA-supported bills and many other bills have seen positive movement through the legislative process this year.  
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June 19, 2014

Oregon: UPDATE on Efforts to Ban Open Carry in Ashland

In February, your NRA alerted you that the Ashland City Council was making another attempt to limit open carry in the city limits.  At the time, the City Council was aiming to restrict the possession of a loaded firearm in public in Ashland, despite the fact that it is legal to openly carry an unconcealed firearm in public in the state of Oregon.
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June 19, 2014

Missouri: Right to Keep and Bear Arms Amendment Placed on August Ballot – Under Attack by Gun Control Crowd

As previously reported, the Missouri General Assembly passed Senate Joint Resolution 36 by an overwhelming and bipartisan majority.  Recently, Governor Jay Nixon (D) decided to have SJR 36 placed on the Primary Election ballot on August 5.  
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June 18, 2014

Colorado: Anti-Gun Officials in Boulder Continue to Violate State Law

Recently, it was brought to our attention that the City of Boulder and their Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) division have been in direct violation of Colorado law by posting signs that prohibit the carrying of firearms.
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June 18, 2014

North Carolina: Legislation Repealing Firearm Registration in Durham County Sent to Governor

Today, Senate Bill 226, sponsored by state Senator Mike Woodard (D-22), passed unanimously on its second and third reading in the North Carolina House of Representatives.  S 226, which would repeal a 1935 law that allows firearm registration in Durham County, will now be sent to Governor Pat McCrory (R) for his expected signature.
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June 18, 2014

New Jersey: Gun and Magazine Ban Legislation Awaiting Governor’s Action

As previously reported, legislation banning certain popular firearms and restricting the maximum capacity of ammunition magazines from 15 to 10 rounds was sent to Governor Chris Christie (R) for his consideration.  
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June 18, 2014

New York: Legislature Close to Adjournment, Anti-Gun Bills Still in Play

The moment that all law-abiding New York gun owners eagerly anticipate each year is nearly upon us -- adjournment of the New York Legislature for the year.  State lawmakers are tentatively trying to conclude the 2014 legislative session tomorrow but the waning hours are a dangerous time when scores of bills are quickly and quietly passed.
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June 17, 2014

North Carolina: Legislation Repealing Firearm Registration in Durham County to be Heard on House Floor

Today, Senate Bill 226, sponsored by state Senator Mike Woodard (D-22), passed unanimously in the House Rules Committee.  S 226, which would repeal a 1935 law that allowed firearm registration in Durham County, is expected to be considered on the floor of the North Carolina House of Representatives this week.
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June 17, 2014

Colorado: Hickenlooper is Too Little, Too Late

Last Friday, June 13, Governor John Hickenlooper (D) spoke to a gathering of Colorado sheriffs in Aspen during the bi-annual County Sheriffs of Colorado Conference.  During this conference, Hickenlooper admitted that he and his office failed to meet with the sheriffs when they showed up en masse at the state Capitol in Denver and also admitted that he and his office failed to do their homework on the impact and importance of background check legislation that now unnecessarily affects hundreds of thousands of law-abiding citizens across the Centennial State.
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June 17, 2014

California: Ammunition Registration Bill Still Pending on Assembly Floor, Vote Likely this Thursday

Yesterday, the state Assembly did not take up anti-gun Senate Bill 53, so it is still awaiting its final vote.  The next chance for SB 53 to be considered on the Assembly floor is this Thursday, June 19.   It’s CRITICAL that you contact your state Assemblyman TODAY and urge him or her to OPPOSE this egregious legislation.
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June 16, 2014

Virginia: Sussex County Supervisors Temporarily Repeal Anti-Hunting Noise Ordinance, Will Revisit Thursday

On May 15, the Sussex County Board of Supervisors met and heard concerns about the effect the recently passed “noise ordinance” would have on Sunday hunting and sportsmen in the county.  They were urged by gun owners and hunters to instead approve an emergency ordinance change that would eliminate the section dealing with shooting on Sundays.  
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June 16, 2014

Rhode Island: Lawmakers Pass Mental Health Fix

State lawmakers in Providence passed legislation last week to increase the reporting in Rhode Island of individuals who are already prohibited from owning a firearm.  The Ocean State is one of a few states that do not report any mental health records to NICS.  The House unanimously approved House Bill 7939 early last week.   The Senate Judiciary Committee also amended and approved its companion legislation to match the House Bill.  Senate Bill 2774 will now go to the Senate floor for its consideration.  State legislators are hoping to wrap up their 2014 session as early as this Friday.
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June 16, 2014

Massachusetts: Your Immediate Help Needed to Defeat Extreme Gun Control Bill

A radical anti-gun bill, House Bill 4121, was rammed through the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security in a rare, non-publicized electronic poll vote on Saturday, June 7.  Floor debate in the Massachusetts House of Representatives could begin as early as this week, and your immediate assistance is needed to defeat HB 4121.
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June 13, 2014

Delaware: Update on Gun Ban Legislation in Dover

As previously reported, the Senate Public Safety Committee heard Senate Bill 137 earlier on Wednesday.  It is now being held in committee pending an amendment to narrow the scope of this legislation, while also addressing problems raised by the NRA during committee testimony.  
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June 13, 2014

Pennsylvania: Two Bills Would Allow Semiautomatic Rifles for Some Small Game Hunting

This week, two bills aimed at allowing the use of semiautomatic rifles for hunting some small game species have passed in their respective committees and will be considered soon in the Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives.
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June 13, 2014

Wyoming: Target Shooting Addressed in BLM Rawlins Field Office Recreation Plan

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rawlins Field Office has released for public comment the proposed Rogers Canyon Resource Protection, Public Access and Travel Management Plan (the Plan).  The 640-acre Rogers Canyon area is located eight miles northwest of Laramie, WY.  It is used extensively by local residents and students from the University of Wyoming and WyoTech for rock climbing, hiking, biking, hunting, all-terrain vehicles and target shooting.  Unfortunately, the area has been degraded with the dumping of trash and other debris, riding off established roads and two-tracks, unsafe shooting practices, and the destruction of natural resources.   
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June 12, 2014

Oregon: UPDATE on Efforts to Ban Lead Ammunition for Hunting

As previously reported, the Oregonian newspaper recently published a series of articles about California condors and the use of lead ammunition for hunting.  Now, Oregon State University has published an article detailing an upcoming collaboration between OSU and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) on an effort to survey Oregon hunters about their use and knowledge of lead ammunition.
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June 12, 2014

California: Assembly to Vote on Anti-Gun Bill Any Day

Yesterday, anti-gun Senate Bill 53 passed in the Assembly Public Safety Committee by a 5 to 2 vote.  SB 53 will now go to the Assembly floor where it could be considered at anytime.  It is CRITICAL that you contact your state Assemblyman TODAY and urge him or her to OPPOSE this egregious legislation.  Contact information for your state legislator can be found here.
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June 11, 2014

Michigan: Senate Passes Youth Firearm Education Bill and Comprehensive CPL Reform Yesterday

Thanks to your calls and e-mails, the Michigan Senate passed both House Bill 5085 and Senate Bill 789 yesterday.
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June 11, 2014

Florida: In Case You Missed It

Below are two links to a video -- the same video -- one is on Facebook the other is on YouTube.  I suspect it will go viral so I thought you should see it.  The video is of a Florida Highway Patrol trooper in the SW Florida area (between Sarasota and Naples) totally misrepresenting the law to a citizen.  At minimum, this appears to be a situation of poor training.   
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June 10, 2014

North Carolina: Legislation Repealing Firearm Registration in Durham County Needs Your Action

While the NRA continues to work on a number of issues during the North Carolina General Assembly's short session this year, one issue in particular needs your immediate action.  Senate Bill 226, sponsored by state Senator Mike Woodard (D-22), would repeal a 1935 law that allowed firearm registration in Durham County.  
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June 10, 2014

Michigan: Support Comprehensive Concealed Pistol License Reform in Senate

Senate Bill 789, introduced by state Senator Mike Green (R-31), is important legislation that seeks to create a more efficient, consistent and expedient concealed pistol licensing system for the citizens in Michigan.  SB 789 also creates a true “shall issue” licensing system for all statutorily eligible Michiganders.
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June 9, 2014

Michigan: Senate Expected to Act on Youth Firearm Education Bill This Week

House Bill 5085, a youth firearm education bill that corrects an unduly burdensome restraint on youth firearm education by reasonably expanding the class of individuals who are allowed to supervise and instruct Michigan youth on the safe use of pistols, is awaiting action by the Michigan Senate.
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June 6, 2014

Massachusetts: Act NOW as Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security Tries to Sneak Vote on Egregious Anti-Gun Bill Tomorrow

Your NRA has just learned that the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security will be conducting an electronic poll vote that will be concluded at noon tomorrow on whether to vote House Bill 4121 out of committee with favorable report.
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June 6, 2014

Delaware: Senate Committee to Hear Gun Ban Legislation Next Week

On Wednesday, June 11, Senate Bill 137, sponsored by anti-gun state Senator Harris McDowell (D-1), will be heard in the Senate Public Safety Committee.  
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June 6, 2014

California: Pleasant Hill City Council to Consider Proposed FFL Zoning Ordinance on Monday after Unanimous Negative Recommendation by City Planning Commission

This Monday, June 9, at 7:30 pm, the Pleasant Hill City Council will be holding a special meeting to determine the fate of an ill-advised ordinance targeting legal firearm retailers in Pleasant Hill—all but removing them from the city’s limits.  This meeting follows the May 6th vote of the Planning Commission giving a unanimous negative recommendation on adoption of this ordinance, meaning all of the commissioners oppose it.  We encourage all who support Second Amendment rights to attend this meeting on Monday and voice their opposition to the ordinance.
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June 6, 2014

California: Time to Put Pressure on the Legislature Again

Friday, May 30 was the last day for bills to pass their legislative chamber of origin.  Accordingly, it’s time to contact your state legislators urging them to OPPOSE all anti-gun legislation.  Anti-gun legislators still haven’t figured out that stripping law-abiding citizens of their rights does nothing to stop criminal activity.  The anti-gun bills below are scheduled to be heard this Tuesday, June 10.  Please call members of the respective committees TODAY!  Contact information for committee members is listed with each bill.
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June 5, 2014

Michigan: Firearms Records Confidentiality Package Passes Both Chambers, Youth Firearm Education Bill Still Awaiting Senate Action

Today, the final three bills included in the Firearms Records Confidentiality Package, Senate Bills 49, 834 and 881, passed in the Michigan House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support.  These bills will now be returned to the state Senate for a recommendation of immediate effect.  
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June 4, 2014

Michigan: Update on Pro-Gun Legislation in Lansing

Today, three bills included in the Firearms Records Confidentiality Package, House Bills 4155, 5325 and 5328, passed in the Michigan Senate by a 29 to 8 vote.  These bills will now return to the Michigan House of Representatives for an expected concurrence vote.  
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June 4, 2014

West Virginia: NICS Exemption Granted to CHL Holders

Today, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced that holders of a valid Concealed Handgun License (CHL) issued on or after June 4, 2014 will be exempt from additional background checks when purchasing a firearm from a licensed gun dealer.  This announcement follows yesterday’s open letter from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to Federal Firearms Licensed Dealers in West Virginia. 
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June 3, 2014

Louisiana: Legislature Adjourns from Another Successful Session for Gun Owners and Sportsmen

The 2014 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature concluded yesterday, with NRA members enjoying significant victories with the passage and enactment of pro-Second Amendment legislation along with defeat of all restrictive gun control measures.  Your phone calls and e-mails made the difference throughout the legislative process!
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