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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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June 3, 2014

Missouri: Pro-Gun Bills Delivered to Governor, Await Approval

Senate Bills 656 and 745, pro-gun state legislation supported by the NRA, have been delivered to Governor Jay Nixon (D) and await his action.  As we have reported recently, SB 656 has been under fire by the anti-gun media, portraying it as a bill that “arms teachers."
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June 3, 2014

California: Pleasant Hill Planning Commission Runs Gun-Ban Lobby Lawyers Out of Town, but the Fight Continues

In a significant victory for Second Amendment rights and common sense, the Pleasant Hill Planning Commission voted unanimously on May 6 to recommend against the adoption of a new zoning law designed to put firearm retailers (FFLs) out of business.  Unfortunately, the struggle in Pleasant Hill is far from over.  The City Council is scheduled to hear this matter at 7:30 pm on Monday, June 9, in their chambers located at 100 Gregory Lane in Pleasant Hill.  Contact the members of the City Council today and express your opposition to this attempt to drive lawful FFLs from the city.
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June 2, 2014

Iowa: 2014 Legislative Session Review

The Iowa General Assembly adjourned last month, once again with disappointing results for gun owners and Second Amendment advocates across the state.  With the legislative session concluded and the election season upon us, it is time to remember that every vote cast at the ballot box in every district by pro-gun voters makes the difference – because every state legislator’s vote counts, on the House or Senate floor and on every committee.  For years in Iowa, committee chairmanship assignments and leadership positions in the Senate have allowed a small anti-gun group of legislators to block every necessary pro-gun improvement from a vote on the Senate floor, and likely enactment.
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June 2, 2014

Pennsylvania: Anti-Gun Lawmakers May Attempt to Amend Pro-Gun Legislation

Your NRA-ILA is pushing for a vote in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on House Bill 2011, an important firearms preemption bill, before the summer legislative break.  If HB 2011 comes up for a House floor vote, attempts will be made to amend it with anti-gun language to expand Pennsylvania’s background check requirement to ALL firearms purchases, including rifles and shotguns.  Currently, only handgun purchases fall under this state requirement.
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June 2, 2014

New York: Assembly Committee to Hear Two Anti-Gun Bills Tomorrow

Tomorrow, June 3, the New York Assembly Codes Committee is scheduled to hear Assembly Bill 3244-A and Assembly Bill 3941-A.  These bills are legislative remains from past years which anti-gun state lawmakers attempt to revitalize annually.  While it is expected that these bills will pass in the Assembly, due to its partisan makeup, the legislation will head to the state Senate where there is a better chance of blocking both of these bills.
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June 2, 2014

California: Workshop on Implementation of the Lead Ammunition Ban being held TOMORROW

The California Fish and Game Commission is continuing to explore ways to implement the statewide lead ammunition ban.  In 2013, the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 711 to ban the use of traditional ammunition for all hunting in California.
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May 30, 2014

Louisiana: Governor Signs Pro-Hunting Legislation into Law

Yesterday, Governor Bobby Jindal (R) signed into law House Bill 186, sponsored by state Representative Cameron Henry (R-Metairie).  NRA-supported HB 186 will allow for the use of lawfully-owned suppressors while hunting game animals.
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May 30, 2014

Massachusetts: House Speaker Introduces Sweeping Gun Control Legislation

This week, Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop) unveiled an extensive gun control bill, House Bill 4121, which would further impact law-abiding gun owners in the Commonwealth.  Being promoted as legislation aimed to be outgoing Governor Deval Patrick’s (D) crowning achievement, this egregious bill would give police chiefs discretion in licensing owners for shotguns and rifles, ban the private sale of firearms without a licensed gun dealer and require gun owners to provide a list of all firearms they currently own to the state with each renewal of their license, among many other things.  
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May 27, 2014

Virginia: Governor Signs Senate Bill 377 into Law Without Anti-Gun Amendment

Last Friday, May 23, Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) signed Senate Bill 377 into law as originally passed by the General Assembly.  He did this one month to the day after the Virginia Senate rejected his anti-gun amendment, which would have created a de-facto gun registration scheme for those seeking to sell, trade or transfer their lawfully owned firearms to a gun dealer by requiring that all consent forms for transfer of a firearm determined to not be lost or stolen be kept by the dealer for at least ninety days, with no requirement to ever destroy them.
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May 27, 2014

Rhode Island: Senate Committee Schedules Anti-Gun Bill this Thursday

Anti-gun lawmakers in Providence appear to be saving their best for last.  After months of debating gun bills that do nothing more than trample on the constitutional rights of Rhode Islanders, the Senate Finance Committee is resuming the onslaught and is preparing to debate perhaps the most egregious bill of the session.  Senate Bill 2318, sponsored by state Senators Gayle Goldin (D-3), Harold Metts (D-6), Daniel DaPonte (D-14), Juan Pichardo (D-2) and Joshua Miller (D-28), has been scheduled for a hearing in Room 211 of the Statehouse at 3:00 p.m. this Thursday, May 29.  
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May 27, 2014

Ohio: Senate Civil Justice Committee to Hold Second and Third Hearings Tomorrow on Two Pro-Gun Bills

Tomorrow, the Ohio Senate Civil Justice Committee will hold its second proponent testimony hearing on House Bill 234 and its third hearing for opponent/interested party on Senate Bill 338.
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May 23, 2014

Louisiana: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bills into Law

Yesterday, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) signed into law House Bill 72 and House Bill 1066.  Both measures will take effect on August 1.
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May 23, 2014

New Jersey: Magazine and Gun Ban Legislation Passes and Goes to Governor

As previously reported, the New Jersey Senate passed A.2006/S.993, legislation banning certain popular firearms and restricting the maximum capacity of ammunition magazines from 15 to 10 rounds.  A.2006/S.993, as amended, passed yesterday in the Assembly by a 44 to 34 vote.
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May 23, 2014

Missouri: Anti-Gun Media Continues its Attack on Senate Bill 656

As reported Wednesday, the anti-gun media in Missouri continues taking swings at Senate Bill 656, which was passed overwhelmingly by both the Missouri Senate and House of Representatives.  Media outlets are attempting to make SB 656 into a bill that arms teachers.
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May 21, 2014

Missouri: Senate Bill 656 Under Attack by Anti-Gun Media

As we recently reported, the Missouri General Assembly overwhelming passed Senate Bill 656, which currently awaits approval by Governor Jay Nixon (D).  SB 656 is a major step forward to increase Missourians Second Amendment rights.  SB 656 contains many components to increase personal safety and public safety needs for law-abiding citizens in the Show-Me State. 
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May 21, 2014

Florida Report: Some keep asking about the anti-gun activities of the Florida Sheriffs Association

Members keep asking what is going on with the Florida Sheriffs Association and why the organization has become so anti-Second Amendment.  We explain some of the reasons we know the Florida Sheriffs Association has declared war on the Second Amendment in our May/June issue of the newsletter, FLORIDA FIRING LINE on page 3, titled The Florida Sheriffs Association has declared war on the Second Amendment.   
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May 20, 2014

Ohio: Senate Civil Justice Committee to Hold Hearing on Two Pro-Gun Bills Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Ohio Senate Civil Justice Committee will hold a hearing and sponsor testimony on two pro-gun bills, Senate Bill 338 and House Bill 234.
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May 19, 2014

Missouri: 2014 Legislative Session Comes to a Close

Last Friday, the Missouri General Assembly adjourned its 2014 legislative session, and with its closing came victories for Second Amendment supporters.  During this session, three NRA-supported bills made their way through the legislative process: Senate Joint Resolution 36, Senate Bill 745 and Senate Bill 656.
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May 16, 2014

Oklahoma: State House Passes Important Self Defense Bills

Yesterday, House Bill 3510, legislation introduced by House Speaker Jeffrey Hickman (R-58) and Senator Brian Bingman (R-12) to address Governor Mary Fallin’s (R) veto of House Bill 2539, passed in the Oklahoma House of Representatives by an 83 to 8 vote.  Pro-gun House Bill 2614, legislation that authorizes concealed handgun license holders to store their handgun in a locked vehicle in school parking lots, also passed yesterday in the state House by an 83 to 6 vote.
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May 16, 2014

Vermont: Legislature Adjourns its 2014 Session

NRA members and all Second Amendment supporters in Vermont can breathe a sigh of relief now that the 2014 legislative session has adjourned for the year.  During this session, gun owners faced a substantial list of anti-gun measures in Montpelier, and fortunately none of those bills passed thanks to the efforts of Vermont NRA members who answered the call and contacted their state Senators and Representatives.
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May 16, 2014

California: Pleasant Hill Planning Commission Runs Bloomberg Lawyers Out of Town

In a significant victory for Second Amendment rights and common sense, the Pleasant Hill Planning Commission voted unanimously on May 6 to recommend against the city adopting a new zoning law designed to put firearm retailers (FFLs) out of business.  This vote was also a blow to the influence of billionaire anti-gun zealot Michael Bloomberg, whose supporters on the City Council are the ones pushing this ordinance.
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May 15, 2014

Michigan: Anti-Gun Extremists Push for Long Gun Licensing and Registration

Yesterday, a small but vocal group of anti-gun protestors descended on the state Capitol in Lansing to urge the Michigan Legislature to pass House Bill 4774, egregious legislation that would be an affront to your Second Amendment rights. HB 4774 would subject long guns to the same misguided licensing and registration requirements that currently are imposed on pistols. 
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May 15, 2014

Louisiana: Set to Join Majority of States Allowing Use of Suppressors While Hunting Game

Today, the Louisiana Senate unanimously passed House Bill 186, sponsored by state Representative Cameron Henry (R-Metairie).  NRA-supported HB 186 will allow for the use of lawfully-owned suppressors while hunting game animals.  
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May 15, 2014

Maryland: Governor Signs into Law Four Pro-Hunting Bills

Today, Governor Martin O’Malley (D) signed into law the following four pro-hunting bills: Senate Bill 231, Senate bill 472, Senate Bill 473, Senate Bill 966.
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May 15, 2014

Colorado: Outrageous Gun Law Continues to Infringe on Law-Abiding Citizens’ Rights

Last year, the state legislature passed the most egregious gun control laws in Colorado history.  These laws were railroaded through the legislative process by anti-gun legislators in Denver bent on imposing their own personal agenda on law-abiding citizens.
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May 14, 2014

West Virginia: Five More Counties to Allow Sunday Hunting

Thanks to grassroots activism and diligent hard work on the ground, Sunday hunting on private property will now be legal in five additional West Virginia counties: Braxton, Calhoun, Nicholas, Webster and Wirt.  
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May 14, 2014

Colorado: 2014 Legislative Session Adjourns

Last week, the 2014 Colorado legislative session adjourned and with it ended the possibility for the anti-gun state legislators in Denver to do any more harm to your Second Amendment rights.
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May 14, 2014

Missouri: Pro-Gun Bill to be Heard in Conference Committee, Another goes to the Governor’s Desk

Yesterday, the Missouri House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 656 by a 112 to 37 vote.  Sponsored by state Senator Will Kraus (R-8) and handled in the House by state Representative Kevin Elmer (R-139), SB 656 includes many pro-gun reforms 
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May 14, 2014

Illinois: Anti-Gunner “Wish List” Legislation Introduced

This week, Senate Bill 3659, misnamed the “Illinois Public Safety Act,” was introduced by notorious anti-gun state Senator Dan Kotowski (D-28).  SB 3659 seeks to ban the possession, delivery, sale and purchase of many semi-automatic firearms and accessories, as well as .50 caliber rifles and cartridges unless the items have been previously owned and registered within an arbitrary period of time. 
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May 14, 2014

Minnesota: Attacks Continue on Political Speech and Communication

Tomorrow, May 15, Senate File 2099 is scheduled to be considered in the Minnesota House of Representatives following its passage in the state Senate by a 37-23 vote last Friday.  This politically motivated measure comes on the heels of other legislation with similar intent, such as House File 1944 and Senate File 1915, aimed at suppressing political speech by membership organizations like the NRA.  
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May 14, 2014

Louisiana: Senate Approves Three NRA-Backed Bills, Two Important Measures Still Await Consideration

Yesterday, the Louisiana Senate passed the following three NRA-backed bills, which now go to Governor Bobby Jindal (R) for his signature: House Bill 72, House Bill 1066, House Bill 1112.
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May 13, 2014

Minnesota UPDATE: Anti-Gun Governor Demands Legislature Vote on Legislation Designed to Suppress Political Speech

Yesterday, Governor Mark Dayton (D) publicly called for a vote by the state Legislature on politically motivated measures aimed at suppressing political speech by membership organizations such as the NRA.  Governor Dayton has strongly supported House File 1944 and Senate File 1915, which have been actively opposed by the NRA-ILA this session.  In fact, language similar to these measures was defeated last week when added as an amendment to another bill.  
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May 13, 2014

Ohio: Senate Civil Justice Committee Scheduled to Take Up Concealed Carry Reform Bill Tomorrow

This week, Senator Joe Uecker (R-14) introduced Senate Bill 338, legislation that makes common sense improvements to Ohio’s current concealed carry laws.
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