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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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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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