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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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May 12, 2014

New Jersey: Senate Passes Two Gun Control Bills

Today, the New Jersey Senate approved a pair of damaging gun control bills.  Senate Bill 993, sponsored by state Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-37) would further restrict New Jersey’s magazine capacity restriction from 15 to 10 rounds, passed on a party line 21 to 17 vote.
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May 12, 2014

Washington: Anti-Gun Group to Hold Panel and Take Public Questions

Tonight, a state anti-gun group called Washington Ceasefire will be holding a “gun reform” panel where the public is invited to engage panelists in a conversation about gun rights in Washington State.  Currently, panelists consist of several anti-gun individuals, including President of the Brady Campaign, Dan Gross.  This event will be held downstairs at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and there is an entry fee of $5, which goes to Town Hall Seattle for production costs.
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May 12, 2014

Virginia: Sussex County Passes Anti-Hunting Ordinance

The Sussex County Board of Supervisors recently passed a “noise ordinance” with Sunday hunting in its crosshairs.  This new ordinance unfairly targets firearms more heavily than any other device that produces loud sound, specifically on Sundays between the hours of 12:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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May 12, 2014

Delaware: Senate Committee to Hear Two Anti-Gun Bills

Last week, the Delaware House of Representatives passed House Bill 72 by a 22 to 17 vote.  Sponsored by state Representative John L. Mitchell, Jr. (D-13), HB 72 would impose a one-year mandatory prison sentence for anyone convicted of carrying a firearm without a permit. 
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May 9, 2014

Washington: Task Force Taking Comments on “Transforming” Outdoor Recreation

Earlier this year, Governor Jay Inslee (D) created a Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation tasked with the mission to “transform” outdoor recreation.  Now, the task force is spearheading an effort to solicit public input called Encourage Outdoor Washington.
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May 9, 2014

New Jersey: Senate to Consider Magazine and Gun Ban Legislation on Monday

On Monday, May 12, the New Jersey Senate is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 993 at noon.  As previously reported, S.993 seeks to restrict the maximum capacity of ammunition magazines from 15 to 10 rounds and ban certain popular firearms.
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May 9, 2014

Florida Alert: Who else does the Florida Sheriffs Association want to control?

It seems like the Florida Sheriffs Association wants to control you, me, our guns and the media.  What next?  The Legislature?  Or do they think they already control them?  On Wednesday, 5/7/14, an article appeared in the Daytona Beach News-Journal titled "Flagler County sheriff discusses sensible gun control."  We read it.  It didn't surprise us.  The article said Flagler Sheriff Jim Manfre was asked to be a guest speaker at an event to "address the concerns of the Florida Sheriffs Association."   Manfre is quoted as saying sheriffs and police chiefs are concerned about "what type of weapons are out there and who has them." 
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May 9, 2014

Another Magazine Ban in the Works

Legislation to ban ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds, with no exemption for those already owned, is one step closer to becoming law in New Jersey.  The Wall Street Journal reports that on Tuesday “the state Senate’s influential law and public safety committee supported a bill that would reduce the ammunition capacity of gun magazines to 10 rounds from the current 15.  The 3-2 vote ran along partisan lines, with Democrats supporting the bill and Republicans opposing it. . . . The bill now faces a vote in the state Senate, controlled by Democrats.”
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May 8, 2014

Oklahoma: Senate Overrides Veto of Pro-Gun Bill

Today, the Oklahoma Senate unanimously voted to override Governor Fallin’s (R) surprise veto of House Bill 2461.  As previously reported, the state House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to override this veto last week by a bipartisan 86 to 3 vote.  Since this veto was overridden by both legislative chambers, HB 2461 has been enacted into law and will take effect on November 1, 2014.
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May 8, 2014

Missouri: Pro-Gun Legislation on the Move in Jefferson City

Yesterday, the Missouri Senate passed Senate Joint Resolution 36 by a 23 to 8 vote.  Sponsored by state Senator Kurt Shaefer (R-19) and handled in the House by state Representative John Diehl (R-89), SJR 36 would strengthen Missouri’s current right to keep and bear arms constitutional amendment, Section 23, Article I. 
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May 8, 2014

Louisiana: Three NRA-Backed Bills Pending Consideration by Senate, Your Help Needed

With just a few weeks left in the 2014 legislative session, three important pro-Second Amendment and pro-sportsman bills are still awaiting consideration by the full Senate.  As previously reported, it is critical that you contact your State Senator TODAY and urge him or her to support the following bills without amendments:
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May 7, 2014

Oklahoma: Urge the State Senate to Act on House Bill 2461

The Oklahoma Senate has yet to act on overriding Governor Mary Fallin’s (R) veto of the uncontroversial NRA-backed House Bill 2461, after the state House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to override the veto last week.  Your immediate help is needed to encourage the state Senate to act on this issue!  
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May 7, 2014

Kansas: Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Expands to Virginia and Washington

Today, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt (R) announced that Virginia and Washington state now recognize reciprocity with Kansas’ Concealed Carry Handgun License (CCHL).  This reciprocity agreement marks a major milestone for Kansas CCHL holders.  
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May 7, 2014

Delaware: Anti-Gun Bill Being Circulated in Dover, Your Action is Needed

This week, NRA-ILA learned of a potential bill being circulated in the Delaware General Assembly that would prohibit the manufacture, sale, transfer or possession of a firearm, firearm component or accessory including ammunition that is “undetectable” by standard metal detectors.  While its language is not currently available, reports indicate that this legislation is being circulated by anti-gun state Senator Harris McDowell (D- Wilmington) as Senate Bill 137. 
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May 7, 2014

Pennsylvania: Employer Firearm Parking Lot Protection Legislation Introduced

Several weeks ago we sent an alert asking Pennsylvania NRA members to report to our State and Local Affairs division if their employer has a policy which prohibits employees from transporting to/from and storing firearms in their locked, private motor vehicles while parked at work, and the response was overwhelming!  Within 24 hours, our office was flooded with hundreds of e-mails reporting these types of policies, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to the local grocery store on the corner.
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May 7, 2014

Missouri: House Passes NRA-Supported Bill, Other Legislation Awaiting Action

Yesterday, the Missouri House of Representatives passed Senate Joint Resolution 36 by an overwhelming 122 to 31 vote.  Sponsored by state Senator Kurt Shaefer (R-19) and handled in the House by state Representative John Diehl (R-89), SJR 36 would strengthen Missouri’s current right to keep and bear arms constitutional amendment, Section 23, Article I.  
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May 6, 2014

Minnesota: Suppression of Political Speech Amendment Defeated

Last night, Amendment A5 to Senate File 2782 was proposed by state Representative Ryan Winkler (D-46A) and ultimately defeated by the Minnesota Legislature.  This amendment contained substantially similar language to the harmful, overreaching and vague language in House File 1944 and Senate File 1915, previously reported here, and would have had a chilling effect on freedom of speech and of association in Minnesota.
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May 6, 2014

Florida Alert! A Cut Dog Barks

Former Governor Lawton Chiles was fond of using the old southern saying, "a cut dog barks," when people were protesting too much.  I used that old saying yesterday.  Gary Fineout, an AP reporter, tweeted that in our newsletter alert to members, I said the Florida Sheriffs Association had declared war on the Second Amendment.
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May 6, 2014

Arizona: US Forest Service Community Forum on The Tonto National Forest

The US Forest Service is revising its management plan for the 3 million acre Tonto National Forest.  The 4-year plan revision process is at the first stage with an assessment of forest resource conditions and trends.  Public comment on the assessment is invited and a number of community forums have been scheduled between May and July.  
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May 5, 2014

New Jersey: Senate Committee Passes Magazine and Gun Ban Legislation

Today, the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee passed Senate Bill 993 today on a party line 3 to 2 vote.  As previously reported, S.993 seeks to restrict the maximum capacity of ammunition magazines from 15 to 10 rounds and ban certain popular firearms.  
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May 5, 2014

Alabama: Conservation Advisory Board Votes to Repeal Ban on Hunting with Suppressors

On Saturday, May 3, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Board voted unanimously to repeal the prohibition on using a suppressor while hunting in the Yellowhammer State.  This change must still undergo an administrative process but will likely take effect in late June.  Currently, more than 30 states allow hunters to use suppressors while hunting. 
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May 5, 2014

Colorado: Bill Repealing Restrictions on Rifle and Shotgun Purchases/Sales Signed into Law

Last Friday, May 2, Senate Bill 135 was signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper (D).  SB 135 enacts a long-overdue alignment of Colorado with forty-two other states that allow their residents to purchase rifles and shotguns in non-contiguous states, provided the purchase or transfer complies with state and federal law.  SB 135 takes effect on August 6, 2014.
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May 3, 2014

Hawaii: Legislature Adjourns its 2014 Regular Session

On Thursday, May 1, the Hawaii Legislature adjourned its 2014 regular session.  This session saw the introduction of several Second Amendment bills and of particular interest are House Bill 849, House Bill 1902 and House Bill 2246.
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May 3, 2014

Florida Report: Latvala, sheriffs take out Brandes' NRA-backed gun bill

Thursday, 5/1/14, the Florida Sheriffs Association killed SB-296/HB-209 -- the bill to allow citizens to carry their firearms with them (rather than leave firearms behind for looters) when they are under a mandatory evacuation during a declared state of emergency.  Be perfectly clear, this was a straight up Second Amendment issue in its purest form.  And the Florida Sheriffs Association opposed your fundamental individual right to keep and bear arms at a time when you most need to be able to protect yourself and your family.
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May 2, 2014

Missouri: Senate Committee Scheduled to Vote on Self-Defense Bill on Monday

Having been debated in a public hearing earlier this week, House Bill 1539, legislation to strengthen Missouri’s current Castle Doctrine law, is scheduled to be voted on next Monday, May 5, by the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.
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May 2, 2014

Louisiana: Once Again, House Committee Scheduled to Hear Bill to Repeal Self-Defense Law this Tuesday

This coming Tuesday, May 6, the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee will consider House Bill 826.  Sponsored by state Representative Wesley Bishop (D-New Orleans), NRA-opposed HB 826 would repeal Louisiana's "stand your ground" statute and tip the scales in favor of criminals who attack law-abiding citizens in public.  Make no mistake, this is a direct assault on your right to self-defense outside of your home, vehicle or place of business.
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