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April 23, 2014

Georgia: Governor Signs Comprehensive Pro-Gun Bill into Law

Today, Governor Nathan Deal (R) signed into law House Bill 60, the most comprehensive pro-gun legislation in state history.  HB 60 passed in the Georgia Senate by a 37-18 vote on March 18 and in the state House of Representatives by a 112-58 vote on March 20.  HB 60 will take effect on July 1, 2014.  
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April 23, 2014

Kansas: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Bill Signed into Law

Yesterday, Governor Sam Brownback (R) signed House Bill 2578 into law.  As previously reported here, HB 2578 passed unanimously in the Kansas House of Representatives on March 25, language from Senate Bill 447 was incorporated into HB 2578 and passed in the state Senate by a 37-2 vote on April 4, and HB 2578 was concurred by the state House of Representatives by a 102-19 vote on April 5.  HB 2578 takes effect on July 1, 2014.
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April 23, 2014

Oklahoma: Three Pro-Gun Bills Pass and Head to Governor

It has been a busy week for pro-gun legislation in Oklahoma City and your NRA is happy to report that three important bills have passed and will now be sent to Governor Mary Fallin (R) for her signature.
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April 22, 2014

Nebraska: Emergency Powers Protection Bill Signed into Law

Today, Governor Dave Heineman (R) signed Legislative Bill 390 into law.  LB 390 passed unanimously in the Nebraska Legislature during its Final Reading on April 17, in the last hour of the 2014 legislative session.
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April 22, 2014

Louisiana: House Committee Removes Bill to Repeal Self-Defense Law from Tomorrow's Agenda

House Bill 826, NRA-opposed legislation sponsored by state Representative Wesley Bishop (D-New Orleans) to repeal Louisiana's "stand your ground" statute, has been removed from Wednesday's House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee schedule.  However, another anti-gun measure is on the committee agenda and your help is still needed to stop that one in its tracks!
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April 22, 2014

Pennsylvania: Employer Firearm Parking Lot Bans Widespread

Last week, 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 has been overwhelming!  Within 24 hours, our office received 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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April 22, 2014

Georgia: Governor to Sign Comprehensive Pro-Gun Bill on Wednesday

This Wednesday, April 23, Governor Nathan Deal (R) will sign House Bill 60 into law, the most comprehensive pro-gun bill in state history.  Once signed into law, HB 60 will take effect on July 1, 2014.  
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April 22, 2014

Florida Report: Discrimination against Gun Owners by Insurance Companies

Senate Bill 424 to Stop Discrimination by Insurance Companies Against Gun Owners has PASSED THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE!!!!!  The bill was sponsored by Representative Matt Gaetz(R) in the House and Senator Tom Lee (R) in the Senate. 
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April 21, 2014

Missouri: House Could Consider NRA-Supported Bill at Anytime

At anytime, the Missouri House of Representatives could bring up for consideration Senate Joint Resolution 36.  
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April 21, 2014

Louisiana: House Committee Scheduled to Hear Bill to Repeal Self-Defense Law this Wednesday

This Wednesday, April 23, 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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April 21, 2014

Michigan: Senate Committee to Consider Multiple Pro-Second Amendment Bills Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to hear multiple pieces of pro-Second Amendment legislation: the Firearms Record Confidentiality Package, House Bill 5087, and House Bills 5091 and 5092.
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April 21, 2014

Virginia: General Assembly to Consider Governor’s Anti-Gun Amendment on Wednesday

This Wednesday, April 23, the Virginia General Assembly is meeting for its reconvened session to consider gubernatorial amendments and vetoes.  It is critical that you contact your state Senator and Delegate and urge them to vote to REJECT the Governor’s anti-gun amendment to Senate Bill 377.
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April 18, 2014

Arizona: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bills, Other Bills Await Consideration and Signature

Yesterday, Governor Jan Brewer (R) signed House Bill 2103 into law.  Introduced by state Representative Kelly Townsend (R-16), HB 2103 would allow an individual of at least nineteen years of age to obtain a concealed weapon permit if the person is currently in military service or has been honorably discharged.  This legislation is a good way to thank our military for their service and will benefit law-abiding gun owners in Arizona.  HB 2103 passed in the state Senate by a 20 to 10 vote on Wednesday and in the House by a 39 to 18 vote on March 10.
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April 18, 2014

Rhode Island: Senate and House Committees Stall Multiple Anti-Gun Bills

More than a dozen gun control bills were scheduled for a hearing this week in the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee.  The good news is that those anti-gun bills which were scheduled to be heard, as previously reported, were held for further study in both committees
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April 18, 2014

Nebraska: Legislature Adjourns with Passage of Emergency Powers Legislation

Yesterday, in the final hour of its 2014 legislative session, the Nebraska Legislature unanimously passed critical emergency powers legislation in its Final Reading.  Legislative Bill 390, introduced by state Senator Mark Christensen (44), now goes to Governor Dave Heineman (R) for his expected signature.
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April 17, 2014

Missouri: Right to Keep and Bear Arms Constitutional Amendment Awaits Action in House

Last week, the House General Laws Committee voted “Do Pass” on Senate Joint Resolution 36 and this measure is currently waiting to be added to the House floor calendar.  Sponsored by state Senator Kurt Shaefer (R-19) and being 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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April 17, 2014

Louisiana: Mandatory Training Bill Fails to Advance from Committee

This Wednesday, House Bill 13 was voluntarily deferred by its sponsor, state Representative Austin Badon (D-New Orleans), after the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee failed to advance it on a 6-to-6 tie vote.  This NRA-opposed bill would have made it unlawful for a federal firearm licensed dealer (FFL) to transfer a firearm without verifying that the purchaser had completed a gun safety training course.  This was not about requiring training to obtain a permit to carry firearms for self-defense -- this would have required training to simply purchase a firearm to own in your home.
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April 17, 2014

West Virginia: Attorney General Seeks to Right a Legal Wrong

Today, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R) filed a motion to intervene and dismiss a frivolous lawsuit filed by rabid anti-gun Mayors Against Illegal Guns member, Mayor Danny Jones, and the city of Charleston.
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April 17, 2014

Arizona: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bill -- Update on Legislative Activity in Phoenix

On Tuesday, House Bill 2103 passed in the state Senate by a 20 to 10 vote.  Introduced by state Representative Kelly Townsend (R-16), HB 2103 would allow an individual of at least nineteen years of age to obtain a concealed weapon permit if the person is currently in military service or has been honorably discharged.  This legislation is a good way to thank our military for their service and will benefit law-abiding gun owners in Arizona.  
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April 15, 2014

Tennessee: House Subcommittee Chairman Removes Park Carry Bill from Schedule

Last night, House Bill 1407, sponsored by state Representative Tilman Goins (R-10), was removed from the hearing notice in the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee.  Please contact Chairman Mike Harrison immediately and urge him to return HB 1407 on his subcommittee calendar.
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April 15, 2014

Pennsylvania: Firearms Preemption Bill Still Stalled in House, Your Immediate Help Needed

Another week has gone by and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has still not acted on House Bill 2011, critical firearms preemption legislation needed to provide consistency of Pennsylvania’s firearm and ammunition laws throughout the state.  Your immediate help is needed to ensure this bill gets a vote on the House floor.
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April 14, 2014

Kentucky: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Reform Signed into Law Last Week

Last Friday, Governor Steve Beshear (D) signed into law a comprehensive pro-gun bill, House Bill 128. As initially introduced by state Representative Robert Damron (D-39), HB 128 allows retired peace officers with a valid Concealed Deadly Weapons License (CDWL), in accordance with the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), to carry at all times in Kentucky, with an exception for detention facilities.
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April 14, 2014

Rhode Island: Senate and House Committees to Hear Over a Dozen Gun Bills this Week

Anti-gun state lawmakers continue their assault on the constitutional rights of Rhode Island gun owners this week in Providence.  Tomorrow, April 15, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear a full slate of anti-gun bills starting at 6:00 p.m. in room 313 of the State House.  The anti-gun bills scheduled to be considered tomorrow only attack the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens and do nothing to address violent crime or public safety.
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April 14, 2014

New York: “SAFE Act” Registration Deadline is Tomorrow, April 15

Tomorrow, April 15, the year-old “SAFE Act” will require gun owners to register any firearm that falls within the anti-gun Legislature’s new definition of a semi-automatic “assault weapon,” or risk becoming a felon.  The NRA actively opposed this egregious legislation last January while it was being rammed through the legislative process by Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) within a 24-hour period without any public input or committee hearings. 
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April 14, 2014

Pennsylvania: Does your Employer Ban Firearms in Their Parking Lot?

Your National Rifle Association is currently seeking information from our members in Pennsylvania on employers who prohibit employees from transporting to/from and storing firearms in their locked, private motor vehicles while parked at work.  This information will be a valuable tool in advancing state “employee protection” legislation in Harrisburg.  Businesses have no legitimate interest in micromanaging the lawful contents of one’s private vehicle at the workplace.
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April 14, 2014

Tennessee: General Assembly Expected to Adjourn This Week – Your Action Still Needed

The 2014 session of the Tennessee General Assembly is expected to come to a close this week, but action on pro-Second Amendment related issues is still needed.  
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April 12, 2014

Missouri: House Passes Self-Defense Legislation

On Thursday, the Missouri House of Representatives passed House Bill 1539 by a 110 to 39 vote.  HB 1539, critical self-defense legislation, will now be sent to the Missouri Senate for its committee referral.
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April 11, 2014

Illinois: House Passes Legislation to Prevent the Destruction of Firearms

Yesterday, the Illinois House of Representatives passed House Bill 4860, with House Amendment 1, by an 88 to 6 vote.  Sponsored by state Representative Brad Halbrook (R-110), HB 4860, as amended, provides law enforcement agencies with the option to sell confiscated firearms at public auction rather than destroying or keeping them for agency use.
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April 11, 2014

Tennessee: House Subcommittee to Hear Park Carry Bill Early Next Week

Having awaited passage of the state Budget, House Bill 1407 is expected to be considered in the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee as early as Monday, April 14.  It is imperative that you contact subcommittee members TODAY and respectfully urge them to vote “YES” on HB 1407.
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April 11, 2014

Ohio: 2014 Hunting Regulations Approved by Wildlife Council

This week, the Ohio Wildlife Council voted to approve deer hunting with certain straight walled rifle cartridges (pistol caliber rifles or PCR) during any season that shotguns are legal to use.
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April 11, 2014

Louisiana: House Committee to Consider Gun Control Measure Next Week

On Wednesday, April 16, the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee will hold a public hearing and vote on House Bill 13.  Sponsored by state Representative Austin Badon (D-New Orleans), this NRA-opposed bill would make it unlawful for a federal firearm licensed dealer (FFL) to transfer a firearm without verifying that the purchaser has completed a gun safety training course.  
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April 11, 2014

Oklahoma: Three Important Pro-Gun Bills Still Awaiting Consideration

As previously reported here and here, three important pro-gun bills passed in Senate committees last week and have since been awaiting consideration by the full Senate.  Your help is needed to ensure that these bills get a vote!  Please contact your state Senator today and urge him or her to vote for House Bill 2461, House Bill 2539, and House Joint Resolution 1026, Oklahoma’s constitutional Right to Bear Arms provision.
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April 11, 2014

Florida: REPORT on Legislative Committee/Floor Action Monday 4/7/14 through Friday 4/11/14

The sixth week of the Legislative Session was another exceptionally busy and successful week.  The blue underlined bill numbers are the most current versions of the bills. You can simply click on those links to read the bills.  A new version is prepared every time a bill is amended (changed) in committee.  If there is no blue link that means the newest amended version is not yet available.
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April 11, 2014

California: Legislative Update for the Week of April 7

This week, several anti-gun bills passed in their respective committees while two pro-hunting bills also passed in their respective committees.
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April 10, 2014

Virginia: Governor Returns NRA-Opposed Amendment on Firearm Records Legislation

On Monday, Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) returned a NRA-opposed amendment for Senate Bill 377.  Sponsored by state Senator Bryce Reeves (R-17), SB 377, as amended and passed in the General Assembly, would allow gun dealers seeking to purchase, trade or transfer a firearm from a non-dealer individual to submit information on that firearm to law enforcement to determine if it has been reported lost or stolen.
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April 10, 2014

Louisiana: House Approves NRA-Backed Restaurant Carry Bill by Overwhelming Vote

Yesterday, the Louisiana House of Representatives passed House Bill 72 by an 80 to 19 vote.  This NRA-supported measure, sponsored by state Representative Joe Lopinto (R-Metairie), would clarify that concealed handgun permit holders may possess firearms in restaurants that serve alcohol.
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April 9, 2014

Tennessee: Legislative Update from Nashville

As the 2014 legislative session begins to wind down, a number of NRA-supported bills are still moving in the Tennessee General Assembly.  Your NRA-ILA is continually working to protect and expand the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding gun owners in Tennessee.
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April 9, 2014

Missouri: House Committee Hears Pro-Gun Legislation

Yesterday, the House General Laws Committee heard Senate Bill 745.  While this committee did not vote on this important right to carry legislation, it is expected to send SB 745 to the House floor in the near future.  
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April 9, 2014

Maryland: General Assembly Adjourns Sine Die

The Maryland General Assembly adjourned its 2014 legislative session at midnight on Monday.  As state legislators leave Annapolis, Maryland gun owners can now rest easy knowing that no anti-gun legislation was passed this year.  
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April 9, 2014

Nebraska: Emergency Powers Legislation Passes Select File in Senate

Today, the Nebraska Legislature advanced critical emergency powers legislation from Select File to Final Reading by voice vote.  The amended form of Legislative Bill 390, introduced by state Senator Mark Christensen (44), would strike the word “firearms” from the list of items the Governor may suspend during a declared state of emergency. 
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