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February 20, 2014

West Virginia: Senate to Consider Weakened Firearms Preemption Bill

Yesterday, Senate Bill 317, sponsored by state Senator John Unger (D-16), was heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee.  SB 317 was intended to be a statewide firearms preemption bill which would have brought Charleston and three other cities that currently have and enforce local gun control ordinances into uniformity with the rest of the state.  However, the Committee Substitute offered and adopted severely undermines the integrity of SB 317 and would be a major setback for law-abiding gun owners across West Virginia.
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February 19, 2014

West Virginia: Permit Confidentiality Legislation Needs Your Help

A bill to ensure permit holder confidentiality is currently awaiting consideration in the state House Judiciary Committee and will not move further unless it is scheduled for a hearing and passed in committee before the Friday, February 21 deadline. 
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February 19, 2014

Michigan: House Committee Hearing Expected on Firearms Records Confidentiality Package Tomorrow

Tomorrow, critical legislation ensuring that your firearms records are kept confidential will be heard in the state House Judiciary Committee.
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February 19, 2014

Hawaii: House Committee to Hear Critical Legislation to Preserve Hunting Lands

This Friday, February 21, the Hawaii House Finance Committee is scheduled to hear House Bill 1902 with amendment HD1.  As amended, HB 1902, introduced by state Representative Cindy Evans (D-7), would integrate a no net loss policy for public hunting lands in Hawaii. 
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February 19, 2014

Kentucky: Today’s House Committee Hearing on House Bill 283 Postponed

House Bill 283, which was scheduled for a hearing today in the state House Licensing and Occupations Committee, has been postponed.  HB 283, sponsored by state Representative James Kay (D-56), would clarify certain aspects of Kentucky’s charitable gaming statutes and afford groups like the Friends of NRA the opportunity to host more events throughout the state.  HB 283 would also streamline the reporting process for those on the charitable gaming license.
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February 19, 2014

Oklahoma: House Judiciary Committee Passes Many Pro-Gun Bills

Yesterday, February 18, the Oklahoma House Judiciary Committee passed the NRA-backed firearms bills below, sending them to the House floor where they await consideration and a vote.  Your help is needed to ensure that these bills are considered in the state House.  Please call AND e-mail your state Representative TODAY and encourage his or her support for the following measures this session!  
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February 19, 2014

Iowa: Egregious Anti-Gun Bill Introduced in State Senate

Last week, state Senator Joe Bolkcom (D-43) introduced an egregious anti-gun bill which seeks to impose “universal” background checks on law-abiding gun owners in the Hawkeye State.  Senate File 2179 targets and criminalizes the private sale, transfer or loan of any firearm to anyone, even immediate family members, without a background check from a licensed firearms dealer.  SF 2179 has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee consisting of Senators Robert Hogg (D-33), Julian Garrett (R-13) and Janet Petersen (D-18).
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February 19, 2014

Georgia: Update on Pro-Gun Activity in Atlanta

Yesterday, House Bill 875 passed in the Georgia House of Representatives by a 119-56 vote.  It will now go to the state Senate for committee referral and further consideration.
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February 19, 2014

Wisconsin: Bill to Allow Interstate Long Gun Purchases and Sales Going to Governor

Yesterday, the Wisconsin Senate passed Assembly Bill 368 unanimously by voice vote.  AB 368 will now be sent to Governor Scott Walker (R) for his signature.
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February 18, 2014

Idaho: Senate Passes Secure Campuses Bill

Today, Senate Bill 1254 passed in the Idaho Senate by a 25 to 10 vote and will now go to the state House of Representatives where it will be referred to the House State Affairs Committee.  SB 1254, introduced by state Senator Curt McKenzie (R-13), would permit qualified retired law enforcement officers and law-abiding adults who have obtained an Idaho “enhanced” concealed carry license to possess a firearm on public college or university campuses.  
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February 18, 2014

Indiana: House Committee to Hear Pro-Gun Legislation Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Senate Bill 229 will be heard in the Indiana House Public Policy Committee.  Sponsored by state Senator Jim Tomes (R-49), SB 229 would prohibit government entities, including law enforcement agencies, from conducting taxpayer-funded gun “buybacks” as well as prohibit the destruction of useable firearms by law enforcement agencies. 
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February 18, 2014

Virginia: Four Pro-Gun Bills Sent to the Governor

Today, the following bills were passed in the state Senate:
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February 18, 2014

Florida Urgent Alert! THIS IS BIG!! HB-89 -- Threat of Force to Stop Attackers Bill Up on Thursday

House Bill 89 by Representative Neil Combee is on the agenda for the House Judiciary Committee meeting on Thursday, February 20, 2014.  We need you to contact members of this Committee IMMEDIATELY.  HB-89 by Representative Neil Combee is a bill to stop abusive prosecutors from using 10-20-LIFE to prosecute people who, in self-defense, threaten to use deadly force against an attacker as a means to stop an attack.  
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February 18, 2014

Maryland: House Committee Hears Sunday Hunting Bill Tomorrow

Tomorrow, House Bill 890, sponsored by Delegate Anthony O’ Donnell (R-29C), is being heard in the House Environmental Matters Committee.  HB 890 seeks to expand the number of opportunities for hunting by allowing Sunday hunting to be instituted through DNR regulations in those counties which currently have some form of limited hunting on Sundays.  Under this legislation, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Prince George and Howard counties are not included.
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February 18, 2014

Missouri: Anti-Gun Amendment Removed from Senate Bill 613

Yesterday, thanks to your calls and e-mails, the Missouri Senate removed the anti-gun language in Senate Bill 613 by a 22 to 9 vote.  After SB 613 was amended with the adoption of language relating to stolen firearms reporting, offered by anti-gun state Senator Jamilah Nasheed (D-5), your NRA-ILA expressed its opposition to the bill. 
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February 18, 2014

Iowa: Your Action Needed! House Judiciary Committee to Hear Pro-Gun Legislation Tomorrow

House File 384 is scheduled for a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee tomorrow, February 19, at 3:00 p.m.  This bill, with a proposed NRA-supported amendment, will legalize the ownership of firearm sound suppressors, also referred to as "silencers,” in Iowa.  
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February 18, 2014

West Virginia: Senate Committee to Hear Firearms Preemption Bill Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Senate Bill 317, sponsored by state Senator John Unger (D-16), is expected to be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee.  SB 317 passed with a substitute in the Senate Government Organization Committee early last week.  
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February 18, 2014

West Virginia: Bills on the Move in Charleston

Late last week and early this week, multiple pro-gun and hunting reform bills have seen passage in committees and on the House floor.
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February 18, 2014

Michigan: House Committee to Hear Bill to Repeal Ban on Short Barreled Rifles and Shotguns on Thursday

Thursday, February 20, the Michigan House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 610.  SB 610, sponsored by state Senator Michael Green (R-31), would lift Michigan’s ban on the private ownership of short-barreled rifles and shotguns.  
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February 17, 2014

Florida Alert! House Bill to Stop Discrimination against Gun Owners by Insurance Companies

House Bill 255 by Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Shalimar) is scheduled for a hearing in the House Civil Justice Subcommittee on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at 8:00AM.   HB-255 is a bill to stop insurance companies from discriminating against gun owners. Click here to view bill text   CS/HB-255 by Rep.Matt Gaetz
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February 15, 2014

Tennessee: Senate Committee to Hear Pro-Hunting Bill on Wednesday

On Wednesday, February 19, the Senate Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 1777.  This committee hearing will take place at 2:30 p.m., in Room 12 LP of the Tennessee state Capitol.
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February 14, 2014

Colorado: Update on Pro-Gun Legislation in Denver

Today, the following two pro-gun bills were considered in the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee:
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February 14, 2014

Missouri: Senate to Vote on De-facto Gun Owner Registry on Monday

Yesterday, after many calls from you, Senate Bill 613 was placed on the Missouri Senate calendar for third reading on Monday, February 17.  As reported yesterday,SB 613 was amended during the Senate floor debate with anti-gun language similar to that contained in Senate Bill 556 and Senate Bill 565, both sponsored by anti-gun state Senator Jamilah Nasheed (D-5). 
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February 14, 2014

Iowa: Demand Action in Des Moines on Pending Pro-Gun Legislation

The opportunity to advance your firearms freedoms in Des Moines during the 2014 legislative session will slip away if state legislators fail to understand how important Second Amendment rights are to Iowans and they fail to act soon.  Many of you have called and written your state legislators at our request, expressed your support and engaged them in discussions.  Your calls and e-mails make the difference – so keep up the efforts!  
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February 14, 2014

Tennessee: Pro-Gun Legislation Moving in Nashville

Yesterday, the Tennessee Senate passed Senate Bill 1496 by a 26 to 7 vote.  Sponsored by state Senator Stacey Campfield (R-7), SB 1496 aims to prevent municipalities from passing and enforcing ordinances that ban the carrying of firearms in city, county and municipal parks.  This legislation would allow law-abiding Tennesseans with a Handgun Carry Permit (HCP) to carry a firearm into all state, city, county and municipal parks, and prevent a patchwork of laws across the state regarding which localities have prohibited firearms in their parks.
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February 14, 2014

Virginia: Report on Legislative Action for the Week of February 10

Today, the House Courts of Justice Criminal Law Subcommittee tabled Senate Bill 510 by a voice vote.  Sponsored by anti-gun state Senator Barbara Favola (D-31), SB 510 expands “prohibited persons” for ownership and possession of a firearm to individuals convicted of certain misdemeanors.
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February 14, 2014

Oregon: Misguided Background Check Legislation Update

Yesterday, the Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee voted 3 to 2 down the party line to move Senate Bill 1551 to the Senate Rules Committee.  As previously reported, SB 1551 would criminalize the otherwise lawful private transfer of firearms.  
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February 14, 2014

Idaho: Pro-Hunting Legislation Passes House Committee

Earlier this week, House Bill 399 passed in the House Resources and Conservation Committee with a do-pass recommendation and is now awaiting consideration on the House floor.  HB 399 seeks to lower the minimum age to hunt big game from twelve years to ten years, while retaining the requirement that an individual younger than twelve must be accompanied in the field by an adult licensed to hunt in Idaho.  
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February 14, 2014

Kansas: House Committee to Hear Important Pro-Gun Legislation Next Week

On Wednesday, February 19, at 9:00 a.m., House Bill 2578 will be heard in the state House Federal and State Affairs Committee.  Authored by state Representative Richard Carlson (R-61), HB 2578 would require that certification by a chief law enforcement officer, when a signoff is required for the transfer of a firearm or other item regulated by the National Firearms Act, be provided within thirty days as long as the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving the firearm or other item.
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February 14, 2014

Michigan: Firearms Records Confidentiality Package Introduced in State House

Yesterday, House Bills 5324, 5325, 5326, 5327 and 5328 were introduced in the Michigan Legislature.  Collectively known as the “Firearms Records Confidentiality Package,” these bills seek to clarify current laws regarding the regulation and licensing of the selling, purchasing, possessing and carrying of certain firearms.  
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February 14, 2014

California: Victory in Peruta v. San Diego

In a tremendous victory for the right to keep and bear arms, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has confirmed that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to carry firearms for self-defense in public.  The landmark decision came in the NRA-supported case of Peruta v. San Diego County, brought on behalf of the CRPA Foundation and five individuals who were denied carry licenses by the San Diego Sheriff.  In its ruling, this federal court struck down a San Diego County Sheriff’s policy that prevented most law-abiding adults from getting a license to carry a firearm.
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February 14, 2014

California: Second Amendment Litigation

Not all of those cases are ours, of course.  Many have been brought by other organizations or individuals, or raised by defendants in criminal cases.  As with any legal issue that comes up in a large and diverse variety of situations, the arguments put forward range from convincing to frivolous.  NRA‑ILA’s goal in every case is to strategically advance the rights of gun owners, while not creating bad precedent.  To that end, we routinely consider requests from attorneys in the field, as well as seek opportunities to advance key issues with the assistance of some of America’s top appellate lawyers.  (Please click here for more information on NRA‑ILA Supported Litigation.)
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February 13, 2014

Florida Report on Committee Action Held on Tuesday 2/11 and Wednesday 2/12

Thank you for your help this week.  Senate Bill 448  by Senator Greg Evers was heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee. House Bill 209 by Representative Heather Fitzenhagen was heard in the House Criminal Justice Committee 
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February 12, 2014

Wisconsin: Bill to Allow Interstate Long Gun Purchases and Sales Passes Senate Committee

Today, the Wisconsin Senate Transportation, Public Safety, and Veterans and Military Affairs Committee unanimously passed Assembly Bill 368.  AB 368, sponsored by state Representative John Spiros (R-86), would align Wisconsin with forty other states that already allow their residents to purchase rifles and shotguns in non-contiguous states, provided that the purchase or transfer complies with state and federal law.  
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February 12, 2014

West Virginia: Update on Legislative Activity in Charleston

Yesterday, February 11, House Bill 4309, sponsored by Delegate Rupie Phillips (D-24), passed in the state House Judiciary Committee and goes to the House floor for further consideration tomorrow.  
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February 12, 2014

Nebraska: Critical Emergency Powers Legislation Prioritized for 2014 Session

An amended version of Legislative Bill 390, introduced by state Senator Mark Christensen (44), has advanced from committee and is prioritized to be scheduled for debate on General File, the first of three votes a bill needs to make its way to the Governor.  LB 390 is important “emergency powers” protection legislation that would ensure your right to self-defense is not infringed upon by the government during a declared state of emergency.
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February 12, 2014

Oklahoma: Senate Bill 1845 Rescheduled for Hearing Next Week

Senate Bill 1845, introduced by state Senator Greg Treat (R-47) and coauthored by state Representative Steve Martin (R-10), has been rescheduled by the state Senate Public Safety Committee from tomorrow to next week.  SB 1845 would ensure that Oklahoma law meets the requirements set forth in the federal NICS Improvement Amendments Act (NIAA) of 2007, and would add Oklahoma to the list of nearly half of the states that are NIAA certified.
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February 12, 2014

Virginia: Senate Courts of Justice Committee Defeats Two Pro-Gun Bills, Advances Important Vehicle Carry Bill

Today, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee held a hearing on three important pro-gun bills.  Unfortunately, only one of these critical reforms was reported by committee and will advance to the Senate floor.
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February 12, 2014

Kansas: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Bill Passes in House Federal and State Affairs Committee

Today, the state House Federal and State Affairs Committee passed House Bill 2473 by voice vote, sending it to the House floor.  HB 2473 was approved with the addition of a critical self-defense amendment offered by state Representative Michael Houser (R-1), which would allow law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed firearm in their vehicle without having a concealed handgun license (CHL).  
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February 12, 2014

Idaho: Secure Campuses Bill Going to Senate Floor

Today, Senate Bill 1254 passed in the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee by a 7-2 vote and will now go to the Senate floor for further consideration.  SB 1254, introduced by state Senator Curt McKenzie (R-13), would permit qualified retired law enforcement officers and law-abiding adults who have obtained an Idaho “enhanced” concealed carry license to possess a firearm on public college or university campuses.  
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