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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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April 9, 2014

Arizona: Senate to Consider Multiple Pro-Gun Bills as Early as This Week

Having passed in the Arizona Senate Rules Committee, several pro-gun bills now go to the Senate floor where they could be considered as early as this week.
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April 9, 2014

West Virginia: Martinsburg Making Changes to its Gun Laws

Tomorrow, April 10, at 6:30 p.m., the Martinsburg City Council plans to meet and address two specific changes related to its local gun control ordinances.  Thanks to the passage this year of Senate Bill 317, sponsored by state Senator John Unger (D-16), and it being signed into law by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D) almost two weeks ago, Martinsburg must now remedy its conflicting municipal codes.
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April 8, 2014

Maryland: Hunter Protection Bill Sent to Governor

Last night, the Maryland House of Delegates passed Senate Bill 231 by a 120 to 9 vote.  Sponsored by state Senator George Edwards (R-1), SB 231 would allow bowhunters, who are otherwise authorized to carry a handgun, to carry a handgun for protection while hunting in Deer Management Region A.  While afield, bowhunters are vulnerable to outdoor crime and dangerous wildlife, and should be allowed to carry a firearm for protection. 
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April 8, 2014

Wisconsin: Two Pro-Gun Bills Signed into Law Today

Today, Governor Scott Walker (R) signed two NRA-backed bills into law, Assembly Bill 368 and Senate Bill 527.
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April 8, 2014

Tennessee: Governor Signs Hunter Protection Bill; Senate and House to Consider Pro-Gun Legislation

On April 4, Governor Bill Haslam (R) signed Senate Bill 1777 into law.  Supported by the NRA, SB 1777 would amend Tennessee’s current hunter harassment laws by prohibiting anti-hunting radicals from using drones to interfere with those lawfully hunting or fishing.  Sponsored by state Senator Mike Bell (R-9) and state Representative Judd Matheny (R-47), SB 1777 protects the rights and safety of hunters while afield.  The use of drones by anti-hunting extremists, with the expressed intention of spooking wildlife or catching a hunter off-guard, is extremely dangerous and could potentially result in injury.  This law will take effect on July 1, 2014.
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April 8, 2014

Virginia: Pro-Hunting Bill Signed into Law

Last Friday, April 4, another pro-hunting bill was signed into law by Governor Terry McAuliffe (D).  House Bill 307, sponsored by pro-gun Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (R-31), permits local school boards to provide after-school hunter safety education programs for students grades seven through twelve, at the cost of the participant.
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April 8, 2014

California: Assembly Appropriations Committee to Hear Gun-Related Bills Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Wednesday, the Assembly Appropriations Committee is scheduled to hear anti-gun bills, Assembly Bill 1609, Assembly Bill 1964 and Assembly Bill 2310 and pro-hunting bill, Assembly Bill 2105.  Please immediately contact members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee and urge them to OPPOSE AB 1609, AB 1964 and AB 2310 and SUPPORT AB 2105.
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April 7, 2014

Florida Urgent Action Needed Now! Sheriffs Trying to Gut Evacuation Bill

Tomorrow, Tuesday, 4/8/2014, Senate Bill 296 by Senator Jeff Brandes will be heard in the Senate Community Affairs Committee at 3:00 pm.  SB-296 Mandatory Evacuation is the Senate version of HB-209 that has been under constant attack by the Florida Sheriffs Association and continues to be under attack in the Senate.  SB-296 Firearms/Mandatory Evacuations is a bill to allow law-abiding citizens to take their firearms with them when they are complying with a mandatory evacuation order under a declared state of emergency.   This bill will keep law-abiding citizens from being arrested and having their firearms confiscated for taking their firearms with them when they evacuate.
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April 7, 2014

California: Pro-Hunting Bill to be Heard Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee is scheduled to hear Assembly Bill 1709, a pro-hunting bill.  AB 1709 would revise the eligibility age to purchase a junior hunting license to include minors that are 16 and 17 years of age.  Under current law, minors over the age of 15 are not authorized to purchase the affordable junior hunting licenses.
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April 6, 2014

Anti-Gun Legislation Moving in Sacramento

This Tuesday, April 8, anti-gun Assembly Bill 2305 is scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Public Safety Committee.  AB 2305 would significantly expand California law by imposing criminal liability if an individual unknowingly carries a firearm on or about his or her person.  AB 2305 improperly seeks to bypass a recent decision by the California Court of Appeals.  Also, it fails to advance any legitimate public safety interests and will result in inadvertent criminal liability for law-abiding citizens.  More importantly, AB 2305 directly conflicts with constitutional protections for carrying a firearm for self-defense as recently confirmed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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April 5, 2014

Kansas: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Bill Passes State Legislature, Sent to Governor

Today, the Kansas House of Representatives passed House Bill 2578 (previously reported on here) by a 102-19 vote.  It passed in the state Senate yesterday by a 37-2 vote.  HB 2578 will now be sent to Governor Sam Brownback (R) for his expected signature.
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April 5, 2014

Texas: Senate Committee to Hold Interim Hearing on Open Carry and Loosening Restrictions on your Gun Rights Tomorrow

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst (R) has charged the Texas Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Homeland Security with studying and making recommendations on removing barriers in Texas to the exercise of your Second Amendment rights. 
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April 5, 2014

Alabama: 2014 Legislative Session Adjourns Sine Die

On Thursday night after passing a state budget, the 2014 session of the Alabama Legislature adjourned sine die.  With the end of this session, sportsmen won an important victory with passage of House Bill 322.  Although, this is only the beginning and it will be up to Alabama voters to ensure the ratification of HB 322 this November.
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April 4, 2014

Louisiana: House Passes NRA-Backed Bill Expanding Use of Suppressors While Hunting Game

This week, the Louisiana House of Representatives passed NRA-supported House Bill 186 by an 82 to 15 vote.  Sponsored by state Representative Cameron Henry (R-Metairie), HB 186 would allow for the use of lawfully-owned suppressors while hunting all game animals.  HB 186 now goes to the state Senate for its consideration. 
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April 4, 2014

Rhode Island: Anti-Gun Lawmakers Turn Their Attack on Concealed Carry Process

On Tuesday, April 8, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on House Bill 7587, sponsored by state Representatives Linda Finn (D-72), Christopher Blazejewski (D-2), Joseph Almeida (D-12), Arthur Handy (D-18) and Edith Ajello (D-1).  
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April 4, 2014

Oklahoma: Two Important Pro-Gun Bills Pass Senate Committee, Sent to Senate Floor

Yesterday, two important pro-gun bills passed in the Senate Public Safety Committee and are now eligible to be considered on the Senate floor as early as next week.
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April 4, 2014

Florida Report: HB-89/SB-448 -- Threat of Force to Stop Attackers PASSES

House Bill 89 by Representative Neil Combee and Senator Greg Evers is on its way to the Governor.  Yesterday, April 3, 2014, HB-89 passed the Florida Senate by a vote of 32-7.  Having previously passed the Florida House by a vote of 93-24, the bill  is now making its way to the Governor's desk.  HB-89 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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April 4, 2014

California: San Francisco Magazine Confiscation Begins on Monday, April 7 Protect Yourself and Your Property!

Last November, San Francisco politicians enacted an ordinance banning the possession of magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds (so-called “large-capacity” magazines).  This ordinance will make illegal magazines possessed by a vast majority of San Francisco gun owners, and criminalizes the transportation of these magazines through the city.  The ordinance takes effect on Monday, April 7.
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April 4, 2014

Big Condor Trouble Brewing for Hunters in Oregon: Join the Hunt for the Truth About Lead Ammunition and Hunting

The Oregonian newspaper recently published a series of articles about California condors and the use of lead ammunition for hunting.  It also conducted a poll about whether to ban lead ammunition altogether.  The California Condor Recovery Program, of which the Oregon Zoo is a program partner, wants to establish a condor population covering portions of northern California and Southern Oregon.  But it has made it clear that the use of lead ammunition for hunting must first be banned.  Hence the media campaign, the straw poll by the Oregonian and now big trouble on the horizon for Oregon hunters if condors are let in to the state.
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April 3, 2014

Utah: Governor Signs Two Pro-Gun Bills into Law

Yesterday, Governor Gary Herbert (R) signed into law House Bill 373, sponsored by state Representative Ryan Wilcox (R-7).  On Monday, March 31, Governor Herbert signed into law House Bill 276, sponsored by state Representative Curt Oda (R-14). 
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