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March 20, 2014

Alabama: Right to Hunt and Fish Legislation Advances to Senate Floor

Yesterday, House Bill 322 passed unanimously in the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee and will now go to the Senate floor.  Sponsored by state Representative Mark Tuggle (R-81), HB 322 would guarantee the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife in Alabama.
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March 20, 2014

Virginia: McAuliffe Vetoes Uncontroversial Gun Bill

Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) has used his first veto on House Bill 962, an uncontroversial bill to codify an Attorney General opinion from 2012 (see here) and a decision of the Virginia Court of Appeals last year, Doulgerakis v. Com., 737 S.E.2d 40 (Va. Ct. App. 2013).
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March 20, 2014

Delaware: NRA Victorious Against Wilmington Housing Authority

Fairfax, Va. – Yesterday the Delaware Supreme Court found in the case Jane Doe v. Wilmington Housing Authority that the Wilmington Housing Authority’s (WHA) gun ban amongst its tenants, which denied these public housing residents their fundamental Second Amendment rights, is unconstitutional. The National Rifle Association has supported this suit since it was filed in 2010 through two federal courts and the state Supreme Court to defend the Right to Keep and Bear Arms of all Delawareans.
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March 20, 2014

Wisconsin: Shooting Range Protection Bill Passes Assembly, Goes to Governor

On Tuesday, March 18, the Wisconsin Assembly passed Senate Bill 527 by a 65-30 vote.  Since SB 527 passed in the Wisconsin Senate on February 18 by a 19-13 vote, this bill will now be sent to Governor Scott Walker (R) for his signature.
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March 20, 2014

Kentucky: Two NRA-Supported Bills See Further Action

Yesterday, important pro-Second Amendment legislation passed unanimously in the Kentucky Senate.  Senate Bill 232 will now be sent to the state House for committee assignment and consideration.
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March 19, 2014

Tennessee: Hunter Protection Bill Goes to Governor

Last week, Senate Bill 1777 was substituted for its companion bill, House Bill 1952, on the House floor and proceeded to be unanimously approved by the Tennessee House of Representatives.  Having been unanimously passed in the state Senate on February 27, SB 1777 will now be sent to Governor Bill Haslam (R) for his expected signature into law.
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March 19, 2014

Missouri: House Committee Passes Pro-Gun Bills

Last week, the House General Laws Committee approved and reported as “Do Pass” multiple NRA-supported bills.  The following pro-gun bills have been referred to the House Rules Committee where they will be assigned to the House calendar:
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March 19, 2014

Rhode Island: Anti-Gun Legislation Stalled in House Committee

Last night, the House Judiciary Committee voted to “hold for further study” anti-gun legislation opposed by NRA-ILA.  While the following bills have not been defeated, they will remain in the House Judiciary Committee:
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March 19, 2014

Minnesota: Legislature Considering Ominous Bill Designed to Suppress Political Speech, Anti-Gun Legislation to Receive Committee Consideration

House File 1944 and Senate File 1915, dangerous, politically motivated measures aimed at suppressing political speech by membership organizations such as the NRA, are moving quickly through the Minnesota legislature.  
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March 19, 2014

Georgia: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Reform Passes State Senate, Sent to House for Concurrence

Thanks to your active help and involvement, the Georgia Senate passed House Bill 60 with an additional amendment by a 37-18 vote last night.  Your support is still needed, however, to ensure that this comprehensive pro-gun reform receives a vote of concurrence in the state House TOMORROW before the General Assembly adjourns.   
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March 19, 2014

New Hampshire: Senate Committee to Hear Mental Health Reform Bill Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the state Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled an executive session on Senate Bill 244 to consider amending this legislation
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March 18, 2014

New Jersey: Urgent Action Needed -- Stand and Fight!

Your immediate help is needed to combat anti-gun legislation in Trenton!  Assembly Bill 2006, sponsored by Assemblyman Louis Greenwald (D-6), and Senate Bill 993, sponsored by state Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-37), both seek to restrict the maximum capacity of ammunition magazines from 15 to 10 rounds and ban many popular firearms.  A.2006 could be voted on in the Assembly as early as this Thursday, March 20.  S.993 could be heard in Senate committee as early as Monday, March 24 and then voted on in the state Senate.  If left unchecked, S.993 could be sent to Governor Chris Christie’s desk, after passing the state Senate and Assembly, as early as next Thursday, March 27.  Please contact your state Senator and Assemblymen now!
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March 18, 2014

Arizona: Update on State Legislative Activity in Phoenix

Yesterday, March 17, was a very  active day for pro-firearms legislation at the Arizona Capitol.  The following bills passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee:  
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March 18, 2014

Michigan: Bill to Repeal State Ban on Short-Barreled Rifles and Shotguns Sent to Governor

Today, the Michigan Senate concurred with the House changes to Senate Bill 610 by a 36-2 vote.  This bill will now be sent to Governor Rick Snyder (R) for his expectedsignature.
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March 18, 2014

Pennsylvania: House Committee Passes Pro-Gun Bill, Holds Another

Today, the House Judiciary Committee was scheduled to consider the following two pro-gun bills:
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March 18, 2014

Alabama: Senate Committee to Hear Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment Tomorrow

Tomorrow, House Bill 322 will be heard in the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee.  Sponsored by state Representative Mark Tuggle (R-81), HB 322 would guarantee the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife in Alabama.
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March 18, 2014

Mississippi: House Passes Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday Bill

Today, the Mississippi House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 2425, NRA-backed legislation sponsored by state Senator Philip Moran (R-Hancock and Harrison Counties), by a 101 to 16 vote. 
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March 18, 2014

Georgia: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Reform Bill Needs Your Active Help Today

Your immediate help is needed to ensure that the most comprehensive pro-gun reform bill in recent state history passes the Georgia state Senate by THIS THURSDAY.  
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March 18, 2014

Kansas: State House Passes “Shall Certify” Legislation, Will be Heard Tomorrow by Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee

Yesterday, House Bill 2578 passed unanimously in the Kansas House of Representatives.  It has been referred to the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee, where it is expected to be heard tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.
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March 18, 2014

Colorado: House Committee to Hear Bill to Repeal Restrictions on Rifle and Shotgun Purchases Thursday

Senate Bill 135, sponsored by state Senator Greg Brophy (R-1), is scheduled be heard this Thursday in the Colorado House Judiciary Committee.  SB 135 would repeal restrictions in state law relating to the purchase and sale of rifles and shotguns in non-contiguous states, and permit the purchase and sale of firearms in states not bordering Colorado by both residents and non-residents.
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March 18, 2014

Florida Alert! Coming to the House Floor TOMORROW "Threat of Force" and "Pop Tart " Bills

Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, HB-89 Threat of Force and HB-7029 Pop Tart Guns will be on the House floor on 2nd reading. 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.  HB-7029 by the K-12 Education Committee and Representative Dennis Baxley is a bill to stop some of the unbelievable actions by school administrators against children who behave like children and point fingers at each other pretending to shoot guns etc.
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March 17, 2014

Tennessee: Pro-Gun Bills to Receive Committee Hearings this Week

Tomorrow and Wednesday, multiple pro-gun bills will be considered in the Senate Judiciary Committee and in the House Civil Justice Subcommittee. 
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March 15, 2014

Arizona: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Pass House and Will Be Heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday

On Thursday, House Bill 2535 passed in the Arizona House of Representatives by a 34 to 22 vote.  Introduced by state Representative John Kavanagh (R-23), HB 2535 would require that when certification from a chief law enforcement officer (CLEO) is a prerequisite by federal law for the transfer of a firearm or firearm suppressor -- as defined in the National Firearms Act -- such certification must be provided within sixty days if the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving the firearm or firearm suppressor.  This legislation would ensure deadlines are met and that individuals who are lawfully seeking to transfer a firearm or firearm suppressor are able to do so in an expeditious manner.  Additionally, HB 2535 would provide an individual who has been denied certification by a CLEO with a written explanation for the denial.
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March 14, 2014

Alabama: House Approves Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment

Yesterday, the Alabama House of Representatives passed House Bill 322 by a 90 to 2 vote.  This Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment has been sent to the Alabama Senate where it currently awaits scheduling of a committee hearing.  Sponsored by state Representative Mark Tuggle (R-81), HB 322 would guarantee the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife in Alabama.  HB 322 has been referred to the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee.
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March 14, 2014

Washington: Legislature Adjourns, No Time for Gun Owners to Rest in Defense of Rights

Last night, the Washington Legislature adjourned their 2014 session and while Initiative 594 stalled in the state Capitol, the fight is just beginning as the deeply flawed I-594 will now go to the November Ballot.
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March 14, 2014

Utah: Legislature Passes Multiple Firearms Bills Last Minute, Adjourns

Last night, the Utah Senate and House of Representatives passed House Bill 276 by a 27 to 1 vote and a 63 to 8 vote respectively.  Sponsored by state Representative Curt Oda (R-14), HB 276 would ensure that the mere carrying or possession of a holstered or encased firearm, without some additional incriminating behavior, does not constitute a violation of the Disorderly Conduct statute.  
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March 14, 2014

New Jersey: Assembly Committee Ignores Hearing Room Full of Angry Citizens

Yesterday, the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee approved Assembly Bill 2006, sponsored by Assemblyman Louis Greenwald (D-6), by a 5 to 3 party line vote.  The bill further reduces the state’s magazine capacity restriction from 15 to 10 rounds.
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March 14, 2014

Indiana: General Assembly Approves NRA-Supported Bill, Adjourns

Last night, the 2014 session of the Indiana General Assembly adjourned sine die.  In the eleventh hour, both the state Senate and House agreed on the NRA-supported conference committee report (CCR) for Senate Bill 229.  Both legislative chambers passed the measure in an overwhelming manner; by a 38 to 10 vote in the Senate and a 75 to 24 vote in the House of Representatives.  SB 229 will now be sent to Governor Mike Pence (R) for his approval.
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March 14, 2014

Georgia: Comprehensive Gun Reform Bill Language Amended into House Bill 60

On Tuesday, March 11, House Bill 875 was amended into House Bill 60 on the House floor.  This critical legislation seeks to make many changes to benefit law-abiding gun owners, shooters and sportsmen alike.  If enacted, HB 60 would make the following key improvements and changes:
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March 14, 2014

Idaho: Governor Otter Signs Apprentice Hunting Bill Into Law

Yesterday, Governor Butch Otter (R) signed House Bill 399 into law.  This NRA-supported legislation will 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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March 14, 2014

Pennsylvania: House Judiciary Committee to Hear Second Amendment Legislation Next Week

Next Tuesday, March 18, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 60 East Wing, the House Judiciary Committee will be considering two pro-gun pieces of legislation which need your support:
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March 14, 2014

Michigan: House Passes Multiple NRA-supported Pro-Second Amendment Bills Yesterday

Yesterday, the Firearms Records Confidentiality Package, consisting of House Bill 4155, House Bill 5324, House Bill 5325, House Bill 5326, House Bill 5327 and House Bill 5328, passed overwhelmingly in the Michigan House of Representatives.  These bills will now be sent to the state Senate for its consideration.  
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March 14, 2014

Florida Report on Legislative Committee Action Monday 3/10/14 through Thursday 3/14/14

It was another productive week.  Once more your help was very important.  If you want to review the current versions of bills, click on the blue underlined bill numbers, they are the most current versions of 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.  There was an editorial in the St. Augustine Record titled "Stand Your Ground Isn't About Race" published on March 12, 2014.  It is, without question, the most accurate piece I have read in the media to date.  Please take a moment to read it.
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March 13, 2014

Kentucky: “Shall Certify” Legislation Passes in Senate Committee, Sent to Senate Floor

Today, Senate Bill 232 passed unanimously in the state Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee by voice vote and will now be considered by the full Senate.  
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March 13, 2014

Tennessee: Pro-Gun Bills Advance out of House Committee

Yesterday, the House Civil Justice Committee held a hearing in which two bills involving firearms were heard: House Bill 1407 and House Bill 1483.  Both of these bills advanced out of committee by a voice vote.  While only a voice vote was taken, state Representatives Mike Stewart (D-52) and Sherry Jones (D-59) wanted to be on record for voting against your Second Amendment rights.  HB 1407 has been referred to the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee and HB 1483 has been referred to the House Calendar and Rule Committee.
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March 13, 2014

Maine: House Vote Delayed on “Constitutional Carry” Reform

Due to inclement weather, no action was taken this week by the Maine House of Representatives to amend permitless carry (“constitutional carry”) into Legislative Document 222, a bill which addresses the issuance of concealed carry permits in Maine.  
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March 13, 2014

Kansas: State House to Hear “Shall Certify” Legislation Tomorrow

Tomorrow, House Bill 2578 will be heard in the Kansas House of Representatives, and it is critical that you contact your state Representative TODAY in support of this important reform which strengthens your Second Amendment rights.  
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March 13, 2014

Idaho: Governor Otter Signs into Law Secure Campuses Bill

Last night, Senate Bill 1254, legislation to secure Idaho’s public college or university campuses, was signed into law by Governor Butch Otter (R).  In his signing letter, Governor Otter stated, “I support the Legislature’s determination that the burden of proving the necessity for [constitutional protections] falls not to the citizens exercising their Second Amendment rights, but rather to any who would seek to limit them.”
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March 13, 2014

Rhode Island: House Judiciary Committee Schedules Full Slate of Gun Control at Hearing Next Week

Next Tuesday, March 18, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing after “rise of the House” to consider 14 gun bills!  This session’s list of introduced anti-gun bills contains one of the most sweeping attacks on the Second Amendment in state history.  None of these gun control bills would do anything to address public safety or violent crime, but would instead infringe on the rights of law-abiding gun owners.
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March 13, 2014

Oklahoma: House Sends More Pro-Gun Legislation to Senate

Thanks to your active involvement, three more pro-gun bills passed in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and have been sent to the state Senate for committee assignment and consideration.
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