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July 21, 2014

California: Governor Brown Signs First Anti-Gun Bill into Law for 2014

Last Friday, July 18, Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed into law anti-gun Assembly Bill 1964.  AB 1964 unnecessarily removes existing exemptions for all single-shot pistols, other than those with a break top or bolt-action, from California’s roster of “not unsafe” handguns.  It is unfortunate that this legislation was passed and Governor Brown signed such a law that does not address any legitimate public safety problems and conflicts with well-established constitutional principles.
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July 2, 2014

Missouri: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bill, Another Awaits his Signature

Today, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) signed into law Senate Bill 745, sponsored by state Senator Brian Munzlinger (R-18) and handled in the House by state Representative Jay Houghton (R-43).  SB 745 includes improved right to carry language and technical corrections related to the 2013 transition of the concealed carry permit issuance process to the sheriffs. 
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June 24, 2014

Michigan: Governor Snyder Signs Firearms Records Confidentiality Package and Youth Firearm Education Bill

Today, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) signed into law an NRA-backed package of bills aimed at protecting gun owners’ privacy by making firearms records confidential.  The Firearms Records Confidentiality Package, comprised of Senate Bills 49, 834 and 881 and House Bills 4155, 5325 and 5328, passed in the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support.  
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June 23, 2014

ALERT: Governor Rick Scott Makes History Signing 5 Pro-gun Bills

On, Friday, June 20, 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed 5 pro-gun bills into law.  A strong supporter of the Second Amendment, Governor Rick Scott has now signed more pro-gun bills into law -- in one term -- than any other Governor in Florida history.  
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May 30, 2014

Louisiana: Governor Signs Pro-Hunting Legislation into Law

Yesterday, Governor Bobby Jindal (R) signed into law 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 27, 2014

Virginia: Governor Signs Senate Bill 377 into Law Without Anti-Gun Amendment

Last Friday, May 23, Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) signed Senate Bill 377 into law as originally passed by the General Assembly.  He did this one month to the day after the Virginia Senate rejected his anti-gun amendment, which would have created a de-facto gun registration scheme for those seeking to sell, trade or transfer their lawfully owned firearms to a gun dealer by requiring that all consent forms for transfer of a firearm determined to not be lost or stolen be kept by the dealer for at least ninety days, with no requirement to ever destroy them.
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May 23, 2014

Louisiana: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bills into Law

Yesterday, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) signed into law House Bill 72 and House Bill 1066.  Both measures will take effect on August 1.
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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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April 24, 2014

Arizona: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bill Last Night as Legislature Adjourns

Early this morning, the Arizona Legislature adjourned its 2014 Second Regular Session.  As reported yesterday, House Bill 2535, sponsored by state Representative John Kavanagh (R-23), and Senate Bill 1366, sponsored by state Senator Rick Murphy (R-21), were sent to Governor Jan Brewer (R) for her signature.
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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 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 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 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 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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April 3, 2014

Nebraska: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bill into Law

LB 699 repeals an outdated state firearms statute and brings state law into conformity with federal law by allowing Nebraska residents to purchase long guns in non-contiguous states.  This long-overdue reform will align Nebraska 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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April 2, 2014

Mississippi: Governor Signs NRA-Backed Bills into Law

Today, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) signed Senate Bill 2425 into law, the NRA-backed legislation creating an annual sales tax-free weekend for individual purchase of firearms, ammunition, archery equipment and certain hunting supplies.  SB 2425 passed with amendments in the state House by a 102 to 16 vote, with concurrence in the Senate by a 39 to 11 vote.  
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March 27, 2014

Indiana: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Legislation into Law

Yesterday, Governor Mike Pence (R) signed into law legislation that will expand the Second Amendment freedoms of gun owners in Indiana.  Senate Bill 229 protects law-abiding gun owners from becoming unintentional felons by allowing legally possessed firearms to be locked in a vehicle, out of plain sight, while parked on school property.  SB 229 also prohibits the use of taxpayer dollars for gun “buybacks” and removes the “roaming school zone” language set to return on the books on July 1.
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March 26, 2014

West Virginia: Governor Signs Important Pro-Gun Bill into Law

Yesterday, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D) signed Senate Bill 317 into law, and with it, an improvement to West Virginia firearms laws that your NRA has been fighting to fix for more than a decade.  SB 317 passed in the House of Delegates by a 92-5 vote on March 8, after passing unanimously in the state Senate on February 25.
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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 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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February 20, 2014

Tennessee: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bill, Another Awaits Signature

Yesterday, Governor Bill Haslam (R) signed into law Senate Bill 1700.  Sponsored by state Senator Mark Green (R-22), SB 1700 passed in the Tennessee Senate unanimously last month.  Last week, the state House of Representatives passed SB 1700 by an 89 to 5 vote.  
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February 11, 2014

South Carolina: Governor Nikki Haley Signs into Law Concealed Carry Reform Bill

Today, Governor Nikki Haley (R) signed into law an important concealed carry reform, Senate Bill 308, during a public ceremony at the General Assembly.
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December 31, 2013

Michigan: Governor Signs House Bill 4993 into Law

House Bill 4993 (now Public Act 246) was signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder (R) on December 21.  HB 4993 creates a Wildlife Management Public Education Fund to be managed by the Michigan Wildlife Council.  This nine-member council will be responsible for establishing a comprehensive media-based public information program aimed at promoting Michigan’s abundant wildlife resources and educating the general public on the role that sportsmen play in the conservation of these resources.
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November 1, 2013

California: Unconstitutional Ban on Standard-Capacity Magazines Approved By San Francisco Board of Supervisors

On Tuesday, October 29, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a package of gun control measures, including a ban on the possession of so-called “large capacity magazines,” defined as ammunition feeding devices capable of holding more than ten rounds.  Coincidently, a similar bill was vetoed by Governor Brown weeks prior.  Mayor Edwin Lee is expected to sign this measure into law.  Even though Mayor Lee is expected to sign this measure, please call AND e-mail him urging him NOT to sign it into law.  Let Mayor Lee know that criminals are not thwarted by gun control laws.  Those intent on misusing firearms and committing crimes, also known as violent criminals, will obtain “large capacity magazines” illegally through the black market or making them since it is fairly simple to do so.   Once this ban goes into effect, residents will have ninety days to surrender their magazines or remove them from the city.  Mayor Lee can be contacted at (415) 554-6141 or by e-mail at mayoredwinlee@sfgov.org.
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October 1, 2013

California: The NRA Intends to File Legal Challenge if Governor Brown Signs Unconstitutional Semi-Automatic Firearm Ban into Law

There are currently several gun control bills sitting on Governor Brown’s desk that he will either veto or allow to become law by October 13, 2013. Our Right to Keep and Bear Arms has never been as seriously threatened in California as it is today. After years of incrementally adopting gun control measures, this year the Legislature decided to propose new laws adopting everything on the gun ban lobby’s wish list. Many of those bills were successfully opposed by the NRA and died in the Legislature, but unfortunately some did not.
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August 8, 2013

GOVERNOR CHRISTIE SIGNS GUN BILLS! NO ACTION TAKEN YET ON SWEENEY FID BILL OR .50 CALIBER BAN!

Governor Chris Christie signed 10 gun bills into law today.  Of the bills signed, two benefit gun owners and two were opposed by NRA.  The remaining six bills have a negligible impact on gun owners and were not opposed.  Most importantly, the three most egregious bills which NRA lobbied strongly against remain on the Governor’s desk.  It is critical that gun owners continue to contact Gov. Christie’s office and respectfully ask him to oppose those measures. 
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August 5, 2013

Texas: Once Again, Campus Carry Not On Call For Third Special Session - Elected Officials Weigh In With Governor Perry

It remains to be seen whether state lawmakers can resolve their differences over a transportation bill, the failure of which caused the Governor to bring them back for a third month in a row, and whether Governor Perry would then add more items to the call, including legislation that is critical to your right to self-defense.
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July 8, 2013

Missouri: Governor Nixon Signs Self-Defense Legislation into Law

Last Friday, Governor Jay Nixon (D) signed into law House Bill 533, critical self-defense legislation.  Sponsored by state Representative Jeanie Riddle (R-49) and state Senator Brian Munzlinger (R-18), this new law will protect the right of a state employee to store a firearm in his or her private vehicle on state property as long as the vehicle is locked and the firearm is not visible.  
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June 24, 2013

Louisiana: Governor Signs into Law Pro-Second Amendment Bills Passed in 2013 Legislative Session

Governor Bobby Jindal (R) has signed the following NRA-backed measures below into law.  Please send him an e-mail here and thank him for enacting these important bills.
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June 20, 2013

Delaware: Governor Jack Markell Signs into Law Measure Attacking Law-Abiding Gun Owners

Last week, Senate Bill 16 was signed into law by Governor Jack Markell (D).  Sponsored by Senator Margaret Rose Henry (D-2), Senate Bill 16 imposes onerous requirements on innocent victims of crime, merely because they are gun owners.  SB 16 requires a gun owner to notify law enforcement if a firearm was stolen or lost within an arbitrary time period, and carries severe penalties and fines for violations.  This legislation is highly discriminatory, an excessive waste of taxpayer funds and law enforcement resources, will not impact crime and is opposed by the NRA.   This legislation went into effect immediately upon the Governor’s signature on June 12.
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June 13, 2013

Nevada: Governor Vetoes New York-Style Gun Control Bill and Signs Pro-Gun Bill into Law

Today, Governor Brian Sandoval (R) vetoed Senate Bill 221.  SB 221 is misguided gun control legislation being forced on law-abiding citizens of Nevada by extremist New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his national anti-gun organization, “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” (MAIG).
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June 5, 2013

Texas Legislature Passes Record Number of Pro-Gun Bills But Key Items Remain as “Unfinished Business”

The Texas Legislature adjourned its regular session on Memorial Day after passing fifteen pro-Second Amendment measures, and was immediately called back into special session by Governor Rick Perry to address the drawing of district lines in which federal and state lawmakers will run for re-election next year.  The Governor can add issue items to the agenda (known as "the call") as the special session progresses. 
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May 22, 2013

Alabama: Governor Signs Omnibus Firearms Reform Bill into Law

On Monday, the Alabama Legislature adjourned sine die.  Gun owners and sportsmen earned a major victory with the passage of an omnibus firearms bill, Senate Bill 286.  This NRA-supported bill was signed into law yesterday by Governor Robert Bentley (R) and will take effect on August 1.
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May 17, 2013

Maryland: Governor Signs Sweeping Gun Control Bill into Law

Yesterday, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley (D) signed into law sweeping gun control legislation, Senate Bill 281.  Reported by NRA-ILA throughout the session here, S.B. 281 faced strong opposition by the people of Maryland throughout the legislative process. This sweeping anti-gun legislation will take effect on October 1, 2013.
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May 15, 2013

Indiana: Governor Pence Signs Pro-Hunting and School Security Bills into Law

Last month, the Indiana General Assembly adjourned after passing two bills of importance to gun owners and sportsmen.  The following bills were recently signed into law by Governor Mike Pence (R):
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May 8, 2013

Michigan: Governor Signs Pro-Hunting Reform into Law

Today, Governor Rick Snyder (R) signed into law an important hunting reform that will help preserve Michigan’s rich hunting heritage for generations to come.  Senate Bill 288, introduced by state Senator Tom Casperson (R-38), passed in the state Senate by a 25 to 11 vote on April 25 and was approved in the state House by a 72 to 38 vote on May 2.  SB 288, which took immediate effect, will improve the scientific management of wildlife and ensure that hunting rules and regulations are based on verifiable biological evidence – not a political agenda.
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May 7, 2013

Texas House Gives Final Approval to Impressive Number of Pro-Second Amendment Bills

Gun owners’ patience and persistence was rewarded on Saturday and yesterday, as the Texas House of Representatives led by Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) gave approval to a wide range of pro-gun legislation while the NRA Annual Meeting was underway in Houston.  Most of these bills passed overwhelmingly, in spite of repeated attempts by anti-gun members of the minority party to kill some of these measures by raising parliamentary “points of order” against them for alleged violations of House rules.  Many violations are procedural in nature, involving the committee process and committee reports.  Thanks to the meticulous work of House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee Chairman Joe Pickett (D-El Paso) and his staff, none of the points were sustained, and debate and votes on the bills were allowed to proceed on the House floor.
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May 3, 2013

West Virginia: Governor Signs Two More NRA-Backed Bills into Law

Today, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D) signed two more NRA-backed bills into law, House Bill 2471 and Senate Bill 435.
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May 1, 2013

Arizona: Governor Brewer Signs Two Pro-Gun Reforms into Law

On Monday, Governor Jan Brewer (R) signed two NRA-supported reforms into law.  These new laws, effective ninety days after the Arizona Legislature's adjournment, will protect the privacy of gun owners and prohibit government-sponsored destruction of seized or surrendered firearms.
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April 16, 2013

Kansas: Governor Brownback Signs Pro-Gun Bill into Law

Today, Governor Sam Brownback (R) signed House Bill 2052 into law.  This new law takes effect on July 1, 2013.
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