On Tuesday, March 24, State Senator Doug Berger (D-7) introduced Senate Bill 782, which would repeal the law requiring people to get a permit from their sheriffs to purchase a handgun. SB 782 has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Commerce, where it has yet to be assigned a hearing. Please begin contacting your State Senator, to thank him or her for signing on as a co-sponsor or urge them to do so as a show of support of this necessary bill.
House Bill 269 and House Bill 270 continue to be held up in the House Judiciary III Committee, as they were not brought up at their last scheduled hearing on Thursday, March 19. Currently, each bill has its own separate issues but we will be sure to update you on the progress of each as session continues.
HB 270 would eliminate the prohibition on Right-to-Carry permit holders carrying their lawfully concealed firearms into a restaurant that serves alcohol. HB 270, introduced by State Representatives Mark Hilton (R-96), Fred Steen (R-76), Justin Burr (R-67), and George Cleveland (R-14), has been deferred to sub-committee for further discussion. NRA testified in support of this measure, and we will work to ensure it is reconsidered by the full committee.
HB 269 would allow those with Right-to-Carry permits to carry their firearms in state parks. HB 269, introduced by State Representatives Mark Hilton (R-96), Justin Burr (R-67), George Cleveland (R-3), and Jim Gulley (R-103), has been held over due to drafting issues.
Please continue to check your email and www.NRAILA.org for further updates.