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Maine: Legislature Adjourns from a Successful 2015 Legislative Session

Monday, July 20, 2015

Maine: Legislature Adjourns from a Successful 2015 Legislative Session

The Maine Legislature officially adjourned on Thursday, July 16th.  The 2015 Legislative Session saw a number of victories for gun owners as several NRA-backed bills have become law in Maine:

Legislative Document 652 allows for a law-abiding citizen to carry a concealed handgun without obtaining a Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP), prohibits a person under 21 years of age to carry a concealed weapon without a permit unless the individual is active military between 18-21 years old and requires an individual carrying a concealed handgun who is stopped by law enforcement officers to immediately inform the officer of that concealed handgun.  LD 652 was signed into law on July 8.

Legislative Document 942 legalizes ownership and possession of firearm sound suppressors and requires that a chief law enforcement officer (CLEO) sign an application for the transfer of any item regulated under the National Firearms Act (NFA) within 15 days, so long as the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving it.  LD 942 became law on June 25 without the governor's signature.

Legislative Document 868 changes Maine law to grant reciprocity to concealed handgun permits issued to a person by that person's state of residence as long as that state of residence honors a permit to carry a concealed handgun issued by the State of Maine.  LD 868 was signed into law on June 5. 

Legislative Document 156 lowers the age for a junior hunting license from ten to eight years old.  LD 156 was signed into law on June 2. 

Legislative Document 176, “An Act to Amend the Law Governing the Gathering of Signatures for Direct Initiatives and People's Veto Referenda,” prevents non-Maine residents from collecting signatures or handling petitions in any manner.  LD 176 became law on May 24 without the governor's signature.

All non-emergency legislation enacted this session will take effect on October 15, 2015.

The below anti-gun measure was also effectively defeated by the Maine Legislature:

Legislative Document 801 would have made it illegal to hunt bear with the use of dogs.

Thank you to NRA members and Second Amendment supporters in Maine who contacted their lawmakers to voice their strong opinions on these important issues.  Your NRA-ILA will continue to fight for your Second Amendment rights in the state of Maine.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

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Today, the Maryland House of Delegates passed House Bill 1036 on second reading.

Ohio: Critical Self-Defense Law Takes Effect Today!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ohio: Critical Self-Defense Law Takes Effect Today!

Today, March 21, the provisions of the critical self-defense legislation, Sub. Senate Bill 199, go into effect.  Thanks to your active involvement last session, this bill was signed by Governor Kasich last December.  This law ...

Maryland: House Passes Pro-Carry Legislation

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Maryland: House Passes Pro-Carry Legislation

Yesterday, the Maryland House of Delegates passed House Bill 1036 by a 97-41 vote.

Illinois: Gun Seizure Bill Could be Heard by House at Any Time

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Illinois: Gun Seizure Bill Could be Heard by House at Any Time

The Illinois House of Representatives could consider House Bill 2354 at any time.

Arkansas Action Needed: Anti-Gun Bill Which Undermines Concealed Carry Headed to House

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Arkansas Action Needed: Anti-Gun Bill Which Undermines Concealed Carry Headed to House

Today, the Arkansas Senate passed Senate Bill 724, an anti-gun bill which undermines some of the key advancements made with the passage and enactment of House Bill 1249.  SB 724 is now headed to the ...

Idaho: Senate Passes Concealed Carry Amendment

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Idaho: Senate Passes Concealed Carry Amendment

Yesterday, March 20, the Idaho Senate passed House Bill 93 by a 35-0 vote.  Introduced by state Representative Don Cheatham (R-3B) and sponsored on the floor by state Senator Marv Hagedorn (R-14), HB 93 would amend current law ...

Nevada: Senate Passes Anti-Gun SB 115

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Nevada: Senate Passes Anti-Gun SB 115

Yesterday, March 21, the Senate passed anti-gun Senate Bill 115 with a 12-9 vote.  SB 115 was sent to the Assembly for further consideration.  Sponsored by state Senator Moises Denis (D-2), SB 115 would expand the list ...

Are Ear Plugs Better Than a Suppressor?

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Are Ear Plugs Better Than a Suppressor?

On March 13, the gun control group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, posted a tweet claiming:  “FACT:  Silencers do not protect your hearing.”  An infographic accompanied the tweet with the additional claim “You know what protects ...

Texas: Two Important Handgun Carry Bills to be Considered in Senate and House Next Week

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Texas: Two Important Handgun Carry Bills to be Considered in Senate and House Next Week

On Monday, March 27, the Texas Senate will convene after 2:00pm and is expected to take up and consider Senate Bill 16, NRA-backed legislation sponsored by State Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) and Joan Huffman (R-Houston).

Utah: Governor Signs Self-Defense Legislation into Law

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Utah: Governor Signs Self-Defense Legislation into Law

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.