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Vermont: Montpelier’s Assault on the Second Amendment Continues

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Vermont: Montpelier’s Assault on the Second Amendment Continues

Last week, the House Government Operations Committee heard testimony on the three Burlington Charter change bills, House Bill 566House Bill 567, and House Bill 568.  These bills would strike a serious blow to the state’s preemption statute.  The committee was originally scheduled to revisit these bills this week, but the legislation was absent from the agenda, a clear indication that your phone calls are making a difference.  In addition to the actual charter change bills, House Resolution 11 was introduced to circumvent the committee process and allow municipal charter change bills to go directly to the floor for a vote.

As the Committee was debating the trio of bills last week, anti-gun legislation continued to funnel into the bill hopper at the Statehouse.

House Bill 709, sponsored by state Representatives Thomas Stevens and George Till, would require insurers to require those with a homeowner’s policy to disclose if they have firearms on the insured property.  This anti-gun bill was introduced to harass and stigmatize gun owners, while providing a means to create a list and database of homeowners who have firearms and the properties at which they are located. 

Despite the failed effort of Gun Sense Vermont and former New York City Mayor and Billionaire Michael Bloomberg to pass “universal” background checks last session, Rep. Till has once again introduced legislation targeting private transfers.  House Bill 775 would require background checks on private transfers despite the obvious reality that criminals do not submit to background checks. 

These bills and others continue to be introduced as NRA and our state association, the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, continue to fight against them.

Please contact your Representative and respectfully request him or her to vote against these bills.  Don’t forget to remind them that Vermont’s gun laws are working just fine as the state has one of the lowest violent crime rates in the country.  You can contact the Sargent-of-Arms at (802) 828-2228 to leave a message for your lawmaker and request a call back.

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Maryland: Pro-Carry Legislation Pending Final Vote on House Floor

Monday, March 20, 2017

Maryland: Pro-Carry Legislation Pending Final Vote on House Floor

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

Tonight, Governor Gary Herbert signed House Bill 198 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.