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West Virginia: You’re Not From Around Here, Are You?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The West Virginia state Legislature overrode Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto of a permitless concealed-carry measure, ensuring that law-abiding Mountain State residents soon will be able to more easily exercise their right to keep and bear arms. 

This was the second straight year Tomblin had vetoed such a measure, which rescinds the law making it a crime for a person to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. The new law will take effect June 5. “Self-defense is a fundamental right that must be respected,” Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, said after the veto override. “Law-abiding West Virginians are now free to choose the method of self-defense that best suits their needs. The NRA and our 5 million members are pleased that the Legislature voted in support of West Virginians’ Second Amendment freedoms.” 

Current law allows for open carry without a permit, but makes it a crime for a person to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. Once enacted, law-abiding West Virginians will be able to carry their firearm in the manner they choose. HB 4145 also strengthens penalties for anyone caught carrying illegally and recognizes the Second Amendment-protected rights of individuals between the ages of 18 and 21. Under current law, law-abiding adults ages 18-21 are prohibited from carrying concealed in West Virginia. The enactment of HB 4145 will, upon completion of a training program, allow these lawful adults to obtain a concealed-carry permit. 

West Virginia joins seven states that have enacted permitless concealed carry, none of which have seen any detrimental effect on public safety. NRA-ILA thanks Speaker Tim Armstead, Del. Saira Blair, Sen. Bill Cole, Sen. Craig Blair, Sen. Charles Trump and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey for their efforts in ensuring passage of this legislation.

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Illinois: House Committee Passes Bill to Close Local Gun Dealers

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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The House Judiciary Committee passed Senate Bill 1657 by a 7-6 vote.

Washington: NRA Files Amicus Brief in Challenge to Kitsap County Anti-Gun Ordinance

Monday, May 22, 2017

Washington: NRA Files Amicus Brief in Challenge to Kitsap County Anti-Gun Ordinance

Last week, attorneys on behalf of the NRA filed an amicus brief in Kitsap County v. Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club (Kitsap II), the case which challenges Kitsap County’s firearm discharge ban and range licensing scheme.  Kitsap Rifle and ...

Maryland: Governor Hogan Signs Apprentice Hunting Legislation into Law

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Maryland: Governor Hogan Signs Apprentice Hunting Legislation into Law

Today, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed House Bill 1427 into law.

Nevada: Governor Sandoval Signs AB 118!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Nevada: Governor Sandoval Signs AB 118!

Today, May 22, Governor Brian Sandoval signed important pro-gun legislation, Assembly Bill 118, into law.  AB 118, sponsored by Assemblyman Skip Daly, will allow members of the military and those who have received an honorable ...

California: AB 424 Passes Assembly - Appropriations Committees to Consider Suspense Items

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

California: AB 424 Passes Assembly - Appropriations Committees to Consider Suspense Items

Friday, May 26th is the deadline for the fiscal committees to pass bills to the floor from the chamber of origin.  On Thursday, May 25, the Senate AppropriationsCommittee is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 464 and Senate Bill 497. ...

Kansas: Senate Committee Passes Gun Free Zone Legislation, Again

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Kansas: Senate Committee Passes Gun Free Zone Legislation, Again

Last week, the Senate Committee of the Whole referred an amended version of House Bill 2278 back to the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

From My Cold Wet Hands: Humorless Scold Targets Squirt Guns

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Friday, May 19, 2017

From My Cold Wet Hands: Humorless Scold Targets Squirt Guns

We have yet to reach Memorial Day, but the fun police have already set their sights on at least one cherished summer childhood activity. In an article for Pupsugar.com, titled, “Why Kids Should Never Play ...

Court's Commonsense Conclusion: "There Was a Gun" Isn't Enough to Justify Issuing a Restraining Order

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Court's Commonsense Conclusion: "There Was a Gun" Isn't Enough to Justify Issuing a Restraining Order

The Supreme Court of North Dakota confirmed this week that simply possessing a handgun while on one’s own private property cannot support a finding of "disorderly conduct" under the state’s disorderly conduct restraining order law. ...

California: Draft "Assault Weapon" Regulation Language Now Available

Thursday, May 18, 2017

California: Draft "Assault Weapon" Regulation Language Now Available

Today, May 18, a draft copy of the "Assault Weapon" regulations has been made available

California: Don’t Miss our May 25th Webinar to Discuss the Newest DOJ Draft “Assault Weapons” Regulations

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

California: Don’t Miss our May 25th Webinar to Discuss the Newest DOJ Draft “Assault Weapons” Regulations

Tomorrow, Thursday, May 25, at 12:00 pm (PT), NRA’s legal team will be hosting a free webinar to discuss the recently submitted “assault weapon” regulations.   

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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.