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Maine: Sunday Hunting Bills to be Considered in Work Session Tomorrow

Monday, April 10, 2017

Maine: Sunday Hunting Bills to be Considered in Work Session Tomorrow

Tomorrow, April 11, the Legislative Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will hold a work session to discuss several bills that would create Sunday hunting opportunities for Maine sportsmen.  Tomorrow is an opportunity for the committee to compromise on expanding Sunday hunting opportunities in your state!  Please contact members of the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee and ask them to support Sunday hunting opportunities!

Maine is one of a handful of states that doesn’t allow hunting on Sundays due to an old blue law left on the books.  This prohibition denies hunters access one day per week despite the fact that each year, hunters provide millions of dollars to habitat restoration and conservation for healthy ecosystems throughout Maine.  Many sportsmen are prohibited from introducing their children or friends to hunting because they are competing with organized sports and other activities on Saturday, which is often their only opportunity to hunt outside of the work week.  Countless hunters stop hunting because of the lack of opportunity, time restrictions and accessible land.  An extra day in the field, especially on the weekend, would increase opportunities for those individuals to experience hunting. 

Any of the following bills would undoubtedly invigorate essential hunter recruitment and retention efforts -- key factors in preserving Maine’s hunting heritage for future generations to come.

Legislative Document 61, sponsored by Representative David McCrea (D-148), would allow licensed hunters to hunt wild birds on Sundays with a shotgun.

Legislative Document 109, sponsored by Representative Scott Strom (R-106), would allow Sunday hunting on private property with the landowner’s permission.

Legislative Document 189, sponsored by Representative David Haggan (R-101), would allow the hunting of wild birds on Sundays in Aroostook County and in unorganized townships in the counties of Piscataquis, Somerset, Franklin, Oxford, Kennebec, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Androscoggin, Cumberland and York.

Legislative Document 485, sponsored by Representative Jeffrey Pierce (R-53), would allow Sunday hunting of migratory game birds.

Legislative Document 694, sponsored by Representative Kent Ackley (I-82), would create a local option to allow hunting deer on Sundays with rifles. The bill will allow a municipality, plantation or county, with regard to its unorganized territory, to petition the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to allow hunting on Sunday in its territory.

Please stay tuned to your email inbox and www.nraila.org for further updates on these bills.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Lawsuit Filed Against California's Assault Weapons Control Act

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today announced it is supporting, along with the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA), an important Second Amendment lawsuit challenging California’s newly expanded Assault Weapons Control ...

Illinois: Senate Passes Legislation that will Close Gun Stores

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Illinois: Senate Passes Legislation that will Close Gun Stores

Today, the Illinois Senate passed an amended version of Senate Bill 1657 by a 30-21 vote.  As amended, SB 1657 would exempt big box stores from its restrictions.

Brace Yourself: ATF Reconsiders Obama-Era Policy on Stabilizing Braces

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Brace Yourself: ATF Reconsiders Obama-Era Policy on Stabilizing Braces

News broke this week that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has reconsidered and “clarified” its Jan. 6, 2015 Open Letter on the use of stabilizing braces as shoulder stocks.

“F” Stands for Fail: School Jeopardizes Student’s Future for Possession of Squirt Gun

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Friday, April 21, 2017

“F” Stands for Fail: School Jeopardizes Student’s Future for Possession of Squirt Gun

Public education’s long-running “zero tolerance” war against anything that suggests the idea of a firearm (including, for example, clothing, gestures, toys, food, computer images, and favorable opinions of self-defense) has claimed another victim. This time ...

Illinois: Anti-Gun Legislators are Attempting to Sneak their Agenda into Unrelated Legislation

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Illinois: Anti-Gun Legislators are Attempting to Sneak their Agenda into Unrelated Legislation

Yesterday, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton proposed Senate Amendment 1 to his shell bill, Senate Bill 233.

South Carolina: Senate Subcommittee to Hear Multiple Gun Bills Tomorrow

Monday, April 24, 2017

South Carolina: Senate Subcommittee to Hear Multiple Gun Bills Tomorrow

Tomorrow, a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to discuss several firearm-related bills, and subcommittee members need to hear from you.

West Virginia: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bills into Law

Thursday, April 27, 2017

West Virginia: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bills into Law

Late yesterday, Governor Jim Justice signed two important pro-gun bills into law.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

Rhode Island:  House Committee Will Hear Over a Dozen Gun Bills Tuesday Night

Monday, April 24, 2017

Rhode Island: House Committee Will Hear Over a Dozen Gun Bills Tuesday Night

On Tuesday, April 24, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a marathon hearing on several anti-gun bills.

California: Open Carry Ban Passes in the Assembly

Friday, April 21, 2017

California: Open Carry Ban Passes in the Assembly

Yesterday, the state Assembly passed Assembly Bill 7 by a vote of 44 to 29.   AB 424 was not considered during yesterday’s floor session, however it remains eligible for a vote at any time.  

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