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Vermont: Anti-Gun Bills Moving Despite Lockdown

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Vermont:  Anti-Gun Bills Moving Despite Lockdown

Vermont, like the entire country, is still in the middle of a generational pandemic, and anti-gun politicians in Montpelier have recklessly prioritized gun control at the top of their legislative agenda for 2021.  Even though the Statehouse remains closed, Vermont’s elected officials continue to huddle online and attack your Second Amendment rights, voting in relative obscurity in Cyberspace. 


On Monday, the House Judiciary Committee passed H.133 on a straight party line vote.  This bill calls for forfeiture of firearms when a temporary restraining order is issued.  NRA opposed this legislation because it ignores basic fundamental due process.  This bill would force persons to surrender their firearms after an ex parte hearing, meaning they can instruct a person to turn over their guns without even being present at the hearing.  Just as problematic, the burden of proof for the state is quite low – preponderance of the evidence.  Our request to at least raise the bar to “clear and convincing” was summarily rejected.  The bill now moves to the entire House for a vote.

Friday, March 12, is “crossover,” a self-imposed deadline for bills to pass committee in their chamber of origin.  On the Senate side, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have been taking testimony for several weeks on S.30, which would prohibit firearms in hospitals, public buildings, and day care centers.  This bill has hit several snags along the way as witness after witness pointed to problems with the ill-conceived bill.  Proponents of the legislation simply failed to show there is a need for this bill and were unable to demonstrate a problem with existing law.  Furthermore, current trespass law easily allows for issues related to these facilities to be addressed. Undeterred, bill sponsor Sen. Phil Baruth requested that the bill be discussed in the Democrat Caucus on Monday.  The bill is now on the Senate Judiciary agenda again, and it could be up for a vote as early as Thursday as lawmakers race against the clock. 

 

It is critically important that you contact your state Representative and Senator and respectfully request a NO vote on both H.133 and S.30.​

 

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Texas: Senate Passes HB 1927

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Texas: Senate Passes HB 1927

Early this evening, after more than 6 hours of debate and discussion on more than two dozen amendments, the Texas Senate passed House Bill 1927, constitutional carry legislation, on an 18-13 vote.

Louisiana: Constitutional Carry Bills Have Now Passed Both Legislative Chambers

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Louisiana: Constitutional Carry Bills Have Now Passed Both Legislative Chambers

Recently, the Louisiana House passed Constitutional Carry legislation, House Bill 596. 

Biden Goes All in On Calls for Extreme Gun Control

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Monday, May 3, 2021

Biden Goes All in On Calls for Extreme Gun Control

President Biden dropped any pretense at “moderation” in his first address to a joint session of Congress since assuming the presidency.

Leaked ATF Rule Would Upend Firearm Industry

News  

Monday, April 26, 2021

Leaked ATF Rule Would Upend Firearm Industry

On April 20th, The Reload, published what appears to be a leaked draft of an ATF proposed rule.

South Carolina AG Wilson Wins Against Columbia Gun Control

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

South Carolina AG Wilson Wins Against Columbia Gun Control

On May 4th, the South Carolina Court of Common Pleas ruled in favor of Attorney General Alan Wilson, agreeing that the City of Columbia’s anti-gun ordinances violate the state’s preemption law.

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

Gun Laws  

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.

South Carolina: Constitutional Carry Amendment Fails

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

South Carolina: Constitutional Carry Amendment Fails

Today, the Senate debated adding a constitutional carry amendment to House Bill 3094, the open carry bill. Unfortunately, the amendment failed to be adopted. 

Vermont: Amendment Poses Legal Jeopardy for Citizens Engaged in Self-Defense

Friday, May 7, 2021

Vermont: Amendment Poses Legal Jeopardy for Citizens Engaged in Self-Defense

Legislation introduced this session to address policing took a turn for the worse recently.  It was amended in the Senate and now represents a striking blow to citizens’ right to self-defense. 

South Carolina: Senate Passes Open Carry With Free CWP Amendment

Friday, May 7, 2021

South Carolina: Senate Passes Open Carry With Free CWP Amendment

Yesterday, the Senate voted 28-16 to pass House Bill 3094, the open carry bill. Though the constitutional carry amendment failed, the Senate did manage to adopt an amendment to eliminate the fee for a Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP). ...

North Carolina: House Passes Sheriff-Approved Repeal of Pistol Permit

Thursday, May 6, 2021

North Carolina: House Passes Sheriff-Approved Repeal of Pistol Permit

Yesterday, the House passed House Bill 398, to repeal the pistol permit in favor of the federal NICS background check. It now goes to the Senate for further consideration.

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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.