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DAILY ALERT FOR Tuesday, February 28, 2017

 
Arizona: Pro-Gun Bill Pending Senate Floor Vote
LEGAL & LEGISLATION
Arizona: Pro-Gun Bill Pending Senate Floor Vote
Senate Bill 1243, a pro-gun bill sponsored by state Senator John Kavanagh (R-23), is currently pending a floor vote in the Senate.  SB 1243 would make changes to existing law and expand the list of places where law-abiding gun owners can exercise their fundamental right to self-defense to include some additional public areas where certain security measures are not in place.   It is important that you contact your state Senator and urge them to support SB 1243! 
 
NEWS
Tucson to argue gun destruction lawsuit before AZ Supreme Court
Attorneys for Tucson go before the Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in a bid to void a state law that seeks to punish the city for its gun-destruction policy. The lawyers contend the Legislature has no right to tell any city that it has to sell guns that are seized or surrendered instead of destroying them. Tucson wants the state's high court to rule that lawmakers cannot use the threat of the loss of millions of dollars in state aid to effectively coerce elected council members to act a certain way. What the justices decide will have effects beyond the immediate fight. It could determine how much legislators can impose their will on cities.
 
Tennessee: House Committee Could Soon Hear Self-Defense Legislation
LEGAL & LEGISLATION
Tennessee: House Committee Could Soon Hear Self-Defense Legislation
As early as tomorrow, the House Civil Justice Committee is could hear important pro-gun legislation, House Bill 752.
 
Billionaire Bloomberg Pulling Out All the Stops to Pass ANY Kind of Gun Control in New Mexico!
LEGAL & LEGISLATION
Billionaire Bloomberg Pulling Out All the Stops to Pass ANY Kind of Gun Control in New Mexico!
Over a week ago, the New Mexico House referred House Bill 50 back to the House Judiciary Committee for "more work" because it did not have the votes to pass on the House floor.
 
Georgia: House Committee Passes Multiple Pro-Gun Bills to the Floor
LEGAL & LEGISLATION
Georgia: House Committee Passes Multiple Pro-Gun Bills to the Floor
Today, the Georgia House Public Safety and Homeland Security passed three important pieces of legislation that will soon be considered by the full Georgia House of Representatives.
 
Wyoming: Pro-Carry Legislation Passes out of Senate and Heads Back to House for Concurrence
LEGAL & LEGISLATION
Wyoming: Pro-Carry Legislation Passes out of Senate and Heads Back to House for Concurrence
Today, after defeating multiple anti-gun amendments attempting to water down the bill, the Wyoming Senate passed House Bill 137 by a 20-10 vote.
 
NEWS LEGAL & LEGISLATION 
NRA Backs Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill in U.S. Senate
Bill Would Eliminate Confusing Patchwork of State Laws Fairfax, Va.— On behalf of its five-million members, the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today applauded the introduction of S. 446, The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, sponsored by Senator John Cornyn (TX).
 
Armed store clerk thwarted robbery
WA | YAKIMA HERALD
Armed store clerk thwarted robbery external site
When two armed, masked men came into his store demanding money, Hani “Sonny” Salha not only refused to hand over the cash, but opened fire on them with his own gun. “I would do whatever it takes to protect my business, my family and my customers,” Salha said Tuesday at the In & Out Mini Mart, 1513 Tieton Drive. While Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney Joe Brusic said using a gun to defend yourself against robbers is a legal option, a Yakima police official said it’s safer to give them what they want.
 
Lancaster doughnut shop employee shoots intruder
CA | LA DAILY NEWS
Lancaster doughnut shop employee shoots intruder external site
One of two men who broke into a Lancaster doughnut shop today was shot to death by an employee, and the other suspect fled, authorities said. A call about the shooting came in a little before 3 a.m. about the shooting at Sugary Donut the 43600 block of 15th Street West, according to Deputy Trina Schrader of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau. The wounded man died at the scene. Authorities withheld his name pending family notification. According to a preliminary investigation, two men smashed the front window of the business and entered it, apparently intending to burglarize the shop, and an employee shot one of them, the sheriff’s department reported. The other suspect remained at large. The shop was not open to customers at the time.
 
Reminder: Anti-Gun Bill Scheduled for Hearing this Week in Nevada Legislature
LEGAL & LEGISLATION
Reminder: Anti-Gun Bill Scheduled for Hearing this Week in Nevada Legislature
This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing for Senate Bill 115.  Senate Bill 102 had been scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday, March 1, but it has been removed from the calendar. Your NRA-ILA will work to ensure that SB 102 is scheduled for a hearing soon, as it is an important bill for Nevadans. Senate Bill 115, sponsored by state Senator Moises Denis (D-2), would expand the list of places firearms are prohibited from being carried and kept in vehicles to include public libraries. The motivation behind this bill likely stems from an incident last year where a mother of three, who home schools her children, was detained and handcuffed for open carrying in a public library even though it’s not prohibited under current law. SB 115 has been scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday, February 28, at 1:30pm.  Please contact members of the committee and urge them to OPPOSE SB 115! Senate Bill 102, a pro-gun bill sponsored by state Senator James Settelmeyer (R-17), would allow lawful gun owners with concealed weapon permits to carry or store their firearms in their vehicles on school property.   
 
THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER
Women with guns: The next threat to the Democratic Party external site
Abby Ross never spent time around guns until a little more than a decade ago. "I grew up on Staten Island," she said. "Hunting or gun use was not part of our family traditions." Now she handles guns with ease for hunting, sport and training. And she's one of a growing number of women venturing into the world of guns, either as part of the outdoor experience or for self-defense. Women increasingly have become a profitable new target customer for gun-shop owners and firearms manufacturers. "Women should not be afraid to know how to handle a weapon when they use them," said Ross, whose husband, an Army Special Forces soldier, taught her when they met 14 years ago. Ross, who looks far younger than her 36 years, held 5-month-old Mary, the youngest of her eight children, at the Great American Outdoor Show, held here this month.
 
WASHINGTON POST
On gun violence, the 4th Circuit chooses fear over the law external site
For those who have been paying attention, the court’s decision is unsurprising. The federal judiciary has been undermining Second Amendment rights for years. More shocking is the 4th Circuit’s foreboding rationale. The 4th Circuit should be ashamed. When a court puts politics and fearmongering above the rule of law, liberty dies. Gun violence myths and hypotheticals in extremis, however tragic, do not usurp the Constitution.
 
WASHINGTON POST
More states are allowing people to carry concealed handguns without a permit external site
New Hampshire this week passed a law allowing residents to carry a concealed handgun without a permit, joining a growing number of states that are allowing residents to carry weapons out of sight without a license.At least 11 states have passed laws allowing the concealed carry of guns without a permit, and 16 states have introduced legislation this year to do the same, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Rifle Association.
 
ASSOCIATED PRESS
Illinois Lawmaker Aims to Lift Noise Suppressors Ban external site
An Illinois lawmaker is looking to legalize the possession of noise suppressors in Illinois in order to reduce the risk of hearing damage from shooting a gun.
 
DES MOINES REGISTER
Iowa: Majority support 'stand your ground' legislation external site
A bill recently introduced in the Iowa House would make sweeping changes to the state's weapons laws. It includes so-called "stand your ground" provisions, which say a law-abiding person does not have a duty to retreat from “any place where the person is lawfully present” before defending oneself with deadly force. It also says a person may be wrong in his or her estimation of danger or about how much force is necessary “as long as there is a reasonable basis for the belief … and the person acts reasonably in response to that belief.”
 
DES MOINES REGISTER
Iowa: House bill provides overdue gun reforms external site
House Study Bill 133 will offer some common-sense gun reforms to Iowa’s firearms and use of force laws that will allow Iowa to catch up to other states in individual gun rights.
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