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December 17, 2014

Virginia: Governor McAuliffe Announces Next Grab for Your Gun Rights

Under the guise of “public safety,” Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) announced Monday his push for a package of gun control measures during the 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly in his latest misguided attempt to erode the rights of law-abiding citizens.
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December 16, 2014

Proposed Closures to Recreational Shooting in Las Vegas-Pahrump Area of Nevada

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) to guide future management of 3.1 million acres of public land by the Las Vegas and Pahrump Field Offices in southern Nevada.  The RMP will affect where recreational shooting will be allowed in the planning area.
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December 12, 2014

Iowa: Voice Your Support for Second Amendment Legislation in the 2015 Session

The NRA has been working with state legislators to file pro-gun legislation for the upcoming session, ensuring your Second Amendment rights are protected and even restored.  In the past, pro-gun bills have failed to advance in the Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee, however, its new chairman, Senator Steve Sodders, has stated that he is open to hearing your opinion on legislative priorities for 2015.
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December 12, 2014

Michigan: With Only Three Days Left in the Legislative Session, Pro-Gun Bills Need Your Help in Lansing!

We are now down to the final days of the 2013-2014 legislative session and multiple pro-gun bills still require action and need passage.  Senate Bills 789 and 790 are still awaiting a vote on the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives.  Even though nearly all stakeholders have agreed that SB 789 represents good public policy and raises no public safety concerns, some state government bureaucrats are opposing these bills for one reason—money.  
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December 11, 2014

Ohio: Major Pro-Gun Reform Legislation Passes and Sent to Governor

Yesterday, the Ohio House of Representatives voted to concur on House Bill 234 by a 72 to 21 vote after it passed in the state Senate by a 24 to 6 vote on Tuesday.  HB 234 has been sent to Governor John Kasich (R) for his consideration.  
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December 10, 2014

Delaware: DNREC Advisory Council Defeats Hunting License Fee Increase

Last night, the Wildlife and Freshwater Fish Advisory Council for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) voted 5-4 against increasing hunting license fees in The First State.
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December 9, 2014

Nevada: Secretary of State Certifies Petitions for Anti-Gun Initiative

Yesterday, the Secretary of State certified that the petitions submitted for an anti-gun initiative for the 2016 general election ballot are sufficient.
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December 9, 2014

Delaware: DNREC Advisory Council on Wildlife Considers Hiking Hunting Fees TONIGHT

Tonight at 6:30 p.m., the Delaware Department of National Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is scheduled to hold a meeting and potentially a vote on increasing the fees for hunting licenses.
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December 9, 2014

Michigan: Pro-Gun Bills Awaiting Votes

Last week, pro-gun bills received favorable action in the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives.   The Senate Judiciary Committee passed House Bills 5450, 5749 and 5750, part of the Air Gun Reclassification Package.  These bills have been sent to the Senate floor for consideration and a vote.  Senate Bills 964, 965, 966 and 979, the Senate components to the Air Gun Reclassification Package, passed in the House Judiciary Committee. These four bills have been sent to the House floor for consideration and a vote. Senate Bills 789 and 790, comprehensive concealed carry reform, also passed in the House Judiciary Committee.
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December 4, 2014

Michigan: Update on Pro-Gun Bills this Week

This week, pro-gun bills received favorable action in the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives. On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed House Bills 5450, 5749 and 5750, part of the Air Gun Reclassification Package.  These bills have been sent to the Senate floor for consideration and a vote. 
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December 3, 2014

New Jersey: Attorney General Issues Report that Smart Gun Law is Not Triggered

New Jersey’s “Smart Gun” law, enacted in 2002, seeks to mandate the sale and manufacture of only “smart gun” technology in the Garden State.  When such technology, as defined by the law, is made commercially available in any state, this law is triggered and “smart guns” will be the only handguns allowed for retail sale in New Jersey.
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December 3, 2014

Michigan: House Judiciary Committee to Vote on Pro-Gun Bills Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Michigan House Judiciary Committee is expected to consider and vote on Senate Bills 964, 965, 966 and 979, part of the Air Gun Reclassification Package.  
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December 2, 2014

Ohio: Possible Votes Tomorrow on Two Pro-Gun Bills in Senate Civil Justice Committee

Tomorrow, December 3, the Ohio Senate Civil Justice Committee will hold additional testimony hearings on House Bill 234 and Senate Bill 338 with the possibility of a vote on them.
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December 2, 2014

Florida Alert: Upgrade Hunting or Fishing License to Lifetime Sportsman's License

Last month, Governor Rick Scott issued an Executive Order authorizing the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to lower the price for a Lifetime Sportsman's License for a 5 to 21 year old for $500 rather than the normal price of $1,000 for limited time during the Holidays. SPECIAL UPGRADE OPPORTUNITY - If a person, age 5 to 21 years old already has a Lifetime hunting, freshwater fishing or salt water fishing license he/she can upgrade their Lifetime licenses to a Lifetime Sportsman's License.
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December 1, 2014

Oklahoma: Lexington City Council Attempting to Outlaw Discharge of Bows

The Lexington City Council will meet tomorrow, December 2, at 7:00 p.m. in the Luther Dean Memorial Council Chambers of Lexington City Hall at 111 East Broadway Street to discuss a proposed anti-hunting ordinance.  Council members will discuss and act on an ordinance adding the discharge of a bow, crossbow, compound bow and recurve bow to “offenses against the peace.”  This ordinance could ban all bow hunting and target practice within Lexington corporate limits.  Lexington currently has an ordinance prohibiting the discharge of firearms.
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December 1, 2014

Michigan: Senate Judiciary Committee to Hear Pro-Gun Bills Tomorrow, House to Vote on SB 977

Tomorrow, the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to consider and vote on House Bills 5450, 5749 and 5750, part of the Air Gun Reclassification Package.  Please contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee TODAY in support of HB 5450, HB 5749 and HB 5750.
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November 26, 2014

California: Thank You from the NRA Here is what your Contributions Made Possible in 2014

As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, the NRA would like to thank its members and donors for their valuable contributions this year.  Without your continued support, the NRA would not be able to do what they do in the fight for your Second Amendment rights.  The NRA, its lobbyists, and its lawyers  have been heavily involved in a number of important legal and legislative battles, both in California and across the country, that are aimed at protecting, restoring, and expanding the gun rights of Californians.  Here is a summary of some of the more significant efforts your contributions made possible in 2014. The NRA graciously thanks you for your support!  If you would still like to contribute to these efforts, you can donate to the NRA Legal Action Project today!
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November 26, 2014

California Attorney General Seeks En Banc Review of Ninth Circuit’s Denial of her Request to Intervene in Peruta Case

Today, November 26, California Attorney General (AG) Kamala Harris filed a request for en banc review of the Ninth Circuit’s denial of her request to intervene in the NRA supported case of Peruta v. San Diego, which produced a landmark decision striking down as a violation of the Second Amendment San Diego County Sheriff William Gore’s policy of refusing to issue licenses to carry firearms in public unless an applicant could demonstrate a special need for one.  The AG’s latest request comes after the Court denied the AG’s and several gun ban advocacy groups’ requests to join the case once they learned Sheriff Gore had decided not to further appeal the case.
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November 24, 2014

Florida: ACT NOW!! Get a Lifetime Sportsman's License for a 5 to 21 year old

TODAY, you can begin purchasing a Lifetime Sportsman's License for a 5 to 21 year old for $500 rather than the normal price of $1,000.  This special price is for a limited time only (Nov. 24th - December 31, 2014).  Governor Rick Scott issued an Executive Order authorizing The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to lower the price for a limited time during the Holidays.
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November 21, 2014

Florida Alert: FWC Removes Ban on Suppressors for Hunting

At their meeting in Key Largo, Florida, today, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted to remove the ban on using silencers/suppressors on pistols and rifles for hunting deer, gray squirrels, rabbits, wild turkeys, quail and crows.
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November 19, 2014

West Virginia: Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Continues his Leadership on the Second Amendment

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey continued to lead legal efforts to support your Second Amendment rights by filing an amicus curiae, or "friend of the court," brief with a bipartisan coalition of 21 state Attorneys General across the country.  This brief urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to declare unconstitutional a Maryland law forbidding the possession, sale or transfer of certain firearms.
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November 13, 2014

Colorado: Lead Ammunition Ban Defeated

Today, during the scheduled Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting, the Commission members voted against a proposal that would have banned the use of lead ammunition for your sporting purposes.  This misguided proposal was offered due to an emotional reaction, not one based on sound science and biological data.
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November 13, 2014

Michigan: Update on Pro-Gun Legislation in Lansing

Today, the House Judiciary Committee heard testimony on Senate Bills 964, 965, 966 and 979, the Senate components of the Air Gun Reclassification Package, and Senate Bills 789 and 790, comprehensive concealed carry licensing reform.  
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November 13, 2014

Pennsylvania: State Legislature Holds Leadership Elections

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania legislature returned to Harrisburg to vote on its new leadership positions for the 2015-2016 session.  On November 4th, Republicans expanded their existing majorities in both legislative chambers: now 30-20 in the state Senate and 119-84 in the state House of Representatives. 
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November 13, 2014

Michigan: State Senator Mike Green Receives NRA-ILA Defender of Freedom Award

Today, state Senator Mike Green (SD-31) received the Defender of Freedom Award from the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action in recognition of his tireless efforts to defend liberty and protect the interests of law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen in Michigan.
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November 13, 2014

ALERT: Governor Scott reduces cost of Lifetime Sportsman's License for Floridians 21 years old and younger

Today, Governor Rick Scott signed an executive order authorizing the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to offer Lifetime Sportsman’s Licenses for Florida children and young adults at a greatly reduced cost. The license now costs up to $1000 but from Nov. 24 through Dec. 31, 2014, the price will be reduced to $500 for Florida residents who are 21-years-old and younger. The lifetime license covers saltwater and freshwater recreational fishing, hunting and most associated permits. To view the executive order, click HERE.
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November 12, 2014

Colorado: An Attack on Your Hunting Heritage is Set to Take Place Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will be meeting in Burlington to discuss a list of hunting-related issues, with a potential ban on lead ammunition being one of the main topics.  Lead ammunition used by hunters has not been scientifically proven to cause health problems for wildlife populations or pose health risks to humans. 
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November 12, 2014

California: One Step Closer to Shall Issue!

A monumental February 14, 2014 ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the NRA sponsored case of Peruta v. San Diego County found that the San Diego County Sheriff’s policy of refusing to issue licenses to carry firearms in public unless an applicant could demonstrate a special need beyond the right of self-defense was an unconstitutional violation of the Second Amendment. NRA News has produced a great video and America’s First Freedom magazine also published an enlightening article about the case.    
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November 10, 2014

Alabama: Voters Come Out In Strong Support Of Alabama's Hunting Heritage and Second Amendment Rights

Sportsmen and Second Amendment supporters in Alabama have reason to celebrate after voters ratified the NRA-backed Right to Hunt and Fish state constitutional amendment by an overwhelming 80 percent on Election Day.  Thank you to all who supported the NRA’s efforts to pass this meaningful pro-hunting amendment. 
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November 10, 2014

Iowa: Proposed Firearms Ban Defeated

Thanks to your help, a proposed ordinance to ban carrying of weapons on city property was defeated in Tama on Monday, November 3.  The city council voted 3-0 to remove this proposal from its agenda, preventing a second reading and vote.  
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November 10, 2014

Ohio: Senate Civil Justice Committee to Hold Hearings on Three Pro-Gun Bills This Week

This Wednesday, November 12, the Ohio Senate Civil Justice Committee will hold its additional testimony hearings on House Bill 234 and Senate Bill 338 and its first sponsor hearing on House Bill 203.
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November 7, 2014

Mississippi Overwhelmingly Approves NRA-Backed Amendment 1

On Tuesday, voters exhibited a firm commitment to preserving the Magnolia State's strong sporting traditions by ratifying NRA-supported Amendment 1 by a convincing 88 percent of the vote.  Amendment 1 establishes an individual constitutional right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife. Mississippi becomes the 18th state to add this important safeguard into the state's constitution.
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November 3, 2014

Iowa: Tama City Council Meets TONIGHT and May Consider a Proposed Firearms Ban

Tonight, the Tama City Council is scheduled to meet and vote on a proposed ordinance that would effectively ban individuals from carrying a firearm in any municipal building, despite the fact that this would violate the state firearms preemption law which prohibits a locality from enacting an ordinance regulating the otherwise lawful ownership, possession and transportation of a firearm.
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October 31, 2014

Oklahoma: Show Your Support for Hunting in Lexington

The Lexington City Council will meet next Tuesday, November 4, at 7:00 p.m. in the Luther Dean Memorial Council Chambers of Lexington City Hall at 111 East Broadway Street.  After discussion of a hunting ban at its last two meetings, as reported here, the City Council proposed to vote on a hunting ban within the Lexington city limits on November 4.  At this time, this issue is not on the agenda for November 4.  
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October 31, 2014

Alabama: Protect Our Hunting Heritage -- Vote YES on Amendment 5 on Tuesday

Tuesday, November 4 is Election Day and the NRA is encouraging all Alabamians to vote YES on Amendment 5, the state constitutional amendment declaring and protecting an individual right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.  By enshrining this state constitutional right, Alabama would keep the existing fishing and hunting structure in place while protecting future generations of sportsmen from attacks initiated by well-funded anti-hunting extremists.
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October 31, 2014

Maine: Protect Our Hunting Heritage—Vote NO on Question 1 on Tuesday

Tuesday, November 4 is Election Day and the NRA Political Victory Fund is encouraging all Mainers to vote NO on Question 1, the anti-hunting ballot initiative that would outlaw three traditional methods of bear hunting in Maine: hunting with dogs, baiting and trapping.
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October 30, 2014

Mississippi: NRA-ILA and State Legislative Leaders Urge Passage of Amendment 1 on November 4 to Establish a Constitutional Right to Hunt, Fish and Harvest Wildlife

Today at the State Capitol in Jackson, the Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, led by House Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks Committee Chairman, Scott Bounds (R-Philadelphia) hosted a press conference to urge support for passage of NRA-backed Amendment 1 on November 4 -- a state constitutional amendment establishing an individual right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.
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October 28, 2014

Pennsylvania: Governor Tom Corbett Signs Firearms Preemption Legislation into Law

Today, Governor Tom Corbett (R) signed into law House Bill 80, the strongest firearms preemption statute in the country, at a public signing ceremony.  This critical pro-gun legislation strengthens the state firearms preemption statute to further ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout Pennsylvania and allows citizens to seek legal remedies against localities whose gun control ordinances exceed state law.
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October 27, 2014

Pennsylvania: Governor to Sign Firearms Preemption Bill Tomorrow

Tomorrow, October 28, Governor Tom Corbett (R) will sign House Bill 80 into law, strengthening Pennsylvania’s firearm preemption statute.  This bill takes effect in sixty days.  After four years of hard work, your NRA looks forward to this momentous event in a culmination of all the efforts that NRA members, Second Amendment supporters and Pennsylvania legislators finally accomplished.
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October 21, 2014

Pennsylvania: 2014 Legislative Session Ends With Victory

After four years of effort, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives finally passed critical firearms preemption legislation.  Yesterday, the state House voted to concur on the Senate amendments to House Bill 80 by an overwhelming 138 to 56 vote.  HB 80, when signed into law, will strengthen the state firearms preemption statute to further ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout Pennsylvania.
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