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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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October 21, 2014

Washington: Majority of Washington State Sheriffs Oppose I-594

A majority of Washington State’s 39 sheriffs have come out in opposition to anti-gun Washington State Ballot Initiative 594.  The sheriffs oppose I-594 because it will not make anyone safer, will strain scarce law enforcement resources, will criminalize the lawful behavior of millions of law-abiding gun owners in Washington and will be unenforceable.  Instead, I-594 would vastly expand the state’s handgun registry and force law-abiding gun owners to pay fees and get the government’s permission to sell or even loan a firearm to a friend or family member.
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October 17, 2014

Pennsylvania: Senate Passes Firearms Preemption Legislation, Also Votes to Ban Pigeon Shoots

After four years in the making, yesterday the Pennsylvania Senate finally voted to pass firearms preemption legislation in the form of an amendment to House Bill 80.  HB 80 passed by an overwhelming 34-14 vote.  This critical firearms preemption bill is not out of the woods yet, though.  We are down to the final hours of the 2014 legislative session, and your immediate action could make the difference to achieve this long-overdue measure.  The state House is expected to vote on HB 80 on Monday, October 20, and we need you to contact your state Representative today!
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October 17, 2014

Hawaii: Please Join the Hawaii Republican Assembly for an Evening with NRA President, Jim Porter!

Please Join the Hawaii Republican Assembly for an Evening with NRA President, Jim Porter!  Please join the Hawaii Republican Assembly as they proudly present "An Evening with NRA President Jim Porter" in honor of our veterans and our Second Amendment rights.  
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October 17, 2014

D.C. Council Moves Forward with Backward Concealed Carry Law

This week, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier announced that the District would soon begin accepting applications for licenses to carry a concealed pistol.  It’s questionable if many applicants will actually receive a license because of the nearly unfettered discretion given to the chief under the temporary law that is currently in effect.  That law has numerousproblems, yet the D.C. City Council appears to be intent on making the temporary law permanent.
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October 15, 2014

District of Columbia: City Council to Consider “License to Carry a Pistol Amendment Act of 2014” Tomorrow

Tomorrow, October 16, at 10:30 a.m., the DC City Council will hold a public hearing to consider Bill 20-930, the “License to Carry a Pistol Amendment Act of 2014.”  Despite sounding like a step in the right direction, this act’s name is deceptive.  Its language is rife with bureaucratic hurdles, including long mandatory training requirements, as well as requiring applicants to undergo the already restrictive and burdensome process of registering a firearm in the District.
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October 15, 2014

Pennsylvania: In the Final Hours of the 2014 Legislative Session, the Fight for Firearms Preemption Legislation Continues

Unfortunately last night, a vote on state Senator Rich Alloway’s (R-33) preemption amendment was derailed on the Senate floor.  Attempts will be made again today to amend critical firearms preemption legislation into House Bill 1796, and it is critical that you continue to contact your state Senator IMMEDIATELY and urge him or her to vote for the Alloway amendment.  We are down to the final hours of the 2014 legislative session, and your action now could make the difference in achieving what the NRA has been seeking to pass for the past four years!
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October 14, 2014

Pennsylvania: Senate Could Vote on Firearms Preemption as Early as Tonight

Your NRA-ILA has just learned that this evening, an amendment is going to be offered by state Senator Rich Alloway (R-33) to House Bill 1796 on the Senate floor.  This amendment would achieve what the NRA has been seeking to pass for four years, and would amend critical firearms preemption legislation into HB 1796.  It is critical that you contact your state Senator IMMEDIATELY and urge him or her to vote for the Alloway amendment.
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October 10, 2014

New Jersey: Shaneen Allen to Keynote N.J. State Association Annual Banquet October 18!

Shaneen Allen will be the featured speaker at the NJ State Association annual meeting banquet on Saturday evening, October 18, in Edison, New Jersey.  She will also be joined by Ginny Simone of NRA News, and gun rights attorney Evan Nappen.  The Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs (ANJRPC) is the official NRA State Affiliate in New Jersey (www.anjrpc.org).
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October 10, 2014

Washington: Washington State Republican Party Opposes Anti-Gun Initiative 594

Yesterday, the Washington State Republican Party issued a press release formally opposing Washington’s anti-gun Initiative 594.  
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October 8, 2014

South Carolina: City of Tega Cay Choosing to Disregard NRA Language on Discharge Ordinance

As we have previously reported, the City of Tega Cay is in the process of amending its current ordinance that imposes unnecessary restrictions on the discharge of firearms within the city limits.  The NRA had communicated its concerns to the Tega Cay City Council, and offered carefully crafted language that ensured law-abiding gun owners would not be confused as to what is legal when discharging a firearm.  
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October 7, 2014

Pennsylvania: Senate May Vote Tomorrow on Bill to Ban Pigeon Shoots, Firearms Preemption Bill Awaiting Action in Senate Judiciary Committee

As early as tomorrow, the Pennsylvania Senate could vote on House Bill 1750, previously reported on here.  HB 1750 would criminalize organized pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania.  Pigeon shooting is a traditional shooting sport and has many participants across the Commonwealth and around the world.  Shoots have been held in Pennsylvania for more than a hundred years, and their participants are law-abiding, ethical shooting enthusiasts, hunters and sportsmen.
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October 7, 2014

Vermont: Anti-Gun Group Throwing Money Around

Taking a page out of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s playbook, “Gun Sense Vermont” has tried to muscle their way into the Second Amendment debate in Montpelier with their checkbook.  This group has mailed 91 campaign contribution checks to state legislative candidates.  Oddly, the list of donation recipients appears to be fairly random, and a number of pro-gun candidates have contacted the NRA after refusing to cash their checks from this anti-gun group.
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October 6, 2014

Pennsylvania: Firearms Preemption Bill Passes Today in House but Now in Danger in Senate Judiciary Committee

Today, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed House Bill 1243 by a 143 to 54 vote.  HB 1243 has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, however, your NRA has just learned that attempts may be made tomorrow to amend a ban on pigeon shoots into this legislation, as well as the possible inclusion of other anti-gun amendments.  If these anti-gun amendments are adopted, they will kill the bill, and with it, any attempt to pass and enact meaningful and necessary firearms preemption legislation this year.  
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October 6, 2014

Oklahoma: City Council to Discuss Future of Hunting in Lexington at Tomorrow’s Meeting

The Lexington City Council will discuss hunting within the Lexington city limits at its meeting tomorrow, October 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the Luther Dean Memorial Council Chambers of Lexington City Hall at 111 East Broadway Street.  Public comment will be heard at the beginning of this meeting.
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October 3, 2014

Alabama: Use of Firearm Suppressors for Hunting Legal as of October 1

On October 1, the use of firearm sound suppressors became legal for all hunting in Alabama. Previously, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources prohibited the use of suppressors/silencers through their hunting regulations. 
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October 3, 2014

Connecticut: State Representative Rob Sampson Receives Award for His Commitment to Upholding the Second Amendment

State Representative Rob Sampson (R-80) was recently recognized by the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action with its Defender of Freedom Award for his role as a legislative champion fighting against Senate Bill 1160, one of the most egregious anti-gun bills in U.S. history.  Representative Rob Sampson is rated an "A+" by the NRA Political Victory Fund and has shown an extraordinary commitment to defending the Second Amendment.
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October 3, 2014

Connecticut: Come participate in a discussion on Crime, Guns and Race

Come participate in a discussion on "Crime, Guns and Race" hosted by the Connecticut Black Republicans and Conservatives (CBRAC) and the Connecticut chapter of The Frederick Douglass Foundation (CTFDF).
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October 3, 2014

Attention Washington Second Amendment Supporters: You Need to Know Why It's Critical to Vote No on Initiative 594

Attention Washington Second Amendment Supporters!  As you are aware, Initiative 594 is the latest, most comprehensive and well-funded attempt to restrict the rights of law-abiding gun owners in Washington State.  Although proponents describe it as a “universal background check” measure, in reality, this 18 page initiative is a universal handgun registration scheme being pushed by a very wealthy group of anti-gun elitists. That is not hyperbole, it is fact. 
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