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January 31, 2014

Kentucky: More Gun Legislation Introduced in Frankfort

This week has seen a lot of activity in Frankfort with the introduction of three more pieces of pro-gun legislation.
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January 31, 2014

Idaho: Pro-Hunting Legislation Introduced in state House

Last week, state legislation that seeks to recruit and retain more hunters in the Gem State was introduced and referred to the House Committee on Resources and Conservation.  House Bill 399 aims to lower the minimum age to hunt big game from twelve years to ten years, while retaining the requirement that an individual younger than twelve must be accompanied in the field by an adult licensed to hunt in Idaho.
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January 31, 2014

Wisconsin: NRA/Wisconsin FORCE State Convention

On February 7-9, the NRA and Wisconsin FORCE, along with the Central Wisconsin Gun Collectors Association and the Wisconsin Trapshooting Association, will be holding the 8th Annual State Convention. This convention will include free seminars and an impressive roster of invited guests including Governor Scott Walker, Major E.J. Land, Chad Franklin and Buster Bachhuber.
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January 31, 2014

Florida Alert! TWO (2) Pro-Gun Bills Up in Committee Monday, February 2, 2014

THE FIRST BILL: Senate Bill 424 by Senator Tom Lee (R-Brandon) is scheduled for its 2nd hearing.  It will be heard in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Monday, February 2, at 4:00pm.  THE SECOND BILL: Senate Bill 544 by Senator Wilton Simpson (R-New Port Richey) is scheduled for its 1st hearing in the same committee -- Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Monday, February 2, at 4:00pm
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January 31, 2014

Washington Senator: Guns Shock & Sicken Me

On Wednesday, January 29, the Washington Senate Law & Justice Committee held a hearing on Initiative-594, that would, among other things, impose a general prohibition on the private transfer of firearms.  During the hearing, State Senator Jeannie Darneille of Tacoma frankly revealed what lies behind much of the support for I-594 and other gun control measures across the country.  As captured by a video of the hearing, the senator told those assembled, "I am not a person who handles guns.  I don't own guns.  I don't…they shock me, quite frankly.  We're an open carry state and when I see people open carrying their guns, while it may be perfectly legal, it creates a visceral, personal, physical reaction in me as it does in other people…."
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January 31, 2014

Connecticut: Ruling Upholds Connecticut's Expansive Firearm and Magazine Bans Despite Findings that Banned Items are Commonly Used for Lawful Purposes

On January 30, 2014, a federal court judge upheld Connecticut's new gun control law as constitutional, notwithstanding its finding that "the act burdens the plaintiffs' Second Amendment rights …."  The ruling comes from U.S. District Court Judge Alfred Covello in response to a lawsuit filed last May challenging the constitutionality of Connecticut's new gun control legislation. In April, the Connecticut legislature hastily passed wide-ranging restrictions on Connecticut gun owners that embody several long-term planks of the anti-gunners' agenda, including an expanded ban on so-called "assault weapons," restrictions on magazine capacity, expansion of an existing "eligibility certificate" requirement to all firearms and ammunition, an expanded ban of private transfers, and registration of all non-conforming firearms and magazines, the possession of which was grandfathered under the law.
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January 30, 2014

Virginia: Sunday Hunting Bill Passes in Senate Committee

Senate Bill 154, the Senate companion to House Bill 1237, passed by a 9-4 vote today in the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee, putting Virginia hunters one step closer to having the opportunity to hunt on Sundays on private land.  
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January 30, 2014

West Virginia: NICS Exemption Bill Passes House Judiciary Committee

Today, House Bill 4186 passed by a voice vote in the state House Judiciary Committee and now goes to the House floor for its second reading.  
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January 30, 2014

Florida Alert: "Second Amendment Preservation Act" causing concern

There appears to be quite a bit of confusion concerning House Bill 733 which is being called the "Second Amendment Preservation Act."  In answer to many inquiries, HB-733 is NOT an NRA bill and, at this time, we have taken no position on this bill.  We have serious concerns about the effect of the bill -- whether the consequences are intended or unintended. 
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January 29, 2014

Kansas: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Bill to be Heard in House Federal and State Affairs Committee

Tomorrow, January 30 at 9:00 a.m., House Bill 2473 will be heard in the state House Federal and State Affairs Committee.  Sponsored by state Representative Jim Howell (R-81), HB 2473 is important legislation that makes comprehensive improvements to the gun laws in Kansas.
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January 29, 2014

Maryland: Annapolis Update! Pro-Gun Bills Making Progress; Pro-Second Amendment Event Days Away

Yesterday, January 28, Senate Bill 231 was heard in the state Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee and is now awaiting a vote in committee.  House Bill 214 was also heard yesterday and awaiting a vote in the House Judiciary Committee.
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January 29, 2014

Tennessee: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Pass Senate Committee

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee took action on multiple pro-gun bills affecting law-abiding Tennesseans.  On yesterday’s committee agenda were Senate Bill 1496, Senate Bill 1700 and Senate Bill 1701.  These three bills have been referred to the Senate Calendar Committee where they will be scheduled for consideration on the Senate floor.
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January 29, 2014

Indiana: Firearm “Buyback” and Destruction Prohibition Legislation Passes Senate

Yesterday, January 28, Senate Bill 229  passed in the Indiana Senate by a 28 to 21 vote.  SB 229 will now be sent to the Indiana House of Representatives where it will await a committee referral.  State Representative Sean Eberhart (R-57) has been designated as the handler of SB 229 in the House.
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January 29, 2014

Indiana: Columbus to Consider Firearm Registration Ordinance

On Tuesday, February 4, the Columbus City Council will consider a proposed ordinance which would require “secondhand dealers” to register all firearms with Leads Online, a third party property registration service provider.  The proposed ordinance blatantly disregards Indiana’s firearm preemption law and is an overreach of the Columbus City Council’s authority.
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January 29, 2014

Georgia: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Reform Legislation Introduced in state House

Yesterday, state Representative Rick Jasperse (R-11) introduced House Bill 875, the most comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation in recent state history. HB 875 seeks to make many changes to benefit law-abiding gun owners, shooters and sportsmen alike.  Some of the key improvements and changes include:
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January 29, 2014

Colorado: Castle Rock Successfully Repeals Open Carry Ban!

Last night, the Castle Rock Town Council voted a second and final time in favor of repealing the current local prohibition on openly carrying a firearm in public buildings and parks.  This second 4-3 vote came just before 11:00 p.m. following several hours of public comment on repeal of the firearm open-carry ban.  Castle Rock's open carry ban had previously been in place since 2003.
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January 29, 2014

Georgia: Today’s Hearing on Senate Bill 280 Postponed

Due to inclement weather, today’s Senate Judiciary Non-Civil Committee hearing on Senate Bill 280 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a future date.  In the meantime, please continue contacting members of this Senate committee and urge them to OPPOSE SB 280 as a misguided infringement on your right to self-defense when it comes before them.  Tell them that victims should have the protection of the law, NOT criminals!
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January 29, 2014

California: Anti-Gun Legislation to be Considered Tomorrow on the state Senate Floor

Anti-gun legislation, Senate Bill 808, is moving extremely fast.  SB 808 has been scheduled to be considered in the state Senate tomorrow.   It is CRUCIAL that you, your family, friends, fellow gun owners and sportsmen in California call AND e-mail your state Senator TODAY and TOMORROW urging him or her to OPPOSE SB 808.  SB 808 would impose heavy restrictions and costly fees on the ability to make, or even assemble, a personal firearm, along with requiring serialization and registration of that personal firearm.  If this bill is in enacted into law, it would even require all firearms made and assembled prior to enactment to have serial numbers and be registered.
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January 28, 2014

New Hampshire: “Universal” Background Check Bill Postponed in House Committee

Today, the state House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee postponed its executive session for House Bill 1589 pending consideration of an amended version. 
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January 28, 2014

Georgia: Self-Defense Under Attack

Barring postponement due to inclement weather, tomorrow at 3:00 p.m., the state Senate Judiciary Non-Civil Committee will hold a hearing on legislation that attacks your inherent right to self-defense.  Senate Bill 280, sponsored by state Senator Vincent Fort (D-39), would repeal an integral portion of Georgia’s self-defense law that allows an individual to defend themselves without a duty to retreat, putting your fundamental right to self-defense in jeopardy.
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January 28, 2014

Virginia: Sunday Hunting Bill Passes in House!

In great news for Virginia sportsmen as well as the future of gun rights and hunting in the Commonwealth, today the Virginia House of Delegates passed House Bill 1237 by a 71-27 vote - without the inclusion of any amendments, such as the local option amendment, which would have created a patchwork of confusing ordinances for Virginia hunters.
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January 28, 2014

Colorado: Castle Rock To Vote TONIGHT on Repeal of Open Carry Ban

Last week, the Castle Rock Town Council voted 4-3 in favor of repealing the current local prohibition on openly carrying a firearm in public buildings and parks.  This vote followed a lengthy hearing, including testimony from individuals both in favor of the repeal and against it.  Castle Rock's ban has been in place since 2003.
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January 27, 2014

Hawaii: Committee to Hear Multiple Pro-Hunting Bills This Week

This Wednesday, January 29, the House Committee on Water and Land is scheduled to hear several important hunting bills.  Among those bills to be heard is House Bill 1902, introduced by state Representative Cindy Evans (D-7), which would integrate a no net loss policy for public hunting lands in Hawaii.  
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January 27, 2014

Idaho: Support S.E.C.U.R.E. Idaho Campuses

Today, the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee voted to consider a bill that aims to achieve a Safer Environment for College and University Residents and Employees (S.E.C.U.R.E.) on Idaho campuses.  The legislation, Senate Bill 1254, introduced by Senator Curt McKenzie (R-13), will permit qualified retired law enforcement officers and law-abiding adults who have obtained an Idaho “enhanced” concealed carry license to possess a firearm on public college or university campuses.  However, this legislation would give universities discretion to prohibit qualifying individuals from carrying within a student dormitory or residence hall and a public entertainment or sporting facility with a seating capacity of more than 1,000 persons.
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January 27, 2014

Indiana: Constitutional Right to Hunt and Fish Passed in Committee, Goes to Senate Floor for Vote

Today, Senate Joint Resolution 9 passed in the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee by a 7 to 0 vote.  Sponsored by state Senator Brent Steele (R-44), SJR 9 would guarantee Hoosiers the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.  This proposed constitutional amendment would ensure the preservation of Indiana's rich hunting heritage for future generations.  SJR 9 could be voted on as early as Monday, February 3.
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January 27, 2014

California: Assemblyman Brian Jones on the Second Amendment

Recently your Assemblyman Brian Jones submitted a column to the Romona Sentinel.  Please take a moment to read it below about his stance on the Second Amendment.
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January 27, 2014

California: APPS: Protect Yourself if the Government Comes for Your Guns

We recently learned that local law enforcement entities are conducting firearm confiscation raids in your area on behalf of the California Department of Justice, as part of its Armed Prohibited Persons System (“APPS”) program.  These raids are typically conducted without search warrants.  Be prepared!  While these raids are promoted by politicians as intended to disarm dangerous criminals, they actually more often target unsuspecting citizens who present no danger and have no idea that they are prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.
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January 26, 2014

Mississippi: Local Elected Officials Trying to Torpedo Pro-Gun Legislation, HB 314

After House Bill 2 finally became law last year, local officials in many cities and counties across the state over-reacted by passing far-reaching restrictions on where law-abiding citizens – including enhanced and regular carry permit holders – could possess firearms.  The language in HB 2 clarified the definition of “concealed” and re-affirmed the right to possess a firearm openly.
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January 25, 2014

Idaho: Washington Recognizes Reciprocity with Idaho’s Enhanced Concealed Carry License

Last week, Washington state announced that it would now recognize reciprocity with Idaho’s enhanced concealed carry weapons (CCW) license.  This reciprocity agreement marks a major milestone for Idaho enhanced CCW license holders.  With the addition of Washington, thirty states now honor Idaho CCW or enhanced CCW licenses
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January 25, 2014

Virginia: Report on Legislative Action in Richmond This Week

Today, the House of Delegates defeated four anti-gun amendments offered to House Bill 705.  Sponsored by pro-gun Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-15), HB 705 eliminates certain requirements for an out-of-state concealed handgun permit to be recognized in Virginia. (third reading on Monday)
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January 24, 2014

Minnesota: Countdown to the 2014 Legislative Session

While the 2014 session of the 88th Minnesota Legislature does not convene until February 25, pre-filing of bill introductions began last week.  As state legislation is filed, your NRA-ILA is working to advance recognition and restoration of your firearms freedoms and to ensure the defeat of all legislation that would infringe on your Second Amendment rights.  It is important that you remain engaged and vigilant this session, as the attacks on your right to keep and bear arms will persist.   
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January 24, 2014

New Hampshire: “Universal” Background Check Bill Scheduled for Possible House Committee Vote on Tuesday

On Tuesday, January 28 at 1:15 p.m., the state House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee is scheduled to hold an executive session on House Bill 1589, a misguided anti-gun bill which would mandate “universal” background checks.  This session will take place in Room 302 of the Legislative Office Building in Concord.
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January 24, 2014

West Virginia: A Busy Week in Charleston Sees a Number of Pro-Gun Bills Introduced

It has been a busy week in Charleston as numerous pro-gun measures were introduced and referred to committee.  Your NRA is closely watching and fully supporting the following legislation that was recently introduced:
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January 24, 2014

Tennessee: General Assembly Returns for 2014 Session

Last week, the 2014 session of the Tennessee General Assembly convened.  Right out of the gate, a number of pro-gun and pro-hunting bills have been introduced.  Your NRA-ILA will keep you up-to-date as these bills make their way through the legislative process.  
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January 23, 2014

Hawaii: 2014 Legislative Session Underway, Pro-gun and Anti-gun Legislation Introduced

Last Wednesday, the 2014 Hawaii Legislature convened in Honolulu.  As the legislative session gets going, the NRA is working hard to further and protect your Second Amendment rights.  There are several bills which were carried over from the 2013 session and a number of newly introduced bills, both pro-gun and anti-gun.  
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January 23, 2014

Indiana: Constitutional Right to Hunt and Fish Scheduled for Monday Committee Hearing

Originally scheduled for tomorrow, the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources committee will now consider Senate Joint Resolution 9 on Monday, January 27, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 431 of the Indiana Statehouse.  Sponsored by state Senator Brent Steele (R-44), SJR 9 would guarantee Hoosiers the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.  This legislation would ensure the preservation of Indiana's rich hunting heritage.
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January 23, 2014

Tennessee: Park Carry Bill to be Heard in Committee Next Week

On Tuesday, January 28, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 12LP, the state Senate Judiciary Committee will consider Senate Bill 1496, which would allow Handgun Carry Permit (HCP) holders to carry a firearm in all Tennessee parks.
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January 23, 2014

Iowa: Ensure Your Firearms Freedoms are a Priority This Session

The second week of the 85th Iowa General Assembly is underway in the Hawkeye State, and your NRA-ILA continues to work in Des Moines with the Iowa Firearms Coalition (IFC) and your state legislators to protect, restore and advance your Second Amendment rights.  It is imperative that your state legislators hear from you, as we work with them to ensure Iowans’ firearms freedoms are made a priority this session.  Call and e-mail your state Senator and Representative today!  Respectfully tell them you support fortifying your gun rights with a STRONG and meaningful state constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms amendment, protecting the privacy of Iowans' records, and legalizing suppressor ownership.
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January 23, 2014

Vermont: Burlington City Council Holding Final Public Hearing on Gun Control Proposals on Monday

On Monday, January 27, the Burlington City Council will hold its final public hearing to consider three gun control proposals.  City residents will vote on the proposed charter changes on Town Meeting Day, March 4. 
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January 23, 2014

Washington: “Universal Handgun Registration” Scheme to be Heard Next Week in Olympia

On Tuesday, January 28, Washington citizens will get their first opportunity to testify on Initiative-594, a major gun control bill being falsely promoted as a “Universal Background Check” measure.  The House Judiciary Committee will take I-594 up at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room A in the John L. O’Brien House building on the Capitol campus in Olympia.
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