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March 3, 2014

West Virginia: Pro-Gun Legislation Needs Your Help Before Committee Deadline this Wednesday

The NRA needs your immediate help to get four important House bills moving and passed in the state Senate Judiciary Committee by this Wednesday’s deadline.  The following pro-gun House bills must be heard and voted on by this Wednesday, March 5:
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March 3, 2014

Idaho: Secure Campuses Bill Passes House Committee, Goes to House Floor for a Vote This Week

Last Friday, the Idaho House State Affairs Committee passed Senate Bill 1254 by a party-line 11 to 3 vote.  This NRA-backed self-defense bill, sponsored by state Senator Curt McKenzie (R-13), would 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.  SB 1254 now goes to the House floor for a vote this week.
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March 3, 2014

Florida CRITICAL! SB-448 -- Threat of Force to Stop Attackers Up on Tuesday 3/4

SB-448 by Senator Greg Evers is on the agenda for the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 8:00am.  It is CRITICAL that you contact members of this Committee IMMEDIATELY and tell them to SUPPORT SB-448. Getting the bill out of this Committee is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.  SB-448 by Senator Greg Evers is a bill to stop abusive prosecutors from using 10-20-LIFE to prosecute people who, in self-defense, threaten to use deadly force against an attacker as a means to stop an attack.  
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March 1, 2014

Virginia: Report on Legislative Action for the Week of February 24

Yesterday, the House of Delegates passed Senate Bill 154 by a 73-24 vote.  Sponsored by state Senator Phil Puckett (D-38), SB 154 allows Sunday hunting on private lands with written permission from the owner - while still prohibiting hunting within 200 yards of a house of worship, the hunting of deer with dogs and the hunting of bear.
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March 1, 2014

Rhode Island: Ocean State Assault on the Second Amendment Lawmakers in Providence Unleash Long List of Anti-Gun Bills

This week, law-abiding gun owners were in the crosshairs of anti-gun lawmakers in Providence.  Several pieces of legislation were introduced that would turn law-abiding gun owners into criminals.  This assault on your Second Amendment rights is a continuation of last year’s anti-gun agenda, with even more outrageous bills introduced.  Of the state legislation introduced
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March 1, 2014

Alaska: Senate Judiciary Committee to Hold Hearings on NRA-Backed Campus Carry Bill Next Week

On Monday, March 3, an important NRA-backed self-defense bill will be introduced to the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Those who wish to testify will be able to do so on Wednesday, March 5, and again on Friday, March 7.
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March 1, 2014

Minnesota Hunters: Discover the Truth Regarding the Misleading Campaign Designed to Ban Lead Ammunition

The Minnesota Chapter of the Wildlife Society recently held a panel discussion in Bemidji to discuss banning the use of lead ammunition for hunting.  The panelists included researchers, state Department of Natural Resources personnel, and representatives of various non-profit organizations.  Numerous comments were made by some Minnesota Department of Natural Resources personnel expressing their belief that using lead ammunition for hunting should not be allowed.  This should concern Minnesota hunters greatly.                                                     
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February 28, 2014

Tennessee: Two Pro-Gun Bills Scheduled for House Subcommittee Hearing

On Wednesday, March 5, the House Civil Justice Subcommittee is scheduled to consider House Bill 1407 and House Bill 1483.  The Senate companion to HB 1407, Senate Bill 1496, passed in the Tennessee Senate by a 26 to 7 vote and currently awaits action by the House on HB 1407.
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February 28, 2014

Tennessee: Pro-Hunting Bills Advancing out of House Committee

This week, the Tennessee General Assembly took action on a pair of companion pro-hunting bills.  Senate Bill 1777 was passed unanimously in the Tennessee Senate, and House Bill 1952 passed in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee by a voice vote.  HB 1952 will now be heard in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday, March 4.
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February 28, 2014

Alabama: Pro-Hunting Bills Advance to Full House and Senate

On Wednesday, two pro-hunting bills passed in the House Agriculture and Forestry Committee.  House Bill 322, sponsored by state Representative Mark Tuggle (R-81), would guarantee the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife in Alabama and Senate Bill 240, sponsored by state Senator Roger Bedford (D-6), would prohibit the use of drones to intentionally and knowingly harass a person who is legally hunting or fishing.  Both of these bills could be voted on in the full House as early as next week.
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February 28, 2014

Mississippi: Senate Committee Passes Comprehensive Pro-Gun Legislation

This week, the Senate Judiciary A Committee approved House Bill 314, NRA-backed legislation sponsored by state Representative Andy Gipson (R-Rankin, Simpson, and Smith Cos.), and advanced this measure to the full Senate for consideration. 
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February 28, 2014

Minnesota: 2014 Legislative Session is Underway

The 2014 session of the 88th Minnesota Legislature convened this Tuesday.  As state legislation is introduced, your NRA-ILA is working to advance recognition and restoration of your firearms freedoms as well as to ensure the defeat of all legislation that would infringe on your Second Amendment rights.  
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February 28, 2014

Florida Alert! TWO (2) Pro-Gun Bills Up in Committee on Monday 3/3/14

THE FIRST BILL: Senate Bill 296 by Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) is scheduled for its 1st hearing in the Senate.  It will be heard in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Monday, March 3, 2014, at 4:00pm.  THE SECOND BILL: Senate Bill 1060 by Senator Greg Evers (R-Baker) is also scheduled for its 1st hearing in the Senate.  It will be heard in the same committee -- Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Monday, March 3, 2014, at 4:00pm
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February 27, 2014

Iowa: House Passes Bill to Legalize Suppressors in a Strong Bipartisan Vote Today

Today, after a strong show of support from the NRA, Iowa Firearms Coalition (IFC) and American Silencer Association (ASA) members, House File 2381 passed in the Iowa House of Representatives by an overwhelming bipartisan 83-16 vote.  HF 2381, authored by state Representative Matt Windschitl (R-17), would legalize the ownership of firearm sound suppressors, also referred to as "silencers” in Iowa.  Your contact to state lawmakers truly made the difference.
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February 27, 2014

Maryland: House “Gun Day” to be Held on Tuesday, March 4

Tuesday, March 4, at 1:00 p.m., the Maryland House of Delegates is holding its annual “Gun Day” in Annapolis.  As previously reported, numerous pro-gun and anti-gun bills are scheduled to be heard and debated in the House Judiciary Committee
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February 27, 2014

Michigan: Important Pro-Gun Bills Go to House Floor

Today, both Senate Bill 610 and the Firearms Confidentiality Package were passed in the Michigan House Judiciary Committee.  These important bills now go to the House floor for consideration, and it is important that you contact your state Representative TODAY in support of these critical pro-gun reforms.  
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February 27, 2014

Kansas: Senate Passes Apprentice Hunting Bill

Yesterday, the Kansas Senate passed Senate Bill 357 unanimously by voice vote.  SB 357 would increase the amount of times an individual over the age of 16 could apply for an apprentice hunting license and provide them with the opportunity to enjoy this activity while learning from an experienced mentor.  Currently, Kansas allows anyone over the age of 16 to apply for an apprentice license one time before requiring they attend hunter education.  
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February 27, 2014

New Jersey: Relentless Anti-Gun Lawmakers Continue Onslaught in Trenton

On Monday, March 3, the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee will hold a hearing on Assembly Bill 2006, introduced by Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D-6).  A.2006 seeks to lower New Jersey’s magazine limit from 15 rounds to 10. 
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February 27, 2014

West Virginia: House Overwhelmingly Passes Permit Confidentiality

Yesterday, the West Virginia House of Delegates passed critical legislation that protects the personal safety, individual privacy and property of law-abiding gun owners with a valid concealed deadly weapons permit (CDWP).  
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February 27, 2014

Georgia: Senate Passes Bill to Allow Hunting with Suppressors

Yesterday, the Georgia Senate passed Senate Bill 93 by a 43-10 vote.  SB 93, sponsored by state Senator Bill Heath (R-31), would allow hunters in Georgia to use lawfully-possessed suppressors on firearms while hunting.  
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February 27, 2014

Michigan: House Judiciary Committee to Vote Today on Bill to Repeal State Ban on Short-Barreled Rifles and Shotguns

Today, the Michigan House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Senate Bill 610.  SB 610, sponsored by state Senator Michael Green (R-31), would repeal Michigan’s ban on the private ownership of short barreled rifles and shotguns.  Short-barreled rifles and shotguns are already strictly regulated under the National Firearms Act, requiring their buyers to undergo a background check, pay a $200 tax and register these firearms with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  
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February 27, 2014

California: U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Review Two Second Amendment Cases

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court declined to review two NRA cases raising Second Amendment issues, NRA v. BATFE and NRA v. McCraw, both of which concerned the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding adults between the ages of 18 and 21.  
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February 26, 2014

West Virginia: Senate Passes Firearms Preemption Bill

Yesterday, February 25, there was major improvement and action on critical firearms preemption legislation when the West Virginia Senate passed Senate Bill 317 by a 32-0 vote.
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February 26, 2014

Michigan: House Judiciary Committee to Vote on Firearms Records Confidentiality Package Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Michigan House Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on House Bill 5324, House Bill 5325, House Bill 5326, House Bill 5327, House Bill 5328, House Bill 5329 and House Bill 4155, collectively referred to as the “Firearms Records Confidentiality Package.”
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February 26, 2014

Iowa: Bill to Legalize Suppressors Receives New Number, Scheduled for House Floor Vote Tomorrow

Tomorrow, House File 2381 is scheduled to be considered by the Iowa House of Representatives.  This action follows passage last week of HF 2381 in the House Judiciary Committee by a strong, bipartisan 17-4 vote.  HF 2381, authored by state Representative Matt Windschitl (R-17), is formerly known as HF 384 and would legalize the ownership of firearm sound suppressors, also referred to as "silencers” in Iowa.
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February 26, 2014

Idaho: House State Affairs Committee Hearing on Secure Campuses Bill Friday

Senate Bill 1254, an important NRA-backed self-defense bill, is scheduled for a hearing in the House State Affairs Committee this Friday, February 28, at 8:30 a.m. in room EW40 of the state Capitol.
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February 26, 2014

Indiana: State House to Vote Soon on Pro-Gun Bill

Yesterday, in a turn of events, the state House Public Policy Committee amended and passed Senate Bill 229 by an 8 to 2 vote.  SB 229 was introduced by state Senator Jim Tomes (R-49) and is being handled in the state House by Representative Sean Eberhart (R-57).
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February 26, 2014

Florida Alert! Is Senator Wilton Simpson a Second Amendment Friend or Foe?

First, let me answer that question -- Senator Wilton Simpson (R-Trilby) is a strong, dedicated supporter of the Second Amendment.  He is committed to protecting your right to keep and bear arms and your right of self-defense.  He definitely is a Second Amendment FRIEND!
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February 25, 2014

Georgia: State Senate to Vote Tomorrow on Bill to Allow Hunting with Suppressors

Tomorrow, the Georgia Senate will consider and vote on Senate Bill 93.  SB 93, sponsored by state Senator Bill Heath (R-31), would allow hunters in Georgia to use lawfully-possessed suppressors on firearms while hunting.
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February 25, 2014

Alabama: Senate Committee to Hear Pro-Gun Bill Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 354, sponsored by state Senator Scott Beason (R-17).  This committee hearing will be held at 1:00 p.m. in room 325 of the Alabama Statehouse, located across the street from the state Capitol.
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February 25, 2014

Nebraska: Judiciary Committee to Hear Two Gun Bills Tomorrow

The Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear the following two gun bills tomorrow, February 26:
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February 25, 2014

Arizona: House Committee to Hear School Safety Designee Legislation Tomorrow

Tomorrow, February 26, House Bill 2412 is scheduled to be heard in the House Appropriations Committee at 2:00 p.m., in HHR 1 of the state Capitol.
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February 25, 2014

Kentucky: Bill to Reform Concealed Carry Permitting Process to be Heard in Senate Committee Thursday

This Thursday, February 27, Senate Bill 100 is scheduled for a hearing in the Kentucky Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee.  SB 100, introduced by state Senator Sara Beth Gregory (R-16), would streamline the Concealed Deadly Weapons License (CDWL) permitting process by allowing applicants to submit their forms electronically.  
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February 25, 2014

Maryland: Senate “Gun Day” to be Held Tomorrow in Annapolis

Tomorrow, February 26 at 1:00 p.m., the Maryland Senate is holding its annual “Gun Day.”  As previously reported, numerous pro-gun and anti-gun bills are scheduled to be heard and debated in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
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February 24, 2014

Indiana: House Committee to Vote on Pro-Gun Legislation; Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment Passes House Committee

Tomorrow at 9:00 a.m., the Indiana House Public Policy Committee will meet and consider Senate Bill 229 in room 156-B of the statehouse.  Sponsored by state Senator Jim Tomes (R-49), SB 229 would prohibit government entities, including law enforcement agencies, from conducting taxpayer-funded gun “buybacks” as well as prohibit the destruction of useable firearms by law enforcement agencies. 
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February 24, 2014

New Hampshire: Concealed Carry Bill Gutted and Replaced with Anti-Gun Language in House

Last week during its executive session, the New Hampshire House Criminal Justice Committee, in a surprise move, gutted House Bill 1264 (Hoell-R) and replaced it with a measure to establish a commission to study the “so-called” link between firearms and violence.
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February 22, 2014

Mississippi: Sportsmen's Sales Tax Holiday Legislation Moving in Jackson

Senate Bill 2425, sponsored by state Senator Philip Moran (R-Hancock, Harrison Counties), and House Bill 1539, sponsored by state Representative Jeff Smith (R-Lowndes County), passed in their respective money-related committees and will now be considered by each full legislative chamber.  
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February 21, 2014

South Dakota: State House Passes Pro-Firearms HB 1229

Yesterday, February 20, the South Dakota House of Representatives passed House Bill 1229 by a 53-17 vote.  HB 1229, introduced by state Representative Timothy Johns (R-31), would allow South Dakota state law to meet the requirements set forth in the federal NICS Improvement Amendments Act (NIAA) of 2007.  
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February 21, 2014

Alabama: Pro-Hunting Bills Scheduled for Committee Hearings on Wednesday

On Wednesday, February 26 at 3:00 p.m., the House Agriculture and Forestry Committee is scheduled to consider two pro-hunting bills.  House Bill 322, sponsored by state Representative Mark Tuggle (R-81), would guarantee the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife in Alabama.  Also scheduled for a hearing by this House committee that day is Senate Bill 240, sponsored by state Senator Roger Bedford (D-6).
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February 21, 2014

Kansas: House Committee Passes “Shall Certify” Legislation

Yesterday, February 20, the Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee passed House Bill 2578 by a unanimous voice vote.  Authored by state Representative Richard Carlson (R-61), HB 2578 would require that certification by a chief law enforcement officer (CLEO), when a signoff is required for the transfer of a firearm or other item regulated by the National Firearms Act ("NFA"), be provided within fifteen days as long as the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving the firearm or other item.
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