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March 14, 2014

Utah: Legislature Passes Multiple Firearms Bills Last Minute, Adjourns

Last night, the Utah Senate and House of Representatives passed House Bill 276 by a 27 to 1 vote and a 63 to 8 vote respectively.  Sponsored by state Representative Curt Oda (R-14), HB 276 would ensure that the mere carrying or possession of a holstered or encased firearm, without some additional incriminating behavior, does not constitute a violation of the Disorderly Conduct statute.  
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March 14, 2014

New Jersey: Assembly Committee Ignores Hearing Room Full of Angry Citizens

Yesterday, the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee approved Assembly Bill 2006, sponsored by Assemblyman Louis Greenwald (D-6), by a 5 to 3 party line vote.  The bill further reduces the state’s magazine capacity restriction from 15 to 10 rounds.
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March 14, 2014

Indiana: General Assembly Approves NRA-Supported Bill, Adjourns

Last night, the 2014 session of the Indiana General Assembly adjourned sine die.  In the eleventh hour, both the state Senate and House agreed on the NRA-supported conference committee report (CCR) for Senate Bill 229.  Both legislative chambers passed the measure in an overwhelming manner; by a 38 to 10 vote in the Senate and a 75 to 24 vote in the House of Representatives.  SB 229 will now be sent to Governor Mike Pence (R) for his approval.
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March 14, 2014

Georgia: Comprehensive Gun Reform Bill Language Amended into House Bill 60

On Tuesday, March 11, House Bill 875 was amended into House Bill 60 on the House floor.  This critical legislation seeks to make many changes to benefit law-abiding gun owners, shooters and sportsmen alike.  If enacted, HB 60 would make the following key improvements and changes:
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March 14, 2014

Idaho: Governor Otter Signs Apprentice Hunting Bill Into Law

Yesterday, Governor Butch Otter (R) signed House Bill 399 into law.  This NRA-supported legislation will 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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March 14, 2014

Pennsylvania: House Judiciary Committee to Hear Second Amendment Legislation Next Week

Next Tuesday, March 18, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 60 East Wing, the House Judiciary Committee will be considering two pro-gun pieces of legislation which need your support:
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March 14, 2014

Michigan: House Passes Multiple NRA-supported Pro-Second Amendment Bills Yesterday

Yesterday, the Firearms Records Confidentiality Package, consisting of House Bill 4155, House Bill 5324, House Bill 5325, House Bill 5326, House Bill 5327 and House Bill 5328, passed overwhelmingly in the Michigan House of Representatives.  These bills will now be sent to the state Senate for its consideration.  
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March 14, 2014

Florida Report on Legislative Committee Action Monday 3/10/14 through Thursday 3/14/14

It was another productive week.  Once more your help was very important.  If you want to review the current versions of bills, click on the blue underlined bill numbers, they are the most current versions of the bills.   A new version is prepared every time a bill is amended (changed) in committee.  If there is no blue link that means the newest amended version is not yet available.  There was an editorial in the St. Augustine Record titled "Stand Your Ground Isn't About Race" published on March 12, 2014.  It is, without question, the most accurate piece I have read in the media to date.  Please take a moment to read it.
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March 13, 2014

Kentucky: “Shall Certify” Legislation Passes in Senate Committee, Sent to Senate Floor

Today, Senate Bill 232 passed unanimously in the state Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee by voice vote and will now be considered by the full Senate.  
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March 13, 2014

Tennessee: Pro-Gun Bills Advance out of House Committee

Yesterday, the House Civil Justice Committee held a hearing in which two bills involving firearms were heard: House Bill 1407 and House Bill 1483.  Both of these bills advanced out of committee by a voice vote.  While only a voice vote was taken, state Representatives Mike Stewart (D-52) and Sherry Jones (D-59) wanted to be on record for voting against your Second Amendment rights.  HB 1407 has been referred to the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee and HB 1483 has been referred to the House Calendar and Rule Committee.
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March 13, 2014

Maine: House Vote Delayed on “Constitutional Carry” Reform

Due to inclement weather, no action was taken this week by the Maine House of Representatives to amend permitless carry (“constitutional carry”) into Legislative Document 222, a bill which addresses the issuance of concealed carry permits in Maine.  
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March 13, 2014

Kansas: State House to Hear “Shall Certify” Legislation Tomorrow

Tomorrow, House Bill 2578 will be heard in the Kansas House of Representatives, and it is critical that you contact your state Representative TODAY in support of this important reform which strengthens your Second Amendment rights.  
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March 13, 2014

Idaho: Governor Otter Signs into Law Secure Campuses Bill

Last night, Senate Bill 1254, legislation to secure Idaho’s public college or university campuses, was signed into law by Governor Butch Otter (R).  In his signing letter, Governor Otter stated, “I support the Legislature’s determination that the burden of proving the necessity for [constitutional protections] falls not to the citizens exercising their Second Amendment rights, but rather to any who would seek to limit them.”
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March 13, 2014

Rhode Island: House Judiciary Committee Schedules Full Slate of Gun Control at Hearing Next Week

Next Tuesday, March 18, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing after “rise of the House” to consider 14 gun bills!  This session’s list of introduced anti-gun bills contains one of the most sweeping attacks on the Second Amendment in state history.  None of these gun control bills would do anything to address public safety or violent crime, but would instead infringe on the rights of law-abiding gun owners.
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March 13, 2014

Oklahoma: House Sends More Pro-Gun Legislation to Senate

Thanks to your active involvement, three more pro-gun bills passed in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and have been sent to the state Senate for committee assignment and consideration.
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March 12, 2014

Missouri: Extreme Anti-Gun Bill Disguised as “Protecting the Second Amendment Act”

The anti-gunners in Missouri have really outdone themselves with House Bill 2129.  Sponsored by state Representative Joshua Peters (D-76) and cosponsored by state Representatives Randy Dunn (D-23), Stacey Newman (D-87), Sharon Pace (D-74) and Tommie Pierson (D-66), HB 2129 might be one of the most extreme gun control measures introduced in the Show Me State this legislative session.
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March 12, 2014

Mississippi: Senate Passes Comprehensive Pro-Gun Legislation

Yesterday, the Mississippi Senate, under the pro-Second Amendment leadership of Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves (R), approved House Bill 314 -- NRA-backed legislation sponsored by state Representative Andy Gipson (R-Rankin, Simpson, and Smith Counties), by a 40-11 vote.  HB 314 contains a number of important reforms to Mississippi state firearms preemption and emergency powers protection laws
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March 12, 2014

Alabama: Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment Will be Voted on in the House Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, March 13, the Alabama House of Representatives will consider and vote on House Bill 322.  Sponsored by state Representative Mark Tuggle (R-81), HB 322 would guarantee the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife in Alabama. 
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March 11, 2014

Hawaii: Update on Second Amendment Legislation

Last week, the Hawaii House of Representatives passed House Bill 1902 with amendment HD2.  As amended, HB 1902, introduced by state Representative Cindy Evans (D-7), would integrate a no net loss policy for public hunting lands in Hawaii.  This legislation would require the state Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) to preserve the aggregate amount of designated public hunting land available for use by sportsmen.  In the event that the BLNR reduces the amount of available public hunting land, they must make reasonable efforts to provide alternative land for hunting, of equal or greater amount and quality of wildlife habitat.  “No Net Loss” laws create a base-line acreage of state public land open to public hunting, guaranteeing that future generations have the same hunting opportunities that we enjoy today.
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March 11, 2014

Arizona: Update on Important Pro-Gun Legislation

Yesterday, House Bill 2517 passed in the House Rules Committee and is now scheduled to be considered on the floor of the Arizona House of Representatives tomorrow, March 12.  HB 2517, introduced by state Representative Steve Smith (R-11), would strengthen Arizona’s firearms preemption laws.  Currently, the firearms preemption statute reserves the authority to regulate firearms for the state legislature.  This bill would fortify consistency in firearm and ammunition laws through a provision that would impose penalties for willful or knowing violations of this statute by localities.  
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March 11, 2014

Kentucky: Senate Committee to Hear “Shall Certify” Legislation on Thursday

This Thursday, March 13, critical legislation that would further protect your Second Amendment rights will be heard in the state Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee.  
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March 11, 2014

West Virginia: Contact Governor Tomblin and Urge him to Sign SB 317 into Law

Last week, Senate Bill 317 passed in the West Virginia House of Delegates by a 92-5 vote after passing unanimously in the state Senate on February 25, and it is now waiting to be signed into law by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D).  
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March 11, 2014

Utah: Senate to Vote on Two Pro-Gun Bills, Contact your state Senator NOW!

The following two bills are scheduled to be voted on very soon by the Utah Senate.  Your state Senator needs to hear from you TODAY.
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March 11, 2014

Oklahoma: House Sends Pro-Gun Legislation to Senate for Consideration – Your Support Needed for Remaining Bills

The Oklahoma House of Representatives has passed several NRA-backed bills with strong support, sending this legislation to the state Senate for committee assignment and consideration.  However, there are some important bills for the state House to consider before its crossover deadline this Thursday, so we need you to call your state Representative and encourage him or her to vote for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms constitutional amendment (HJR 1026), House Bill 2461 and House Bill 2887.  
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March 11, 2014

Indiana: Conference Committee Hears Pro-Gun Bill, Likely to be Considered by Senate and House Soon

Yesterday, a public hearing for the conference committee on Senate Bill 229 was held at the Indiana Statehouse.  The conference committee report will likely be finalized soon and SB 229 will be sent to the Senate and House floors for a final vote.  
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March 11, 2014

Oregon: Legislature Adjourns 2014 Session with No Anti-Gun Legislation Passed

Last Friday, March 7, the Oregon legislature adjourned their 2014 session.  Residents of Oregon can now rest easy knowing that their Second Amendment rights have remained intact.  This session saw the introduction of a dangerous and misguided piece of anti-gun legislation, Senate Bill 1551, as well as the passage and pending enactment of two pro-gun bills, House Bill 4035 and House Bill 4068. 
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March 11, 2014

Florida Alert! Your Help Is CRITICAL on SB-448 -- Threat of Force to Stop Attackers

Senate Bill 448 by Senator Greg Evers is on the agenda for the Senate Rules Committee Meeting TOMORROW, Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 4:00pm.  We need you to contact members of this Committee IMMEDIATELY.  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 10, 2014

Iowa: Bill to Legalize Suppressor Ownership Needs Your Immediate Help to Get a Senate Hearing

As previously reported, House File 2381 -- NRA-supported suppressor legislation -- is in jeopardy of not receiving a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by state Senator Robert Hogg (D-33).
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March 10, 2014

West Virginia: Three Pro-Gun Bills Pass Legislature and Await Governor’s Signature

The 2014 West Virginia legislative session adjourned on Saturday, March 8.  This session saw numerous advances, especially the passage through both the West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates of three pro-firearms bills.  The below bills, all of which were previously reported here, are now awaiting signature into law by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D).
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March 10, 2014

Ohio: House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee to Hear Suppressor Bill Tomorrow

Tomorrow, March 11, at 10:00 a.m., House Bill 234, legislation allowing hunting with suppressors, is scheduled for a possible vote in the Ohio House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.  As previously reported, HB 234, sponsored by state Representative Cheryl Grossman (R-23), would revise state law to allow a person to use a noise suppressor attached to a firearm while hunting in the Buckeye State.  
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March 10, 2014

Alabama: House to Consider Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment this Thursday

This Thursday, March 13, the Alabama House of Representatives will consider and vote on House Bill 322.  Sponsored by state Representative Mark Tuggle (R-81), HB 322 would guarantee the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife in Alabama.  
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March 10, 2014

Colorado: OPPOSE Misguided Mental Health Legislation

This week, the Colorado House of Representatives is expected to consider House Bill 1253 for a second time.  HB 1253, introduced by state Representative Elizabeth McCann (D-8), is a potentially volatile piece of mental health reform legislation that could result in additional gun owners losing their fundamental, constitutional rights.  
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March 10, 2014

New Jersey: Thursday's Assembly Gun Control Hearing to Occur at 1:00 PM

On Thursday, March 13, the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee will hold a hearing in Trenton on Assembly Bill 2006, introduced by Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D-6).  A.2006 would lower New Jersey’s magazine limit from 15 rounds to 10.  This bill was originally scheduled to be heard last week; however, the Assembly committee hearing was postponed due to inclement weather.
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March 10, 2014

Washington: Pro-Gun Legislation Goes to Governor for Signature

On Friday, March 7, Senate Bill 5956 passed in the Washington House of Representatives by a 95 to 3 vote.  Sponsored by state Senators Brian Hatfield (D-19), Tim Sheldon (D-35) and John Braun (R-20), SB 5956 would make legal the possession, acquisition or transfer of a legally registered short-barreled rifle in the state of Washington. 
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March 10, 2014

Florida Alert! Stop Discrimination against Gun Owners by Insurance Companies

SB-424 by Senator Tom Lee (R-Brandon) is scheduled for its first hearing on the Senate Floor TOMORROW, Tuesday, March 11, 2014.  SB-424 is a bill to stop insurance companies from discriminating against gun owners. 
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March 9, 2014

Alaska: Senate Judiciary Committee Will Hear Further Testimony on NRA-Backed Campus Carry Bill Tomorrow

On Monday, March 3, an important NRA-backed self-defense bill was introduced to the Alaska Senate Judiciary Committee.  Those wishing to testify in support of this legislation will be able to do so tomorrow, March 10.
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March 9, 2014

Georgia: Pro-Gun Reform to be Heard in Committee on Tuesday

This Tuesday, March 11, House Bill 875 is expected to be heard in the state Senate Judiciary Non-Civil Committee.  As previously reported, HB 875 passed in the Georgia House of Representatives by a 119-56 vote on February 19.  
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March 9, 2014

Utah: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Expecting a Vote on the House Floor This Week

On Friday, March 7, House Bill 276 passed unanimously out of the Utah House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee and now goes to the House floor for a vote.  Sponsored by state Representative Curt Oda (R-14), HB 276 would provide that the mere carrying or possession of a holstered or encased firearm, without some additional incriminating behavior, does not constitute a violation of the Disorderly Conduct statute
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March 8, 2014

Virginia: Report on Legislative Action for the Week of March 3

Yesterday, the Governor’s amendment to House Bill 962, sponsored by Delegate Ben Cline (R-24), was defeated by a 30-70 vote in the House of Delegates. 
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March 7, 2014

Wyoming: 2014 Short Budget Session Adjourns

Yesterday, the 2014 short budget session in Wyoming adjourned.  The 2014 session saw the introduction of several firearms and hunting-related bills, including the pro-hunting Senate File 38. 
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