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March 26, 2014

Michigan: Senate Judiciary Committee Passes County Concealed Weapons Licensing Board Legislation

Yesterday, the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee passed Senate Bill 789 and Senate Bill 790 by a 3-0 vote.
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March 26, 2014

Maine: House to Consider “Constitutional Carry” This Afternoon

This afternoon, an attempt will be made on the floor of the Maine House of Representatives to amend permitless carry (constitutional carry) into Legislative Document 222, legislation that addresses the issuance of concealed carry permits in Maine, and it is important that you contact your state Representative immediately.  Every call is critical, the success or failure of this amendment will come down to a few votes! 
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March 26, 2014

Florida Emergency Alert! Carrying a Firearm During Emergency Evacuation

Tomorrow, Thursday, March 27, 2014, HB-209 by Representative Heather Fitzenhagen (R-Ft. Myers) will be heard in the House Judiciary Committee at 8:30am.  HB-209 by Representative Heather Fitzenhagen is a bill to protect citizens from being charged with a crime, and having their guns confiscated, for carrying a firearm during a mandatory evacuation ordered by the Governor.  This bill is especially important because our state is prone to mandatory evacuations due to hurricanes.  Further, leaving your firearms behind for looters/criminals poses a great danger to emergency personnel and other law-abiding citizens.
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March 26, 2014

Arizona: Fun Shoot & Dinner at Ben Avery Shooting Facility

Your invited to a Fun Shoot fundraiser being held at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in North Phoenix on April 12.  Founded in 1957, the Ben Avery Shooting Facility, formerly Black Canyon Shooting Range is one of the largest publicly operated shooting facilities in the country and is located on 1650 acres in north Phoenix.
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March 25, 2014

Nebraska: Important Pro-Gun Amendment Adopted to Legislative Bill 699

Yesterday, a pro-gun amendment to Legislative Bill 699 was adopted unanimously in the Nebraska Legislature.  This amendment, offered by state Senator Steve Lathrop (District-12), would repeal an outdated state firearms statute and bring state law into conformity with federal law by allowing Nebraska residents to purchase long guns in non-contiguous states.
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March 24, 2014

Maine: House to Consider “Constitutional Carry” Reform Legislation as Early as Tomorrow

As early as tomorrow, attempts could be made on the floor of the Maine House of Representatives to amend permitless carry (constitutional carry) into Legislative Document 222, legislation that addresses the issuance of concealed carry permits in Maine. 
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March 24, 2014

Louisiana: Senate Committee Passes Legislation Expanding Hunting with Suppressors

Last week, the Senate Natural Resources Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 212.  Sponsored by state Senator Rick Ward (R-Port Allen), NRA-backed SB 212 would allow the use of firearm sound suppressors while hunting wild quadrupeds.  In 2011, the Louisiana Legislature legalized the use of lawfully-owned suppressors for hunting non-game nuisance quadrupeds.  Now, it's time for Louisiana to join the majority of other states which allow the use of these devices for hunting game animals.  The use of a suppressor will help to prevent hearing loss and mitigate noise complaints for both experienced and novice hunters.
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March 24, 2014

URGENT ALERT! ACT NOW -- Guns During Mandatory Evacuation Bill

SB-296 Guns During Mandatory Evacuation  by Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Military & Veterans Affairs Committee TOMORROW,Tuesday,March 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm.  SB-296 by Senator Brandes is a bill to protect citizens from being charged with a crime and having their guns confiscated for carrying a weapon or firearm during a mandatory evacuation ordered by the Governor during a declared state of emergency. 
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March 21, 2014

New Jersey: Update on Anti-Gun Legislation / No Senate Hearing on S.993 in Trenton on Monday

Yesterday, Assembly Bill 2006 passed in the New Jersey Assembly by a 46 to 31 vote.  Sponsored by Assemblyman Louis Greenwald (D-6), A.2006 would further reduce the state’s magazine capacity restriction from 15 to 10 rounds.
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March 21, 2014

Georgia: Historic Victory for the Second Amendment

Shortly before midnight last night, within the last hour before adjournment of the 2014 legislative session, House Bill 60 was agreed to in the state House of Representatives by a 112-58 vote and sent to Governor Nathan Deal (R) for his expected signature into law.
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March 21, 2014

Idaho: 2014 Legislative Session Adjourns Today

Today is the final day of the 2014 Idaho legislative session.  With its adjournment, the NRA thanks members of the state legislature for their support in passing the following two important pro-gun bills this year:
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March 21, 2014

Michigan: Senate Judiciary Committee to Consider Second Amendment Legislation Tuesday

On Tuesday, March 25, the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to consider Senate Bill 789 and the Firearms Records Confidentiality Package.  
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March 21, 2014

Colorado: Bill Expanding Concealed Carry Permitting Process Signed Into Law

Last Friday, March 14, Governor John Hickenlooper (D) signed House Bill 1166 into law.  HB 1166, sponsored in the House by state Representative Ed Vigil (D-62) and in the Senate by state Senator Lois Tochtrop (D-24), reforms the concealed carry permitting process by changing current law, which only allows carry permit renewals at the sheriff’s office where issued, to allow renewal of carry permits at any sheriff’s office.  
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March 21, 2014

REPORT on Legislative Action from Monday 3/17/14 to Thursday 3/20/14

The third week of Legislative Session was exceptionally productive.  However, there are Internet bloggers and groups -- with patriotic sounding names -- who are disseminating false information about legislative bills.  Please take the time to read the bills before you believe this nonsense.  The blue underlined bill numbers are most current versions of the bills. You can simply click on those links to read 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.
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March 20, 2014

Mississippi: Legislature Takes Final Actions on Two NRA-Backed Bills, Sends Them to Governor for Signature

As we reported earlier this week, the Mississippi House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 2425, NRA-backed legislation sponsored by state Senator Philip Moran (R-Hancock, Harrison Counties), by a 102 to 16 vote.  SB 2425 creates a tax-free weekend in the Magnolia State during September for individual sales of firearms, ammunition, archery equipment and certain hunting supplies.  On Thursday, the Senate concurred with the House amendments to SB 2425 and it now goes to Governor Phil Bryant (R) for his expected signature.
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March 20, 2014

Tennessee: Pro-Gun Legislation Continues to Advance in General Assembly

This week, multiple NRA-supported bills continued to make their way through the Tennessee General Assembly.  On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously passed Senate Bill 2031 and Senate Bill 1672.  Additionally, the Senate Judiciary Committee postponed two other bills -- Senate Bill 1612 and Senate Bill 1774 -- to next week’s committee calendar. Yesterday, the House Civil Justice Subcommittee passed House Bill 1399, House Bill 1400 and House Bill 1480.  Also yesterday, the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee passed House Bill 1407.
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March 20, 2014

Alabama: Right to Hunt and Fish Legislation Advances to Senate Floor

Yesterday, House Bill 322 passed unanimously in the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee and will now go to the Senate floor.  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 20, 2014

Virginia: McAuliffe Vetoes Uncontroversial Gun Bill

Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) has used his first veto on House Bill 962, an uncontroversial bill to codify an Attorney General opinion from 2012 (see here) and a decision of the Virginia Court of Appeals last year, Doulgerakis v. Com., 737 S.E.2d 40 (Va. Ct. App. 2013).
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March 20, 2014

Delaware: NRA Victorious Against Wilmington Housing Authority

Fairfax, Va. – Yesterday the Delaware Supreme Court found in the case Jane Doe v. Wilmington Housing Authority that the Wilmington Housing Authority’s (WHA) gun ban amongst its tenants, which denied these public housing residents their fundamental Second Amendment rights, is unconstitutional. The National Rifle Association has supported this suit since it was filed in 2010 through two federal courts and the state Supreme Court to defend the Right to Keep and Bear Arms of all Delawareans.
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March 20, 2014

Wisconsin: Shooting Range Protection Bill Passes Assembly, Goes to Governor

On Tuesday, March 18, the Wisconsin Assembly passed Senate Bill 527 by a 65-30 vote.  Since SB 527 passed in the Wisconsin Senate on February 18 by a 19-13 vote, this bill will now be sent to Governor Scott Walker (R) for his signature.
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March 20, 2014

Kentucky: Two NRA-Supported Bills See Further Action

Yesterday, important pro-Second Amendment legislation passed unanimously in the Kentucky Senate.  Senate Bill 232 will now be sent to the state House for committee assignment and consideration.
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March 19, 2014

Tennessee: Hunter Protection Bill Goes to Governor

Last week, Senate Bill 1777 was substituted for its companion bill, House Bill 1952, on the House floor and proceeded to be unanimously approved by the Tennessee House of Representatives.  Having been unanimously passed in the state Senate on February 27, SB 1777 will now be sent to Governor Bill Haslam (R) for his expected signature into law.
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March 19, 2014

Missouri: House Committee Passes Pro-Gun Bills

Last week, the House General Laws Committee approved and reported as “Do Pass” multiple NRA-supported bills.  The following pro-gun bills have been referred to the House Rules Committee where they will be assigned to the House calendar:
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March 19, 2014

Rhode Island: Anti-Gun Legislation Stalled in House Committee

Last night, the House Judiciary Committee voted to “hold for further study” anti-gun legislation opposed by NRA-ILA.  While the following bills have not been defeated, they will remain in the House Judiciary Committee:
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March 19, 2014

Minnesota: Legislature Considering Ominous Bill Designed to Suppress Political Speech, Anti-Gun Legislation to Receive Committee Consideration

House File 1944 and Senate File 1915, dangerous, politically motivated measures aimed at suppressing political speech by membership organizations such as the NRA, are moving quickly through the Minnesota legislature.  
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March 19, 2014

Georgia: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Reform Passes State Senate, Sent to House for Concurrence

Thanks to your active help and involvement, the Georgia Senate passed House Bill 60 with an additional amendment by a 37-18 vote last night.  Your support is still needed, however, to ensure that this comprehensive pro-gun reform receives a vote of concurrence in the state House TOMORROW before the General Assembly adjourns.   
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March 19, 2014

New Hampshire: Senate Committee to Hear Mental Health Reform Bill Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the state Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled an executive session on Senate Bill 244 to consider amending this legislation
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March 18, 2014

New Jersey: Urgent Action Needed -- Stand and Fight!

Your immediate help is needed to combat anti-gun legislation in Trenton!  Assembly Bill 2006, sponsored by Assemblyman Louis Greenwald (D-6), and Senate Bill 993, sponsored by state Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-37), both seek to restrict the maximum capacity of ammunition magazines from 15 to 10 rounds and ban many popular firearms.  A.2006 could be voted on in the Assembly as early as this Thursday, March 20.  S.993 could be heard in Senate committee as early as Monday, March 24 and then voted on in the state Senate.  If left unchecked, S.993 could be sent to Governor Chris Christie’s desk, after passing the state Senate and Assembly, as early as next Thursday, March 27.  Please contact your state Senator and Assemblymen now!
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March 18, 2014

Arizona: Update on State Legislative Activity in Phoenix

Yesterday, March 17, was a very  active day for pro-firearms legislation at the Arizona Capitol.  The following bills passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee:  
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March 18, 2014

Michigan: Bill to Repeal State Ban on Short-Barreled Rifles and Shotguns Sent to Governor

Today, the Michigan Senate concurred with the House changes to Senate Bill 610 by a 36-2 vote.  This bill will now be sent to Governor Rick Snyder (R) for his expectedsignature.
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March 18, 2014

Pennsylvania: House Committee Passes Pro-Gun Bill, Holds Another

Today, the House Judiciary Committee was scheduled to consider the following two pro-gun bills:
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March 18, 2014

Alabama: Senate Committee to Hear Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment Tomorrow

Tomorrow, House Bill 322 will be heard in the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee.  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 18, 2014

Mississippi: House Passes Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday Bill

Today, the Mississippi House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 2425, NRA-backed legislation sponsored by state Senator Philip Moran (R-Hancock and Harrison Counties), by a 101 to 16 vote. 
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March 18, 2014

Georgia: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Reform Bill Needs Your Active Help Today

Your immediate help is needed to ensure that the most comprehensive pro-gun reform bill in recent state history passes the Georgia state Senate by THIS THURSDAY.  
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March 18, 2014

Kansas: State House Passes “Shall Certify” Legislation, Will be Heard Tomorrow by Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee

Yesterday, House Bill 2578 passed unanimously in the Kansas House of Representatives.  It has been referred to the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee, where it is expected to be heard tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.
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March 18, 2014

Colorado: House Committee to Hear Bill to Repeal Restrictions on Rifle and Shotgun Purchases Thursday

Senate Bill 135, sponsored by state Senator Greg Brophy (R-1), is scheduled be heard this Thursday in the Colorado House Judiciary Committee.  SB 135 would repeal restrictions in state law relating to the purchase and sale of rifles and shotguns in non-contiguous states, and permit the purchase and sale of firearms in states not bordering Colorado by both residents and non-residents.
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March 18, 2014

Florida Alert! Coming to the House Floor TOMORROW "Threat of Force" and "Pop Tart " Bills

Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, HB-89 Threat of Force and HB-7029 Pop Tart Guns will be on the House floor on 2nd reading. HB-89 by Representative Neil Combee 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.  HB-7029 by the K-12 Education Committee and Representative Dennis Baxley is a bill to stop some of the unbelievable actions by school administrators against children who behave like children and point fingers at each other pretending to shoot guns etc.
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March 17, 2014

Tennessee: Pro-Gun Bills to Receive Committee Hearings this Week

Tomorrow and Wednesday, multiple pro-gun bills will be considered in the Senate Judiciary Committee and in the House Civil Justice Subcommittee. 
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March 15, 2014

Arizona: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Pass House and Will Be Heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday

On Thursday, House Bill 2535 passed in the Arizona House of Representatives by a 34 to 22 vote.  Introduced by state Representative John Kavanagh (R-23), HB 2535 would require that when certification from a chief law enforcement officer (CLEO) is a prerequisite by federal law for the transfer of a firearm or firearm suppressor -- as defined in the National Firearms Act -- such certification must be provided within sixty days if the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving the firearm or firearm suppressor.  This legislation would ensure deadlines are met and that individuals who are lawfully seeking to transfer a firearm or firearm suppressor are able to do so in an expeditious manner.  Additionally, HB 2535 would provide an individual who has been denied certification by a CLEO with a written explanation for the denial.
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March 14, 2014

Alabama: House Approves Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment

Yesterday, the Alabama House of Representatives passed House Bill 322 by a 90 to 2 vote.  This Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment has been sent to the Alabama Senate where it currently awaits scheduling of a committee hearing.  Sponsored by state Representative Mark Tuggle (R-81), HB 322 would guarantee the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife in Alabama.  HB 322 has been referred to the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee.
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