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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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January 23, 2014

South Carolina: Concealed Carry Reform Bill Sent to Governor

Today, the South Carolina House of Representatives concurred with Senate amendments to Senate Bill 308 by a 90-18 vote.  This important pro-gun legislation makes a number of improvements to the South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP), including removing the prohibition on CWP holders carrying a concealed handgun into an establishment licensed to serve alcohol, extending the duration or length of term of the CWP, improving training standards, improving the application and renewal process, and expanding where a CWP holder may transport a firearm in his or her motor vehicle.  S 308 is now awaiting approval by Governor Nikki Haley.
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January 23, 2014

Colorado: Bill to Repeal Private Transfer Background Checks is Scheduled to be Heard in Senate Committee

On Monday, February 3, the state Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee will hear an important pro-gun bill which seeks to restore some of the rights that were stolen from you last year.   Senate Bill 94, introduced by state Senator George Rivera (R-3), would repeal the misguided legislation passed last session by anti-gun legislators in Denver that criminalizes the private sale or transfer of a firearm between friends, family members and law-abiding citizens.
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January 23, 2014

California’s Microstamping Requirement Bans Sale of Improved Pistols - Dealers Face Shortage of Handguns Approved For Sale

Conscientious gun manufacturers often refine and improve their products so that consumers get the best and most reliable and safest products available on the market.   Even as the manufacturer's model numbers remain unchanged, manufacturers continue to make minor changes to their existing models as new technology or manufacturing processes become available.             
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January 22, 2014

Arizona: Concealed Carry Expansion for Military Personnel to be Heard in Committee

Tomorrow, January 23, the Arizona House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear House Bill 2103 at 9:30 a.m. in House Hearing Room 4.
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January 22, 2014

Mississippi: Senator Files Sportsmen’s Sales Tax Holiday Bill

This week, state Senator Philip Moran (R-Hancock, Harrison Cos.) introduced Senate Bill 2425, legislation creating a sales tax holiday in the Magnolia State during the first full weekend in September for individual sales of firearms, ammunition, most hunting supplies and certain recreational fishing equipment.
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January 22, 2014

Indiana: Pro-Gun Legislation Passed in Committee, Goes to Senate Floor

Today, Senate Bill 229 passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 6 to 2 vote.  SB 229 will now be placed on the calendar to receive a vote on the Senate floor as early as next week.  Sponsored by state Senator Jim Tomes (R-49), SB 229 would prohibit taxpayer-funded gun “buyback” programs.  
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January 22, 2014

New Mexico: 2014 Legislative Session Convenes, Gun Control Measure Pre-Filed and Awaiting Possible Action

Anti-gun state Representative Miguel Garcia (D-Bernalillo) pre-filed House Bill 44, legislation criminalizing non-dealer firearm transfers at gun shows and taking the first step toward a universal ban on private gun sales. 
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January 22, 2014

Virginia: Sunday Hunting Bill Passes Committee Hurdle and Goes to House Floor

In a big win today for Virginia hunters and sportsmen, House Bill 1237 was reported favorably by the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee by a 12-10 vote, and now goes to the House floor.  
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January 22, 2014

California: Consideration of Anti-Gun Legislation Scheduled for Tomorrow

Senate Bill 199 and Senate Bill 808 were scheduled to be heard in the state Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday.  SB 199 was sent to the Senate Appropriations Committee’s suspense file.  SB 808 was pulled from Tuesday’s hearing schedule and has been rescheduled to be heard tomorrow, January 23.  
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January 21, 2014

Wisconsin: Bill to Allow Interstate Long Gun Sales Passes Assembly, Goes to Senate Committee

Today, in a strong display of support, the Wisconsin Assembly passed Assembly Bill 368 by an overwhelming 94-3 vote.  AB 368, sponsored by state Representative John Spiros (R-86), would align Wisconsin with forty other states that already allow their residents to purchase rifles and shotguns in non-contiguous states, provided that the purchase or transfer complies with state and federal law.  Currently, Wisconsin residents can only purchase long guns in bordering states.  AB 368 would repeal this arbitrary restriction and allow residents the freedom to purchase long guns in states beyond their immediate borders.  
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January 21, 2014

Virginia: Senate Courts of Justice Committee to Vote Tomorrow on Important Gun Bills

Tomorrow, January 22, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee will meet to consider and vote on several bills of importance to Virginia gun owners, sportsmen and Second Amendment supporters.
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January 21, 2014

Kentucky: Concealed Carry Reform Bill to be Heard Next Tuesday

On Tuesday, January 28, Senate Bill 60 is scheduled to be heard in the state Senate Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee.
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January 21, 2014

Maryland: Pro Second Amendment Event Being Held on February 4

On Tuesday, February 4, the NRA-ILA, along with Maryland Shall Issue, the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore, the Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association, the Maryland Licensed Firearms Dealers Association and the Western Maryland Sportsmen's Coalition, will be holding "2A Tuesday.”
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January 21, 2014

Indiana: Pro-Gun and Pro-Hunting Bills Scheduled for Committee Hearings This Week

Tomorrow, January 22, at 9:00 a.m. in Room 130 of the Indiana Statehouse, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 229, legislation which would prohibit taxpayer-funded gun “buyback” programs.
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January 21, 2014

Virginia: House Committee to Vote on Sunday Hunting Bill Tomorrow

Tomorrow, January 22 at 8:30 a.m. in House Room C of the General Assembly Building in Richmond, the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee will consider an important bill to allow Sunday hunting on private property with written permission from the owner.
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January 21, 2014

Rhode Island: Lawmakers Return to Smith Hill

On January 7, the Rhode Island Legislature convened its 2014 legislative session.  Governor Lincoln Chaffee delivered his final State of the State speech this week as nervous gun owners cautiously watched.  Unlike 2013, when anti-gun politicians exploited the Newtown tragedy to push their agenda, this year’s rhetoric was significantly less daunting.
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January 21, 2014

Delaware: Senate Committee Hearing Postponed on Senate Bill 23

As previously reported here, Senate Bill 23 was scheduled to be heard tomorrow in the Delaware Senate Judiciary Committee.  Sponsored by Senator Robert Marshall (D-3), Senate Bill 23 aims to entirely eliminate the limitations imposed upon municipalities to regulate firearms and ammunition within their jurisdictions. 
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January 20, 2014

New Hampshire: House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee to Hear Egregious Anti-Gun Bill Tomorrow

Tomorrow at 1:15 PM, the state House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee is scheduled to hear an egregious anti-gun bill which seeks to impose “universal background checks” on law-abiding gun owners in the Granite State.  
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January 20, 2014

Texas: Update on SAXET Gun Shows in Travis County

On January 7, following the inaction of the Travis County Commissioners Court on renewing a contract with SAXET Gun Shows, local media began reporting that SAXET was finished in Austin.  Despite these reports, the gun show promoter has continued to attempt to negotiate a contract with Travis County without imposing additional restrictions on private transfers that exceed the requirements of state and federal law.
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January 19, 2014

Mississippi: 2014 Legislative Session Underway, Pro-Gun and Anti-Gun Measures Already Filed

On January 7, the Mississippi Legislature convened its 2014 regular session.  The deadline for introducing bills that are not revenue-related is on Monday, January 20.  There is a short duration between the time that legislation is filed and the time it receives a number and committee referral, and during that time your NRA-ILA will be reporting on additional measures that affect your Second Amendment rights in the coming weeks.
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January 18, 2014

California: Senate Appropriations Committee to Consider Anti-Gun Legislation on Tuesday

The 2014 legislative session has convened in Sacramento and the anti-gun assault has already begun.  It is now time for gun owners and sportsmen to call their state legislators urging them to oppose any and all anti-gun legislation.  Senate Bill 199 and Senate Bill 808 are scheduled to be heard in the state Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, January 21, at 11:00 a.m. in the John L. Burton hearing room 4203 in the state Capitol.
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January 17, 2014

Indiana: House Committee to Vote on Pro-Gun Legislation

On Wednesday, January 17, House Bill 1048 was heard in the House Public Policy Committee.  Sponsored by state Representative Jim Lucas (R-69), HB 1048 aims to extend the current “Parking Lot” statute to include the grounds of a school.  HB 1048 would allow someone to keep a legally owned firearm locked away and out of sight in their vehicle on school property.  
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