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January 10, 2014

Florida: Report on SB-448 -- Threat of Force to Stop Attackers

Senate Bill 448 by Senator Greg Evers was on the agenda for the Senate Criminal Justice Committee Meeting on Wednesday, January 8 at 9:00am.  SB-448 PASSED the Committee by a vote of 5 to 0.  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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January 10, 2014

Oregon: Interim Senate Judiciary Committee to Introduce Legislative Concept Relating to Private Firearms Sales

On Friday, January 17, the Oregon Senate Interim Committee on Judiciary is scheduled to meet at 2:00 p.m. in Hearing Room F and discuss upcoming legislation for the 2014 session.
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January 10, 2014

California: Anti-Hunting Groups Continue Pushing Radical Agenda

NOW is the time for sportsmen to stand together and protect California’s hunting heritage and your chance to do so is Wednesday, January 15.  The Wildlife Resources Committee, a subcommittee of the California Fish and Game Commission is having an open hearing on January 15, from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm at the Van Nuys State Office Building Auditorium, 6150 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys, 91401.  This hearing is to consider numerous proposed amendments to hunting regulations that could fundamentally change how you may hunt in California.  Listed below are some of the radical proposals being pushed:
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January 10, 2014

Missouri: 2014 Legislative Session Convenes

On Wednesday, the 2014 legislative session of the Missouri General Assembly convened and with that, multiple pro-gun and pro-hunting bills have already been introduced.  Your NRA-ILA will be working with your elected officials during this legislative session to ensure that your Second Amendment rights and hunting heritage are preserved.  
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January 8, 2014

Virginia: 2014 General Assembly Session Convened Today

Today, the Virginia General Assembly convened its 2014 legislative session.  Your NRA-ILA will be monitoring and reporting on all pro-/anti-gun and pro-/anti-hunting bills throughout this session.  
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January 8, 2014

Maryland: 2014 General Assembly Session Convened Today

Today, the Maryland General Assembly convened its 2014 legislative session.  Over the next ninety days, your NRA-ILA will be actively engaged in defending the Second Amendment in Annapolis.
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January 4, 2014

Texas: Travis County Commissioners Court to Vote on Tuesday on Future of Saxet Gun Shows at Expo Center

This Tuesday, January 7, the Travis County Commissioners Court is scheduled to consider and vote on whether to allow Saxet Gun Shows to continue holding events at the Travis County Expo Center in 2014 and beyond.
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January 3, 2014

New Mexico: House Bill 44 Pre-Filed, Reincarnation of Gun Control House Bill 77

Anti-gun state Representative Miguel Garcia (D-Bernalillo) has introduced House Bill 44, legislation which criminalizes non-dealer firearm transfers at gun shows and takes the first step toward a universal ban on private gun sales, for the upcoming thirty-day legislative session that begins on January 21st.  This bill mirrors the version of House Bill 77 that was being debated on the floor of the state Senate when the 2013 legislative session was gaveled for adjournment before a final vote on the measure.
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January 3, 2014

Mixed Trial Court Ruling on New York's "SAFE" Act Ensures Appellate Action Will Follow

On December 31, 2013, Judge William M. Skretny of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York issued a decision in a legal challenge to New York's recently-enacted gun control law, commonly known as the SAFE Act.  The suit was brought by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, among others, with support from the NRA.
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January 2, 2014

Florida: URGENT! HELP NEEDED -- SB-448 -- Threat of Force to Stop Attackers

Senate Bill 448 by Senator Greg Evers is on the agenda for the Senate Criminal Justice Committee Meeting on Wednesday, January 8, at 9:00am.  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.  Some anti-gun, anti-self-defense prosecutors have been abusing the 10-20-LIFE law to prosecute average citizens who displayed a weapon or gun in self-defense to make an attacker back off.  Average citizens who never would have been in the system if they had not been attacked and in fear for their own safety, are being persecuted and prosecuted for defending themselves.  Because citizens took responsibility for their own safety, some prosecutors treat them like criminals. 
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January 1, 2014

California: New Anti-Gun Laws Take Effect Today, January 1

Signed into law in 2011, but taking effect today are a number of laws surrounding long gun registration.  Signed into law in 2012 and taking effect today, one fee will be charged for any number of firearms in a single transaction (PC 28240). As for laws taking effect today for bills that were signed into law this year.  The NRA has numerous legal challenges currently pending, and more are planned, including potential challenges to some of these new laws.  
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December 31, 2013

Michigan: Governor Signs House Bill 4993 into Law

House Bill 4993 (now Public Act 246) was signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder (R) on December 21.  HB 4993 creates a Wildlife Management Public Education Fund to be managed by the Michigan Wildlife Council.  This nine-member council will be responsible for establishing a comprehensive media-based public information program aimed at promoting Michigan’s abundant wildlife resources and educating the general public on the role that sportsmen play in the conservation of these resources.
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December 24, 2013

Connecticut: Attention Gun Owners and Sportsmen - Next Round of Anti-Gun Law Provisions Take Effect on January 1

The next round of provisions from Senate Bill 1160 (now Public Act 13-3), passed by the Connecticut General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Dan Malloy (D), take effect on Wednesday, January 1, 2014.
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December 24, 2013

District of Columbia: Gun Owners Forced to Re-Register Their Firearms

Starting on January 1, 2014, all registered gun owners in DC are required to re-register their firearms within ninety days.  Those who fail to comply with this new registration law within ninety days will lose their status as a registered gun owner and may be punished with fines of up to $1000 or even jail time.
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December 21, 2013

Georgia: Gainesville School District to Arm Campus Resource Officers

On Monday, December 16, the Gainesville School Board approved a measure allowing school resource officers access to rifles at their local middle and high schools to improve school safety.   The rifle, a Colt 6920 M4 carbine, will be kept inside a safe, accessible only by the school resource officer for use in case of an active shooter situation.  This decision came three days after an armed deputy at Arapaho High School in Colorado brought a swift end to a school shooting, cornering the 18-year-old gunman in the library while helping to evacuate students.
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December 17, 2013

Wisconsin: Assembly Committee to Hear Bill to Expand Interstate Long Gun Sales Tomorrow

Tomorrow, December 18, the Wisconsin Assembly Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage Committee will hear an NRA-supported bill to expand interstate long gun sales.  Assembly Bill 368 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.
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December 17, 2013

California: Lawsuit Filed Challenging Sunnyvale Ban on Possession of Standard Capacity Firearm Magazines

Several Sunnyvale residents have filed a lawsuit supported by the National Rifle Association, challenging the City’s recent ban on the possession of magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds.  The federal, Second Amendment-based legal challenge is part of a campaign of nationwide litigation filed and supported by a variety of individuals, civil rights groups, and law enforcement officers and associations.  The coordinated lawsuits seek to confirm that the Second Amendment protects these common standard-capacity magazines for self-defense and sporting purposes.
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December 13, 2013

West Virginia: Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Expands to Alabama

Yesterday, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R) announced that West Virginia has entered into a full concealed handgun reciprocity agreement with Alabama.  Therefore, West Virginia residents with a valid concealed handgun license (CHL) may now carry a concealed handgun for self-defense in the Cotton State.
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December 13, 2013

Pennsylvania: Anti-Gun Campaign Targets State Representatives Around the State

Recently, some state legislators across Pennsylvania have been the target of an anti-gun campaign to strong arm them into cosponsoring House Bill 1010. If passed and enacted into law, House Bill 1010 would expand the required background check for the private sale of handguns by friends and relatives to ALL firearms, including rifles and shotguns.
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December 13, 2013

Michigan: Important Pro-Hunting Bill Goes to Governor

Yesterday, December 12, the Michigan Legislature passed an important NRA-supported pro-hunting bill, House Bill 4993, which promotes wildlife conservation and education.  HB 4993 will now be sent to Governor Rick Snyder (R) for his expected signature
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December 13, 2013

North Carolina: Caswell County to Vote on Shooting Range Ordinance

This Monday, December 16, the Caswell County Board of Commissioners will meet and consider a proposed amendment to the Caswell County Unified Development Ordinance that would adversely impact the development of local shooting ranges.  The proposed language in this ordinance also appears to violate the current North Carolina Sport Shooting Range Protection Act.  Shooting ranges are an integral part of ensuring that law-abiding gun owners have a place to practice their skills and develop safe, responsible firearm handling practices.
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December 12, 2013

Colorado: Committee Appoints Another Anti-Gunner to Hudak’s Vacant State Senate Seat

On Tuesday, December 10, a Democratic vacancy committee appointed Arvada City Councilwoman Rachel Zenzinger to fill the state Senate seat recently vacated by Senator Evie Hudak (SD-19).  Senator Hudak resigned in November rather than face a potential recall election after championing passage of the most radical anti-gun legislation in Colorado’s history.  
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December 12, 2013

Wisconsin: Crossbow Hunting Bill Signed by Governor Walker

On Tuesday, December 10, Governor Scott Walker (R) signed into law Assembly Bill 194.  This long-awaited legislation provides hunters with the freedom to use a crossbow during big game archery season, allowing more sportsmen to participate in the Badger State’s rich hunting heritage.  
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December 11, 2013

Mississippi Attorney General Opinion Clarifies Municipalities' & Counties' Authority To Regulate Open And Concealed Carry

Last week, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood (D) issued an opinion affirming that the state's firearms preemption statute limits cities' and counties' authority to enact and enforce ordinances restricting open carry and concealed carry, except under limited circumstances, but also upholds their right to post signs prohibiting permit holders from entering property under their control.
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December 11, 2013

California: Sunnyvale Anti-Gun Ordinance Bars Law Enforcement from Possessing Common Magazines: Officers Wanted to Join Litigation

Voters in Sunnyvale recently passed a gun control package known as Measure C.  This new law includes a provision that bans the possession of magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds.  What many have not realized is that this magazine ban will force active peace officers who live in Sunnyvale to dispose of any magazines over ten rounds in their personal collections (even if their purchase was authorized for off-duty use) or face criminal liability.  And any officers who work in or travel through Sunnyvale (perhaps en route to one of the several ranges in the area) will likewise face criminal liability if they enter Sunnyvale with magazines holding over ten rounds while not on duty.
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December 9, 2013

Georgia: Let Your Voice be Heard on Your Right to Self-Defense

Tomorrow, December 10, state Senator Vincent Fort (D-39) will host a town hall meeting on Georgia's self-defense laws.  Reports indicate that misguided anti-gun individuals and organizations will be putting forward misinformation about the current self-defense laws in an attempt to build momentum to repeal these common sense laws in the next legislative session.
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December 3, 2013

Michigan: Bill to Expand Safe and Responsible Firearm Training for Michigan Youth Unanimously Passed in House Committee

Today, the Michigan House Natural Resources Committee unanimously passed House Bill 5085 with recommendation.  The NRA thanks members of this committee for voting in favor of this important pro-gun bill and sending HB 5085 to the House floor.
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December 3, 2013

Wisconsin: Delafield Council Denies Hartland Sportsmen’s Club’s Operating Permit

As previously reported, the Delafield Common Council met last night to hear an appeal from the Hartland Sportsmen’s Club relating to the reopening of its five firing ranges.  Despite providing documentation of safety improvements and testimony from range experts, the council voted unanimously to reject the club’s request for an operating permit.  According to a local news article, lawsuits will likely be filed.
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December 2, 2013

Wisconsin: Delafield Council to Discuss Future of Hartland Sportsmen’s Club

Today, the Delafield Common Council will discuss the recommendation from the planning commission to deny the conditional use, site plan and architectural improvements for Hartland Sportsmen’s Club.  Please attend this important meeting and urge the Common Council to OPPOSE the recommendation from the planning commission and ALLOW Hartland Sportsmen’s Club to reopen.  
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November 26, 2013

New Mexico: Interim Legislative Committee Does Not Vote on Endorsing House Bill 77 for 2014 Session

Thank you to all NRA members and Second Amendment supporters who turned out in advance of the snowstorm in Santa Fe last Friday to voice opposition to HB 77, legislation by state Representative Miguel Garcia (D-ABQ) to ban private firearms transfers at gun shows.  The interim legislative committee holding this public hearing did not vote on whether to endorse this proposal for the 2014 session, choosing instead to simply listen to testimony both for and against this measure.  Opponents of HB 77 outnumbered supporters by about a 4:1 ratio at the hearing on Friday.  
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November 25, 2013

California: Bay Area Gun Laws will Result in Confiscation of Police Gun Magazines

On November 19, the San Francisco Veteran Police Officers Association (SFVPOA) filed a lawsuit, supported by the National Rifle Association (NRA), in federal court challenging San Francisco’s recent ban on the possession of magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds.   A lawsuit is currently being prepared against the City of Sunnyvale, which recently adopted a similar magazine ban.   Tens of thousands of law enforcement officers across the country currently possess these common, standard-capacity magazines when they are off duty for self-defense, sport and other lawful purposes.   The new magazine confiscation laws will force active police officers in San Francisco and Sunnyvale to surrender their privately-owned magazines – or face criminal liability.
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November 23, 2013

Colorado: Governor Hickenlooper to Address Town Hall in Craig on Monday

Governor John Hickenlooper has finally heeded calls from rural Coloradans who want their voices heard in response to the anti-gun legislation enacted this past session. Thanks to a petition circulated by local residents, Governor Hickenlooper will visit Craig for a town hall meeting on Monday.
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November 22, 2013

Arizona: Friendly Reminder of the Upcoming Box Canyon Clean Up on Saturday, December 7

Box Canyon is a very popular recreational area.  Its heavy use requires periodic clean ups to help keep it looking beautiful.  We are encouraging shooters and hunters who recreate on this and other public lands to come out and participate in a clean-up project.  When:  Saturday, December 7  Time: 8:00 am to noon  Where: Box Canyon outside Maricopa
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November 21, 2013

Ohio: House Bill 203 Passes Overwhelmingly in House, Goes to Senate

Yesterday, the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 203 by a 62-27 vote.  Sponsored by state Representative Terry Johnson (R-90), HB 203 seeks to make important common sense improvements to Ohio’s current concealed carry and self-defense laws including the following:
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November 21, 2013

Hawaii: Honolulu City Councilman Stanley Chang Introduces Anti-Gun Resolution

Last week, Honolulu City Councilman Stanley Chang (District 4) introduced Resolution 13-280 calling on Congress to enact federal legislation to implement President Obama’s “Now is the Time” plan.  This “plan” includes a broad spectrum of anti-gun policies including strict magazine capacity restrictions and bans on commonly owned semi-automatic rifles.
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November 20, 2013

Florida: The Leon County Commission Met & Took Action On The Gun Ordinance

The Leon County Commission convened their meeting on November 19 at 3:00p.m.  Immediately following the opening prayer and the pledge to the Flag, Chairman Nick Maddox recognized Commissioner Mary Ann Lindley who made a motion to WITHDRAW the gun control ordinance from the Agenda of the January 2014 meeting.
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November 20, 2013

Florida: County Commission Kills Gun Ordinance - Then Elects Anti-Gun Chairman

GOOD NEWS - The so-called "gun show loophole" ordinance is dead -- for now.  Enjoy the moment.  BAD NEWS - The Commission, after killing the gun control ordinance, elected an anti-gun Chairman, Kristen Dozier and anti-gun Vice-Chairman, Mary Ann Lindley.
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November 19, 2013

Ohio: House Bill 203 Passes in House Committee, Goes to House Floor

Today, the House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee considered and passed House Bill 203 by an 8-4 vote.  Sponsored by state Representative Terry Johnson (R-90), HB 203 seeks to make common sense improvements to Ohio’s current concealed carry and self-defense laws
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November 19, 2013

Ohio: House Judiciary Committee to Hear Right-to-Carry Reform Bill Tomorrow

Tomorrow, November 20, the Ohio House Judiciary Committee will hear proponent testimony on House Bill 231, legislation that seeks to improve the safety of Ohioans by removing arbitrary “defenseless” zones for law-abiding citizens.  This committee hearing will be held at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow in State House Room 121.
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November 19, 2013

California: Bloomberg Bringing His Anti-Gun Agenda to Los Altos and Mountain View

New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg has begun pushing his radical anti-gun agenda in cities throughout California.  His tactic is to use his financial and legal resources to support anti-gun voter initiatives and ballot measures in local elections.  Bloomberg’s social engineering agenda is now focused on Los Altos and Mountain View.
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