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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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February 21, 2014

West Virginia: House Judiciary Committee Passes Permit Confidentiality Legislation

Today, House Bill 4310 passed in the West Virginia House Judiciary Committee by a voice vote and now awaits consideration by the full state House of Delegates.  HB 4310, sponsored by Delegate Rupie Phillips (D-24), would ensure the confidentiality of personal information of all current and renewing applicants for deadly weapons permits.  
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February 21, 2014

Virginia: Report on Legislative Action for the Week of February 17

Yesterday, the Senate Education and Health Committee passed House Bill 307 unanimously.  Sponsored by pro-gun Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (R-31), HB 307 permits local school boards to provide after-school hunter safety education programs for students grades seven through twelve at the cost of the participant.
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February 21, 2014

Missouri: Second Amendment Update from Jefferson City

The 2014 legislative session is underway, and several pro-gun and anti-gun bills have been filed including:
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February 21, 2014

Report on Florida Legislative Committee Action Week of 2/17/14 - 2/20/14

Thank you for your help this week.   SB-544 by Sen. Wilton Simpson  was heard in the Senate Agriculture Committee on Monday, February 17, 2014.  HB-523 by Rep. James Grant  was heard in the House Business & Professional Regulation Committee on Tuesday Feb. 18, 2014.  HB-525 by Rep. James Grant was heard in the House Business & Professional Regulation Committee on Tuesday Feb. 18, 2014. HB-255 by Rep. Matt Gaetz was heard in the House Civil Justice Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.  HB-89 by Rep. Neil Combee (R) & Rep. Katie Edwards (D) was heard in the House Judiciary on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. 
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February 21, 2014

New Mexico: Legislature Adjourns Sine Die – No Gun Control Passed

As we reported in our previous alerts, anti-gun state Representative Miguel Garcia (D-Bernalillo) had pre-filed House Bill 44, legislation criminalizing non-dealer firearm transfers at gun shows that takes the first step toward a “universal” ban on private gun sales.  Anti-gun activists and state lawmakers pressed for consideration of HB 44 throughout the thirty-day session -- even though the state Legislature is constitutionally limited to dealing with budget-related items or measures in even-numbered years.  
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February 21, 2014

Kentucky: Concealed Carry Reform Bills Continue to Move in Frankfort

This has been another busy week in Frankfort for supporters of the Second Amendment and gun rights advocates across the Bluegrass State.  
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February 21, 2014

Tennessee: Pro-Hunting Bill Approved by Senate Committee; House Bill Scheduled for Committee Hearing

On Wednesday, Senate Bill 1777 was approved unanimously in the Tennessee Senate Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and referred to the Senate Calendar Committee.  Sponsored by state Senator Mike Bell (R-9), SB 1777 would amend Tennessee’s current hunter harassment laws by prohibiting anti-hunting radicals from using drones to interfere with those lawfully hunting or fishing.
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February 21, 2014

New Jersey: Anti-Gun Lawmakers Pick Up Where They Left Off Last Year

New Jersey news media began reporting late yesterday that a “deal” had been reached to pass a bill further restricting New Jersey’s magazine limit from 15 to 10 rounds.  This agreement has been worked out between state Senate and Assembly Democrats.  It appears one party huddled their anti-gun lawmakers together in Trenton and opted to inflict more gun control on the citizens of New Jersey, calling it a “deal.”  The NRA will vigorously oppose this unconstitutional infringement on the rights of New Jerseyans.
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February 21, 2014

Michigan: Legislation to Eliminate Concealed Carry Licensing Boards Introduced in Senate

Earlier this week, an important pro-gun bill was introduced in the Michigan Senate. Senate Bill 789, sponsored by state Senator Michael Green (R-31), would eliminate county concealed carry licensing boards and instead transfer all of their duties to the Department of State Police and county clerks.  SB 789 seeks to make the concealed pistol licensing (CPL) process more efficient and cost-effective for gun owners across the Great Lakes State.
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February 20, 2014

Indiana: House Committee to Hear Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment on Monday

On Monday, February 24 at 10:30 a.m., the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider Senate Joint Resolution 9.  Sponsored by state Senator Brent Steele (R-44) and state Representative Mark Messmer (R-63), SJR 9 would guarantee Hoosiers the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.  This proposed state constitutional amendment would ensure the preservation of Indiana's rich hunting heritage. 
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February 20, 2014

Tennessee: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bill, Another Awaits Signature

Yesterday, Governor Bill Haslam (R) signed into law Senate Bill 1700.  Sponsored by state Senator Mark Green (R-22), SB 1700 passed in the Tennessee Senate unanimously last month.  Last week, the state House of Representatives passed SB 1700 by an 89 to 5 vote.  
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February 20, 2014

Iowa: House Judiciary Committee Passes Suppressor Bill With Strong Support

NRA-supported House File 384, authored by state Representative Matt Windschitl (R-17), passed in the House Judiciary Committee yesterday by a strong, bipartisan 17-4 vote.  HF 384 would legalize the ownership of firearm sound suppressors, also referred to as "silencers,” in Iowa.  
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February 20, 2014

West Virginia: Senate to Consider Weakened Firearms Preemption Bill

Yesterday, Senate Bill 317, sponsored by state Senator John Unger (D-16), was heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee.  SB 317 was intended to be a statewide firearms preemption bill which would have brought Charleston and three other cities that currently have and enforce local gun control ordinances into uniformity with the rest of the state.  However, the Committee Substitute offered and adopted severely undermines the integrity of SB 317 and would be a major setback for law-abiding gun owners across West Virginia.
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February 19, 2014

West Virginia: Permit Confidentiality Legislation Needs Your Help

A bill to ensure permit holder confidentiality is currently awaiting consideration in the state House Judiciary Committee and will not move further unless it is scheduled for a hearing and passed in committee before the Friday, February 21 deadline. 
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February 19, 2014

Michigan: House Committee Hearing Expected on Firearms Records Confidentiality Package Tomorrow

Tomorrow, critical legislation ensuring that your firearms records are kept confidential will be heard in the state House Judiciary Committee.
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February 19, 2014

Hawaii: House Committee to Hear Critical Legislation to Preserve Hunting Lands

This Friday, February 21, the Hawaii House Finance Committee is scheduled to hear House Bill 1902 with amendment HD1.  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. 
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February 19, 2014

Kentucky: Today’s House Committee Hearing on House Bill 283 Postponed

House Bill 283, which was scheduled for a hearing today in the state House Licensing and Occupations Committee, has been postponed.  HB 283, sponsored by state Representative James Kay (D-56), would clarify certain aspects of Kentucky’s charitable gaming statutes and afford groups like the Friends of NRA the opportunity to host more events throughout the state.  HB 283 would also streamline the reporting process for those on the charitable gaming license.
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