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February 12, 2014

Virginia: Senate Courts of Justice Committee Defeats Two Pro-Gun Bills, Advances Important Vehicle Carry Bill

Today, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee held a hearing on three important pro-gun bills.  Unfortunately, only one of these critical reforms was reported by committee and will advance to the Senate floor.
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February 12, 2014

Kansas: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Bill Passes in House Federal and State Affairs Committee

Today, the state House Federal and State Affairs Committee passed House Bill 2473 by voice vote, sending it to the House floor.  HB 2473 was approved with the addition of a critical self-defense amendment offered by state Representative Michael Houser (R-1), which would allow law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed firearm in their vehicle without having a concealed handgun license (CHL).  
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February 12, 2014

Idaho: Secure Campuses Bill Going to Senate Floor

Today, Senate Bill 1254 passed in the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee by a 7-2 vote and will now go to the Senate floor for further consideration.  SB 1254, introduced by state Senator Curt McKenzie (R-13), would 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.  
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February 12, 2014

Arizona: Important Pro-Gun Bills to be Heard in Arizona House Judiciary Committee Tomorrow

Tomorrow, February 13, the Arizona House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider two pro-gun bills, House Bill 2517 and House Bill 2535 at 9:00 a.m. in HHR 4 of the state Capitol.
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February 12, 2014

Tennessee: Senate to Consider Park Carry Legislation Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Tennessee Senate is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 1496, legislation which seeks to prevent municipalities from passing and enforcing ordinances that ban the carrying of firearms in city, county and municipal parks.  
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February 12, 2014

New Hampshire: “Universal” Background Check Bill Defeated on House Floor

After a flurry of floor votes that included division votes and recorded roll call votes, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted House Bill 1589 “inexpedient to legislate” today, meaning this egregious anti-gun bill which would have imposed “universal” background checks on even private transactions was defeated for this legislative session.
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February 12, 2014

Missouri: De-facto Gun Owner Registry Legislation Moving In Missouri Senate! Call Your Senators NOW!

Last night, during debate on Senate Bill 613, anti-gun Senator Jamilah Nasheed (D-5) was able to attach an anti-gun provision to SB 613.  As previously reported, this anti-gun language was introduced as legislation in January that was originally contained in Senate Bill 556 and Senate Bill 565, both sponsored by Senator Nasheed. 
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February 12, 2014

Georgia: Tomorrow’s Senate Committee Hearing on Senate Bill 93 Postponed

Due to inclement weather, tomorrow’s Senate Natural Resources & Environment Committee hearing on Senate Bill 93 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a future date.  
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February 11, 2014

Mississippi: Senate and House Pass NRA-Backed Measures; State Agency Adopts Key Administrative Changes

Today, the Mississippi Senate passed Senate Bill 2478, sponsored by state Senator Terry Burton (R-Lauderdale, Newton & Scott Counties), to cut fees for concealed carry permits from $100 to $75 for original licenses, reduce renewal fees from $50 to $40 and lower senior citizen fees from $25 to $20.  An amendment offered by its sponsor, extended an exemption from permit fees to active duty military personnel.
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February 11, 2014

Alabama: Right to Hunt and Fish Legislation to be Considered in House Committee Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the House Agriculture and Forestry Committee will consider 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.  This committee meeting will be held at 2:30 p.m., in Room 410 of the Alabama Statehouse.
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February 11, 2014

South Carolina: Governor Nikki Haley Signs into Law Concealed Carry Reform Bill

Today, Governor Nikki Haley (R) signed into law an important concealed carry reform, Senate Bill 308, during a public ceremony at the General Assembly.
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February 11, 2014

Hawaii: Hearing on Legislation to Allow Military Pistol Training to Satisfy Handgun Training Requirements

Tomorrow, February 12, the House Committee on Veterans, Military, & International Affairs, & Culture and the Arts is scheduled to hear House Bill 2148 at 8:30 a.m., in House conference room 312.  Introduced by state Representative Clifton K. Tsuji (D-2), HB 2148 would widen the available avenues for satisfying the handgun permit training qualifications in Hawaii.  In addition to the currently accepted training and education methods, HB 2148 would expand acceptable instruction to include military pistol training.
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February 11, 2014

Kentucky: Concealed Carry Reform Bill Passes in Committee and Goes to Senate Floor

Today, Senate Bill 60 passed in the state Senate Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee by voice vote and will now be considered by the full Senate.  Please call 800-372-7181 to register your SUPPORT for SB 60.
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February 11, 2014

West Virginia: Pro-Gun Legislation to be Heard in Senate Committee Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Senate Bill 298, introduced by state Senator John Unger II (D-16), is scheduled to be heard in the West Virginia Senate Natural Resources Committee.  SB 298 will clarify the distinction between hunters and shooters in the field and would allow shooters who are in possession of a firearm, in or near the woods, to be protected from unnecessary interference by a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officer based solely on possession of a firearm.  This Senate committee is scheduled to meet at 2:00 p.m. in Room 451M of the state Capitol.  Using the contact information provided below, please contact members of this Senate committee and urge them to support SB 298.
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February 11, 2014

Georgia: Important Pro-Hunting Bill in Senate Committee on Thursday

This Thursday, February 13, an important pro-hunting bill is scheduled to be heard in the state Senate Natural Resources & Environment Committee, barring inclement weather in Atlanta.  Senate Bill 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 10, 2014

New Hampshire: “Universal” Background Check Bill Goes to House Floor this Wednesday

This Wednesday, February 12, your state Representative(s) could be the deciding vote on whether anti-gun legislation House Bill 1589 passes in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.
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February 10, 2014

Virginia: Sunday Hunting Bill Passes in Senate

Today, Senate Bill 154, the Senate companion to House Bill 1237, passed by a 29-10 vote in the Virginia Senate, putting Virginia hunters one step closer to having the opportunity to hunt on Sundays on private land.
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February 10, 2014

Idaho: Secure Campuses Bill Being Heard this Wednesday

This Wednesday, February 12, the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 1254, introduced by state Senator Curt McKenzie (R-13).  As previously reported, SB 1254 would 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
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February 10, 2014

Kentucky: Concealed Carry Reform Bill to be Heard in Senate Committee Tomorrow

Tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., Senate Bill 60 is scheduled to be heard in the state Senate Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee in Annex Room 169.  Please call 800-372-7181 to register your SUPPORT for SB 60.
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February 10, 2014

Florida Alert! Carrying a Firearm During Emergency Evacuation

This Wednesday, February 12, 2014,  House Bill 209 by Representative Heather Fitzenhagen (R-Ft. Myers) will be heard in the House Criminal Justice Committee at 9:00am.  HB-209 By Representative Heather Fitzenhagen (R-Ft. Myers) is a bill to protect citizens from being disarmed and charged with a crime for carrying a weapon or firearm during a mandatory evacuation ordered by the Governor during a declared state of emergency.  
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February 8, 2014

Florida Urgent! SB 448 Threat of Force to Stop Attackers Up on Tuesday, February 11

SB-448 by Senator Greg Evers is on the agenda for the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 10:00am.  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. 
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February 7, 2014

Iowa: Dubuque City Council Declines to Take Up Discriminatory Ordinance

Early this week, the Dubuque City Council announced that it will decline to take up a proposal that would ban future home-based firearms businesses.  This deeply flawed proposal would have targeted law-abiding gun owners and home-based Federal Firearms License (FFL) dealers by prohibiting future conditional use permits for gun sales from residential homes.  Your NRA-ILA previously reported on this issue last September as the Dubuque City Council voted 6-1 to table the discriminatory city zoning ordinance amendment.
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February 7, 2014

Iowa: Contact Your State Legislators and Urge Action on Important Pro-Gun Legislation

The NRA and Iowa Firearms Coalition (IFC) have been working with your state legislators to protect and advance your firearms freedoms in Des Moines.  With important legislative deadlines fast approaching, your state lawmakers need to hear from you soon.  Respectfully remind your state legislators that this issue is of the utmost importance to Iowans and the time for legislative action is now.  Your calls and e-mails make the difference, so call and e-mail your state Senator and Representative today.
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February 7, 2014

Pennsylvania: Game Commission Approves Adult Mentor Youth Hunting Regulations

The Pennsylvania Game Commission recently approved regulations to implement Senate Bill 623 from the 2013 legislative session.  Final approval and adoption of this proposal is expected at the Pennsylvania Game Commission meeting in April.  Sponsored by state Senator Jake Corman (R-34), SB 623 seeks to increase adult participation in hunting by authorizing the Pennsylvania Game Commission to expand its successful Mentored Youth Hunting Program to all ages, allowing a licensed hunter to take an unlicensed adult hunter afield.  This important pro-hunting reform will help with hunter recruitment and preserve Pennsylvania’s rich hunting heritage for generations to come.
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February 7, 2014

Ohio: Suppressor Bill Awaits Approval by House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee

After having received several hearings by the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, House Bill 234, sponsored by state Representative Cheryl Grossman (R-23), still awaits passage by this committee.  This important pro-hunting legislation would revise state law to allow a person to use a noise suppressor attached to a firearm while hunting game birds or wild quadrupeds in the Buckeye State.
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February 7, 2014

Colorado: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Scheduled for Committee Next Week

Next week will be busy in Denver, with numerous pro-gun bills scheduled for hearings in both state Senate and House committees, and we need your help! A critical pro-gun bill which seeks to restore some of the rights that were stolen from you last session will be heard in the House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee on Monday, February 10:
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February 7, 2014

Oklahoma: 2014 Legislative Session Begins and NRA-Backed Pro-Gun Legislation on the Move

The 2014 session of the Oklahoma Legislature convened this week in Oklahoma City.  Your NRA-ILA is working to foster and continue collaborative relationships with state lawmakers in order to ensure your rights as a gun owner and sportsman are well-represented in the Sooner State.
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February 7, 2014

West Virginia: Exciting Legislation in Charleston

It has been another busy week in the West Virginia Legislature.  Several Second Amendment bills have been proposed and assigned to committee, including:
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February 7, 2014

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

Today, the state Senate passed Senate Bill 510 by a 29-6 vote.  Sponsored by anti-gun Senator Barbara Favola (D-31), SB 510 expands “prohibited persons” for ownership and possession of a firearm to individuals convicted of certain misdemeanors.
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February 7, 2014

Tennessee: Two Pro-Gun Bills Passed in Senate, Companion Bills Waiting for Vote on House Floor

This week, Senate Bill 1700 and Senate Bill 1701, both sponsored by state Senator Mark Green (R-22), passed unanimously in the state Senate.  
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February 7, 2014

Maryland: Save the Date for Gun Day in Annapolis

The Maryland General Assembly has scheduled this year’s legislative “Gun Day” sessions, where all firearm-related legislation will be considered in committee in both legislative chambers.  The state Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee will hold its Gun Day session on February 26, and the House Judiciary Committee will hold its on March 4.
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February 7, 2014

Georgia: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Legislation Passes in House Committee Yesterday, Pro-Hunting Bill to be Considered by Senate Committee Next Week

Yesterday, House Bill 875 passed in the state House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee by a voice vote.  It now goes to the House Rules Committee where it will be assigned to the House floor. HB 875, introduced by state Representative Rick Jasperse (R-11), is the most comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation introduced in recent state history.  This bill seeks to make many changes to benefit law-abiding gun owners, shooters and sportsmen alike.  
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February 7, 2014

New Jersey: Gun Owners’ Voices Heard, “Defaced” Firearms Bill Amended in Committee

Yesterday, February 6, Assembly Bill 823 was heard by the New Jersey Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee. Sponsored by Assemblyman Charles Mainor (D-31), A.823 was introduced with a provision that would increase penalties related to “defaced” firearms. 
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February 7, 2014

Kentucky: More Action in Frankfort Sees Positive Steps for Gun Owners

Yesterday, Senate Bill 106, sponsored by state Senator Jared Carpenter (R-34), was reported unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee.  This important self-defense legislation would allow an individual who has legally sought a court-issued Emergency Protection Order (EPO) the ability to better defend themselves by expediting the permitting process for a Concealed Deadly Weapons License (CDWL), following a background check.
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February 7, 2014

Connecticut: 2014 Legislative Session Convened Yesterday

Yesterday, February 6, the Connecticut General Assembly convened its 2014 legislative session.  After last year’s historic assault on your individual liberties and Second Amendment rights, your NRA-ILA will be diligently standing guard in Hartford against any further attacks on your rights this session.  We will continue to fight for your firearms freedoms this year -- in the legislature, in the courtroom, and at the ballot box.
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February 7, 2014

Tennessee: Pro-Gun Bills Stall in House Subcommittee

On February 5, the Tennessee House Civil Justice Subcommittee was scheduled to consider House Bill 1407 and House Bill 1483.  Unfortunately, these two bills were not heard in committee, but are instead expected to be placed on a “special” firearms calendar that will likely be considered in March.
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February 7, 2014

A Return to Sanity? Lawmakers Push Back Against Zero-Tolerance Abuses

We've all seen warning labels on products that leave us scratching our heads and wondering, is that really necessary?  A popular sleeping pill, for example, cautions it may cause drowsiness.  Chainsaws have stickers admonishing users not to hold the saw by the blade.  A certain hand-held hairdryer even contains an advisory that it is not for use while sleeping.
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February 6, 2014

Pennsylvania: Critical Firearms Preemption Legislation Introduced

House Bill 2011, important firearms preemption legislation, was introduced yesterday by pro-gun state Representative Mark Keller (R-86).  If passed and enacted into law, HB 2011 would strengthen Pennsylvania’s firearms preemption law to further ensure firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout the state.  This important bill has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.
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February 6, 2014

Idaho: Senate Committee to Hear Bill to Secure Idaho Campuses

Next Wednesday, February 12, the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 1254, introduced by state Senator Curt McKenzie (R-13).  As previously reported, SB 1254 would 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. 
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February 6, 2014

Florida: Report on Committee Action Monday 2/3, Tuesday 2/4 and Wednesday 2/5

We had great success this week and that success simply would not have been possible without your help in responding to our Alerts and YOU taking the time  to contact Committee members.  Please don't ever underestimate the power of your voice in speaking to elected officials.  The more emails they receive, the more they listen.  Thank you for your help.....
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