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November 18, 2013

New Mexico: House Bill 77 Resurges

Not satisfied with waiting until the 2014 session of the New Mexico Legislature – which begins in just two months – gun control advocates will be in Santa Fe to present arguments for House Bill 77 to an interim legislative committee this Friday.
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November 15, 2013

Ohio: House Committee to Vote on Self-Defense and Right-to-Carry Reform Bill Next Tuesday

On Tuesday, November 19, the state House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee will consider and likely vote on House Bill 203, a measure that seeks to make common sense improvements to Ohio’s current concealed carry and self-defense laws.
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November 15, 2013

Michigan: Pro-Gun Bill Approved by State Senate, Sent to House

Yesterday, the Michigan Senate overwhelmingly passed Senate Bill 610 by a 36 to 2 vote.  This bill was sent to the state House of Representatives where it has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.
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November 15, 2013

Florida: Letter to the Leon County Commissioners Stating Ordinance Could Lead to Gun Ban and/or Confiscation

The Gun Writer, Lee Williams, of the Herald-Tribune commented on his blog, Hammer: Leon County ordinance could lead to gun ban, confiscation on past NRA President and Executive Director of Unified Sportsmen of Florida Marion Hammer’s letter to the Leon County Board of Commissioners.  “Lee's note: USF Executive Director Marion Hammer sent a blunt letter to the Leon County commissioners this week, who are drafting their own gun bill and pressuring licensed dealers for help.  Two things stand out."
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November 15, 2013

Illinois: NRA Comments on Proposed Rules of Implementing Concealed Carry Act

Today, the National Rifle Association formally submitted its comments on the proposed rules implementing the Firearms Concealed Carry Act in Illinois (NRA comments available here).  The rules proposed by the Illinois State Police discriminate against the less wealthy and less technologically adept applicants and fail to honestly implement the intent of the state legislature.
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November 12, 2013

Michigan: Pro-Gun Bill Goes to Senate Floor This Week

This week, the Michigan Senate is expected to vote on Senate Bill 610, legislation that would lift Michigan’s ban on the private ownership of short-barreled rifles and shotguns.  SB 610, sponsored by state Senator Michael Green (R-31), passed unanimously in the Senate Judiciary Committee last month.
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November 12, 2013

Ohio: House Committee to Hear Self-Defense and Right-to-Carry Reform Bill Tomorrow

Tomorrow, November 13, the state House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee will hear opposition testimony to House Bill 203, a measure that seeks to make common sense improvements to Ohio’s current concealed carry and self-defense laws.
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November 11, 2013

California: San Francisco Residents: Contact NRA Lawyers to Discuss Pending Magazine Possession Ban

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently passed a ban on the possession of so-called “large-capacity magazines,” defined as ammunition feeding devices capable of holding more than ten rounds.  It is expected that the Mayor of San Francisco will sign the ordinance into law any day now.  Once this ban goes into effect, residents will have a short window of time to surrender their magazines to police or remove them from the City.  
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November 10, 2013

Florida ALERT! HB-89 -- Threat of Force to Stop Attackers Bill Passes

House Bill 89, Threatened Use of Force, by Representative Neil Combee (R-Auburndale) & Representative Katie Edwards (D-Sunrise) was favorably amended and PASSED the Florida House Criminal Justice Committee by a vote of 12-1.   The bill currently has 29 cosponsors and growing.  HB-89 is a bill to stop abusive prosecutors from using 10-20-LIFE to prosecute people who "threaten to use deadly force" against an attacker as a means of self-defense and 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. 
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November 10, 2013

Florida Alert! Leon County Trying to Pressure Gun Dealers to Implement Their Gun Control Scheme

The Leon County Board of Commissioners is trying to pressure gun dealers into helping them implement a proposed gun control ordinance!  Recently, Commissioners were telling us there was no action going on with regard to a proposed "Gun Show Loophole" ordinance.  Some even suggested that they simply wanted to receive our comments for discussion at the January Commission meeting.
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November 8, 2013

Washington: Jan Angel Wins State Senate Seat in Special Election

After a highly contested special election, state Representative Jan Angel came out victorious against appointed incumbent Senator Nathan Schlicher in the battle to claim the state Senate seat in Legislative District 26.  
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November 8, 2013

ALERT! Florida's Stand Your Ground Law Stood Its Ground Against Attack

By an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 11-2, the Florida House Criminal Justice Committee defeated House Bill 4003 by Representative Alan Williams (D).  
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November 8, 2013

Florida House Subcommittee Stands Firm on Self-defense

As we reported last week, stand-your-ground laws--under which peaceful, law-abiding persons can defend themselves without first having to retreat from their assailants--have come under attack by those who would do away with the right of self-defense altogether.  
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November 7, 2013

Illinois: Mandatory Minimum Bill Dropped from Veto Session, House Adjourns

Scheduled to be voted on in the state House today, recent mandatory minimum bill language (previously reported here) was altered to focus on felons, repeat offenders and gang members instead of citizens who wish to carry only for self-defense. 
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November 7, 2013

California: Sunnyvale Voters Approve Anti-Gun Measure C – Lawsuit Imminent

We applaud the efforts of all who worked tirelessly to oppose Sunnyvale Measure C, and we sincerely thank everyone who did their part to educate their family, friends and fellow gun owners in Sunnyvale about this dangerous affront to the right to keep and bear arms.  Unfortunately on November 5, voters approved Measure C, a batch of extreme and misguided gun control laws that jeopardize the rights of gun owners living in and passing through Sunnyvale.  The newly passed laws are set to take effect in January 2014.
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November 7, 2013

Florida: Leon County Commissioners Didn't Come Up with this on Their Own

Folks keep asking us where this Leon County proposed gun show ordinance came from?  Folks want to know which Commissioner dreamed it up. What follows is a "Cliff Notes" version of where it came from. It's all a matter of public record.  It came from a private sector attorney named Roy F. Blondeau, Jr. who was obviously promoting an anti-gun agenda.
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November 7, 2013

California: One Final Opportunity to STOP the Pleasant Hill City Council from Supporting Stringent Local Requirements on Firearm Sales

On Monday, November 5, the Pleasant Hill City Council voted 3 to 2, on second reading, to approve a set of local laws governing the sale of firearms.  The citizens of Pleasant Hill have one more chance to call AND e-mail members of the city council urging them to OPPOSE these unnecessary and burdensome local requirements.  The final vote on this onerous ordinance will take place on Monday, November 18.
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November 7, 2013

California Court of Appeals Confirms Ruling Striking Down Ammunition Sales Restrictions

On November 6, 2013, the California Court of Appeals for the 5th District affirmed the lower court’s issuance of a permanent injunction in the NRA/CRPA backed legal challenge to Assembly Bill (AB) 962, Parker v. California.  AB 962 would have banned mail order ammunition sales and required all purchases of so-called "handgun ammunition" to be registered.   The court’s 41 page published opinion confirms that AB 962 is unconstitutionally vague and cannot be enforced.  
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November 7, 2013

Arizona: Come Join Fellow Gun Owners in Helping to Clean Up Box Canyon 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.
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November 6, 2013

Pennsylvania: Anti-Gun Mayor of Butler Defeated by Pro-Gun Candidate Tom Donaldson

Yesterday, Tom Donaldson won the Butler mayoral race by earning 66% of the popular vote and handedly defeating anti-gun incumbent Mayor Margaret D. Stock.  The defeat of this anti-gun extremist marks a huge victory for Second Amendment supporters and sportsmen.
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November 6, 2013

Pennsylvania: Pro-Gun Candidate Defeats Anti-Gun Mayor of Chambersburg

After a highly contested mayoral race, pro-gun candidate Darren Brown defeated anti-gun incumbent Mayor Pete Lagiovane yesterday.  The defeat of anti-gun extremist Pete Lagiovane marks a huge victory for Second Amendment supporters and sportsmen in Chambersburg.
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November 6, 2013

Illinois: Mandatory Minimum Bill to be Voted on as Early as Today

Recently, Illinois legislators were poised to pass a bill including language that would impose harsh mandatory minimum sentences on otherwise law-abiding citizens for a victimless crime.  However, thanks to the vigilant efforts of NRA members and gun owners across Illinois, a revised version of this legislation that focuses on penalties for repeat offenders and gang members could be voted on as early as today.
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November 6, 2013

North Carolina: Pro-Gun Candidate Defeats Anti-Gun Mayor of Morrisville

Yesterday, City Councilman Mark Stohlman defeated anti-gun incumbent Morrisville Mayor Jackie Holcombe.  The defeat of this anti-gun extremist marks a huge victory for Second Amendment supporters and sportsmen.  Mayor-elect Mark Stohlman has pledged to defend the Second Amendment rights of responsible gun owners in Morrisville, and can be counted on to oppose efforts for increased restrictions on your Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
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November 6, 2013

Florida: Pro-Gun Candidate Defeats Anti-Gun Mayor of Lakeland

Yesterday, city Commissioner Howard Wiggs defeated anti-gun incumbent Lakeland Mayor Gow Fields.  The defeat of this anti-gun extremist marks a huge victory for Second Amendment supporters and sportsmen.  Mayor-elect Howard Wiggs has pledged to defend the Second Amendment rights of responsible gun owners in Lakeland, and can be counted on to oppose efforts for increased restrictions on your Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
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November 4, 2013

Illinois: Proposed New Changes to Mandatory Minimum Bill

The NRA-ILA has just learned that new changes to recent legislation aimed at imprisoning law-abiding Illinois citizens for a victimless crime will likely be proposed very soon.  While no language is currently available for review, the NRA-ILA has obtained information that the proposed changes will eliminate any mandatory minimums from the legislation for first-time offenders of the Unlawful Use of Weapons (UUW) or Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon (AUUW) statutes, with no aggravating factors such as previous felonies or gang membership.
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November 4, 2013

California: Pleasant Hill City Council to Vote on Stringent Local Requirements on Firearm Sales TONIGHT

After hours of public comment and twice postponing their vote, the Pleasant Hill City Council is finally poised to vote on a set of local laws governing the sale of firearms at TONIGHT’s city council meeting.  The proposed ordinance would require all firearm retailers to obtain a police-issued permit from the City of Pleasant Hill and comply with various burdensome requirements in order to lawfully sell firearms and ammunition in the city.  For a detailed explanation of what this ordinance would do if enacted, please click here.
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November 4, 2013

California: Vote Tomorrow to Stop Sunnyvale’s Attack on Law-Abiding Gun Owners!

Tomorrow, Sunnyvale voters have the opportunity to stand up for the fundamental right to keep and bear arms.  You must go to the polls and vote against Measure C.  Violation of any of these laws is punishable by a fine up to $1000, imprisonment in county jail for up to six months, or both.  Measure C is being sold as a “gun safety” ordinance to make the citizens of Sunnyvale feel safer, but Measure C will do nothing to reduce Sunnyvale’s already impressively low violent crime rate.  This should come as no surprise.  This measure’s proponents have admitted that crime prevention is not really their goal.  They want to erode your inherent right to self-defense, limit your access to legal firearms and ammunition, and they want to take this fight to cities all over California.
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November 4, 2013

Florida: Pro-Gun Sheriff Prosecuted by Anti-Gun State Attorney in Second Amendment Case

We have been flooded with requests for information concerning the arrest of pro-gun Sheriff Nick Finch of Liberty County, Florida, for his actions in upholding the Second Amendment.  And his subsequent prosecution by Willie Meggs, the anti-gun State Attorney for 2nd Judicial Circuit, Florida.  Many have asked if there is anything they can do to help, and the answer is YES.  The trial is now over and Sheriff Nick Finch has been reinstated as Sheriff of Liberty County.  It only took the jury a little over an hour to find Sheriff Finch NOT GUILTY. 
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November 1, 2013

California: Unconstitutional Ban on Standard-Capacity Magazines Approved By San Francisco Board of Supervisors

On Tuesday, October 29, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a package of gun control measures, including a ban on the possession of so-called “large capacity magazines,” defined as ammunition feeding devices capable of holding more than ten rounds.  Coincidently, a similar bill was vetoed by Governor Brown weeks prior.  Mayor Edwin Lee is expected to sign this measure into law.  Even though Mayor Lee is expected to sign this measure, please call AND e-mail him urging him NOT to sign it into law.  Let Mayor Lee know that criminals are not thwarted by gun control laws.  Those intent on misusing firearms and committing crimes, also known as violent criminals, will obtain “large capacity magazines” illegally through the black market or making them since it is fairly simple to do so.   Once this ban goes into effect, residents will have ninety days to surrender their magazines or remove them from the city.  Mayor Lee can be contacted at (415) 554-6141 or by e-mail at mayoredwinlee@sfgov.org.
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November 1, 2013

Florida URGENT! Bill to REPEAL Castle Doctrine/Stand Your Ground in Committee

WE OPPOSE HB-4003 by Rep. Alan Williams (D-Tallahassee).  HB-4003 is a REPEALER bill that will repeal the "Stand Your Ground" law.  This bill would repeal provisions of our self-defense laws relating to home protection & use of deadly force.  It would once again put the law on the side of criminals.  WE SUPPORT HB-89 by Rep. Neil Combee (R-Auburndale) & Rep. Katie Edwards (D-Sunrise).  HB-89 is a bill to stop abusive prosecutors from using 10-20-LIFE to prosecute people who threaten to use deadly force against an attacker as a means to stop an attack.  
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October 31, 2013

West Virginia: Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Expands to Iowa and New Hampshire

Yesterday, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R) announced that West Virginia has entered into full concealed handgun reciprocity agreements with both Iowa and New Hampshire.  Therefore, West Virginia residents with a valid concealed handgun license (CHL) may now carry a concealed handgun for self-defense in both states.
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October 31, 2013

Florida Alert! Tell Commissioners that Mary Ann Lindley's claim is false

Commissioner Mary Ann Lindley is claiming that private sales account for 40% of total gun sales in the U.S.  That is not only false, it is a statement that must have come directly from President Obama's TelePrompTer.  
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October 30, 2013

California: High School that Banned NRA T-Shirt Backs Down

On September 19, school officials at Canyon High School in Orange California forced 16 year old student Haley Bullwinkle to remove her NRA t-shirt because school officials found her shirt promoted gun violence and violated the school’s dress code. The shirt depicted a deer, an American Flag, and a hunter holding a hunting rifle, with text stating “National Rifle Association of America, Defending America’s Traditions Since 1871”.  Haley was forced to remove her NRA shirt and wear a school shirt instead, or face suspension.
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October 30, 2013

Florida Alert: Leon County Commissioners Considering Gun Control

As reported by the Tallahassee Democrat, uber-liberal Commissioner, Mary Ann Lindley, is leading the Leon County Commission in an effort to have Leon County Commissioners join liberal anti-gun south Florida counties in imposing gun control restrictions on their citizens.
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October 30, 2013

California: Wanted: Sunnyvale Residents Interested in Joining NRA Lawsuit Challenging Magazine Ban

On November 5, residents of Sunnyvale will vote on a measure that would ban the possession of so-called “large capacity magazines,” defined as ammunition feeding devices capable of holding more than ten rounds.  The NRA has been closely monitoring the escalating situation in Sunnyvale and working to oppose this pending ballot measure.  Should Sunnyvale voters approve this law, it will take effect in early 2014 and residents will then have ninety days to surrender their magazines or remove them from the city.
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October 29, 2013

California: Mayor Bloomberg Pushing Radical Gun Control Measures in California Cities and Counties – Your NRA Will Fight Back

Throughout the State of California local cities and counties are being solicited to adopt radical gun control measures by the billionaire, social-engineer Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg.  We are already seeing the effects of his efforts, with several cities proposing ordinances so extreme that they were rejected by the California Legislature just this year
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October 28, 2013

Oregon: St. Helen's School Board Passes Important School Safety Measure

Last week, the St. Helen’s School District School Board voted 4-1 in favor of reversing the ban on teachers and staff members carrying firearms on school grounds.  Now, teachers and staff members who have a valid concealed handgun license, may possess and carry a firearm on school property.  The passage of this self-defense measure provides common sense protection for students and school personnel.
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October 28, 2013

Mississippi: AG Opinion States DPS May Not Charge Additional Carry Permit Photo Processing Fee Without Legislative Approval

During a contentious budget hearing last month, Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves (R) publicly questioned whether the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (“DPS”) had the authority to raise carry permit and other license fees without legislative approval.  DPS had imposed a $6.00 fee hike on carry permit applicants because a vendor began charging the department more for processing the photographs that appear on state-issued carry permits.  Attorney General Jim Hood (D) has released an opinion stating that DPS may not charge a $6.00 fee to cover costs associated with printing and issuing carry permits, and that carry permit applicants can only be required to submit the $100 license fee and cover costs associated with fingerprinting.
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October 27, 2013

Ohio: House Committees to Receive Public Comment on Important Hunting and Right-to-Carry Reform Bills on Tuesday

On Tuesday, October 29, two NRA-backed bills of importance to gun owners and sportsmen will be up for public comment in their respective state House committee.
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October 25, 2013

California: Let the Media Know About Your Opposition to Measure C

In addition to your own efforts, please ask your family, friends, fellow gun owners, sportsmen and Second Amendment supporters in the Sunnyvale area to write and submit letters to the editor of the San Jose Mercury News and the San Francisco Chronicle in OPPOSITION to Sunnyvale’s Measure C, an unconstitutional local gun control measure on the ballot on November 5.  We need your support for a final push to help oppose anti-gun New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s attempt to impose his personal social agenda on California residents.  Information on how to submit letters to the editor for both local newspapers is provided below.   If you need help with your letter to the editor, please click here for guidelines for communicating with the media.
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