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July 19, 2007

Update on Pending California Firearm Legislation

The California legislature is going on break until Monday, August 20. Please contact your State Senator and respectfully urge him or her to oppose AB1471, AB334, and AB821. Contact information for your State Senator can be found by clicking here.
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July 19, 2007

North Carolina Senate Judiciary II Committee to Consider Anti-Gun Database Bill!

House Bill 1287, would create a new statewide database to which sheriffs would report all individuals who have been denied a permit to purchase a handgun. HB1287 could soon be considered in the Senate Judiciary II Committee. Please call members of the Senate Judiciary II Committee and urge them to oppose HB 1287.
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July 19, 2007

Wisconsin: Madison City Council Taking Aim at Imitation Firearms (Toy Guns)!

An ordinance has been proposed in the Madison City Council that seeks to levy a $300 fine against anyone using a fake “weapon” in a manner intending to "alarm, intimate, threaten or terrify another person." While well intended, the vague language of this ordinance could be construed to make civil offenders out of children playing cops and robbers with toy guns. Please contact the members of the Madison City Council at (608) 266-4071 and urge them to vote NO on the Imitation Firearms Ordinance.
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July 19, 2007

Alabama: Unlawful Regulation of Firearms in City of Huntsville Defeated!

With the help of concerned NRA members throughout the city of Huntsville, NRA was successful in having signs removed that declared it was unlawful to “possess firearms” on most of the major greenways. According to state law, the regulation of firearms is entirely reserved to the Alabama State Legislature. These signs not only violated state law, but were a blatant attack on your Second Amendment rights. We would like to thank all of the members who took the time to contact the Huntsville City Council regarding the erroneous language pertaining to the possession of firearms on greenway signs.
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July 18, 2007

2007 Right-to-Carry Conference & Second Amendment Rally

Sunday September 23 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (doors open at 12:00 noon) at the Sheraton, Long Island, 110 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway, Smithtown, NY
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July 17, 2007

Arizona Game and Fish Department Holds Sportsman Summit Today!

NRA has just been alerted to a meeting scheduled for today, Tuesday, July 17, between sportsmen and Arizona Game and Fish Department officials. The meeting is intended to provide a forum for discussing issues critical to the state's sportsmen and to develop a process that will allow for improved relations and communication between sportsmen and the Department. While it’s very short notice, it is hoped that concerned sportsmen can attend the meeting in order to provide Department officials with constructive input as to how regulations, procedures and laws can be modified to benefit our hunting heritage and wildlife in the Copper State.
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July 13, 2007

Anti-Gun Philadelphia City Council Members Sue State Legislature to Implement Anti-Gun Ordinances!

Philadelphia City Council Members Darrell L. Clarke and Donna Reed Miller have filed a suit against the Pennsylvania Legislature seeking to allow seven city gun-control measures to be implemented without approval from the legislature. Such implementation would be a clear violation of the preemption statutes currently in effect in Pennsylvania. Please contact your State Senator at (717) 787-5920 and your State Representative at (717) 787-2372 and respectfully urge them to continue to oppose any gun control measures that would make Philadelphia gun owners second-class citizens.
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July 13, 2007

Pennsylvania Governor Still on Anti-Gun Rampage

While speaking before the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, Governor Ed Rendell (D) tried to rally support for his anti-gun proposals for the next legislative session. He is urging law enforcement officials to sign-on to efforts limiting firearms purchases to one-gun-a-month as well as changing state preemption laws to allow local municipalities to pass their own laws. Please contact the Governor at (717) 787-2500, your State Senator at (717) 787-5920, and your State Representative at (717) 787-2372 and respectfully urge them to oppose any gun control measures.
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July 13, 2007

New Jersey Attacking Imitation Firearms

Senate Bill 2810 would make it a crime to sell or give an imitation (toy gun) firearm to anyone under the age of 18, defining an imitation firearm as an “object or device that is reasonably capable of being mistaken for a firearm.” Please contact the members of the Senate Committee on Law and Public Safety and Veterans Affairs and ask them to defeat this ridiculous bill that attacks legitimate retailers instead of focusing on the criminals that use firearms, real and imitation, to commit crimes in New Jersey.
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July 13, 2007

Illinois Lawmakers Finally Turn Attention Away from Gun Control

Governor Rod Blagokevich (D) tried to breath life into Senate Bill 1007 during a special session to resolve budget issues. SB 1007 would ban the manufacture, possession, delivery, sale, and purchase of standard capacity ammunition magazines capable of holding more than ten (10) cartridges. Refusing to be bullied by the governor, the bill’s sponsor in the House, Representative Harry Osterman (D-Chicago) made it known that they did not have the supermajority of 71 votes needed to see the bill passed, so there was no need to delay a budget resolution with an off topic vote that would be overwhelmingly defeated.
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July 13, 2007

Alabama: City of Huntsville Violating Our Second Amendment Rights!

It has been reported that the City of Huntsville has posted several signs stating it is unlawful to “possess firearms” on most of the major greenways including, the Aldridge Creek Greenway and the Big Cove Creek Greenway. This is in direct violation of state law as the regulation of firearms is entirely reserved for the Alabama State Legislature. Please contact the members of the Huntsville City Council at (256) 427-5011 or by e-mail and urge them to remove the signs containing language relating to firearms possession from all of the major greenways throughout the city.
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July 11, 2007

Another Win for Freedom in California -Mandatory Spay or Neuter Bill Held in Committee!

As NRA-ILA has reported this session, Assembly Bill 1634 is a bill requiring that all dogs older than four months be spayed or neutered unless owners acquire an "intact permit" from their local government. Because of strong opposition from NRA members and many other sportsmen's organizations, the bill failed to garner enough support to pass the Senate Local Government Committee and was pulled from committee. The bill will not be reconsidered again before January 2008.
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July 11, 2007

California Microstamping Legislation Scheduled for Committee Hearing!

On Monday, July 16, Assembly Bill 1471 will be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee. AB1471 would require that after a certain date, the make, model, and serial number be microstamped onto the interior surface or internal working parts of all handguns in such a manner that those identifiers are imprinted onto the cartridge case upon firing. Under AB1471, the manufacture, sale, and transfer of handguns that do not include their identifying information would be a crime. Please contact the members of the Senate Appropriations Committee today and respectfully urge them to oppose AB1471.
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July 11, 2007

Lead Ammunition Ban Still Pending in California Senate!

Assembly Bill 821 could be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee as early as Monday, July 16. AB821 would ban the use of lead ammunition for hunting in various hunting zones around the state that incorporate condor range. A lead ammunition ban will have disastrous affects on our hunting heritage in California. Please contact the members of the Senate Appropriations Committee today and respectfully urge them to protect California’s rich hunting tradition by opposing AB821.
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July 10, 2007

Golden State Ammo Registration Bill Gutted!

In a major victory for California’s gun owners, the Senate Public Safety Committee gutted Assembly Bill 362 on Tuesday, July 10. The bill will now be re-worked to require the California Department of Justice to only study the regulation of ammunition sales.
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July 9, 2007

New Kentucky Hunter Permit Available July 1!

As of Sunday, July 1, a new permit became available that makes it easier for people to try hunting in Kentucky. This temporary permit would allow a person to hunt for one year without first completing a hunter education course. The licensee must be accompanied by a person who is at least 18 years and who has met the hunter education requirement. The permit will be available online at www.fw.ky.gov for a $5 fee and is available to both Kentucky residents and nonresidents.
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July 6, 2007

Missouri Governor Signs Castle Doctrine, Hunting Preservation Bills Into Law

In a recent fly-around tour across Missouri, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox joined Governor Matt Blunt (R) at bill signing ceremonies for two of NRA-ILA's top legislative priorities.
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July 6, 2007

Illinois Governor Still Trying To Exploit The State Budget!

The Illinois General Assembly continues to operate in an overtime session, trying to finalize the state’s budget. Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) is attempting to exploit the budget impasse that he has helped create by trying to call special sessions of the General Assembly in order to promote some of his pet projects. Gun control is one of the pet projects, and there are indications the Governor will try to call for a special session next week in an effort to ban certain semi-automatic firearms.
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July 5, 2007

Victory for Pennsylvania’s Fall Turkey Hunters!

Governor Ed Rendell (D) recently signed SB 580, that will legalize the use of dogs for fall turkey hunting in Pennsylvania. The Keystone State now joins several other states that allow the use of dogs while hunting turkeys.
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July 5, 2007

Update on Ouray, Colorado Noise Ordinance

On Monday, July 2, the Ouray County Commissioners decided to table and rework the language of Ordinance 07-02. Ordinance 07-02 would restrict decibel (db) levels to 55 during the day and 50 during the night. Keep in mind that a normal conversation is about 60 db. This ordinance would effectively ban anyone from target shooting on his or her own property in the county because they would exceed the decibel levels emanating beyond property boundaries. The only exception made for firearms in the ordinance is for cases of emergency. There is no set timeframe of when Ordinance 07-02 will be reintroduced. The language is being reworked with public comments taken into account. NRA-ILA will continue to monitor the situation and report any updates as they become available.
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July 3, 2007

Pennsylvania “Land Owner Liability Protection” Signed into Law!

On Saturday, June 30, Governor Edward Rendell (D) signed House Bill 13 into law. This legislation will give added protection to a landowner who either directly or indirectly invites or permits any person to use his property for recreational purposes. The landowner would not incur liability for any injury to persons or property caused while hunting. Thank you to all NRA members who took the time to contact their legislators in support of this important measure.
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July 2, 2007

Missouri Governor Traveling The State And Signing Important Pro-Gun Legislation!

Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 3, please join Governor Matt Blunt (R), NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox, local elected officials, and fellow NRA members for a bill signing ceremony at several locations around the state! Governor Blunt will be signing Senate Bill 62, sponsored by Senator Jack Goodman (R-Mt. Vernon) in Joplin, Kirksville, and Cape Girardeau and Senate Bill 225, also referred to as the “Hunting Heritage Protection Areas Act,” will protect much of Missouri’s critical wildlife and hunting habitats by prohibiting certain development within the 100-year flood plains of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.
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June 29, 2007

Pennsylvania “Lost or Stolen” Legislation Fails in Committee!

House Bill 29, a bill that would make it a crime to fail to report the loss or theft of a firearm to police within 24 hours of discovering the firearm missing, failed to pass in the House Judiciary Committee earlier this week. Thank you to all of our members that took the time to call their legislators in opposition to this bill! Even though this threat is over for now, please continue to contact your state legislators at their district offices to remind them to oppose HB 29 when it comes up in the Fall.
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June 29, 2007

Pennsylvania “Landowner Liability Protection Act” Heading to Governor!

House Bill 13, the “Landowner Liability Protection Act,” is headed to the desk of Governor Edward Rendell (D) after passing the Senate 50-0. HB13 will give added protection to a land owner who either directly or indirectly invites or permits any person to use his property for recreational purposes. The land owner would not incur liability for any injury to persons or property caused while hunting. Please contact the Governor’s office TODAY at (717) 787-2500 and politely urge him to sign this vital piece of legislation.
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June 29, 2007

Oregon Emergency Powers Provision Heads to Governor’s Desk!

House Bill 2370, a Homeland Security-related bill containing an amendment prohibiting any government agency from confiscating or regulating the lawful sale, possession, transfer, transport and carry of firearms during a state of emergency, passed the Oregon Legislature and is now headed to the desk of Governor Ted Kulongoski (D) for his expected signature.
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June 29, 2007

“Castle Doctrine” Bill Introduced in the Buckeye State!

Legislation has been introduced in Ohio that would restore the most basic of fundamental rights: self-defense. State Senator Steve Buehrer (R-1) and State Representative Lynn Wachtmann (R- 75) have introduced Senate Bill 184 and House Bill 264, a package that restores the right of individuals to respond in force in defense of their lives and family without fear of civil lawsuits by criminals injured or killed while attacking law-abiding victims. Please contact your State Senator at (614) 466-4900 and your State Representative at (614) 466-3357 and respectfully urge him or her to support SB 184 and HB 264.
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June 29, 2007

Nebraska: Alliance City Council Attacks Right-to-Carry!

On Thursday, June 21, the Alliance City Council passed Ordinance #2571, a measure to ban Right-to-Carry in the Municipal Building Complex, the Fire Station, the Alliance Learning Center, and the Utility Facility. There is still time to defeat Ordinance #2571. It will be discussed again at the next City Council meeting at 7:00 pm on Thursday, July 5 in the School Administration Building at 1604 Sweetwater Ave. Please contact the members of the Alliance City Council at (308) 762-5400 to respectfully urge them to vote NO on Ordinance #2571.
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June 29, 2007

Delaware Governor Signs Two Vital Pro-Gun Bills!

Thanks to the hard work and effort by our members, House Bill 175 and Senate Bill 93 were signed by Governor Ruth Minner (D) on Thursday, June 28. House Bill 175 would protect our Second Amendment rights by prohibiting any government agency from confiscating or regulating the lawful sale, possession, transfer, transport and carry of firearms during a state of emergency. Senate Bill 93 will allow hunters to hunt with a handgun instead of a shotgun during the regular shotgun season.
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June 29, 2007

Colorado: Hearing Scheduled for Ouray County Noise Ordinance!

A hearing has been scheduled for Monday, July 2 at 4:00 pm at the Ouray County 4-H Event Center located at 22739 Hwy. 550 in Ridgway to address Ordinance 07-02. The ordinance seeks to restrict noise levels to a maximum of 55 decibels (db) and 50 db at night (normal conversation is about 60 db). This ordinance would effectively ban anyone from target shooting on his or her own property, because they would exceed the decibel levels emanating beyond property boundaries. Please make plans to attend this hearing and voice your opposition to this attack on our Second Amendment rights. If you are unable to attend, please contact the members of the County Board of Commissioners at (970) 325-7320 and respectfully urge them to defeat Ordinance 07-02.
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June 28, 2007

Update on California AB821 (lead ammunition ban) and AB1471 (microstamping)!

On Tuesday, June 26 the Senate Natural Resources Committee passed Assembly Bill 821. AB 821 would ban the use of lead ammunition for hunting in various hunting zones around the state that incorporate condor range and require hunters to switch to non-lead substitutes. Also passing committee on Tuesday was Assembly Bill 1471 which would require that the make, model, and serial number be microstamped onto the interior surface or internal working parts of all handguns in such a manner that those identifiers are imprinted onto the cartridge case upon firing.
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June 27, 2007

Connecticut “Lost or Stolen” Firearms Bill Becomes Law

Unfortunately, the “lost or stolen” firearms bill is now law in Connecticut. Governor Jodi Rell (R) signed Senate Bill 938 into law on Tuesday, June 19 and will take effect October 1, 2007.SB 938 makes it a crime to fail to report the loss or theft of a handgun to police within 72 hours of when you “discovered or should have discovered” the firearm missing. This law will also trigger two more investigations to determine whether or not you “should have discovered” the missing handgun and whether or not you are a “gun trafficker.”
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June 26, 2007

Firearm Legislation at Arizona Governor’s Desk!

Senate Bill 1251 requires government entities in Arizona to comply with long-standing state statute that requires them to provide for temporary and secure storage of firearms when they prohibit citizens from possessing firearms in government operated public establishments or at public events. SB 1251, sponsored by State Senators Chuck Gray (R-19), Linda Gray (R-10), Karen Johnson (R-18), and State Representatives Rick Murphy (R-9) and Jerry Weiers (R-12) is currently awaiting Governor Janet Napolitano’s (D) consideration. Please contact Governor Napolitano and urge her to sign SB 1251. The Governor can be reached by calling 1-800-253-0883 or visit http://www.azgovernor.gov/ to send an email message.
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June 25, 2007

Texas Governor Signs Disabled Hunter Measure!

House Bill 308, sponsored by State Representative Edmund Kuempel (R-44), was recently signed into law by Governor Rick Perry (R). HB 308 allows legally blind hunters accompanied by a sighted partner to use projected laser sighting devices in order to hunt more effectively and safely.
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June 25, 2007

URGENT: Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee Scheduled to Vote on “Lost or Stolen” Legislation!

Please Contact the Members of the House Judiciary Committee TODAY!House Bill 29, Pennsylvania’s "Lost or Stolen Firearms” Legislation, introduced by State Representative Jewell Williams (D-197), could be voted on by the House Judiciary Committee as early as tomorrow, Tuesday, June 26. The proposal would make it a crime to fail to report the loss or theft of a firearm to police within 24 hours of discovering the firearm missing.
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June 22, 2007

Pennsylvania “Landowner Liability Protection Act” Awaiting Action on Senate Floor!

House Bill 13, the “Landowner Liability Protection Act,” is headed to the Senate floor and could be voted on any time this week. This bill would make certain that landowners who allow public hunting access without charging a fee incur no liability for property damage or personal injuries caused by hunters -- regardless of whether the damage occurs on or off the landowner's property. Please contact your State Senator TODAY at (717) 787-5920 and urge him or her to support this crucial piece of legislation.
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June 22, 2007

Important Public Forum on Nevada Right-to-Carry!

The Nevada Sheriffs’ and Chiefs’ Association (NSCA) will hold a public forum on the subject of Nevada’s right-to-carry system on Wednesday, July 11th from 1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m. in Carson City.An overview of Senate Bill 237, the right-to-carry reciprocity measure signed by Governor Gibbons, will be highlighted in the session, as well as general comments and questions on Nevada’s concealed carry permit system. In attendance will be members of the CCW Subcommittee for the NSCA, and a representative of the Department of Public Safety’s Criminal History Repository. Public comment is welcome and encouraged, so please take the time to attend this important forum.
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June 22, 2007

Oregon Governor Signs Youth Mentor Hunting Legislation!

In a move directed at protecting the future of Oregon’s rich hunting tradition, Governor Ted Kulongoski (D) signed Senate Bill 892, legislation establishing a program whereby a youth between the ages of nine and fourteen may hunt for big game with a mentor who is a licensed hunter and over 21 years of age. Thank you for all of your calls and emails in support of SB892. With out you, passage of this important bill would not have been possible.
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June 22, 2007

New York State Legislative Update

On Thursday, June 21, the New York State Assembly’s 2007 legislative session came to a close. NRA was able to make advancements and preserve the Second Amendment in the Empire State. However, the legislature failed to act on numerous pro-gun and pro-hunting measures. Though the legislature has recessed and is tentatively not scheduled to return for the remainder of the year, it is possible that they could come back to Albany as early as July to deal with "unfinished business." We will be sure to keep you posted of their comings and goings.
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June 22, 2007

Montana Governor Signs Budget Bill with Range Development & Improvement Monies Included!

The Montana legislature passed and Governor Brian Schweitzer signed legislation which includes $1 million for range development and improvements, This is the largest amount of money ever to be set aside for this purpose. Please call Governor Schweitzer and thank him for supporting Montana’s shooting.
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June 22, 2007

Hunting and Recreational Shooting Restrictions Proposed on BLM Land!

Hunting and recreational shooting is being targeted by the Bureau of Land Management in south central Colorado near Salida. If you hunt, target shoot, use motorized vehicles, hike and/or camp on these public lands, the proposal will affect you. It is important that BLM hear from you. The management plan and information on how to submit comments can be found at: http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/rgfo/travel_mgmt/arkansas_river_travel0.html
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