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June 19, 2007

Virginia: Two Goochland County Panels to Consider Restrictions on Recreational Shooting!

Please Make Your Voice Heard! Tonight, Tuesday, June 19 at 5:30 p.m. the Goochland County Board of Zoning Appeals will hear an appeal by Orapax Farms, a 30-year old hunting preserve located on nearly 700 acres, which asserts that Orapax has a "by right" to use its property to operate a sporting clays facility in conjunction with its hunting preserve. This "by right" appeal is consistent with current zoning regulations, as well as with Orapax's prior use.
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June 15, 2007

West Virginia Strikes Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Agreements!

Attorney General Darrel McCraw (D) has entered West Virginia into Right-to-Carry reciprocity agreements with North Carolina, Ohio, Florida, and South Dakota. Currently, Kentucky and Virginia recognize permits issued in West Virginia.
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June 15, 2007

2007 Tennessee Legislative Round Up

With the 2007 session of the Tennessee Legislature coming to a close on Tuesday, June 12, two vital Right-to-Carry reform bills failed to reach the desk of Governor Phil Bredesen (D). However, thanks to your hard work, three monumental victories were achieved in the Volunteer State. Governor Bredesen signed House Bill 1907, “Castle Doctrine,” Senate Bill 1597, Emergency Powers, and House Bill 145 “No-Net-Loss” legislation, into law. We would like to thank all of the members that took the time to call their legislators in support of these important Second Amendment bills. Without you, these advances may not have been possible.
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June 15, 2007

Pennsylvania “Landowner Liability Protection Act” Scheduled for Senate Hearing!

House Bill 13, the “Landowner Liability Protection Act,” has been scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday, June 19 in the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee. 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 the Senate Game and Fisheries members today and urge him or her to support this crucial piece of legislation. Contact information for committee members can be found by clicking here.
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June 15, 2007

Bill to Reorganize New Jersey Fish & Game Council Heads to Assembly Floor!

A3275, a bill that seeks to drastically change the membership of the Fish & Game Council from six sportsmen and three farmers who represent various geographical regions of the state to seven political appointees recommended by the Governor, is now heading to the full Assembly. The bill passed the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee by a 5-2 vote on Thursday, June 14. “Animal rights” extremists testifying in support of A3275 derided hunting as a “15th century” means to wildlife management and touted this legislation as a “21st century” tool for wildlife management. They also expressed their desire to rid the Fish & Game Council of anyone with a “hunter driven background.” Please contact your State Assembly member at (800) 792-8630 and respectfully urge him or her to vigorously oppose this anti-hunting legislation.
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June 15, 2007

New Jersey: Tabernacle Township Passes Discharge Ban!

The Tabernacle Township Committee adopted an ordinance prohibiting the use or discharge of firearms within 450 feet of an occupied building on someone else’s property, even where it is safe to do so, on Monday, June 11. Instead of hearing the proposal during a regular work session, they snuck the ordinance in during a work session. Please contact the members of the Tabernacle Township Committee at (609) 268-1220 and respectfully express your disappointment in the committee for passing this attack on our Second Amendment rights.
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June 15, 2007

Michigan: Please Voice Your Opposition to Potential Hunting Fee Increase!

Michigan currently ranks last in hunter retention in the country and if House Bill 4624 were to pass, this dubious distinction would only be solified. HB4624 seeks to double and triple hunting license fees over the next four years. Please attend two upcoming meetings of the Appropriations Natural Resources Committee and voice your opposition to this Draconian tax on our hunting tradition. Meetings have been scheduled for: Monday, June 18 at 6:00 p.m. in the Carl T. Johnson Center, 6093 E. M-115 Cadillac, MI 49601 and on Monday, June 25 at 4:00 p.m. in the St. Ignace Public Library, W. Spruce Street, St. Ignace, MI 49781. If you are unable to attend, please contact your State Representative at (517) 373-6339 and let him or her know that you oppose HB4624.
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June 15, 2007

Michigan “No-Net-Loss” Legislation Heading to Senate Floor!

House Bill 4597, “No-Net-Loss” legislation, is heading to the Senate floor for consideration. This bill will protect Michigan’s valuable hunting tradition by ensuring that today's total acreage of public hunting lands is not reduced. Please contact your State Senator at (517) 373-2400 and respectfully urge him or her to pass HB4597 to protect Michigan’s hunting heritage.
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June 15, 2007

Anti-Gun Threats Still Looming in Illinois Legislature

At the moment, it appears that the Illinois General Assembly is more concerned with budget issues than attacking our Second Amendment rights. However, that can change on a moment’s notice. The magazine ban bill, Senate Bill 1007, as well as House Bill 758, legislation requiring all private firearm transfers between law-abiding citizens with valid FOID cards, even among family members, to be processed through the State Police, are still alive. We will continue to monitor legislative activities in Springfield, so be prepared to answer the call to action if law-abiding gun owners again become targets during this session.
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June 15, 2007

Delaware Bill to Allow Handgun Hunting Heading to House Floor!

Senate Bill 93, legislation allowing hunters to hunt with a handgun instead of a shotgun during the regular shotgun season, is heading to the House floor for a vote on Tuesday, June 19. Please contact your State Representative at (302) 744-4087 and respectfully urge him or her to support SB 93.
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June 15, 2007

Delaware “Emergency Powers” Bill Referred Back to House!

House Bill 175 passed the State Senate on Thursday, June 14 and now heads back to the House for concurrence next week. This bill 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. Please contact your State Representative at (302) 744-4087 and ask him or her to defend your Second Amendment rights by supporting HB 175.
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June 15, 2007

Colorado: Ouray County Commissioners Proposing Noise Ordinance That Will Ban Recreational Shooting!

An ordinance is being considered by the Ouray County Board of Commissioners that would restrict decibel (db) levels to approximately 55 db. With a normal conversation being about 60 db, the maximum allowed would be 55 db during the day, and 50 db at night. This ordinance would effectively ban anyone from target shooting on his or her own property because they would violate the decibel levels emanating beyond property boundaries. The hearing for Ordinance 07-01 and 07-02 is set for Monday, June 25 at 2:00 pm. It will be held at the Ouray County 4-H Event Center located at 22739 Hwy. 550 in Ridgway. 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 07-01 and 07-02.
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June 15, 2007

Senate Hearing Scheduled for California Microstamping Bill!

Assembly Bill 1471 has been scheduled for a committee hearing in the Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, June 26. Please contact the members of the Senate Public Safety Committee and respectfully urge them to oppose AB1471. Contact information for the committee can be found by clicking here. AB1471 would require that after a certain date, the make, model, and serial number be micro-stamped 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 15, 2007

Arizona: Help Clean Up the Ironwood Forest National Monument on Saturday, June 16!

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is organizing a clean up of about 25 shooting sites within Ironwood Forest National Monument on Saturday, June 16. The event is being coordinated with the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. Because of the heat, the event is scheduled to begin at 5 a.m. and end at 9 a.m.
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June 13, 2007

Indiana: Indianapolis-Marion County Soundly Defeats Discharge Ordinance!

On Monday, June 11, by a vote of 16-8, the Indianapolis Marion County City-County Council soundly defeated Proposal 174 – an ordinance that would have severely restricted the lawful discharge of firearms within the consolidated City-County. In taking this action, the Council has clearly listened to the will of its constituents. During the public comment period on Proposal 174, not a single person spoke in support of the measure. Rather, the Council heard appeals from hundreds upon hundreds of law-abiding gun owners, hunters and sportsmen, calling upon the Council to enforce existing laws instead of placing further restrictions on the residents of Indianapolis-Marion County.
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June 13, 2007

O’Fallon Withdraws Proposed Annexation of Busch Wildlife Conservation Area!

On Monday, June 11, the City of O’Fallon officially withdrew its proposal to annex the nearly 7,000-acre August A. Busch Memorial Wildlife Conservation Area – a move that would have been necessary for the city to achieve its intended goal of annexation of the Missouri Research Park. The controversy over the proposed annexation peaked while O’Fallon officials raced with their counterparts from nearby Weldon Spring to approve competing involuntary annexation proposals. These proposals are aimed at attracting corporate relocations to the Missouri Research Park area located in St. Charles County. Apparently, unlike O’Fallon, Weldon Spring could annex the Research Park without having to also annex the Busch Conservation Area.
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June 12, 2007

New Jersey Assembly Seeking to Alter Fish & Game Council!

On Thursday, June 14 the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee will hold a hearing on A3275. This bill seeks to drastically change the membership of the Fish & Game Council from six sportsmen and three farmers who represent various geographical regions of the state to seven political appointees recommended by the Governor. The current system has served New Jersey and its sportsmen well for over a half-century. There is no justification for this dramatic change of course.
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June 12, 2007

Proposed New Jersey Legislation Would Turn Crime Victims into Criminals!

Assemblyman Mims Hackett, Jr. (D-27) has proposed legislation, A541, which would require the owner of a firearm that is lost of stolen to report the incident to police within 72 hours upon discovering it is missing or face fines of up to $1,000. This outrageous legislation penalizes law-abiding gun owners for having their property lost or stolen. Of course, criminals will welcome A541 with open arms. Instead of focusing on real criminal activity, law enforcement will be required to devote resources to investigating law-abiding gun owners. A541 will turn victims into criminals without any regard to the cost of enforcement or finding people who are actually committing crimes.
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June 12, 2007

Gun Rationing Scheme Passes New Jersey Assembly!

Please Contact Your Assembly Member! On Monday, June 11 the New Jersey General Assembly passed A3511, legislation that will restrict law-abiding citizens from purchasing more than one handgun in a calendar month by a vote of 51-25 with 4 members choosing to abstain.
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June 11, 2007

New Jersey: Tabernacle Township To Discuss Discharge Ban

Tonight, June 11, the Tabernacle Township Committee is holding a work session and possibly a final vote on a proposed ordinance that will regulate the use of firearms on private property in the township. This measure will prohibit the use or discharge of firearms within 450 feet of an occupied building on someone else’s property, even where it is safe to do so. Please make plans to attend the Committee meeting tonight, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tabernacle Town Hall. If you are unable to attend, please contact the Committee at (609) 268-1220 and urge them to oppose this proposal.
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June 8, 2007

California Lead Ammunition Ban Pulled from Committee Schedule!

The Senate Natural Resources Committee was scheduled to hear Assembly Bill 821 on Tuesday, June 12 but recently pulled the bill from the committee’s schedule. However, AB821 could still be heard at any of the subsequent committee hearings. 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.
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June 8, 2007

“Lost or Stolen” Firearms Bill Becomes Reality in Connecticut!

Unfortunately, after four years of successfully keeping the “lost or stolen” firearms bill from becoming law in Connecticut, the State House caved into anti-gun rhetoric and passed Senate Bill 938. SB 938 will make it a crime to fail to report the loss or theft of a handgun to police within 72 hours of when you “discover or should have discovered” it 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.” Please take the time to contact those Legislators who voted “ Yes” to turning crime victims into criminals and voice your strong disappointment in their support for this bill. Legislators can be reached at (860) 240-0100 or for help identifying your Legislator and further contact information please click here.
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June 8, 2007

Committee Hearing Scheduled for Delaware Legislation to Allow Hunting with Handguns!

Senate Bill 93, legislation that will allow hunters to hunt with a handgun instead of a shotgun during the regular shotgun season, has been scheduled for a hearing in the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday, June 12. Please contact the members of the committee today and ask them to support SB 93.
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June 8, 2007

Hunting Bill Heads to Oregon Senate Floor!

On Thursday, June 7, the Senate Environment and Energy Committee passed House Bill 2971 as amended to the Senate Floor with no recommendation. The bill allows the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to establish by rule a program whereby they can designate volunteers to act as “Agents of the State” for the purposes of hunting cougar and bear with dogs. Please contact your Senators and ask them to support HB 2971-B when it comes to the Senate floor for a vote.
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June 8, 2007

Florida: Palm Beach County Meeting on a Public Shooting Park!

On Tuesday, June 12, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, will be holding a meeting to discuss the establishment of an 80-acre public shooting park in Palm Beach County. This is a unique opportunity for gun owners and sportsmen to demonstrate their support for the shooting sports in a public forum. Gun owners and sportsmen need to make it a standing-room-only event to demonstrate how important the shooting sports are for South Floridians. Please spread the word about this important meeting!
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June 8, 2007

Missouri: Cities of O’Fallon and Weldon Spring Seeking to Annexing Conservation Areas!

It has been reported that the cities of O’Fallon and Weldon Spring are considering plans to annex the Missouri Research Park and the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area. While some city officials have stated they have no plans to alter preserves or programs, local hunters and shooters should not let their guard down. Please contact the elected officials of O’Fallon and Weldon Spring and respectfully urge them to oppose any involuntary annexation proposal that will have disastrous affects on conservation and management areas.
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June 8, 2007

Fee Increase for Handgun Background Checks in Wisconsin Fails!

A proposed background check fee increase for handgun sales was not included in the Department of Justice’s section of the Senate Budget bill. Please contact the members of the Joint Committee on Finance and thank them for preventing this unnecessary tax on firearms and gun owners. Contact information for the committee can be found by clicking here.
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June 8, 2007

Wednesday, June 13 is Wisconsin Sportsmen’s Day at the Capitol!

Sportsmen’s Day at the Capitol will be held on Wednesday, June 13 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 328 North/West in the State Capitol. This event will provide sportsmen and gun-rights advocates the opportunity to come to Madison and speak with legislators on the issues that affect them, such as land access, gun rights, and hunting regulations. To RSVP or for more information contact Kasey Kolberg at (608) 819-2327 or via email at Kasey@thewelchgroup.org.
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June 8, 2007

Tuesday, June 12 is Primary Election Day in Virginia!

Tuesday, June 12 is Primary Election Day in Virginia. If you have questions about candidate grades and endorsements, please call our Grassroots Division at (800) 392-8683. For more information about voting in Virginia, please visit: http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/. Be sure to “Vote Freedom First” on Tuesday, June 12!
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June 8, 2007

Important Tennessee Right-to-Carry Reforms Tabled Until Next Year

Two important pieces of Right-to-Carry reform legislation have been tabled until next year. House Bill 132 would have allowed a person with a Right-to-Carry permit to possess a firearm in all public hunting areas, refuges, wildlife management areas, and national forests managed by the state. House Bill 2184 would have allowed any resident who has a Right-to-Carry permit to possess his or her handgun while within the boundaries of any state park and all areas for recreational purposes.
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June 8, 2007

South Carolina Legislative Update!

On Wednesday, June 6, House Bill 3964 was brought up for debate. H. 3964 originally sought to remove many of the restrictions on carrying a firearm on school property by someone possessing a valid Right-to-Carry (RTC) permit. By the time it hit the floor, it had been amended to only allow valid permit holders to keep their firearms in their vehicles while on school property. The debate was very lively, leading the bill to be referred back to the Judiciary Committee, effectively killing the bill. However, two bills remain alive having already passed the House. House Bill 3212 would replace the current RTC conditional reciprocity standard with a straight recognition standard, greatly expanding the number of states that will recognize a valid South Carolina RTC permit, and vice versa. House Bill 3528 would prohibit the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) from releasing the personal information of RTC permit holders unless the request for the information is part of an investigation by law enforcement, thus protecting the privacy of law-abiding permit holders. These bills, both introduced by State Representative Mike Pitts (R-14), will be at the top of NRA's agenda in the Senate next year.
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June 8, 2007

Pennsylvania “Landowner Liability Protection Act” Moves Forward!

House Bill 13, dubbed the “Landowner Liability Protection Act,” is heading to the Senate for consideration after unanimously passing the House (199-0). 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) 787-2342 and urge him or her to support this crucial piece of legislation.
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June 8, 2007

Nebraska Legislative Update!

Just days before the legislative session closed, the Senate passed Legislative Bill 97, which prevents concealed carry permit holders from carrying firearms on college campuses. Regrettably, an amendment was added by anti-gun Senator Ernie Chambers (11) during debate to ban carry in hospitals as well. On a positive note, an interim study has been proposed by the Judiciary Committee to review the issue of preemption in Nebraska.
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June 8, 2007

Michigan “No-Net-Loss” Bill Set for Committee Hearing!

House Bill 4597, “No-Net-Loss” of public hunting lands, is scheduled for a vote in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs on Wednesday, June 13. Please contact the members of the Committee on Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs and respectfully urge them to send HB 4597 to the full State Senate for a vote. Please click here for contact information for the Committee.
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June 8, 2007

Pro-Gun Advancements Made in Kansas!

The Kansas Legislature not only passed House Bill 2528 this session, but also overrode Governor Kathleen Sebelius’ (D) veto. HB2528 would prevent local municipalities from passing ordinances prohibiting concealed carry that are more stringent than state law. Also passed this session was Senate Bill 192, legislation that allows for licensed hunters at least 18 years of age to take out another individual for a mentored hunting experience. The new hunter would be allowed to bypass hunter education for one-year after which time he or she would be required to pass the required hunter education course to purchase a hunting license.
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June 8, 2007

Delaware “Emergency Powers” Bill Heads to Senate Floor!

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. Please contact your State Senator at (302) 744-4286 and ask him or her to defend your Second Amendment rights by supporting HB175.
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June 8, 2007

Political Games Halt Pro-Gun Advances in Alabama

Due to unforeseen political quarrels, Senate Bill 370 and House Bill 598 were not heard as the Alabama State Legislature closed its session yesterday, Thursday, June 7. These bills would have protected 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. We look forward to pushing these bills again in the 2008 Legislative Session. We would like to thank everyone who contacted his or her legislators in support of this bill.
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June 8, 2007

URGENT: New Jersey "One-Gun-A-Month" Scheme Heading to Assembly Floor for Vote!

A full Assembly vote will take place on Monday, June 11 on A3511, legislation restricting law-abiding citizens from purchasing more than one handgun in a calendar month.THIS IS THE LAST CHANCE WE HAVE TO STOP THIS OPPRESSIVE ANTI-GUN MEASURE IN THE ASSEMBLY!Please contact your Assembly member TODAY at (800) 792-8630 and respectfully urge him or her to oppose this unwarranted and unnecessary gun-rationing scheme.
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June 7, 2007

Missouri’s “Hunting Heritage Protection Area Act” Being Undermined!

As you know, the recently adjourned 2007 Missouri General Assembly session was one of the most successful sessions for law-abiding gun owners, hunters and sportsmen in recent memory. Among the many achievements made in Jefferson City was the passage of Senate Bill 225, the “Hunting Heritage Protection Areas Act,” sponsored by Senator Bill Stouffer (R-21). This precedent-setting bill passed the Missouri Senate 32-0 and was passed by the House of Representatives 158-0. With Governor Matt Blunt’s pending signature, provisions within SB225 are set to be enacted on August 28, 2007. However, it hasn’t taken long for opponents of SB225 to begin their efforts to undermine important provisions within the bill. In a blatant attack on Missouri’s law-abiding hunters and sport shooters, in its June 2007 monthly newsletter the Missouri Municipal League (MML) urged all cities that do not currently have restrictions on hunting and the discharge of firearms to enact such an ordinance prior to the August 28 effective date of SB225.
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June 7, 2007

Golden State Anti-Gun, Anti-Hunting Restrictions Heading to Senate!

On Wednesday, June 6, Assembly Bill 362, sponsored by Assembly Member Kevin de Leon (D-45), passed off of the Assembly floor by a vote of 41-31. It now heads to the Senate for consideration. AB362 would require identification be presented for all mail order and face-to-face ammunition sales. Sellers of ammunition would be forced to keep detailed and accurate sales records. Also being sent to the Senate for consideration is Assembly Bill 1634. AB1634 passed the Assembly on Wednesday, June 6 by a 41-38 vote. This measure requires every dog older than four months to be spayed or neutered. Owners hoping to be able to breed their dogs at some point during their lives would be required to apply annually to their local government for an "intact" permit.
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