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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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June 6, 2007

Lead Ammunition Ban Scheduled for California Senate Hearing!

Assembly Bill 821 is slated to be heard in the Senate Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday, June 12. 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 Natural Resources Committee today and respectfully urge them to protect California’s rich hunting tradition by opposing AB821.
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June 5, 2007

Pennsylvania School District Eliminates Rifle Team!

Recently, the Abington Heights School District eliminated the rifle team from the Abington Heights High School because of cost restraints. The School Board did not give any prior notice or allow the public and the team’s members the opportunity to voice their concerns and support for the program. Please contact the Superintendent of Schools, Michael Mahon at (570) 585-8251 and respectfully urge him to reconsider the decision to eliminate the Abington Heights High School Rifle Team by allowing open, public discussion on the issue.
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June 1, 2007

Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons SignsNRA-Backed "Emergency Powers Protection Act"

This week, Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons (R) signed into law NRA-backed Assembly Bill 95 (AB95)--the "Emergency Powers Firearms Protection Act."
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June 1, 2007

NRA Joins Lawsuit To Protect Ohio Firearms Preemption

On Tuesday, NRA entered (as a defendant-intervenor) into a lawsuit brought by the City of Cleveland against the State of Ohio, in an attempt to usurp state firearms law pertaining to the possession, sale and transportation of firearms in Ohio.
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June 1, 2007

Illinois Anti-Gun Efforts Fading, But Still Alive

The Illinois General Assembly is now in overtime, having failed to complete all of its business by May 31. This means the hopes of anti-gun extremists to pass attacks on our Right to Keep and Bear Arms have faded considerably. Although the greatest pending threat, Senate Bill 1007 introduced by State Senator Dan Kotowski (D-33), is technically still viable, it would seem unlikely this bill can muster the 3/5 majority it now needs for passage.
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June 1, 2007

California Ammunition Registration Bill Heading to Assembly Floor!

On Thursday, May 31, Assembly Bill 362 was amended and voted out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee. 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 of all ammunition sales. No retail seller of ammunition would be able to sell, offer for sale, or display for sale any ammunition in a manner that allows ammunition to be accessible to a purchaser without the assistance of the retailer or authorized employee. The bill was amended to include a “user fee” on ammunition sales to defray the cost of background checks on purchasers. NRA-ILA will have more information on the new amendments once they are in print. It is critical that you contact your Assembly Member TODAY and ask that he or she oppose AB362. Contact information for your Assembly Member can be found by visiting http://www.assembly.ca.gov/acs/acsframeset7text.htm.
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June 1, 2007

Successful Legislative Session Closes in Texas!

Thanks to your phone calls and emails, NRA-ILA was able to pass four very important pro-gun measures during this year’s legislative session. Senate Bill 378, “Castle Doctrine” legislation, Senate Bill 112, "Emergency Powers" legislation, House Bill 991, Concealed Handgun License confidentiality, and House Bill 1815, which clarifies once and for all that law-abiding Texas motorists can legally transport a handgun in their vehicle without needing a CHL, all passed.
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June 1, 2007

"Lost and Stolen" Gun Bill Still Pending in Connecticut House!

On Wednesday, May 23, the Connecticut Senate amended Senate Bill 903 into Senate Bill 938 and approved it by a vote of 24-11. Senate Bill 938 would make it a crime for gun owners to not report the loss or theft of a firearm with 72 hours of when you “discover or should have discovered” it missing. Reporting the loss or theft of a handgun to police would immediately trigger an investigation into the whether the owner "should have discovered" the missing gun and exposes the owner to criminal prosecution. Please call your State Representative TODAY at (860) 240-0400 and urge him or her to OPPOSE Senate Bill 938.
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June 1, 2007

Legislature Defends Maine’s Hunting Heritage!

On Wednesday, May 23, the Maine House of Representatives voted 82-60 to uphold an “ought not to pass” recommendation for Legislative Document 1635, "An Act To Prohibit Recreational Bear Trapping." LD 1635 would have abolished the open season on trapping bears. Bear trapping has been a long-standing method of bear hunting in Maine. In fact, the bear management program is based upon the use of this form of hunting in order to maintain a healthy bear population in Maine. Please contact your State Senator today at (207) 287-1583 and your State Representative at (207) 287-1400 to thank them for accepting the “ought not to pass” committee report for LD1635.
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June 1, 2007

Waiting Period Bill Defeated in Maine!

Legislative Document 361, legislation that would have mandated a 10-day waiting period for certain individuals who purchase firearms in Maine, was defeated this week. Please contact your State Representative at (207) 287-4469 and your State Senator at (207) 287-1540 to thank them for preserving your Second Amendment rights.
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June 1, 2007

Tuesday, June 5 is Primary Election Day in New Jersey!

Tuesday, June 5 is Primary Election Day in New Jersey. For more information about voting in New Jersey, please visit: http://www.state.nj.us/oag/elections/electionshome.html. Be sure to “Vote Freedom First” on Tuesday, June 5!
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June 1, 2007

Update on Legislation Banning Private Firearm Sales in Wisconsin!

The May 29 hearing on Senate Bill 104 was a success for Wisconsin’s gun owners. SB104 would require all firearms transfers, including those between family members, be conducted through a federally licensed firearms dealer. Supporters of the Second Amendment outnumbered those seeking to restrict private firearm transfers. However, the fight is not over. Please continue contacting the members of the Senate Labor, Elections and Urban Affairs Committee.
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May 31, 2007

Nevada: More Pro-Gun Bills Heading To The Governor’s Desk!

Two more pro-guns bills are heading to Governor Jim Gibbons’ (R) desk: Senate Bill 237, sponsored by Senator John Lee (D-1) and Senator Warren Hardy (R-12), will allow Nevada to negotiate Right-to-Carry reciprocity agreements with states whose training standards match Nevada’s, andSenate Bill 92, also sponsored by Senator John Lee, amends the state firearms preemption statute that mandates immediate handgun registration for any firearm owner who enters Clark County by extending it from 24 hours to sixty days. This bill also extends the registration period for taking title to a pistol from 24 hours to 72 hours. While the bill doesn't go far enough, it is a step in the right direction of eliminating Clark County's registration requirement.
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May 31, 2007

Update on Pending Anti-Gun Measures in Louisiana!

On Wednesday, May 30, State Representative Cedric Richmond (D-101) asked the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee for a voluntary deferment on his bill. His legislation, House Bill 869, would establish far-reaching restrictions on semi-automatic firearms (dubbing them "assault weapons") and ammunition magazines. This means that the committee did not consider the bill, and as it stands now, HB 869 is not on the June 5 committee agenda. However, the sponsor could request that it be set for a hearing at a future point in time. The Legislature adjourns on Thursday, June 28.
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May 31, 2007

Michigan “No-Net-Loss” Bill Still Pending in Committee!

Important “No-Net-Loss” legislation, House Bill 4597, is still pending in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs. A vote could come as early as next week. Please contact the members of the Committee on Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs and respectfully urge them to send HB4597 on to the full State Senate for a vote. Please click here for contact information for the Committee.
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May 31, 2007

Delaware Bill to Allow Hunting with Handguns Passes Senate!

Senate Bill 93, introduced by Senator Robert Venables (D-21), passed the Senate on Thursday, May 10. This legislation will allow hunters to hunt with a handgun, instead of a shotgun or muzzle-loading rifle, during the regular shotgun and muzzle-loader seasons.
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May 30, 2007

Update on Pending Anti-Gun Legislation in California (AB334, AB1471, AB821, AB1634)

The California Legislature is currently considering several anti-gun and anti-hunting bills that will have dire consequences on your rights. On Tuesday, May 29, two bills, Assembly Bill 334 and Assembly Bill 1471, aimed at stripping away our Second Amendment rights passed the Assembly and now are on their way to the Senate for its consideration.
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May 30, 2007

Update on Tabernacle Township, New Jersey Anti-Gun Ordinance

On Tuesday, May 29 the Tabernacle Township Committee voted to table an ordinance that would regulate the use of firearms on private property. Thanks to all the NRA members and gun-rights supporters for attending the meeting and calling the Committee members to voice their opposition to this ordinance. The Committee will be looking at the proposed ordinance during a Committee work session on Monday, June 11. This meeting is open to the public. Please make your voice heard once again by attending the Committee meeting or contacting the members of the Committee and urge them to defeat this attack on your Second Amendment rights once and for all.
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May 25, 2007

California Ammo Registration Bill Scheduled for Hearing!

The Assembly Appropriations Committee has scheduled Assembly Bill 362 for a hearing on Thursday, May 31. AB362, sponsored by Assembly Member Kevin de Leon (D-45), 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. No retail seller of ammunition would be able to sell, offer for sale, or display for sale any ammunition in a manner that allows ammunition to be accessible to a purchaser without the assistance of the retailer or authorized employee.
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May 25, 2007

The Latest Update on Texas Firearms Legislation!

Another NRA-supported measure is heading to Governor Perry’s desk. House Bill 1815 will clarify that it is legal to transport a handgun in your motor vehicle for personal protection without a Concealed Handgun License (CHL). Unfortunately, one NRA-supported measure did not make it past the last day for floor consideration, SB 534, which would have allowed CHLs to transport and store their handguns in locked motor vehicles while parked on their employers’ property. This measure will be returning next year, so please continue to check www.NRAILA.org for updates on important firearms legislation for the rest of 2007 and future legislation in 2008.
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May 25, 2007

Governor Perry Signs Vital Right-to-Carry Confidentiality Bill!

On Tuesday, May 22, Governor Phil Bredesen (D) signed House Bill 1907, the “Castle Doctrine” self-defense bill, into law. HB 1907 will allow an individual to use deadly force to protect him or herself wherever he or she have a legal right to be. The bill also provides civil immunity for those who defend themselves from criminal attack. Please contact the Governor’s office at (615) 741-2001 and your State Legislator at (615) 741-3511 and thank him or her for defending our Second Amendment right to self-defense.
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May 25, 2007

Two Vital North Carolina Pro-Gun Bills Fail to Beat Deadline

House Bill 310, "Emergency Powers" legislation, and House Bill 476, “Castle Doctrine” failed to pass out of the House Judiciary II Committee prior to the crossover deadline. These bills are now considered “dead” until the next legislative session.
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