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April 4, 2007

Critical Pro-Gun Legislation Advancing in Missouri State House!

Earlier this week, the effort to repeal Missouri's outdated and redundant "permit to acquire" a handgun statute took a major step forward as the House of Representatives passed House Bill 462, sponsored by State Representative Brian Munzlinger (R-1), on second reading. This important bill could be up for third reading (final passage) very soon. Also, earlier today, Wednesday, April 4, Senate Bill 257, sponsored by State Senator Kevin Engler (R-3), passed the House General Laws Committee and could also be on the House floor any day. This critical measure will ensure that no government agency can suspend the rights of law-abiding gun owners during a state of emergency.
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April 3, 2007

Albany, New York Mayor Introduces Gun Ban Proposal!

NRA has recently learned that Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings will soon introduce a gun control proposal in the Common Council. Although attempts to obtain a copy of the proposal were refused by the mayor's office, we have now learned that the proposal will include the following:· Require registration of ALL firearms within the city (this includes currently owned handguns and long guns);· Outlaw private gun sales;· Require dealers to report all firearm sales to local law enforcement;· Ban "high caliber" handgun ammunition including 9mm. and .357; and,· Mandate that gun owners keep firearms locked-up and inaccessible.
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April 1, 2007

Indianapolis/Marion County, Indiana to Consider Shooting Ban!

The consolidated City of Indianapolis-Marion County may soon consider Proposal 174, which if enacted, would essentially ban the discharge of firearms within the city limits. Authored by Councilor Angela Mansfield (D-2), proposal 174 is riddled with arbitrary and restrictive provisions that are clearly designed to completely outlaw recreational shooting with Indianapolis-Marion County.
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March 30, 2007

Hearing Scheduled for Hawaii Bill to Repeal Magazine Ban!

The Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, State Senator Clayton Hee (D-23), will hear House Bill 248, legislation to repeal the 10 round limit on detachable magazines. The hearing will be held this Monday, April 2, at 9:00 a.m. in Room 229. Please attend this important hearing. If you are unable to attend, please send your testimony in support of HB248 via fax at 586-6659, toll-free for neighbor islands by phone at 1-800-586-6659, or email testimony@capitolhawaii.gov. HB248 is the second bill on the agenda, so the bill testimony should start close to 9:00 a.m. and be over by 10:00 a.m.
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March 30, 2007

Maine Mandatory Training Legislation Scheduled for Hearing!

Legislative Document 778, introduced by State Senator Karl Turner (R-11) now has a scheduled hearing in the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee for Monday, April 2, 2007 at 1:00pm in the State House, Room 436. This measure would require all new applicants and renewing holders of a Right-to-Carry permit show documentation they have completed a firearms safety course that includes at least 6 hours of course work!
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March 30, 2007

NRA Comments Regarding Proposed ClosureTo Target Shooting In Nye County, Nevada

The National Rifle Association would appreciate having this letter entered in the public comment record for the proposed closure to target shooting on certain lands in Nye County, Nevada as announced in the Federal Register dated March 2, 2007.
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March 30, 2007

Kentucky Legislature Strengthens State Firearm Law!

House Bill 469, sponsored by Representative Robert Damron (D-39), would clarify that Kentucky residents may purchase firearms in contiguous states or otherwise acquire firearms anywhere it is legal to do so under federal and state law; specify that out-of-state residents may purchase or otherwise acquire firearms in Kentucky if the purchase is legal under federal and state law; specify that persons who are legal residents of the United States may purchase or otherwise acquire firearms in Kentucky if the purchase is legal under federal and state law. The bill passed the State House by a vote of 93 to 3 and is now in its way to the desk of Governor Ernie Fletcher (R) for his consideration.
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March 30, 2007

Governor Rendell Pleads For Gun Control Measures at Pennsylvania Press Club Luncheon

During his address at the Pennsylvania Press Club on Monday, March 26, Governor Ed Rendell (D) called for additional restrictions on our Second Amendment freedoms. Governor Rendell criticized lawmakers for supporting law-abiding gun owners’ Right to Keep and Bear Arms, claiming, "No one who is sane and rational would vote against one handgun a month.” 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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March 30, 2007

Texas Governor Signs Critical Self-Defense Reform Bill!

On Tuesday, March 27, Governor Rick Perry (R) signed Senate Bill 378, NRA-supported “Castle Doctrine” legislation. Governor Perry’s signature made Texas the first state to adopt “Castle Doctrine” legislation in 2007! SB 378 will protect individuals who use force to defend themselves in their home, car and place of business or employment from criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits. It also states that you have no “duty to retreat” from an attack if you are in a place where you have a legal right to be, if you did not provoke your attacker, and if you are not engaged in criminal activity yourself.
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March 30, 2007

Update on Texas Workers Protection Legislation!

Three NRA-supported bills are moving through the Texas legislature: House Bill 220, sponsored by State Representative Phil King (R-61), House Bill 992, sponsored by State Representative Patrick Rose (D-45) and Senate Bill 534 sponsored by State Senator Glenn Hegar (R-18). Both HB220 and HB992 are currently in the Calendars Committee. SB534 passed unanimously in the Senate on Thursday, March 29. All three bills would allow Concealed Handgun Licensees to transport and store handguns in their locked, private motor vehicles while parked on their employer’s property. HB992 and SB534 also provide employers with protection from civil liability for the unforeseeable acts of criminals. Unfortunately, some in the business community are opposing these bills. Please contact your State Representative and respectfully urge him or her to support HB220, HB992, and SB534. Contact information for your State Representative can be found at http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/welcome.php.
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March 30, 2007

The Florida Senate Criminal Justice Committee Passes Important Pro-Second Amendment Legislation!

Senate Bill 2356, the “Individual Personal Private Property Protection Act of 2007,” passed the Senate Criminal Justice Committee by an overwhelming vote of 7 to 1 on Tuesday, March 27. SB 2356 would protect employees and customers from having their private vehicles searched, and protects against punitive action by anti-gun business owners who would deny your right to have a firearm in your car for protection, or other lawful purposes, when you park in a business parking lot. Please be sure to email or call members of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee and thank them for protecting your rights.
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March 30, 2007

STATEMENT FROM NRA CHIEF LOBBYIST CHRIS W. COX ON SB 43

“Georgia State Senate leaders opted not to give SB 43 a fair vote last night. The National Rifle Association is disappointed in their decision. The NRA believes we had sufficient bi-partisan support to pass this common sense, pro-employee and pro-self defense bill.  The facts surrounding this legislation were polluted by half-truths and bold-faced lies by opponents during the 11th hour. The NRA was forced to engage in an assertive, fact based campaign to counter these falsehoods. While we are concerned that some referred to our effort to defend the merits of SB43 as heavy handed, we are unrepentant as our objective was to counter a blatant campaign of misinformation.  Nevertheless, the NRA remains hopeful that the Georgia State Senate will still address the essence of SB 43 this legislative session. This is a thoughtful and practical measure intended to preserve the integrity of Right-to-Carry laws in Georgia and to allow hard working men and women to have an effective means of self defense during their daily commute to and from work. Businesses quantify their progress by fiscal quarters. Politicians gauge success by election cycles. The NRA has no timeline in our defense of freedom. We will remain committed to this effort.”
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March 30, 2007

Saturday, April 14 is Special Election Day in Delaware!

A Special Election to fill the seat recently vacated by former House Majority Leader Wayne Smith (R-Brandywine Hundred North) has been set for Saturday, April 14, 2007. Smith had been Majority Leader since 1996, and a House member since 1990. This will be an important race for Delaware gun owners. Remember to vote "Freedom First" on election day.
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March 30, 2007

Pennsylvania Right to Keep and Bear Arms Press Conference Scheduled!

Pennsylvania grassroots sportsmen's organizations have scheduled a Second Amendment Press Conference for Tuesday, April 24 in the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg. This event will give Pennsylvania gun owners the opportunity to speak out against recently introduced anti-gun bills which include “one-gun-a-month” schemes and semi-auto bans.
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March 30, 2007

House Committee Schedules Statewide Hearings on “Gun Violence” in Pennsylvania!

The House Judiciary Committee, Chaired by Tom Caltagirone (D-Berks) has scheduled statewide hearings on gun-related crime. This will be an opportunity for gun owners in Pennsylvania to express their concerns regarding the many recent anti-gun proposals introduced in the House of Representatives, including "one-gun-a-month" schemes and semi-automatic firearm bans. If you are unable to attend these hearings, please call your State Representative at (717) 787-2372 and urge him or her to oppose these attacks on your Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
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March 30, 2007

Vermont’s Bill to Ban Lead Ammunition Appears To Have Been “Hung On The Wall!”

Due to the overwhelming and exceptional actions of Vermont’s gun owners and sportsmen, H. 352 appears to be dead for the 2007 legislative session. H. 352 is being disguised as a “help the children lead ban” bill to remove lead hazards from homes and businesses. Unfortunately, H. 352 is too broad and leaves interpretation open for municipalities to ban the manufacture, sale, and possession of lead ammunition.
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March 30, 2007

BLM Proposes Banning Recreational Shooting on Arizona Public Lands -- Ironwood Forest National Monument

BLM has proposed closing the Ironwood Forest National Monument to recreational shooting. It is crucial that gun owners attend the public meetings scheduled by BLM. If you are unable to attend these meetings, please send written comments to to Mark Lambert, BLM Planner, at 12661 E. Broadway, Tucson, AZ 85748, or sent via email to AZ_IFNM_RMP@blm.gov.
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March 29, 2007

Join Sen. David Vitter, Rep. Bobby Jindal, NRA EVP Wayne LaPierre,and NRA-ILA Exec. Dir. Chris W. Cox in Louisiana to Discuss Landmark Legislation

On Wednesday, April 4, 2007, please join NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox, Representative Bobby Jindal (LA-1) and U.S. Senator David Vitter (LA) for a series of press conferences around the state to discuss the passage of landmark legislation protecting our Second Amendment rights.
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March 29, 2007

Tennessee Emergency Powers Legislation Unanimously Passes out of the State Senate!

On Wednesday, March 28, Senate Bill 1597, sponsored by State Senator Mark Norris (R-32), passed the Senate by a 32-0 vote. Its companion bill, House Bill 1285, sponsored by State Representative Chris Crider (R-79) is currently in the House Judiciary Criminal Practice and Procedure subcommittee and is scheduled for a vote Wednesday, April 4. Please contact your State Representative today at 1-800-449-8366 and ask him or her to protect our Second Amendments rights and vote “YES” on HB 1285.
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March 29, 2007

Nomination of Jennifer Martin to Arizona Game and Fish Commissioner Heads to State Senate

On Wednesday, March 28, the Senate Natural Resources and Rural Affairs Committee voted 6-0 to send Jennifer Martin’s nomination to the full Senate. Please contact your State Senator and ask him or her to support Jennifer Martin’s nomination by either calling the Senate Info Desk at (602) 926-3559 or visit www.azleg.gov for a full Senate roster with direct contact information.
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March 29, 2007

North Dakota Pro-Hunting Bill Moving Forward!

House Bill 1149, authored by State Representative Donald Dietrich (R-42), is headed to the Senate. The House of Representatives passed the bill 80-9 with the age minimum on deer hunting set at 12. The Senate Natural Resources Committee amended the bill to raise the minimum age to 13. Please contact your State Senator at 1-888-NDLEGIS (635-3447) or 701-328-3373 (local) and respectfully urge them to support HB1149.
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March 28, 2007

Bureau of Land Management Proposes Banning Recreational Shooting on Arizona Public Lands!

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has just released a management plan for Ironwood Forest National Monument that proposes to ban all recreational shooting in the 128,000-acre forest. Ironwood Forest National Monument is currently open to dispersed recreational shooting and is controlled by the Bureau of Land Management.However, if BLM’s preferred management alternative (Alternative C) is adopted, then ALL recreational shooting will be banned. Make no mistake, this is just the first step to banning all firearms and their usage on Federal property. If the federal government can ban shooting on a vast rural area like Ironwood Forest National Monument, it can and it will ban shooting on all federal lands. They must be stopped now!
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March 27, 2007

Montana Self-Defense Bill Reaches Senate Committee!

House Bill 340, sponsored by State Representative Jack Wells (R-69), the NRA- supported measure that would clarify certain provisions of Montana law as it relates to self-defense with a firearm, is slated for a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, March 28 at 8:00 a.m.
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March 26, 2007

Georgia Senate to Vote on SB 43 Tuesday, March 27! Some Business Groups Arguing that the Second Amendment is NOT an Individual Right!

The Georgia Senate will vote on Senate Bill 43(SB 43) tomorrow, March 27. If you have not already called or sent an email to your State Senator and to the Lieutenant Governor, please do so today! Unfortunately, some in the business community have resorted to telling lies about SB 43 and now, not surprisingly given their opposition to the bill, about the Second Amendment as well, arguing that the Second Amendment is not an individual right.
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March 26, 2007

Two Anti-Gun Bills Moving in the Oregon Legislature!

House Bill 2852 would give the Port Authority more control over where law-abiding citizens can carry a firearm and Senate Bill 1012 would undermine Oregon’s firearm preemption law. These bills would greatly impact all law-abiding gun-owners in Oregon. We need your help to stop these anti-gun bills!
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March 26, 2007

Urgent Florida Action Alert Regarding HB 1417!

We Must Take Action Now!A couple of Republicans are wavering under pressure from corporate giants and may vote against protecting the people who elected them!Some Florida businesses are searching vehicles and trying to ban guns in cars in parking lots. They are violating the constitutional rights of gun owners and Florida law.
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March 25, 2007

UPS, AFLAC and Other Corporate Giants Working Overtime in Georgia to Destroy Your Second Amendment Rights

The Georgia Senate is expected to vote on SB 43, critical NRA-supported legislation in the GA Senate on Tuesday, March 27. SB 43 is being attacked by arrogant, big corporate lobbyists who are opposed to your right to self defense and your Constitutionally guaranteed Second Amendment rights. Call your Senator and urge him or her to support SB 43 on Tuesday, March 27.
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March 24, 2007

Our Right To Keep And Bear Arms Is Under Attack by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Wal-Mart, and other Big Corporate Interests!

The Lieutenant Governor and your State Senator are receiving incredible pressure from anti-gun corporate interests (Walmart,  UPS, CSX Transportation, AFLAC insurance, among others)  who oppose our right to keep and bear arms and our right to self-defense!A vote on Senate Bill 43 has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 27, but arrogant big corporate lobbyists are working overtime to defeat this bill. Call your State Senator today! Tell your Senator that you are counting on him or her to stand up for your Second Amendment rights by voting for SB 43. The general phone number for the Georgia Senate is (404) 656-5040. Call Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle! Tell Lieutenant Governor Cagle to support SB 43! The Lieutenant Governor can be reached at (404) 656-5030 or via email at casey.cagle@ltgov.ga.gov.
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March 23, 2007

Tennessee “Emergency Powers” Legislation on the Move!

Please Contact Your State Senator and House Subcommittee Members Today! Senate Bill 1597, sponsored by Senator Mark Norris (R-32) and its companion bill, House Bill 1285, sponsored by Representative Chris Crider (R-79) are making their way though the Senate and the House of Representatives.
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March 23, 2007

Pro-Gun Advancements Being Made in Kansas!

In Kansas this week, the House passed House Bill 2528, the clean-up bill for the Right-to-Carry legislation that passed last year. This bill addresses the problems that began to occur last year, before the law even took effect, when cities misinterpreted language in the original bill and believed that they could pass ordinances more stringent than state law to ban permit holders from certain areas. This bill passed the House by a vote of 107-17. The tremendous bipartisan support for this legislation will hopefully carry over to the Senate and speed this bill along before the session ends.
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March 23, 2007

Virginia Governor Tim Kaine Signs Three Important Bills!

On Friday, March 23, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine (D), signed three critical pieces of legislation all sponsored by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (R-31): House Bill 2653, prohibits gun dealer entrapment schemes, such as those orchestrated by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; House Bill 2308: provides that counties may adopt hunting regulations as provided by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries; and House Bill 2309: eliminates the three shotgun shell maximum when hunting non-migratory game. Please contact Governor Kaine at (804)-786-2211 to thank him for protecting law-abiding firearms dealers.
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March 23, 2007

Committee Formed to Protect Virginia’s Right-to-Carry Permit Holders!

As we reported earlier, an editorial that appeared in the Sunday, March 11 edition of The Roanoke Times that purported to simply shed a little light on who in the Commonwealth has obtained a carry permit, as well as some of the discrepancies and inaccuracies within the permit record keeping system, actually went a few steps beyond that. In response to the voices of thousands of concerned Virginians, on Tuesday, March 19, the General Assembly’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Council established a sub-committee to study the issue and provide for an appropriate remedy to ensure that such sensitive information is never again used so recklessly and irresponsibly. NRA will be an active participant in the Council’s study and the resulting process.
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March 23, 2007

Missouri Legislature Pushing Second Amendment Forward!

The Missouri Senate passed Senate Bill 257, sponsored by Senator Kevin Engler (R-3). SB257, also referred to as the “Missouri Disaster Recovery Protection Act,” will protect your Second Amendment rights during an emergency or disaster. In addition, the House will soon resume work on three more pro-gun measures: House Bill 462, sponsored by Representative Brian Munzlinger (R-1); House Bill 845, sponsored by Representative Bob Dixon (R-140); and Senate Bill 62, sponsored by Senator Jack Goodman (R-29). Please contact your State Representative at (571)-751-3659 and strongly encourage him or her to support and vote for these important measures.
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March 23, 2007

Mandatory Training Legislation Still Looming in Maine Legislature!

Legislative Document 778, introduced by State Senator Karl Turner (Cumberland-R) still looms in the legislature. This measure would require all new CHL applicants and renewing holders of a Right-to-Carry permit show documentation they have completed a firearms safety course that includes at least 6 hours of course work! This bill also removes exemptions to current handgun safety course requirements for an applicant or holder of a Right-to-Carry permit who can personally demonstrate knowledge of the subject matter. Please call the bill sponsors today and urge them to oppose this legislation. Legislators can be reached at the following toll-free numbers: Maine House of Representatives 1-800-423-2900 and the Maine Senate 1-800-423-6900.
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March 23, 2007

Bill to Establish Waiting Periods in Maine Killed!

Legislative Document 361, sponsored by State Representative Margaret Craven (D-74), "An Act To Create a Waiting Period for Firearms," was voted down in the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee This legislation would have mandated a 10-day waiting period for certain individuals who purchase firearms in Maine. Thanks to your calls and efforts we were able to defeat the first anti-gun measure before the Committee this year!
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March 23, 2007

Colorado Anti-Gun Legislation One Step Closer to Passage!

House Bill 1174, sponsored by State Representative Al White (R-57), is scheduled to be heard in the State Senate in the coming days. House Bill 1174 would repeal the sunset review of the law enforcement database of carry permit holders. Please contact your State Senator today at (303) 866-2316 and respectfully urge him or her to oppose this legislation.
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March 23, 2007

Gun Tax Advancing in Colorado Senate!

Senate Bill 109, sponsored by State Senator Ron Tupa (D-18), seeks to increase the fee assessed for the instant criminal background check conducted by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation prior to the transfer of a firearm. SB109 passed the Senate Appropriations Committee. Please contact your State Senator today at (303) 866-2316 and respectfully urge him or her to oppose this legislation.
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March 23, 2007

Georgia Self-Defense Legislation Needs Your Help!

Your State Senator Needs To Hear From You Today! SB 43 is scheduled to be heard this coming Tuesday, March 27 and your State Senator needs to hear from you today! Big corporate businesses opposed to your gun rights are working overtime to stop your right to self-defense!
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March 23, 2007

New Mexico State Legislature Adjourns Sine Die!

The New Mexico Legislature adjourned sine die at noon Saturday, March 17. Late last Friday, the Senate gave final approval to House Bill 588 by State Representative John Heaton (D-Carlsbad), the NRA-backed bill allowing Concealed Handgun Licensees to protect themselves in establishments that sell alcohol for off-premises consumption. Also, NRA-ILA and the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association were successful in securing just over $1 million in additional capital outlay funding for improvements to Albuquerque's Shooting Range State Park, which will host NRA's National Police Shooting Championships for the second year in a row, this coming fall.
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March 23, 2007

Assault on Right-to-Carry Permits Heading to Colorado House Floor!

Please Contact Your State Representative Today! Senate Bill 34, sponsored by State Senator John Morse (D-11), passed the House Judiciary Committee today and is on its way to the House floor for a vote.
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