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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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May 25, 2007

Nebraska Ban On Internet Hunting Heads to Governor's Desk

After passing the Assembly by a 45 to 0 vote, Legislative Bill 504 is now heading to the desk of Governor Dave Heineman (R) for his expected signature. LB504 would prohibit hunting via the internet as well as the hosting of websites that facilitate internet hunting.
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May 25, 2007

Missouri General Assembly Closes Out Successful Session!

On Friday, May 18, the Missouri General Assembly closed out one of the most successful sessions in recent memory. Among the many advances made during this session was the passage of: Senate Bill 225, Senate Bill 257, and Senate Bill 62. Additional information, including roll call votes for all of the above-mentioned bills, can be found at www.moga.state.mo.us. If your Senator and/or Representative voted for the NRA-backed bills above, please contact them and thank them for their support of Missouri’s law-abiding firearm owners, hunters and sportsmen!
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May 25, 2007

Bill to Establish Waiting Periods in Maine!

Legislative Document 361 would mandate a 10-day waiting period for certain individuals who purchase firearms in Maine. The bill has been placed on the House calendar for a possible vote. Please contact your State Representative at (207) 287-4469 and ask them to vote to accept the “ought not to pass” committee report.
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May 25, 2007

Maine’s Hunting Heritage Still at Risk!

On Wednesday, May 23, the Maine State House voted 82-60 to accept a report recommending that Legislative Document 1635 be defeated. The vote essentially “kills” Legislative Document 1635, "An Act To Prohibit Recreational Bear Trapping." Please contact your State Senator today at (207) 287-1583 and ask him or her to accept the “ought not to pass” committee report.
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May 25, 2007

"One-Gun-A-Month" Bill Still Looming in Massachusetts!

House Bill 3991, filed by Governor Deval Patrick (D), is still pending in the Judiciary Committee. This proposal would limit law-abiding Massachusetts gun buyers from purchasing more than one firearm per month. Please contact the Judiciary Committee members today and respectfully urge them to oppose H 3991 and any other proposal that limits the rights of lawful gun owners. Also, please contact Governor Patrick and politely ask him to withdraw this anti-gun legislation. Contact information can be found by clicking here.
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May 25, 2007

Discharge Ban Advancing in Indianapolis-Marion County, Indiana!

By just one vote, the Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council’s Rules and Public Safety Committee approved a measure crippling the lawful discharge of firearms within the consolidated city-county boundary. Specifically, Proposal 174 arbitrarily establishes that private property owners must have a minimum of five acres, zoned for agriculture, in order to lawfully hunt and/or target practice. Proposal 174 now goes before the full City-County Council for consideration – possibly as soon as Monday, June 11! Please contact your City-County Councillor and strongly encourage him or her to reject Proposal 174, and rather, focus on enforcing existing state law that addresses the reckless use or dangerous discharge for firearms. Contact information and District maps can be found at www.indygov.org.
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May 25, 2007

Anti-Gun Bill Heading to Connecticut House for Consideration!

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 he "should have discovered" the missing gun(s) and exposes himself to criminal prosecution. Under this bill, which now applies only to handguns, police and prosecutors retain total discretion for what constitutes “should have discovered.” Please call your State Representative TODAY at (860) 240-0400 and urge him or her to OPPOSE Senate Bill 938.
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May 25, 2007

Update on Alabama Gun Registration Bill!

House Bill 600, a bill that would have increased fees and required law-abiding citizens to register their firearms with the Department of Public Safety, is not expected to see any action in the House Judiciary Committee. Thank you for all of your hard work and support. It is because of your help and support that another anti-gun bill will likely not reach the Governor's desk.
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May 24, 2007

Nye County, Nevada County Commissioner Circulates Anti-Gun Petition!

In a move to ban the carrying of firearms into public meetings at the Bob Ruud Community Center, County Commissioner Peter Liakopoulos has begun to circulate petitions asking county employees to agree that a “NO FIREARMS” policy should be adopted in the building. Please take the time to contact the County Commissioners below and politely ask that they NOT change their firearms policy in the Bob Ruud Community Center!
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May 24, 2007

Tennessee Right-To-Carry Reform Legislation Needs Our Help!

Two pieces of Right-to-Carry reform legislation pending in the House Budget Sub-Committee will be heard on Tuesday, May 29.House Bill 132 would allow 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 and; House Bill 2184 would allow 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. Please contact the House Budget Sub-Committee at (615) 741-2031 and ask them to support HB 2184, as amended, but to remove the signage requirement and to vote “YES” on HB 132.
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May 24, 2007

Tabernacle Township, New Jersey Seeking Anti-Gun Ordinance!

On Tuesday, May 29 the Tabernacle Township Committee will hold a public hearing and 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 a structure on someone else’s property, even where it is safe to do so.
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May 24, 2007

Washington - NRA Comments Concerning Proposed Rules Curtailing Recreational Shooting

The NRA submitted the attached public comments to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in response to proposed rules that contemplate the curtailment of recreational shooting on department-controlled lands.
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May 23, 2007

Bill to Ban Private Sales in Wisconsin Expanded!

Please Attend the Public Hearing on Tuesday, May 29 or Contact the Senate Labor, Elections and Urban Affairs Committee Today! The legislature is currently considering Senate Bill 104, sponsored by State Senator Spencer Coggs (D-6), which would undermine Wisconsin’s preemption statute. Senator Coggs has recently introduced an amendment to SB 104 which would require ALL private transfers of firearms in Wisconsin to be conducted through a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL). This bill would also require FFL’s to charge an additional $5 for running this background check for the private sale to be processed. This bill would prevent anyone who is not an FFL from “transfering” a firearm to anyone else, including family members, anywhere in the state. The language does not specify that a sale has to occur, nor does it define what a “transfer” is. Consequently, an individual who allows a relative or friend to borrow their firearm for target shooting or hunting is technically transferring a firearm in direct violation of the law.
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May 23, 2007

Nevada Right-to-Carry Reform Bill Passes House!

On Wednesday, May 23, Senate Bill 237 unanimously passed out of the Assembly by a 41-0 vote. SB237, introduced by Senators John Lee (D-1) and Warren Hardy (R-12), would allow Nevada to negotiate Right-to-Carry reciprocity agreements with states whose training standards match Nevada's.
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May 23, 2007

Update on Texas Firearms Legislation (HB 1815 & SB 534)!

This morning, Wednesday, May 23, House Bill 1815 by Representative Carl Isett (R-Lubbock) and Senator Juan Hinojosa (D-McAllen) was given final approval on the Senate Local Calendar. HB 1815 now heads to Governor Rick Perry (R) for his expected signature! On Tuesday, May 22, the last day for possible floor consideration, the House failed to take up Senate Bill 534, sponsored by Senator Glenn Hegar (R-Katy) and Representative Patrick Rose (R-Dripping Springs) for a final vote. This NRA-supported bill would have allowed Concealed Handgun Licensees (CHLs) to transport and store their handguns in locked motor vehicles while parked on their employers' property.
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May 23, 2007

Oregon Youth Hunter Mentor Bill Passes the House!

Senate Bill 892, sponsored by State Senator Roger Beyer (R-9), passed the Oregon House on Monday, May 21, by a vote of 47 to 4. This bill establishes 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.
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May 23, 2007

Goochland County, Virginia Delays Action on Anti-Shooting Ordinance!

On Thursday, May 17, the Goochland County Board of Supervisors and the county Planning Commission held a rare combined meeting to consider an ordinance that would have dramatically revised county land use standards in an attempt to prohibit recreational shooting on private property. Thanks in large part to the numerous law-abiding gun owners who attended and spoke at the meeting, as well as those who contacted the Board of Supervisors, the combined body declined to take action on the proposed ordinance, and has sent the measure back for “further study.”
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May 23, 2007

North Carolina Anti-Gun Measure Fails!

House Bill 1847, sponsored by State Representatives Larry Hall (D-29), Earl Jones (D-60), and Paul Luebke (D-30), legislation that would have required law-abiding gun owners to report the loss or theft of a firearm to police or face criminal prosecution, failed to pass the House yesterday, Tuesday, May 22. Thank you for your hard work and support in helping defend the Second Amendment by opposing this attack on our Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
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