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May 21, 2007

Critical Right-to-Carry Reform Bill May Be Considered by Texas House Tomorrow!

Please Contact Your State Representative Today! The House Calendars Committee has finally set NRA-backed Senate Bill 534 by State Senator Glenn Hegar (R-Katy) and State Representative Patrick Rose (D-Dripping Springs) for Tuesday's House Calendar. This is the last day that Senate bills may be considered by the full House.
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May 18, 2007

South Carolina Defending the Second Amendment!

The South Carolina House of Representatives has been working hard this session to advance the rights of law-abiding gun owners. In March, the House passed House Bill 3212, introduced by State Representative Greg Delleney (R-43). In February, the House passed House Bill 3310, introduced by State Representative Mike Pitts (R-14). On Thursday, May 17, the House passed House Bill 3528, also introduced by State Representative Mike Pitts (R-14). Please contact your State Senator at (803) 212-6700 and urge him or her to work to ensure the passage of H 3212 and H 3528. Also be sure to than your Senator for passing H 3310. Also, please contact your State Representative at (803) 734-2010 and thank him or her for passing H 3212, H 3310, and H 3528.
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May 18, 2007

Colorado Governor Signs Bill Attacking Right-to-Carry!

In yet another move attacking Colorado’s law-abiding gun-owners, Governor Bill Ritter (D) has signed Senate Bill 34. Under SB34, non-resident concealed handgun carry permits will no longer be honored if the permit holder is not a resident of the state that issued the permit. For example, a Florida permit issued to a non-resident will no longer be recognized in Colorado. No demonstrated need has been presented to justify SB34, legislation that will potentially threaten reciprocity agreements.
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May 18, 2007

Connecticut “Lost and Stolen” Legislation Stopped for the Time Being!

SB903 would make it a crime to fail to report the loss or theft of a firearm within 72 hours of when you "discovered or should have discovered" it missing. The “Lost and Stolen” legislation was not brought up for a vote, which will kill the bill now. Unfortunately, it usually shows up later as an amendment on another bill. Please keep checking www.NRAILA.org for updates on this anti-gun issue.
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May 17, 2007

Arizona: BLM to Take Public Comment on Its Proposal to Ban All Recreational Shooting in the Ironwood Forest National Monument!

The meeting is scheduled for Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Pima Community College West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road, Tucson, in the Proscenium Theater, located on the east side of the campus. Sign in for speakers will begin at 9:30 a.m. This meeting will be in a question-and-answer format with a panel of BLM specialists. Your attendance is needed.
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May 17, 2007

Pro-Gun Bills Moving Forward in Tennessee House!

House Bill 132 and House Bill 2184, two important pieces of Right-to-Carry reform legislation, have passed out of the Judiciary Committee. HB 132 now heads to the Finance, Ways & Means Committee and HB 2184 has been referred to The House Committee on Calendar and Rules. Please call the House Finance, Ways & Means Committee at (615) 741-1326 and urge them to support HB 132 and call the House Committee on Calendar and Rules at (615) 741-7016 and urge them to support HB 2184.
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May 17, 2007

Rhode Island State Senate Seeking “Microstamping” Bill!

Microstamping legislation was introduced and could soon be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee. S 1012 would require that identifying marks, including the make, model, and serial number of the firearm be etched into the firing pin and breech face of a firearm so that these identifying marks are transferred to the cartridge case upon firing. For contact information for the Senate Judiciary Committee, please click here.
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May 17, 2007

North Carolina “Gun Owner Victimization Act” Heads to House Floor!

The North Carolina House Judiciary I Committee passed House Bill 1847, a bill that would require law-abiding gun owners to report the loss or theft of a firearm to police or face criminal prosecution. This bill would treat anyone who has had a firearm stolen as a common criminal if he or she fails to report the theft within 48 hours of when the crime victim "knew or reasonably should have known of the theft or loss." The bill now heads to the floor of the House. Please contact your State Representative and respectfully urge him or her to oppose HB1847. HB 1847 is a main legislative objective of the anti-gun North Carolinians Against Gun Violence (NCGV), and must be defeated. While the NRA was not permitted to speak against the bill while it was in committee, our case can still be heard and it can still be defeated if you contact your State Representatives at (919) 733-4111 and urge them to oppose it.
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May 17, 2007

Two Missouri Pro-Gun Bills Heading to Governor!

Senate Bill 62 and Senate Bill 225, two much-needed pro-gun measures, are on their way to the desk of Governor Matt Blunt (R). Please contact Governor Blunt at (573) 751-1588 and respectfully urge him to sign these bills.
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May 17, 2007

Delaware Emergency Powers Bill Heads to House 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 Representative at (302) 744-4087 and ask him or her to defend your Second Amendment rights by supporting HB175.
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May 17, 2007

Alabama: Emergency Powers Bills Need Your Help Today!

Senate Bill 370 and House Bill 598 would prohibit any government agency from confiscating or regulating the lawful sale and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens during a state of emergency. With just a few short weeks remaining the Alabama Legislature’s session, it is imperative that your legislators hear from you today. Please contact members of the State Senate at (334) 242-7800 and urge them to support SB 370 and members of the State House at (334) 242-7600 and ask them to support HB 598.
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May 17, 2007

Missouri “Hunting Heritage Protection Areas Act” Heads to Governor’s Desk!

Today, Thursday, May 17, the House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 225, sponsored by State Senator Bill Stouffer (R-21), by a vote of 158-0. SB225 now heads to the desk of Governor Matt Blunt (R) for his consideration. Please contact him today at (573) 751-1588 and respectfully ask that he sign the “Hunting Heritage Protection Areas Act.”
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May 16, 2007

Update on Greensburg, Kansas

Last week, NRA reported that we were investigating allegations of gun confiscation in the aftermath of the tornado that ravaged Greensburg, Kansas. NRA received a number of phone calls from troubled NRA members in Greensburg who were concerned that law enforcement had inappropriately removed firearms from their homes after the deadly tornadoes. In response, NRA sent representatives to Greensburg to gather as much information as possible, spoke with area law enforcement and local elected officials to determine what had transpired. After investigating these complaints, there was no evidence of any illegal gun confiscations or seizures. However, there were firearms recovered by law enforcement that are now in the process of being returned.
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May 16, 2007

BLM Meeting on Arizona's Ironwood Forest National Monument to be Held Saturday, May 19!

The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Tucson Field Office will host a public meeting to answer questions and take comments on the Ironwood Forest National Monument Draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement. The meeting is scheduled for Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Pima Community College West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road, Tucson, in the Proscenium Theater, located on the east side of the campus.
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May 16, 2007

Texas Senate Committee To Consider Clarification to Right-To-Carry Legislation!

Tomorrow afternoon, Thursday, May 17, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee will consider House Bill 1815 by Representative Carl Isett (R-Lubbock) and Senator Juan Hinojosa (D-McAllen). This important NRA-supported measure will clarify, once and for all, that it is legal to transport a handgun in your motor vehicle for personal protection without a Concealed Handgun License (CHL), provided you are eligible to possess the firearm under state and federal law, you are not a member of a criminal street gang, and you are not committing any criminal activity at the time (other than a traffic violation,) and as long as the handgun is hidden from plain view.
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May 16, 2007

Indianapolis-Marion County, Indiana City-County Council to Take-Up Firearms Discharge Ban!

Please Attend the Rules and Public Policy Committee Meeting on Tuesday, May 22! On Tuesday, May 22, the Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council Rules and Public Policy Committee will consider Proposal 174. This onerous measure will effectively prohibit the discharge of firearms within the City-County limits. Rather than focusing on enforcing existing state law to address the reckless and illegal discharge of firearms, the Council is poised to punish law-abiding gun owners for the acts of irresponsible gun owners.
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May 16, 2007

Delaware: Emergency Powers Legislation Needs Your Help!

Please Contact the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee Today! House Bill 175, sponsored by State Representative Pamela Thornburg (R-29) will be heard in the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee tomorrow, Thursday, May 17 at 2:30pm.
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May 16, 2007

Connecticut: Anti-Gun Bill to Be Heard in Committee Tomorrow!

Please Contact the Public Safety and Security Committee!Senate Bill 903, introduced by State Senators Martin Looney (D-11) and Toni Harp (D-10), will be heard by the Public Safety and Security Committee tomorrow, Thursday, May 17 at 10:00 A.M.
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May 16, 2007

Colorado Governor Signs Anti-Gun Legislation!

Governor Bill Ritter (D) has signed House Bill 1174, legislation which will permanently extend the database of concealed handgun permit licensees. Unfortunately, this database has been used in the past to justify unwarranted searches of law-abiding gun owners’ vehicles and other abuses.
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May 15, 2007

North Carolina “Gun Owner Victimization Act” to be Heard Thursday!

House Bill 1847, sponsored by State Representatives Larry Hall (D-29), Earl Jones (D-60), and Paul Luebke (D-30), would require law-abiding gun owners to report the loss or theft of a firearm to police or face criminal prosecution. This bill will be heard at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 17, in the House Judiciary I Committee. Please contact the committee members and urge them to oppose HB 1847.
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May 15, 2007

Tennessee Governor Signs “Emergency Powers” Legislation!

Please Thank Governor Bredesen Today! In another victory for Tennessee’s law-abiding gun owners, Governor Phil Bredesen (D) signed Senate Bill 1597, introduced by State Senator Mark Norris (R-32), into law on Thursday, May 10.
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May 15, 2007

Missouri: Pro-Gun Legislation Needs Your Help Today!

Please Contact Your State Representative Today! With the General Assembly scheduled to adjourn sine die this Friday, May 18 at 6:00 p.m., several pro-Second Amendment bills are still awaiting action.
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May 15, 2007

BLM Proposes Shooting Ban in Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA) in Idaho!

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has proposed that 41,000 acres of public land in the Birds of Prey NCA (near Boise) be closed to recreational shooting. However, we have good news! Thanks to the hard work of Congressman Bill Sali's office, the BLM appears to be reconsidering plans to close this area. NRA is extremely pleased with the commitment shown by the Congressman and his staff to protect sportsmen in Idaho. Congressman Sali's staff, along with staff members from the offices of Governor Butch Otter, and Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo, recently met with the BLM on two occasions to discuss this issue.
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May 15, 2007

Goochland County, Virginia to Discuss Anti-Gun Ordinance!

Please Attend and Make Your Voice Heard! In a rare meeting of both the Goochland County Board of Supervisors and the county Planning Commission, the combined bodies will likely consider an ordinance that could dramatically revise county land use standards in an attempt to prohibit recreational and target shooting on private property. The meeting will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 17 at the Goochland Administration Building, 1800 Sandy Hood Road, Goochland.
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May 15, 2007

Critical Missouri Wildlife Bill Awaiting Governor’s Action!

Please Contact Governor Blunt Today! With nearly two-thirds of North America’s migratory waterfowl passing through the Missouri flyway each year, the protection of critical wildlife habitat and hunting opportunities is among NRA’s top priorities this legislative session. Currently, Governor Matt Blunt (R) is considering House Bill 327, an economic development bill that contains provisions that will preserve important wildlife habitat and hunting opportunities for future generations.
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May 14, 2007

Nevada Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Legislation Needs Your Help!

Please Contact the Assembly Judiciary Committee Today! Senate Bill 237 must be voted out of the Assembly Judiciary Committee by this Friday, May 18 for it to be kept alive this session. SB237 would allow Nevada to negotiate for Right-to-Carry reciprocity agreements with states whose training standards match Nevada's. Previous bills allowing for reciprocity have NEVER made it out of this committee. This is our best chance in years, but we can't do it without your immediate help.
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May 11, 2007

New Jersey Update On Gun Ban Legislation!

On Thursday, May 10, the New Jersey Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee decided to take no action on Assembly Bill 3494, sponsored by Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D-6) and Assemblyman Peter Barnes (D-18). A3494 would drastically raises all firearm license and permit fees and would allow the Superintendent of State Police the discretion to annually reconsider fees for a manufacturer or dealer license, a carry permit, the firearms purchase I.D. (FID), and the pistol purchase permits.The committee also voted 4 to 2 to amend Assembly Bill 3998, sponsored by Assemblymen Reed Gusciora (D-15), Michael Panter (D-12), and Robert Gordon (D-38), which would ban the possession of all .50 BMG rifles by declaring such items to be a “destructive device.”
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May 11, 2007

Wisconsin "Castle Doctrine" Bill Passes House!

Vital self-defense legislation, also known as “Castle Doctrine” legislation, passed the Wisconsin State House on Wednesday, May 9. Assembly Bill 35 now moves on to the Senate. Please contact your State Senator at (800) 362-9472 and respectfully urge him or her to support AB 35 for your right to self-defense.
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May 11, 2007

Important Texas Right-to-Carry Reforms Pressing Onward!

Two important pieces of NRA-backed legislation to clarify once and for all that law-abiding Texans have the right to transport handguns for personal protection in their private vehicles without needing a Concealed Handgun License are moving through the Texas Legislature.
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May 11, 2007

Tennessee Governor Protects Hunting in the Volunteer State!

On Monday, May 7, Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen (D) signed “No-Net-Loss” legislation into law. House Bill 145 requires the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency to have a base line number of public hunting acres that are always open to hunting, guaranteeing that future generations have the same hunting opportunities that are enjoyed today.
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May 11, 2007

Pro-Gun Bills Moving Forward in Tennessee House!

House Bill 132 and House Bill 2184, two important pieces of Right-to-Carry reform legislation, have passed out of the House Judiciary Committee. HB 132 now heads to the House Finance, Ways & Means Committee, and HB 2184 has been referred to the House Committee on Calendar and Rules.
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May 11, 2007

Pro-Gun Bills Marching Forward in South Carolina!

NRA-sponsored Right-to-Carry reciprocity reform legislation, House Bill 3212, has passed out of committee and is now waiting to be heard on the Senate floor. Also, House Bill 3310, a bill which clarifies the law pertaining to the carrying of a firearm in a vehicle by someone with a Concealed Weapon Permit, is heading to the desk of Governor Mark Sanford (R).
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May 11, 2007

Oregon Youth Hunting Bill Up for a House Floor Vote!

NRA-supported Youth Hunter Mentoring legislation, Senate Bill 892 A, passed the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. It will be heading to the House Floor for a vote very soon.
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May 11, 2007

North Carolina Considering the “Crime Victim Double-Victimization Act!”

On Monday, May 14, the North Carolina House Judiciary I Committee will be hearing House Bill 1847, a bill that would require law-abiding gun owners to report the loss or theft of a firearm to police or face criminal prosecution. This bill would treat anyone who has had a firearm stolen as a common criminal if he or she fails to report the theft within 48 hours of when the crime victim "knew or reasonably should have known of the theft or loss." Please plan to attend the hearing on Monday, May 14, at 3:00 PM. If you are unable to attend, please contact the Committee Members.
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May 11, 2007

Illinois State Senate Passes Magazine Ban!

On Wednesday, May 9, the Illinois State Senate passed Senate Bill 1007, which bans the manufacture, possession, delivery, sale, and purchase of standard capacity ammunition magazines capable of holding more than ten (10) cartridges. This bill is worded so broadly that it would also ban certain firearms, such as some Henry rifles, which have attached tubular magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds of ammunition. This lever-action rifle, whose design dates back to the 1860s, would be prohibited under SB 1007, making this bill far more than a bad magazine ban.
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May 11, 2007

Anti-Gun Bill Moving in North Carolina Legislature!

House Bill 1287 seeks to create a new statewide database to which sheriffs would report all individuals who have been denied a permit to purchase a pistol. It has passed the House and now moves to the Senate. Please contact your State Senator today and respectfully urge them to oppose HB1287.
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May 11, 2007

Anti-Gun Package Still Looming in New York Legislature!

A broad package of anti-gun legislation that was approved by the New York State Assembly is still pending action in the Senate. Each bill poses a very real threat to our Right to Keep and Bear Arms in the Empire State, so it is critical that you contact your State Senators at (518) 455-2800 and urge them to vote "NO" on Assembly Bill 6525, Assembly Bill 829, Assembly Bill 2772, Assembly Bill 3447, Assembly Bill 7331, and Assembly Bill 76!
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May 11, 2007

Missouri Pro-Gun Bills Making Progress!

Two important pieces of pro-gun legislation are currently pending in the Missouri Legislature. Passed by the House Special Committee on Agriculture Business, Senate Bill 225, the “Hunting Heritage Protection Areas Act,” will protect some of our nation's most critical wildlife habitats and hunting areas by prohibiting certain development, as well as prohibit localities from restricting the lawful discharge of firearms within the protected areas. Please contact your Representative at (573) 751-3824 and strongly encourage him or her to support and vote for SB225. Also, Senate Bill 62, the “Castle Doctrine” self-defense bill, is heading to a conference committee with the House.
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May 11, 2007

Illinois Bill Seeks to Ban Commonly Used Magazines and Rifles!

Senate Bill 1007, introduced by former gun-ban lobbyist and current Senator Dan Kotowski (D-33), is headed to the House, which could take it up at any time. SB 1007, which bans the manufacture, possession, delivery, sale, and purchase of standard capacity ammunition magazines capable of holding more than ten (10) cartridges. This bill is worded so broadly that it would also ban certain firearms, such as some Henry rifles, which have attached tubular magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds of ammunition. It is critical that you call your State Representative at (217) 782-8223 immediately and urge him or her to oppose SB 1007.
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May 11, 2007

Connecticut Anti-Gun Bill Still Pending in Committee!

Senate Bill 903 is still awaiting referral to the Public Safety and Security Committee. SB 903 seeks to make criminals out of burglary victims by making it a crime to fail to report a gun theft to police within 72 hours of when the owner "discovered or should have discovered" the theft. SB 903 also includes language that would subject gun owners to criminal investigation and jeopardy of prosecution even if they report the theft within the required time period! Please call your Connecticut state lawmakers TODAY at (860) 240-0100 and strongly urge them to OPPOSE SB 903!
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