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February 7, 2014

Maryland: Save the Date for Gun Day in Annapolis

The Maryland General Assembly has scheduled this year’s legislative “Gun Day” sessions, where all firearm-related legislation will be considered in committee in both legislative chambers.  The state Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee will hold its Gun Day session on February 26, and the House Judiciary Committee will hold its on March 4.
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February 7, 2014

Georgia: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Legislation Passes in House Committee Yesterday, Pro-Hunting Bill to be Considered by Senate Committee Next Week

Yesterday, House Bill 875 passed in the state House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee by a voice vote.  It now goes to the House Rules Committee where it will be assigned to the House floor. HB 875, introduced by state Representative Rick Jasperse (R-11), is the most comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation introduced in recent state history.  This bill seeks to make many changes to benefit law-abiding gun owners, shooters and sportsmen alike.  
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February 7, 2014

New Jersey: Gun Owners’ Voices Heard, “Defaced” Firearms Bill Amended in Committee

Yesterday, February 6, Assembly Bill 823 was heard by the New Jersey Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee. Sponsored by Assemblyman Charles Mainor (D-31), A.823 was introduced with a provision that would increase penalties related to “defaced” firearms. 
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February 7, 2014

Kentucky: More Action in Frankfort Sees Positive Steps for Gun Owners

Yesterday, Senate Bill 106, sponsored by state Senator Jared Carpenter (R-34), was reported unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee.  This important self-defense legislation would allow an individual who has legally sought a court-issued Emergency Protection Order (EPO) the ability to better defend themselves by expediting the permitting process for a Concealed Deadly Weapons License (CDWL), following a background check.
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February 7, 2014

Connecticut: 2014 Legislative Session Convened Yesterday

Yesterday, February 6, the Connecticut General Assembly convened its 2014 legislative session.  After last year’s historic assault on your individual liberties and Second Amendment rights, your NRA-ILA will be diligently standing guard in Hartford against any further attacks on your rights this session.  We will continue to fight for your firearms freedoms this year -- in the legislature, in the courtroom, and at the ballot box.
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February 7, 2014

Tennessee: Pro-Gun Bills Stall in House Subcommittee

On February 5, the Tennessee House Civil Justice Subcommittee was scheduled to consider House Bill 1407 and House Bill 1483.  Unfortunately, these two bills were not heard in committee, but are instead expected to be placed on a “special” firearms calendar that will likely be considered in March.
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February 7, 2014

A Return to Sanity? Lawmakers Push Back Against Zero-Tolerance Abuses

We've all seen warning labels on products that leave us scratching our heads and wondering, is that really necessary?  A popular sleeping pill, for example, cautions it may cause drowsiness.  Chainsaws have stickers admonishing users not to hold the saw by the blade.  A certain hand-held hairdryer even contains an advisory that it is not for use while sleeping.
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February 6, 2014

Pennsylvania: Critical Firearms Preemption Legislation Introduced

House Bill 2011, important firearms preemption legislation, was introduced yesterday by pro-gun state Representative Mark Keller (R-86).  If passed and enacted into law, HB 2011 would strengthen Pennsylvania’s firearms preemption law to further ensure firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout the state.  This important bill has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.
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February 6, 2014

Idaho: Senate Committee to Hear Bill to Secure Idaho Campuses

Next Wednesday, February 12, the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 1254, introduced by state Senator Curt McKenzie (R-13).  As previously reported, SB 1254 would permit qualified retired law enforcement officers and law-abiding adults who have obtained an Idaho “enhanced” concealed carry license to possess a firearm on public college or university campuses. 
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February 6, 2014

Florida: Report on Committee Action Monday 2/3, Tuesday 2/4 and Wednesday 2/5

We had great success this week and that success simply would not have been possible without your help in responding to our Alerts and YOU taking the time  to contact Committee members.  Please don't ever underestimate the power of your voice in speaking to elected officials.  The more emails they receive, the more they listen.  Thank you for your help.....
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February 6, 2014

California: Gun Ban Lobby to Hold Meeting in Mountain View to Spread Radical Gun Control Measures

The NRA and gun rights supporters warnings over the past year are coming to fruition.  The gun ban lobby, funded in large part by billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been using misleading talking points written by powerful lobbying and PR firms and is pushing radical local gun control ordinances in cities throughout California.  Most cities, after hearing from their constituents and learning the facts have rejected the ill-conceived and counterproductive civilian disarmament agenda being promoted.  But a few cities decided to join in the attack on law-abiding citizens Second Amendment rights.  
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February 5, 2014

New Hampshire: “Universal” Background Check Bill Amended in House Committee

Yesterday, the state House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee reported an amended version of House Bill 1589 by a 10-8 vote, making it even more prohibitive to privately sell or transfer a firearm in the Granite State.
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February 5, 2014

Kentucky: Hearing on Self-Defense Legislation Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Kentucky Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 106, sponsored by state Senator Jared Carpenter (R-34).  SB 106 would strengthen an individual’s ability to defend themselves against another for those persons who have legally sought an Emergency Protection Order (EPO).  Additionally, SB 106 would expedite the permitting process by giving almost immediate access to a Concealed Deadly Weapons License (CDWL) to those persons under protection by a court issued protective order, following a background check.
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February 5, 2014

New Jersey: Assembly Bill Plagued By Dangerous Provisions

Tomorrow, February 6 at 2:00 p.m., the New Jersey Assembly Law & Public Safety Committee is scheduled to consider Assembly Bill 823.  Sponsored by Assemblyman Charles Mainor (D-31), A.823 is police safety legislation that includes a number of items.  However, A. 823 also contains a provision that increases penalties related to “defaced” firearms.
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February 4, 2014

Arizona: Pro-Gun Legislation to be Heard in House Committees This Week

Tomorrow, February 5, the Arizona House Public Safety, Military and Regulatory Affairs Committee is scheduled to consider House Bill 2103.  As previously reported, HB 2103 was introduced by state Representative Kelly Townsend (R-16) and would expand eligibility for CCW permits to those persons who are 19 years of age and older with military service including those on active duty, those who have been honorably discharged or those who have been discharged under honorable conditions. 
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February 4, 2014

West Virginia: NICS Exemption Bill Passes House

Today, House Bill 4186 passed unanimously in the House of Delegates and will be sent to the state Senate for further consideration.
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February 4, 2014

Georgia: Two Important Gun Bills to be Heard in State House and Senate Committees Tomorrow

Tomorrow, February 5, two gun-related bills are scheduled to be heard in state House and Senate committees.  One bill is a comprehensive pro-gun reform bill which seeks to expand the rights of law-abiding gun owners in Georgia, while the other is an egregious infringement on your inherent right to self-defense.
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February 4, 2014

Illinois: Bill Reducing FOID Age Requirement to be Heard in House Committee Tomorrow

Tomorrow, February 5, at 9:15 a.m., House Bill 3762 is scheduled to be heard in the Illinois House Judiciary Committee.  HB 3762, sponsored by state Representative Jack D. Franks (D-63), would reduce the age requirement from 21 years to 18 years to obtain a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card without a parental signature.
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February 4, 2014

Oregon: Dangerous Background Check Legislation to be Heard in Senate Committee this Thursday

This Thursday, February 6, the Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 1551, formerly known as Legislative Concept 154.  As previously reported, SB 1551 would criminalize the otherwise lawful private transfer of firearms.
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February 4, 2014

Colorado: Second Amendment Legislation to be Heard in Senate and House Committees

Despite the efforts of our members who called committee members and showed up in Denver to speak, Senate Bill 14-094 was defeated yesterday on a party-line 3-2 vote in the state Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee.  SB 94, introduced by state Senator George Rivera (R-3), would have repealed the egregious and rights-infringing bill passed last year by anti-gun legislators in Denver that criminalized the private sale or transfer of a firearm.
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February 4, 2014

Urgent Florida Alert! Zero Tolerance Shouldn't Mean Zero Common Sense

Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 5, the House Education K-12 Subcommittee will hear a proposed committee bill, PCB KTS 14-02, on Zero Tolerance.  If the committee approves the proposal, it will be introduced as a formal bill and assigned a bill number.  PCB KTS 14-02 will stop some of the unbelievable actions by school administrators against children who behave like children and point fingers at each other pretending to shoot guns etc.  
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February 3, 2014

Hawaii: Multiple Gun-Related Bills to be Heard in state Senate Committee Tomorrow

Tomorrow, February 4, the Hawaii Senate Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs Committee is scheduled to hear three different pieces of firearms legislation
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February 3, 2014

Indiana: Constitutional Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment Clears Senate, Goes to House

Today, Senate Joint Resolution 9, sponsored by state Senator Brent Steele (R-44), passed in the Indiana Senate by a 43 to 4 vote.  SJR 9 will now be transmitted to the Indiana House of Representatives where its sponsors are state Representatives Sean Eberhart (R-57), Heath VanNatter (R-38) and Mark Messmer (R-63).  SJR 9 would guarantee Hoosiers the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.  This proposed constitutional amendment would ensure the preservation of Indiana's rich hunting heritage for future generations.
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February 3, 2014

New Hampshire: “Universal” Background Check Bill Re-Scheduled in House Committee Tomorrow

Tomorrow, February 4, the state House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee has again scheduled an executive session for House Bill 1589 and could consider several amendments.  The amendment process has been used by gun control advocates in the past to mask their ultimate goal of imposing “universal” background checks, and amendments to HB 1589 will not make it any more acceptable.
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February 3, 2014

Alabama: Right to Hunt and Fish Legislation Introduced

Earlier this month, the Alabama Legislature convened its 2014 legislative session and saw the introduction of House Bill 322.  Sponsored by state Representative Mark Tuggle (R-81), HB 322 would guarantee the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife in Alabama.
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February 3, 2014

Florida Alert! House Bill to Stop Discrimination against Gun Owners by Insurance Companies

House Bill 255 by Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Shalimar) is scheduled for a hearing in the House Insurance and Banking Committee TOMORROW on Tuesday, February 4, at 4:00 pm.  HB-255 is a bill to stop insurance companies from discriminating against gun owners.  
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February 1, 2014

Mississippi: Pro-Gun Measures on the Move in Jackson

In spite of the winter storm that blasted much of the Deep South this week, state lawmakers remained busy at work in Jackson and advanced a number of bills aimed at further protecting your rights in the Magnolia State. This week, the House Judiciary A Committee reported three NRA-supported bills, advancing them to the full House for consideration.
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February 1, 2014

Virginia: Report on Legislative Action in Richmond This Week

Yesterday, the House Courts of Justice Criminal Law Subcommittee reported House Bill 43 by a 7-3 vote.  Sponsored by pro-gun Delegate Bob Marshall (R-13), HB 43 would prevent any agency, political subdivision or employee of Virginia from assisting the federal government in any way that infringes on the individual’s Right to Keep and Bear Arms. (now referred to the House Appropriations Committee)
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February 1, 2014

Tennessee: House Subcommittee to Consider Pro-Gun Bills

On Wednesday, February 5, the House Civil Justice Committee is scheduled to consider House Bill 1407 and House Bill 1483.  As previously reported, the Senate companion to HB 1407, Senate Bill 1496, passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this week.
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January 31, 2014

Oregon: 2014 Legislative Session to Convene on February 3

On Monday, February 3, the Oregon Legislature will convene its 2014 legislative session.  This short 35-day session will feature rapid consideration of bills making it important for citizens to stay engaged in helping to defeat dangerous anti-gun legislation.  
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January 31, 2014

Indiana: Firearm Registration Removed from Proposed Columbus Ordinance

Thanks to an outcry of opposition from NRA members and Second Amendment supporters, your NRA-ILA was informed that the proposed firearm registration ordinance by the Columbus City Council has been amended and excludes firearms, firearms accessories and ammunition.
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January 31, 2014

Kentucky: More Gun Legislation Introduced in Frankfort

This week has seen a lot of activity in Frankfort with the introduction of three more pieces of pro-gun legislation.
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January 31, 2014

Idaho: Pro-Hunting Legislation Introduced in state House

Last week, state legislation that seeks to recruit and retain more hunters in the Gem State was introduced and referred to the House Committee on Resources and Conservation.  House Bill 399 aims to lower the minimum age to hunt big game from twelve years to ten years, while retaining the requirement that an individual younger than twelve must be accompanied in the field by an adult licensed to hunt in Idaho.
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January 31, 2014

Wisconsin: NRA/Wisconsin FORCE State Convention

On February 7-9, the NRA and Wisconsin FORCE, along with the Central Wisconsin Gun Collectors Association and the Wisconsin Trapshooting Association, will be holding the 8th Annual State Convention. This convention will include free seminars and an impressive roster of invited guests including Governor Scott Walker, Major E.J. Land, Chad Franklin and Buster Bachhuber.
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January 31, 2014

Connecticut: Ruling Upholds Connecticut's Expansive Firearm and Magazine Bans Despite Findings that Banned Items are Commonly Used for Lawful Purposes

On January 30, 2014, a federal court judge upheld Connecticut's new gun control law as constitutional, notwithstanding its finding that "the act burdens the plaintiffs' Second Amendment rights …."  The ruling comes from U.S. District Court Judge Alfred Covello in response to a lawsuit filed last May challenging the constitutionality of Connecticut's new gun control legislation. In April, the Connecticut legislature hastily passed wide-ranging restrictions on Connecticut gun owners that embody several long-term planks of the anti-gunners' agenda, including an expanded ban on so-called "assault weapons," restrictions on magazine capacity, expansion of an existing "eligibility certificate" requirement to all firearms and ammunition, an expanded ban of private transfers, and registration of all non-conforming firearms and magazines, the possession of which was grandfathered under the law.
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January 31, 2014

Florida Alert! TWO (2) Pro-Gun Bills Up in Committee Monday, February 2, 2014

THE FIRST BILL: Senate Bill 424 by Senator Tom Lee (R-Brandon) is scheduled for its 2nd hearing.  It will be heard in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Monday, February 2, at 4:00pm.  THE SECOND BILL: Senate Bill 544 by Senator Wilton Simpson (R-New Port Richey) is scheduled for its 1st hearing in the same committee -- Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Monday, February 2, at 4:00pm
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January 31, 2014

Washington Senator: Guns Shock & Sicken Me

On Wednesday, January 29, the Washington Senate Law & Justice Committee held a hearing on Initiative-594, that would, among other things, impose a general prohibition on the private transfer of firearms.  During the hearing, State Senator Jeannie Darneille of Tacoma frankly revealed what lies behind much of the support for I-594 and other gun control measures across the country.  As captured by a video of the hearing, the senator told those assembled, "I am not a person who handles guns.  I don't own guns.  I don't…they shock me, quite frankly.  We're an open carry state and when I see people open carrying their guns, while it may be perfectly legal, it creates a visceral, personal, physical reaction in me as it does in other people…."
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January 31, 2014

Ruling Upholds Connecticut's Expansive Firearm and Magazine Bans Despite Findings that Banned Items are Commonly Used for Lawful Purposes

On January 30, 2014, a federal court judge upheld Connecticut's new gun control law as constitutional, notwithstanding its finding that "the act burdens the plaintiffs' Second Amendment rights …."  The ruling comes from U.S. District Court Judge Alfred Covello in response to a lawsuit filed last May challenging the constitutionality of Connecticut's new gun control legislation. In April, the Connecticut legislature hastily passed wide-ranging restrictions on Connecticut gun owners that embody several long-term planks of the anti-gunners' agenda, including an expanded ban on so-called "assault weapons," restrictions on magazine capacity, expansion of an existing "eligibility certificate" requirement to all firearms and ammunition, an expanded ban of private transfers, and registration of all non-conforming firearms and magazines, the possession of which was grandfathered under the law.
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January 31, 2014

Ruling Upholds Connecticut's Expansive Firearm and Magazine Bans Despite Findings that Banned Items are Commonly Used for Lawful Purposes

On January 30, 2014, a federal court judge upheld Connecticut's new gun control law as constitutional, notwithstanding its finding that "the act burdens the plaintiffs' Second Amendment rights …."  The ruling comes from U.S. District Court Judge Alfred Covello in response to a lawsuit filed last May challenging the constitutionality of Connecticut's new gun control legislation. In April, the Connecticut legislature hastily passed wide-ranging restrictions on Connecticut gun owners that embody several long-term planks of the anti-gunners' agenda, including an expanded ban on so-called "assault weapons," restrictions on magazine capacity, expansion of an existing "eligibility certificate" requirement to all firearms and ammunition, an expanded ban of private transfers, and registration of all non-conforming firearms and magazines, the possession of which was grandfathered under the law.
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January 30, 2014

Virginia: Sunday Hunting Bill Passes in Senate Committee

Senate Bill 154, the Senate companion to House Bill 1237, passed by a 9-4 vote today in the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee, putting Virginia hunters one step closer to having the opportunity to hunt on Sundays on private land.  
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