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March 17, 2006

A Successful 2006 Legislative Session for Mississippi!

This week the Mississippi legislature took final action on House Bill 1141 by State Representative Warner McBride (D-Courtland) to send this bill on its way to Governor Haley Barbour’s (R) desk for his signature. This NRA-backed bill contains language (1) allowing hunting to continue on land annexed by a city or county, even if that locality has an ordinance banning the discharge of firearms within its limits; (2) prohibiting the seizure and confiscation of firearms by local officials during any future natural disaster; and (3) permitting employees to transport and store firearms in their locked private vehicles while parked on their employer's property in certain circumstances. On Thursday, March 16, the Mississippi Senate gave final approval to Senate Bill 2426, the NRA-backed "Castle Doctrine" and self-defense reform legislation sponsored by State Senator Charlie Ross (R-Brandon) and State Senator Ralph Doxey (R-Holly Springs). SB 2426 will also be sent to Governor Barbour for his signature.Finally, Senate Bill 2075, NRA-supported No-Net-Loss of public hunting land legislation sponsored by Senate Senator Lynn Posey (D-Union Church), awaits final action in a conference committee to work out differences between the Senate and House passed versions of the bill.
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March 17, 2006

New Mexico Governor and Legislature Fund Nearly $1.4M in Improvements to Albuquerque Shooting Range State Park!

  New Home of the NRA-Sponsored National Police Shooting Championships   Late last week, Governor Bill Richardson (D) signed House Bill 622, finalizing action on nearly...
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March 16, 2006

Two Pro-Gun Bills Heading to the Idaho Senate!

On Wednesday, March 15, the Senate Judiciary Committee refused to pass Senate Bill 1441, legislation that would strengthen Idaho’s current self-defense laws by providing civil immunity to a person who has used justifiable force in self-defense. Sponsored by Senator Joyce Broadsword (R-02) and Senator Melvin Richardson (R-32), this important piece of legislation was, instead, sent to the Senate Floor for amending, where opponents are expected to modify the bill. Please contact your State Senator and ask him or her to oppose any amendments that would open the door for criminals to bring lawsuits against their victims. House Bill 686 has passed the Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee and is advancing to the Senate floor. HB 686, sponsored by State Representative Bill Sali (R-21) and State Senator Gerry Sweet (R-20), helps protect non-profit hunting and shooting sports organizations in Idaho. Please take a moment to call them to let them know you are a constituent and you support HB 686. Also, please contact your State Senator and ask him or her to vote in favor of HB 686 and SB1441 with no amendments! Messages for your State Senator may be left at (208) 332-1000 or (800) 626-0471 for citizens outside the Boise area. E-mail your State Senator by clicking on their name at the following link http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/senate/membership.cfm. The following three Senators are members of the Local Government and Tax Committee and voted “NO” on HB 686. Please take a moment to call them to let them know you are a constituent and you support HB686. Chairman Hal Bunderson (R-14)Senator Tim Corder (R-22)Senator Joe Stegner (R-7)
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March 16, 2006

NRA And New Orleans Reach Agreement On Return Of Firearms Confiscated During Katrina

NRA has negotiated an agreement with New Orleans regarding the firearms seized from lawful firearm owners during and after Hurricane Katrina.
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March 15, 2006

Alabama State Representatives are playing politics with your right to self-defense!

Senate Bill 283, the Castle Doctrine bill, which removes your duty to retreat in the face of attack, is being held hostage by the members of the Alabama State House of Representatives. The members of the House are refusing to take a vote on the bill because of unrelated political motivations, resulting in your right to self-defense being put on hold.
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March 15, 2006

Thanks to Your Calls Idaho Emergency Powers Legislation Passed House Committee!

SB 1401 Moves to the House Floor - Please Contact Your State Representative, Today! Last week, Senate Bill 1401 passed the Senate with a unanimous 34-0 vote. Thanks to your recent calls, this important legislation passed out of the House Transportation and Defense Committee yesterday, March 14. SB 1401 is now headed to the House Floor.
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March 14, 2006

Oklahoma Emergency Powers Legislation Heading to the Senate!

Today, Tuesday, March 14, the Oklahoma House of Representative passed House Bill 2696 with an overwhelming vote of 94-1! HB 2696, sponsored by Representative Trebor Worthen (R-87), will eliminate any threat of restrictions being imposed on lawful uses of firearms or ammunition during a state of emergency. Please contact your State Senator and respectfully ask him or her to support HB 2696. The general phone number for the Oklahoma State Senate is (405) 524-0126.
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March 14, 2006

Another Step Closer for Personal Protection in Kansas!

Today, Tuesday, March 14, Senate Bill 418, "The Personal and Family Protection Act" passed the Kansas House of Representatives with a vote of 90 to 33! This important legislation sponsored by Senator Phil Journey (R-26) is now heading back to the Senate for expected concurrence.
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March 14, 2006

Second Chance for Pro-Gun Legislation in Hawaii!

This Thursday, March 16, the House Public Safety and Military Affairs Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 600 with proposed House Draft 1. This proposed draft will void the current SB 600 and replace it with the language from House Bill 2996 , sponsored by Representative Ken Ito (D-48), which repeals the greater than 10-round magazine ban.
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March 14, 2006

Please Attend Pima Motorsports Public Meeting in Tucson, Arizona!

IMPORTANT NOTICE Pima Motorsports Public Meeting AFFECTING POTENTIAL FUTURE GROWTH AND RANGE DEVELOPMENT AT SOUTHEAST REGIONAL PARK SHOOTING RANGE THURSDAY MARCH 16, 6:00 P.M. Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Recreation 3500 W. River Road Tucson, AZ 85741 Shooters show your support for shotgun sports and other shooting range development at Southeast Regional Park Shooting Range.
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March 13, 2006

A Hearing on Protecting Hunting and Shooting Sports in Idaho has been Scheduled!

House Bill 686, sponsored by State Representative Bill Sali (R-21) and State Senator Gerry Sweet (R-20), which helps protect non-profit hunting and shooting sports organizations in Idaho, has passed the House and will be heard in the Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15 in Room 426 of the State Capitol Building.
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March 13, 2006

Hearing Scheduled on Idaho Emergency Powers Legislation!

Senate Bill 1401, sponsored by State Representative Bill Sali (R-21) and State Senator Gerry Sweet (R-20), is NRA-sponsored "Emergency Powers" legislation that will prevent government officials from imposing restrictions on the lawful possession, transfer, sale, transport, storage, display or use of firearms and ammunition during a state of emergency. Most citizens are aware that some government officials were stripping law-abiding citizens of their firearms in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. This bill will ensure that such abuses will never occur in the State of Idaho. The House Transportation and Defense Committee will hear SB 1401 on Tuesday, March 14 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 412 of the State Capitol Building.
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March 13, 2006

More Help Needed Now in Florida!

The Florida House Judiciary Committee will hold another hearing on HB-129 by Representative Dennis Baxley on Wednesday, March 15, 2006. Please immediately send email to members of the House Judiciary Committee and urge them to SUPPORT HB-129 by Representative Baxley. In The Subject Line of Your Email Put: SUPPORT HB-129 - Protect Possession of Firearms in Vehicles/Parking Lots
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March 13, 2006

Bond Monies Benefiting Arizona Gun Owners and Sportsmen to be Voted on in Phoenix, Tuesday, March 14!

Tuesday, March 14, the City of Phoenix is holding a bond election. The NRA has endorsed BOTH Propositions One and Four. These two propositions provide funding toward projects protecting the Ben Avery Shooting Facility from further encroachment that could threaten the long-term future of this nationally recognized shooting facility. Money will be made available for major capital improvements to the shooting facility and for enhanced operations of the clay target ranges. This is the first time in recent history, bond monies have specifically been made available to benefit gun owners and sportsmen in Phoenix.
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March 13, 2006

Show your Support for Right to Carry in Nebraska!

In support of our Right to Keep and Bear Arms, please take a moment to visit www.journalstar.com and participate in their "Sound Off" section about LB 454, Nebraska's "Concealed Handgun Permit Act." Your comments will be listed alongside others in this online section, so you will be able to look over what the rest of Nebraska is thinking. The "Sound Off" section is located on the right hand side of the Journal Star homepage.
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March 10, 2006

Your Help is Needed to Pass Kentucky Pro-Gun Legislation!

House Bill 236, “Castle Doctrine” legislation, sponsored by Representative J.R. Gray (D-6), passed the full House on Friday, February 24, by a vote of 84 to 4. This legislation, modeled after legislation passed last year in Florida, specifies that a citizen is presumed to be acting lawfully if he or she uses force, including lethal force, to repel a person unlawfully and forcibly entering the citizen's residence or occupied motor vehicle.
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March 10, 2006

Governor Rounds Protecting South Dakota's Second Amendment Rights!

House Bill 1199, sponsored by Representative Margaret Gillespie (D-16), was signed by Governor Mike Rounds (R), on Friday, March 3. HB 1199 will protect law-abiding South Dakota citizens by prohibiting the release of information concerning applicants and current permit holders to any person, and prohibits any lists or records of privately-owned firearms to be kept.
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March 10, 2006

Public Hearing for South Carolina Emergency Right to Carry Permit to be Held!

Next Wednesday, March 15, the House Judiciary Committee’s Criminal Laws Subcommittee will have a public hearing on H 4473, introduced by Representative Catherine Ceips (R-124). This legislation will establish an expedited process for issuing an emergency Right-to-Carry (RTC) permit to victims of domestic violence. H 4473 will also require victims be notified of this personal protection option if their request for an order of protection is granted, and will ensure that, should a domestic violence victim obtain an emergency RTC permit, that victim’s personal information cannot be released unless for the purpose of an official police investigation. This will prevent abusers from tracking down their victims by exploiting the current system that allows easy access to personal information regarding RTC permit holders.
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March 10, 2006

Pennsylvania Right to Carry Press Conference to be Held Tuesday, March 14!

Several Pennsylvania Sportsmen’s organizations will be holding a “Right to Keep and Bear Arms” Press Conference Tuesday, March 14, from 9:00-11:00 a.m., on the steps of the Capitol Building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Also, State Representative Dwight Evans (D-203), this week was joined by Philadelphia City Council members Darrell Clarke and Donna Reed Miller in announcing House Bill 2483, legislation to gut state preemption and allow local control or regulation firearms.
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March 10, 2006

Legislation Protecting Arizona's Law-Abiding Citizens is on the Move!

Senate Bill 1145, the "Castle Doctrine" sponsored by Senator Timothy Bee (R-30), passed the full Senate this week with a strong bi-partisan vote of 28-0. In addition to codifying the "Castle Doctrine," this critically important legislation returns the "Burden of Proof" in self-defense cases to the state, which corrects the current “guilty-until-you-prove-your-innocence” standard.
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March 10, 2006

New Hampshire's Right to Self Defense Needs More Support!

Senate Bill 318, sponsored by State Senator Peter E. Bragdon, (R-11, Milford), passed by a narrow margin this week in the Senate and is now headed to the House. SB 318 says if a criminal breaks into your home, your occupied vehicle, or your place of business, you may presume he is there to do bodily harm, and therefore, you may use necessary force against him. The bill removes the “duty to retreat” if you are attacked in any place you have a legal right to be and it provides protection from criminal prosecution and civil litigation for those who defend themselves from criminal attack.
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March 10, 2006

Idaho Emergency Powers Legislation to be Heard in House Committee! Please Contact Representatives!

Senate Bill 1401, sponsored by State Representative Bill Sali (R-21) and State Senator Gerry Sweet (R-20), is NRA-sponsored "Emergency Powers" legislation that will prevent government officials from imposing restrictions on the lawful possession, transfer, sale, transport, storage, display or use of firearms and ammunition during a state of emergency.
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March 10, 2006

Nebraska Another Step Closer to Personal Protection!

Legislative Bill 454, the “Concealed Handgun Permit Act,” sponsored by Representative Jeanne Combs (I-32), passed Select File by a vote of 31-9, with 33 votes for cloture. Unfortunately, LB 454 will not come up for final passage for a couple of weeks due to budget hearings.
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March 10, 2006

Kansas Right to Carry Scheduled for Monday, March 13!

On Monday morning, March 13, Senate Bill 418, “The Personal and Family Protection Act,” is scheduled for a vote in the Kansas House of Representatives! This important legislation, sponsored by Senator Phil Journey (R-26), will bring Kansans a step closer to having their right to self-defense fully recognized.
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March 10, 2006

Help Protect Hunting and Shooting Sports in Idaho! Call Senate Committee Members!

House Bill 686, sponsored by State Representative Bill Sali (R-21) and State Senator Gerry Sweet (R-20), which helps protect non-profit hunting and shooting sports organizations in Idaho, has passed the House and is expected to be heard in the Senate Local Government Committee.
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March 10, 2006

Illinois Primary Election, March 21!

Illinois will hold primary elections on Tuesday, March 21. NRA members are encouraged to head to the polls and vote for those candidates who support our Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Please be sure to encourage your family, friends, and fellow firearm owners to do the same.
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March 10, 2006

Your Help is Needed to Pass Legislation Protecting Gun Owners in Mississippi!

It is critical that you continue contacting your State Representatives asking them to VOTE TO CONCUR with the Senate amendments to House Bill 1141. HB 1141 is the most significant piece of legislation protecting gun owners and sportsmen in recent memory. It contains language (1) allowing hunting to continue on minimum-sized land tracts which are annexed by a city or county (even if that locality bans the discharge of firearms); (2) prohibiting local officials from confiscating lawfully-possessed firearms during a natural disaster; and (3) permitting employees, under certain circumstances, to transport and store firearms in their locked private vehicles while parked on property controlled by their employer.
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March 10, 2006

Right to Carry being considered in Delaware!

The Delaware General Assembly reconvenes on Tuesday, March 14, after a six-week break for budget hearings. One of the first pieces of legislation that will be considered is HB 359 (sponsored by Representative Deborah Hudson (R-12), a “shall issue” Right-to-Carry bill that gives law-abiding citizens the Right-to-Carry concealed firearms for personal protection. Your lawmakers need to hear from you. Please be sure to e-mail your legislators before Tuesday and ask them to support HB 359.
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March 10, 2006

Sunday Hunting Falls Short in Connecticut!

Unfortunately, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Environment Committee omitted important language when drafting Senate Bill 605. SB 605 allows the Department of Environmental Protection to designate areas that would be open to Sunday hunting on private property. As drafted, the bill would regrettably apply only to bow hunters and would not include individuals who hunt with firearms. NRA anticipated SB 605 would include rifles and shotguns. Without an amendment Sunday hunting in Connecticut will not be open to individuals who hunt with rifles and shotguns. SB 605 is scheduled to be heard on Friday, March 17.
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March 9, 2006

Help Make Personal Protection a Reality in Kansas!

On Monday morning, March 13, Senate Bill 418, "The Personal and Family Protection Act" is scheduled for a vote in the Kansas House of Representatives! This important legislation sponsored by Senator Phil Journey (R-26) will bring Kansans a step closer to personal protection.
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March 9, 2006

Update on Right to Carry Debate in Nebraska!

Due to an overwhelming number of phone calls to the phone number listed in yesterday's e-mail alert (402) 471-2271, Wednesday, March 8, the Nebraska Legislature has respectfully requested we ask our dedicated members to please call your specific State Senator.
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March 8, 2006

Virginia State Senators Fail to Vote on Your Right to Self-Defense!

First, the bad news: House Bill 162, sponsored by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (R-31) which would have prohibited businesses from setting policies prohibiting lawfully possessed firearms from being stored in locked vehicles in public parking areas, was re-referred to the Senate Courts of Justice Committee. Second, the good news: Also, on the Senate floor Wednesday, House Bill 1577, the Omnibus firearms bill being carried by Delegate Ben Cline, was slightly amended and passed by a vote of 32-8.
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March 8, 2006

Upcoming Right to Carry Debate in Nebraska!

Legislative Bill 454, the “Concealed Handgun Permit Act” sponsored by Representative Jeanne Combs (I-32), is expected to be brought up for debate and possible vote on Select File as early as Thursday, March 9.
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March 8, 2006

New Hampshire’s Right to Self-Defense Needs Your Support, Today!

Senate Bill 318, sponsored by State Senator Peter E. Bragdon, (R-11, Milford), is expected to be heard Thursday, March 9, in the State Senate. SB 318 simply says if a criminal breaks into your home, your occupied vehicle, or your place of business, you may presume he is there to do bodily harm, and therefore, you may use necessary force against him.
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March 6, 2006

Virginia Pro-Second Amendment Bills Head to Senate Floor!

On Monday, March 6, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted in favor of several pro-Second Amendment bills. House Bill 162, sponsored by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (R-31), passed out of committee with an 8 to 7 vote. This important bill prohibits a business from enacting policies that ban lawfully possessed firearms stored in locked vehicles parked in public accessible parking areas.
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March 5, 2006

San Francisco Gun Ban Update

After hearing NRA attorneys argue against the legality of Proposition H -- a citywide gun ban -- Superior Court Judge James Warren prevailed on the City of San Francisco to hold off...
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March 3, 2006

Wyoming Senate Judiciary Committee Fails to Pass Out Right-to-Carry Reform during Budget Session!

Unfortunately, HB 78, sponsored by Representative Becket Hinckley (R-41), and HB 46, sponsored by Representative Steve Watt (R-17), met their demise in the Wyoming State Legislature.
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March 3, 2006

Vermont Trying to Save its Hunting and Shooting Heritage!

House 447, sponsored by Joseph Krawczyk (R-Bennington-2-1) and Mary Morrissey (R-Bennington-2-2), unanimously passed the House. This important legislation would stop the haphazard regulations of firearms discharge by local municipalities.
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March 3, 2006

Texas Primary Election March 7!

Tuesday, March 7 is a primary election day in Texas.
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March 3, 2006

South Dakota Protecting Right-To-Carry Personal Information!

Last week, House Bill 1199, sponsored by Representative Margaret Gillespie (D-16), was delivered to Governor Mike Rounds’ (R) desk, who has yet to sign this important bill into law. HB 1199 protects the law-abiding citizens of South Dakota by prohibiting the release of information concerning applicants and current permit holders to any person, and prohibits any lists or records of privately-owned firearms to be kept.
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