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February 23, 2006

Kansas Moving a Step Closer to Personal Protection!

Senate Bill 418, "The Personal and Family Protection Act" sponsored by Senator Phil Journey (R-26) has passed the Senate.  SB 418 is scheduled for an upcoming vote in the House Federal and State Affairs Committee, bringing Kansans a step closer to personal protection.   
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February 22, 2006

Colorado, Protect Your Right To Stand Your Ground!

HB06-1246, the Castle Doctrine/Stand Your Ground Act, sponsored by Representative Cory Gardner (R-63) has been introduced and assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.  This important piece of legislation creates a presumption that a defender who uses deadly physical force against an intruder has a reasonable fear of imminent death or serious bodily injury to himself or another person, sets forth conditions under which the presumption does not apply and adds vehicles and places of temporary lodging to the locations in which the presumption applies.   HB06-1246 has been scheduled for a hearing in the Colorado House Judiciary Committee this Thursday, February 23 at 1:30 p.m. If your Representative is listed below, he or she is a member of the House Judiciary Committee. Please call him or her and ask them to support HB06-1246.
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February 22, 2006

Illinois Anti-Gun Legislation On The Move!

Anti-gun legislators continue their frantic attempts to build support for House Bill 2414, sponsored by Representative Edward Acevedo (D-2).This bill seeks to ban countless semi-automatic handguns, rifles, shotguns, and .50 caliber rifles.   A vote on HB 2414 could take place as early as next week, and anti-gun extremists are pulling out all the stops to strong-arm lawmakers into supporting this assault on the Second Amendment.  
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February 22, 2006

Attention Virginia NRA Members! Please Contact the Senate Education and Health Committee!

On Thursday, February 23, the Virginia Senate Education and Health Committee is expected to consider HB1531, sponsored by Delegate Ward Armstrong (D-10). HB1531 would prohibit medical professionals from asking patients questions concerning firearm ownership. This measure has already cleared the Virginia House with a bi-partisan vote of 88-11 and if passed by the Senate, it will protect you from intrusive, unnecessary questions from medical professionals.
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February 17, 2006

Arizona - "Castle Doctrine" Bill Moves To Senate Floor

SB 1425, “Emergency Powers Protection” sponsored by Senator Dean Martin (R-6), passed the Senate Government Committee by a vote of 5-2.  Please contact your State Senator and...
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February 17, 2006

"Castle Doctrine" and Concealed Carry Reform Legislation Needs Support in Wyoming Senate!

NRA supported legislation, House Bill 46, the “No Duty to Retreat/Castle Doctrine” measure sponsored by Representative Steve Watt (R-17), and House Bill 78, the Alaska-style concealed carry reform measure sponsored by Representative Becket Hinckley (R-41), needs your support to pass the Senate.
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February 17, 2006

South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds Signs "Citizens Right to Self-Defense" Legislation!

House Bill 1134,“Citizens Right to Self-Defense” legislation sponsored by Alan Hanks (R-32), was signed by Governor Mike Rounds (R) Friday, February 17.
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February 17, 2006

Kentucky Gun Owner Protection Act and Castle Doctrine Legislation Update!

After defeating amendments proposed by anti-gun legislators, House Bill 290, the “Gun Owner Protection Act,” sponsored by Representative Carolyn Belcher (D-72), passed the full House by a vote of 89-7. This critical legislation ensures the names of concealed firearm license holders are not released to the public. It allows law-abiding citizens to keep lawfully-transported firearms locked in their personal vehicles while parked on company property. HB 290 also prohibits government officials from regulating lawful firearm ownership during a state of emergency. An NRA-backed amendment was adopted allowing concealed firearm license holders to use their license as a substitute for the background check on gun purchases, as it is done in 19 other states.
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February 17, 2006

Oklahoma Emergency Powers Legislation to be Heard in Committee!

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, government officials in Louisiana confiscated legal, privately-owned firearms from law-abiding citizens. This left citizens defenseless against armed looters and other criminals.
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February 17, 2006

Please Join Keynote Speaker and NRA 1rst Vice President John Sigler at the Missouri Gun Rights Rally Day!

Please join keynote speaker and NRA 1st Vice President John Sigler at the Missouri Gun Rights Rally Day! Missourians for Personal Safety (MPS), in conjunction with your NRA state affiliate, the Missouri Sport Shooting Association (MSSA), the Western Missouri Shooters Alliance (WMSA), and the Gateway Civil Liberties Alliance (GCLA), is hosting this event to celebrate and champion your Second Amendment rights.
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February 17, 2006

Idaho Your Continued Action is Needed to Help Pass Pro-Gun Legislation!

State Representative Bill Sali (R-21) and State Senator Gerry Sweet (R-20) are sponsoring the following NRA supported legislation.  This legislation has been assigned the following bill numbers, which are available on the internet through the following links: Senate Bill 1401: <http://www3.state.id.us/oasis/S1401.html>FIREARMS - Amends existing law relating to emergency powers to provide that no restrictions shall be imposed on lawful uses of firearms or ammunition during a state of   emergency. Please contact the members of the Senate State Affairs committee and ask them to vote in support of SB 1401 when it comes up for a full hearing. You can contact them at: http://legislature.idaho.gov/about/contactallcommitteemembersform.cfm?ID=SSTA Senate Bill 1402: http://www3.state.id.us/oasis/S1402.htmlCONCEALED FIREARMS - Amends existing law to revise provisions applicable to the issuance of a license to carry concealed firearms.  Please contact members of the Senate Judiciary and Rules committee and ask them to vote in support of SB 1402 when it comes up for a full hearing. You can contact them at: http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/about/contactallcommitteemembersform.cfm?ID=SJUD House Bill 686: http://www3.state.id.us/oasis/H0686.htmlSALES TAX EXEMPTIONS - Adds to existing law to provide an exemption from sales tax for certain fees and membership dues related to nonprofit hunting or shooting sports organizations. Please contact members of the House Revenue and Taxation committee and ask them to vote in support of HB 686 when it comes up for a full hearing. You can contact them at:  http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/about/contactallcommitteemembersform.cfm?ID=HREV You can contact legislators and leave messages at  (208) 332-1000, or toll free at (800) 626-0471, for people outside the Boise area. Or, you can contact legislators by Name, District, or Committee at: http://legislature.idaho.gov/howtocontactlegislators.htm
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February 17, 2006

Illinois Legislative Update! Continue Contacting Your Legislators!

Anti?gun legislation continues to pose a threat in the General Assembly. Both HB 4693, a handgun dealer licensing bill, and HB 4694, a mandatory storage bill, passed out of the Human Services Committee and are awaiting action by the full House of Representatives.
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February 17, 2006

Quality Hunting Opportunities in Monongahela National Forest are at Stake in the West Virginia Senate!

On Monday, February 20, the West Virginia Senate Natural Resources Committee is scheduled to consider an important resolution, Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 13, affecting hunting and wildlife in the Monongahela National Forest.
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February 16, 2006

Utah Your Right to Self-Defense Needs Your Help!

Senate Bill 24, sponsored by State Senator Mark Madsen (R-13), will allow law abiding citizens to have a loaded and/or concealed self-defense firearm in their car without the need to obtain a concealed weapon permit.  Additionally, under current law it is technically illegal for you to carry a concealed firearm in your home or on your property. SB 24 would clear up this unintended technicality.
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February 16, 2006

Virginia Senate Committee to Hear Pro-Second Amendment Measures!

The Senate Courts of Justice Committee did not hear House Bill 162, as expected on Wednesday, February 15.  HB 162, sponsored by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (R-31), allows law-abiding citizens to keep lawfully transported firearms locked in their personal vehicles while parked on company property.     Also, House Bill 1265 has been re-assigned to the Senate Courts of Justice Committee.   HB 1265, sponsored by Delegate Bill Janis (R-56), would prevent the Governor, or any government authority, from suspending or restricting the Right to Keep and Bear Arms during a declared state of emergency. However, we expect the committee will consider these important pro-gun measure on Monday, February 20.
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February 15, 2006

Hawaii Right-To-Carry and State Preemption Update!

SB 2531 and SB 2533, the Right-To-Carry and the State Preemption measures, were heard in the State Senate's Intergovernmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday, February 14. Both bills were deferred until Thursday February 16, which is why it is vital that NRA members and the pro-gun community continue to contact the members of the committee and ask for their "aye" vote when SB 2531 and SB 2533 come before them tomorrow.
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February 15, 2006

Wyoming Legislative Update on HB 46 and HB 78!

HB 46, sponsored by Representative Steve Watt (R-17), "No Duty to Retreat/Castle Doctrine" legislation, and HB 78, sponsored by Representative Becket Hinckley (R-41), the Alaska-style concealed carry reform measure, were both passed off of the House floor yesterday by overwhelming votes. The bills have been assigned to the Joint Judiciary Committee and could come up for a hearing as early as this Friday, February 17.
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February 14, 2006

Virginia Pro-Second Amendment Measures to be Heard in Senate Committees!

Two pro-gun bills that were passed by the House of Delegates last week could possibly be heard in Senate Committees as early as tomorrow! House Bill 162, Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (R-31), allows law-abiding citizens to keep lawfully transported firearms locked in their personal vehicles while parked on property controlled by their employer, will likely be heard in the Senate Courts of Justice Committee on Wednesday, February 15 at 2:00 p.m.
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February 10, 2006

Virginia Legislative Update!

Today, Friday, February 10, there were several very important pro-gun measures voted on in the House Militia, Police, and Public Safety Committee.
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February 10, 2006

Washington Gun Owners Under Attack!

Your phone calls and emails are urgently needed to stop a bill prohibiting the discharge of firearms in Island County from becoming law. Sponsored by Senator Mary Margaret Haugen (D?10), Senate Bill 6598 would effectively ban shooting on all county?owned land in Island County. SB 6598 is now before the State Legislature because there is not enough support in Island County to restrict shooting. Only a few residents are against shooting in Island County. Meetings and hearings have been held in the county and discussions are still taking place to determine an appropriate local action, if any is necessary. Existing law already gives authority to cities and counties to restrict the discharge of firearms.
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February 10, 2006

Pennsylvania Members-Your Help is Needed!

A legislative study released Wednesday, February 8, indicated Pennsylvania’s system of instant background checks for gun buyers could go into the red in about a year without funding changes. Firearm dealers and county sheriffs lodged 529,000 calls in 2004 to Pennsylvania’s Instant Check System, which is run by the state police.
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February 10, 2006

Kentucky Update on Pro-Gun Legislation!

Sponsored by Representative Carolyn Belcher (D-72), HB 290, the “Gun Owner Protection Act,” passed the House Judiciary Committee with a unanimous vote and is now headed to the full House for a floor vote. This critical legislation ensures the names of concealed firearm license holders are not released to the public. It prohibits employers from enacting or enforcing policies that keep employees from storing lawfully?owned firearms in their vehicles while at work. HB 290 also prohibits government officials from regulating lawful firearms ownership during a state of emergency.
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February 10, 2006

South Carolina "Castle Doctrine" Update!

This week, the House of Representatives passed H 4301, introduced by Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr. (R?67), with overwhelming bi?partisan support, and virtually no opposition. This bill, modeled after Florida’s “Castle Doctrine” law, would remove the “duty to retreat” if a law?abiding citizen is attacked anywhere that person may lawfully be.
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February 10, 2006

Hawaii Legislative Update!

A coalition of law enforcement groups has proposed the language written in SB 2579—a ban on the sale and possession of .50 caliber rifles and ammunition. As you know, these rifles are used for sporting purposes, but have been demonized in the press and by anti?gun groups looking for the next gun control scheme.
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February 10, 2006

Nebraska Right-To-Carry Update! Please Contact Your State Senator!

On Thursday, February 9, Legislation Bill 454A (the appropriations bill to LB454, also known as the “Concealed Handgun Permit Act”) sponsored by Representative Jeanne Combs (I?32), advanced from General File to Select File.
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February 10, 2006

Indiana House Bill 1176 Update!

House Bill 1176, sponsored by Representative Troy Woodruff (R?64), a bill that allows for an option of a 4?year carry permit, or a lifetime carry permit for a higher fee, has passed the House.
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February 10, 2006

Wisconsin Youth Hunting Update!

A recent study has found the future of hunting in Wisconsin is in serious jeopardy. Assembly Bill 586 has been introduced to provide parents more discretion with regard to deciding when their children are mature enough to hunt as long as they are within arm’s reach of an adult mentor who meets the hunter education requirement and there is only one firearm between the two.
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February 10, 2006

Wyoming Update on Several NRA-Backed Bills!

The Wyoming Legislative Session begins Monday, February 13. Several NRA-backed bills have been introduced in the State House and Senate. HB 46, sponsored by Representative Steve Watt (R-17), is known as the “No Duty to Retreat Act/Castle Doctrine.” This bill specifies that Wyoming citizens have no duty to try to escape before using deadly force against an assailant, either in their home or in their vehicle.
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February 10, 2006

"Personal and Family Protection Act" and "Stand and Defend Act" are on the Move in Kansas!

Senate Bill 418, "The Personal and Family Protection Act," sponsored by Senator Phil Journey (R-26), passed through the Senate by a vote of 29-11. SB 418 will now advance to the House of Representatives. House Bill 2577, the "Stand and Defend Act" sponsored by Representative Richard Carlson (R-61) will be voted on by the House Federal & State Affairs Committee this coming week.
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February 10, 2006

Florida "No-Net-Loss" Bill Passes Out of Committee Unanimously!

HB 265, the "Florida No-Net-Loss" bill sponsored by Representative Don Brown (R-5), passed out of the "House Water & Natural Resources Committee" on February 8, unanimously.
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February 10, 2006

CRITICAL ACTION NEEDED TO PUSH PRO-GUN AGENDA IN IDAHO

Your communication with elected officials is needed to help build momentum for two NRA-sponsored bills, carried by Senator Gerry Sweet (R-20) and Representative Bill Sali (R-21A), that are scheduled to be heard in the Idaho State Senate Judiciary & Rules Committee on Monday afternoon. Monday's hearing is a "print" hearing at which the committee will vote on whether to print and number the bills for introduction. It is the very first, but critical, step in the legislative process.
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February 10, 2006

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley and Delegate Neil Quinter announce their attack on your Right to Keep and Bear Arms

Yesterday in Annapolis, a press conference was held announcing the introduction of House Bill 1367, the Maryland Assault Weapons Ban of 2006, sponsored by Delegate Neil Quinter (D-13) of Howard County. Headlining the press conference was Baltimore Mayor, and gubernatorial hopeful, Martin O'Malley (D).
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February 10, 2006

Arizona Self-Defense Legislation to be Heard in Committee!

SB 1145, the "Castle Doctrine" sponsored by Senator Timothy Bee (D-30), will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, February 13, at 1:30 p.m. The most significant component of this legislation will come by way of amendment.
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February 10, 2006

“Citizens Right to Self-Defense” Legislation Passes South Dakota Senate!

House Bill 1134, "A Citizens Right to Self-Defense", which is modeled after Florida's "Castle Doctrine," passed through the Senate with a vote of 31 to 1.  Sponsored by Alan Hanks (R-32), HB 1134 removes the “duty to retreat” when a citizen is faced with attack in a place that he or she has a right to be. The bill would ensure that an individual whose home was being broken into had no duty to retreat before using deadly force.  
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February 10, 2006

Alabama State Senate to Vote on Castle Doctrine!

The Alabama State Senate will soon be considering a bill of great importance to gun owners. Senate Bill 283, the "Castle Doctrine" bill sponsored by Senator Larry Means (D-10), removes the "duty to retreat" when a citizen is faced with attack in a place he or she has a right to be. SB 283 would ensure an individual whose home was being broken into had no duty to retreat before using necessary force.
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February 10, 2006

NRA-backed Legislation Passes Mississippi House and Moves on to the Senate!

On Monday, February 6, the Mississippi House of Representatives approved House Bill 1141, an NRA-backed measure sponsored by Representative Warner McBride (D-10). HB 1141 will allow the owner of a property that has been annexed by a county or municipality to continue hunting on certain-sized tracts of land even if the city has a ban on the discharge of firearms. HB 1141 also contains a provision, which would prohibit New Orleans-style gun confiscations from law-abiding citizens during a future state of emergency or natural disaster.
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February 10, 2006

BATFE ABUSE AT RICHMOND, VA GUN SHOWS

On February 15, the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security will hold an oversight hearing (the first of three BATFE-related hearings) to investigate...
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February 9, 2006

Virginians Contact Your Delegate NRA-backed Legislation is Moving Quickly in the House!

There are several very important pro-gun measures pending in the House of Delegates, many of which will be heard in the House Militia, Police, and Public Safety Committee in House Room C at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, February 10.
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February 8, 2006

Virginia Pro-Second Amendment Measures are in the Senate!

On Wednesday, February 8, the Virginia House of Delegates passed two NRA-supported bills: House Bill 162, sponsored by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (R-31), and House Bill 1265, sponsored by Delegate Bill Janis (R-56). Passing the House with a vote of 74-22, HB 162 would allow law-abiding citizens to store a firearm in a locked vehicle. HB 1265, which passed the House unanimously with a vote of 97-0, would prevent the Governor or any government authority from limiting your Right to Keep and Bear Arms during a declared state of emergency.
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February 8, 2006

Critical Action is Needed to Stop Firearms Discharge Legislation in Washington State!

Your phone calls and emails are urgently needed to stop a bill prohibiting the discharge of firearms on Island County from becoming law. Sponsored by Senator Mary Margaret Haugen (D-10), Senate Bill 6598 would effectively ban shooting on all county-owned land in Island County.
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