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April 28, 2006

Castle Doctrine Package Headed to Michigan Senate!

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed important self-defense legislation on Tuesday, voting in favor of the four-bill “Castle Doctrine” package that had broad bi-partisan support. HB 5142, by Representative Tom Casperson (R-108), passed on a vote of 91-15.
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April 28, 2006

Governor Ernie Fletcher Signs Two Pro-Freedom Bills in Kentucky!

This week, Governor Ernie Fletcher signed two NRA-backed bills into law. Senate Bill 38, the Castle Doctrine, establishes a presumption that citizens are justified in the use of force when violent criminals attempt to forcibly enter their home, vehicle or other dwelling. It also codifies a court decision specifying that citizens may meet force with force and have no duty to retreat when being violently attacked.
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April 28, 2006

NRA/USF-Supported Hunter Voter Bill Passes Florida Legislature!

A bill supported by the National Rifle Association and Unified Sportsmen of Florida to help more hunters and fishermen get registered to vote passed the Florida Legislature Friday, April 28 and is on its way to Governor Jeb Bush (R) for his signature.
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April 28, 2006

Arizona Governor Napolitano Signs Castle Doctrine Legislation Into Law!

Senate Bill 1145, the "Castle Doctrine" legislation sponsored by Senator Timothy Bee (D-30) and Representative Jonathan Paton (R-30), was signed by Governor Janet Napolitano Monday, April 24.
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April 28, 2006

Prince William County Unanimously Votes To Reconsider Limiting Hunting!

Thanks to all your calls and e-mails, the Prince William County Board of Supervisors unanimously decided to reconsider a ban on the use of buckshot within the county. This prohibition would have allowed only shotguns loaded with slugs to be used for hunting in Prince William County and could have been the start of a ban on hunting in Prince William County.
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April 28, 2006

South Carolina Legislature Protecting Your Second Amendment and Privacy Rights!

Thanks to your calls, the South Carolina House of Representatives amended H 4681, introduced by Representative Mike Pitts (R-14), returning the bill to its full strength. This legislation seeks to remove the ability of local governments to restrict the use, sale, or transportation of firearms during a state of emergency, and would also prohibit South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) from releasing the personal information of Right-to-Carry (RTC) permit holders unless the request for the information is part of an investigation by law enforcement.
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April 28, 2006

Georgia Self-Defense Legislation Signed By Governor Sonny Perdue!

Today, April 27, in a ceremony at the state capitol, Governor Sonny Perdue signed Georgia’s “Castle Doctrine” (SB 396) into law. Sponsored by Senator Greg Goggans, SB 396 was approved by the full House on a vote of 115-42 and passed the full Senate on a vote of 40-13.
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April 28, 2006

Louisiana Legislature Protecting our Second Amendment Right!

On Monday, April 24, the Louisiana State House approved HB 760 by Representative Steve Scalise (R-82), an NRA-backed bill amending the state’s emergency powers laws to prevent New Orleans-style gun confiscations in the event of another natural disaster in Louisiana, and HB 89 by Representative Eric LaFleur (D-38), NRA-supported “Castle Doctrine” legislation similar to Florida’s landmark law passed in 2005.
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April 28, 2006

Vital Pro-Gun Legislation Sent To Governor's Desk In New Hampshire!

The New Hampshire House of Representatives passed two important pieces of pro-gun legislation sponsored by State Senator Peter E. Bragdon (R-11).
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April 28, 2006

Indiana Primary Election May 2!

The 2006 Primary elections are being held Tuesday, May 2. 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. For information about voting in Indiana, please use the following link www.in.gov/sos/elections/.
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April 28, 2006

North Carolina Primary Election May 2!

Early voting started April 13 and ends April 29 for the 2006 Primary elections to be held Tuesday, May 2. 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. For a list of early voting locations in your area, please contact your county election official or use the “Additional one stop voting locations” feature found at www.sboe.state.nc.us/ for county election official contact information.
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April 28, 2006

Ohio Primary Election May 2!

The 2006 Primary elections are being held Tuesday, May 2. 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. For information about voting in Ohio, please visit www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/ElectionsVoter/ohioElections.aspx/.
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April 28, 2006

West Virginia Primary Election May 9!

Early in-person voting ends May 6, for the 2006 Primary elections to be held Tuesday, May 9. 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. Early in-person voting will be held in designated areas within your County Courthouse. For more information about early in-person voting please to go the following website www.wvsos.com/elections/voters/absenteemethods.htm.
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April 27, 2006

Urgent Action Needed With “Tardy Amendment” in Maine!

Important pro-gun legislation sponsored by State Representative Josh Tardy (R-Newport) has passed the House and is headed to the Senate this evening where it is in jeopardy. Senator Ethan Strimling (D-8) is attempting to have the amendment removed.
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April 26, 2006

Need Help - HB-129/Guns/Cars/Parking Lots Moving In Florida House

Every gun owner who comes to Florida as a tourist or visitor or on business needs to wade into this fight to protect our firearms rights. This right belongs to ALL gun owners everywhere -- not just those who live in Florida.
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April 25, 2006

Suffolk County Trap & Skeet Range In New York Is In Jeopardy!

The Suffolk County Trap & Skeet Range is in jeopardy of being closed by the persistence and pressure of anti-gun members of the Brookhaven Town Board.
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April 24, 2006

Help Protect Hunting in Prince William County, Virginia!

On Tuesday, April 18, by a vote of 6-2 the Prince William County Board of Supervisors approved a ban on the use of buckshot within the county. If this prohibition is allowed to move forward, only shotguns loaded with slugs will be allowed for hunting in Prince William County.
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April 24, 2006

Vital Second Amendment Legislation to be Heard in New Hampshire State House!

Two important pieces of pro-gun legislation sponsored by State Senator Peter E. Bragdon (R-11) will be heard in the State House Wednesday, April 26.
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April 24, 2006

Immediate Action Needed on Florida SB-206 Guns/Cars/Parking Lots

The Senate Commerce & Consumer Services Committee will hold a hearing on SB-206 by Senator Durell Peaden (R-2) on Tuesday Morning, April 25, 2006 at 9:30 AM.HELP protect the rights of all Floridians, out of state visitors and tourists who visit our state by motor vehicle and who carry firearms in their vehicles for protection and other lawful purposes.
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April 21, 2006

South Carolina House Weakens Law-Abiding Citizens Privacy Rights!

This week, the House Judiciary Committee passed H 4681, introduced by Representative Mike Pitts (R-14), but drastically weakened the legislation. As originally introduced, this bill would remove the ability of local governments to restrict the use, sale, or transportation of firearms during a state of emergency, and would also prohibit South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) from releasing the personal information of Right-to-Carry (RTC) permit holders unless the request for the information is part of an investigation by law enforcement. While the Constitutional Laws Subcommittee strengthened the provision dealing with restrictions on local governments two weeks ago, the full Judiciary Committee stripped out the language that would protect the privacy of permit holders.
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April 21, 2006

New Hampshire Pro-Gun Bills Need Your Help!

Two important pieces of pro-gun legislation sponsored by State Senator Peter E. Bragdon (R-11) will be heard on the State House floor next week. SB 318, would reform “Castle Doctrine” laws so that: (1) a person would have the right to meet force with force to protect himself or herself and family members regardless of their location, and (2) a “duty to retreat” would no longer exist in any place a person may lawfully be.
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April 21, 2006

Missouri “Castle Doctrine” Legislation Scheduled in Senate!

On Monday, April 24, the Missouri Senate Judiciary Committee will hear Castle Doctrine legislation, HB 1461 (Ruestman, R-131). This critically important bill ensures Missourians will not have a duty to retreat when confronted by a violent attacker, nor can a victim be sued for using justifiable force to defend him or herself.
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April 21, 2006

Michigan “Castle Doctrine” Package Moving Forward!

This week the House Judiciary Committee passed HB 5142, sponsored by Representative Tom Casperson (R-108), HB 5143, sponsored by Representative Rick Jones (R-71), HB 5153, sponsored by Representative Leslie Mortimer (R-65), and HB 5548, sponsored by Representative Tim Moore (R-97), which make up the important “Castle Doctrine” package.
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April 21, 2006

Louisiana Legislature Moving Pro-Gun Bills!

On Wednesday, April 19, the Louisiana State House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee reported out HB 36 by Representative Pete Schneider (R-90) & HB 760 by Representative Steve Scalise (R-82), two NRA-backed bills amending the state’s emergency powers laws to prevent New Orleans-style gun confiscations in the unfortunate event of another natural disaster in Louisiana. The committee also reported out HB 89 by Representative LaFleur & Representative Troy Hebert (D-49), NRA-supported “Castle Doctrine” legislation similar to Florida’s landmark law passed in 2005.
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April 21, 2006

New Michigan law taking effect July 1!

On Thursday, March 23, Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) signed House Bill 4642, which allows an individual licensed to carry a concealed firearm to legally carry, possess, use, or transport a firearm belonging to another individual licensed to carry a concealed firearm, as long as the individual’s firearm is properly licensed and inspected under this act. This new law goes into effect until July 1, 2006.
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April 21, 2006

Second Amendment Rally With Alabama Governor Bob Riley!

Reminder! This Monday, April 24th is the NRA-hosted Second Amendment Rally featuring Governor Bob Riley! Please be sure to join fellow NRA members and special guest, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox, for an important announcement that will be of interest to all Alabama gun owners and sportsmen!
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April 21, 2006

Prince William County, Virginia Passes Resolution Limiting Hunting!

On Tuesday, April 18, by a vote of 6-2 the Prince William County Board of Supervisors approved a ban on the use of buckshot within the county. If this prohibition is allowed to move forward, only shotguns loaded with slugs will be allowed for hunting in Prince William County.
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April 21, 2006

Connecticut Anti-Gun Legislation Needs to be Stopped!

The anti-gunners are up to their old tricks. Faced with the possibility of the defeat of House Bill 5818 in the Public Safety Committee, the anti-gun advocates have resorted to attaching the language to Senate Bill 105 -- an unrelated bill that has already been approved by the Public Safety Committee.
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April 20, 2006

Action Needed In Getting Arizona's SB 1145 Signed Into Effect!

Senate Bill 1145, the "Castle Doctrine" legislation sponsored by Senator Timothy Bee (D-30) and Representative Jonathan Paton (R-30), was sent to the Governor yesterday, April 19, after the Senate passed it overwhelmingly by a vote of 26-1. This bill, with the critical change to the burden of proof in self-defense cases, is the most important self-defense legislation to pass in Arizona since the Right to Carry was adopted in 1994.
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April 19, 2006

Assistance Needed In Passing Maine Pro-Gun Amendment!

As early as Monday, April 24, the State House will consider critical pro-gun legislation and State Representative John Patrick needs to hear from you. The NRA-backed “Tardy Amendment,” proposed by Representative Josh Tardy (R-25), adds vital provisions to LD 1938, correcting the problem of relinquished firearms from being damaged and sometimes never returned to the owner after a “bad faith” order is terminated.
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April 18, 2006

Prince William County Board of Supervisors to Consider Proposal to Ban Hunting with Buckshot, Today!

Virginia Prince William County of Board of Supervisors is meeting at 2:45 p.m. today to consider banning the use of buckshot, commonly used in hunting.
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April 14, 2006

Kentucky Castle Doctrine Legislation Heads to Governor's Desk!

SB 38, “Castle Doctrine,” which removes the “duty to retreat” when a citizen is faced with attack in a place that he or she has a right to be, has received final approval from the Senate and has been sent to Governor Ernie Fletcher (R) for his expected signature.
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April 14, 2006

Legislation Subjects Connecticut Gun Owners to Criminal Investigations!

As we have been reporting, the anti-gun crowd has ratcheted up the pressure on lawmakers to pass last year’s doomed proposal to make it a crime to fail to report the loss or theft of a firearm within 72 hours from when you “knew or should have known” of the theft.
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April 14, 2006

Two Pro-Gun Bills sent to Arizona Governor!

Two important bills were sent to Governor Janet Napolitano (D) for her signature this week. SB 1425, prohibiting the government from restricting firearms possession or sale during states of emergency and HB 2074, requiring Arizona to recognize the concealed handgun permits from all other 46 states in the country that issue them.
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April 14, 2006

Thanks to Your Activism, Freedom and Justice Prevail in Arizona!

Senate Bill 1145, the "Castle Doctrine" legislation sponsored by Senator Timothy Bee (D-30), passed the Senate by a unanimous vote of 28-0 with a critically important amendment. However, self-defense opponents in the House of Representatives attacked it relentlessly this week. Your activism stopped them in their tracks!
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April 14, 2006

Michigan “Castle Doctrine” Legislation has upcoming hearing!

The Michigan House Judiciary Committee will be hearing important self-defense legislation on Tuesday, April 18 at 10:30 a.m. It is important that law-abiding citizens contact Chairman William VanRegenmorter and fellow committee members and ask him or her to pass HB 5143 and companion bills that are part of the Castle Doctrine package.
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April 14, 2006

Louisiana Senate Protects our Second Amendment Right!

Tuesday, April 11, the State Senate passed unanimously NRA-backed Senate Bill 93 sponsored by Senator Joe McPherson (D-29) on a 39-0 vote. SB 93 amends the state's emergency powers act to prohibit the seizure and confiscation of legally possessed firearms in the unfortunate event of another natural disaster in the State of Louisiana. Please contact your State Senators and thank them for passing this important measure.
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April 14, 2006

Maryland’s 2006 General Assembly Adjourns!

The Maryland General Assembly adjourned "sine die" at midnight last night, April 10, with anti-gun forces unable to advance their agenda. Despite the introduction of dozens of bills that would have been harmful to gun owners, hunters, and sportsmen, gun control advocates were unable to advance any piece of legislation.
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April 13, 2006

Right To Self-Defense At Stake In New Hampshire House!

The following two important pieces of pro-gun legislation sponsored by State Senator Peter E. Bragdon (R-11, Milford) will be heard on the State House floor as early as Wednesday, April 19.
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April 13, 2006

New Life for “Tardy Amendment” in Maine!

Critical pro-gun legislation proposed by State Representative Josh Tardy (R-Newport) which failed by one vote in Augusta on Tuesday, is up for reconsideration today, April 13.
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