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September 19, 2014

Colorado: Expanded Hunting Opportunities Offered in Plan for San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a plan that would guide management of the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex for the next 15 years.  The refuge complex is located in the San Luis Valley, a high mountain basin located in Alamosa, Rio Grande and Saguache Counties, Colorado.  Totaling about 106,000 acres, the complex is an important stopover for numerous migratory birds.   
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September 17, 2014

California: Governor Brown Needs to Hear Your Opposition to Four Pending Anti-Gun Bills

Governor Jerry Brown has until the end of this month to sign or veto the anti-gun bills below.  It is vital that you call, fax AND e-mail Governor Brown DAILY respectfully urging him to VETO these anti-gun bills.  Governor Brown can be reached at (916) 445-2841, by fax at (916) 558-3160 or by e-mail here (https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php).
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September 12, 2014

Oregon: Informational Hearing Scheduled to Discuss Lead Ammunition Survey on Tuesday

Earlier this summer, your NRA-ILA reported on the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s plan to survey hunters on the use of lead ammunition.  Earlier this week, the Oregon House Interim Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources posted its agenda for Tuesday, September 16, including a portion dedicated to discussion on the Lead Ammunition Survey.
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September 11, 2014

Missouri: Gun Owners Prevail in Veto Override Session

Overnight, Senate Bill 656 received final approval from the Missouri House of Representatives, and the veto by Governor Jay Nixon (D) was overridden.  Things also started late yesterday when the state Senate took up SB 656 during the veto override session and approved it by a 23 to 8 vote.  The House approved this measure by a 117 to 39 vote, with supporters from both sides of the aisle.
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September 11, 2014

Pennsylvania: Firearms Preemption Bill Could be Considered in State House Next Week

Next week, the Pennsylvania Legislature returns from its summer break, and the NRA has learned that the state House of Representatives may be considering a vote on House Bill 2011 as early as next Monday.  This critical firearms preemption legislation is needed to strengthen and provide consistency in Pennsylvania’s firearm and ammunition laws throughout the state. 
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September 9, 2014

Missouri: General Assembly to Take Up Pro-Gun Legislation During Tomorrow’s Veto Override Session

As reported last week, the Missouri General Assembly will meet tomorrow and Thursday to consider bills that were vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon.  Three of the bills being considered include provisions that would improve gun laws in the Show Me State.  Tomorrow, the bills will come up in their house of origination – Senate Bill 656 in the state Senate and House Bill 2002 and House Bill 2008 in the state House of Representatives – and on Thursday the opposite chamber will consider those bills if passed.  Each of these bills addresses the issue of creating a safer school environment, by making Missouri more compliant with the NRA’s School Shield program.
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September 5, 2014

Virginia: The NRA Celebrates Pro-Hunting Milestone

For the first time, sportsmen across the Commonwealth will go afield this Sunday to hunt on private lands.  Thank you to all who supported the NRA’s efforts over the last several years to repeal the archaic law prohibiting Sunday Hunting.  Our advocacy and persistence cleared the way to allow landowners and their families, and hunters with written permission from the landowner in hand, to hunt private land and public waterways on Sunday in Virginia.  
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September 5, 2014

Missouri: Pro-Gun Legislation to be Considered during Next Week’s Veto Override Session

In July, Governor Jay Nixon decided that your Second Amendment rights weren’t important and chose to veto Senate Bill 656.  Your NRA-ILA reported on the Governor’s veto of this NRA-backed, pro-gun reform legislation, here. 
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September 5, 2014

California: Information on the Ten-Day Waiting Period Court Decision

A federal district court judge recently ruled that California’s mandatory 10-day waiting period for firearm purchases violates the Second Amendment as applied to individuals who already lawfully possess at least one firearm that is registered to them in the California Department of Justice (DOJ) Automated Firearms System (AFS), or who possess a valid Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) license.  The ruling also mentions those who possess a valid Certificate of Eligibility (COE), but they would still need a firearm registered in the AFS to be entitled to the exception from the 10-day waiting period.  
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September 5, 2014

New York: Sportsmen's Association for Firearms Education presents the 2014 Firearm Civil Rights Conference

Please join the Sportsmen's Association for Firearms Education (S.A.F.E.) for its 2014 Firearm Civil Rights Conference.
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September 4, 2014

Washington: Voters in the Evergreen State are Urged to Visit VoteNo594.com

Last month, the National Rifle Association of America Washingtonians Opposed to I 594 launched VoteNo594.com to help inform Washington voters about this onerous and misguided initiative.  Currently being misrepresented by its advocates as a means to prevent violent crime and keep firearms out of the hands of prohibited persons, Initiative 594, as written, will have a very negative effect on responsible gun owners and Second Amendment supporters.  
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September 3, 2014

Mississippi: Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves Urges Gun Owners and Sportsmen to Celebrate Tax-Free Weekend and Ratify November Ballot Measure

Today, Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves (R) visited Van’s Sporting Goods in Rankin County and took the opportunity to remind Mississippi gun owners and sportsmen that the state will celebrate its inaugural “Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday” this Friday, September 5, through Sunday, September 7.
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September 3, 2014

California: 2014 Legislative Session Adjourns After Passage of More Anti-Gun Bills

The 2014 session of the California Legislature has finally adjourned for this year.  Unfortunately, the state legislature passed several anti-gun bills that are now awaiting consideration by Governor Jerry Brown.  The Governor has thirty days to make a decision on the anti-gun bills below.  It is vital that you call, fax AND e-mail Governor Brown DAILY respectfully urging him to VETO these anti-gun bills.  Governor Brown can be reached at (916) 445-2841, by fax at (916) 558-3160 or by e-mail here (https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php).
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August 29, 2014

Colorado: UPDATE on Castle Rock Open Carry Vote

Yesterday, the unofficial results of the Castle Rock special election were announced.  Referendum A, which prohibits the town manager from banning the open carrying of firearms in public parks, passed by 50.8%.  Referendum B, which requires a town vote before local officials are allowed to alter gun laws in Castle Rock, passed by 78%.
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August 28, 2014

California: 2014 Legislative Session Scheduled to Adjourn this Sunday, August 31

There are only four days left of the 2014 California legislative session and you MUST call AND e-mail your state Senator and Assemblyman TODAY.  Respectfully urge him or her to OPPOSE all anti-gun legislation!  
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August 22, 2014

Fight to Stop SB53, the Ammunition Sales Purchase Permits and Registration bill, Heats Up in Sacramento

The war over SB 53 is heating up in Sacramento and now anti-gun advocates are attempting to split gun owners by trying to buy the support of hunters.  The newest amended version of SB 53 will continue to BAN the mail and internet sales of ammunition to firearms owners in California, unless you have a hunting license.  Supporters of SB 53 think that they can pretend to be "pro- hunting" while they are still violating the rights of firearms owners statewide.
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August 18, 2014

Louisiana: Update on Issues Affecting Concealed Carry Permit Holders

According to a recent Nevada Department of Public Safety memo, Louisiana concealed carry permits will no longer be recognized by Nevada because of a 2013 law change that provided for the issuance of lifetime permits in the Sportsman’s Paradise.  It is unknown why Nevada will no longer honor Louisiana’s standard five-year permit, as holders had previously been granted reciprocity and it remains separate and distinct from the lifetime permit created by the 2013 statute.
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August 18, 2014

California 2014 Legislative Session Expected to Adjourn in Two Weeks

The 2014 California legislative session is scheduled to adjourn on Sunday, August 31, but it is expected that they will probably try to finish up next Friday, August 29.  Accordingly, it is CRITICAL that you call AND e-mail your state Senator and Assemblyman every day urging them to OPPOSE the anti-gun bills below.  Also, please forward this alert to your family, friends, fellow gun owners and sportsmen in California urging them to contact their state legislators to OPPOSE the anti-gun bills below.  
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August 15, 2014

Nevada: UPDATE on Concealed Handgun License Permit Recognition

Earlier this week, your NRA-ILA reported on alterations to Nevada’s Concealed Handgun License Permit recognition agreements.  In addition to removing West Virginia from its list of recognized out-of-state permits, Nevada will no longer honor permits from Louisiana.  However, the Silver State will now begin honoring permits from Illinois.
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August 15, 2014

Maine: Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Opposes Referendum Based on Forty Years of Research

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the state agency directly responsible for the conservation of Maine’s wildlife, has publicly announced its opposition to Question #1, the Maine Bear Hunting Initiative.
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August 14, 2014

Massachusetts: Hold Your State Legislators Accountable

On August 13, Governor Deval Patrick (D) signed H.4376 into law.  In spite of active opposition from the NRA, this draconian anti-gun bill was passed and enacted, and contains a variation of the original discretionary component, allowing a licensing authority to file a petition to the district court to request that an applicant be denied the issuance or renewal of a Firearms Identification Card (FID).  This discretionary component, and many other main provisions of this law, take effect on January 1, 2015.
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August 13, 2014

Michigan: State Senate Acts on Pro-Gun Bills Today

Today, two NRA-backed bills, Senate Bill 977 and Senate Bill 979, received action in the Michigan Senate.
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August 13, 2014

West Virginia: Nevada Drops Reciprocity for Concealed Handgun License Permit Holders

Last week, the state of Nevada announced that they had dropped their reciprocal concealed handgun license agreement with West Virginia and will no longer honor concealed carry licenses from the Mountain State.
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August 13, 2014

California: Anti-Gun Bills Expected to be Heard in the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees This Week

Three anti-gun bills are expected to be heard in the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees this Thursday, August 14 or Friday, August 15.  It is CRITICAL that EVERY gun owner, sportsman and Second Amendment supporter in California call AND e-mail members of the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees urging them to OPPOSE SB 580, SB 808 and AB 1014.  Tell state legislators that criminals do not respect or obey current firearm laws and they will simply ignore any new firearm laws, so let’s try a new strategy and protect law-abiding gun owners.
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August 11, 2014

Texas: Alcoholic Beverage Commission Proposes New Rules that Negatively Impact Friends of NRA Events, Shooting Clubs and Gun Shows

The state agency charged with regulating the sale, distribution and possession of alcoholic beverages in Texas is proposing new regulations that could drastically affect fundraising events held by charitable organizations as well as the operation of certain shooting clubs and gun shows.
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August 11, 2014

Time is Running Out in Sacramento

Several anti-gun bills last week have made it to the state Senate and Assembly floor.  It is CRITICAL that EVERY gun owner, sportsman and Second Amendment supporter in California keep up the pressure on their state Senator and Assemblyman OPPOSING ALL of the anti-gun bills listed below.  Tell your state legislators that criminals do not respect or obey current firearm laws and they will simply ignore any new firearm laws, so let’s try a new strategy and protect law-abiding gun owners by opposing the listed bills below.  
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August 11, 2014

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Public Workshop on Implementation of Lead Ammunition Ban to be Held this Tuesday

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold a public workshop this Tuesday, August 12, to discuss implementation of the newly expanded ban on the use of lead ammunition for hunting throughout California.  This CDFW public workshop will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Department of General Services Building located at 2550 Mariposa Mall in Fresno.  Following the CDFW presentation, hunters and other interested parties will be able to make public comment.
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August 11, 2014

NRA Supports the Use of Suppressors for Hunting in Florida

On Friday, August 8, the following letter was sent to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
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August 8, 2014

The Show-Me State Shows the Way to Safeguard Fundamental Rights

Missouri’s primary election on Tuesday included a legislatively referred constitutional amendment to strengthen Missouri’s right to arms provision.  Voters approved the amendment by a 61% to 39% margin.
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August 6, 2014

Illinois: Upcoming Committee Meeting to Discuss Firearms Rules

On Tuesday, August 12, the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) will meet to consider two firearm-related rules.  After failing to adopt rules for more than a year and creating a mess of the Law Enforcement objection process, the Concealed Carry Review Board has finally submitted “emergency” rules for their operation.  No emergency currently exists that isn’t entirely of their own making.  They now want to limit any applicant’s due process and ability to respond to objections filed by a law enforcement agency.  JCAR will consider these rules at its next meeting on August 12.
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August 6, 2014

Missourians Approve Measure Strengthening Right to Keep and Bear Arms

By an overwhelming margin of 61 to 39 percent, Missouri voters have adopted an amendment backed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) to their state constitution strengthening the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Senate Joint Resolution 36 declares that right to be "unalienable" and require any gun-control restrictions to be subject to the highest legal scrutiny. 
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August 6, 2014

Update on Day One After Legislative Recess in Sacramento

On the first day back from its legislative recess two anti-gun bills were sent to the Senate floor by the Senate Appropriations Committee.  It is IMPERATIVE that EVERY gun owner, sportsmen and Second Amendment supporter in California keep up the pressure on their state Senator and Assemblyman OPPOSING ALL of the anti-gun bills listed below.  Contact information for your state legislators can be found here.  Contact information for the Senate Appropriations Committee can be found here.  Contact information for the Assembly Appropriations Committee can be found here.
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August 5, 2014

Nevada: Judge Orders Anti-Gun Ballot Initiative Withdrawn and Revised

Last Friday, a Carson City District Judge ordered an anti-gun petition, previously reported here, to be withdrawn and revised.  This petition, authored by “Nevadans for Background Checks,” failed to include a material description of the criminal penalties that would result should this initiative become law.  Earlier this month, a lawsuit was filed challenging this specific wording, encouraging legal action to ensure the true intent of this initiative is communicated to the public.
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August 4, 2014

Louisiana: Multiple New Pro-Gun and Pro-Hunting Laws Take Effect

On Friday, August 1, several new NRA-supported laws took effect in the Sportsman's Paradise.
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August 2, 2014

California Legislature Returns to Work on Monday

Summer recess is over and your state legislators are returning to Sacramento to finish the 2014 legislative session.  It is IMPERATIVE that you call AND e-mail your state legislators and respective Appropriation Committee members urging them to OPPOSE the anti-gun bills below.  
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August 2, 2014

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Public Workshop on Implementation of Lead Ammunition Ban to be Held on Tuesday

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold a public workshop on Tuesday, August 5, to discuss implementation of the newly expanded ban on the use of lead ammunition for hunting throughout California.  This CDFW public workshop will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the CDFW South Coast Regional Office at 3883 Ruffin Road in San Diego. Following the CDFW presentation, hunters and other interested parties will be able to make public comment.
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August 1, 2014

Massachusetts Legislature Breaks New Ground in Gun Control

Last night, in the waning hours of Massachusetts’ legislative session, its House and Senate passed H.4376.  Seemingly out of definable categories of persons to deny the right to arms, this bill would make Massachusetts the first state in which an individual’s right to acquire any type of firearm would be subject to the discretion of a government official.
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August 1, 2014

California Fish and Game Commission Meeting on Hunting and the Non-Lead Ammunition Ban on Wednesday

The California Fish and Game Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, August 6 at 8:30 a.m. at the Double Tree by Hilton Golf Resort San Diego, 14455 Penasquitos Drive, San Diego and the following issues are on the agenda for discussion:
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July 31, 2014

Massachusetts: Conference Committee Retains Egregious Anti-Gun Provision

Unfortunately, as predicted, the conference committee tasked with ironing out the differences between the House and Senate versions of an omnibus firearms bill adopted a report which still retains the most egregious provision, allowing issuing authorities to use discretion in issuing or denying FID cards.  House Bill 4376 was reported by the conference committee late last night, and with less than 24 hours left in the legislative session, H.4376 is expected to be voted on sometime TODAY.
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July 31, 2014

Anti-Gun Bills Must be Stopped in Sacramento

There are three anti-gun bills that your state Legislators must OPPOSE.  Your state Senator and Assemblyman MUST hear from you TODAY.  Contact information can be found here.  Below are the bills that MUST be OPPOSED and stopped in Sacramento:
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