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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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July 30, 2014

Massachusetts: Less Than 48 Hours Left in 2014 Legislative Session

With less than 48 hours left in the 2014 legislative session, rumors are circulating that several conference committee members are considering a possible compromise provision which still creates a discretionary FID licensing system for long guns in the Commonwealth.  The NRA opposes any form of discretion in issuing FID cards for long guns, and it is critical that you call and e-mail your state legislators and members of the conference committee in the final hours.  
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July 29, 2014

Massachusetts: Time is Running Out, Contact Conference Committee Members TODAY

The conference committee appointed to iron out differences between Senate Bill 2265 and House Bill 4285 has only three days left to act in the 2014 Massachusetts legislative session.  It is possible that the conference committee report could be voted on by the end of today, and it is absolutely critical that you continue calling and e-mailing your state legislators, PLUS members of the conference committee, in the final hours.
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July 28, 2014

Florida Alert! Two Federal Courts UPHOLD gun rights in separate opinions

On Friday, July 25, 2013, in a 2-1 opinion the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta issued a strong opinion upholding Florida's law to protect the privacy rights of firearms owners and stop anti-gun doctors from interrogating parents and children about gun ownership.  It is a huge win in a case the media has named the "Docs & Glocks" case.  On Saturday, July 26, 2014 the U.S. District Court for Washington D.C. ruled that the D.C. ban on gun carry rights was unconstitutional.
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July 25, 2014

Massachusetts: NO NEED FOR A RIFLE OR SHOTGUN IN BOSTON?

This Wednesday, Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans went on Boston Public Radio to discuss how he wanted the anti-gun discretionary provision restored in Senate Bill 2265 so that he could strip law-abiding gun owners of their rights to possess rifles and shotguns in Boston.  
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July 23, 2014

Massachusetts: Conference Committee Appointed to Iron out Differences in Gun Bills

Conferees have now been appointed by the state Senate and House of Representatives to work out the differences between Senate Bill 2265 and House Bill 4285 in a conference committee.  The following state legislators will serve on this conference committee and will be the policy makers who decide whether anti-gun provisions are added back into S.2265:
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July 22, 2014

Massachusetts: House Votes to Non-Concur on Senate Gun Bill

Today, the Massachusetts House of Representatives voted to non-concur on Senate Bill 2265, the Senate’s version of House Bill 4285.  Conferees will now be appointed from both the state Senate and House of Representatives to work out the differences between both bills in a conference committee.
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July 21, 2014

Michigan: Update on Pro-Gun Reforms in Lansing

Over the next couple of months, the Michigan Legislature will be taking an extended recess to allow state legislators to return to their respective districts and focus on constituent issues.  As a result, during the limited legislative session days left before the lame-duck session begins in November, it is important that the state legislature focus on priority legislation.  The NRA views the legislation below as top priorities for 2014 and encourages our members to contact their state legislators to express their support.
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July 21, 2014

California: Governor Brown Signs First Anti-Gun Bill into Law for 2014

Last Friday, July 18, Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed into law anti-gun Assembly Bill 1964.  AB 1964 unnecessarily removes existing exemptions for all single-shot pistols, other than those with a break top or bolt-action, from California’s roster of “not unsafe” handguns.  It is unfortunate that this legislation was passed and Governor Brown signed such a law that does not address any legitimate public safety problems and conflicts with well-established constitutional principles.
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July 19, 2014

Missouri: Gun Owners Prevail in Missouri Supreme Court – Amendment Stays on Primary Election Ballot on August 5

As previously reported last month, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his anti-gun followers made another attempt at hindering your right to keep and bear arms in Missouri.  In mid-June, a lawsuit was filed against Senate Joint Resolution 36 (Constitutional Amendment 5 on the August 5 primary election ballot) – with the plaintiff being St. Louis Police Chief Samuel Dotson III and Rebecca Morgan, a member of the Missouri chapter of a Bloomberg-funded anti-gun group.  This lawsuit sought to challenge the ballot language and had the express intention of outright killing this ballot measure.  
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July 19, 2014

Massachusetts: Senate Strips Gun Control Language From Gun Bill

Thanks to your calls, e-mails and active involvement, Thursday the Massachusetts Senate stripped some of the most egregious anti-gun provisions from Senate Bill 2265, including the elimination of the discretionary component which would have created new “may issue” FID issuance standards by providing issuing authorities with unlimited discretion to deny firearms identification cards.  The Senate adopted Amendment 63.1 by a 28 to 10 vote.  
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July 17, 2014

South Carolina: City of Tega Cay Amending Discharge Ordinance

Tega Cay is in the process of amending its current ordinance that imposes unnecessary restrictions on the discharge of firearms within the city limits.  While this proposed amendment makes a slight improvement to what is currently on the books, it does not go far enough. 
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July 17, 2014

Reminder: California Department of Fish and Wildlife to Hold Saturday, July 19, Public Workshop on Implementation of Lead Ammunition Ban

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold a public workshop Saturday, July 19 to discuss the implementation of the newly expanded ban on the use of lead bullets for hunting throughout California.  The CDFW workshop will be held at the Community Room at City Hall, 777 Cypress Ave. in Redding from 7-8:30 p.m.  Following the presentation, hunters and other interested parties will be able to comment and provide input.
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July 16, 2014

Massachusetts: URGENT Gun Ban Amendment Scheduled for Possible Vote Tomorrow on Beacon Hill

Yesterday, 63 amendments were filed to Senate Bill 2265 that would affect your rights as a gun owner and sportsman in the Commonwealth.  It is critical that you contact your state Senator early tomorrow morning and ask him or her to oppose amendments which attack your rights, and support those that make pro-gun improvements to S.2265.
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July 16, 2014

Nevada: Lawsuit Filed Against Anti-Gun Ballot Initiative

On Monday, a lawsuit was filed challenging the anti-gun ballot initiative filed with the Secretary of State.  Your NRA-ILA previously reported on the filing of this ballot initiative here.
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July 15, 2014

Missouri: Governor Vetoes NRA-Backed Pro-Gun Bill

Yesterday, Governor Jay Nixon (D) vetoed a NRA supported pro-gun measure, Senate Bill 656.  Sponsored by state Senator Will Kraus (R-8) and handled in the House by state Representative Kevin Elmer (R-139), SB 656 passed overwhelmingly in both legislative chambers.  Unfortunately, Governor Jay Nixon felt the pro-gun provisions were not important or necessary and chose to veto this legislation rather than allow it to become law and increase school and public safety for law-abiding Missouri citizens.
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July 15, 2014

Massachusetts: Senate Introduces its Own Version of Gun Control Bill

Late yesterday, the Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee introduced its own version of gun control legislation, Senate Bill 2265.  This language is the replacement language for House Bill 4285, and will be considered on the Senate floor this Thursday, July 17.  
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July 14, 2014

Kentucky: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Reform Legislation Takes Effect Tomorrow

House Bill 128, this legislative session’s comprehensive pro-gun reform package, goes into effect tomorrow, July 15.
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July 14, 2014

Colorado: Hickenlooper Keeps Close Ties with National Figures Driving an Extreme Anti-Gun, Anti-Sportsmen Agenda

Last week, Governor Hickenlooper (D) was spotted having beers and playing pool with President Obama during his visit to Colorado.  The two anti-gun chief executives enjoyed a night out on the town, despite the desperate need for leadership in both Colorado and our country.
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July 14, 2014

Massachusetts: Senate Could Consider Gun Control Bill as Early as Thursday

As previously reported, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed House Bill 4278 last week.  This misguided gun control bill would create new "may issue" FID issuance standards by giving issuing authorities unfettered discretion to deny firearm identification cards and would require Massachusetts to submit unnecessary records to NICS, including records of individuals who are NOT prohibited from possessing a firearm under state or federal law.  
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