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May 9, 2014

New Jersey: Senate to Consider Magazine and Gun Ban Legislation on Monday

On Monday, May 12, the New Jersey Senate is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 993 at noon.  As previously reported, S.993 seeks to restrict the maximum capacity of ammunition magazines from 15 to 10 rounds and ban certain popular firearms.
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May 9, 2014

Florida Alert: Who else does the Florida Sheriffs Association want to control?

It seems like the Florida Sheriffs Association wants to control you, me, our guns and the media.  What next?  The Legislature?  Or do they think they already control them?  On Wednesday, 5/7/14, an article appeared in the Daytona Beach News-Journal titled "Flagler County sheriff discusses sensible gun control."  We read it.  It didn't surprise us.  The article said Flagler Sheriff Jim Manfre was asked to be a guest speaker at an event to "address the concerns of the Florida Sheriffs Association."   Manfre is quoted as saying sheriffs and police chiefs are concerned about "what type of weapons are out there and who has them." 
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May 9, 2014

Another Magazine Ban in the Works

Legislation to ban ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds, with no exemption for those already owned, is one step closer to becoming law in New Jersey.  The Wall Street Journal reports that on Tuesday “the state Senate’s influential law and public safety committee supported a bill that would reduce the ammunition capacity of gun magazines to 10 rounds from the current 15.  The 3-2 vote ran along partisan lines, with Democrats supporting the bill and Republicans opposing it. . . . The bill now faces a vote in the state Senate, controlled by Democrats.”
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May 8, 2014

Oklahoma: Senate Overrides Veto of Pro-Gun Bill

Today, the Oklahoma Senate unanimously voted to override Governor Fallin’s (R) surprise veto of House Bill 2461.  As previously reported, the state House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to override this veto last week by a bipartisan 86 to 3 vote.  Since this veto was overridden by both legislative chambers, HB 2461 has been enacted into law and will take effect on November 1, 2014.
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May 8, 2014

Missouri: Pro-Gun Legislation on the Move in Jefferson City

Yesterday, the Missouri Senate passed Senate Joint Resolution 36 by a 23 to 8 vote.  Sponsored by state Senator Kurt Shaefer (R-19) and handled in the House by state Representative John Diehl (R-89), SJR 36 would strengthen Missouri’s current right to keep and bear arms constitutional amendment, Section 23, Article I. 
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May 8, 2014

Louisiana: Three NRA-Backed Bills Pending Consideration by Senate, Your Help Needed

With just a few weeks left in the 2014 legislative session, three important pro-Second Amendment and pro-sportsman bills are still awaiting consideration by the full Senate.  As previously reported, it is critical that you contact your State Senator TODAY and urge him or her to support the following bills without amendments:
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May 7, 2014

Oklahoma: Urge the State Senate to Act on House Bill 2461

The Oklahoma Senate has yet to act on overriding Governor Mary Fallin’s (R) veto of the uncontroversial NRA-backed House Bill 2461, after the state House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to override the veto last week.  Your immediate help is needed to encourage the state Senate to act on this issue!  
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May 7, 2014

Kansas: Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Expands to Virginia and Washington

Today, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt (R) announced that Virginia and Washington state now recognize reciprocity with Kansas’ Concealed Carry Handgun License (CCHL).  This reciprocity agreement marks a major milestone for Kansas CCHL holders.  
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May 7, 2014

Delaware: Anti-Gun Bill Being Circulated in Dover, Your Action is Needed

This week, NRA-ILA learned of a potential bill being circulated in the Delaware General Assembly that would prohibit the manufacture, sale, transfer or possession of a firearm, firearm component or accessory including ammunition that is “undetectable” by standard metal detectors.  While its language is not currently available, reports indicate that this legislation is being circulated by anti-gun state Senator Harris McDowell (D- Wilmington) as Senate Bill 137. 
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May 7, 2014

Pennsylvania: Employer Firearm Parking Lot Protection Legislation Introduced

Several weeks ago we sent an alert asking Pennsylvania NRA members to report to our State and Local Affairs division if their employer has a policy which prohibits employees from transporting to/from and storing firearms in their locked, private motor vehicles while parked at work, and the response was overwhelming!  Within 24 hours, our office was flooded with hundreds of e-mails reporting these types of policies, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to the local grocery store on the corner.
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May 7, 2014

Missouri: House Passes NRA-Supported Bill, Other Legislation Awaiting Action

Yesterday, the Missouri House of Representatives passed Senate Joint Resolution 36 by an overwhelming 122 to 31 vote.  Sponsored by state Senator Kurt Shaefer (R-19) and handled in the House by state Representative John Diehl (R-89), SJR 36 would strengthen Missouri’s current right to keep and bear arms constitutional amendment, Section 23, Article I.  
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May 6, 2014

Minnesota: Suppression of Political Speech Amendment Defeated

Last night, Amendment A5 to Senate File 2782 was proposed by state Representative Ryan Winkler (D-46A) and ultimately defeated by the Minnesota Legislature.  This amendment contained substantially similar language to the harmful, overreaching and vague language in House File 1944 and Senate File 1915, previously reported here, and would have had a chilling effect on freedom of speech and of association in Minnesota.
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May 6, 2014

Florida Alert! A Cut Dog Barks

Former Governor Lawton Chiles was fond of using the old southern saying, "a cut dog barks," when people were protesting too much.  I used that old saying yesterday.  Gary Fineout, an AP reporter, tweeted that in our newsletter alert to members, I said the Florida Sheriffs Association had declared war on the Second Amendment.
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May 6, 2014

Arizona: US Forest Service Community Forum on The Tonto National Forest

The US Forest Service is revising its management plan for the 3 million acre Tonto National Forest.  The 4-year plan revision process is at the first stage with an assessment of forest resource conditions and trends.  Public comment on the assessment is invited and a number of community forums have been scheduled between May and July.  
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May 5, 2014

New Jersey: Senate Committee Passes Magazine and Gun Ban Legislation

Today, the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee passed Senate Bill 993 today on a party line 3 to 2 vote.  As previously reported, S.993 seeks to restrict the maximum capacity of ammunition magazines from 15 to 10 rounds and ban certain popular firearms.  
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May 5, 2014

Alabama: Conservation Advisory Board Votes to Repeal Ban on Hunting with Suppressors

On Saturday, May 3, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Board voted unanimously to repeal the prohibition on using a suppressor while hunting in the Yellowhammer State.  This change must still undergo an administrative process but will likely take effect in late June.  Currently, more than 30 states allow hunters to use suppressors while hunting. 
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May 5, 2014

Colorado: Bill Repealing Restrictions on Rifle and Shotgun Purchases/Sales Signed into Law

Last Friday, May 2, Senate Bill 135 was signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper (D).  SB 135 enacts a long-overdue alignment of Colorado with forty-two other states that allow their residents to purchase rifles and shotguns in non-contiguous states, provided the purchase or transfer complies with state and federal law.  SB 135 takes effect on August 6, 2014.
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May 3, 2014

Hawaii: Legislature Adjourns its 2014 Regular Session

On Thursday, May 1, the Hawaii Legislature adjourned its 2014 regular session.  This session saw the introduction of several Second Amendment bills and of particular interest are House Bill 849, House Bill 1902 and House Bill 2246.
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May 3, 2014

Florida Report: Latvala, sheriffs take out Brandes' NRA-backed gun bill

Thursday, 5/1/14, the Florida Sheriffs Association killed SB-296/HB-209 -- the bill to allow citizens to carry their firearms with them (rather than leave firearms behind for looters) when they are under a mandatory evacuation during a declared state of emergency.  Be perfectly clear, this was a straight up Second Amendment issue in its purest form.  And the Florida Sheriffs Association opposed your fundamental individual right to keep and bear arms at a time when you most need to be able to protect yourself and your family.
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May 2, 2014

Missouri: Senate Committee Scheduled to Vote on Self-Defense Bill on Monday

Having been debated in a public hearing earlier this week, House Bill 1539, legislation to strengthen Missouri’s current Castle Doctrine law, is scheduled to be voted on next Monday, May 5, by the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.
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May 2, 2014

Louisiana: Once Again, House Committee Scheduled to Hear Bill to Repeal Self-Defense Law this Tuesday

This coming Tuesday, May 6, the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee will consider House Bill 826.  Sponsored by state Representative Wesley Bishop (D-New Orleans), NRA-opposed HB 826 would repeal Louisiana's "stand your ground" statute and tip the scales in favor of criminals who attack law-abiding citizens in public.  Make no mistake, this is a direct assault on your right to self-defense outside of your home, vehicle or place of business.
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April 30, 2014

Oklahoma: House Votes to Override Governor's Veto of Pro-Second Amendment Bill

Today, the Oklahoma House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to override the Governor's surprising veto of NRA-supported House Bill 2461 by a bipartisan 86-3 vote.  As previously reported, HB 2461 was sent to Governor Fallin (R) for her signature following nearly unanimous passage in the Oklahoma Legislature.  
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April 30, 2014

Michigan: Senate Committee Passes Youth Firearm Education Bill

Today, an important youth firearm education bill passed unanimously in the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee.  House Bill 5085 now goes to the Senate floor for consideration.  Introduced by state Representative Phil Potvin (R-102), HB 5085 corrects an unduly burdensome restraint on youth firearm education by reasonably expanding the class of individuals who are allowed to supervise and instruct Michigan youth on the safe use of pistols.
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April 30, 2014

Louisiana: Senate Poised for Final Consideration of Three NRA-Backed Bills

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary C Committee unanimously passed two NRA-backed bills affecting concealed carry permit holders:  House Bill 72, sponsored by state Representative Joe Lopinto (R-Metairie), and House Bill 1066, sponsored by state Representative Jeff Thompson (R-Bossier City).  As previously reported, HB 72 would clarify that concealed handgun permit holders may possess firearms in restaurants that serve alcohol.  HB 1066 would make technical changes to the state concealed carry law, which could qualify Louisiana permit holders for an exemption from the NICS check when purchasing a firearm from a federal firearm licensed dealer.  
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April 30, 2014

New Jersey: Senate Committee to Hear Gun and Magazine Ban Legislation on Monday

On Monday, May 5, the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 993.  Sponsored by state Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-37), S.993 seeks to restrict the maximum capacity of ammunition magazines from 15 to 10 rounds and ban many popular firearms.
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April 29, 2014

Oklahoma: Overwhelmingly Supported Pro-Gun Bill Vetoed by Governor

Today, in a surprising move, Governor Mary Fallin (R) vetoed high-priority NRA-supported legislation, House Bill 2461.  As previously reported, HB 2461 was sent to Governor Fallin for her signature following nearly unanimous passage in the Oklahoma Legislature.  HB 2461 passed unanimously in the Senate and passed in the House by a 92 to 1 vote.
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April 29, 2014

Iowa: New Path for Pro-Firearms Legislation

House File 2381 -- NRA-supported legislation to legalize firearm sound suppressors for civilian ownership in Iowa – has faced many uphill battles during this legislative session, as previously reported here.  The NRA and the Iowa Firearms Coalition (IFC) worked ceaselessly this year with members of the state Senate and House of Representatives to advance firearms freedoms for Iowans, but unfortunately, the current Iowa General Assembly was set to once again continue the trend of failing to send strong Second Amendment legislation to the Governor for enactment.
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April 29, 2014

California: Pleasant Hill Planning Commission Backs Away from Anti-Gun Ordinance, at Least Until May 6.

In late 2013, the Pleasant Hill City Council passed an ordinance that imposed significant restrictions and unnecessary regulations on firearm retailers (FFLs) operating in the city.  The ordinance requires FFLs to obtain a local permit to sell firearms or ammunition and imposes zoning restrictions that prohibit any FFL from operating in most areas of the city.  This ordinance, like others being pushed locally in California at the behest of the gun ban lobby, is designed to make it extremely costly, impractical and nearly impossible for gun stores to open and operate.  The ordinance was promoted by Pleasant Hill Mayor Michael G. Harris in his support for the gun ban lobby and its agenda.
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April 28, 2014

Florida Critical Alert: Sheriffs Still Attacking Second Amendment Rights

On Wednesday, April 30, 2014, SB-296 by Senator Jeff Brandes will be heard on the Senate Floor.  The Senate needs to substitute the House bill, HB-209 and pass it without amendments.  SB-296 Mandatory Evacuation is the Senate version of HB-209 that has been under constant attack by the Florida Sheriffs Association and continues to be under attack in the Senate.  SB-296 Firearms/Mandatory Evacuations is a bill to allow law-abiding citizens to take their firearms with them when they are in the act of evacuating while complying with a mandatory evacuation order under a declared state of emergency.   This bill will keep law-abiding citizens from being arrested and having their firearms confiscated for taking their firearms with them when they evacuate.
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April 28, 2014

NRA Victory in the Peruta “Shall-Issue” California CCW Case, What does it Mean? What Happens Next?

A landmark ruling came down on February 14, 2014 in the NRA-supported case of Peruta v. County of San Diego.  A three-judge federal panel from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down San Diego County Sheriff William Gore’s policy requiring that law-abiding adults prove they have a special need in order to establish a “good cause” to be issued a license to carry a firearm in public before he would issue them one.  This ruling may at long last ultimately result in California joining over forty other states and becoming a “shall-issue” jurisdiction.
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April 27, 2014

Florida Leads Reform of Zero-Tolerance Abuse

In a move that will hopefully mark the beginning of a return to sanity in the administration of scholastic “zero tolerance” polices, the Florida Senate on Thursday passed HB 7029 by an overwhelming margin of 32-6. The bill now awaits Gov. Rick Scott’s signature.
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April 25, 2014

Louisiana: Senate Committee to Hear Two Pro-Gun Bills, Senate Poised to Consider Another

This week, the Louisiana Senate Natural Resources Committee unanimously passed House Bill 186.  Sponsored by state Representative Cameron Henry (R-Metairie), NRA-supported HB 186 would allow for the use of lawfully-owned suppressors while hunting game animals.
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April 25, 2014

Florida Report on Legislative Floor Action Monday 4/21/14 through Friday 4/25/14

The seventh week of the Legislative Session was yet another exceptionally busy and successful week.  Four more pro-gun bills passed the legislature and are headed for the Governor's desk.  The blue underlined bill numbers are the most current versions of the bills. You can simply click on those links to read the bills.   A new version is prepared every time a bill is amended (changed) in committee.  If, there is no blue link that means the newest amended version is not yet available.
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April 24, 2014

Arizona: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bill Last Night as Legislature Adjourns

Early this morning, the Arizona Legislature adjourned its 2014 Second Regular Session.  As reported yesterday, House Bill 2535, sponsored by state Representative John Kavanagh (R-23), and Senate Bill 1366, sponsored by state Senator Rick Murphy (R-21), were sent to Governor Jan Brewer (R) for her signature.
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April 23, 2014

Virginia: Senate Rejects Governor’s Anti-Gun Amendment

Today, the Virginia Senate rejected Governor Terry McAuliffe’s (D) NRA-opposed amendment to Senate Bill 377 by a 15 to 23 vote.
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April 23, 2014

Louisiana: Gun Control Bill Defeated in House Committee

Today, the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee voted 8 to 4 to involuntarily defer House Bill 1189, NRA-opposed legislation sponsored by anti-gun state Representative Barbara Norton (D-Shreveport).  As previously reported, HB 1189 would have made it a crime to intentionally expose children, age ten and under, to firearms that were not locked in a container or equipped with a locking device.
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April 23, 2014

Arizona: “Shall Certify” Legislation Passes in Senate, Goes to Governor for Signature

Yesterday, the Arizona Senate passed House Bill 2535 by an 18 to 10 vote.  Introduced by state Representative John Kavanagh (R-23), HB 2535 requires that certification by a chief law enforcement officer (CLEO), when a signoff is required for the transfer of a firearm or other item regulated by the National Firearms Act (NFA), be provided within sixty days as long as the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving the firearm or other item.
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April 23, 2014

Georgia: Governor Signs Comprehensive Pro-Gun Bill into Law

Today, Governor Nathan Deal (R) signed into law House Bill 60, the most comprehensive pro-gun legislation in state history.  HB 60 passed in the Georgia Senate by a 37-18 vote on March 18 and in the state House of Representatives by a 112-58 vote on March 20.  HB 60 will take effect on July 1, 2014.  
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April 23, 2014

Kansas: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Bill Signed into Law

Yesterday, Governor Sam Brownback (R) signed House Bill 2578 into law.  As previously reported here, HB 2578 passed unanimously in the Kansas House of Representatives on March 25, language from Senate Bill 447 was incorporated into HB 2578 and passed in the state Senate by a 37-2 vote on April 4, and HB 2578 was concurred by the state House of Representatives by a 102-19 vote on April 5.  HB 2578 takes effect on July 1, 2014.
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April 23, 2014

Oklahoma: Three Pro-Gun Bills Pass and Head to Governor

It has been a busy week for pro-gun legislation in Oklahoma City and your NRA is happy to report that three important bills have passed and will now be sent to Governor Mary Fallin (R) for her signature.
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