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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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April 22, 2014

Nebraska: Emergency Powers Protection Bill Signed into Law

Today, Governor Dave Heineman (R) signed Legislative Bill 390 into law.  LB 390 passed unanimously in the Nebraska Legislature during its Final Reading on April 17, in the last hour of the 2014 legislative session.
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April 22, 2014

Louisiana: House Committee Removes Bill to Repeal Self-Defense Law from Tomorrow's Agenda

House Bill 826, NRA-opposed legislation sponsored by state Representative Wesley Bishop (D-New Orleans) to repeal Louisiana's "stand your ground" statute, has been removed from Wednesday's House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee schedule.  However, another anti-gun measure is on the committee agenda and your help is still needed to stop that one in its tracks!
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April 22, 2014

Pennsylvania: Employer Firearm Parking Lot Bans Widespread

Last week, 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 has been overwhelming!  Within 24 hours, our office received 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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April 22, 2014

Georgia: Governor to Sign Comprehensive Pro-Gun Bill on Wednesday

This Wednesday, April 23, Governor Nathan Deal (R) will sign House Bill 60 into law, the most comprehensive pro-gun bill in state history.  Once signed into law, HB 60 will take effect on July 1, 2014.  
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April 22, 2014

Florida Report: Discrimination against Gun Owners by Insurance Companies

Senate Bill 424 to Stop Discrimination by Insurance Companies Against Gun Owners has PASSED THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE!!!!!  The bill was sponsored by Representative Matt Gaetz(R) in the House and Senator Tom Lee (R) in the Senate. 
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April 21, 2014

Missouri: House Could Consider NRA-Supported Bill at Anytime

At anytime, the Missouri House of Representatives could bring up for consideration Senate Joint Resolution 36.  
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April 21, 2014

Louisiana: House Committee Scheduled to Hear Bill to Repeal Self-Defense Law this Wednesday

This Wednesday, April 23, 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 21, 2014

Michigan: Senate Committee to Consider Multiple Pro-Second Amendment Bills Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to hear multiple pieces of pro-Second Amendment legislation: the Firearms Record Confidentiality Package, House Bill 5087, and House Bills 5091 and 5092.
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April 21, 2014

Virginia: General Assembly to Consider Governor’s Anti-Gun Amendment on Wednesday

This Wednesday, April 23, the Virginia General Assembly is meeting for its reconvened session to consider gubernatorial amendments and vetoes.  It is critical that you contact your state Senator and Delegate and urge them to vote to REJECT the Governor’s anti-gun amendment to Senate Bill 377.
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April 18, 2014

Arizona: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bills, Other Bills Await Consideration and Signature

Yesterday, Governor Jan Brewer (R) signed House Bill 2103 into law.  Introduced by state Representative Kelly Townsend (R-16), HB 2103 would allow an individual of at least nineteen years of age to obtain a concealed weapon permit if the person is currently in military service or has been honorably discharged.  This legislation is a good way to thank our military for their service and will benefit law-abiding gun owners in Arizona.  HB 2103 passed in the state Senate by a 20 to 10 vote on Wednesday and in the House by a 39 to 18 vote on March 10.
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April 18, 2014

Rhode Island: Senate and House Committees Stall Multiple Anti-Gun Bills

More than a dozen gun control bills were scheduled for a hearing this week in the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee.  The good news is that those anti-gun bills which were scheduled to be heard, as previously reported, were held for further study in both committees
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April 18, 2014

Nebraska: Legislature Adjourns with Passage of Emergency Powers Legislation

Yesterday, in the final hour of its 2014 legislative session, the Nebraska Legislature unanimously passed critical emergency powers legislation in its Final Reading.  Legislative Bill 390, introduced by state Senator Mark Christensen (44), now goes to Governor Dave Heineman (R) for his expected signature.
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April 17, 2014

Missouri: Right to Keep and Bear Arms Constitutional Amendment Awaits Action in House

Last week, the House General Laws Committee voted “Do Pass” on Senate Joint Resolution 36 and this measure is currently waiting to be added to the House floor calendar.  Sponsored by state Senator Kurt Shaefer (R-19) and being 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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April 17, 2014

Louisiana: Mandatory Training Bill Fails to Advance from Committee

This Wednesday, House Bill 13 was voluntarily deferred by its sponsor, state Representative Austin Badon (D-New Orleans), after the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee failed to advance it on a 6-to-6 tie vote.  This NRA-opposed bill would have made it unlawful for a federal firearm licensed dealer (FFL) to transfer a firearm without verifying that the purchaser had completed a gun safety training course.  This was not about requiring training to obtain a permit to carry firearms for self-defense -- this would have required training to simply purchase a firearm to own in your home.
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April 17, 2014

West Virginia: Attorney General Seeks to Right a Legal Wrong

Today, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R) filed a motion to intervene and dismiss a frivolous lawsuit filed by rabid anti-gun Mayors Against Illegal Guns member, Mayor Danny Jones, and the city of Charleston.
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April 17, 2014

Arizona: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bill -- Update on Legislative Activity in Phoenix

On Tuesday, House Bill 2103 passed in the state Senate by a 20 to 10 vote.  Introduced by state Representative Kelly Townsend (R-16), HB 2103 would allow an individual of at least nineteen years of age to obtain a concealed weapon permit if the person is currently in military service or has been honorably discharged.  This legislation is a good way to thank our military for their service and will benefit law-abiding gun owners in Arizona.  
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April 15, 2014

Tennessee: House Subcommittee Chairman Removes Park Carry Bill from Schedule

Last night, House Bill 1407, sponsored by state Representative Tilman Goins (R-10), was removed from the hearing notice in the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee.  Please contact Chairman Mike Harrison immediately and urge him to return HB 1407 on his subcommittee calendar.
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April 15, 2014

Pennsylvania: Firearms Preemption Bill Still Stalled in House, Your Immediate Help Needed

Another week has gone by and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has still not acted on House Bill 2011, critical firearms preemption legislation needed to provide consistency of Pennsylvania’s firearm and ammunition laws throughout the state.  Your immediate help is needed to ensure this bill gets a vote on the House floor.
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April 14, 2014

Kentucky: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Reform Signed into Law Last Week

Last Friday, Governor Steve Beshear (D) signed into law a comprehensive pro-gun bill, House Bill 128. As initially introduced by state Representative Robert Damron (D-39), HB 128 allows retired peace officers with a valid Concealed Deadly Weapons License (CDWL), in accordance with the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), to carry at all times in Kentucky, with an exception for detention facilities.
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April 14, 2014

Rhode Island: Senate and House Committees to Hear Over a Dozen Gun Bills this Week

Anti-gun state lawmakers continue their assault on the constitutional rights of Rhode Island gun owners this week in Providence.  Tomorrow, April 15, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear a full slate of anti-gun bills starting at 6:00 p.m. in room 313 of the State House.  The anti-gun bills scheduled to be considered tomorrow only attack the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens and do nothing to address violent crime or public safety.
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April 14, 2014

New York: “SAFE Act” Registration Deadline is Tomorrow, April 15

Tomorrow, April 15, the year-old “SAFE Act” will require gun owners to register any firearm that falls within the anti-gun Legislature’s new definition of a semi-automatic “assault weapon,” or risk becoming a felon.  The NRA actively opposed this egregious legislation last January while it was being rammed through the legislative process by Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) within a 24-hour period without any public input or committee hearings. 
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