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April 4, 2014

Oklahoma: Two Important Pro-Gun Bills Pass Senate Committee, Sent to Senate Floor

Yesterday, two important pro-gun bills passed in the Senate Public Safety Committee and are now eligible to be considered on the Senate floor as early as next week.
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April 4, 2014

Florida Report: HB-89/SB-448 -- Threat of Force to Stop Attackers PASSES

House Bill 89 by Representative Neil Combee and Senator Greg Evers is on its way to the Governor.  Yesterday, April 3, 2014, HB-89 passed the Florida Senate by a vote of 32-7.  Having previously passed the Florida House by a vote of 93-24, the bill  is now making its way to the Governor's desk.  HB-89 is a bill to stop abusive prosecutors from using 10-20-LIFE to prosecute people who, in self-defense, threaten to use deadly force against an attacker as a means to stop an attack.  
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April 4, 2014

California: San Francisco Magazine Confiscation Begins on Monday, April 7 Protect Yourself and Your Property!

Last November, San Francisco politicians enacted an ordinance banning the possession of magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds (so-called “large-capacity” magazines).  This ordinance will make illegal magazines possessed by a vast majority of San Francisco gun owners, and criminalizes the transportation of these magazines through the city.  The ordinance takes effect on Monday, April 7.
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April 4, 2014

Big Condor Trouble Brewing for Hunters in Oregon: Join the Hunt for the Truth About Lead Ammunition and Hunting

The Oregonian newspaper recently published a series of articles about California condors and the use of lead ammunition for hunting.  It also conducted a poll about whether to ban lead ammunition altogether.  The California Condor Recovery Program, of which the Oregon Zoo is a program partner, wants to establish a condor population covering portions of northern California and Southern Oregon.  But it has made it clear that the use of lead ammunition for hunting must first be banned.  Hence the media campaign, the straw poll by the Oregonian and now big trouble on the horizon for Oregon hunters if condors are let in to the state.
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April 3, 2014

Utah: Governor Signs Two Pro-Gun Bills into Law

Yesterday, Governor Gary Herbert (R) signed into law House Bill 373, sponsored by state Representative Ryan Wilcox (R-7).  On Monday, March 31, Governor Herbert signed into law House Bill 276, sponsored by state Representative Curt Oda (R-14). 
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April 3, 2014

Ohio: Suppressor Bill Passes House, Goes to Senate

Yesterday, the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 234 by a 76 to 15 vote.  HB 234 will now be sent to the state Senate where it awaits committee assignment and consideration.  Please contact your state Senator in support of this pro-gun legislation.  
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April 3, 2014

Pennsylvania: Firearms Preemption Bill Stalled in House

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives recessed until next week without acting on House Bill 2011, critical firearms preemption legislation.  Sponsored by state Representative Mark Keller (R-86), HB 2011 would strengthen Pennsylvania’s firearms preemption statute to further ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout the state.
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April 3, 2014

Colorado: Bill to Repeal Restrictions on Rifle and Shotgun Purchases Passes House and Heads to Governor

Today, Senate Bill 135 passed the Colorado House of Representatives by a 61-1 vote and now heads to Governor John Hickenlooper’s (D) desk for his consideration.  SB 135, sponsored by state Senator Greg Brophy (R-1), would repeal restrictions in state law relating to the purchase and sale of rifles and shotguns in non-contiguous states, and permit the purchase and sale of firearms in states not bordering Colorado by both residents and non-residents.
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April 3, 2014

Nebraska: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bill into Law

LB 699 repeals an outdated state firearms statute and brings state law into conformity with federal law by allowing Nebraska residents to purchase long guns in non-contiguous states.  This long-overdue reform will align Nebraska with forty other states that already allow their residents to purchase rifles and shotguns in non-contiguous states, provided that the purchase or transfer complies with state and federal law.  
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April 2, 2014

Tennessee: NRA-Supported Bills Still Moving in the General Assembly

On Monday, the Tennessee Senate was scheduled to consider Senate Bill 2031.  The bill sponsor, state Senator Joey Hensley (R-28), substituted House Bill 1483, sponsored by state Representative Debra Moody (R-81), for SB 2031.  The Senate passed the HB 1483 substitute by a 28 to 2 vote and returned it to the House for concurrence on that substitute.  HB 1483 would remove all grandfathered local ordinances and resolutions enacted before April 8, 1986 relating to the prohibition or regulation of possession, transportation or storage of firearms and firearm ammunition by Handgun Carry Permit (HCP) holders.
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April 2, 2014

Virginia: Two More Positive Bills Signed into Law

Yesterday, two more pro-gun/pro-hunting bills, House Bill 357 and Senate Bill 154, were signed into law by Governor Terry McAuliffe (D).  
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April 2, 2014

Kansas: Legislature to Consider Comprehensive Pro-Gun Bill

Today, the Kansas Senate passed Senate Bill 447 by a 34-2 vote.  Following its passage, SB 447 was integrated into House Bill 2578 (previously reported on here) in a conference committee and passed again.  
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April 2, 2014

Oklahoma: Senate Committee Passes Right to Keep and Bear Arms Provision

HJR 1026 is a critical improvement that provides the strongest possible protection for your gun rights, guaranteeing your Right to Keep and Bear Arms for future generations.  All proposed restrictions to any of your fundamental rights should be subject to a standard that ensures the strongest possible protection for that right, and your fundamental right to keep and bear arms is no exception.  
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April 2, 2014

Mississippi: Governor Signs NRA-Backed Bills into Law

Today, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) signed Senate Bill 2425 into law, the NRA-backed legislation creating an annual sales tax-free weekend for individual purchase of firearms, ammunition, archery equipment and certain hunting supplies.  SB 2425 passed with amendments in the state House by a 102 to 16 vote, with concurrence in the Senate by a 39 to 11 vote.  
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April 2, 2014

Florida Alert! Florida Sheriffs Association Continues Opposition to Right to Bear Arms

Yesterday, Tuesday, 4/1/2014, SB-296 by Senator Jeff Brandes was heard in the Senate Military & Veterans Affairs Committee and PASSED by a vote of 5-4.  SB-296 is the Senate version of HB-209 that was under attack by the Florida Sheriffs Association in the House Judiciary Committee (passed 17-1) last week and continued to be under attack in the Senate.
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April 1, 2014

Nebraska: Critical Emergency Powers Legislation Passes General File in Senate

Today, the state Legislature passed unanimously the General File reading of the amended form of Legislative Bill 390 with additional amendments.  Introduced by state Senator Mark Christensen (44), LB 390 would strike the word “firearms” from the list of items the Governor may suspend during a declared state of emergency.  
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April 1, 2014

Iowa: Encourage Senate to Consider and Pass Pro-Firearms Legislation

As previously reported, House File 2381 -- NRA-supported legislation to legalize suppressors in Iowa – has faced many uphill battles during this legislative session.  The NRA and the Iowa Firearms Coalition have worked ceaselessly with members of the state House of Representatives and state Senate to advance firearms freedoms for Iowans, but unfortunately, the current Iowa General Assembly is set to once again continue a trend of failing to send strong Second Amendment legislation to the Governor for enactment.
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April 1, 2014

Kentucky: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Reform Legislation Goes to Governor

Yesterday, the Kentucky House of Representatives voted to concur on House Bill 128, as amended by the state Senate, by a 92-6 vote.  This important pro-gun reform legislation passed in the state Senate last Thursday by a 37-1 vote.  HB 128 will now be sent to Governor Steve Beshear (D) for his signature.
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April 1, 2014

West Virginia: Two Remaining NRA-Backed Bills Signed by Governor

Last week, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D) signed the two remaining NRA-backed bills into law.
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April 1, 2014

Missouri: Senate Passes Pro-Gun Legislation, Awaiting House Committee Assignment

Late last week, the Missouri Senate passed Senate Bill 745 by a 32 to 1 vote.  Sponsored by state Senator Brian Munzlinger (R-18), SB 745 has been transmitted to the Missouri House of Representatives where it now awaits assignment to a House committee.
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March 31, 2014

Minnesota: Suppression of Political Speech Legislation a Major Threat to Minnesotans

House File 1944 and Senate File 1915, politically motivated measures aimed at suppressing political speech by membership organizations such as the NRA, continue to move quickly through the Minnesota legislature and could be voted on at any time by either chamber.  These flawed and dangerous bills overreach to impose excessive regulatory burdens and pose a grave risk to freedom of speech in Minnesota.  
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March 31, 2014

Kansas: Senate to Consider Comprehensive Pro-Gun Bill Tomorrow

If passed and enacted into law, SB 447 would expand Kansas’ firearms preemption provisions to open carry and prohibit municipalities from implementing local ordinances relating to the transportation of firearms.
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March 31, 2014

Connecticut: Important Gun Rally at the Capitol This Saturday

This is an important reminder to attend the Rally at the state Capitol on Saturday, April 5, where we will gather together to mark the one-year anniversary of the enactment of SB 1160.  This onerous legislation, which bans commonly owned semi-automatic firearms, requires registration of gun owners, and limits magazine capacity, passed in the state legislature and was signed into law by Governor Dan Malloy (D) last year.
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March 31, 2014

Maine: Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine Second Amendment Banquet on May 10

On May 10, from 6:30-10:00 p.m., the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine (SAM) will be holding a Second Amendment Banquet at the Elks Lodge in Augusta to raise money for their firearms-related programs.
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March 31, 2014

Tennessee: Senate Committee Scheduled to Hear Pro-Gun Legislation Tomorrow

Originally scheduled for last week's committee hearings, Senate Bill 1612 and Senate Bill 1774 will now be heard tomorrow, April 1, in the Senate Judiciary Committee.  
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March 30, 2014

Louisiana: House Committee Scheduled to Hear Pro-Gun and Anti-Gun Legislation in Baton Rouge This Week

This Wednesday, April 2, the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee will hold a public hearing on two NRA-supported measures which seek to clarify that concealed handgun permit holders may possess firearms in restaurants that serve alcohol: House Bill 72, sponsored by state Representative Joe Lopinto (R-Metairie) and House Bill 20, sponsored by state Representative Jeff Thompson (R-Bossier City) . Also on Wednesday, this House committee will hear a strongly NRA-opposed measure, House Bill 13.  Sponsored by state Representative Austin Badon (D-New Orleans), HB 13 would impose a mandatory training requirement on anybody purchasing a firearm.
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March 30, 2014

California: Pleasant Hill Planning Commission to Hold Special Meeting to Reconsider Anti-Gun Zoning Ordinance

Please attend the Pleasant Hill Planning Commission’s special meeting this Tuesday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m.  This commission will be reconsidering an anti-gun ordinance and pro-gun supporters need to voice their opposition to this ordinance.  Last fall, Pleasant Hill Mayor Michael G. Harris introduced a radical revision to the city’s municipal code, adding significant restrictions and regulations on FFLs operating in the city.  The ordinance was an obvious response to a national Brady Campaign crusade against legitimate in-home FFLs.  This group put out the following “call to arms” in 2012 during the lead up to the last round of elections in Pleasant Hill:
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March 29, 2014

Florida Alert! Video of Florida Sheriffs Association Opposition to Right to Bear Arms

Below is a link to a youtube video of some of the Testimony before the Florida House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, March 17, 2014.   It shows the Florida Sheriffs Association OPEN OPPOSITION to your right to carry your firearms with you during a mandatory evacuation under a declared state of emergency.  
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March 28, 2014

Maine: “Constitutional Carry” Dies in Senate

Unfortunately, today the state Senate voted to indefinitely postpone the “Mason Permitless Carry Amendment” to Legislative Document 222 by a 19-14 vote.  
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March 28, 2014

Kentucky: Pro-Gun Bills See Flurry of Action in Last Days of Session

House Bill 128, sponsored by state Representative Bob Damron (D-39), passed in the state Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee with a committee amendment, and was then passed on the Senate floor by a 37-1 vote.  
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March 28, 2014

Pennsylvania: Firearms Preemption Bill Scheduled for Possible House Floor Vote on Monday

The state House of Representatives is expected to consider House Bill 2011 when is reconvenes on Monday, March 31.  Sponsored by state Representative Mark Keller (R-86), HB 2011 would strengthen Pennsylvania’s firearms preemption law to further ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout the state.
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March 28, 2014

Florida Report on Legislative Committee Action for Monday 3/24/14 through Thursday 3/27/14

The fourth week of the Legislative Session was also productive.  However, on Thursday (3/27/14) the Florida Sheriffs Association, came out publicly in open opposition to Second Amendment rights.
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March 27, 2014

Hawaii: Senate Committee Waters Down Pro-Hunting Legislation with Amendment

Last week, the Hawaii Senate Water and Land Committee passed House Bill 1902 with amendment SD1 by a 7 to 1 vote.  As introduced by state Representative Cindy Evans (D-7), HB 1902 originally intended to integrate a no net loss policy for public hunting lands in Hawaii.  However, as amended by the Senate Water and Land Committee, it has now been stripped of its purpose and instead only creates a hunting advisory council.  Protection of hunting lands for future generations is of the utmost importance to the NRA, to sportsmen and to conservation across the Aloha State. 
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March 27, 2014

Nebraska: Legislature Passes Pro-Gun Legislation

Today, the Nebraska Legislature passed Senator Tyson Larson’s (40) bill, Legislative Bill 699, unanimously.  It will now go to Governor Dave Heineman (R) for his expected signature.  
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March 27, 2014

Attention Connecticut Gun Owners and Sportsmen - Next Round of Anti-Gun Law Provisions Take Effect on April 1

The last major round of provisions in Senate Bill 1160 (now Public Act 13-3), passed in the Connecticut General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Dan Malloy (D) last year, take effect on Tuesday, April 1.
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March 27, 2014

Iowa: Madison County Holding Meeting Tomorrow to Discuss Ban on Carrying Firearms in Courthouse

The Madison County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to meet tomorrow, March 28, at 11:00 a.m. in the Winterset Courthouse to discuss ideas for additional security measures in the courthouse, including a potential ban on firearms.  
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March 27, 2014

Michigan: Bill to Repeal State Ban on Short-Barreled Rifles and Shotguns Signed into Law by Governor Snyder

Today, Governor Rick Snyder (R) signed Senate Bill 610 into law, making it Public Act 63 of 2014.  SB 610, sponsored by state Senator Michael Green (R-31), repeals Michigan’s ban on the private ownership of short-barreled rifles and shotguns.  
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March 27, 2014

Maine: Senate Could Consider “Constitutional Carry” as Early as Tomorrow

Due to a drafting error in the amendment, received just minutes before the vote, the “constitutional carry” amendment to Legislative Document 222 was postponed indefinitely yesterday in the state House of Representatives by 76 to 59 vote.  
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March 27, 2014

Indiana: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Legislation into Law

Yesterday, Governor Mike Pence (R) signed into law legislation that will expand the Second Amendment freedoms of gun owners in Indiana.  Senate Bill 229 protects law-abiding gun owners from becoming unintentional felons by allowing legally possessed firearms to be locked in a vehicle, out of plain sight, while parked on school property.  SB 229 also prohibits the use of taxpayer dollars for gun “buybacks” and removes the “roaming school zone” language set to return on the books on July 1.
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March 27, 2014

California: Plaintiffs to Seek En Banc Review of Ninth Circuit Decision Allowing San Francisco to Ban Self-Defense Ammunition and Mandating Locked Storage of Firearms

On March 25, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a November 2012 federal district court ruling that denied a request to block enforcement of two extreme San Francisco gun control ordinances.  The San Francisco ordinances challenged in the Jackson v. San Francisco case require handguns to be kept under lock and key in the home at all times unless actually being carried, and ban the sale of all “non-sporting” and common “hollow-point” self-defense ammunition.
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