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April 9, 2014

Nebraska: Emergency Powers Legislation Passes Select File in Senate

Today, the Nebraska Legislature advanced critical emergency powers legislation from Select File to Final Reading by voice vote.  The amended form of Legislative Bill 390, introduced by state Senator Mark Christensen (44), 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 9, 2014

Arizona: Senate to Consider Multiple Pro-Gun Bills as Early as This Week

Having passed in the Arizona Senate Rules Committee, several pro-gun bills now go to the Senate floor where they could be considered as early as this week.
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April 9, 2014

West Virginia: Martinsburg Making Changes to its Gun Laws

Tomorrow, April 10, at 6:30 p.m., the Martinsburg City Council plans to meet and address two specific changes related to its local gun control ordinances.  Thanks to the passage this year of Senate Bill 317, sponsored by state Senator John Unger (D-16), and it being signed into law by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D) almost two weeks ago, Martinsburg must now remedy its conflicting municipal codes.
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April 8, 2014

Maryland: Hunter Protection Bill Sent to Governor

Last night, the Maryland House of Delegates passed Senate Bill 231 by a 120 to 9 vote.  Sponsored by state Senator George Edwards (R-1), SB 231 would allow bowhunters, who are otherwise authorized to carry a handgun, to carry a handgun for protection while hunting in Deer Management Region A.  While afield, bowhunters are vulnerable to outdoor crime and dangerous wildlife, and should be allowed to carry a firearm for protection. 
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April 8, 2014

Wisconsin: Two Pro-Gun Bills Signed into Law Today

Today, Governor Scott Walker (R) signed two NRA-backed bills into law, Assembly Bill 368 and Senate Bill 527.
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April 8, 2014

Tennessee: Governor Signs Hunter Protection Bill; Senate and House to Consider Pro-Gun Legislation

On April 4, Governor Bill Haslam (R) signed Senate Bill 1777 into law.  Supported by the NRA, SB 1777 would amend Tennessee’s current hunter harassment laws by prohibiting anti-hunting radicals from using drones to interfere with those lawfully hunting or fishing.  Sponsored by state Senator Mike Bell (R-9) and state Representative Judd Matheny (R-47), SB 1777 protects the rights and safety of hunters while afield.  The use of drones by anti-hunting extremists, with the expressed intention of spooking wildlife or catching a hunter off-guard, is extremely dangerous and could potentially result in injury.  This law will take effect on July 1, 2014.
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April 8, 2014

Virginia: Pro-Hunting Bill Signed into Law

Last Friday, April 4, another pro-hunting bill was signed into law by Governor Terry McAuliffe (D).  House Bill 307, sponsored by pro-gun Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (R-31), permits local school boards to provide after-school hunter safety education programs for students grades seven through twelve, at the cost of the participant.
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April 8, 2014

California: Assembly Appropriations Committee to Hear Gun-Related Bills Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Wednesday, the Assembly Appropriations Committee is scheduled to hear anti-gun bills, Assembly Bill 1609, Assembly Bill 1964 and Assembly Bill 2310 and pro-hunting bill, Assembly Bill 2105.  Please immediately contact members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee and urge them to OPPOSE AB 1609, AB 1964 and AB 2310 and SUPPORT AB 2105.
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April 7, 2014

Florida Urgent Action Needed Now! Sheriffs Trying to Gut Evacuation Bill

Tomorrow, Tuesday, 4/8/2014, Senate Bill 296 by Senator Jeff Brandes will be heard in the Senate Community Affairs Committee at 3:00 pm.  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 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 7, 2014

California: Pro-Hunting Bill to be Heard Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee is scheduled to hear Assembly Bill 1709, a pro-hunting bill.  AB 1709 would revise the eligibility age to purchase a junior hunting license to include minors that are 16 and 17 years of age.  Under current law, minors over the age of 15 are not authorized to purchase the affordable junior hunting licenses.
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April 6, 2014

Anti-Gun Legislation Moving in Sacramento

This Tuesday, April 8, anti-gun Assembly Bill 2305 is scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Public Safety Committee.  AB 2305 would significantly expand California law by imposing criminal liability if an individual unknowingly carries a firearm on or about his or her person.  AB 2305 improperly seeks to bypass a recent decision by the California Court of Appeals.  Also, it fails to advance any legitimate public safety interests and will result in inadvertent criminal liability for law-abiding citizens.  More importantly, AB 2305 directly conflicts with constitutional protections for carrying a firearm for self-defense as recently confirmed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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April 5, 2014

Kansas: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Bill Passes State Legislature, Sent to Governor

Today, the Kansas House of Representatives passed House Bill 2578 (previously reported on here) by a 102-19 vote.  It passed in the state Senate yesterday by a 37-2 vote.  HB 2578 will now be sent to Governor Sam Brownback (R) for his expected signature.
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April 5, 2014

Texas: Senate Committee to Hold Interim Hearing on Open Carry and Loosening Restrictions on your Gun Rights Tomorrow

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst (R) has charged the Texas Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Homeland Security with studying and making recommendations on removing barriers in Texas to the exercise of your Second Amendment rights. 
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April 5, 2014

Alabama: 2014 Legislative Session Adjourns Sine Die

On Thursday night after passing a state budget, the 2014 session of the Alabama Legislature adjourned sine die.  With the end of this session, sportsmen won an important victory with passage of House Bill 322.  Although, this is only the beginning and it will be up to Alabama voters to ensure the ratification of HB 322 this November.
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April 4, 2014

Louisiana: House Passes NRA-Backed Bill Expanding Use of Suppressors While Hunting Game

This week, the Louisiana House of Representatives passed NRA-supported House Bill 186 by an 82 to 15 vote.  Sponsored by state Representative Cameron Henry (R-Metairie), HB 186 would allow for the use of lawfully-owned suppressors while hunting all game animals.  HB 186 now goes to the state Senate for its consideration. 
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April 4, 2014

Rhode Island: Anti-Gun Lawmakers Turn Their Attack on Concealed Carry Process

On Tuesday, April 8, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on House Bill 7587, sponsored by state Representatives Linda Finn (D-72), Christopher Blazejewski (D-2), Joseph Almeida (D-12), Arthur Handy (D-18) and Edith Ajello (D-1).  
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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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