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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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March 26, 2014

Tennessee: House Committee Passes Pro-Gun Bills

Today, the House Civil Justice Committee passed House Bill 1399 and House Bill 1480 by a voice vote.
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March 26, 2014

Kansas: Senate Committee Passes Comprehensive Pro-Gun Bill

Yesterday, the Kansas Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee passed Senate Bill 447 by voice vote, sending it to the Senate floor.  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 26, 2014

Nebraska: Legislature Considers Critical Emergency Powers Legislation Tomorrow

An important “emergency powers” protection bill that would ensure your right to self-defense is not infringed on by the government during a declared state of emergency will be considered by the state Legislature tomorrow.
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March 26, 2014

Pennsylvania: Anti-Gun State Lawmakers Attempting to Derail Firearms Preemption Bill

Anti-gun lawmakers in Harrisburg are attempting to kill an important firearms preemption bill, and have filed 122 amendments in an attempt to derail House Bill 2011.  
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March 26, 2014

Kansas: “Shall Certify” Legislation Passes Senate, Returns to House for Concurrence

Yesterday, House Bill 2578 passed unanimously in the Kansas Senate.  It is now returning to the Kansas House of Representatives, where it will likely face a conference committee.  
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March 26, 2014

Minnesota: Your Immediate Action Needed to Stop Suppression of Political Speech, Anti-Gun Language to Now be Considered in Finance Bills

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.  These flawed and dangerous bills pose a grave risk to freedom of speech in Minnesota and overreach to impose excessive regulatory burdens on political interests.
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March 26, 2014

West Virginia: Governor Signs Important Pro-Gun Bill into Law

Yesterday, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D) signed Senate Bill 317 into law, and with it, an improvement to West Virginia firearms laws that your NRA has been fighting to fix for more than a decade.  SB 317 passed in the House of Delegates by a 92-5 vote on March 8, after passing unanimously in the state Senate on February 25.
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March 26, 2014

Michigan: Senate Judiciary Committee Passes County Concealed Weapons Licensing Board Legislation

Yesterday, the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee passed Senate Bill 789 and Senate Bill 790 by a 3-0 vote.
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March 26, 2014

Maine: House to Consider “Constitutional Carry” This Afternoon

This afternoon, an attempt will be made on the floor of the Maine House of Representatives to amend permitless carry (constitutional carry) into Legislative Document 222, legislation that addresses the issuance of concealed carry permits in Maine, and it is important that you contact your state Representative immediately.  Every call is critical, the success or failure of this amendment will come down to a few votes! 
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March 26, 2014

Florida Emergency Alert! Carrying a Firearm During Emergency Evacuation

Tomorrow, Thursday, March 27, 2014, HB-209 by Representative Heather Fitzenhagen (R-Ft. Myers) will be heard in the House Judiciary Committee at 8:30am.  HB-209 by Representative Heather Fitzenhagen is a bill to protect citizens from being charged with a crime, and having their guns confiscated, for carrying a firearm during a mandatory evacuation ordered by the Governor.  This bill is especially important because our state is prone to mandatory evacuations due to hurricanes.  Further, leaving your firearms behind for looters/criminals poses a great danger to emergency personnel and other law-abiding citizens.
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March 26, 2014

Arizona: Fun Shoot & Dinner at Ben Avery Shooting Facility

Your invited to a Fun Shoot fundraiser being held at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in North Phoenix on April 12.  Founded in 1957, the Ben Avery Shooting Facility, formerly Black Canyon Shooting Range is one of the largest publicly operated shooting facilities in the country and is located on 1650 acres in north Phoenix.
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March 25, 2014

Nebraska: Important Pro-Gun Amendment Adopted to Legislative Bill 699

Yesterday, a pro-gun amendment to Legislative Bill 699 was adopted unanimously in the Nebraska Legislature.  This amendment, offered by state Senator Steve Lathrop (District-12), would repeal an outdated state firearms statute and bring state law into conformity with federal law by allowing Nebraska residents to purchase long guns in non-contiguous states.
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March 24, 2014

Maine: House to Consider “Constitutional Carry” Reform Legislation as Early as Tomorrow

As early as tomorrow, attempts could be made on the floor of the Maine House of Representatives to amend permitless carry (constitutional carry) into Legislative Document 222, legislation that addresses the issuance of concealed carry permits in Maine. 
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March 24, 2014

Louisiana: Senate Committee Passes Legislation Expanding Hunting with Suppressors

Last week, the Senate Natural Resources Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 212.  Sponsored by state Senator Rick Ward (R-Port Allen), NRA-backed SB 212 would allow the use of firearm sound suppressors while hunting wild quadrupeds.  In 2011, the Louisiana Legislature legalized the use of lawfully-owned suppressors for hunting non-game nuisance quadrupeds.  Now, it's time for Louisiana to join the majority of other states which allow the use of these devices for hunting game animals.  The use of a suppressor will help to prevent hearing loss and mitigate noise complaints for both experienced and novice hunters.
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March 24, 2014

URGENT ALERT! ACT NOW -- Guns During Mandatory Evacuation Bill

SB-296 Guns During Mandatory Evacuation  by Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Military & Veterans Affairs Committee TOMORROW,Tuesday,March 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm.  SB-296 by Senator Brandes is a bill to protect citizens from being charged with a crime and having their guns confiscated for carrying a weapon or firearm during a mandatory evacuation ordered by the Governor during a declared state of emergency. 
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March 21, 2014

New Jersey: Update on Anti-Gun Legislation / No Senate Hearing on S.993 in Trenton on Monday

Yesterday, Assembly Bill 2006 passed in the New Jersey Assembly by a 46 to 31 vote.  Sponsored by Assemblyman Louis Greenwald (D-6), A.2006 would further reduce the state’s magazine capacity restriction from 15 to 10 rounds.
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March 21, 2014

Georgia: Historic Victory for the Second Amendment

Shortly before midnight last night, within the last hour before adjournment of the 2014 legislative session, House Bill 60 was agreed to in the state House of Representatives by a 112-58 vote and sent to Governor Nathan Deal (R) for his expected signature into law.
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March 21, 2014

Idaho: 2014 Legislative Session Adjourns Today

Today is the final day of the 2014 Idaho legislative session.  With its adjournment, the NRA thanks members of the state legislature for their support in passing the following two important pro-gun bills this year:
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March 21, 2014

Michigan: Senate Judiciary Committee to Consider Second Amendment Legislation Tuesday

On Tuesday, March 25, the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to consider Senate Bill 789 and the Firearms Records Confidentiality Package.  
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March 21, 2014

Colorado: Bill Expanding Concealed Carry Permitting Process Signed Into Law

Last Friday, March 14, Governor John Hickenlooper (D) signed House Bill 1166 into law.  HB 1166, sponsored in the House by state Representative Ed Vigil (D-62) and in the Senate by state Senator Lois Tochtrop (D-24), reforms the concealed carry permitting process by changing current law, which only allows carry permit renewals at the sheriff’s office where issued, to allow renewal of carry permits at any sheriff’s office.  
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March 21, 2014

REPORT on Legislative Action from Monday 3/17/14 to Thursday 3/20/14

The third week of Legislative Session was exceptionally productive.  However, there are Internet bloggers and groups -- with patriotic sounding names -- who are disseminating false information about legislative bills.  Please take the time to read the bills before you believe this nonsense.  The blue underlined bill numbers are 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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March 20, 2014

Mississippi: Legislature Takes Final Actions on Two NRA-Backed Bills, Sends Them to Governor for Signature

As we reported earlier this week, the Mississippi House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 2425, NRA-backed legislation sponsored by state Senator Philip Moran (R-Hancock, Harrison Counties), by a 102 to 16 vote.  SB 2425 creates a tax-free weekend in the Magnolia State during September for individual sales of firearms, ammunition, archery equipment and certain hunting supplies.  On Thursday, the Senate concurred with the House amendments to SB 2425 and it now goes to Governor Phil Bryant (R) for his expected signature.
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March 20, 2014

Tennessee: Pro-Gun Legislation Continues to Advance in General Assembly

This week, multiple NRA-supported bills continued to make their way through the Tennessee General Assembly.  On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously passed Senate Bill 2031 and Senate Bill 1672.  Additionally, the Senate Judiciary Committee postponed two other bills -- Senate Bill 1612 and Senate Bill 1774 -- to next week’s committee calendar. Yesterday, the House Civil Justice Subcommittee passed House Bill 1399, House Bill 1400 and House Bill 1480.  Also yesterday, the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee passed House Bill 1407.
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March 20, 2014

Alabama: Right to Hunt and Fish Legislation Advances to Senate Floor

Yesterday, House Bill 322 passed unanimously in the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee and will now go to the Senate floor.  Sponsored by state Representative Mark Tuggle (R-81), HB 322 would guarantee the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife in Alabama.
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March 20, 2014

Virginia: McAuliffe Vetoes Uncontroversial Gun Bill

Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) has used his first veto on House Bill 962, an uncontroversial bill to codify an Attorney General opinion from 2012 (see here) and a decision of the Virginia Court of Appeals last year, Doulgerakis v. Com., 737 S.E.2d 40 (Va. Ct. App. 2013).
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