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March 11, 2014

Utah: Senate to Vote on Two Pro-Gun Bills, Contact your state Senator NOW!

The following two bills are scheduled to be voted on very soon by the Utah Senate.  Your state Senator needs to hear from you TODAY.
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March 11, 2014

Oklahoma: House Sends Pro-Gun Legislation to Senate for Consideration – Your Support Needed for Remaining Bills

The Oklahoma House of Representatives has passed several NRA-backed bills with strong support, sending this legislation to the state Senate for committee assignment and consideration.  However, there are some important bills for the state House to consider before its crossover deadline this Thursday, so we need you to call your state Representative and encourage him or her to vote for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms constitutional amendment (HJR 1026), House Bill 2461 and House Bill 2887.  
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March 11, 2014

Indiana: Conference Committee Hears Pro-Gun Bill, Likely to be Considered by Senate and House Soon

Yesterday, a public hearing for the conference committee on Senate Bill 229 was held at the Indiana Statehouse.  The conference committee report will likely be finalized soon and SB 229 will be sent to the Senate and House floors for a final vote.  
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March 11, 2014

Oregon: Legislature Adjourns 2014 Session with No Anti-Gun Legislation Passed

Last Friday, March 7, the Oregon legislature adjourned their 2014 session.  Residents of Oregon can now rest easy knowing that their Second Amendment rights have remained intact.  This session saw the introduction of a dangerous and misguided piece of anti-gun legislation, Senate Bill 1551, as well as the passage and pending enactment of two pro-gun bills, House Bill 4035 and House Bill 4068. 
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March 11, 2014

Florida Alert! Your Help Is CRITICAL on SB-448 -- Threat of Force to Stop Attackers

Senate Bill 448 by Senator Greg Evers is on the agenda for the Senate Rules Committee Meeting TOMORROW, Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 4:00pm.  We need you to contact members of this Committee IMMEDIATELY.  SB-448 by Senator Greg Evers 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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March 10, 2014

Iowa: Bill to Legalize Suppressor Ownership Needs Your Immediate Help to Get a Senate Hearing

As previously reported, House File 2381 -- NRA-supported suppressor legislation -- is in jeopardy of not receiving a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by state Senator Robert Hogg (D-33).
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March 10, 2014

West Virginia: Three Pro-Gun Bills Pass Legislature and Await Governor’s Signature

The 2014 West Virginia legislative session adjourned on Saturday, March 8.  This session saw numerous advances, especially the passage through both the West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates of three pro-firearms bills.  The below bills, all of which were previously reported here, are now awaiting signature into law by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D).
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March 10, 2014

Ohio: House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee to Hear Suppressor Bill Tomorrow

Tomorrow, March 11, at 10:00 a.m., House Bill 234, legislation allowing hunting with suppressors, is scheduled for a possible vote in the Ohio House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.  As previously reported, HB 234, sponsored by state Representative Cheryl Grossman (R-23), would revise state law to allow a person to use a noise suppressor attached to a firearm while hunting in the Buckeye State.  
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March 10, 2014

Alabama: House to Consider Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment this Thursday

This Thursday, March 13, the Alabama House of Representatives will consider and vote on House Bill 322.  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 10, 2014

Colorado: OPPOSE Misguided Mental Health Legislation

This week, the Colorado House of Representatives is expected to consider House Bill 1253 for a second time.  HB 1253, introduced by state Representative Elizabeth McCann (D-8), is a potentially volatile piece of mental health reform legislation that could result in additional gun owners losing their fundamental, constitutional rights.  
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March 10, 2014

New Jersey: Thursday's Assembly Gun Control Hearing to Occur at 1:00 PM

On Thursday, March 13, the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee will hold a hearing in Trenton on Assembly Bill 2006, introduced by Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D-6).  A.2006 would lower New Jersey’s magazine limit from 15 rounds to 10.  This bill was originally scheduled to be heard last week; however, the Assembly committee hearing was postponed due to inclement weather.
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March 10, 2014

Washington: Pro-Gun Legislation Goes to Governor for Signature

On Friday, March 7, Senate Bill 5956 passed in the Washington House of Representatives by a 95 to 3 vote.  Sponsored by state Senators Brian Hatfield (D-19), Tim Sheldon (D-35) and John Braun (R-20), SB 5956 would make legal the possession, acquisition or transfer of a legally registered short-barreled rifle in the state of Washington. 
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March 10, 2014

Florida Alert! Stop Discrimination against Gun Owners by Insurance Companies

SB-424 by Senator Tom Lee (R-Brandon) is scheduled for its first hearing on the Senate Floor TOMORROW, Tuesday, March 11, 2014.  SB-424 is a bill to stop insurance companies from discriminating against gun owners. 
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March 9, 2014

Alaska: Senate Judiciary Committee Will Hear Further Testimony on NRA-Backed Campus Carry Bill Tomorrow

On Monday, March 3, an important NRA-backed self-defense bill was introduced to the Alaska Senate Judiciary Committee.  Those wishing to testify in support of this legislation will be able to do so tomorrow, March 10.
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March 9, 2014

Georgia: Pro-Gun Reform to be Heard in Committee on Tuesday

This Tuesday, March 11, House Bill 875 is expected to be heard in the state Senate Judiciary Non-Civil Committee.  As previously reported, HB 875 passed in the Georgia House of Representatives by a 119-56 vote on February 19.  
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March 9, 2014

Utah: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Expecting a Vote on the House Floor This Week

On Friday, March 7, House Bill 276 passed unanimously out of the Utah House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee and now goes to the House floor for a vote.  Sponsored by state Representative Curt Oda (R-14), HB 276 would provide that the mere carrying or possession of a holstered or encased firearm, without some additional incriminating behavior, does not constitute a violation of the Disorderly Conduct statute
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March 8, 2014

Virginia: Report on Legislative Action for the Week of March 3

Yesterday, the Governor’s amendment to House Bill 962, sponsored by Delegate Ben Cline (R-24), was defeated by a 30-70 vote in the House of Delegates. 
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March 7, 2014

Wyoming: 2014 Short Budget Session Adjourns

Yesterday, the 2014 short budget session in Wyoming adjourned.  The 2014 session saw the introduction of several firearms and hunting-related bills, including the pro-hunting Senate File 38. 
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March 7, 2014

Idaho: Secure Campuses and Apprentice Hunting Bills Sent to Governor

Yesterday, the Idaho legislature took positive steps on two important pro-gun bills.  Senate Bill 1254 and House Bill 399, both NRA-supported legislation, have passed in both legislative chambers and are now awaiting the signature of Governor Butch Otter (R).  The hard work and diligence of NRA members supporting these bills made all the difference!
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March 7, 2014

Louisiana: State Legislature to Convene Next Week for 2014 Session

On Monday, March 10, the Louisiana Legislature will convene for its 2014 Regular Session and a large number of bills – both pro-gun and anti-gun – have already been pre-filed.  NRA-ILA will be working to pass legislation which expand your rights and to defeat any measures which seek to restrict them – and alerting you as to how you can help every step of the way!
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March 7, 2014

Tennessee: Second Pro-Gun Bill Signed into Law

Yesterday, Governor Bill Haslam (R) signed Senate Bill 1701 into law.  Sponsored by state Senator Mark Green (R-22), SB 1701 redefines “motor vehicle” under Tennessee’s parking lot law to include all vehicles lawfully possessed by the permit holder with the exception of government or business-owned vehicles.
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March 7, 2014

Kentucky: “Shall Certify” Legislation Introduced in State Senate, Two Important Pro-Gun Bills Sent to State House

Yesterday, Senate Bill 232, sponsored by state Senator Brandon Smith (R-30), was introduced in the Kentucky Senate and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where a hearing is expected next Thursday, March 13.  SB 232 would require 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 fifteen days as long as the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving the firearm or other item.
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March 7, 2014

Florida Report on Legislative Committee Action Mon. 3/3/14 -- Thurs. 3/6/14

Thank you for your help this week.  Not only was it the first week of the Legislative Session, it was an incredibly busy week of Committee hearings for us.  It was one of the busiest weeks we've ever had and was a logistical challenge that we met with unqualified success.  If you would like to review the most current version of each of the bills, click on the blue underlined bill numbers.   A new version is prepared every time a bill is amended (changed) in committee.
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March 7, 2014

Confusion Reigns as Gun Control Law Takes Effect in Connecticut; Meanwhile NRA Continues the Fight

On April 4, 2013, Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy (D) signed Senate Bill 1160 into law, unleashing one of the most draconian gun control laws in the nation on his constituents.  Among other things, the 140-page law bans large classes of firearms and magazines that had been obtained lawfully by tens of thousands of Connecticut residents.  Limited grandfather provisions apply to those who registered otherwise banned items before January 1, 2014.  Others in possession could face felony penalties for violations.  President Obama himself was in Connecticut four days after this bill became law, praising it as a model for the nation.
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March 6, 2014

Iowa: Suppressor Bill Receives Senate Subcommittee Assignment But Needs Your Immediate Support to Get a Hearing

Last week, on the heels of powerful grassroots support, the Iowa House of Representatives passed House File 2381, legislation to legalize suppressor ownership and use with overwhelming bipartisan support.  Despite this action, HF 2381 is in jeopardy of not receiving a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by state Senator Robert Hogg (D-33), as reported earlier this week.  
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March 6, 2014

Virginia: McAuliffe’s First Attempt to Roll Back the Rights of Gun Owners

With only two days left in the 2014 regular legislative session, Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) has made his first attempt to limit the legal use of firearms in Virginia by returning an amendment to House Bill 962 that would further restrict how handguns may be stored in vehicles.  Sponsored by Delegate Ben Cline (R-24), HB 962 would codify an Attorney General opinion from 2012 (see here), and a decision of the Virginia Court of Appeals from last year, Doulgerakis v. Com., 737 S.E.2d 40 (Va. Ct. App. 2013). House Bill 962 has passed in the House of Delegates by a 70 to 27 vote as well as in the Senate by a 27 to 13 vote.
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March 6, 2014

West Virginia: Three Pro-Gun Bills Headed towards Final Passage in Charleston

Yesterday, Senate Bill 317 passed in the West Virginia House Judiciary Committee by a voice vote.  SB 317, sponsored by state Senator John Unger (D-16), is a statewide firearms preemption bill which would bring Charleston and three other cities that currently have and enforce local gun control ordinances into uniformity with the rest of the state.  
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March 6, 2014

Utah: House Committee to Hear Firearm Possession Protection Bill TOMORROW

Tomorrow, House Bill 276 is scheduled to be heard in the state House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee at 8:00 a.m. in Room 25 of the House Building.  Sponsored by state Representative Curt Oda (R-14), HB 276 would provide that the mere carrying or possession of a holstered or encased firearm does not constitute a violation of the Disorderly Conduct statute.
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March 6, 2014

Tennessee: Two Pro-Gun Bills Pass House Subcommittee

Yesterday, the House Civil Justice Subcommittee passed House Bill 1407 and House Bill 1483 by a voice vote.  Both bills have already been scheduled for next week’s House Civil Justice Committee agenda.  This committee hearing will be held on Wednesday, March 12, at 12:00 noon in House Hearing Room 30 (HHR30) of the state Capitol.
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March 6, 2014

Idaho: House to Vote on Secure Campuses Bill TODAY

Today, the Idaho House of Representatives is expected to consider and vote on Senate Bill 1254.  This NRA-backed self-defense bill, sponsored by state Senator Curt McKenzie (R-13), would permit qualified retired law enforcement officers and law-abiding adults who have obtained an Idaho “enhanced” concealed carry license to possess a firearm on public college or university campuses.
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March 6, 2014

South Dakota: HB 1229 Passes State Senate, Heads to Governor for his Signature

Today, the South Dakota Senate passed House Bill 1229 by a 26 to 9 vote.  HB 1229, introduced by state Representative Timothy Johns (R-31), would ensure that South Dakota state law meets the requirements set forth in the federal NICS Improvement Amendments Act (NIAA) of 2007 and would ensure a strong restoration of rights provision for South Dakotans.  
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March 5, 2014

Georgia: Charges by National Anti-Gun Group Dispelled About Pro-Gun Reform

Today, the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) published an article dispelling exaggerated allegations about House Bill 875.  HB 875, which we have previously reported on here, is a comprehensive pro-gun reform bill seeking to update Georgia firearms law in numerous ways.
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March 5, 2014

Missouri: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Receive Hearing in House Committee

Yesterday, March 4, the House General Laws Committee conducted a hearing at which multiple pro-gun bills were presented and testimony was taken.  The NRA-ILA would like to give a special thanks to the chairman of this committee, state Representative Caleb Jones (R-50), for allowing this hearing to take place.  While the hearing was completed, no votes were taken on any of the bills.  
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March 5, 2014

Idaho: Secure Campuses Bill Goes to House Floor Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Idaho House of Representatives is expected to consider and vote on Senate Bill 1254.  This NRA-backed self-defense bill, sponsored by state Senator Curt McKenzie (R-13), would permit qualified retired law enforcement officers and law-abiding adults who have obtained an Idaho “enhanced” concealed carry license to possess a firearm on public college or university campuses.
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March 5, 2014

Connecticut: Confusion Reigns as Gun Control Law Takes Effect; Meanwhile NRA Continues the Fight

On April 4, 2013, Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy (D) signed Senate Bill 1160 into law, unleashing one of the most draconian gun control laws in the nation on his constituents.  Among other things, the 140-page law bans large classes of firearms and magazines that had been obtained lawfully by tens of thousands of Connecticut residents.  Limited grandfather provisions apply to those who registered otherwise banned items before January 1, 2014.  Others in possession could face felony penalties for violations.  President Obama himself was in Connecticut four days after this bill became law, praising it as a model for the nation.
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March 4, 2014

Utah: Legislature Looking to Raid Concealed Firearm Permit Account

The NRA has fought for years to keep concealed firearm permit (CFP) fees in check in Utah and has regularly opposed any proposed increases on those fees.  Lo and behold, it has just come to light that the CFP account may have as much as a $5 million surplus.  This surplus is money that CFP applicants have paid in excess of the actual cost of issuing permits.  This money should stay in the CFP account and be used ONLY to administer the CFP issuance program and fees for permits should be reduced going forward.
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March 4, 2014

Alaska: Senate Judiciary Committee Holding Hearings on NRA-Backed Campus Carry Bill This Week

Yesterday, an important NRA-backed self-defense bill was introduced to the Alaska Senate Judiciary Committee.  Those wishing to testify in support of this legislation will be able to do so tomorrow, March 5.
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March 4, 2014

Utah: House Committee Passes “Shall Certify” Legislation

Last Wednesday, the Utah House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee passed House Bill 373 by a 9-0-2 vote.  Authored by state Representative Ryan Wilcox (R-7), HB 373 would require 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 fifteen days as long as the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving the firearm or other item.  
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March 4, 2014

Indiana: State House Approves Pro-Gun and Pro-Hunting Legislation

Yesterday, on the final day for third reading of Senate bills, the Indiana House of Representatives passed two NRA-backed pieces of legislation -- Senate Bill 229 and Senate Joint Resolution 9.
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March 4, 2014

Iowa: Senate Committee Chairman Refusing to Hear Suppressor Legislation

Last week, on the heels of powerful grassroots support, the Iowa House of Representatives passed legislation to legalize suppressor ownership and use, House File 2381, with overwhelming bipartisan support.  HF 2381 has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Robert Hogg (D-33), and at this time has not been assigned to a subcommittee.  Last year, Senator Hogg refused to give a fair hearing to another bill which received strong bipartisan (95-3) support in the House: NRA-backed House File 535.
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