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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.

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.

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.

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.  

Bloomberg's New Campaign: Take Guns from Women in Abusive Households

For all Michael Bloomberg's talk about simply wanting to secure expanded background checks, his newest gun control group "Everytown for Gun Safety" is on a broader mission to take away the guns women in abusive homes could use for self defense.

A Pro-Gun Group Stole Bloomberg’s "Gun Safety" Group’s Name On Facebook

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg launched a $50 million gun-control campaign called “Everytown for Gun Safety.” But a pro-gun group took the name for its Facebook page.

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox talk to Megyn Kelly about Bloomberg pledges $50 million for anti-gun awareness plan

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox joins Megyn Kelly to talk about former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg's $50 million anti-gun pledge.

Sen. Cornyn demands answers on DOJ’s proposed firearm tracking technology

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding answers about the Department of Justice’s exploration of “smart gun” technology. Earlier this month, the Attorney General testified before the House of Representatives that DOJ is looking into new technologies that could raise constitutional concerns, including requiring firearms to contain biometric equipment that could store or transmit the personal identifying information of American citizens.

Sainthood for gun-grabbing ex-Mayor Bloomberg?

Mike Bloomberg is a saint in his own mind (nowhere else matters). “I have earned my place in heaven,” the billionaire ex-mayor told The New York Times. He thinks he’s buying an indulgence with the $50 million he says he will spend this year to support politicians who think like he does on gun control.

Judge upholds New York’s tougher gun law

A trial-level judge has dismissed a challenge to New York’s new gun law, rejecting legal claims that the law was pushed through the legislature improperly and that its restrictions violate the Second Amendment.State Supreme Court Justice Thomas McNamara’s decision, announced Wednesday, is expected to be appealed as gun rights supporters continue to protest the 2013 SAFE Act. The law bans the sale of high-capacity magazines and many semi-automatic firearms and requires those who already own such weapons to register them with authorities.

Despite deadline, protesters ‘will not comply’ with SAFE Act

Owners of assault-style weapons were supposed to have registered their guns by Tuesday.But there is no way of knowing exactly how many of these weapons there are in the state and how many were registered under the NY SAFE Act.The state refuses to say how many were registered, claiming it is confidential information protected by the law.Gun-rights advocates estimate compliance will be less than 10 percent.

Homeowner shoots burglar, KSBW, Santa Cruz, Calif. 04/14/14, KION, Monterey, Calif. 04/14/14

A homeowner was asleep at home in Salinas, Calif. when he was awakened to a noise coming from outside the home. The homeowner then spotted someone near his garage. After arming himself, the homeowner went to the garage to investigate and found a burglar. The homeowner shot the burglar, who was then transported to a local hospital. According to news outlet KSBW, police told reporters that “it appears the homeowner was protecting life and property and was in his legal right to use deadly force.” 

Bloomberg plans a $50 million challenge to the NRA

Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually outmuscle the National Rifle Association.

New York gun owners face ‘SAFE Act’ registration deadline

New York gun owners who possess firearms classified as assault weapons under a new state law have until the end of Tuesday to register their guns — or face potential criminal charges.The requirement is part of a provision of New York’s so-called SAFE Act, the package of tighter gun restrictions signed into law in Albany months after the Sandy Hook school massacre. The law broadened the state’s “assault weapons” ban to cover more kinds of semiautomatic weapons.

4 pro-gun bills get initial nod in Arizona Senate

The Arizona Senate on Tuesday gave initial approval to four major pro-gun bills that Republicans said are necessary to protect 2nd Amendment rights.

Mexico sets date for vigilantes to register guns

The Mexican government says vigilante groups in the western state of Michoacan will have until May 10 to register their guns and decide whether to join the army's "rural defense corps."

NRA's Annual Meetings & Exhibits 2014: Stand and Fight

Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meetings and Exhibits sponsored by MidwayUSA will be held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana from April 25-27, 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.

Jewelry store owner fells robber, The San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, Calif. 04/12/14, The San Jose Mercury News, San Jose, Calif. 04/11/14

A group of masked and armed men entered Hardy Nix Jewelers in Antioch, Calif. and attempted to rob the store. The store’s owner responded by obtaining a gun and exchanging gunfire with the criminals, striking and killing one, and causing the others to flee. One customer was wounded during the incident, but her injuries are described as non-life-threatening. 

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.

Connecticut not yet ready to enforce gun law

More than a year has passed since Connecticut enacted tighter firearm restrictions following the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Conn. But authorities there still have no immediate plans to enforce one of its key components, reports the Record-Journal.

Texas: Legislature likely to debate open carry, campus carry laws next year

Like other large communities in Texas and throughout the nation, this city of 1.4 million residents is used to all kinds of political rallies and street protests.But what made the April 6 gathering in front of a police substation unusual was some gun-rights activists carrying a rifle or a shotgun strapped to their backs. Dozens of them, not all carrying a firearm in full view, were protesting an ordinance they consider illegal because it limits their right to carry loaded weapons.

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.

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.

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. 

Pennsylvania: Does your Employer Ban Firearms in Their Parking Lot?

Your National Rifle Association is currently seeking information from our members in Pennsylvania on employers who prohibit employees from transporting to/from and storing firearms in their locked, private motor vehicles while parked at work.  This information will be a valuable tool in advancing state “employee protection” legislation in Harrisburg.  Businesses have no legitimate interest in micromanaging the lawful contents of one’s private vehicle at the workplace.

Tennessee: General Assembly Expected to Adjourn This Week – Your Action Still Needed

The 2014 session of the Tennessee General Assembly is expected to come to a close this week, but action on pro-Second Amendment related issues is still needed.  

SAFE Act gun showdown

Come Tuesday, owners of assault weapons in New York will be faced with a choice: Register those firearms with the state or potentially face a felony charge.Some gun owners have long threatened to ignore a requirement to register assault weapons under the SAFE Act, a set of strict gun laws approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers last year.

As many as one million armed New Yorkers are about to break the law

This year April 15 is more than the tax deadline for an estimated one million New York State residents. It’s also the deadline to register “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines. If they don’t, they’ll begin living outside the law. A lot of them have decided to do just that. They’ve decided to practice civil disobedience even though failure to register an “assault weapon” by the deadline is punishable as a “class A misdemeanor,” which means a maximum sentence of one year in prison.

Missouri: House Passes Self-Defense Legislation

On Thursday, the Missouri House of Representatives passed House Bill 1539 by a 110 to 39 vote.  HB 1539, critical self-defense legislation, will now be sent to the Missouri Senate for its committee referral.

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 21, No. 15 04/11/2014

Illinois: House Passes Legislation to Prevent the Destruction of Firearms

Yesterday, the Illinois House of Representatives passed House Bill 4860, with House Amendment 1, by an 88 to 6 vote.  Sponsored by state Representative Brad Halbrook (R-110), HB 4860, as amended, provides law enforcement agencies with the option to sell confiscated firearms at public auction rather than destroying or keeping them for agency use.

Tennessee: House Subcommittee to Hear Park Carry Bill Early Next Week

Having awaited passage of the state Budget, House Bill 1407 is expected to be considered in the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee as early as Monday, April 14.  It is imperative that you contact subcommittee members TODAY and respectfully urge them to vote “YES” on HB 1407.

Ohio: 2014 Hunting Regulations Approved by Wildlife Council

This week, the Ohio Wildlife Council voted to approve deer hunting with certain straight walled rifle cartridges (pistol caliber rifles or PCR) during any season that shotguns are legal to use.

Louisiana: House Committee to Consider Gun Control Measure Next Week

On Wednesday, April 16, the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee will hold a public hearing and vote on House Bill 13.  Sponsored by state Representative Austin Badon (D-New Orleans), this NRA-opposed bill would make it unlawful for a federal firearm licensed dealer (FFL) to transfer a firearm without verifying that the purchaser has completed a gun safety training course.  

Oklahoma: Three Important Pro-Gun Bills Still Awaiting Consideration

As previously reported here and here, three important pro-gun bills passed in Senate committees last week and have since been awaiting consideration by the full Senate.  Your help is needed to ensure that these bills get a vote!  Please contact your state Senator today and urge him or her to vote for House Bill 2461, House Bill 2539, and House Joint Resolution 1026, Oklahoma’s constitutional Right to Bear Arms provision.

Knife-wielding robber targets the wrong store, Fox2now, St. Louis, Mo. 04/08/14

A 24-year-old man drove a stolen truck to Cobb’s Grocery in Richwoods, Mo., entered the store, drew a canister of mace and knife, and demanded money. Kenny Cobb was inside the store at the time, and responded to the situation by drawing a gun and firing at the criminal, striking him in the abdomen. The robber fled the scene in the stolen truck, but was captured by police a short time later. The armed robber should have known not to attempt to rob Cobb’s Grocery, as the store proudly displays signs about the Second Amendment and armed self-defense in a front window. A neighbor shared a similar sentiment while speaking with a local news outlet about Ron Cobb, Kenny’s father and owner of the store, stating, “Everybody knows he’s got weapons and that… You don’t rob that man. No one around here, they know better for years, He’s been a retired police officer and firefighter.” 

Holder Floats Taxpayer-Funded "Smart" Gun Research

This week, Attorney General Eric Holder testified on Capitol Hill that what America needs at this pivotal moment in its history is to spend $2 million for "smart" gun technology, as part of a $382 million expenditure on what the Obama administration calls "gun safety."

Contact Your Senators and Representative to Stop Proposed Semi-Auto Firearm Importation Ban

We recently reported that U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), sponsor of the federal "assault weapon" and "large" magazine "ban"  of 1994-2004, is asking President Barack Obama to direct the BATFE to reinterpret a provision of the Gun Control Act of 1968 to prohibit the importation of various semi-automatic firearms and their parts.

The Latest on the Obama Administration's Proposed Ban on the Domestic Sale of Ivory and Importation of Elephant Trophies

In recent Grassroots Alerts, we addressed the Obama administration's proposal to ban the trade and sale of legally owned ivory within the United States (click here to see the initial alert). The NRA supports efforts to stop poaching and the illegal trade of ivory, but this proposed ban on legally owned ivory sold domestically will have no impact on poaching of elephants and the illegal ivory trade.  On the contrary, this ban will only affect honest law-abiding Americans by making their possessions valueless. Please see this New York Times article highlighting the broad spectrum of people who will be harmed by the ban.

BATFE Publicly Confirms Administration's Ammunition Import Ban

On Monday, BATFE issued a "special advisory" indicating the agency's official position on 5.45x39 7N6 ammunition.  The advisory states that "the ammunition is 'armor piercing' under [federal law] and is therefore not importable."  We previously reported on our efforts to determine BATFE's official position on this issue.

With Congress in Recess, Please Contact Your Lawmakers and Tell Them to Oppose Import Bans

For the next two weeks, Congress will be out on a District Work Period.  During this time, your U.S. senators and House members will be back home in their respective states and districts.  This is a great opportunity for you, as a constituent, to contact your lawmaker to personally voice your strong opposition to proposed bans on importing certain semi-automatic firearms and on the domestic sale of ivory and importation of elephant trophies.

Nervous About November: 82 Anti-Gun House Democrats Ask Obama to Expand Import Ban

On Wednesday, 82 members of the United States House of Representatives sent President Barack Obama a letter asking him to have the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) expand its ban on the importation of semi-automatic firearms and parts for such firearms.

Another Reason to be Concerned about Obama’s Surgeon General Nominee

On Thursday, the anti-gun American College of Physicians (ACP) came out for the entire gun control agenda being pushed at the national level, adding to the suspicion that Dr. Vivek Murthy, President Obama's nominee for Surgeon General, would do the same if confirmed to the post.  To the many newspaper editors who have suggested medicine has nothing to do with gun control, and NRA has no place opining on who gets named as America's "Top Doc," we say: "We told you so."

Florida: REPORT on Legislative Committee/Floor Action Monday 4/7/14 through Friday 4/11/14

The sixth week of the Legislative Session was another exceptionally busy and successful week.  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.

California: Legislative Update for the Week of April 7

This week, several anti-gun bills passed in their respective committees while two pro-hunting bills also passed in their respective committees.

Connecticut mayor quits MAIG

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton resigned Wednesday from Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an affiliation that has brought him grief from gun owners in the six-way race for the Republican nomination for governor.

New York Officials Argue for Flexibility with Gun Law Violators… As Long as They're on the City's Payroll

Some of New York's most strident gun control advocates have rushed to the defense of an unwitting traveler who was arrested at an airport for a technical violation of a draconian gun law.  Has a new era of sanity arrived in the Big Apple?  Not really.  This defendant happens to be an NYPD officer who is alleged to have violated India's strict firearm regulations.

NRA Opposes Administration's Plan to Broaden Reach of Mental Health-Related Gun Bans

On Monday, NRA filed formal comments in opposition to a plan by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to expand the categories of persons prohibited under federal law from acquiring or possessing firearms because of having been "adjudicated as a mental defective" or "committed to a mental institution."  The proposal is commonly referred to by its BATFE docket number, 51P.

Outrage of the Week: Zero-Tolerance Policies Now Exploited by Enterprising Bullies

There is a long history of school administrators behaving like bullies when enforcing the irrational zero-tolerance policies that have ensnared scores of students.  A recent case out of Vernon, N.J., however, suggests that the hysterical enforcement of these policies in some schools has reached a level where an actual peer bully can exploit zero-tolerance to torment a victim.

Virginia: Governor Returns NRA-Opposed Amendment on Firearm Records Legislation

On Monday, Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) returned a NRA-opposed amendment for Senate Bill 377.  Sponsored by state Senator Bryce Reeves (R-17), SB 377, as amended and passed in the General Assembly, would allow gun dealers seeking to purchase, trade or transfer a firearm from a non-dealer individual to submit information on that firearm to law enforcement to determine if it has been reported lost or stolen.

Louisiana: House Approves NRA-Backed Restaurant Carry Bill by Overwhelming Vote

Yesterday, the Louisiana House of Representatives passed House Bill 72 by an 80 to 19 vote.  This NRA-supported measure, sponsored by state Representative Joe Lopinto (R-Metairie), would clarify that concealed handgun permit holders may possess firearms in restaurants that serve alcohol.

Californians: Register and Vote for Your Freedom

Many Californians who believe in the right to keep and bear arms mistakenly believe that their vote won’t make a difference.  They are wrong!  Becoming a permanent vote by mail voter helps increase voter turnout significantly enough to swing elections!  If every single gun owner and believer in the right to keep and bear arms registered to vote and always voted by mail, we could turn back the onslaught of gun bans coming from state and local politicians in California.

Smart guns are dumb

Addressing the assembled congressmen in his inimitable style last Friday, Attorney General Holder told a House appropriations subcommittee that he wished to “explore” the opportunities that might arise were he to be given millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money and a copy of the movie Skyfall.

Florida House bill would allow carrying guns without a permit during riots, natural disasters

Under a bill backed by the National Rifle Association and other gun groups, riots could be the newest safe haven for those carrying firearms without a permit.HB 209, which is expected to be voted on Friday by the Florida House, would allow people with clean criminal backgrounds to conceal firearms without a permit during emergencies — including riots and civil unrest like the 1996 racial disturbances that rocked south St. Petersburg — declared by the governor or local officials.

Nebraska: Bill to prevent Nebraska governors from restricting gun sales in emergency moves to final vote

The Nebraska Legislature is set to take a final vote on a measure that would prevent governors from restricting gun sales in a state emergency.

Louisiana House advances bill to allow some guns in bars, restaurants

The Louisiana House on Wednesday (April 9) passed a bill that would allow off-duty law enforcement to carry their guns into bars. The bill would also allow concealed handgun permit holders to bring their guns into restaurants that serve alcohol, but make the majority of their money from food sales.

Tennessee: Legislative Update from Nashville

As the 2014 legislative session begins to wind down, a number of NRA-supported bills are still moving in the Tennessee General Assembly.  Your NRA-ILA is continually working to protect and expand the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding gun owners in Tennessee.

Missouri: House Committee Hears Pro-Gun Legislation

Yesterday, the House General Laws Committee heard Senate Bill 745.  While this committee did not vote on this important right to carry legislation, it is expected to send SB 745 to the House floor in the near future.  

Maryland: General Assembly Adjourns Sine Die

The Maryland General Assembly adjourned its 2014 legislative session at midnight on Monday.  As state legislators leave Annapolis, Maryland gun owners can now rest easy knowing that no anti-gun legislation was passed this year.  

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. 

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.

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.

Gun carrying woman halts violent mob, The Detroit News, Detroit, Mich. 04/08/14, WJBK, Detroit, Mich. 04/08/14, WXYZ, Detroit, Mich. 04/07/14

Steve Utash was driving in Detroit, Mich. when he accidentally struck a 10-year-old boy with his vehicle. Retired nurse Deborah Hughes was inside her nearby home at the time, and once she became aware of the accident, she retrieved a .38-caliber pistol and went to see if she could help. While she was trying to comfort the injured boy, a mob began to attack Utash, who had stopped and gotten out of his vehicle. As the beating was taking place, Hughes rushed over to the crowd and told the mob, “Don’t kick him anymore, don’t hit him anymore, get back,” halting the attack. Hughes later told a local media outlet, “I had a gun in my pocket, I was ready to do some damage if I had to.” Following the incident, Detroit Police Chief James Craig referred to Hughes as a “Detroit hero.” Hughes made clear to a reporter that she is often armed stating, “You have to carry a gun around here… This neighborhood is terrible. I don’t walk around without my gun.” 

Bill advances to allow Florida gun owners to carry concealed during evacuations

The Community Affairs Committee voted 8-1 to pass SB 296, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, that would remove any criminal penalties for those found carrying weapons in public without a permit during evacuations ordered by the governor.

Tennessee: Senate votes to allow more carry options

The Tennessee Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would let gun owners carry their weapons openly without a permit.

Colorado: Gun control proponent challenged in court

A gun control expert and proponent of background checks had a tough time defending his case in Colorado's gun control trial.Monday was day six in the federal trial brought by 31 Colorado pro-gun groups and people who claim that three bills regulating gun use in Colorado are unconstitutional.

Holder blames gun lobby for contempt of Congress vote

Attorney General Eric Holder blamed “the gun lobby” for being behind his 2012 contempt vote in Congress, in one of many heated exchanges with House Republicans Tuesday.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Store employee fights off armed robber, WAFB, Baton Rouge, La. 04/06/14

A masked man armed with a gun entered the H & C Food Mart in Lafayette, La., demanded money from an employee, and fired a shot. The employee responded by retrieving a gun and returning fire, which caused the criminal to flee empty-handed.  

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.

Chicagoans no longer disarmed, defenseless

A 53-year-old man was confronted by two armed hoodlums outside his Chicago home in the wee hours of Saturday morning.He might have become another name on the annual roll of hundreds of Chicago residents murdered every year. But he had a legal gun of his own, fought back and survived. He can thank one Otis McDonald.

Juan Williams wants a gun-free America

On April 5th, appearing on Fox Business Network's Cashin' In, Juan Williams reacted to Army Spc. Ivan Lopez's heinous crime at Fort Hood by saying he wants "America to be a gun-free zone."

Eric Holder wants to explore "smart gun" technology

“By making them either through finger print identification, the gun talks to a bracelet or something that you might wear, how guns can be used only by the person who is lawfully in possession of the weapon.”“It’s those kinds of things that I think we want to try to explore so that we can make sure that people have the ability to enjoy their Second Amendment rights, but at the same time decreasing the misuse of weapons that lead to the kinds of things that we see on a daily basis,” Holder said.

NRA Statement on the Passing of Civil Rights Hero Otis McDonald

Otis McDonald, gun rights activist and civil rights hero, passed away Friday at the age of 80 in his hometown of Chicago. As many of you will remember, McDonald was the lead plaintiff in McDonald v. Chicago – an historic Second Amendment case that liberated Chicago residents from the city’s oppressive gun ban in 2010. The National Rifle Association extends our heartfelt condolences to the family of this courageous man.

Attorney General Eric Holder: We Want to Explore Gun Tracking Bracelets

Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday that gun tracking bracelets are something the Justice Department (DOJ) wants to “explore” as part of its gun control efforts. When discussing gun violence prevention programs within the DOJ, Holder told a House appropriations subcommittee that his agency is looking into technological innovations.

83-year-old homeowner shoots home invader, WAFF, Huntsville, Ala. 04/05/14

An 83-year-old man was at home in Huntsville, Ala. when there was a knock at his backdoor from a man claiming to need help. When the elderly homeowner did not immediately open the door, the man forced his way inside the home by kicking in the door. The homeowner responded to the threat by retrieving a handgun and shooting the home invader in the chest. Upon being struck, the criminal fled. 

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.

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.

Otis McDonald, 1933-2014: Fought Chicago's gun ban

Otis McDonald forever will be known as the man who brought down Chicago's gun ban.After a long illness, he died Friday, April 4, at the age of 80.

NRA’s quest to expand gun rights takes it to court

The San Diego County sheriff denied Edward Peruta a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Christopher Haga’s gun collection was seized, and he was charged with crimes after he was mistakenly linked to a theft of assault weapons from a Fresno-area military base.

New York: Gun advocates expect few registrations for April 15 SAFE deadline

Many New York gun owners expect the April 15 deadline to register assault weapons under the state’s strict new law to be largely ignored.“People are pretty much convinced once they get on this registration, the next time they’ll say they’ve got to turn them in,” said Stephen Aldstadt, president of the Shooters Committee on Political Education, who helped organize a protest at the Capitol this past week against the law.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 21, No. 14 04/04/2014

Otis McDonald, Famous for Role in McDonald v. Chicago, Passes

Gun rights activist Otis McDonald has passed away. He was 80. McDonald was the lead plaintiff in McDonald v. Chicago – a historic Second Amendment case that defined the scope of gun rights in relation to states. The National Rifle Association would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of this civil rights hero.

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).  

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.

Chris Cox: Bob Costas shoots his mouth off, again

It’s always awkward when sportscasters stray from their field of expertise and pontificate on political and social issues. Bob Costas, building on his previous efforts in this regard, recently took this awkwardness to a whole new level.

Obama Administration's Latest "Executive Action" Aims to Curb Ammo Imports

The NRA is aware of BATFE's recent actions to restrict importation of 5.45 x 39 ammunition.  According to information BATFE provided to NRA, these actions are based on BATFE's determination that the availability of a handgun in this caliber triggers so-called “armor piercing” ammunition provisions of federal law, which generally prohibit manufacture and importation. NRA strongly disagrees with BATFE’s view of this matter, and we have long sought clarity on BATFE's widely-varying approach to this issue.  We have attended meetings with BATFE, submitted written comments, and issued FOIA requests, all in an attempt to better understand the process by which BATFE exercises its considerable discretion under this broadly-worded federal law.  We have also worked with members of Congress to draft legislation to simplify the underlying federal statute and remove BATFE’s broad discretion in this area.  

Woman scares off fugitive, Access North Georgia, Ga. 04/02/14

A fugitive on the run from the law in Stephens County, Ga. broke into a store and approached a woman inside. The woman responded to the threat by retrieving a handgun and firing it at the wanted man, causing him to flee. Following the encounter with the armed citizen, the fugitive was captured by law enforcement. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said of the armed woman, “Good job to the brave female who was on her property minding her business.” 

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.

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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