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Old 02-03-2008, 08:34 PM   #1
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I have decided to start a unified thread for gun control legislation, issues, scares, scams, watches, etc.

New Gun Show Legislation Introduced

Friday, February 01, 2008

As expected, anti-gun Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced his “gun show” legislation this week.

Appearing at a news conference on Wednesday, Lautenberg, along with co-sponsor and fellow Democrat Jack Reed (D-RI), and Paul Helmke of the Brady Campaign, introduced S. 2577—legislation that would regulate gun shows out of business.

Of course, we will continue to actively monitor the future progress (or lack thereof) of the bill and will apprise you of any developments.

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I will support this thread with advice, input and anyword I may hear of legislation that is either pro or anti gun that is not already mentioned
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Can we get a mod to make this thread a sticky? It is/will be an important one.
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I just don't want the high capacity magazines to disappear especially with the 9mm. When I am able to pick my springfield 9mm out, I don't want to end up with a smaller magazine because legislation outlawed high capacity clips.
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Man I'd love to see a "million man march" wearing these http://www.gunowners.org/merchrosiet.htm
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Wonder if I would get in trouble if I sent one of those to Osama Obama and Hillbilly Clinton?
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Today, in his capacity as President of the United States Senate, Vice President Cheney signed on to the congressional amicus curiae brief affirming the individual rights view of the Second Amendment. As Americans, we are grateful and fortunate to have a friend of freedom in the Vice President.
NRA And U.S. Lawmakers Join D.C. V. Heller Plaintiffs In Filing Briefs With U.S. Supreme Court: On Thursday, February 7, NRA and the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund submitted an amicus curiae brief to the United States Supreme Court in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller. This "friend of the court" brief supports a lower federal appeals court decision holding that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms, and asserts that the D.C. bans on handguns, on carrying firearms within the home, and on possession of loaded or operable firearms for self-defense violate that fundamental right.
New Microstamping Legislation Introduced: This week, Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-CA) introduced "microstamping" legislation titled the "National Crime Gun Identification Act of 2007." The bill is co‑sponsored in the Senate by Senators Feinstein (D-CA), Menendez (D-NJ), Lautenberg (D-NJ), Durbin (D-IL), Schumer (D-NY), and Reed (D-RI).
Commonsense Move Of The Week: In last week's "Outrage of the Week," we reported on Pasquotank County, in North Carolina, requiring those obtaining a gun permit to stand in the same line as convicted sex offenders.
This week, we're happy to report that Pasquotank County officials have decided to change the sign in the Public Service Building that required gun permit seekers and sex offenders to register at the same window.
Outrage of the Week--"Hypocrite Hillary"In December, we reported on the hypocrisy of Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY), who, in her zeal to discredit Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) on the gun issue for her own political gain, assailed Obama for his past support of "banning all handguns," citing his position as one reason to "raise serious questions about his electability."
And now, with the Democratic Presidential nomination process amounting to what only a few months ago would have been an unthinkable dead heat, we continue to see the political contenders pulling out all of the rhetorical stops in an attempt to disingenuously distinguish themselves as the "candidate of choice" for their constituency. We also continue to see the candidates test the limits of credulity in the process.
Such is the case for "Hypocrite Hillary," who is at it again.
If you see something that you feel would be a good candidate for the "Outrage of the Week!" section, please send it to: freedomsvoice@nrahq.org. Please be sure to send additional background and citations where available.
STATE ROUNDUP (please click to see any updates on states not listed below.)
ARIZONA: Right-to-Carry Reform Bill to be Heard in Senate Committee! On Monday, February 11, Senate Bill 1070 will be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee. SB1070 would provide that if an applicant has ever satisfactorily completed required firearms safety training, they will have met the training requirement for a Right-to-Carry permit. Under current law, there is no time limit on when an individual must complete their permit training, however the Arizona Department of Public Safety has set arbitrary dates for training validation at twelve months from when an application was filed. The proposed language recognizes that the training has no expiration date, and aligns the initial permit requirements with the permit renewal requirements. Please contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and voice your strong support for Senate Bill 1070. Please click here for contact information.
COLORADO: Update on Pending Firearm LegislationOn Wednesday, February 6 the House Judiciary Committee voted 5 to 4 to defeat House Bill 1066, sponsored by State Representative Cory Gardner (R-63). This "Castle Doctrine" legislation would have extended self-defense protections beyond the home to include businesses. In spite of this unfortunate loss, three anti-freedom bills were also defeated in the Colorado legislature this week thanks to the activism of NRA members. On Wednesday, February 6, the House Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Committee voted down two bills, House Bill 1137 and House Bill 1096. Finally, House Bill 1190 was withdrawn by its sponsor.
Mandatory Storage Bill Sent to Senate Appropriations Committee On Monday, February 4 the Senate Committee on State, Veterans & Military Affairs voted 3-2 to send Senate Bill 49 to the Senate Appropriations Committee. SB49 requires mandatory storage of all firearms. This legislation would force adults to put all their firearms under lock and key or face an undetermined misdemeanor if that firearm is later used in a suicide or crime. This dangerous bill renders homeowners defenseless and gives criminals a clear advantage in home invasions. Please contact the members of the committee and respectfully urge them to defeat this dangerous legislation. Contact information can be found here.
CONNECTICUT: Anti-Gun Push Returning for 2008! The 2008 legislative session opened on Wednesday, February 6 and already gun owners, hunters and sportsmen can expect the largest number of anti-gun bills to be considered in years. The Connecticut State Police is lobbying for proposals that would lengthen the process to obtain a handgun permit, a 14-day waiting period before the sale of any long gun (without exemptions for handgun licensees or those with a current hunting license), licensing of all long guns and ban on their private sale or transfer. Connecticut Against Gun Violence will be joining the State Police in its push for a ban on the private sale of long guns as well as pushing for a ban on the sale of semiautomatic handguns not equipped with so-called "microstamping" technology. It is imperative that you call your lawmakers TODAY and tell them that you support the NRA and OPPOSE the new long gun restrictions and licensing scheme and the microstamping proposal. To contact your State Representative, please visit http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/hlist.asp. Contact information for your State Senator can be found at http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/slist.asp.
ILLINOIS: Rabid Anti-Gunner Defeated After Spending Millions!NRA is proud to announce that 71% of NRA Political Victory Fund endorsed candidates in Illinois won their Primary races. Also of interest is a race in which NRA did not get involved due to the lack of a clear pro-gun candidate in the six person race - the race to decide the Democratic candidate for Cook County State's Attorney. Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, with a long history of anti-gun activity, including serving as a board member of the rabidly anti-gun Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence since 1981, was defeated after spending an estimated one million dollars on ads attacking NRA and law-abiding gun owners. Suffredin spoke and the people of Cook County sure listened.
Gun Rights Under Assault in Cook County! As we have previously reported, Cook County is currently considering two anti-gun proposals that must be defeated! First, the Safe Streets/Weapons Registration Ordinance requires the registration of all firearms and firearm owners in the county. As written, it is an outright gun ban and prohibits the transport of a firearm in your vehicle unless the firearm is "broken down in a nonfunctioning state." The other proposed ordinance would amend the county's "Deadly Weapon Dealers Ordinance" to completely ban all gun shows within the county, and prohibits federally licensed dealers from operating within 10 miles of one another. Please contact the Cook County Board of Commissioners today and respectfully urge them to oppose these ordinances. Contact information for the Board can be found by clicking here.

Attention Gun Owners: Please Attend Illinois Gun Owners Day (IGOLD) in Springfield on Tuesday, March 11, 2008! Our Right to Keep and Bear Arms is under assault, so NRA is encouraging all law-abiding gun owners to take part in IGOLD 2008 and let your voice be heard. For more information, bus schedules, and departure times, please contact the Illinois State Rifle Association at (815) 635-3198, or go to www.IGOLD.isra.org.
INDIANA: Update on SB356 and HB1046! Last week, Senate Bill 356, a proposal to allow concealed carry permit holders to carry in most public buildings was narrowly defeated in the Indiana Senate. Last minute concerns regarding the application of the proposal seemingly derailed the effort. However, we are continuing to explore what other options may be available to advance similar language during this session. We will continue to keep you informed of any developments. Also, in an ongoing effort in support of the "Families Afield Initiative," NRA is coordinating with the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, The National Wild Turkey Federation and the National Sport Shooting Foundation to further increase hunting access and opportunity across the nation. An example of this is HB1046, which would establish an "apprentice hunting license" which would allow for novice hunters to join experienced licensed hunters in the field to get a first-hand introduction to Indiana's proud hunting heritage. HB1046 has already passed the State House of Representatives and now awaits action by the Senate Committee on Natural Resources. Please contact the Committee members and respectfully urge them to support HB1046. Contact information can be found here.
KENTUCKY: Self-Defense Bill Stalled! House Bill 114, sponsored by State Representative Robert Damron (D-39), is currently stuck in the House Judiciary Committee, even though more than sixty legislators have signed on as co-sponsors. HB114 requires that universities, colleges, and postsecondary institutions comply with current law allowing law-abiding citizens to keep firearms in their locked vehicles on university property. Don't allow anti-gun legislators to dictate your Second Amendment rights. It is important that the House Leadership hear from you. Please contact the Leadership of the Kentucky House of Representatives and respectfully ask them to support this important piece of self-defense legislation by scheduling it for a vote in the House Judiciary Committee. Contact information can be found here.


MARYLAND: Important Self-Defense Bill Introduced! Senate Bill 449, "Castle Doctrine" legislation, would restore the right of self-defense in Maryland. This "Castle Doctrine" legislation is vital to protecting law-abiding citizens from being criminally prosecuted for protecting themselves or their families. SB449 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Wednesday, February 20 at 1:00 pm in 2 East, Miller Senate Building, Annapolis. Please contact the members of the committee and respectfully urge them to support this important self-defense legislation that prevents victims from becoming criminals. Contact information can be found here.


"Lost or Stolen" Bill Scheduled for Hearing! Senate Bill 585, introduced by State Senator Lisa Gladden (D-41) at the request of the Baltimore City Administration, would require the owner of a regulated firearm to report its loss or theft to a local law enforcement agency within 72 hours after the owner discovers the firearm is missing. House Bill 880, sponsored by State Delegate Curt Anderson (D-43), is the companion bill in the House of Delegates. SB585 is scheduled for a hearing in the State Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Thursday, March 6 at 1:00 pm. Please contact the members of the committee and respectfully urge them to oppose this dangerous legislation. Contact information can be found here.

Hunting the Focus for the House Committee on Environmental Matters Anti-hunting bills House Bill 655 and House Bill 657, sponsored by State Delegate Barbara Frush (D-21), were introduced in the House Committee on Environmental Matters on Friday, February 1. HB655 sets minimum age restrictions for those seeking to apply for a hunting license. HB657 would ban the tradition of black bear hunting in Maryland. Hunting is the best means of maintaining a healthy population of any species. Both bills have been assigned to the House Committee on Environmental Matters and are scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday, February 27 at 1:00 pm. Please contact the members of the committee and respectfully urge them to protect your hunting heritage in Maryland.

However, one pro-hunting bill has also been introduced to the House Committee on Environmental Matters. HB840 would authorize specified Sundays in October and November to be open to deer hunting with a bow and arrow in Washington County on private property. This bill has been introduced to the committee, but no hearing has been set as this time. Please contact the members of the House Committee on Environmental Matters and respectfully urge them to oppose HB655 and HB657 and to support HB840. Contact information can be found here.
MASSACHUSETTS: Lead Ammunition Ban Heads to House Last week, S.2481, "An Act Providing for Safer Alternatives to Toxic Chemicals", sponsored by State Senator Steven Tolman (D-2nd Suffolk & Middlesex), was referred to the House Committee on Ways & Means. While, a number of improvements have been made to address our concerns regarding this bill, please contact your State Representative and members of the House Committee on Ways & Means to respectfully urge them to ask that additional safeguards be included in S.2481. Contact information for your State Representative can be found here. Contact information for the Committee can be found by clicking here.
MISSISSIPPI: Two Bills Introduced to Protect Ranges! Earlier this week, two bills were proposed in the Mississippi Legislature that would expand the scope of protection for shooting ranges and gun club facilities within the state. Senate Bill 2466 and House Bill 346 would prohibit local governments from placing restrictions on existing shooting ranges by prohibiting any new laws or ordinances from being enacted. Please contact your State Legislators and respectfully urge them to support both SB 2466 and HB 346 once they are assigned hearing dates within their referred committees. Contact information can be found here.
NEBRASKA: Governor to Consider Youth Mentored Hunting Bill!
On Friday, February 1, LB 690, authored by State Senator Deb Fischer (District 43), passed the Nebraska Legislature by a margin of 46-1, with 2 members not voting. LB 690 now moves to Governor Dave Heineman (R) for his consideration. This important piece of pro-hunting legislation will create a mentor-hunting program and will lower the hunting age to twelve in Nebraska. LB690 is part of the Families Afield Initiative that is a cooperative effort between NRA, the National Wild Turkey Federation, U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and National Shooting Sports Foundation. Please contact the Governor's office and respectfully urge him to sign this important hunting legislation into law. The Governor's office can be reached by phone at 402-471-2244 or by e-mail by clicking here.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Anti-Gun Legislation Stays in Committee! House Bill 1354 was not heard this week before the House Legislative Administration Committee. Sponsored by State Representative Eleanor Glynn Kjellman (D-Merrimack 5), HB1354 would prohibit law-abiding citizens from carrying firearms and/or other weapons as defined in RSA 625:11 V in the State House or Legislative Office Buildings. Since this legislation remains before the committee for consideration, please contact members of the House Legislative Administration Committee today and urge them to oppose HB 1354. Contact information can be found here.
NEW JERSEY: Bill Introduced to Increase Accessibility to the Outdoors for Our Armed Forces Personnel! Senate Bill 865, sponsored by State Senator Christopher Connors (R-9), adds more individuals with certain types of military service to the list for free admission to State parks and free hunting and fishing licenses. The new exemptions include members of the organized reserve of the Armed Forces of the United States which is located in New Jersey; an active duty member of any branch or department of the Armed Forces of the United States who are residents of the State or based or stationed in the State regardless of residency; disabled veterans; and retired members of the New Jersey National Guard. S865 has been referred to the Senate Environment Committee, with no hearing set at this time. Please continue to check your email and www.NRAILA.org for any updates on this important pro-hunting legislation.

Hunting Recommended For Expansion On A New Jersey Wildlife Refuge: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to open the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge to bear hunting. The refuge is currently open for deer and resident goose hunting. The bear hunt is part of "Alternative B," the agency's preferred management plan for the refuge. The public comment period is open until March 10th. There will be an open house and public hearing on February 20th in Augusta; and February 21st in Wantage. Further Information can be found at http://www.ilaalerts.org/UM/T.asp?A1.2.2594.1.2716632 by e-mail to wallkillriver@fws.gov, and by phone at (973) 702-7266. To ensure the future of hunting on the refuge, public involvement is crucial. Please submit comments and/or attend one of the public hearings in support of "Alternative B."


OHIO: Senate Judiciary - Criminal Justice Committee Intends to Reschedule Hearing on "Castle Doctrine" Legislation! Due to scheduling conflicts with Governor Ted Strickland's (D) State of the State address, the Senate Judiciary - Criminal Justice Committee took Senate Bill 184, Ohio's "Castle Doctrine" bill off of the agenda for its Wednesday, February 6 meeting. The Senate committee has announced its intent to reschedule a hearing. SB 184 would help restore the fundamental right of self-defense. This legislation would restore the right of individuals to respond with force in defense of their lives and family, and immunize the victim from civil lawsuits by criminals or the criminal's family. Please continue checking your email and www.NRAILA.org for further updates on the rescheduling of the hearing, and please continue to contact members of the Senate Judiciary - Criminal Justice Committee and urge them to support SB 184. Contact information for the Senate Judiciary - Criminal Justice Committee can be found here.PENNSYLVANIA: Bullet Serialization (Registration) Bill Referred to House Judiciary Committee! House Bill 2228, legislation that would require all handgun ammunition manufactured or sold in Pennsylvania to be coded with a serialization number, and entered into a statewide database at the time of sale, was referred to the House Judiciary Committee. If passed, this legislation would have dire consequences for our Right to Keep and Bear Arms in Pennsylvania. Please contact the members of the House Judiciary Committee and respectfully urge them to protect the Second Amendment rights of Pennsylvania's law-abiding gun owners by opposing HB 2228. Contact information can be found by clicking here.

Emergency Powers Bill Passes Out of Committee and Heads to Senate Floor! Emergency Powers legislation, Senate Bill 1172, passed out of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee with unanimous bipartisan support. The bill now heads to the Senate floor for consideration. SB 1172 would protect our Second Amendment rights by prohibiting any government agency from confiscating or regulating the lawful sale, possession, transfer, transport and carry of firearms during a state of emergency, such as occurred in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Please contact your State Senator today at (717) 787-5920 and urge them to protect your Second Amendment rights by supporting SB1172.


SOUTH CAROLINA: South Carolina General Assembly Attacking Your Political Voice! This week, the South Carolina Senate began working on S 714, legislation that seeks to silence your political voice in Charleston. The right to speak freely and publicly on the wisdom of legislation and government policies is at the very core of democracy and the right protected by the First Amendment. S 714 is clearly an attempt to infringe on that right. Not only does it infringe on the right to free speech, but a reporting requirement is a clear invasion of the privacy of those who wish to contribute to NRA. S 714 must be defeated. Please contact your Senator and urge him to oppose S 714. You can find all the necessary contact information by clicking here.
Pro-Gun Bills Need Your Help! Besides S 714, there are some positive bills pending action in the South Carolina General Assembly. H 3528 would allow personal information regarding the holder of a concealable weapons permit (CWP) to be released only to a law enforcement agency to aid in an official investigation, or to comply with a subpoena or court order. This will help protect the privacy of CWP holders, and prevent, for example, newspapers from publishing a list of permit holders. This legislation is pending action in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Finally, H 3212 would require South Carolina to recognize valid Right-to-Carry permits issued by other states. NRA has been working for several years to improve the current reciprocity standard for permits, which are rather restrictive, and this bill would establish a straight recognition standard. H 3212 is currently on the Senate Calendar, and could be taken up by the full Senate in the near future. Please contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and your State Senator and respectfully urge their support of H 3528 and H 3212. Contact information can be found by clicking here.SOUTH DAKOTA: Campus Right-to-Carry Legislation on the Move House Bill 1261, legislation that would prevent universities from passing regulations that infringe on the right to carry if a person is complying with existing state laws, passed the South Dakota House on Monday, February 4 by a 63-3 vote. HB1261 is now scheduled to be heard in the State Senate State Affairs Committee on Monday, February 11 at 7:45 am in Room 412 of the State Capitol. Please contact the members of the Senate State Affairs Committee and respectfully urge them to support this important right-to-carry legislation. Contact information can be found here.

Vote for Youth Mentored Hunting Bill Scheduled for Tuesday, February 12 State Representative Mike Buckingham (R-33) has introduced legislation to create a mentored hunting program for children between ages 10 and 16. The current minimum hunting age in South Dakota is 12. While licensed youth hunters still need to take a HuntSafe course, House Bill 1263 would establish a "try before you buy" program allowing younger kids to experience their first hunts without a license under the direct supervision of a licensed adult. This bill is part of the Families Afield Initiative that is a cooperative effort between NRA, the National Wild Turkey Federation, U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and National Shooting Sports Foundation. HB1263 will be voted on by the House Agriculture Committee on Tuesday, February 12. Please contact the members of the committee today and urge them to protect South Dakota's rich and proud hunting heritage. Contact information can be found here.

TENNESSEE: Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment Passes Unanimously in the Senate Judiciary Committee! On Tuesday, February 5, Tennessee's Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously passed House Joint Resolution 108. Sponsored by State Senator Doug Jackson (D-25), this critical legislation will amend the Tennessee Constitution by protecting the right to hunt and fish. This legislation must be passed with Senator Jackson's amendments. Passage of this meaningful legislation will preserve hunting and fishing in Tennessee for generations to come. HJR108 was referred to the Senate Calendar Committee where it will be assigned a floor date. Please contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and thank them for supporting our Second Amendment rights. Contact information can be found here. THE FUTURE OF TENNESSEE'S HONORABLE HUNTING AND FISHING HERITAGE DEPEND ON IT!
Ammo Serialization (Registration) Bill Filed in House and Senate! On Thursday, January 17, legislation was filed in both the Tennessee House and Senate that would require all handgun ammunition manufactured or sold in Tennessee to be coded with a serial number, and entered into a statewide database at the time of sale. Encoded ammunition would be registered to the purchaser and would include the date of the transaction, the purchaser's name, date of birth, driver's license number, and the serial number of the ammunition. SB3395, sponsored by State Senator Reginald Tate (District 33) and HB3245, sponsored by State Representative Larry Miller (District 88) pose a serious threat to our Right to Keep and Bear Arms and need to be stopped immediately. Please contact your State Legislators and respectfully urge them to protect the Second Amendment rights of Tennessee's law-abiding gun owners by opposing SB3395 and HB3245. Please visit http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/senate/members/smembers.htm#Find for contact information for your State Senator, and http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/house/members/hmembers.htm#Findfor contact information for your State Representative.
WEST VIRGINIA: Pro-Hunting Bill Moving Through Senate! Senate Bill 9, introduced by State Senator Billy Wayne Bailey (D-9), is legislation to mandate firearm and hunter safety education programs be offered in public schools for students in the eighth through twelfth grades. SB9 passed unanimously by the Senate Education Committee and now heads to the Senate Finance Committee for its consideration. This is important legislation that will teach children to hunt safely and ethically from an early age. They will also learn how to handle firearms safely while hunting, in sport competitions, or at home. Please contact the members of the Senate Finance Committee and respectively urge them to vote "yes" on SB9 so that children are able to learn firearm and hunting safety. Contact information can be found here.
"Castle Doctrine" Bill Being Assembled by Senate! Vital self-defense legislation is currently being worked on in the West Virginia State Senate. This "Castle Doctrine" legislation will give law-abiding citizens the right to protect themselves without a "duty to retreat" from an attacker. Every member of the Senate cosponsored the original bill, however, the language was not drafted clearly enough to be passed through. The NRA has been working closely with the bill's drafters to get the best possible language and the full support of the West Virginia legislature. A hearing will be held by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, February 12 to introduce the new language. Please continue checking your email and www.NRAILA.org for updates on this and other Second Amendment-related legislation in West Virginia.

Senate Resolution 14, sponsored State Senator Shirley Love (D-11), is a resolution requesting the National Park Service not to ban hunting in the New River Gorge National River. This resolution was sent to the Senate Natural Resources Committee. The House of Delegates is working on a similar resolution to maintain the tradition of hunting in the New River Gorge National River area. Hunting has been permitted there since 1978 and serves as an economic boost to the surrounding areas. Hunting in the New River Gorge National River area also maintains a healthy wildlife population and allows more people the opportunity to hunt in West Virginia.
WISCONSIN: Youth/Mentored Hunting to be Heard by Full Assembly! Assembly Bill 672, legislation that would establish a Youth/Mentored hunting program in the Badger State, passed the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources by an 11-2 vote on Wednesday, January 30. Sponsored by Assemblyman Scott Gunderson (R-83), AB672 would provide first-time hunters a "try before you buy" opportunity to get the full experience of hunting before committing to a hunter education course and also lower the hunting age in Wisconsin from 12 to 10 for youth participating in the mentored hunting program. Please contact your State Assembly member toll-free today at 1-800-362-9472 and respectfully urge him or her to support AB672 to ensure Wisconsin's hunting heritage.


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Thanks for the info Murphy

National Organizations With Anti-Gun Policies



The following organizations have lent monetary, grassroots or some other type of direct support to anti-gun organizations. In many instances, these organizations lent their name in support of specific campaigns to pass anti-gun legislation such as the March 1995 HCI "Campaign to Protect Sane Gun Laws." Many of these organizations were listed as "Campaign Partners," for having pledged to fight any efforts to repeal the Brady Act and the Clinton "assault weapons" ban. All have officially endorsed anti-gun positions.

AARP
AFL-CIO
Ambulatory Pediatric Association
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Civil Liberties Union
American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing
American Medical Women`s Association
American Medical Student Association
American Medical Association
American Association for the Surgery of Trauma
American Trauma Society
American Federation of Teachers
American Association of School Administrators
American Alliance for Rights and Responsibilities
American Medical Association
American Bar Association
American Counseling Association
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Association for World Health
American Ethical Union
American Nurses Association
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
American Firearms Association
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
American Jewish Committee
American Trauma Society
American Psychological Association
American Jewish Congress
American Public Health Association
Americans for Democratic Action
Anti-Defamation League
Association of American Medical Colleges
Black Mental Health Alliance
B`nai B`rith
Central Conference of American Rabbis
Children`s Defense Fund
Church of the Brethren
Coalition for Peace Action
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
College Democrats of America
Committee for the Study of Handgun Misuse & World Peace
Common Cause
Congress of National Black Churches, Inc.
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Consumer Federation of America
Council of the Great City Schools
Council of Chief State School Officers
Dehere Foundation
Disarm Educational Fund
Environmental Action Foundation
Episcopal Church-Washington Office
Florence and John Shumann Foundation
Friends Committee on National Legislation
General Federation of Women`s Clubs
George Gund Fun
Gray Panthers
H.M. Strong Foundation
Hadassah
Harris Foundation
Hechinger Foundation
Interfaith Neighbors
Int`l Ladies` Garment Workers` Union
Int`l Association of Educators for World Peace
Jewish Labor Committee
Joyce Foundation
Lauder Foundation
Lawrence Foundation
League of Women Voters of the United States*
Lutheran Office for Governmental Affairs, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Manhattan Project II
Mennonite Central Committee-Washington Office
National Safe Kids Campaign
National Association of Police Organizations
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
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Obama says a threat to our citizens, such as firearms, should be restricted...If he feels that way, why doesn't he start at the top?

TYPES OF ACCIDENTAL DEATHS, USA 2002

ACCIDENT PERCENT

1. Motor vehicle (MVA) - 44.3% Outlaw Vehicles
2. Falls - 17.8% Outlaw slopes, ice, and grades over 5%
3. Poison, liq/solid - 13.0% Outlaw drano and easy-off, goodbye windex
4. Drowning - 3.9% Outlaw water
5. Fires, Burns, Smoke - 3.4% Make legislation so houses know not to burn
6. Medical/Surgical Complication - 3.1% Outlaw Doctors
7. Other land transport - 1.5% Goodbye skateboards
8. Firearms - 0.8%Then nobody can get to the store to buy a gun

See if you address the issues in order, the liberals get what they want...LOL
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Sorry, that is too logical for gun grabbers, plus that would affect them personally, so no go. To add to it, the right to drive a new, status proving SUV/sports car is in the constitution unlike the right to bear arms.
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All I can say is I have written my letters and made my phone calls. All I can do is hope the government will pull there head out of there ### and do the right thing.

In the event, I am stocking up and ready for the next revolution.
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That ammo serialization bill is creating quite a scare in MD. It is an outright gun ban, but done bass ackwards. Here is a link to a flyer that a local gun club put out about it. I likely will not pass, especially in a year when the pro-gun politicians (I did not even know they existed here, honestly) are trying to expand castle laws to protect citizens in thier homes. Previously, shooting an intruder in your home would have been illegal unless you were cornered and near death. Really. You are supposed to try to run away, give them all your stuff, hide, beg, allow them to assault you to up to the point that you are almost dead, and then you can shoot. In the process though, you would have had to retrieve your gun because you are not allowed to meet them at the door with it. Seriously.

I am not trying to villianize the Peoples Republik of Maryland, but keep in mind that this is the direction that gun laws could take under Obama. I also lived in Illinois when he took office there and Chicago was immediately under duress from insane gun laws. He WILL make a point of taking ALL guns from the hands of law abiding citizens. It will be in his top 5 agendas. Along with hunters rights being assaulted, etc.

Anyway, here is the link, in case you are curious - click the pdf file in the first post of the thread.

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General And Former Senior Officials Of The DOJ File Briefs In D.C. Case: NRA-ILA is pleased to note the recent filings by a majority of state Attorneys General, and by former senior officials of the Department of Justice (DOJ) of significant amicus curiae briefs with the United States Supreme Court in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller. These briefs support the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, holding that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms, and therefore that the D.C. bans on handguns, on carrying firearms within the home, and on possession of loaded or operable firearms for self-defense violate that fundamental right.
Outrage of the Week-Nagin Makes A Bad Point: This week's outrage comes to us from New Orleans.
You may have seen the picture (if not, you may click here to see it). It's a shot of beleaguered New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, looking gleeful and appearing to point an AR15-type rifle directly at Police Superintendent Warren Riley while Riley holds a similar firearm. The picture was taken while the two were on the floor of the Superdome viewing a collection of new equipment to be used largely for the city's SWAT team.
Support Legislation To Improve & Modernize BATFE: As we've recently reported, two bills considered in the last session of Congress as H.R. 5005 and H.R. 5092 have been combined, improved, and re-introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives as H.R. 4900 - the "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act." H.R. 4900 is cosponsored by Congressmen Steve King (R-Iowa) and Zack Space (D-Ohio).
STATE ROUNDUP (please click to see any updates on states not listed below.)
ALABAMA: Five Pro-Gun Bills Introduced! On Tuesday, February 5, the Alabama Legislature began its 2008 session and so far five NRA-backed measures have been introduced. House Bill 339, "Emergency Powers" legislation, will protect our Second Amendment rights by prohibiting any government agency from confiscating or regulating the lawful sale, possession, transfer, transport and carry of firearms during a state of emergency, such as occurred in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Senate Bill 18 authorizes a ROTC student at a state-supported college or university to carry a firearm on campus if he or she has a permit to carry a concealed handgun, is in good standing with the institution, and has completed an approved course on "gun skills." Senate Bill 271 would authorize professors at state-supported colleges and universities to carry a firearm on the campus of the college or university at which the professor is employed, so long as they have a permit to carry a firearm. Senate Bill 27 prohibits state-supported colleges and universities from adopting policies prohibiting professors from carrying a firearm on campus if they have a permit to carry a firearm. The last bill, Senate Bill 156, would create a special hunting license for disabled hunters available for $1 during the period of total disability.
ARIZONA: Arizona Right-to-Carry Reform Bills to be Heard in Senate Committee! Next week the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear two important right-to-carry reform measures. Senate Bill 1070 sponsored by Linda Gray (R-10), removes the time restrictions on when a concealed carry permit applicant may apply for a permit after the proper firearms training has occurred. The current Department of Safety regulations require applicants to apply for a permit within twelve months of taking an approved firearms safety course. SB1070 will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, February 18th. Senate Bill 1214, sponsored by Senator Karen Johnson (R-18), expands the area where Right-to-Carry permit holders may carry a concealed firearm for self-defense to carry on community college campuses, universities under the jurisdiction of the Board of Regents, and private colleges or universities.Please contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and urge them to support both SB1070 and SB1214. Judiciary committee member contact information can be found here.
Bullet Serialization (Registration) Scheme to be Considered in Arizona! House Bill 2833 would require that all handgun and "assault weapon" ammunition manufactured or sold in Arizona to be coded with an individual serial number, and entered into a statewide database at the time of sale. Encoded (serialized) ammunition would be registered to the purchaser and would include the date of transaction, the purchaser's name, date of birth, driver's license number, and the serial number of the ammunition. HB2833 seeks only to harass law-abiding gun owners, as criminals are not likely to purchase their ammunition through legal channels. This scheme would also significantly add to the price of ammunition. Please take a moment to contact your State legislators and voice your opposition to House Bill 2833. Contact information for your State legislators can be found here.
Wildlife Fund Protected in Arizona! Thanks to the hard work of State Representatives Russell Pearce (R-18) and Jerry Weiers (R-10), the Arizona Game and Fish Conservation Development Fund has been protected. Some legislators were attempting to "poach" $732,700 from this fund to make up budget shortfalls in the general fund. The Conservation Development Fund is generated through hunting & fishing license surcharges and is dedicated to wildlife conservation projects. Representatives Pearce and Weiers were able to beat back a legislative effort to balance the state budget by raiding the Arizona Game and Fish Wildlife Fund. By protecting the money from the proposed "sweeps" into the state general fund, the two legislators prevented the federal government from withholding $15 million in Pittman-Robertson funding, as a penalty for the "sweeps". The $15 million would have gone to shooting ranges and wildlife management efforts in Arizona and would have been withheld until the $732,700 was paid back to the Game and Fish fund by the state. Please take the time to contact Representatives Pearce and Weiers to thank them for their diligence and commitment on behalf of Arizona's sportsmen and gun owners.
COLORADO: Colorado: Mandatory Storage Bill Sent to Senate Appropriations Committee! Senate Bill 49, which requires mandatory storage of all firearms, would force adults to put all their firearms under lock and key or face an undetermined misdemeanor penalty if a firearm is later used in a suicide or crime. This dangerous bill renders homeowners defenseless and gives criminals a clear advantage in home invasions. If passed, SB49 would add to the already cumbersome bureaucracy that affects gun shops, gun shows, or anywhere else firearms are sold, by requiring them to post a sign informing gun owners that they must lock up their guns. Please contact the members of the Senate Appropriations Committee and respectfully urge them to defeat this dangerous legislation. Contact information for the Senate Appropriations Committee members can be found here.
GEORGIA:The National Wild Turkey Federation will be holding its 32nd Annual Convention and Sport Show! Thursday, February 21 to Sunday, February 24 at the Georgia World Congress Center, Building A in Atlanta, GA will hold the 32nd Annual National Wild Turkey Federation Convention and Sport Show. NRA Executive Vice-President Wayne LaPierre will be the guest speaker at the Friday breakfast sponsored by Federal Ammunition and will be speaking about the threats to our Right to Keep and Bear Arms and hunting heritage. If you are interested in attending, please call 800-THE-NWTF (800-843-6983) to register and obtain tickets. Doors will open at 7:10 a.m. and breakfast will be served promptly at 7:45 a.m. Registration is required. The NWTF Convention and Sport Show promises to be fun for the entire family and you should not miss this opportunity to hear Wayne LaPierre. For more information, please visit http://www.nwtf.org/special_events/convention.html.
HAWAII: Gun Control Package on the Move in Hawaii! Despite being defeated Tuesday, February 12, House Bill 2999, sponsored by Representative Blake Oshiro (D-51), may be revived. HB2999, would ban the sale and possession of .50 caliber BMG rifles and ammunition, require firearms dealers to include a gun lock with every firearm sold, and ammunition purchasers would have to prove they own the firearm for which the ammunition is being purchased. The bill also would include unnecessary restrictions on gun shops, and a list of other restrictions. Representative Oshiro, who is the Vice-Chair of the Judiciary Committee, plans to bring the bill back to the House Judiciary Committee after he meets with opponents of the bill later this month. Please contact the members of the House Judiciary Committee and urge them to oppose HB2999. To find contact information for the members of the House Judiciary Committee, please click here.
Three Bullet Serialization (Registration) Bills Defeated in Hawaii! This week Senate Bill 2020 (Nishihara, 18), Senate Bill 2076 (Taniguchi, 10), and House Bill 2392 (Waters, 51) were all defeated in committee. These measures would mandate that each round of ammunition sold or possessed in Hawaii be marked with a unique serial number and registered to the purchaser at the time of sale. Records would include the date of transaction, the purchaser's name, date of birth, drivers license number, and the serial number of the ammunition. The possession or sale of non-coded/serialized ammunition would be prohibited. These back-door registration bills were defeated because of the many calls and emails made by NRA members and pro-gun supporters. Please keep checking your emails and www.NRAILA.org for more legislative updates.
IDAHO: BLM Plan Will Affect Game Retrieval! The Bureau of Land Management has released a plan for managing off-highway vehicle use (OHV) in the Challis Field Office area. The Alternative 3 management approach will prohibit hunters from travelling the current maximum of 1/4 mile cross-country to retrieve game. The reason given is that the same exertion is already required of hunters beyond the current 1/4 mile limit and "this action would reduce ambiguity as to the legality of cross country travel." This plan could have a significant affect on hunters, particular those with impaired mobility. If you hunt on BLM lands in this area of Idaho you will want to scrutinize the entire plan to see how proposed changes to roads and trails and OHV use may affect you. The plan is on BLM's website at www.blm.gov/id under the "Challis Field Office" link. The public has until March 14 to submit comments. You may call 208-879-6200 for further information.
ILLINOIS: Anti-Gun Bills to be Heard in Illinois General Assembly Executive Committee! The Illinois General Assembly is in full swing, and many bills of interest to the pro-gun community, both good and bad have already been introduced. Numerous anti-gun bills will be heard by the General Assembly Executive Committee in the coming days, and they need to be stopped. House Bill 4269 and House Bill 4349 deal with ammunition serialization/coding. House Bill 758 would require nearly all private transfers to be subject to background checks, such as are now required at Illinois gun shows. House Bill 4393 would limit the purchase of handguns to one in a 30-day period, and House Bill 4357 would ban countless semi-automatic firearms, as well as .50 cal. rifles and ammunition. Please urge the members of the Executive Committee to oppose these bills! You can find contact information for the committee members here.
Gun Rights Under Assault in Cook County! As we have previously reported, Cook County is currently considering two anti-gun proposals that must be defeated! First, the Safe Streets/Weapons Registration Ordinance requires the registration of all firearms and firearm owners in the county. As written, it is an outright gun ban and prohibits the transport of a firearm in your vehicle unless the firearm is "broken down in a nonfunctioning state." The other proposed ordinance would amend the county's "Deadly Weapon Dealers Ordinance" to completely ban all gun shows within the county, and would prohibit federally licensed dealers from operating within 10 miles of one another. Please contact the Cook County Board of Commissioners today and respectfully urge them to oppose these ordinances. Contact information for the Board can be found by clicking here.
Attention Gun Owners: Please Attend Illinois Gun Owners Day (IGOLD) in Springfield on Tuesday, March 11, 2008! Our Right to Keep and Bear Arms is under assault, so NRA is encouraging all law-abiding gun owners to take part in IGOLD 2008 and let your voice be heard. For more information, bus schedules, and departure times, please contact the Illinois State Rifle Association at (815) 635-3198, or go to www.IGOLD.isra.org.
INDIANA Youth Hunting Bill Heads to Senate for Vote! House Bill 1046, establishes an "apprentice hunting license" which would allow for novice hunters to join experienced licensed hunters in the field to get a first-hand introduction to Indiana's proud hunting heritage. This legislation is part of an ongoing effort in support of the "Families Afield Initiative." NRA is coordinating with the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, The National Wild Turkey Federation and the National Sport Shooting Foundation to further increase hunting access and opportunity across the nation. HB1046 already passed the State House of Representatives and earlier this week the Senate Natural Resources Committee unanimously passed the bill in a vote of 6 to 0. HB1046 now heads to the full Senate for consideration. Please contact your Senator and strongly encourage him or her to promote Indiana's proud hunting and sporting heritage by voting for HB1046! You can find their contact information by clicking here.
IOWA: "Shall-Issue" Legislation Re-Introduced! As previously reported, State Representative Clel Baudler (R-58) and 40 bi-partisan cosponsors have re-introduced legislation that would reform Iowa's concealed handgun statute and make Iowa a "shall-issue" state. Under House File 2092, any law-abiding persons 21 years of age or older would be eligible for a permit to carry a concealed handgun if they pass a training and marksmanship course. HF2092 also has a reciprocity provision that allows a person possessing a valid out-of-state permit to carry a handgun in Iowa subject to the restrictions of Iowa law and provided that the state that issued the license has requirements that are equal to or greater than Iowa's requirements. The Department of Public Safety would be required to determine which states qualify as reciprocal states. HF2092 has been sent to the House Committee on Public Safety, however no hearing has been scheduled. Please check your email and www.NRAILA.org for any updates on this and other Second Amendment related legislation in Iowa.
KANSAS: Emergency Powers Legislation Introduced in Kansas! House Bill 2811 was introduced on Monday, February 11. HB2811 would prevent the State of Kansas from confiscating or registering any lawfully owned firearms during a declared state of emergency. This important legislation will prevent the type of firearm confiscation seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. NRA-ILA will continue to monitor this important legislation and alert NRA members in Kansas as to when to expect a hearing and vote. Please check your email and www.NRAILA.org for updates.
KENTUCKY: Self-Defense Bill Stalled! House Bill 114, sponsored by State Representative Robert Damron (D-39), is currently stuck in the House Judiciary Committee, even though more than sixty legislators have signed on as co-sponsors. HB114 requires that universities, colleges, and postsecondary institutions comply with current law allowing law-abiding citizens to keep firearms in their locked vehicles on university property. Don't allow anti-gun legislators to dictate your Second Amendment rights. It is important that the House Leadership hear from you. Please contact the Leadership of the Kentucky House of Representatives and respectfully ask them to support this important piece of self-defense legislation by scheduling it for a vote in the House Judiciary Committee. Contact information can be found here.
MARYLAND: Ammunition Registration (Bullet Serialization) Scheme Proposed! On Tuesday, February 26, the House Judiciary Committee and the House Ways & Means Committee will consider House Bill 517. HB517 would require ammunition manufacturers to encode a serial number on all ammunition for regulated firearms (handguns and "assault weapons") sold in the state. Shotgun ammunition is exempted. The bill would also create an intrusive database of ammunition purchasers, including the name, date of birth, driver's license number, serial number of ammunition purchased, and "any other information the Secretary (of State Police) considers necessary" would be compiled. Please contact the members of the House Judiciary and House Ways & Means Committee and respectfully urge them to oppose this onerous attack on our privacy and Second Amendment rights. Contact information for both committees can be found here.
House of Delegates to Consider Four Pro-Gun Bills! Four pro-gun bills were recently introduced in the Maryland House of Delegates. Three of these bills are "Castle Doctrine" bills that provide immunity from prosecution and civil liability to law-abiding citizens who lawfully exercise their right of self-defense. The fourth requires the Secretary of Police to refund the application fee for a permit to carry, wear, or transport a handgun to an applicant whose application is denied. The legislature is finally starting to take notice that Marylanders are tired of being treated as second-class citizens to the criminals on the streets. House Bill 1060, House Bill 1071, House Bill 1075, and House Bill 1061 have been referred to the House Judiciary Committee. HB1060 will receive a hearing on Wednesday, March 5 at 1:00 pm. HB1071 and HB1075 are both scheduled for Tuesday, March 4 at 1:00 pm. HB1061 will be heard on Tuesday, March 11 at 1:00 pm. Please contact the members of the House Judiciary Committee and respectfully urge them to support all of these important bills that expand your right to self-defense. Please click here for contact information.
Maryland Senate to Consider Important Self-Defense Bill Introduced! Senate Bill 449, "Castle Doctrine" legislation, would restore the right of self-defense in Maryland. This "Castle Doctrine" legislation is vital to protecting law-abiding citizens from being criminally prosecuted for protecting themselves or their families. SB449 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Wednesday, February 20 at 1:00 pm in 2 East, Miller Senate Building, Annapolis. Please contact the members of the committee and respectfully urge them to support this important self-defense legislation that prevents victims from becoming criminals. Contact information can be found here.
"Lost or Stolen" Bill Scheduled for Hearing! Senate Bill 585, would require the owner of a regulated firearm (handgun or "assault weapon") to report its loss or theft to a local law enforcement agency within 72 hours after the owner discovers the firearm is missing. House Bill 880, is the companion bill in the House of Delegates. SB585 is scheduled for a hearing in the State Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Thursday, March 6 at 1:00 pm. Please contact the members of the committee and respectfully urge them to oppose this dangerous legislation. Contact information can be found here.
Hunting the Focus for the House Committee on Environmental Matters Two anti-hunting bills (House Bill 655 and House Bill 657), were introduced in the House Committee on Environmental Matters on Friday, February 1. HB655 sets minimum age restrictions for those seeking to apply for a hunting license. HB657 would ban black bear hunting in Maryland. Hunting is the best means of maintaining a healthy population of any species, and banning of black bear hunting will result in increased conflict between people and bears. Both bills have been assigned to the House Committee on Environmental Matters and are scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday, February 27 at 1:00 pm. Please contact the members of the committee and respectfully urge them to protect your hunting heritage in Maryland.

One pro-hunting bill, however, has also been introduced and will be considered by the House Committee on Environmental Matters. HB840 would permit hunting on specified Sundays in October and November to be open to deer hunting with a bow and arrow in Washington County on private property. This bill has been referred to the committee, but no hearing has been set as this time. Please contact the members of the House Committee on Environmental Matters and respectfully urge them to oppose HB655 and HB657 and to support HB840. Contact information can be found here.
MASSACHUSETTS: Lead Ammunition Ban Heads to House! S.2481, "An Act Providing for Safer Alternatives to Toxic Chemicals", was referred to the House Committee on Ways & Means after passing the Senate earlier this month. While, a number of improvements have been made to address our concerns regarding this bill, further improvements are still needed. Please contact your State Representative and members of the House Committee on Ways & Means to respectfully urge them to ask that additional safeguards be included in S.2481. Contact information for your State Representative can be found here. Contact information for the Committee can be found by clicking here.
MINNESOTA: Minnesota "Castle Doctrine" to be Heard in House Committee! House File 498, will be heard any day in the House Public Safety and Civil Justice Committee. HF 498, "Castle Doctrine" legislation, restores the right to self-defense in Minnesota by removing the duty to retreat when outside the home. HF 498 would also provide that a person who uses force against an attacker shall be immune from criminal prosecution. Please contact your State Representative at (651) 296-2146 or (800) 657-3550 and respectfully urge him or her to support your right to self-defense. To find your State Representative, please click here.
MISSOURI: Numerous Pro-Gun Bills Need Your Help! There are currently several pro-gun bills awaiting action in the Missouri Legislature. House Bill 1651, House Bill 1975, and House Bill 1982 are all right-to-carry reform measures. House Bill 2034, Senate Bill 860, and Senate Bill 1076 all work to reform range protection in the state. House Bill 1765 works to protect Right-to-Carry permit holders personal records and information. Finally, House Bill 1798, establishes a Landowner Liability Protection Act. Please contact your State legislators and respectfully urge them to support all of these important measures. Please click here for contact information.
MISSISSIPPI: Shooting Range Protection Legislation Progressing in Mississippi Legislature! This week, two important range protection bills moved forward in both House and Senate committees. Both the Senate Municipalities Committee and the Senate County Affairs Committee approved SB 2466, NRA-backed shooting range protection legislation sponsored by Senator Walter Michel (R-25). The bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration as early as next week. Also this week, the House approved
HB 346, the House companion shooting range protection bill sponsored by Representative Warner McBride (D-10). That bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. We'll keep you posted as these two bills continue to move through the legislative process! Please contact your State Senators and urge them to support SB 2466. To find contact information for your State Senator click here.
NEBRASKA: Emergency Powers Bill Slated for Hearing! On Thursday, February 21, the Judiciary Committee will hear LB1076, legislation to prevent restrictions by the state on the legal possession, transfer, sale, transport, storage, display, or use of firearms and ammunition. Please contact the members of the Judiciary Committee and respectfully urge them to support your Second Amendment rights and rights to self-defense during a declared state of emergency. Contact information can be found by clicking here.
Governor signs Youth/Mentored Hunting Legislation into Law! Governor Dave Heineman (R) signed LB 690 into law on Thursday, February 7. This important piece of pro-hunting legislation will create a mentor-hunting program and will lower the hunting age to twelve in Nebraska. A special thanks to all the NRA members and hunting enthusiasts of the Cornhusker State for their activism on getting this important legislation enacted into law to help ensure the future of hunting in Nebraska.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Anti-Gun Legislation Stays in Committee! House Bill 1354 was not heard this week before the House Legislative Administration Committee. Sponsored by State Representative Eleanor Glynn Kjellman (D-Merrimack 5), HB1354 would prohibit law-abiding citizens from carrying firearms and/or other weapons as defined in RSA 625:11 V in the State House or Legislative Office Buildings. Since this legislation remains before the committee for consideration,please contact members of the House Legislative Administration Committee today and urge them to oppose HB 1354. Contact information can be found here.

NEW JERSEY: Hunting Recommended For Expansion On A New Jersey Wildlife Refuge: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to open the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge to bear hunting. The refuge is currently open for deer and resident goose hunting. The bear hunt is part of "Alternative B," the agency's preferred management plan for the refuge. The public comment period is open until March 10th. There will be an open house and public hearing on February 20th in Augusta; and February 21st in Wantage. Further Information can be found at www.fws.gov/northeast/wallkillriver, by e-mail at wallkillriver@fws.gov, and by phone at (973) 702-7266. To ensure the future of hunting on the refuge, public involvement is crucial. Please submit comments and/or attend one of the public hearings in support of "Alternative B."
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NEW YORK: On Tuesday, February 26, there will be a Special Election in State Senate District 48. Please be sure to go to the polls and vote Freedom First. Chris Cox, NRA-ILA Executive Director and Chairman of NRA-PVF has said, "This election is of top importance to hunters and sportsmen in New York, as this seat is essential to maintaining a solid pro-gun majority in the Senate. This is necessary to continue positive pro-gun and pro-hunting movements. Gun-owners and NRA members must continue to vote for candidates who support our Second Amendment at all levels of local, state and federal government." For candidate ratings and endorsements, please call the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division at (800) 392-VOTE (8683). For more information about voting in New York, please click here. Remember to Vote Freedom First on Tuesday, February 26!
New York Anti-Gun Bills Still Pending A number of anti-gun bills are still awaiting action on the Assembly floor: A7331, expanding the ban on so-called "assault weapons"; A3451, expanding the ballistic imaging program; A2772, banning .50 caliber firearms; A829, requiring "childproof" firearms; A76, requiring mandatory storage; A6525, creating new requirements and liability for gun dealers; and A3447, banning frangible ammunition, may all see floor action soon. Additionally, the Assembly may soon consider A6052, which could put New York on the path to prohibiting lead ammunition. Still pending in the Codes Committee is A9543, a measure that would require black powder guns to be licensed as firearms.
Please call your State Legislators today at 518-455-4100, and urge them to oppose the bills listed above.Many of these bills have not shown any movement in several weeks, but please keep checking www.NRAILA.org and your email for any upcoming hearings or votes.
NORTH CAROLINA: Lincoln County to Consider Restriction on Firearm Discharge! Lincoln County is considering an ordinance restricting the discharge of firearms. This proposal, dubbed the "Lincoln County Firearm Safety Ordinance," would prohibit the discharge of firearms within 500 feet of a dwelling or other building or structure that is "designed to be occupied by human beings." An article at LincolnTribune.com states, "The ordinance would effectively prevent the discharge of a gun in most areas of the county." While the ordinance includes certain exemptions, it is unnecessary, as truly reckless behavior is already considered illegal or otherwise already adequately regulated under state law. There will be a Regular Meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners this Monday, Feb. 18, at 6:30 PM. The meeting will be held at 115 West Main Street, Lincolnton. Please make an effort to attend, in case this ordinance is brought up for discussion, and voice your opposition to this unnecessary regulation. You can also contact Commissioners to voice your opposition before the meeting. Contact information can be found at the County Commissioners website.
PENNSYLVANIA: Bullet Serialization (Registration) Bill Referred to House Judiciary Committee! House Bill 2228, legislation that would require all handgun ammunition manufactured or sold in Pennsylvania to be coded with a serialization number, and entered into a statewide database at the time of sale, was referred to the House Judiciary Committee. If passed, this legislation would have dire consequences for our Right to Keep and Bear Arms in Pennsylvania.Please contact the members of the House Judiciary Committee and respectfully urge them to protect the Second Amendment rights of Pennsylvania's law-abiding gun owners by opposing HB 2228.Contact information can be found by clicking here.


Pennsylvania: Emergency Powers Bill Heads to the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee! After passing the Senate unanimously, Senate Bill 1172, Pennsylvania's "Emergency Powers" legislation, will now be heard in the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. SB 1172 would protect our Second Amendment rights by prohibiting any government agency from confiscating or regulating the lawful sale, possession, transfer, transport and carry of firearms during a state of emergency, such as occurred in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
SOUTH CAROLINA: South Carolina General Assembly Attacking Your Political Voice! Last week, the South Carolina Senate began working on S 714, legislation that seeks to silence your political voice in Charleston. The right to speak freely and publicly on the wisdom of legislation and government policies is at the very core of democracy and the right protected by the First Amendment. S 714 is clearly an attempt to infringe on that right. Not only does it infringe on the right to free speech, but a reporting requirement is a clear invasion of the privacy of those who wish to contribute to NRA. S 714 must be defeated. Please contact your Senator and urge him to oppose S 714. You can find all the necessary contact information by clicking here.


Pro-Gun Bills Need Your Help! Besides S 714, there are several pro-gun bills pending action in the South Carolina General Assembly. H 3528 would restrict the release of personal information regarding the holder of a concealable weapons permit (CWP) to law enforcement to aid in an official investigation, or to comply with a subpoena or court order. This will help protect the privacy of CWP holders, and prevent, for example, newspapers from publishing a list of permit holders. This legislation is pending action in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Finally, H 3212 would require South Carolina to recognize valid Right-to-Carry permits issued by other states. NRA has been working for several years to improve the current reciprocity standard for permits, which are rather restrictive, and this bill would establish a straight recognition standard. H 3212 is currently on the Senate Calendar, and could be taken up by the full Senate in the near future. Please contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and your State Senator and respectfully urge their support of H 3528 and H 3212. Contact information can be found by clicking here.
SOUTH DAKOTA: Youth Hunting Passes House, Heads to Senate! On Wednesday, February 13, House Bill 1263, passed the South Dakota House of Representatives with a vote of 41 to 28 and now heads for the State Senate. HB1263 would help preserve South Dakota's proud hunting heritage by granting the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks rulemaking authority to establish a youth mentored hunting program for children between ages 10 and 16. While licensed youth hunters would still need to take a Hunt Safe course, HB 1263 would establish a "try before you buy" program allowing younger children to experience their first hunts without a license under the direct supervision of a licensed adult. This bill is part of the Families Afield Initiative, a cooperative effort between NRA, the National Wild Turkey Federation, U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and National Shooting Sports Foundation. Please contact your State Senator and respectfully urge him or her to support this important legislation to help preserve the future of hunting in South Dakota. Contact information for your State Senator can be found here.
TENNESSEE: Ammo Serialization (Registration) Bill Filed in House and Senate! On Thursday, January 17, legislation was filed in both the Tennessee House and Senate that would require all handgun ammunition manufactured or sold in Tennessee to be coded with a serial number, and entered into a statewide database at the time of sale. Encoded ammunition would be registered to the purchaser and would include the date of the transaction, the purchaser's name, date of birth, driver's license number, and the serial number of the ammunition. SB3395 and HB3245, poses a serious threat to our Right to Keep and Bear Arms and needs to be stopped immediately. Please contact your State Legislators and respectfully urge them to protect the Second Amendment rights of Tennessee's law-abiding gun owners by opposing SB3395 and HB3245. For contact information for your State Senator please click here, and to contact your State Representative please click here.
VIRGINIA: Important Pro-Second Amendment Bills Need Your Help Today! SB436 will allow a law-abiding person who does not possess a Right-to-Carry permit, to store a handgun in a locked compartment or container in their personal vehicles or boats. SB476 will allow restaurant owners to decide if they will allow Right-to-Carry permit holders to carry in their restaurants. Both of these bills represent significant advances in an ongoing effort to protect and enhance Virginia's self-defense statutes. Also this week, the full Senate unanimously passed House Bill 1175, which would establish an "apprentice hunting license" that would allow for novice hunters to join experienced licensed hunters in the field to get a first-hand introduction to Virginia's proud hunting heritage. Please click here for contact information.
WASHINGTON: Ammo Serialization (Registration) Bill Proposed! House Bill 3359, would require that all handgun ammunition manufactured or sold in Washington to be coded with an individual serial number, and entered into a statewide database at the time of sale. Encoded ammunition would be registered to the purchaser and would include the date of transaction, the purchaser's name, date of birth, driver's license number, and the serial number of the ammunition. This dangerous bill needs to be stopped now. Please contact your State Senator and your State Representative today and respectfully urge them to oppose HB3359. Contact information for your State Legislators can be found by visiting http://apps.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/statewide.aspx.
WEST VIRGINIA: Self-Defense and Pro-Hunting Bills on the Move! The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously passed a Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 145, "Castle Doctrine" legislation. This bill now heads to the Senate floor where every member of the West Virginia Senate is a co-sponsor of the bill. Also, Senate Bill 9 passed out of the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, February 13. SB9 would mandate firearm and hunter safety education programs be offered in public schools for students in the eighth through twelfth grades. Please contact your State Senator at (304) 357-7800 and respectfully urge him or her to pass both of these important bills.
WISCONSIN: Youth Hunting Bill to be Heard in Wisconsin Senate Committee! Senate Bill 472, which is similar to Assembly Bill 672, would establish Youth/Mentored hunting programto provide first-time hunters a "try before you buy" opportunity to get the full experience of hunting before committing to a hunter education course. These bills would require a new hunter to be accompanied by a licensed hunter who is at least 18 years of age, and who is always within arms reach, with only one gun allowed between the two of them. Please contact your State Senator and respectfully urge him or her to support an amended version of SB472. To find your State Senator click here.
Emergency Powers Bill Heading to Senate! Assembly Bill 581 passed the Senate Committee on Small Business, Emergency Preparedness, Workforce Development, Technical Colleges and Consumer Protection unanimously, 5 to 0, on Wednesday, February 13. This bill would prevent the state of Wisconsin from restricting the possession, transfer, sale, transport, storage, display, or use of firearms or ammunition during a declared state of emergency. Please contact your State Senator at (800) 362-9472 and respectively urge him or her to vote "yes" on this important legislation that could come up in the coming weeks.
WYOMING: Two Important Second Amendment Bills to be Heard in Wyoming House! House Bill 137, ("Castle Doctrine") would provide immunity from prosecution and civil liability to law-abiding citizens who exercise their right of self-defense. HB137 will be scheduled for hearing in a House committee in the coming days. House Bill 57 (Emergency Powers), would prevent the state of Wyoming from restricting the possession, transfer, sale, transport, storage, display, or use of firearms or ammunition during a declared state of emergency. HB57 will be heard by the House Judiciary Committee, but no hearing date has been set. Please keep checking your email and www.NRAILA.org for updates on committee hearings and dates.
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The current regulations on possession of firearms in national parks--which generally prohibit possession, carry or transportation of loaded or uncased firearms--were proposed in 1982 and finalized in 1983. Similar restrictions apply in national wildlife refuges. It is now time to amend those regulations to reflect the changed legal situation with respect to state laws on carrying firearms.
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I really hate to think what this country is coming too. I just can't understand the logics the liberal anti's use to promote gun control.

And then at the same time Congress seems to have nothing else better to do than hold special hearings for BASEBALL players. Get real!!
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Saw that on pirate It's really tempting to call and turn my self in as a "Super Patriot" and as someone interested in para military training perhaps this is fake but if I can find out its real I plan on forwarding it to our Reps. asking for changes in the wording.

While that may not change thier agenda at all I do not agree with the leteral message this sends of "Love your country but don't love it that much".
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I knew it!! Those *******s at PETA are terrorists!!!
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After nearly five years of effort by NRA-ILA, the U.S. Department of the Interior has finally responded to the many requests for a change in its policy on carrying and transporting firearms in national parks and wildlife refuges. In a letter hand-delivered today to the U.S. Senators who wrote him asking for this policy change, Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne has directed Lyle Laverty, Assistant Secretary for Fish, Game and Parks, to "develop and propose for public comment by April 30, Federal regulations that will update firearms policies on these lands to reflect existing Federal laws (such as those prohibiting weapons in Federal buildings) and the laws by which the host States govern transporting and carrying of firearms on their analogous public lands."
Following The Playbook To A "T": One week after the shootings at Northern Illinois University, the Violence Policy Center (VPC) reverted to its playbook by exploiting this tragedy to advance its anti-gun political agenda.
Kennedy Introduces A Handgun Ban In Congress.Again: In 1974, Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) said that the "manufacture and sale of handguns should be terminated. Existing handguns should be acquired by the states." Since then, Kennedy has been the most anti-handgun member of the Senate, having introduced legislation to ban handguns, register handguns, license handgun owners, ban ammunition, authorize the Consumer Products Safety Commission to prohibit the manufacture of firearms and ammunition, and impose waiting periods on handgun purchases.
Grassroots Minute Video: To view this week's "Grassroots Minute" video, please click here: mms://media.streamtoyou.com/nra/2008/ilamin022208.wmv. STATE ROUNDUP (please click to see any updates on states not listed below.)
ALABAMA: Update on Pending Firearms Legislation! On Tuesday, February 5, the Alabama Legislature began its 2008 session and so far numerous NRA-backed measures have been introduced. House Bill 339, "Emergency Powers" legislation, will protect our Second Amendment rights by prohibiting any government agency from confiscating or regulating the lawful sale, possession, transfer, transport and carry of firearms during a state of emergency, such as occurred in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. House Bill 512, "Workplace Protection" legislation, would ensure that employees are able to protect themselves as they travel to and from work by allowing them to store their firearms in their locked vehicles while at work. Senate Bill 18 authorizes a ROTC student at a state-supported college or university to carry a firearm on campus if he or she has a permit to carry a concealed handgun, is in good standing with the institution, and has completed an approved course on "gun skills." Senate Bill 271 would authorize professors at state-supported colleges and universities to carry a firearm on the campus of the college or university at which the professor is employed, so long as they have a permit to carry a firearm. Senate Bill 27 prohibits state-supported colleges and universities from adopting policies prohibiting professors from carrying a firearm on campus if they have a permit to carry a firearm. The last bill, Senate Bill 156, would create a special hunting license for disabled hunters available for $1 during the period of total disability. Please contact your legislator and respectfully ask him or her to support this important NRA-backed legislation. The State Senate can be reached by calling (334) 242-7800 and members of the State House of Representatives can be reached by calling (334) 242-7600.
ARIZONA/PENNSYLVANIA: Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Agreement Reached Between Arizona and Pennsylvania! This week, the Pennsylvania Attorney General, Tom Corbett (R), reached a reciprocity agreement with the State of Arizona. Arizona and Pennsylvania will now recognize each other's Right-to-Carry permits. Permit holders must comply with the laws of the state in which they are traveling.

ARIZONA: Bullet Serialization (Registration) Scheme to be Considered in Arizona! House Bill 2833 would require that all handgun and "assault weapon" ammunition manufactured or sold in Arizona to be coded with an individual serial number, and entered into a statewide database at the time of sale. Encoded (serialized) ammunition would be registered to the purchaser and would include the date of transaction, the purchaser's name, date of birth, driver's license number, and the serial number of the ammunition. HB2833 seeks only to harass law-abiding gun owners, as criminals are not likely to purchase their ammunition through legal channels. This scheme would also significantly add to the price of ammunition. Please take a moment to contact your State legislators and voice your opposition to House Bill 2833. Contact information for your State legislators can be found here. Important Gun Bills to be Heard in Arizona House! On Thursday, February 21, two bills that further protect Arizonans' Right to Keep and Bear Arms passed the Arizona House Judiciary Committee. House Bill 2629, sponsored by State Representative Russell Pearce (R-18), clarifies that a defensive display of a firearm is justified when a person feels that they are in physical danger and there is a need to protect themselves. House Bill 2634, introduced by State Representative Rick Murphy (R-9), allows for a person whose civil rights have been restored to obtain a permit to carry a concealed firearm. Both bills now move to the full House for a floor vote. Please take the time to contact your State Representative and ask for their support. To find your State Representative please click here.
COLORADO: Mandatory Storage Bill Sent to Senate Appropriations Committee! Senate Bill 49, which requires mandatory storage of all firearms, would force adults to put all their firearms under lock and key or face an undetermined misdemeanor penalty if a firearm is later used in a suicide or crime. This dangerous bill renders homeowners defenseless and gives criminals a clear advantage in home invasions. If passed, SB49 would add to the already cumbersome bureaucracy that affects gun shops, gun shows, or anywhere else firearms are sold, by requiring them to post a sign informing gun owners that they must lock up their guns. Please contact the members of the Senate Appropriations Committee and respectfully urge them to defeat this dangerous legislation. Contact information for the Senate Appropriations Committee members can be found here.

HAWAII: Anti-Gun Measure Defeated by Overwhelming Opposition! After being defeated in the House Judiciary Committee earlier this month, State Representative Blake Oshiro (D-51), author of House Bill 2999, had stated that he would bring the bill back to the Judiciary Committee after he gathered more support for the bill. HB2999 would have banned the sale and possession of .50 caliber BMG rifles and ammunition, required firearms dealers to include a gun lock with every firearm sold, and required ammunition purchasers to prove they own the firearm for which the ammunition is being purchased. The bill also would have included unnecessary restrictions on gun shops, and a list of other restrictions. This week, after overwhelming opposition from both NRA and Hawaii Rifle Association members, the House Judiciary Committee has deferred HB2999 and Representative Oshiro has said that he will not be bringing the bill back up for a vote. Thank you for contacting the members of the committee and voicing your strong opinions in defense of our Second Amendment rights.
IDAHO: BLM Plan Will Affect Game Retrieval! The Bureau of Land Management has released a plan for managing off-highway vehicle use (OHV) in the Challis Field Office area. The Alternative 3 management approach will prohibit hunters from traveling the current maximum of 1/4 mile cross-country to retrieve game. The reason given is that the same exertion is already required of hunters beyond the current 1/4 mile limit and "this action would reduce ambiguity as to the legality of cross country travel." This plan could have a significant effect on hunters, particular those with impaired mobility. If you hunt on BLM lands in this area of Idaho, you will want to scrutinize the entire plan to see how proposed changes to roads and trails and OHV use may affect you. The plan is available on BLM's website at www.blm.gov/id under the "Challis Field Office" link. The public has until March 14 to submit comments. You may call (208) 879-6200 for further information.
ILLINOIS: Anti-Gun Bills to be Heard in Illinois General Assembly Executive Committee! The Illinois General Assembly is in full swing, and many bills of interest to the pro-gun community, both good and bad have already been introduced. Numerous anti-gun bills will be heard by the General Assembly Executive Committee in the coming days, and they need to be stopped. House Bill 4269 and House Bill 4349 deal with ammunition serialization/coding. House Bill 758 would require nearly all private transfers to be subject to background checks, such as are now required at Illinois gun shows. House Bill 4393 would limit the purchase of handguns to one in a 30-day period, and House Bill 4357 would ban countless semi-automatic firearms, as well as .50 cal. rifles and ammunition. Please urge the members of the Executive Committee to oppose these bills! You can find contact information for the committee members here.
Attention Gun Owners: Please Attend Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day (IGOLD) in Springfield on Tuesday, March 11, 2008! Our Right to Keep and Bear Arms is under assault, so NRA is encouraging all law-abiding gun owners to take part in IGOLD 2008 and let your voice be heard. For more information, bus schedules, and departure times, please contact the Illinois State Rifle Association at (815) 635-3198, or go to www.IGOLD.isra.org.
INDIANA: Youth Hunting Bill Passes Senate, Moves to Governor! House Bill 1046, a bill to establish an "apprentice hunting license" which would allow novice hunters to join experienced licensed hunters in the field to get a first-hand introduction to Indiana's proud hunting heritage passed the Senate by a 40-6 margin on Monday, February 18. Sponsored by State Representative Larry Bischoff (D-68), HB1046 is part of the "Families Afield Initiative." NRA is coordinating with the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, The National Wild Turkey Federation and the National Sport Shooting Foundation to further increase hunting access and opportunity across the nation. Please contact your State Senator and your State Representative and thank them for promoting Indiana's proud hunting and sporting heritage by supporting HB1046. You can find their contact information by clicking here.
IOWA: "Shall-Issue" Legislation Re-Introduced! As previously reported, State Representative Clel Baudler (R-58) and 40 bi-partisan cosponsors have re-introduced legislation that would reform Iowa's concealed handgun statute and make Iowa a "shall-issue" state. Under House File 2092, any law-abiding persons 21 years of age or older would be eligible for a permit to carry a concealed handgun if they pass a training and marksmanship course. HF2092 also has a reciprocity provision that allows a person possessing a valid out-of-state permit to carry a handgun in Iowa subject to the restrictions of Iowa law and provided that the state that issued the license has requirements that are equal to or greater than Iowa's requirements. The Department of Public Safety would be required to determine which states qualify as reciprocal states. HF2092 has been sent to the House Committee on Public Safety, however no hearing has been scheduled. Please check your email and www.NRAILA.org for any updates on this and other Second Amendment related legislation in Iowa.
KANSAS: Emergency Powers Legislation Assigned to CommitteeOn Monday, February 11, House Bill 2811 was introduced by the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs, and it has been assigned to the House Committee on Elections and Governmental Organization. The bill is awaiting a hearing. HB2811 would prevent the State of Kansas from confiscating or registering any lawfully owned firearms during a declared state of emergency. This important legislation will prevent the type of firearm confiscation seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. HB2811 will allow citizens of Kansas to maintain their right to self-defense even during a declared state of emergency. NRA-ILA will continue to monitor this important legislation and alert NRA members in Kansas about when to expect a hearing and vote. Please check your email and www.NRAILA.org for updates.
KENTUCKY: Critical Self-Defense Bill Needs Immediate Action! House Bill 114, sponsored by State Representative Robert Damron (D-39), is currently stalled in the House Judiciary Committee, even though more than sixty legislators have signed on as co-sponsors. HB114 requires that universities, colleges, and postsecondary institutions comply with current law allowing law-abiding citizens to keep firearms in their locked vehicles on university property. Don't allow anti-gun legislators to obstruct your Second Amendment rights. It is important that the House Leadership hear from you.Please contact the House Judiciary Committee and request that HB114 be heard at the next House Judiciary Committee meeting on Wednesday, February 27. Contact information can be found here.

MARYLAND: Ammunition Registration (Bullet Serialization) Scheme to be Heard Soon! On Tuesday, February 26, the House Judiciary Committee and the House Ways & Means Committee will consider House Bill 517. HB517 would require ammunition manufacturers to encode a serial number on all ammunition for regulated firearms (handguns and "assault weapons") sold in the state. Shotgun ammunition is exempted. The bill would also create an intrusive database of ammunition purchasers, including the name, date of birth, driver's license number, serial number of ammunition purchased, and "any other information the Secretary (of State Police) considers necessary" would be compiled. Please contact the members of the House Judiciary and House Ways & Means Committee and respectfully urge them to oppose this onerous attack on our privacy and Second Amendment rights. Contact information for both committees can be found here.

"Lost or Stolen" Bill Scheduled for Hearing! Senate Bill 585, would require the owner of a regulated firearm (handgun or "assault weapon") to report its loss or theft to a local law enforcement agency within 72 hours after the owner discovers the firearm is missing. House Bill 880, is the companion bill in the House of Delegates. SB585 is scheduled for a hearing in the State Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Thursday, March 6 at 1:00 pm. Please contact the members of the committee and respectfully urge them to oppose this dangerous legislation. Contact information can be found here.

Bear Hunting Ban on Committee Agenda! Two anti-hunting bills (House Bill 655 and House Bill 657), were introduced in the House Committee on Environmental Matters on Friday, February 1. HB655 sets minimum age restrictions for those seeking to apply for a hunting license. HB657 would ban black bear hunting in Maryland. Hunting is the best means of maintaining a healthy population of any species, and banning of black bear hunting will result in increased conflict between people and bears. Both bills have been assigned to the House Committee on Environmental Matters and are scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday, February 27 at 1:00 pm. Please contact the members of the committee and respectfully urge them to protect your hunting heritage in Maryland. One pro-hunting bill, however, has also been introduced and will be considered by the House Committee on Environmental Matters. HB840 would permit hunting on specified Sundays in October and November to be open to deer hunting with a bow and arrow in Washington County on private property. This bill has been referred to the committee, but no hearing has been set as this time. Please contact the members of the House Committee on Environmental Matters and respectfully urge them to oppose HB655 and HB657 and to support HB840. Contact information can be found here.

Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Hears "Castle Doctrine" Bill As we have reported, the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee heard Senate Bill 449 on Wednesday, February 20. No vote was taken, but there was a discussion by the committee regarding the bill. A vote has not been scheduled. Introduced by State Senators E. J. Pipkin (R-36) and David Brinkley (R-4), SB449 would restore the right of self-defense in Maryland and eliminate the requirement that a victim retreat from a violent attacker. Please continue checking your email and www.NRAILA.org for any updates on SB449 and other Second Amendment related issues.
MASSACHUSETTS: Lead Ammunition Ban Heads to House! S.2481, "An Act Providing for Safer Alternatives to Toxic Chemicals", was referred to the House Committee on Ways & Means after passing the Senate earlier this month. While, a number of improvements have been made to address our concerns regarding this bill, further improvements are still needed. Please contact your State Representative and members of the House Committee on Ways & Means to respectfully urge them to ask that additional safeguards be included in S.2481. Contact information for your State Representative can be found here. Contact information for the Committee can be found by clicking here.
MISSOURI: Numerous Pro-Gun Bills Need Your Help! There are currently several pro-gun bills awaiting action in the Missouri Legislature. House Bill 1651, House Bill 1975, and House Bill 1982 are all right-to-carry reform measures. House Bill 2034, Senate Bill 860, and Senate Bill 1076 all work to reform range protection in the state. House Bill 1765 works to protect Right-to-Carry permit holders personal records and information. Finally, House Bill 1798, establishes a Landowner Liability Protection Act. Please contact your State legislators and respectfully urge them to support all of these important measures. Please click here for contact information.
MINNESOTA: Minnesota "Castle Doctrine" to be Heard in House Committee! House File 498, will be heard any day in the House Public Safety and Civil Justice Committee. HF 498, "Castle Doctrine" legislation, restores the right to self-defense in Minnesota by removing the duty to retreat when outside the home. HF 498 would also provide that a person who uses force against an attacker shall be immune from criminal prosecution. Please contact your State Representative at (651) 296-2146 or (800) 657-3550 and respectfully urge him or her to support your right to self-defense. To find your State Representative, please click here.
MISSISSIPPI: Shooting Range Protection Legislation Moving Forward! Last week, two important range protection bills moved forward in both House and Senate committees. Both the Senate Municipalities Committee and the Senate County Affairs Committee approved Senate Bill 2466, NRA-backed shooting range protection legislation sponsored by Senator Walter Michel (R-25). The bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration as early as next week. Also, the House approved House Bill 346, the House companion shooting range protection bill sponsored by Representative Warner McBride (D-10). That bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. We'll keep you posted as these two bills continue to move through the legislative process! Please contact your State Senators and urge them to support SB 2466. To find contact information for your State Senator click here.
NEBRASKA: Possible "Assault Weapons" Ban Bill Heads to Legislature! LB 958, sponsored by State Senator Brad Ashford (District 20), was gutted from its original form and amended to ban "assault weapons." The bill passed the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, February 20 by a 6-0 margin and now heads to the full Legislature. In its current form, LB 958 will create "The Assault Weapons Commission" which will be charged with making a list of firearms they believe should be banned in the state of Nebraska. The list will be sent to the Legislature for approval. This bill will do nothing to curb crime or keep criminals from obtaining firearms illegally. It is a systematic gun ban scheme that will only punish law-abiding citizens. It is urgent that you contact your State Senator and respectfully urge him or her to defeat this gun-ban legislation and protect your Second Amendment rights. To find contact information for your State Senator click here.

NEW JERSEY: Hunting Recommended For Expansion On A New Jersey Wildlife Refuge: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to open the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge to bear hunting. The refuge is currently open for deer and resident goose hunting. The bear hunt is part of "Alternative B," the agency's preferred management plan for the refuge. The public comment period is open until March 10th. Further Information can be found at www.fws.gov/northeast/wallkillriver, by e-mail at wallkillriver@fws.gov, and by phone at (973) 702-7266. To ensure the future of hunting on the refuge, public involvement is crucial. Please submit comments and/or attend one of the public hearings in support of "Alternative B."
NEW YORK: On Tuesday, February 26, there will be a Special Election in State Senate District 48. Please be sure to go to the polls and vote Freedom First. Chris Cox, NRA-ILA Executive Director and Chairman of NRA-PVF has said, "This election is of top importance to hunters and sportsmen in New York, as this seat is essential to maintaining a solid pro-gun majority in the Senate. This is necessary to continue positive pro-gun and pro-hunting movements. Gun-owners and NRA members must continue to vote for candidates who support our Second Amendment at all levels of local, state and federal government." For candidate ratings and endorsements, please call the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division at (800) 392-VOTE (8683). For more information about voting in New York, please click here. Remember to Vote Freedom First on Tuesday, February 26!

New York Anti-Gun Bills Still Pending A number of anti-gun bills are still awaiting action on the Assembly floor: A7331, expanding the ban on so-called "assault weapons"; A3451, expanding the ballistic imaging program; A2772, banning .50 caliber firearms; A829, requiring "childproof" firearms; A76, requiring mandatory storage; A6525, creating new requirements and liability for gun dealers; and A3447, banning frangible ammunition, may all see floor action soon. Additionally, the Assembly may soon consider A6052, which could put New York on the path to prohibiting lead ammunition. Still pending in the Codes Committee is A9543, a measure that would require black powder guns to be licensed as firearms. Please call your State Legislators today at 518-455-4100, and urge them to oppose the bills listed above.Many of these bills have not shown any movement in several weeks, but please keep checking www.NRAILA.org and your email for any upcoming hearings or votes.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Anti-Gun Legislation Stays in Committee! House Bill 1354 was not heard this week before the House Legislative Administration Committee. Sponsored by State Representative Eleanor Glynn Kjellman (D-Merrimack 5), HB1354 would prohibit law-abiding citizens from carrying firearms and/or other weapons as defined in RSA 625:11 V in the State House or Legislative Office Buildings. Since this legislation remains before the committee for consideration,please contact members of the House Legislative Administration Committee today and urge them to oppose HB 1354. Contact information can be found here.




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NORTH CAROLINA: Lincoln County Board Rejects Discharge Ban! Thanks to the efforts of pro-Second Amendment citizens, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners has soundly rejected the proposed ordinance that sought to restrict the discharge of firearms. As we reported last week, this proposal would have prohibited the discharge of firearms within 500 feet of a dwelling or other building or structure that is "designed to be occupied by human beings." NRA members and other pro-gun citizens responded to the call to action to oppose this measure by contacting the Commissioners, and by attending the meeting of the Board this past Monday to voice their concerns. The commission voted 4-1 to reject the ordinance. If you have not done so already, please make an effort to contact Commissioners to thank them for rejecting this ordinance. Contact information can be found by clicking here.
PENNSYLVANIA: Bullet Serialization (Registration) Bill Referred to House Judiciary Committee! House Bill 2228, legislation that would require all handgun ammunition manufactured or sold in Pennsylvania to be coded with a serialization number, and entered into a statewide database at the time of sale, was referred to the House Judiciary Committee. If passed, this legislation would have dire consequences for our Right to Keep and Bear Arms in Pennsylvania.Please contact the members of the House Judiciary Committee and respectfully urge them to protect the Second Amendment rights of Pennsylvania's law-abiding gun owners by opposing HB 2228.Contact information can be found by clicking here.


Emergency Powers Bill Heads to the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee! After passing the Senate unanimously, Senate Bill 1172, Pennsylvania's "Emergency Powers" legislation, will now be heard in the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. SB 1172 would protect our Second Amendment rights by prohibiting any government agency from confiscating or regulating the lawful sale, possession, transfer, transport and carry of firearms during a state of emergency, such as occurred in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
SOUTH CAROLINA: General Assembly Attacking Your Political Voice! The South Carolina Senate has been working on S 714, legislation that seeks to silence your political voice in Columbia. The right to speak freely and publicly on the wisdom of legislation and government policies is at the very core of democracy and the right protected by the First Amendment. S 714 is clearly an attempt to infringe on that right. Not only does it infringe on the right to free speech, but a reporting requirement is a clear invasion of the privacy of those who wish to contribute to NRA. S 714 must be defeated. Please contact your Senator and urge him to oppose S 714. You can find all the necessary contact information by clicking here.


Pro-Gun Bills Need Your Help! Besides S 714, there are several pro-gun bills pending action in the South Carolina General Assembly. H 3528 would restrict the release of personal information regarding the holder of a concealable weapons permit (CWP) to law enforcement to aid in an official investigation, or to comply with a subpoena or court order. This will help protect the privacy of CWP holders, and prevent, for example, newspapers from publishing a list of permit holders. This legislation is pending action in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Finally, H 3212 would require South Carolina to recognize valid Right-to-Carry permits issued by other states. NRA has been working for several years to improve the current reciprocity standard for permits, which are rather restrictive, and this bill would establish a straight recognition standard. H 3212 is currently on the Senate Calendar, and could be taken up by the full Senate in the near future. Please contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and your State Senator and respectfully urge their support of H 3528 and H 3212. Contact information can be found by clicking here.
SOUTH DAKOTA: Youth Hunting Bill Moves to Senate Floor! On Thursday, February 21, the Senate Agriculture Committee passed House Bill 1263 by a 7-2 margin. HB1263 now heads to the Senate floor. Introduced by State Representative Mike Buckingham (R-33), this important legislation would help preserve South Dakota's proud hunting heritage by granting the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks rulemaking authority to establish a youth mentored hunting program for children between ages 10 and 16. The current minimum hunting age in South Dakota is 12. While licensed youth hunters would still need to take a Hunt Safe course, HB 1263 would establish a "try before you buy" program allowing younger kids to experience their first hunts without a license under the direct supervision of a licensed adult. This bill is part of the Families Afield Initiative, a cooperative effort between NRA, National Wild Turkey Federation, U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and National Shooting Sports Foundation. Please contact your State Senator and respectfully urge him or her to support this important legislation to help preserve the future of hunting in South Dakota. Contact information for your State Senator can be found here.
Critical Self-Defense Bill Needs Your Help to Succeed!A small group of Senators derailed an important Second Amendment bill that was passed by the House by a 63-3 margin. House Bill 1261 was narrowly defeated in the Senate 14-17, but a procedural move is likely to resurrect the issue under a different bill number. HB1261 would prevent universities from passing regulations that infringe on a law-abiding citizen's Right-to-Carry if a person is complying with existing state laws. Please contact your State Senator and respectfully urge him or her to support the right of concealed carry permit holders to carry a firearm for self-defense while on state university property. Contact information for your State Senator can be found here. Only one week remains in the 2008 legislative session - Please make your voice heard TODAY!
TENNESSEE: Legislative Update! Numerous bills affecting various aspects of our Right to Keep and Bear Arms are making their way through the legislature. Legislation seeking to improve your right to self-defense, preserve your privacy, and ensure that the Volunteer State's rich hunting heritage lives on for generations to come are all pending action. For more information on these bills and how to take action, please click here.
Ammo Serialization (Registration) Bill Filed in House and Senate! On Thursday, January 17, legislation was filed in both the Tennessee House and Senate that would require all handgun ammunition manufactured or sold in Tennessee to be coded with a serial number, and entered into a statewide database at the time of sale. Encoded ammunition would be registered to the purchaser and would include the date of the transaction, the purchaser's name, date of birth, driver's license number, and the serial number of the ammunition. SB3395 and HB3245 pose a serious threat to our Right to Keep and Bear Arms and need to be stopped immediately. Please contact your State Legislators and respectfully urge them to protect the Second Amendment rights of Tennessee's law-abiding gun owners by opposing SB3395 and HB3245. For contact information for your State Senator please click here, and to contact your State Representative please click here.
VIRGINIA: House of Delegates Passes Critical Right-to-Carry Reform Legislation! On Thursday, February 21, the House of Delegates passed two critically important self-defense measures by overwhelmingly bipartisan majorities. Senate Bill 436 will allow a law-abiding person who does not possess a Right-to-Carry permit, to store a handgun in a locked compartment or container in their personal vehicles or boats. Senate Bill 476 will allow restaurant owners to decide if they will allow Right-to-Carry permit holders to carry in their restaurants. Both of these bills represent significant advances in an ongoing effort to protect and enhance Virginia's self-defense statutes. SB436 and SB476 now head to the desk of Governor Tim Kaine (D) for his consideration. Please call and thank your Delegate if he or she voted for these important self-defense bills, and also please contact Governor Kaine and strongly encourage him to sign both of these measures into law! To contact your State Delegate click here, and to contact Governor Kaine please call (804) 786-2211 orclick here to send email.
WASHINGTON: Ammo Serialization (Registration) Bill Proposed! House Bill 3359, would require that all handgun ammunition manufactured or sold in Washington to be coded with an individual serial number, and entered into a statewide database at the time of sale. Encoded ammunition would be registered to the purchaser and would include the date of transaction, the purchaser's name, date of birth, driver's license number, and the serial number of the ammunition. This dangerous bill needs to be stopped now. Please contact your State Senator and your State Representative today and respectfully urge them to oppose HB3359. Contact information for your State Legislators can be found by visiting http://apps.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/statewide.aspx.
WEST VIRGINIA: "Castle Doctrine" Bill Passes Senate, Heads to House! The Senate passed Senate Bill 145 unanimously on Tuesday, February 19. The bill now heads to the House Judiciary Committee for its consideration. This bill authorizes the use of deadly force by law-abiding citizens against an attacker in their homes and any places outside of their homes where they have a legal right to be. It is clearly stated that there is no "duty to retreat" from an attacker, allowing law-abiding citizens to stand their ground to protect themselves and their family. SB145 also protects individuals from civil lawsuits by the attacker or the attacker's family when force is used. Please contact the members of the House Judiciary Committee and respectfully urge them to pass SB145 to bolster West Virginians' right to self-defense. Please click here for contact information.
Pro-Gun, Pro-Hunting Bill Passes Senate! On Monday, February 18 the State Senate passed Senate Bill 9, introduced by State Senator Billy Wayne Bailey (D-9), by a 29-3 margin. SB9 would mandate firearm and hunter safety education programs be offered in public schools for students in the eighth through twelfth grades. However, it would not be mandatory that students take the course. This is important legislation that will teach children to hunt safely and ethically from an early age. They will also learn how to handle firearms safely while hunting, while participating in sport competitions, or at home. Completion of the course will enable students to obtain their hunting licenses. SB9 has been assigned to the House Education Committee. Please contact the members of the committee and respectfully urge them to support this important hunter/firearm education legislation. Please click here for contact information.
WISCONSIN: Emergency Powers Bill Heading to Senate! Assembly Bill 581 passed the Senate Committee on Small Business, Emergency Preparedness, Workforce Development, Technical Colleges and Consumer Protection unanimously, 5 to 0, on Wednesday, February 13. This bill would prevent the state of Wisconsin from restricting the possession, transfer, sale, transport, storage, display, or use of firearms or ammunition during a declared state of emergency. Please contact your State Senator at (800) 362-9472 and respectively urge him or her to vote "yes" on this important legislation that could come up in the coming weeks.
Youth Hunting Bill to be Heard in Wisconsin Senate Committee! Senate Bill 472, which is similar to Assembly Bill 672, would establish Youth/Mentored hunting program to provide first-time hunters a "try before you buy" opportunity to get the full experience of hunting before committing to a hunter education course. These bills would require a new hunter to be accompanied by a licensed hunter who is at least 18 years of age, and who is always within arms reach, with only one gun allowed between the two of them. SB472 has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. Please contact the members of the committee and respectfully urge them to amend SB472 to lower the hunting age from twelve to ten and to pass the bill to the State Senate. For contact information, please click here.


WYOMING: Pro-Gun Bills Need Your Help! The Wyoming State House will soon be discussing two pieces of legislation that would further protect our Right to Keep and Bear Arms here in Wyoming. House Bill 57 would prohibit state and local authorities from confiscating firearms during a declared state of emergency, such as occurred in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The Wyoming House version of the "Castle Doctrine," House Bill 137, was heavily amended in the House Judiciary Committee late Tuesday evening at the request of the Wyoming Prosecutors Association. As amended, the bill would continue to recognize common law which leaves decisions about whether to prosecute individuals who defend themselves in their homes in the hands of prosecutors and judges. The committee did not change the provision that residents who used deadly force against intruders would be immune from civil liability. While an important provision of the Castle Doctrine was removed, it is very important that we continue to support civil immunity. Please contact your State Representative and encourage him or her to support both HB57 and HB137. To find your State Representative, please click here.
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Like that ADN article in the other thread brings to light...

If you choose a firearm as your home defense weapon, make sure you have a good gun attorney, or at least the phone # to one...call them before or just after you call 911!! Hopefully they are on the phone when the cops get there
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Next Tuesday, March 18, 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in District of Columbia v. Heller. The case marks the first time a Second Amendment challenge to a firearm law has reached the Supreme Court since 1939!
To help you more easily access and navigate through all of the detailed information we've compiled on this historic, critically important case, we've developed a new webpage-- http://www.nraila.org/heller/ --for you to use. On this page, you'll be able to read related articles we've written on District of Columbia v. Heller, and view the dozens of amicus briefs filed in the case. Please be sure to visit http://www.nraila.org/heller/ today!
Stop BATFE Abuses -- Urge Your Congressman To Cosponsor H.R. 4900:Continuing concern about the treatment of firearm dealers by BATFE has caused members of the U.S. House of Representatives--with NRA-ILA's full support--to push for new and improved reform legislation. That push has taken the form of H.R. 4900 -- the "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act."
NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox has written a comprehensive article on this issue that will appear in the April issues of NRA's magazines. In the article, Cox pledges his commitment to winning the reforms that H.R. 4900 proposes, but cautions that, "the key to our ultimate success will be the dedication and commitment of NRA members who call and write the Congress, and who turn out to campaign for candidates who support our Second Amendment rights." (To read this article now, please click here.)
D.C.'s "Voluntary" Gun Search Program Raises Concerns: It's quite a quandary for the leaders of our nation's capitol. They govern a city that has had an outright ban on handguns for more than three decades, yet they're constantly looking for panaceas for the District's high rate of gun crime. How ironic it is that a city that should be an anti-gunner's utopia is constantly plagued with "gun violence." While dismissing logic and burying their heads in the sand, these leaders continue to try to avoid the unavoidable conclusion: Criminals don't obey the law and have been ignoring the gun ban since its inception. Only the law-abiding obey the law.
Enter their latest attempt at a remedy--the so-called "Safe Homes Initiative."
Grassroots Minute Video: To view this week's "Grassroots Minute" video, please click here: mms://media.streamtoyou.com/nra/2008/ilamin031408.wmv.
Plan To Attend Free Louisville Grassroots Workshop!The NRA-ILA Grassroots Division will host its FREEGrassroots Workshop in conjunction with NRA's Annual Meetings in Louisville. This Workshop has been a regular part of NRA's Annual Meetings for more than a decade. At this event, you will hear from NRA officers, NRA staff, and your fellow NRA members on what you can do in your own community to ensure victory for the Second Amendment in this year's elections.
Additional Grassroots Event Planned For Louisville! In addition to the FREEGrassroots Workshop being held in conjunction with NRA's Annual Meetings in Louisville, the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division is holding an additional FREE Special Session in Louisville.
Volunteers Needed for 2008 NRA Annual Meetings:The 2008 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits will be an exciting weekend as thousands of NRA members will come together May 16-18, 2008, in Louisville, KY. You can contribute to the success of our meeting by participating as an Annual Meeting Volunteer.
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ARIZONA: Important Self-Defense Measures to be Heard! House Bill 2629, introduced by State Representative Russell Pearce (R-18), is slated to be heard in the House Committee of the Whole on Monday, March 17th. This NRA supported measure clarifies how and when a firearm may be displayed for defense purposes. Another proposed bill, Senate Bill 1214, introduced by State Senator Karen Johnson (R-18), has yet to be scheduled for debate in the Committee of the Whole. This important measure, which would allow permittees to carry concealed firearms on public university or college campuses and could come up at any time. Please contact your State Representative and urge him or her to support HB2629 when it comes up for debate, and also contact your State Senator and respectfully urge him or her to support SB1214. To find contact information for your legislators please click here.


CALIFORNIA:Fish & Game Commission Regulatory Commission Proposal Seeking to Expand Scope of Lead Ammunition Ban! Recently, the California Fish & Game Commission voted in favor of adopting regulations to strengthen Assembly Bill 821, legislation that would restrict the use of lead-cored centerfire rifle cartridges in certain areas of the state for hunting and taking of non-game animals. The Commission's proposals would expand the scope of AB821 to include ammunition for black powder firearms, pistol, and rimfire cartridges. The proposals are intended to limit the use of such ammunition for hunting and taking of non-game animals. These proposals will be voted on at the next Fish & Game Commission Meeting on Thursday, April 10 at 10:00 a.m. and Friday, April 11 at 8:30 a.m. at the UC Davis Bodega Bay Marine Laboratory Lecture Hall located at 2099 Westside Road in Bodega Bay. Please attend the next meeting of the Fish & Game Commission to show your opposition to these attacks on our hunting heritage. If you are unable to attend, please contact the commission and respectfully urge them to oppose these unwarranted and ill-conceived restrictions. Contact information can be found by clicking here.
COLORADO:Mandatory Storage Bill Sent to Senate Appropriations Committee! Senate Bill 49 would force adults to store all their firearms under lock and key or face an undetermined misdemeanor penalty if a firearm is later used in a suicide or crime. This dangerous bill renders homeowners defenseless and gives criminals a clear advantage in home invasions. If passed, SB49 would add to the already cumbersome bureaucracy that affects gun shops, gun shows, or anywhere else firearms are sold, by requiring them to post a sign informing gun owners that they must lock up their guns. Please contact the members of the Senate Appropriations Committee and respectfully urge them to defeat this dangerous legislation. Contact information for the Senate Appropriations Committee members can be found here.


CONNECTICUT:Two Anti-Gun Bills to be Heard in Committee Next Week! As we reported last week, two proposals very dangerous to gun owners were "raised" and will be considered by the Joint Judiciary Committee on Monday, March 17. Raised Bill No. 603 would require all ammunition sold in Connecticut to be coded with an individual serial number (ammunition serialization) and entered into a statewide database at the time of sale. Encoded ammunition would be registered to the purchaser and would include the date of transaction, the purchaser's name, date of birth, driver's license number, and the serial number of the ammunition. All unserialized ammunition would have to be forfeited. Also, Raised Bill No. 607 would seek to ban the sale of semi-automatic handguns not equipped with so-called "micro-stamping" technology. Micro-stamping is a failed technology that would require identifying marks to be etched into the firing pin and breech face of a firearm. Raised Bill No. 607 doesn't stop there! It would also outlaw the private sale or transfer of long guns. Please contact the individual members of the Joint Judiciary Committee TODAY and respectfully urge them to oppose Raised Bill No. 603 and Raised Bill No. 607! The committee members can be contacted by phone at (860) 240-0100. For more contact information, please click here.
IDAHO: Important Legislation Heading to House Floor! The Idaho House of Representatives could hear two important pro-gun measures as early next week, and they need your help to succeed. Senate Bill 1441 will make numerous improvements to Idaho's preemption statutes by preventing municipalities from enacting local ordinances regulating firearms and ammunition. House Bill 604 would protect Idaho's shooting ranges from attacks such as noise complaints and local regulation. Please contact your State Representative TODAY and respectfully urge him or her to protect Idaho's Second Amendment rights by supporting both SB1441 and HB604. Contact information for your State Representative can be found here.
The Kootenai County Republican Central Committee will be holding its Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday, March 15, at The Coeur d'Alene Resort, located at 115 South 2nd St., in Coeur d 'Alene. NRA Second Vice President David Keene will give the keynote address and will be speaking about our Right to Keep and Bear Arms and hunting heritage. If you are interested in attending, please contact Mary Lou Piazza at (208) 762-3603 to register and obtain tickets. Tickets are $50.
IOWA: "Shall-Issue" Bill Waiting to be Placed on House Calendar!House File 2092, introduced by State Representative Clel Baudler (R-58), along with 40 bipartisan co-sponsors, passed out of the House Public Safety Committee with a vote of 18-3, and is now waiting to be placed on the House calendar. HF2092 would change Iowa's concealed handgun law to make Iowa a "shall-issue" state. Under HF2092, law-abiding persons 21 years of age or older would be eligible for a permit to carry a concealed handgun if they pass a training and marksmanship course. Training would not be required for renewal of the permit to carry a firearm. Please contact your State Representative TODAY and urge them to place House File 2092 on the State House calendar. Contact information can be found by clicking here.
Pro-Hunting Legislation Passes House, Heads to Senate for Consideration! This week, House File 2440, authored by State Representative Clel Baulder (R-58), passed out of the House of Representatives by a vote of 97-3. This bill now heads to the Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee for consideration. HF2440 would require an officer of the Department of Natural Resources to issue a certificate of completion of the hunter safety and ethics education course for members of the armed forces on active duty or who served in the armed forces at anytime so long as they were discharged under honorable conditions, are nonambulatory, and are accompanied by a person who is at least 18. Please contact the members of the Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee TODAY and respectfully urge them to pass this HF2440. Contact information can be found by clicking here.
ILLINOIS: Legislative Update! Several bills in the Illinois General Assembly are taking aim at our Second Amendment rights, including legislation to require the mandatory storage of all firearms, a ban on semi-automatic firearms, gun rationing, and more. It is critical you call, write, and visit with your legislators today and respectfully ask them to oppose those bills that would further erode our rights in Illinois. For more information on these threats and how to take action against them, please click here.

Controlled Pheasant Hunts Under Attack! One of the efforts promoted by the anti-hunting "animal rights" extremists at The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is calling for an end to state-run Pheasant Stocking Programs. These programs provide game birds for hunting opportunities, but in Illinois, the program is under attack! NRA has been told that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has been instructed by Governor Rod Blagojevich's (D) Administration, that "due to budget cuts," it will have to close down pheasant propagation sites, thus putting an end to IDNR's Controlled Pheasant Hunts. This, in spite of the fact that the program is heavily funded by fees paid by hunters, themselves. While the Illinois General Assembly continues what seems to be a never-ending struggle over the Illinois budget, several Town Hall Meetings have been scheduled throughout the state to allow citizens to offer their input on budget-related issues. Please click here find a listing of the dates, times, and locations of events. We encourage hunters to attend and voice their opposition to ending these Controlled Pheasant Hunts. Please make plans to attend one near you, and bring your fellow hunters and supporters of hunting along.

KANSAS: "Emergency Powers" Legislation Heads to House Floor for Vote! This week, the Kansas House Committee on Elections and Governmental Organization unanimously passed House Bill 2811. This legislation now heads to the House of Representatives for a possible vote early next week. HB2811 would prevent the State of Kansas from confiscating, registering, or regulating the lawful sale, possession, transfer, transport or carry of firearms during a state of emergency, such as occurred in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. This bill will protect Kansans' right to self-defense, even during a declared state of emergency. Please contact your State Representative TODAY and respectfully urge him or her to vote "yes" on this important piece of legislation. Contact information can be found here.

MARYLAND: "Emergency Powers" Bill Scheduled for Senate Committee Hearing! Senate Bill 944, Maryland's "Emergency Powers" legislation, has been scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday, March 18, at 1:00 p.m. in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. SB 944, sponsored by State Senator Alex Mooney (R-3), would protect our Second Amendment rights by prohibiting any government agency from confiscating or regulating the lawful sale, possession, transfer, transport or carry of firearms during a state of emergency, such as occurred in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Please contact the members of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee TODAY and respectfully urge them to protect our Second Amendment rights by supporting SB 944. Contact information can be found by clicking here.
MINNESOTA: "Castle Doctrine" Bill Fails to Pass On Thursday, March 13, House File 498 died in the House Public Safety and Civil Justice Committee by a tie vote of 9 to 9. Introduced by State Representative Tony Cornish (R-24B), HF 498 would have greatly strengthened the right to self-defense in Minnesota. This "Castle Doctrine" legislation would have allowed a person to use force, including deadly force, against a violent attacker, and provides that a person who uses force against an attacker shall be immune from criminal prosecution. Thank you to all those who contacted their State Representative in an attempt to pass this important legislation.


MISSISSIPPI: Two NRA-Backed Measures Advancing! Earlier this week, the House Judiciary B Committee reported out Senate Bill 2411, a bill that would require the Department of Public Safety to establish procedures by which applicants for Right-to-Carry permits may submit their paperwork by mail. The bill has been amended during various stages of the legislative process to also grant senior citizens a 50% discount on renewal permits; extend the term of validity for original and renewal permits from four to five years; and shorten the time-frame within which DPS must issue or deny a permit from 120 to 60 days. The bill now moves to the House floor for consideration. Also this week, the Senate Municipalities Committee reported out House Bill 346, NRA-supported shooting range protection legislation that would protect existing shooting ranges and allow them to make repairs or modifications to the existing building, expand range membership, and allow for participation opportunities in the community, etc., without the local government placing certain restrictions upon them. The bill will be considered next by the Senate County Affairs Committee and then the full Senate. Please contact your State Representatives and urge them to support SB 2411, and please contact your State Senators and urge them to support HB 346. To find contact information for your legislators please click here.
NEBRASKA: Legislature Guts Gun Control Bill On Wednesday, March 12, by a 25-13 vote, the Nebraska Legislature passed a heavily amended version of LB958. As now amended, LB 958 simply authorizes the state's crime commission to study the causes of crime and violence in Nebraska and eliminates all references to "assault weapons." The commission would only be empowered to make recommendations to the legislature, not suggest legislation or enact regulations. The amendment (#2235) also repeals Nebraska's archaic permit-to-purchase system, making it easier for law-abiding citizens to purchase a handgun. The legislation, as amended, would also set up a voluntary reporting mechanism for gun owners whose firearms have been lost or stolen. Gun owners in cities that require registration, such as Omaha and Lincoln, shall not be charged with a crime involving not registering or improperly registering if they are reporting the loss or theft of an unregistered or improperly registered firearm. This legislation must still be heard two more times and could still be amended. However, NRA is currently neutral on the bill, as currently amended. Please continue to check www.NRAILA.org for updates on this important legislation.
NEW JERSEY: One-Gun-A-Month Bill Heads to Assembly Floor for Vote! On Monday, March 3, the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee passed Assembly Bill 339 by a 5-1 margin. A339 would prohibit the purchase of more than one handgun per month by law-abiding citizens, even though buyers already have to pass a comprehensive background check. Please contact your State Assembly members TODAY and respectfully urge them to oppose A339! To find your Assembly member please click here.

Ammunition Encoding (Registration) Legislation Introduced! This week, Assembly Bill 2490, sponsored by State Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan (D-18), was introduced and referred to the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee. A2490 would require all handgun ammunition manufactured or sold in New Jersey to be coded with a serialization number, and entered into a statewide database at the time of sale. Encoded ammunition would be registered to the purchaser and would include the date of the transaction, the purchaser's name, date of birth, driver's license number, and the serial number of the ammunition. The possession or sale of non-coded/serialized ammunition would be prohibited. Please contact members of the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee TODAY and respectfully urge them to oppose A2490. Please click here for contact information.
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NEW YORK:With the explosive events leading up to and following Governor Eliot Spitzer's (D) resignation, very little regular legislative business was handled this week. Now that lawmakers are attempting to get back to work, we can expect them to make the budget the top priority after Lieutenant Governor David Paterson (D) is sworn in as Governor on Monday, March 17. Please stay tuned to www.NRAILA.org for updates.
Hunting Under Discussion in the Management Plan for Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge: Staff of the Iroquois NWR, a 10,000-acre refuge between Buffalo and Rochester, is launching the first stage in the process of developing a 15-year management plan for the refuge. The first stage is to obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to consider. The public is invited to comment until April 30, 2008. It is important for the refuge staff to hear from hunters because the refuge is open to waterfowl, big game, small game, and turkey hunting. We want to ensure that those hunting opportunities are inlcuded and enhanced in the new management plan. Comments can be sent to northeastplanning@fws.gov. Include "Iroquois NWR CCP/EA" in the subject line. Information about public meetings to be held can be found at http://www.fws.gov/northeast/iroquois. You may also call Thomas Roster, Project Leader, at (585) 948-5445.
OHIO:Please join NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox at St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO. This event is being sponsored by the St. Louis University Gun Awareness and Marksmanship Education (GAME) organization and the St. Louis University College Republicans. A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. and Chris W. Cox will be speaking at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Louis Room at the Busch Student Center, located at 20 North Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103.
OKLAHOMA: Right-to-Carry Reform Bill Passes House, Heads to Senate! On Thursday, March 13, by a bipartisan vote of 65-36, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed an amended version of House Bill 2513, authored by State Representative Jason Murphey (R-31). HB2513 will now allow for military veterans who possess a valid concealed carry permit to lawfully carry a concealed handgun on Oklahoma's public college and university campuses. This critically important self-defense measure now moves to the Senate for consideration. Please contact your State Senator TODAY and strongly encourage him or her to protect your right to self-defense by voting for HB2513. Contact information for your State Senator can be found by clicking here.
PENNSYLVANIA:. Your Help is Needed Today!House Bill 1845, introduced by State Representative John Sabatina (D-174), is scheduled for a possible vote on Monday, March 17 in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. HB1845 would provide further penalties for possession of a firearm with altered manufacturer's (serial) number. This legislation would also increase penalties for altering or obliterating marks of identification on firearms. There will be a number of amendments offered to the bill, two of which are pro-gun, offered by State Representatives Steven Cappelli (R- 83) and Richard Stevenson (R-8). These pro-gun amendments, if accepted, would add "Castle Doctrine" and license to carry, as an exception to the PICS check, to HB1845. Other amendments have been filed which could be problematic for gun owners in Pennsylvania. One, sponsored by State Representative David Levdansky (D-39), would create criminal penalties for failure to report a lost or stolen firearm. Please contact your State Representative today and respectfully urge them to support the Stevenson and Cappelli amendments, while opposing the Levdansky amendment and any other amendments that threaten the rights of Pennsylvania's law-abiding gun owners. For contact information for your State Representative, please click here.
Pigeon Shooting Ban Scheduled for Committee Vote! The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled Senate Bill 1150 for a possible vote on Tuesday, March 18 at 11:30 a.m. in Room 8E-B, East Wing of the Main Capitol Building. This legislation would criminalize organized pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania by amending Title 18 ("Crimes and Offenses") of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes. Pigeon shooting is an historic and legitimate activity steeped in tradition. It has many participants throughout the Commonwealth and around the world. Shoots have been held in Pennsylvania for more than a hundred years. The participants are law-abiding, ethical shooting enthusiasts, hunters, and sportsmen who would not tolerate an activity that would constitute cruelty to animals. Of course, opposition to pigeon shooting does not come from within the Commonwealth but from the outside. National "animal rights" groups, led by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), have organized and funded efforts in Pennsylvania and around the country to ban this longstanding traditional shooting sport. Make no mistake, this isn't just about banning pigeon shooting, but banning all hunting species by species. Today, its pigeon shooting, tomorrow deer hunting. Remember, Wayne Pacelle, the CEO of HSUS has said, "If we could shut down all sport hunting in a moment, we would." He has even admitted, "We are going to use the ballot box and the democratic process to stop all hunting in the United States... We will take it species by species until all hunting is stopped..." Please call the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and respectfully urge them to OPPOSE SB1150. Contact information can be found here.

Second Amendment Rally Scheduled! Several Pennsylvania sportsmen's organizations have scheduled a Second Amendment rally at the State Capitol for Monday, April 7 starting at 10 A.M. (plan on being there at 9 A.M.) in the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg. This event will give Pennsylvania gun owners the opportunity to speak out against recently introduced anti-gun bills which include a "one-gun-a-month" gun rationing scheme and abolishing state preemption.
Hunting Under Discussion in the Management Plan for Erie National Wildlife Refuge:Staff of the Erie NWR, an 8,800-acre refuge 35 miles south of Lake Erie in northwestern PA, is launching the first stage in the process of developing a 15-year management plan for the refuge. The first stage is to obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to consider. The public is invited to comment until April 30, 2008.It is important for the refuge staff to hear from hunters because the refuge is open to waterfowl, big game, small game, and turkey hunting. We want to ensure that those hunting opportunities are included and enhanced in the new management plan. Comments can be sent to northeast/planning@fws.gov. Include "Erie NWR CCP/EA" in the subject line. Information about public meetings to be held can be found at http://www.fws.gov/northeast/erie. You may also call Thomas Roster, Project Leader, at (585) 948-5445.
RHODE ISLAND:"Microstamping" Legislation Awaiting Consideration! Two bills that would ban the sale of semi-automatic handguns not equipped with so-called "microstamping" technology are currently awaiting action in the Senate and House Judiciary Committees. Senate Bill 2720 and House Bill 7834 would require identifying marks to be etched into the firing pin and breech face of a firearm in a manner that these marks are transferred to the cartridge case upon firing. Microstamping is a failed technology that can easily be defeated with household tools, has no public safety value, and would add substantially to the cost of the firearm. Please contact members of the State Senate and State House Judiciary Committees and urge them to oppose S2720 and H7884! Contact information can be found by clicking here.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Update on Pending Legislation! Several bills impacting your right to self-defense and hunting heritage are in various stages of the legislative process in South Carolina, including Right-to-Carry reciprocity legislation and a measure to restrict the release of information regarding Right-to-Carry permit holders. For more information about these pieces of legislation and how you can take action, please click here.
SOUTH DAKOTA: Governor Signs Youth Hunting Bill into Law! On Thursday, March 13, Governor Mike Rounds (R) signed House Bill 1263 into law. Introduced by State Representative Mike Buckingham (R-33), this important legislation will help preserve South Dakota's proud hunting heritage by granting the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks rulemaking authority to establish a youth mentored hunting program for children between ages 10 and 16. The current minimum hunting age in South Dakota is 12. While licensed youth hunters would still need to take a Hunt Safe course, HB 1263 would establish a "try before you buy" program allowing younger kids to experience their first hunts without a license under the direct supervision of a licensed adult. This bill is part of the Families Afield Initiative, a cooperative effort between NRA, National Wild Turkey Federation, U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and National Shooting Sports Foundation. Thank you to all the NRA members who contacted their State Legislators in support of this important bill. Without you, passage of this bill would have been impossible.


TENNESSEE: Several Firearms-Related Bills to be Heard Next Week! Numerous bills impacting Tennessean's Right to Keep and Bear Arms will be considered next week. Legislation improving Right-to-Carry, the permit application process, and even a bill to serialize and register ammunition will all be considered on Wednesday, March 19. For more information on these bills and how to take action, please click here.

VIRGINIA: Charles City County Seeking Ban on Rifle Hunting! As we reported last week, Charles City County is considering making revisions to its hunting regulations that could negatively impact hunting with rifles. Such a decision could eliminate precious hunting opportunities and would discourage hunters from taking to the woods to pass their hunting heritage on to the next generation and to help manage Virginia's wildlife. It is critical that hunters attend the Charles City County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Government & School Board Administration Building, 10900 Courthouse Road, Charles City, VA 23030 to oppose changes to the county ordinances governing the use of rifles for deer hunting. In the meantime, please contact each member of the Charles City County Board of Supervisors and strongly encourage them to refrain from making any changes to county regulations that have proven to be successful. Also, please be sure to pass this information along to your family, friends, and fellow hunters. Please click here for contact information.

WASHINGTON: Pro-Hunting Bill Heads to Governor's Desk! House Bill 2438, legislation that would extend a pilot program that would permit certain counties to allow the pursuit and taking of cougars with the aid of dogs, passed the State Legislature and is on its way to the desk of Governor Chris Gregoire (D) for her consideration. This bill would also permit counties that are not part of the pilot program and which are experiencing cougar management problems to opt-in to the program. The Governor's office is trying to position itself to veto this county opt-in provision. This bill would help ensure public safety in Washington and protect private property, livestock, as well as human life and safety. Please contact the Governor TODAY and respectfully urge her to sign this vital hunting initiative in full without vetoing any portion of it. You can call Governor Gregoire at (360) 902-4111 or fax her a letter at (360) 753-4110. To send an email, please visit http://www.governor.wa.gov/contact/default.asp.
WEST VIRGINIA: Important Pro-Gun, Pro-Hunting Bill Moves to Governor's Desk! On Friday, March 7, the State House passed Senate Bill 9 by a 90-6 vote. Introduced by State Senator Billy Wayne Bailey (D-9), SB9 would mandate firearm and hunter safety education programs be offered in public schools for students in the eighth through twelfth grades. However, it would not be mandatory that students take the course. This is important legislation that will allow children to learn to hunt safely and ethically from an early age. They will also learn how to handle firearms safely while hunting, while participating in sport competitions, or at home. Completion of the course will enable students to obtain their hunting licenses. SB9 will now head to the desk of Governor Joe Manchin (D) for consideration. Please contact Governor Manchin and respectfully urge him to sign this critical bill. The Governor can be reached by phone at (304) 558-2000 or email Governor@WVGov.org.
Governor Signs "Castle Doctrine" Legislation! On Wednesday, March 12, Governor Joe Manchin, (D) signed Senate Bill 145, West Virginia's "Castle Doctrine" bill, into law. SB145 will permit law-abiding citizens to use force, including deadly force, against an attacker in their homes and any places outside of their home where they have a legal right to be. It is clearly stated that there is no "duty to retreat" from an attacker, allowing law-abiding citizens to stand their ground to protect themselves and their family. SB145 also protects individuals from civil lawsuits by the attacker or the attacker's family when force is used. Please contact Governor Manchin and thank him for preserving your Second Amendment right to self-defense. The Governor can be reached by phone at (304) 558-2000 or email Governor@WVGov.org.
WISCONSIN: Update on Legislation! Governor Jim Doyle (D) finally sided with Wisconsin's law-abiding gun owners and signed Assembly Bill 581. AB 581 will prevent government authorities from confiscating firearms from law-abiding citizens, such as occurred in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In other news, the Wisconsin Senate refused to schedule Senate Bill 529, Wisconsin's mentored hunting legislation, for a vote before the regular 2008 legislative session ended on Thursday, March 13. Adding insult to injury, the Senate was considering legislation to put sportsmen, gun owners, and even dairy farmers at risk by making it a misdemeanor crime of domestic abuse to harm or threaten to harm an animal. This extremely vague and harmful legislation, Senate Bill 162, sponsored by State Senator Fred Risser (D-26), would have caused an individual to lose their Second Amendment rights by simply using a shock collar to train their hunting dog. The bill is now dead.
WYOMING: Governor Signs Emergency Powers Bill! On Friday, March 7, Governor Dave Freudenthal (D) signed House Bill 57 into law. Sponsored by State Representative Allen Jaggi (R-18), HB 57 will prevent government authorities from confiscating firearms from law-abiding citizens, during a state of emergency such as occurred in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. This legislation will prevent the state of Wyoming from restricting the possession, transfer, sale, transport, storage, display, or use of firearms or ammunition during a declared state of emergency. Please contact Governor Freudenthal and thank him for protecting our Second Amendment rights. The Governor can be reached by phone at (307) 777-7434 or visit http://governor.wy.gov/contact-dave/default.html to send email. Thank you to all the NRA members who answered the call to action in support of this important pro-gun measure. Without you, passage of this bill would have been impossible.

"Castle Doctrine" Legislation Signed! In a message posted on his website on Thursday, March 13, Governor Dave Freudenthal (D) announced that he has signed House Bill 137, introduced by State Representative Lorraine Quarberg (R-28), otherwise known as the Castle Doctrine measure. While the bill was stripped of its "no duty to retreat in a public place" provision, the version that was sent to the Governor's desk did keep the "no duty to retreat inside one's home" language as well as the provision that individuals whose homes are unlawfully entered cannot be held civilly liable if they use deadly force to defend their home, self or family. According to the Governor's message, "the notion of a 'castle doctrine' is that a person's home is his or her castle and he or she is entitled to defend it, its contents and his or her family." We will continue to pursue the full definition of Castle Doctrine in the future. This is a huge step in the right direction towards restoring the right to self-defense in Wyoming and we want to thank all of the NRA members and pro-gun supporters who were so instrumental in moving this bill forward
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