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Hawaii: 2014 Legislative Session Underway, Pro-gun and Anti-gun Legislation Introduced

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 18:00
Last Wednesday, the 2014 Hawaii Legislature convened in Honolulu.  As the legislative session gets going, the NRA is working hard to further and protect your Second Amendment rights.  There are several bills which were carried over from the 2013 session and a number of newly introduced bills, both pro-gun and anti-gun.  
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Indiana: Constitutional Right to Hunt and Fish Scheduled for Monday Committee Hearing

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:26
Originally scheduled for tomorrow, the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources committee will now consider Senate Joint Resolution 9 on Monday, January 27, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 431 of the Indiana Statehouse.  Sponsored by state Senator Brent Steele (R-44), SJR 9 would guarantee Hoosiers the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.  This legislation would ensure the preservation of Indiana's rich hunting heritage.
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Tennessee: Park Carry Bill to be Heard in Committee Next Week

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:40
On Tuesday, January 28, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 12LP, the state Senate Judiciary Committee will consider Senate Bill 1496, which would allow Handgun Carry Permit (HCP) holders to carry a firearm in all Tennessee parks.
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Iowa: Ensure Your Firearms Freedoms are a Priority This Session

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:30
The second week of the 85th Iowa General Assembly is underway in the Hawkeye State, and your NRA-ILA continues to work in Des Moines with the Iowa Firearms Coalition (IFC) and your state legislators to protect, restore and advance your Second Amendment rights.  It is imperative that your state legislators hear from you, as we work with them to ensure Iowans’ firearms freedoms are made a priority this session.  Call and e-mail your state Senator and Representative today!  Respectfully tell them you support fortifying your gun rights with a STRONG and meaningful state constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms amendment, protecting the privacy of Iowans' records, and legalizing suppressor ownership.
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Vermont: Burlington City Council Holding Final Public Hearing on Gun Control Proposals on Monday

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:11
On Monday, January 27, the Burlington City Council will hold its final public hearing to consider three gun control proposals.  City residents will vote on the proposed charter changes on Town Meeting Day, March 4. 
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Washington: “Universal Handgun Registration” Scheme to be Heard Next Week in Olympia

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:05
On Tuesday, January 28, Washington citizens will get their first opportunity to testify on Initiative-594, a major gun control bill being falsely promoted as a “Universal Background Check” measure.  The House Judiciary Committee will take I-594 up at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room A in the John L. O’Brien House building on the Capitol campus in Olympia.
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South Carolina: Concealed Carry Reform Bill Sent to Governor

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 11:05
Today, the South Carolina House of Representatives concurred with Senate amendments to Senate Bill 308 by a 90-18 vote.  This important pro-gun legislation makes a number of improvements to the South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP), including removing the prohibition on CWP holders carrying a concealed handgun into an establishment licensed to serve alcohol, extending the duration or length of term of the CWP, improving training standards, improving the application and renewal process, and expanding where a CWP holder may transport a firearm in his or her motor vehicle.  S 308 is now awaiting approval by Governor Nikki Haley.
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Colorado: Bill to Repeal Private Transfer Background Checks is Scheduled to be Heard in Senate Committee

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 21:36
On Monday, February 3, the state Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee will hear an important pro-gun bill which seeks to restore some of the rights that were stolen from you last year.   Senate Bill 94, introduced by state Senator George Rivera (R-3), would repeal the misguided legislation passed last session by anti-gun legislators in Denver that criminalizes the private sale or transfer of a firearm between friends, family members and law-abiding citizens.
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63-year-old wounds intruder, The Olympian, Olympia, Wash. 01/21/14

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 19:00
A 63-year-old homeowner and his wife had just returned to their home in Olympia, Wash. when the couple heard suspicious noises coming from the second floor of the house. The homeowner retrieved a handgun, went to investigate, and happened upon an intruder, who attempted to attack him. The homeowner responded by firing at the intruder, striking him in the leg and ending the confrontation. Following the shooting, the criminal was taken to a local hospital where his wounds were described as non-life-threatening. Police have no intent to charge the homeowner, with Thurston County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ken Clark stating, “The suspect is the one who escalated the incident beyond what initially started.” 
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California’s Microstamping Requirement Bans Sale of Improved Pistols - Dealers Face Shortage of Handguns Approved For Sale

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 19:00
Conscientious gun manufacturers often refine and improve their products so that consumers get the best and most reliable and safest products available on the market.   Even as the manufacturer's model numbers remain unchanged, manufacturers continue to make minor changes to their existing models as new technology or manufacturing processes become available.             
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Supreme Court ruling on Abramski could limit Obama’s radical, gun-control aims

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 19:00
The Supreme Court rarely takes up Second Amendment cases, so when it does, gun owners know their rights are in the cross hairs.The Abramski ruling will be key to determining how far President Obama can push his gun-control agenda. Mr. Obama wants to expand background checks to include private transactions so that the government would know exactly who has a gun. That is not what the Founding Fathers intended.
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Smith & Wesson to stop selling guns in California due to microstamping law

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 19:00
Smith & Wesson announced late Wednesday evening that it will stop selling its handguns in California rather than manufacture them to comply with the new microstamping law. The other publicly traded firearms manufacturer in the U.S., Sturm, Ruger, also said this month that it will stop new sales to California.
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Indiana: Lawmakers take aim at gun turn-in programs

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 19:00
A proposal forcing Gary and other Indiana cities to end their gun buy-back programs was approved 6-2 Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee.Senate Bill 229, which now goes to the full Senate, prohibits local governments and their police departments from conducting gun buy-back events intended to reduce the number of guns circulating in a community.
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Connecticut: Legislature may consider gun amnesty

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 19:00
Amid concerns about gun owners who failed in their last-minute attempts to register now-illegal assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines, lawmakers are considering granting an amnesty period for people who missed the registration deadline.
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Nebraska: Bill would limit local gun restrictions

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 19:00
A Nebraska lawmaker is proposing legislation that would prevent cities and counties from enacting stricter gun regulations than the state.
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Tennessee: Bill would remove bans on guns in city parks

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 19:00
Cities in Tennessee could be forced to remove bans on handguns in their parks if a push underway in the state Legislature succeeds.
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Ohio concealed-carry for teachers advances

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 19:00
School districts that designate teachers and other personnel to carry hidden firearms must undergo pretraining and a psychological assessment after the fact if they use the weapon under a bill that passed the House with bipartisan support Wednesday.
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Arizona: Concealed Carry Expansion for Military Personnel to be Heard in Committee

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 18:35
Tomorrow, January 23, the Arizona House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear House Bill 2103 at 9:30 a.m. in House Hearing Room 4.
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Mississippi: Senator Files Sportsmen’s Sales Tax Holiday Bill

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 13:38
This week, state Senator Philip Moran (R-Hancock, Harrison Cos.) introduced Senate Bill 2425, legislation creating a sales tax holiday in the Magnolia State during the first full weekend in September for individual sales of firearms, ammunition, most hunting supplies and certain recreational fishing equipment.
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Indiana: Pro-Gun Legislation Passed in Committee, Goes to Senate Floor

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 13:32
Today, Senate Bill 229 passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 6 to 2 vote.  SB 229 will now be placed on the calendar to receive a vote on the Senate floor as early as next week.  Sponsored by state Senator Jim Tomes (R-49), SB 229 would prohibit taxpayer-funded gun “buyback” programs.  
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