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Minnesota: Suppression of Political Speech Amendment Defeated

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 15:00
Last night, Amendment A5 to Senate File 2782 was proposed by state Representative Ryan Winkler (D-46A) and ultimately defeated by the Minnesota Legislature.  This amendment contained substantially similar language to the harmful, overreaching and vague language in House File 1944 and Senate File 1915, previously reported here, and would have had a chilling effect on freedom of speech and of association in Minnesota.
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Neighbor fells vicious dog, WFMZ, Allentown, Pa. 05/01/14

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 19:00
After a woman arrived home with her pet pit bull in Exeter Township, Pa., she was attacked by the dog as she tried to remove it from her car. The woman’s partner came to her aid, but was also attacked by the dog. One neighbor described the scene to a local news outlet by stating, “The dog would not let [him] go.” Other neighbors came to help the couple. When the dog failed to stop after one neighbor hit it with a metal bar, another neighbor shot the dog, ending the attack. The wounded couple was taken to a local hospital. 
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Arizona: US Forest Service Community Forum on The Tonto National Forest

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 19:00
The US Forest Service is revising its management plan for the 3 million acre Tonto National Forest.  The 4-year plan revision process is at the first stage with an assessment of forest resource conditions and trends.  Public comment on the assessment is invited and a number of community forums have been scheduled between May and July.  
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Florida Alert! A Cut Dog Barks

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 19:00
Former Governor Lawton Chiles was fond of using the old southern saying, "a cut dog barks," when people were protesting too much.  I used that old saying yesterday.  Gary Fineout, an AP reporter, tweeted that in our newsletter alert to members, I said the Florida Sheriffs Association had declared war on the Second Amendment.
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Arizona: US Forest Service Community Forum on The Tonto National Forest

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 19:00
The US Forest Service is revising its management plan for the 3 million acre Tonto National Forest.  The 4-year plan revision process is at the first stage with an assessment of forest resource conditions and trends.  Public comment on the assessment is invited and a number of community forums have been scheduled between May and July.  
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Supreme Court declines to review New Jersey’s handgun permit law

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 19:00
The Supreme Court Monday decided once again to stay out of the legal battle over whether some states are too restrictive in issuing permits to carry a handgun outside the home.The justices without comment turned down a request to review whether New Jersey’s law requiring “justifiable need” to get a handgun permit infringes on Second Amendment rights.
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N.J. bill to reduce allowed size of ammunition magazines advances

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 19:00
The state Senate’s Law and Public Safety Committee today voted 3-2 along party lines to approve the legislation (A2006), which lowers the allowed size from 15 rounds to 10. The bill has been kicking around the Legislature since 2012 as one of several dozen pushed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Ct. But while it has already passed the Assembly twice, this is the first time it has advanced in the state Senate.
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Florida: Mostly wins for gun supporters during 2014 session

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 19:00
The 2014 Florida legislative session was another success for gun owners and the National Rifle Association, but one battle is still being waged.
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New Jersey: Senate Committee Passes Magazine and Gun Ban Legislation

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 13:16
Today, the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee passed Senate Bill 993 today on a party line 3 to 2 vote.  As previously reported, S.993 seeks to restrict the maximum capacity of ammunition magazines from 15 to 10 rounds and ban certain popular firearms.  
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Alabama: Conservation Advisory Board Votes to Repeal Ban on Hunting with Suppressors

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 11:57
On Saturday, May 3, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Board voted unanimously to repeal the prohibition on using a suppressor while hunting in the Yellowhammer State.  This change must still undergo an administrative process but will likely take effect in late June.  Currently, more than 30 states allow hunters to use suppressors while hunting. 
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Colorado: Bill Repealing Restrictions on Rifle and Shotgun Purchases/Sales Signed into Law

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 11:55
Last Friday, May 2, Senate Bill 135 was signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper (D).  SB 135 enacts a long-overdue alignment of Colorado with forty-two other states that allow their residents to purchase rifles and shotguns in non-contiguous states, provided the purchase or transfer complies with state and federal law.  SB 135 takes effect on August 6, 2014.
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In California, a fevered rush for gun permits

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 19:00
Pete Alexander celebrated the news that a federal court in California had thrown out this state’s strict requirements for obtaining a concealed-handgun permit — among the toughest in the nation — by calling the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to apply for a permit he had long wanted.
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Concealed carry permits gaining popularity on Chicago’s North Shore as more women and seniors join the ranks

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 19:00
When Brian Kossof, founder and president of Concealed Carry of Illinois, began offering Illinois State Firearm Safety and Concealed Carry classes in September of last year, the room was filled with men and perhaps a handful of women. "To be honest, I wasn't at all surprised by the male to female ratio," says Kossof, a Highland Park resident whose interest in firearm safety prompted him to become fully licensed to teach at the state certification level. "For the first few months, men definitely dominated the classes, which is what we all expected," he says.But then, a very noticeable change occurred. More and more women, as well as seniors, began registering for Kossof's course. "It was interesting and exciting to see this kind of a shift" says Kossof, who noted that many of the women came with a female friend or accompanied their boyfriends or husbands. The seniors (the oldest of whom was in his 80s) either attend on their own or with a family member (typically a son or a daughter).
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Why you should be concerned about the new 'smart guns'

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 19:00
Smartguns, which just entered the market, are firearms equipped with small embedded computers that are supposed to enhance safety by preventing anyone other than authorized parties from firing the weapons, and, in some cases, by ensuring that the guns only fire when aimed at inanimate targets.I do not doubt that supporters of smartgun technology wish to reduce gun accidents and violence. That’s a goal in which I firmly believe. But is smartgun technology really ready for prime time? Or do these guns introduce vulnerabilities that could create new, serious safety issues for gun owners and non-owners alike?
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Hawaii: Legislature Adjourns its 2014 Regular Session

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 14:40
On Thursday, May 1, the Hawaii Legislature adjourned its 2014 regular session.  This session saw the introduction of several Second Amendment bills and of particular interest are House Bill 849, House Bill 1902 and House Bill 2246.
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Florida Report: Latvala, sheriffs take out Brandes' NRA-backed gun bill

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 19:00
Thursday, 5/1/14, the Florida Sheriffs Association killed SB-296/HB-209 -- the bill to allow citizens to carry their firearms with them (rather than leave firearms behind for looters) when they are under a mandatory evacuation during a declared state of emergency.  Be perfectly clear, this was a straight up Second Amendment issue in its purest form.  And the Florida Sheriffs Association opposed your fundamental individual right to keep and bear arms at a time when you most need to be able to protect yourself and your family.
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Florida Report: Latvala, sheriffs take out Brandes' NRA-backed gun bill

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 19:00
Thursday, 5/1/14, the Florida Sheriffs Association killed SB-296/HB-209 -- the bill to allow citizens to carry their firearms with them (rather than leave firearms behind for looters) when they are under a mandatory evacuation during a declared state of emergency.  Be perfectly clear, this was a straight up Second Amendment issue in its purest form.  And the Florida Sheriffs Association opposed your fundamental individual right to keep and bear arms at a time when you most need to be able to protect yourself and your family.
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Missouri: Senate Committee Scheduled to Vote on Self-Defense Bill on Monday

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:48
Having been debated in a public hearing earlier this week, House Bill 1539, legislation to strengthen Missouri’s current Castle Doctrine law, is scheduled to be voted on next Monday, May 5, by the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.
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