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Anti-Gun Legislation Moving in Sacramento

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 19:00
This Tuesday, April 8, anti-gun Assembly Bill 2305 is scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Public Safety Committee.  AB 2305 would significantly expand California law by imposing criminal liability if an individual unknowingly carries a firearm on or about his or her person.  AB 2305 improperly seeks to bypass a recent decision by the California Court of Appeals.  Also, it fails to advance any legitimate public safety interests and will result in inadvertent criminal liability for law-abiding citizens.  More importantly, AB 2305 directly conflicts with constitutional protections for carrying a firearm for self-defense as recently confirmed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Kansas: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Bill Passes State Legislature, Sent to Governor

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 17:40
Today, the Kansas House of Representatives passed House Bill 2578 (previously reported on here) by a 102-19 vote.  It passed in the state Senate yesterday by a 37-2 vote.  HB 2578 will now be sent to Governor Sam Brownback (R) for his expected signature.
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Texas: Senate Committee to Hold Interim Hearing on Open Carry and Loosening Restrictions on your Gun Rights Tomorrow

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 10:00
Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst (R) has charged the Texas Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Homeland Security with studying and making recommendations on removing barriers in Texas to the exercise of your Second Amendment rights. 
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Alabama: 2014 Legislative Session Adjourns Sine Die

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 07:07
On Thursday night after passing a state budget, the 2014 session of the Alabama Legislature adjourned sine die.  With the end of this session, sportsmen won an important victory with passage of House Bill 322.  Although, this is only the beginning and it will be up to Alabama voters to ensure the ratification of HB 322 this November.
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Louisiana: House Passes NRA-Backed Bill Expanding Use of Suppressors While Hunting Game

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 17:04
This week, the Louisiana House of Representatives passed NRA-supported House Bill 186 by an 82 to 15 vote.  Sponsored by state Representative Cameron Henry (R-Metairie), HB 186 would allow for the use of lawfully-owned suppressors while hunting all game animals.  HB 186 now goes to the state Senate for its consideration. 
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Otis McDonald, Famous for Role in McDonald v. Chicago, Passes

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 13:00
Gun rights activist Otis McDonald has passed away. He was 80. McDonald was the lead plaintiff in McDonald v. Chicago – a historic Second Amendment case that defined the scope of gun rights in relation to states. The National Rifle Association would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of this civil rights hero.
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Rhode Island: Anti-Gun Lawmakers Turn Their Attack on Concealed Carry Process

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:57
On Tuesday, April 8, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on House Bill 7587, sponsored by state Representatives Linda Finn (D-72), Christopher Blazejewski (D-2), Joseph Almeida (D-12), Arthur Handy (D-18) and Edith Ajello (D-1).  
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Oklahoma: Two Important Pro-Gun Bills Pass Senate Committee, Sent to Senate Floor

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:15
Yesterday, two important pro-gun bills passed in the Senate Public Safety Committee and are now eligible to be considered on the Senate floor as early as next week.
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Chris Cox: Bob Costas shoots his mouth off, again

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:00
It’s always awkward when sportscasters stray from their field of expertise and pontificate on political and social issues. Bob Costas, building on his previous efforts in this regard, recently took this awkwardness to a whole new level.
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Obama Administration's Latest "Executive Action" Aims to Curb Ammo Imports

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 07:30
The NRA is aware of BATFE's recent actions to restrict importation of 5.45 x 39 ammunition.  According to information BATFE provided to NRA, these actions are based on BATFE's determination that the availability of a handgun in this caliber triggers so-called “armor piercing” ammunition provisions of federal law, which generally prohibit manufacture and importation. NRA strongly disagrees with BATFE’s view of this matter, and we have long sought clarity on BATFE's widely-varying approach to this issue.  We have attended meetings with BATFE, submitted written comments, and issued FOIA requests, all in an attempt to better understand the process by which BATFE exercises its considerable discretion under this broadly-worded federal law.  We have also worked with members of Congress to draft legislation to simplify the underlying federal statute and remove BATFE’s broad discretion in this area.  
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Woman scares off fugitive, Access North Georgia, Ga. 04/02/14

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 19:00
A fugitive on the run from the law in Stephens County, Ga. broke into a store and approached a woman inside. The woman responded to the threat by retrieving a handgun and firing it at the wanted man, causing him to flee. Following the encounter with the armed citizen, the fugitive was captured by law enforcement. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said of the armed woman, “Good job to the brave female who was on her property minding her business.” 
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Big Condor Trouble Brewing for Hunters in Oregon: Join the Hunt for the Truth About Lead Ammunition and Hunting

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 19:00
The Oregonian newspaper recently published a series of articles about California condors and the use of lead ammunition for hunting.  It also conducted a poll about whether to ban lead ammunition altogether.  The California Condor Recovery Program, of which the Oregon Zoo is a program partner, wants to establish a condor population covering portions of northern California and Southern Oregon.  But it has made it clear that the use of lead ammunition for hunting must first be banned.  Hence the media campaign, the straw poll by the Oregonian and now big trouble on the horizon for Oregon hunters if condors are let in to the state.
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Florida Report: HB-89/SB-448 -- Threat of Force to Stop Attackers PASSES

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 19:00
House Bill 89 by Representative Neil Combee and Senator Greg Evers is on its way to the Governor.  Yesterday, April 3, 2014, HB-89 passed the Florida Senate by a vote of 32-7.  Having previously passed the Florida House by a vote of 93-24, the bill  is now making its way to the Governor's desk.  HB-89 is a bill to stop abusive prosecutors from using 10-20-LIFE to prosecute people who, in self-defense, threaten to use deadly force against an attacker as a means to stop an attack.  
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California: San Francisco Magazine Confiscation Begins on Monday, April 7 Protect Yourself and Your Property!

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 19:00
Last November, San Francisco politicians enacted an ordinance banning the possession of magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds (so-called “large-capacity” magazines).  This ordinance will make illegal magazines possessed by a vast majority of San Francisco gun owners, and criminalizes the transportation of these magazines through the city.  The ordinance takes effect on Monday, April 7.
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Big Condor Trouble Brewing for Hunters in Oregon: Join the Hunt for the Truth About Lead Ammunition and Hunting

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 19:00
The Oregonian newspaper recently published a series of articles about California condors and the use of lead ammunition for hunting.  It also conducted a poll about whether to ban lead ammunition altogether.  The California Condor Recovery Program, of which the Oregon Zoo is a program partner, wants to establish a condor population covering portions of northern California and Southern Oregon.  But it has made it clear that the use of lead ammunition for hunting must first be banned.  Hence the media campaign, the straw poll by the Oregonian and now big trouble on the horizon for Oregon hunters if condors are let in to the state.
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Lott: Michael Bloomberg, gun control and fabricated numbers

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 19:00
No doubt, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg passionately believes in gun control. To his credit, he puts his own money — tens of millions of dollars, and possibly much more — into pushing the issue politically.But Bloomberg's push hasn't been just political advertising, lobbying and media appearances. He also funds studies that have gone overboard in backing up his anti-gun beliefs.
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Hawaii firearm registrations set record in 2013

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 19:00
A record number of firearms were registered in Hawaii last year, prolonging a run of steady increases since 2000, the state attorney general’s office said in a report released Thursday.
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Louisiana: House OKs hunting with suppressors

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 19:00
Hunters should be able to outfit their rifles and shotguns with sound suppressors to hunt birds and other wild animals, according to a bill passed Wednesday in the Louisiana House.
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Sen. Moran calls on President Obama to halt efforts to implement U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 19:00
Today, the first anniversary of the majority-rule adoption by the U.N. General Assembly of the United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) again expressed frustration with the administration’s decision to sign U.N. ATT, their failure to respond to the bipartisan letter he led last fall, and their new efforts to implement the treaty without first obtaining the advice and consent of the Senate.
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