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California: Legislative Update for the Week of April 7

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:00
This week, several anti-gun bills passed in their respective committees while two pro-hunting bills also passed in their respective committees.
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Connecticut mayor quits MAIG

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:00
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton resigned Wednesday from Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an affiliation that has brought him grief from gun owners in the six-way race for the Republican nomination for governor.
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New York Officials Argue for Flexibility with Gun Law Violators… As Long as They're on the City's Payroll

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:00
Some of New York's most strident gun control advocates have rushed to the defense of an unwitting traveler who was arrested at an airport for a technical violation of a draconian gun law.  Has a new era of sanity arrived in the Big Apple?  Not really.  This defendant happens to be an NYPD officer who is alleged to have violated India's strict firearm regulations.
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NRA Opposes Administration's Plan to Broaden Reach of Mental Health-Related Gun Bans

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:00
On Monday, NRA filed formal comments in opposition to a plan by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to expand the categories of persons prohibited under federal law from acquiring or possessing firearms because of having been "adjudicated as a mental defective" or "committed to a mental institution."  The proposal is commonly referred to by its BATFE docket number, 51P.
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Outrage of the Week: Zero-Tolerance Policies Now Exploited by Enterprising Bullies

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:00
There is a long history of school administrators behaving like bullies when enforcing the irrational zero-tolerance policies that have ensnared scores of students.  A recent case out of Vernon, N.J., however, suggests that the hysterical enforcement of these policies in some schools has reached a level where an actual peer bully can exploit zero-tolerance to torment a victim.
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Virginia: Governor Returns NRA-Opposed Amendment on Firearm Records Legislation

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 13:00
On Monday, Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) returned a NRA-opposed amendment for Senate Bill 377.  Sponsored by state Senator Bryce Reeves (R-17), SB 377, as amended and passed in the General Assembly, would allow gun dealers seeking to purchase, trade or transfer a firearm from a non-dealer individual to submit information on that firearm to law enforcement to determine if it has been reported lost or stolen.
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Louisiana: House Approves NRA-Backed Restaurant Carry Bill by Overwhelming Vote

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:00
Yesterday, the Louisiana House of Representatives passed House Bill 72 by an 80 to 19 vote.  This NRA-supported measure, sponsored by state Representative Joe Lopinto (R-Metairie), would clarify that concealed handgun permit holders may possess firearms in restaurants that serve alcohol.
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Californians: Register and Vote for Your Freedom

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 19:00
Many Californians who believe in the right to keep and bear arms mistakenly believe that their vote won’t make a difference.  They are wrong!  Becoming a permanent vote by mail voter helps increase voter turnout significantly enough to swing elections!  If every single gun owner and believer in the right to keep and bear arms registered to vote and always voted by mail, we could turn back the onslaught of gun bans coming from state and local politicians in California.
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Smart guns are dumb

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 19:00
Addressing the assembled congressmen in his inimitable style last Friday, Attorney General Holder told a House appropriations subcommittee that he wished to “explore” the opportunities that might arise were he to be given millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money and a copy of the movie Skyfall.
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Florida House bill would allow carrying guns without a permit during riots, natural disasters

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 19:00
Under a bill backed by the National Rifle Association and other gun groups, riots could be the newest safe haven for those carrying firearms without a permit.HB 209, which is expected to be voted on Friday by the Florida House, would allow people with clean criminal backgrounds to conceal firearms without a permit during emergencies — including riots and civil unrest like the 1996 racial disturbances that rocked south St. Petersburg — declared by the governor or local officials.
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Nebraska: Bill to prevent Nebraska governors from restricting gun sales in emergency moves to final vote

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 19:00
The Nebraska Legislature is set to take a final vote on a measure that would prevent governors from restricting gun sales in a state emergency.
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Louisiana House advances bill to allow some guns in bars, restaurants

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 19:00
The Louisiana House on Wednesday (April 9) passed a bill that would allow off-duty law enforcement to carry their guns into bars. The bill would also allow concealed handgun permit holders to bring their guns into restaurants that serve alcohol, but make the majority of their money from food sales.
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Tennessee: Legislative Update from Nashville

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 16:54
As the 2014 legislative session begins to wind down, a number of NRA-supported bills are still moving in the Tennessee General Assembly.  Your NRA-ILA is continually working to protect and expand the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding gun owners in Tennessee.
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Missouri: House Committee Hears Pro-Gun Legislation

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:06
Yesterday, the House General Laws Committee heard Senate Bill 745.  While this committee did not vote on this important right to carry legislation, it is expected to send SB 745 to the House floor in the near future.  
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Maryland: General Assembly Adjourns Sine Die

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 13:46
The Maryland General Assembly adjourned its 2014 legislative session at midnight on Monday.  As state legislators leave Annapolis, Maryland gun owners can now rest easy knowing that no anti-gun legislation was passed this year.  
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Nebraska: Emergency Powers Legislation Passes Select File in Senate

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:05
Today, the Nebraska Legislature advanced critical emergency powers legislation from Select File to Final Reading by voice vote.  The amended form of Legislative Bill 390, introduced by state Senator Mark Christensen (44), would strike the word “firearms” from the list of items the Governor may suspend during a declared state of emergency. 
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Arizona: Senate to Consider Multiple Pro-Gun Bills as Early as This Week

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 08:42
Having passed in the Arizona Senate Rules Committee, several pro-gun bills now go to the Senate floor where they could be considered as early as this week.
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West Virginia: Martinsburg Making Changes to its Gun Laws

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 05:55
Tomorrow, April 10, at 6:30 p.m., the Martinsburg City Council plans to meet and address two specific changes related to its local gun control ordinances.  Thanks to the passage this year of Senate Bill 317, sponsored by state Senator John Unger (D-16), and it being signed into law by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D) almost two weeks ago, Martinsburg must now remedy its conflicting municipal codes.
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Gun carrying woman halts violent mob, The Detroit News, Detroit, Mich. 04/08/14, WJBK, Detroit, Mich. 04/08/14, WXYZ, Detroit, Mich. 04/07/14

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 19:00
Steve Utash was driving in Detroit, Mich. when he accidentally struck a 10-year-old boy with his vehicle. Retired nurse Deborah Hughes was inside her nearby home at the time, and once she became aware of the accident, she retrieved a .38-caliber pistol and went to see if she could help. While she was trying to comfort the injured boy, a mob began to attack Utash, who had stopped and gotten out of his vehicle. As the beating was taking place, Hughes rushed over to the crowd and told the mob, “Don’t kick him anymore, don’t hit him anymore, get back,” halting the attack. Hughes later told a local media outlet, “I had a gun in my pocket, I was ready to do some damage if I had to.” Following the incident, Detroit Police Chief James Craig referred to Hughes as a “Detroit hero.” Hughes made clear to a reporter that she is often armed stating, “You have to carry a gun around here… This neighborhood is terrible. I don’t walk around without my gun.” 
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Bill advances to allow Florida gun owners to carry concealed during evacuations

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 19:00
The Community Affairs Committee voted 8-1 to pass SB 296, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, that would remove any criminal penalties for those found carrying weapons in public without a permit during evacuations ordered by the governor.
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