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Mississippi: Governor Signs NRA-Backed Bills into Law

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:20
Today, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) signed Senate Bill 2425 into law, the NRA-backed legislation creating an annual sales tax-free weekend for individual purchase of firearms, ammunition, archery equipment and certain hunting supplies.  SB 2425 passed with amendments in the state House by a 102 to 16 vote, with concurrence in the Senate by a 39 to 11 vote.  
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Anti-Gun Gov. Cuomo Calls for Banishment of Pro-gun Opposition

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 19:00
Politicians seeking to diminish Second Amendment rights often couch their views in language that hides their true agenda. But, on January 17, pro-gun advocates were squarely confronted with the contempt in which they are held by some political elites. Speaking on "The Capitol Pressroom" public radio program, Governor Andrew Cuomo labeled gun rights supporters who are "pro-assault weapon" and critical of his so-called safe Act as "extreme conservatives" who "have no place in the state of New York." Ironically, this statement says more about Cuomo himself than those he attacks.
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Florida Alert! Florida Sheriffs Association Continues Opposition to Right to Bear Arms

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 19:00
Yesterday, Tuesday, 4/1/2014, SB-296 by Senator Jeff Brandes was heard in the Senate Military & Veterans Affairs Committee and PASSED by a vote of 5-4.  SB-296 is the Senate version of HB-209 that was under attack by the Florida Sheriffs Association in the House Judiciary Committee (passed 17-1) last week and continued to be under attack in the Senate.
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Nebraska lawmakers advance 'emergency powers' gun bill

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 19:00
Nebraska lawmakers have given initial approval to a bill that would prohibit governors from restricting gun sales in a declared state emergency.
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Gun bills face Louisiana lawmakers

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 19:00
Several gun regulation bills to allow off-duty law enforcement officers and concealed carry permit holders to bring their firearms into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol will be heard Wednesday (April 2) in the House Criminal Justice Committee.
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Michigan: Gov. Snyder signs short-barreled firearms bill

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 19:00
Following Gov. Snyder's signature last week, Michigan law now allows the possession and sale of short-barreled firearms, provided their owners comply with certain licensing processes.
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Mississippi Gives Sportsmen a Tax Holiday

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 19:00
Fairfax, Va. –Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed into law an NRA-backed bill creating an annual tax-free weekend every September for individual sales of firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, and certain hunting supplies. Senate Bill 2425 passed both the Senate and the House with strong, bipartisan support. The final vote in the Senate was 39 to 11. The final vote in the House was 102 to 16.  
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Nebraska: Critical Emergency Powers Legislation Passes General File in Senate

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 14:34
Today, the state Legislature passed unanimously the General File reading of the amended form of Legislative Bill 390 with additional amendments.  Introduced by state Senator Mark Christensen (44), LB 390 would strike the word “firearms” from the list of items the Governor may suspend during a declared state of emergency.  
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Iowa: Encourage Senate to Consider and Pass Pro-Firearms Legislation

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 13:15
As previously reported, House File 2381 -- NRA-supported legislation to legalize suppressors in Iowa – has faced many uphill battles during this legislative session.  The NRA and the Iowa Firearms Coalition have worked ceaselessly with members of the state House of Representatives and state Senate to advance firearms freedoms for Iowans, but unfortunately, the current Iowa General Assembly is set to once again continue a trend of failing to send strong Second Amendment legislation to the Governor for enactment.
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Iowa: Encourage Senate to Consider and Pass Pro-Firearms Legislation

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 13:15
As previously reported, House File 2381 -- NRA-supported legislation to legalize suppressors in Iowa – has faced many uphill battles during this legislative session.  The NRA and the Iowa Firearms Coalition have worked ceaselessly with members of the state House of Representatives and state Senate to advance firearms freedoms for Iowans, but unfortunately, the current Iowa General Assembly is set to once again continue a trend of failing to send strong Second Amendment legislation to the Governor for enactment.
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Kentucky: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Reform Legislation Goes to Governor

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:25
Yesterday, the Kentucky House of Representatives voted to concur on House Bill 128, as amended by the state Senate, by a 92-6 vote.  This important pro-gun reform legislation passed in the state Senate last Thursday by a 37-1 vote.  HB 128 will now be sent to Governor Steve Beshear (D) for his signature.
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West Virginia: Two Remaining NRA-Backed Bills Signed by Governor

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:00
Last week, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D) signed the two remaining NRA-backed bills into law.
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Missouri: Senate Passes Pro-Gun Legislation, Awaiting House Committee Assignment

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 10:54
Late last week, the Missouri Senate passed Senate Bill 745 by a 32 to 1 vote.  Sponsored by state Senator Brian Munzlinger (R-18), SB 745 has been transmitted to the Missouri House of Representatives where it now awaits assignment to a House committee.
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Armed homeowner fights off armed home invaders, The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, N.D. 03/31/14

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 19:00
Jeff Gegelman was at home in Golden Valley, N.D. when three men in a car drove onto his property, then knocked on his door. Suspicious, Gegelman retrieved a .22-caliber pistol and watched as the men returned to the vehicle, and then as two of the men returned to the house. The pair of men then forced open the door, at which point Gegelman leveled his gun at the intruders and told them, “You came to the wrong house today.” Gegelman and the home invaders exchanged fire, resulting in wounds to both Gegelman and one of the intruders. Following the exchange, the criminals fled, but not before Gegelman was able to record the license plate of the car they were driving. Police captured the wounded home invader a short time later, as he was seeking medical attention. Gegelman has been released from the hospital, and has told a local news outlet that he intends to acquire “a bigger gun and more bullets.” 
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Challenge to Colorado gun laws begins in federal court

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 19:00
A constitutional challenge of Colorado's new gun laws began in U.S. District Court Monday and will stretch for two weeks as Second Amendment advocates try to eliminate magazine limits and universal background checks.
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Kansas preemption legislation up for debate in Senate

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 19:00
The Kansas Senate is preparing to debate a proposal to strip cities and counties of their power to regulate firearms and void existing local gun ordinances.
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Pennsylvania: Bill would strengthen preemption

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 19:00
A bill pending in the state House of Representatives will open the door for lawsuits against Lancaster city and 29 other Pennsylvania municipalities.The bill, which is scheduled for debate Monday, would allow any Pennsylvania gun owner or a membership organization such as the National Rifle Association to sue municipalities with ordinances regulating firearms or ammunition.
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Minnesota: Suppression of Political Speech Legislation a Major Threat to Minnesotans

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 16:35
House File 1944 and Senate File 1915, politically motivated measures aimed at suppressing political speech by membership organizations such as the NRA, continue to move quickly through the Minnesota legislature and could be voted on at any time by either chamber.  These flawed and dangerous bills overreach to impose excessive regulatory burdens and pose a grave risk to freedom of speech in Minnesota.  
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Kansas: Senate to Consider Comprehensive Pro-Gun Bill Tomorrow

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 15:10
If passed and enacted into law, SB 447 would expand Kansas’ firearms preemption provisions to open carry and prohibit municipalities from implementing local ordinances relating to the transportation of firearms.
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Connecticut: Important Gun Rally at the Capitol This Saturday

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:40
This is an important reminder to attend the Rally at the state Capitol on Saturday, April 5, where we will gather together to mark the one-year anniversary of the enactment of SB 1160.  This onerous legislation, which bans commonly owned semi-automatic firearms, requires registration of gun owners, and limits magazine capacity, passed in the state legislature and was signed into law by Governor Dan Malloy (D) last year.
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