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NRA New Posts: April 4, 2013
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Colorado: This Session’s Most Unconstitutional Bill to be Introduced Tomorrow
Colorado legislators are not finished devouring your constitutional rights. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse in Denver, state Representative Beth McCann (D-8) will be submitting legislation tomorrow that will nullify the right to due process for gun owners throughout Colorado.

Oregon: Bills Aimed at Seizing Rights of Law-Abiding Citizens to be Heard Tomorrow
Tomorrow, April 5 at 8:30 a.m., several anti-gun bills will be heard by the Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee in Hearing Room 50 at the state Capitol. These bills attempt to provide a “solution” to a non-existent problem and instead create a new class of criminals amongst otherwise law-abiding citizens.

Connecticut: Governor Malloy and Connecticut General Assembly Approve an Irresponsible and Dangerous Measure that will Victimize Responsible Gun Owners
Today, Governor Dan Malloy (D) disregarded the constitutional rights of the residents in Connecticut and signed Senate Bill 1160 into law, the most sweeping and radical “gun control” bill in our nation’s history. This measure was approved in the state Senate by a 26-10 vote and in the state House by a 105-44 vote, only hours after both chambers received the bill language.

Utah: Veto Override Session Needed
On March 22, Governor Gary Herbert ® vetoed House Bill 76. Your help is needed immediately to save this important right to carry bill that received the overwhelming approval of the state legislature this session. Contact your state Senator and Representative now, and urge the state Legislature to reconvene for a veto session by May 13 and to vote to override the Governor’s veto of HB 76. An override session can only take place with consent from two-thirds of both state legislative chambers, so each call AND e-mail to your state lawmakers will make the difference!

Colorado: Plan for Federal Lands in Grand Junction Area Will Close Lands to Recreational Shooting
The Bureau of Land Management’s Grand Junction Field Office (GJFO) has released a draft management plan for public comment. The planning area consists of more than 1 million surface acres, of which the majority is in Mesa and Garfield Counties, with small amounts in Montrose and Rio Blanco Counties.

Tennessee: School Security Act of 2013 Passes Out of Committee
Yesterday, the House Civil Justice Committee considered House Bill 6, the School Security Act of 2013, and by a voice vote, passed HB 6 in committee. Sponsored by state Representative Eric Watson (R-22), HB 6 was amended to allow a person employed or assigned to a Local Education Agency to possess and carry a firearm on the grounds of that school if they are current or former law enforcement.

Montana: BLM Management Plan Will Affect Motorized Big Game Retrieval
The Bureau of Land Management has released a plan for the management of 2.4 million surface acres of public land and 4.2 million acres of federal minerals in North Central Montana. These lands and minerals are managed by three BLM Field Offices in Havre, Malta, and Glasgow, along with the Great Falls Oil and Gas Field Office. The draft plan addresses planning issues concerning the BLM’s management of natural and cultural resources, many of which have been discussed in newsletters available on its website.

Virginia: House and Senate Approve Governor’s Amendments to Pro-Gun Bill
Yesterday, the Virginia General Assembly reconvened to consider a pro-gun amendment to Senate Bill 1378 submitted by Governor Bob McDonnell ®. This amendment passed in the state Senate by a 40-0 vote and passed in the House of Delegates by an 87-7 vote.

California: Three Anti-Gun Bills Pass in the Assembly Public Safety Committee
Unfortunately, on Tuesday, all Democrats voted for three egregious anti-gun bills in the state Assembly Public Safety Committee ensuring that each bill received and was reported by a 5 to 2 vote. These three anti-gun bills will now be re-referred to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. A hearing date has not been set, but we will keep you posted.

California: The NRA Files Amicus Brief in Case Challenging Ban on Firearms in Parks
On April 1, 2012, the National Rifle Association (NRA) through their attorneys at Michel & Associates, weighed in on the state firearms preemption case of Calguns Foundation, Inc. v. County of San Mateo. This case is now before the California Court of Appeal. If the appellate court upholds the trial court’s ruling against the plaintiffs, this case could set bad precedent for future cases challenging local regulation of firearm possession on legal preemption grounds.

Rep. DeGette (D-Colo.) draws criticism for "pretty stupid" ammo-magazine comment
Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette drew national criticism Wednesday for remarks made at a public forum in which she said banning high capacity in ammunition magazines would be effective in reducing gun violence because "the bullets will have been shot and there won't be any more available."DeGette, who for years in Congress has been the prime sponsor on a federal ban on high capacity magazines.But despite the congresswoman's claim, ammunition magazines can be reloaded with more bullets and can be reused hundreds of times.

Maryland: House passes strict gun control measure
Maryland's House of Delegates passed what would be among the nation's most restrictive gun control measures Wednesday, ratcheting up the state's already tough rules to require fingerprinting of gun buyers, new limits on firearm purchases by the mentally ill, and a ban on assault weapons and magazines that hold more than 10 bullets.

Connecticut: Gun owners decry legislation
In gun stores and firearms factories, reaction to the legislature's gun control package Wednesday was swift and pointed.Manufacturers raised the specter of leaving Connecticut, and customers at guns shops and outfitter's stores throughout the state feared that legislation the General Assembly was poised to enact in reaction to the rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown would open the door to further limits on gun ownership.

Assembly panel approves bill to restrict ammunition sales in California
A bill to regulate the sale of ammunition in California cleared the Assembly Public Safety Committee on Tuesday.Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D Berkeley, said Assembly Bill 48 adds "reasonable safeguards" to the purchase of ammunition by requiring sellers to be licensed and purchasers to show identification.

Nevada: Assembly discusses campus concealed carry, tax on gun and ammo sales
Amanda Collins was walking to her car after finishing a class on the University of Nevada, Reno campus when an eight minute ordeal changed her life.As she approached her car on the night of Oct. 22, 2007, James Biela lunged out from a hiding spot behind another vehicle and threw Collins to the ground before raping her at gunpoint.Out of the corner of her eye, she could see the campus police cars. She was defenseless.Five years after her attack, she is urging support for AB143, which would allow carry concealed weapons permit holders, like Collins was, to bring their firearms on Nevada's higher education campuses for personal protection.

Kansas: Gun rights bills nearing final passage
Kansas legislators were close Wednesday to finishing work on measures declaring that the federal government can't regulate some guns and allowing public schools and colleges to arm employees with concealed firearms.

Massachusetts: Gun owners rally against tough firearms laws
Gun owners called on legislators Wednesday to simplify the state's strict but "convoluted" gun control laws, saying they had failed to stem violence in Massachusetts.The Gun Owners Action League, which claims more than 15,000 members in the state, staged a Second Amendment rally on the Boston Common as gun control advocates pushed for even tougher laws in Massachusetts in the wake of the deadly shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

Maine: Panel endorses bill to bar concealed weapons info from the public
A bill that would permanently prohibit the public release of information about individual concealed weapons permit holders in Maine has been endorsed by a legislative panel.

31 Major Hunting and Wildlife Organizations Representing Tens of Millions of Americans Oppose Universal Background Checks
Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association, with 30 other prominent hunting and wildlife preservation organizations which represent tens of millions of Americans, sent a letter to the leadership in the United States Senate. This letter lays out a 5-point plan to make our communities safer. The organizations strongly oppose unnecessary restrictions which would not reduce crime or prevent tragedy, such as universal background checks. Read the full letter here.
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