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NRA New Posts: February 19, 2013
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New Posts: February 19, 2013
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Wyoming: Governor Signs Bill Repealing State Prohibition of Hunting With Suppressors
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead ® signed into law Senate File 132, legislation introduced by Senator Ogden Driskill (R-01) that allows the use of suppressors for hunting all game in the Cowboy State starting on July 1, 2013. Thanks to passionate input from gun owners and sportsmen, the Wyoming House of Representatives voted 44 to 14 in favor of this pro-hunting reform while the state Senate voted 23 to 7.
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Minnesota: Senate Judiciary Committee to Begin Gun Control Hearings This Thursday
This Thursday, February 21 at noon, the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin hearings in Room 15 of the state Capitol on dangerous anti-gun measures that would infringe on our Right to Keep and Bear Arms. This committee will also meet from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday evening for public testimony on all firearm bills currently under consideration by this committee, and also on Friday, February 22 at noon where they will hear the majority of these anti-gun bills.
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Hawaii: SB 69 Hearing Tomorrow, February 20 – Your Help Needed to Stop this Extremist Anti-Gun Measure
Senate Bill 69 started off as a Gun "Buyback” bill, but has evolved into a “Gun Safety and Education” bill, and by further amendments has morphed into a gun owner harassment/mental interrogation bill. SB 69 will be heard tomorrow, February 20, by the Senate Ways and Means Committee (WAM) at 9:45 AM. This bill, in its current state, will require fingerprinting and NICS checks in addition to the already existing registration requirement on ALL firearms brought into the state, and will allocate $200,000 to police departments to be used at their discretion for safety and training, gun "buybacks" or extensive background checks for mental health. Please contact members of the Senate WAM Committee TODAY and respectfully express your opposition to SB 69.
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Additional Pro-Gun Measures Introduced in Texas
Previously, we reported on approximately six NRA-backed issues filed so far in the 2013 Regular Session of the Texas Legislature. A few more bear mentioning with several weeks left until the bill filing deadline the first week of March. The NRA-ILA will keep you posted as to which committees these bills are referred and if and when a public hearing is scheduled on any of them.
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Maine: Temporary Concealed Handgun Permit Confidentiality Legislation Enacted Today
Legislative Document 576, temporary emergency Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) confidentiality legislation, was enacted in Augusta today. LD 576, sponsored by state Senator Troy Jackson (D-35), passed overwhelmingly by a 33-0 vote in the state Senate and by a 129-11 vote in the state House of Representatives. Shortly thereafter, Governor Paul LePage ® signed LD 576 into law, effectively granting immediate privacy protection for all CHP holders. This measure is effective until April 30, 2013.
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Utah: Three Pro-Gun Bills to be Heard Tomorrow
Tomorrow, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear House Bill 76, sponsored by state Representative John Mathis (R-55). HB 76 would allow any person, 21 years of age or older who can lawfully own and possess a firearm, to carry it concealed without a permit. This hearing is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. in House Hearing Room 20.
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Maryland Update: Vote on Governor’s Gun Control Scheme This Thursday - Your Action Needed NOW to Protect Your Rights
This Thursday, the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee is set to vote on Senate Bill 281 (more information on this bill can be found here). It is likely that this sweeping anti-gun legislation will be reported out by this Committee and voted on by the entire Maryland Senate at the end of this week. SB 281 has drawn much criticism and protest from Maryland citizens. Evident from the huge turnout at the February 6th rally of thousands of Second Amendment supporters in Annapolis, this legislation is strongly opposed by law-abiding Marylanders. Now is your LAST CHANCE to express your opposition, and it is extremely important that you do so IMMEDIATELY. DO NOT let them ban your guns and make YOU a criminal.
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New Mexico: House Committee to Hear HB 402, New York-Style Gun and Magazine Ban, this Thursday, February 21!
The House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee will hold a public hearing on House Bill 402 this Thursday, February 21, at 1:30 pm (or upon adjournment of the House) in Room 315 of the State Capitol. Please attend this hearing and voice your opposition to HB 402. If this measure advances from this committee, it will go to the House Judiciary Committee. Please also call AND e-mail committee members and urge them to oppose HB 402. (See listing below for committee member contact information.)
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West Virginia: Emergency Powers Protection Legislation Heads to House Floor, Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Introduced
Yesterday, NRA-supported House Bill 2471, sponsored by House Speaker Rick Thompson (D-19), was reported with a substitute by the House Judiciary Committee by a unanimous voice vote. HB 2471 seeks to prohibit the restriction of the lawful possession, use, carrying, transfer, transportation, storage or display of a firearm or ammunition during a declared state of emergency. An amendment strengthening HB 2471 was adopted in committee by a voice vote, and would provide the same protection during a federal state of emergency.
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Connecticut: State Lawmakers Seek to Mandate Discriminatory Liability Insurance for Firearms Owners
Anti-gun lawmakers on the Insurance and Real Estate Committee voted to draft a bill on February 14 to mandate liability insurance for firearms owners. While no specific language has been offered yet, a public hearing could come as early this week.
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Woman saves sister from robbery and assault, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, Mo. 02/10/13
Sisters Debi Keeney and Donna Carlyle were at home in Highland, Mo. when a man forced his way inside the apartment as Keeney returned from smoking a cigarette outside. The criminal then threw Carlyle to the floor and began choking her and demanding money. Keeney recalled, “All I could see was Donna’s face going blue, like her life was being choked out of her.” In response, Keeney retrieved a .22-caliber pistol and, after a verbal warning, fired at the home invader, striking him twice and ending the attack. Following the incident, Keeney stated, “I gave him the opportunity to leave. I wish he had left without me having to shoot him… Put in the same situation again, I would do it again.” The sisters’ neighbor, Rodney Rusick, was supportive of Keeney’s actions, telling local media, “I’m proud of her for shooting that dude.”
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Obama's real gun control aim
Chicago is a dangerous town, but gun control hasn't made it better. The city forbids the law abiding from having guns, leaving the bad guys to rule the streets. The result is one of the highest murder rates in the country. President Obama's plan isn't to reverse from a failed course, but to apply federal gun registration and confiscation of certain weapons nationwide.
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David Keene, gentleman who sticks to his guns
For the leader of what may be the most polarizing interest group in America, National Rifle Association chief David Keene is a genial hard liner.He loves guns. He loves politics. He loves talking even with journalists, who are viewed in gun circles as overwhelmingly hostile to their cause.
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Crime soared with Massachusetts gun law
In 1998, Massachusetts passed what was hailed as the toughest gun control legislation in the country. Among other stringencies, it banned semiautomatic "assault" weapons, imposed strict new licensing rules, prohibited anyone convicted of a violent crime or drug trafficking from ever carrying or owning a gun, and enacted severe penalties for storing guns unlocked."Today, Massachusetts leads the way in cracking down on gun violence," said Republican Governor Paul Cellucci as he signed the bill into law. "It will save lives and help fight crime in our communities." Scott Harshbarger, the state's Democratic attorney general, agreed: "This vote is a victory for common sense and for the protection of our children and our neighborhoods." One of the state's leading anti gun activists, John Rosenthal of Stop Handgun Violence, joined the applause. "The new gun law," he predicted, "will certainly prevent future gun violence and countless grief."It didn't.
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Washington: Misstep in gun bill could defeat the effort
Forget police drones flying over your house. How about police coming inside, once a year, to have a look around?As Orwellian as that sounds, it isn’t hypothetical. The notion of police home inspections was introduced in a bill last week in Olympia.
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Colorado House clears requiring gun buyers to pay for background checks
A measure requiring individuals to pay a fee for their own background checks passed on a voice vote late Friday night on floor of the Colorado House. House Bill 1228 was the third of four Democratic gun bills debated in day long marathon floor session at the state Capitol.
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Colorado: Biden lobbies House Democrats as they advance gun control bills
A package of gun control measures won initial approval in Colorado's Democratic controlled House Friday night, with Vice President Joe Biden personally phoning four lawmakers from his ski vacation in the state to speed along the emotional debate.
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Missouri: House Democrats propose semi-auto ban
Missouri's gun friendly culture isn't stopping some House Democrats from trying to purge assault weapons from the state.Legislation backed by several St. Louis area lawmakers would require gun owners to surrender or destroy their assault weapons within 90 days of the measure's passage. The proposed ban would include semi automatic rifles with detachable magazines and semi automatic pistols with the capacity to shoot more than ten rounds of ammunition before reloading.
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Maine: Governor proposes bill to protect privacy Right-to-Carry permit holders
Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he's submitting a bill to temporarily block the release of concealed firearms permit holders' names, addresses and dates of birth to the public.
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Washington firearms manufacturer ends sales to New York in wake of new gun law
In response to the passage of New York's sweeping new gun law, a Washington state based firearms manufacturer has decided to stop selling their products in the Empire State.Olympic Arms, a manufacturer of semiautomatic rifles and AR 15 style firearms, announced Tuesday it will no longer be doing business in New York as a result of the state's new ban on assault style weapons, according to the Times Union.
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Chicago Police Superintendent McCarthy crosses the line
Chicago's embattled police superintendent dug himself deeper into a pit of controversy today by claiming that lawful firearm owners are agents of political corruption. Appearing on a Chicago Sunday morning talk show, superintendent Garry McCarthy expressed his conviction that firearm owners who lobby their elected representatives or who donate money to political campaigns are engaged in corruption that endangers public safety. McCarthy went on to express his belief that judges and legislators should rely on public opinion polls when interpreting our Constitution.
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Colorado: House Passes Most Sweeping Anti-Gun Legislation in Recent History
In the face of tens of thousands of gun owners, sportsmen and shooting enthusiasts, anti-gun zealots leading the rights-infringing charge in Denver passed a package of anti-gun bills in the state House seeking to undermine the Second Amendment in Colorado.
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