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On Friday, March 7, House Bill 276 passed unanimously out of the Utah House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee and now goes to the House floor for a vote. Sponsored by state Representative Curt Oda (R-14), HB 276 would provide that the mere carrying or possession of a holstered or encased firearm, without some additional incriminating behavior, does not constitute a violation of the Disorderly Conduct statute
On Thursday, March 13, the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee will hold a hearing in Trenton on Assembly Bill 2006, introduced by Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D-6). A.2006 would lower New Jersey’s magazine limit from 15 rounds to 10. This bill was originally scheduled to be heard last week; however, the Assembly committee hearing was postponed due to inclement weather.
Yesterday, the Governor’s amendment to House Bill 962, sponsored by Delegate Ben Cline (R-24), was defeated by a 30-70 vote in the House of Delegates.
Yesterday, the 2014 short budget session in Wyoming adjourned. The 2014 session saw the introduction of several firearms and hunting-related bills, including the pro-hunting Senate File 38.
Yesterday, the Idaho legislature took positive steps on two important pro-gun bills. Senate Bill 1254 and House Bill 399, both NRA-supported legislation, have passed in both legislative chambers and are now awaiting the signature of Governor Butch Otter (R). The hard work and diligence of NRA members supporting these bills made all the difference!
On Monday, March 10, the Louisiana Legislature will convene for its 2014 Regular Session and a large number of bills – both pro-gun and anti-gun – have already been pre-filed. NRA-ILA will be working to pass legislation which expand your rights and to defeat any measures which seek to restrict them – and alerting you as to how you can help every step of the way!
Yesterday, Governor Bill Haslam (R) signed Senate Bill 1701 into law. Sponsored by state Senator Mark Green (R-22), SB 1701 redefines “motor vehicle” under Tennessee’s parking lot law to include all vehicles lawfully possessed by the permit holder with the exception of government or business-owned vehicles.
Kentucky: “Shall Certify” Legislation Introduced in State Senate, Two Important Pro-Gun Bills Sent to State House
Yesterday, Senate Bill 232, sponsored by state Senator Brandon Smith (R-30), was introduced in the Kentucky Senate and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where a hearing is expected next Thursday, March 13. SB 232 would require that certification by a chief law enforcement officer (CLEO), when a signoff is required for the transfer of a firearm or other item regulated by the National Firearms Act (NFA), be provided within fifteen days as long as the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving the firearm or other item.
In last week's Grassroots Alert we addressed the administration's proposal to ban the trade and sale of legally owned ivory within the United States. The NRA supports efforts to stop poaching and to stop the illegal trade of ivory, but this proposed ban on legally owned ivory sold domestically will have no impact on the poaching of elephants and the illegal ivory trade. On the contrary, this ban will only affect honest, law-abiding Americans by making their possessions valueless.
On Tuesday, March 4, the Obama administration released its budget proposal for fiscal year 2015, and one portion of the proposal immediately raised the ire of many gun owners. The Department of Justice released a fact sheet detailing the department's request for "gun safety" spending to the tune of an eye-popping $1.1 billion, some of which is touted as supporting Obama's "Now is the Time" gun control initiative.
In recent months, anti-gun groups such as Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), the Brady Campaign and others have been putting increasing pressure on Facebook (and its associated platform, Instagram) to prohibit any online content that references the private sale of firearms.
Contact Your Senators and Ask Them To OPPOSE Confirmation of Anti-Gun Obama Nominee for U.S. Surgeon General
As we reported last week, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee recently voted to confirm President Obama's anti-gun nominee--36-year-old Dr. Vivek Murthy--as United States Surgeon General, clearing the way for Murthy's consideration by the full Senate.
The Brady Campaign's recent report that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) has "stopped more than 2.1 million would-be gun purchases" sure sounds impressive--but it isn't true.
The 17th Annual Firearms Law Seminar will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014, as part of the NRA Annual Meetings.
Thank you for your help this week. Not only was it the first week of the Legislative Session, it was an incredibly busy week of Committee hearings for us. It was one of the busiest weeks we've ever had and was a logistical challenge that we met with unqualified success. If you would like to review the most current version of each of the bills, click on the blue underlined bill numbers. A new version is prepared every time a bill is amended (changed) in committee.
On April 4, 2013, Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy (D) signed Senate Bill 1160 into law, unleashing one of the most draconian gun control laws in the nation on his constituents. Among other things, the 140-page law bans large classes of firearms and magazines that had been obtained lawfully by tens of thousands of Connecticut residents. Limited grandfather provisions apply to those who registered otherwise banned items before January 1, 2014. Others in possession could face felony penalties for violations. President Obama himself was in Connecticut four days after this bill became law, praising it as a model for the nation.
Iowa: Suppressor Bill Receives Senate Subcommittee Assignment But Needs Your Immediate Support to Get a Hearing
Last week, on the heels of powerful grassroots support, the Iowa House of Representatives passed House File 2381, legislation to legalize suppressor ownership and use with overwhelming bipartisan support. Despite this action, HF 2381 is in jeopardy of not receiving a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by state Senator Robert Hogg (D-33), as reported earlier this week.
With only two days left in the 2014 regular legislative session, Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) has made his first attempt to limit the legal use of firearms in Virginia by returning an amendment to House Bill 962 that would further restrict how handguns may be stored in vehicles. Sponsored by Delegate Ben Cline (R-24), HB 962 would codify an Attorney General opinion from 2012 (see here), and a decision of the Virginia Court of Appeals from last year, Doulgerakis v. Com., 737 S.E.2d 40 (Va. Ct. App. 2013). House Bill 962 has passed in the House of Delegates by a 70 to 27 vote as well as in the Senate by a 27 to 13 vote.
Yesterday, Senate Bill 317 passed in the West Virginia House Judiciary Committee by a voice vote. SB 317, sponsored by state Senator John Unger (D-16), is a statewide firearms preemption bill which would bring Charleston and three other cities that currently have and enforce local gun control ordinances into uniformity with the rest of the state.