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Arizona: “Shall Certify” Legislation Passes in Senate, Goes to Governor for Signature

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Yesterday, the Arizona Senate passed House Bill 2535 by an 18 to 10 vote.  Introduced by state Representative John Kavanagh (R-23), HB 2535 requires 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 sixty days as long as the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving the firearm or other item.

Louisiana: Gun Control Bill Defeated in House Committee

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Today, the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee voted 8 to 4 to involuntarily defer House Bill 1189, NRA-opposed legislation sponsored by anti-gun state Representative Barbara Norton (D-Shreveport).  As previously reported, HB 1189 would have made it a crime to intentionally expose children, age ten and under, to firearms that were not locked in a container or equipped with a locking device.

Georgia: Governor Signs Comprehensive Pro-Gun Bill into Law

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Today, Governor Nathan Deal (R) signed into law House Bill 60, the most comprehensive pro-gun legislation in state history.  HB 60 passed in the Georgia Senate by a 37-18 vote on March 18 and in the state House of Representatives by a 112-58 vote on March 20.  HB 60 will take effect on July 1, 2014.  

VDGIF Public Comment Period on Hunting Regulatory Proposals

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After the passage of several bills related to hunting during the 2014 Session of the General Assembly, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has proposed several regulatory amendments related to those bills.  A public comment period on the regulatory proposals is now open and runs until 5:00 PM on May 26, 2014. The Board will consider the proposals for possible adoption as final regulation amendments at its June 10, 2014 meeting.
Regulation 4VAC15-20.
Definitions and Miscellaneous: In General.4VAC15-20-65Hunting, trapping, and fishing license and permit fees.4VAC15-20-130Endangered and threatened species; adoption of federal list; additional species enumerated.Regulation 4VAC15-30.
Definitions and Miscellaneous: Importation, Possession, Sale, Etc., of Animals.4VAC15-30-40Importation requirements, possession and sale of nonnative (exotic) animals.Regulation 4VAC15-50.
Game: Bear.4VAC15-50-11Open season; generally.4VAC15-50-71Muzzleloading gun hunting.4VAC15-50-110Use of dogs in hunting bear.4VAC15-50-120Bear hound training season.Regulation 4VAC15-80.
Game: Crows.4VAC15-80-10Open Season.Regulation 4VAC15-90.
Game: Deer.4VAC15-90-10Open season; generally.4VAC15-90-70Bow and arrow hunting.4VAC15-90-80Muzzleloading gun hunting.4VAC15-90-91General firearms season either-sex deer hunting days.4VAC15-90-260Hunting with dogs prohibited in certain counties and areas.4VAC15-90-293Chronic Wasting Disease deer carcass importation restrictions.Regulation 4VAC15-240.
Game: Turkey.4VAC15-240-10Open season; generally.4VAC15-240-20Open season; certain counties and areas; Saturday prior to the last Monday in October and for 11 hunting days following, and on Thanksgiving Day.4VAC15-240-31Open season; certain counties and areas; Saturday prior to the last Monday in October and for 11 hunting days following, on Thanksgiving Day, and on the Monday closest to December 2 and for 11 hunting days following.4VAC15-240-40Open season; spring season for bearded turkeys.Written comments on the proposed amendments must include the commenter's name, address, and telephone number.  Comments can be submitted online at www.dgif.virginia.gov, or email at regcomments@dgif.virginia.gov or snal mailed the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Attn. Policy Analyst and Regulatory Coordinator, 4016 West Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23230.  Again, they must be received no later than May 26, 2014.

Kansas: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Bill Signed into Law

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Yesterday, Governor Sam Brownback (R) signed House Bill 2578 into law.  As previously reported here, HB 2578 passed unanimously in the Kansas House of Representatives on March 25, language from Senate Bill 447 was incorporated into HB 2578 and passed in the state Senate by a 37-2 vote on April 4, and HB 2578 was concurred by the state House of Representatives by a 102-19 vote on April 5.  HB 2578 takes effect on July 1, 2014.

Virginia Gun Ban Advocate to Accompany CSGV Billboard at NRA Annual Meeting

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Got an email from CSGV around 11:00 this morning alerting me to the rolling billboard they will have in Indianapolis during the NRA Annual Meeting and said they wanted me to be one of the first to see it.  They also asked for money.  Below is the image that accompanied the email.
 The email went on to say:
As I explained previously, the NRA is hoping to dominate the media cycle with their usual propaganda about freedom, liberty and "good guys with guns" during the convention, but we are not going to let them get away with it. It's time the media and public learned that the NRA is run by a group of extremists who routinely trample on any freedom that gets in the way of gun industry profits and unfettered access to firearms. The billboard is supposed to circle the convention center all weekend and highlight the  "offensive remarks" by NRA Board Members and staff that the group says it has catalogued.  They also plan to send Lori Haas, mother of one of the Virginia Tech shooting survivors and former member of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe's transition team to Indianapolis to speak for the group.

Reconvened Session to Take Up McAuliffe Anti-Gun Amendment at Noon Today

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The Reconvened Session of the 2014 General Assembly is at noon today to take up Governor Terry McAuliffe's vetos and amendments to bills passed this year.  There is only one bill, SB377, that has implecations to gun owners.  SB 377 sets up a voluntary process for licensed firearm retailers who are taking a firearm in trade or sale from a non-dealer, to check to see if the firearm in question has been reported lost or stolen.  The non-dealer seeking to trade or sell the firearm would be required to sign a consent form allowing the check.  As passed, if the firearm was found to not have been reported lost or stolen, the consent forms would have to be destroyed within two weeks.  Governor McAuliffe amendmend the bill to specify the forms could not be destroyed prior to 90 days and also makes no mention of a requirement to destroy the forms, setting up a backdoor registration process.  VSSA has asked Senators to reject the amendment.  As soon as the bill comes up for action on the floor, we will share the results on the VSSA Twitter feed and on Facebook.

Arizona: Senate approves another gun bill

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Under the bill, officers would be required to certify or deny a weapon within 60 days. Kavanagh says some agencies take too long or don't process the application at all. His original bill called for a 15-day deadline for applications at the local level, but an amendment extended that.

Georgia: Governor to sign Right-to-Carry legislation

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At noon Wednesday, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is scheduled to sign the sweeping legislation into law. One of the most permissive state gun laws in the nation, it will allow licensed owners to carry firearms into more public places than at any time in the past century, including bars and government buildings that don't have security checkpoints.

Louisiana: House Committee Removes Bill to Repeal Self-Defense Law from Tomorrow's Agenda

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House Bill 826, NRA-opposed legislation sponsored by state Representative Wesley Bishop (D-New Orleans) to repeal Louisiana's "stand your ground" statute, has been removed from Wednesday's House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee schedule.  However, another anti-gun measure is on the committee agenda and your help is still needed to stop that one in its tracks!

Pennsylvania: Employer Firearm Parking Lot Bans Widespread

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Last week, we sent an alert asking Pennsylvania NRA members to report to our State and Local Affairs Division if their employer has a policy which prohibits employees from transporting to/from and storing firearms in their locked, private motor vehicles while parked at work, and the response has been overwhelming!  Within 24 hours, our office received hundreds of e-mails reporting these types of policies, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to the local grocery store on the corner.  

Gun silencer sales are booming

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Sales are booming for silencers, the cylindrical devices used to muffle gunfire. The civilian market for silencers soared 37% in 2013, when the total number shot up to nearly a half a million, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives registry. That's compared to 360,000 in 2012 and 285,000 in 2011.

Husband defends wife and home from intruder, KPRC, Houston, Texas, 04/21/14

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A husband and wife were asleep at home in Houston, Texas when they were awakened by someone attempting to break in through their front door. The husband responded by retrieving a gun, as his wife called the authorities. When the home invader managed to get into the home through a back door, the husband shot the criminal. The wounded home invader then moved in a way that made the husband believe he was reaching for something, prompting the husband to shoot the intruder again. The home invader later died at a nearby hospital.

The NRA still true to its calling

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Certain things remain constant in America, despite the best efforts of, say, Hollywood, the mainstream news media, liberal culture and progressive politics. Old Glory and Old Faithful come to mind, along with the National Rifle Association — which will show just how constant it is in about 48 hours, when the organization’s annual membership meeting begins in Indianapolis. The theme this year is “Stand and Fight.” Though the group has mastered contemporary public outreach and commands the most forward-thinking communication platforms, the NRA is still the NRA, without apology or compromise. The massive three-day event is on message. It has not lost its heartland flavor, or overlooked the core interests of the 80,000 attendees who begin arriving Thursday.

Kopel: The First Amendment guide to the Second Amendment

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Back in 1995, the Tennessee Law Review published a symposium issue on the Second Amendment and firearms policy. That symposium was probably the most influential law review symposium ever published on the topic. (More on that issue, below.) This year, the Tennessee Law Review is doing another Second Amendment symposium. My contribution to the forthcoming issue is The First Amendment Guide to the Second Amendment.

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