Last week, the Hawaii House of Representatives passed House Bill 1902 with amendment HD2. As amended, HB 1902, introduced by state Representative Cindy Evans (D-7), would integrate a no net loss policy for public hunting lands in Hawaii. This legislation would require the state Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) to preserve the aggregate amount of designated public hunting land available for use by sportsmen. In the event that the BLNR reduces the amount of available public hunting land, they must make reasonable efforts to provide alternative land for hunting, of equal or greater amount and quality of wildlife habitat. “No Net Loss” laws create a base-line acreage of state public land open to public hunting, guaranteeing that future generations have the same hunting opportunities that we enjoy today.
Yesterday, House Bill 2517 passed in the House Rules Committee and is now scheduled to be considered on the floor of the Arizona House of Representatives tomorrow, March 12. HB 2517, introduced by state Representative Steve Smith (R-11), would strengthen Arizona’s firearms preemption laws. Currently, the firearms preemption statute reserves the authority to regulate firearms for the state legislature. This bill would fortify consistency in firearm and ammunition laws through a provision that would impose penalties for willful or knowing violations of this statute by localities.
This Thursday, March 13, critical legislation that would further protect your Second Amendment rights will be heard in the state Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee.
Last week, Senate Bill 317 passed in the West Virginia House of Delegates by a 92-5 vote after passing unanimously in the state Senate on February 25, and it is now waiting to be signed into law by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D).
The following two bills are scheduled to be voted on very soon by the Utah Senate. Your state Senator needs to hear from you TODAY.
The Oklahoma House of Representatives has passed several NRA-backed bills with strong support, sending this legislation to the state Senate for committee assignment and consideration. However, there are some important bills for the state House to consider before its crossover deadline this Thursday, so we need you to call your state Representative and encourage him or her to vote for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms constitutional amendment (HJR 1026), House Bill 2461 and House Bill 2887.
Yesterday, a public hearing for the conference committee on Senate Bill 229 was held at the Indiana Statehouse. The conference committee report will likely be finalized soon and SB 229 will be sent to the Senate and House floors for a final vote.
Last Friday, March 7, the Oregon legislature adjourned their 2014 session. Residents of Oregon can now rest easy knowing that their Second Amendment rights have remained intact. This session saw the introduction of a dangerous and misguided piece of anti-gun legislation, Senate Bill 1551, as well as the passage and pending enactment of two pro-gun bills, House Bill 4035 and House Bill 4068.
The Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2013 (H.R. 2959) has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressmen Richard Nugent (R-Fla.) and Jim Matheson (D-Utah). The bill would allow any person who is not prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm under federal law and who has a valid, concealed firearm permit to carry a concealed handgun in any state that issues its own residents permits to carry concealed firearms. Persons carrying a handgun in another state pursuant to H.R. 2959 would be subject to the laws of that state with respect to where concealed firearms may be carried. Similar legislation to H.R. 2959 passed the U.S. House of Representatives in 2011 by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 272-154.
Senate Bill 448 by Senator Greg Evers is on the agenda for the Senate Rules Committee Meeting TOMORROW, Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 4:00pm. We need you to contact members of this Committee IMMEDIATELY. SB-448 by Senator Greg Evers is a bill to stop abusive prosecutors from using 10-20-LIFE to prosecute people who, in self-defense, threaten to use deadly force against an attacker as a means to stop an attack.
As previously reported, House File 2381 -- NRA-supported suppressor legislation -- is in jeopardy of not receiving a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by state Senator Robert Hogg (D-33).
The 2014 West Virginia legislative session adjourned on Saturday, March 8. This session saw numerous advances, especially the passage through both the West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates of three pro-firearms bills. The below bills, all of which were previously reported here, are now awaiting signature into law by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D).
Tomorrow, March 11, at 10:00 a.m., House Bill 234, legislation allowing hunting with suppressors, is scheduled for a possible vote in the Ohio House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. As previously reported, HB 234, sponsored by state Representative Cheryl Grossman (R-23), would revise state law to allow a person to use a noise suppressor attached to a firearm while hunting in the Buckeye State.
This Thursday, March 13, the Alabama House of Representatives will consider and vote on House Bill 322. Sponsored by state Representative Mark Tuggle (R-81), HB 322 would guarantee the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife in Alabama.
This week, the Colorado House of Representatives is expected to consider House Bill 1253 for a second time. HB 1253, introduced by state Representative Elizabeth McCann (D-8), is a potentially volatile piece of mental health reform legislation that could result in additional gun owners losing their fundamental, constitutional rights.
On Friday, March 7, Senate Bill 5956 passed in the Washington House of Representatives by a 95 to 3 vote. Sponsored by state Senators Brian Hatfield (D-19), Tim Sheldon (D-35) and John Braun (R-20), SB 5956 would make legal the possession, acquisition or transfer of a legally registered short-barreled rifle in the state of Washington.
As early as this week, attempts will be made in the Maine House of Representatives to amend permitless carry (constitutional carry) into Legislative Document 222, a bill which addresses the issuance of concealed carry permits in Maine.
SB-424 by Senator Tom Lee (R-Brandon) is scheduled for its first hearing on the Senate Floor TOMORROW, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. SB-424 is a bill to stop insurance companies from discriminating against gun owners.
On Monday, March 3, an important NRA-backed self-defense bill was introduced to the Alaska Senate Judiciary Committee. Those wishing to testify in support of this legislation will be able to do so tomorrow, March 10.
This Tuesday, March 11, House Bill 875 is expected to be heard in the state Senate Judiciary Non-Civil Committee. As previously reported, HB 875 passed in the Georgia House of Representatives by a 119-56 vote on February 19.