New Research “Discovers” What Everyone Knew

A recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine attempted to “determine changes in handgun acquisition patterns after the mass shootings in Newton, Connecticut, in 2012 and San Bernardino, California, in 2015.” The authors used California purchases as their focus because that state keeps permanent records of all legal firearms transactions. 

Minnesota School District Overturns Ban on Trapshooting Team Yearbook Photo

Early last week, Central Minnesota and the pro-gun corners of the internet were abuzz about political correctness run amok at Big Lake High School in Big Lake, Minn. Citing school policy, officials in charge of the high school yearbook had refused to publish a photo of the Big Lake High Hornets trapshooting team that featured the team responsibly holding their shotguns. Thankfully, late last week common sense prevailed and Big Lake school officials altered school policy to permit publication of the photo.

Alleged burglar shot by resident in Boone home invasion

A man has a non-life threatening gunshot wound when he allegedly broke into a apartment in Boone Wednesday night.  According to the Boone Police Department, the home invasion occurred around 9:37 p.m. at an apartment on Green Street.  Police said the resident shot the intruder when the man forced entry into the apartment. The alleged burglar was transported to Watauga Medical Center and was later released, Boone Police said.  Officers said the resident did not know the accused intruder.  No information has been released on whether any charges will be filed. 

Resident shoots armed intruder in Orlando

A resident shot an armed intruder early Thursday at an apartment complex, the Orlando Police Department said. A group of armed intruders barged into an apartment on Devonbriar Way shortly before 3 a.m. at the Regency Gardens apartments near South Semoran Boulevard and Pershing Avenue, Orlando police Lt. Daniel Brady said. "Shots were fired between the suspects and the victims," Brady said. "One of the suspects was critically wounded and none of the victims were injured." The other intruders fled in a possibly silver Volkswagen, Brady said.  

Man shoots at intruders who forced kids on the floor at gunpoint

A homeowner fought back in a violent confrontation with three men attempting to pull off a home invasion. One of the suspects was shot in the head, while two others are still on the run. Police rushed to the scene on Cliffmarshall in northwest Houston, where this all unfolded as a man returned home from work overnight. Investigators said three men forced their way into the man's home, where his wife and two young children, ages 5 and 6, were inside. The homeowner was pistol-whipped and his family was forced to lie down on the floor. The men were looking to rob the victim, but police said at some point the homeowner was able to get his own gun out to defend his family. There was an exchange of gunfire, and the suspects drove off in a pickup truck. That truck was abandoned at an apartment complex a few miles away on West Montgomery Road. Our crews got video of that truck, and it is riddled with bullet holes.

South Carolina: Efforts to Reconsider H.3240 Fall Short

Yesterday's effort in the South Carolina House of Representatives to take up H. 3240 fell short.  This bill, introduced by state Representative Alan Clemmons (R-107), sought to ensure that South Carolina recognizes all valid Right-to-Carry (RTC) permits issued by other states.  Unfortunately, the bill was amended on the floor to make the bill a reciprocity bill, rather than a universal recognition bill.  This means that, in order for South Carolina to recognize a permit issued by another state, that state would also have to recognize a South Carolina permit.  While reciprocity is an improvement over current law, NRA supports universal recognition as a stronger policy.

Georgia governor signs campus gun measure

The measure, known as the “campus carry” bill, would allow people with firearms permits to carry concealed guns onto public college and university campuses, and it has been long sought by conservatives and Second Amendment activists who cast it as a crucial safety measure for students, faculty and staff to protect themselves.

Georgia colleges now must implement concealed handgun law

Georgia's public university presidents and police chiefs were strongly opposed to letting people carry concealed handguns on college campuses. Now that Gov. Nathan Deal has signed the campus-carry law, it falls on them to figure out how to implement it before the next school year begins.

Hawaii: 2017 Legislative Session Adjourns

Today, May 4, the Hawaii Legislature adjourned the 2017 session.  While session began with a range of gun bills introduced, only a few bills saw legislative action this year.  All bills will carry-over to the 2018 legislative session.  Your NRA-ILA will be back next year to continue the fight to protect your Second Amendment rights!  Below are some of the pertinent gun bills that had movement this legislative session.    

Oregon: Bill to Expand Hunting Opportunities Passes Senate Committee

On Wednesday, May 3, the Oregon Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee passed House Bill 2566 with a 4-0 vote.  Introduced by state Representative Brad Witt (D-31), HB 2566 would increase the maximum age limit for youth participating in the existing hunter mentoring program from 14 to 16 years of age.  Current law allows a licensed hunter, 21 years or older, to mentor youth in order to introduce them to hunting.  HB 2566 will now go to the full Senate for consideration.  Please contact your state Senator and urge them to SUPPORT HB 2566!  

Maine: Work Session Scheduled for Ballot Initiative Reform Legislation

On Friday, May 5, the Legislative Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs has scheduled a work session for Legislative Document 31.  LD 31, sponsored by state Representative Eleanor Espling (R-65), addresses problems and concerns with the state’s current “Citizen Initiative” process.  This bill proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Maine to require that the signatures on a petition consist of voters from each of the State's two congressional districts, and the number of signatures from each congressional district be not less than 10% of the total vote for governor cast in that congressional district in the previous gubernatorial election.  Please continue to contact members of the committee and urge them to vote in favor of this important legislation!