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Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR)
Washington, D.C. Office:
255 Dirksen Senate Office Building,
District of Columbia 20510-0403
Phone: (202) 224-2353
Fax: (202) 228-0908

Little Rock Office:
500 Clinton Avenue, Suite 401
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201-1745
Phone: (501) 324-6336
Fax: (501) 324-5320

Web: http://pryor.senate.gov  

Sen. John Boozman (R-AR)
Washington, D.C. Office:
320 Hart Senate Office Building,
District of Columbia 20510-0404
Phone: (202) 224-4843
Fax: (202) 228-1371

Little Rock Office:
1401 West Capitol Avenue, Plaza F
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone: (501) 372-7153
Fax: (501) 372-7163

Web: http://boozman.senate.gov  

Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR 3rd District)
Washington, D.C. Office:
1508 Longworth House Office Building
District of Columbia 20515-0403
Phone: (202) 225-4301
Fax: (202) 225-5713

Rogers Office:
3333 Pinnacle Hills
Suite 120 Rogers
Arkansas 72758
Phone: (479) 464-0446
Fax: (479) 464-0063

Web: http://womack.house.gov  

Michael Lamoureux
Senator Michael Lamoureux
208 Craigwood Circle
Russellville, 72801
Phone: (479) 968-7300
E-Mail: Michael.Lamoureux@senate.ar.gov

 

Representative Andrea Lea
Representative Andrea Lea
P. O. Box 1342
Russellville, AR 72811
Phone: 479-967-4922
E-Mail: andrea.lea@arkansashouse.org  


      

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 Current "Firearms in the News" items

Firearms expert tells of Oscar Pistorius' love of guns
PRETORIA, South Africa — Months before he killed his girlfriend, Oscar Pistorius said he drew his gun and went into "combat mode" after thinking he heard the noise of an intruder at his home, which turned out to be a washing machine, a South African guns expert testified Monday at the athlete's murder trial.

How Pistorius Case Presents Skewed View of S. Africa Gun Culture
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius loved guns. This much we know.Friends called as witnesses in the double-amputee sprinter’s trial have told of his passion for firearms — his gun collection, his trips to the shooting range.        

Man awaits trial on gun charges
A former Portsmouth Police Explorer, who triggered high-profile police calls for openly wearing guns, is jailed on FBI charges alleging he illegally sold "self-built assault rifles" to an undercover federal agent.

PRESS RELEASES
Lawmakers are seeking the regulated importation, manufacture, sale, use and transport of airsoft rifles and pistols for public security and safety.

Scuba Diving In A War Zone? Better Bring Your Underwater Gun!
What does a frogman do when he encounters and enemy frogman underwater? Well, he can attempt a watery, zero gravity-like knife fight to the death, or her can pull his Heckler & Koch P11 underwater pistol! Read more...

Mikhail Kalashnikov obituary
Russian designer of the world-famous AK-47 assault rifle that bears his name Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov, who has died aged 94, was the Russian designer of the world-famous firearm to which he gave his name. The Kalashnikov rifle, and derivatives of it, have seen service with both regular and irregular forces all over the world. In the hands of the latter, it has become so ubiquitous as to ...

Lawmakers want airsoft guns regulated
Two lawmakers on Friday sought the regulated importation, manufacture, sale, use and transport of airsoft rifles and pistol to ensure they do not cause harm to the public.

Gun shop clerk says Army should flag at-risk soldiers
Guns Galore, a small brick building on South Fort Hood Street, has a red-and-white awning under a sign with a rifle sight as the “O” in the store’s name. The sides of the building are painted white, with signs promising 3,000 guns in stock and “1,700 plus on display.”

Clerk where Lopez bought gun says Army should flag at-risk soldiers
Guns Galore, a small brick building on South Fort Hood Street, is where Spc. Ivan Lopez bought the .45-caliber Smith & Wesson he used in the April 2 mass shooting at Fort Hood. Maj. Nidal Hasan shopped at the same store in 2009, buying the FN-57 and two laser sights he used to kill 13 and injure more than 30 others at the same military base.

House bill seeks to regulate airsoft rifles
A MEASURE was recently filed which aims to regulate the importation, production, sale, use and transport of airsoft rifles and pistols for public security and safety.

    

 NRA-ILA News

Nebraska: Emergency Powers Protection Bill Signed into Law
Today, Governor Dave Heineman (R) signed Legislative Bill 390 into law.  LB 390 passed unanimously in the Nebraska Legislature during its Final Reading on April 17, in the last hour of the 2014 legislative session.

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

Georgia: Governor to Sign Comprehensive Pro-Gun Bill on Wednesday
This Wednesday, April 23, Governor Nathan Deal (R) will sign House Bill 60 into law, the most comprehensive pro-gun bill in state history.  Once signed into law, HB 60 will take effect on July 1, 2014.  

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

Florida Report: Discrimination against Gun Owners by Insurance Companies
Senate Bill 424 to Stop Discrimination by Insurance Companies Against Gun Owners has PASSED THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE!!!!!  The bill was sponsored by Representative Matt Gaetz(R) in the House and Senator Tom Lee (R) in the Senate. 

Supreme Court pushes consideration of N.J. gun case to April 25
The U.S. Supreme Court has pushed its consideration of a case challenging New Jersey’s mandate that citizens show a “justifiable need” to carry a gun in public for protection to April 25.

The NRA still true to its calling
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
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.

Illinois: Skokie man sues over denial of concealed carry permit
A 69-year-old Skokie man filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court claiming the state unconstitutionally denied him a permit to carry a concealed gun.John Berron applied for a concealed carry permit on Jan. 5. He got a letter on March 19 that said that the Illinois Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board received an objection to his application and found he was ineligible for a permit. The Illinois State Police denied his application on that date.

Florida: House to vote on insurance rules
The Florida House is scheduled to vote on a bill Monday that would make it illegal for insurance companies to deny policies or charge higher rates solely based on gun ownership.

Gun silencer sales are booming
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.

Missouri: House Could Consider NRA-Supported Bill at Anytime
At anytime, the Missouri House of Representatives could bring up for consideration Senate Joint Resolution 36.  

Louisiana: House Committee Scheduled to Hear Bill to Repeal Self-Defense Law this Wednesday
This Wednesday, April 23, the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee will consider House Bill 826.  Sponsored by state Representative Wesley Bishop (D-New Orleans), NRA-opposed HB 826 would repeal Louisiana's "stand your ground" statute and tip the scales in favor of criminals who attack law-abiding citizens in public.  Make no mistake, this is a direct assault on your right to self-defense outside of your home, vehicle or place of business.

Michigan: Senate Committee to Consider Multiple Pro-Second Amendment Bills Tomorrow
Tomorrow, the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to hear multiple pieces of pro-Second Amendment legislation: the Firearms Record Confidentiality Package, House Bill 5087, and House Bills 5091 and 5092.

Virginia: General Assembly to Consider Governor’s Anti-Gun Amendment on Wednesday
This Wednesday, April 23, the Virginia General Assembly is meeting for its reconvened session to consider gubernatorial amendments and vetoes.  It is critical that you contact your state Senator and Delegate and urge them to vote to REJECT the Governor’s anti-gun amendment to Senate Bill 377.

NRA won’t let Michael Bloomberg step on citizens’ rights
In coming days, approximately 80,000 Second Amendment enthusiasts from across the country will congregate in Indianapolis at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting. Last year’s annual meeting came on the heels of a huge victory for Americans and a humiliating loss for Michael Bloomberg’s campaign to ban guns. On the eve of this year’s meeting, America’s least liked billionaire once again opened his wallet and declared war on the Constitution.

Gun classes drawing more women
Bob White tells the women in his beginning firearms classes that choosing a gun is like choosing a good pair of shoes.“It might look pretty, but that doesn’t mean that it’s going to work for you,” he says. “You need to test it out, hold it and make sure it’s what’s comfortable for you, not what your husband, boyfriend or guy at the gun shop thinks you need.”White is a Tuscaloosa Police officer who started his business, HAVOC Shooting Solutions, earlier this year. From its inception, he knew he wanted offer classes for women only to accommodate the growing number who are buying guns and learning to use them.

Illinois: State officials drop proposed medical pot gun ban
In response to a chorus of calls for cheaper access to medical marijuana, state regulators have proposed lowering the annual registration cost for patients to $100 from $150.The proposed new rules would also eliminate an earlier provision banning medical marijuana patients from owning firearms.

Judge: Out-of-state pot rap can’t stop gun ownership
A federal judge yesterday ruled that two Bay State men — previously convicted of marijuana possession in other states — could not be denied the right to have guns in their homes for self-defense purposes based on their prior drug crimes.

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 21, No. 16 04/18/2014


Arizona: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bills, Other Bills Await Consideration and Signature
Yesterday, Governor Jan Brewer (R) signed House Bill 2103 into law.  Introduced by state Representative Kelly Townsend (R-16), HB 2103 would allow an individual of at least nineteen years of age to obtain a concealed weapon permit if the person is currently in military service or has been honorably discharged.  This legislation is a good way to thank our military for their service and will benefit law-abiding gun owners in Arizona.  HB 2103 passed in the state Senate by a 20 to 10 vote on Wednesday and in the House by a 39 to 18 vote on March 10.

Rhode Island: Senate and House Committees Stall Multiple Anti-Gun Bills
More than a dozen gun control bills were scheduled for a hearing this week in the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee.  The good news is that those anti-gun bills which were scheduled to be heard, as previously reported, were held for further study in both committees

Nebraska: Legislature Adjourns with Passage of Emergency Powers Legislation
Yesterday, in the final hour of its 2014 legislative session, the Nebraska Legislature unanimously passed critical emergency powers legislation in its Final Reading.  Legislative Bill 390, introduced by state Senator Mark Christensen (44), now goes to Governor Dave Heineman (R) for his expected signature.

Man fells vicious dog, The Daytona Beach News-Journal, Daytona, Fla. 04/15/14
Robert Powell was out walking his dog in DeBary, Fla. when a pit bull leashed outside a home broke free and began to attack his pet. Powell, a Right-to-Carry permit holder, drew a .40 caliber pistol and shot the pit bull, killing it. A report by local law enforcement documented the bite marks on Powell’s dog. 

Sen. Cornyn Sends Letter to Holder Demanding Answers on DOJ's Proposal to Push "Smart Guns"
As we reported last week, Attorney General Eric Holder recently testified on Capitol Hill that the country needs to spend $2 million to study "smart" gun technology, as part of a $382 million expenditure on what the Obama administration calls "gun safety."

N.J. man’s handgun case before U.S. Supreme Court on Friday
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide in the coming days whether it will hear a Sussex County man’s challenge to New Jersey’s handgun carry laws.The lawsuit, brought by John Drake, challenges the “justifiable need” requirement the state asks for carrying a handgun. It has drawn the support of the National Rifle Association and 19 other states, who see the case as a possible watershed moment for reevaluating how the Second Amendment and state regulations interact.

Lott: What the press is missing in Bloomberg's anti-gun push
Gun control has largely been a top down effort. Michael Bloomberg’s latest announcement that he will spend another $50 million to push gun control – 2.5 times the amount spent by the NRA annually on political activities – is all too typical. Last year, gun control groups, largely due to Bloomberg’s money, outspent gun rights groups by about 7.4 to 1 on TV advertising.

Bloomberg Rebrands Gun Control Apparatus, Pledges $50 Million to Fight NRA, Second Amendment
On Wednesday, the New York Times published an article outlining Michael Bloomberg's latest attempt to buy your rights. This time, Bloomberg is dumping $50 million into the gun control cause and consolidating his anti-gun groups Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) and Moms Demand Action under a single organization, Everytown for Gun Safety. According to the article, Bloomberg's goal with the new money and group is to "outmuscle the National Rifle Association."

Outrage of the Week: One Yellow Squirt Gun, Plus Zero Common Sense Enforcement, Equals 10-Day Suspension
It seems that seldom a week goes by that there is not a new, outrageous case of over-zealous school officials abusing "zero-tolerance" rules.  This week is no exception, as our "outrage" comes to us from Lewiston High School, in Maine, where administrators suspended a 10th grade student--for 10 days--after a bright yellow squirt gun fell out of his backpack.

No Negotiation, Only Victory Over Anti-Gun Fanaticism
An  article by the Denver Post reports that the number of background checks conducted on private firearm transfers in Colorado under that state's new law is only about half of what was first reported by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. The revelation shines a new light on the debate over repealing the law, which gun control supporters had previously heralded as a success.

Missouri: Right to Keep and Bear Arms Constitutional Amendment Awaits Action in House
Last week, the House General Laws Committee voted “Do Pass” on Senate Joint Resolution 36 and this measure is currently waiting to be added to the House floor calendar.  Sponsored by state Senator Kurt Shaefer (R-19) and being handled in the House by state Representative John Diehl (R-89), SJR 36 would strengthen Missouri’s current right to keep and bear arms constitutional amendment, Section 23, Article I.

Louisiana: Mandatory Training Bill Fails to Advance from Committee
This Wednesday, House Bill 13 was voluntarily deferred by its sponsor, state Representative Austin Badon (D-New Orleans), after the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee failed to advance it on a 6-to-6 tie vote.  This NRA-opposed bill would have made it unlawful for a federal firearm licensed dealer (FFL) to transfer a firearm without verifying that the purchaser had completed a gun safety training course.  This was not about requiring training to obtain a permit to carry firearms for self-defense -- this would have required training to simply purchase a firearm to own in your home.

West Virginia: Attorney General Seeks to Right a Legal Wrong
Today, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R) filed a motion to intervene and dismiss a frivolous lawsuit filed by rabid anti-gun Mayors Against Illegal Guns member, Mayor Danny Jones, and the city of Charleston.

Arizona: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bill -- Update on Legislative Activity in Phoenix
On Tuesday, House Bill 2103 passed in the state Senate by a 20 to 10 vote.  Introduced by state Representative Kelly Townsend (R-16), HB 2103 would allow an individual of at least nineteen years of age to obtain a concealed weapon permit if the person is currently in military service or has been honorably discharged.  This legislation is a good way to thank our military for their service and will benefit law-abiding gun owners in Arizona.  

Bloomberg's New Campaign: Take Guns from Women in Abusive Households
For all Michael Bloomberg's talk about simply wanting to secure expanded background checks, his newest gun control group "Everytown for Gun Safety" is on a broader mission to take away the guns women in abusive homes could use for self defense.

A Pro-Gun Group Stole Bloomberg’s "Gun Safety" Group’s Name On Facebook
Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg launched a $50 million gun-control campaign called “Everytown for Gun Safety.” But a pro-gun group took the name for its Facebook page.

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox talks to Megyn Kelly about Bloomberg's $50 million pledge for anti-gun awareness plan
NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox joins Megyn Kelly to talk about former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg's $50 million anti-gun pledge.

Sen. Cornyn demands answers on DOJ’s proposed firearm tracking technology
U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding answers about the Department of Justice’s exploration of “smart gun” technology. Earlier this month, the Attorney General testified before the House of Representatives that DOJ is looking into new technologies that could raise constitutional concerns, including requiring firearms to contain biometric equipment that could store or transmit the personal identifying information of American citizens.

Sainthood for gun-grabbing ex-Mayor Bloomberg?
Mike Bloomberg is a saint in his own mind (nowhere else matters). “I have earned my place in heaven,” the billionaire ex-mayor told The New York Times. He thinks he’s buying an indulgence with the $50 million he says he will spend this year to support politicians who think like he does on gun control.

Judge upholds New York’s tougher gun law
A trial-level judge has dismissed a challenge to New York’s new gun law, rejecting legal claims that the law was pushed through the legislature improperly and that its restrictions violate the Second Amendment.State Supreme Court Justice Thomas McNamara’s decision, announced Wednesday, is expected to be appealed as gun rights supporters continue to protest the 2013 SAFE Act. The law bans the sale of high-capacity magazines and many semi-automatic firearms and requires those who already own such weapons to register them with authorities.

Despite deadline, protesters ‘will not comply’ with SAFE Act
Owners of assault-style weapons were supposed to have registered their guns by Tuesday.But there is no way of knowing exactly how many of these weapons there are in the state and how many were registered under the NY SAFE Act.The state refuses to say how many were registered, claiming it is confidential information protected by the law.Gun-rights advocates estimate compliance will be less than 10 percent.

Homeowner shoots burglar, KSBW, Santa Cruz, Calif. 04/14/14, KION, Monterey, Calif. 04/14/14
A homeowner was asleep at home in Salinas, Calif. when he was awakened to a noise coming from outside the home. The homeowner then spotted someone near his garage. After arming himself, the homeowner went to the garage to investigate and found a burglar. The homeowner shot the burglar, who was then transported to a local hospital. According to news outlet KSBW, police told reporters that “it appears the homeowner was protecting life and property and was in his legal right to use deadly force.” 

Bloomberg plans a $50 million challenge to the NRA
Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually outmuscle the National Rifle Association.

New York gun owners face ‘SAFE Act’ registration deadline
New York gun owners who possess firearms classified as assault weapons under a new state law have until the end of Tuesday to register their guns — or face potential criminal charges.The requirement is part of a provision of New York’s so-called SAFE Act, the package of tighter gun restrictions signed into law in Albany months after the Sandy Hook school massacre. The law broadened the state’s “assault weapons” ban to cover more kinds of semiautomatic weapons.

4 pro-gun bills get initial nod in Arizona Senate
The Arizona Senate on Tuesday gave initial approval to four major pro-gun bills that Republicans said are necessary to protect 2nd Amendment rights.

Mexico sets date for vigilantes to register guns
The Mexican government says vigilante groups in the western state of Michoacan will have until May 10 to register their guns and decide whether to join the army's "rural defense corps."

NRA's Annual Meetings & Exhibits 2014: Stand and Fight
Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meetings and Exhibits sponsored by MidwayUSA will be held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana from April 25-27, 2014.

Tennessee: House Subcommittee Chairman Removes Park Carry Bill from Schedule
Last night, House Bill 1407, sponsored by state Representative Tilman Goins (R-10), was removed from the hearing notice in the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee.  Please contact Chairman Mike Harrison immediately and urge him to return HB 1407 on his subcommittee calendar.

Jewelry store owner fells robber, The San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, Calif. 04/12/14, The San Jose Mercury News, San Jose, Calif. 04/11/14
A group of masked and armed men entered Hardy Nix Jewelers in Antioch, Calif. and attempted to rob the store. The store’s owner responded by obtaining a gun and exchanging gunfire with the criminals, striking and killing one, and causing the others to flee. One customer was wounded during the incident, but her injuries are described as non-life-threatening. 

Pennsylvania: Firearms Preemption Bill Still Stalled in House, Your Immediate Help Needed
Another week has gone by and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has still not acted on House Bill 2011, critical firearms preemption legislation needed to provide consistency of Pennsylvania’s firearm and ammunition laws throughout the state.  Your immediate help is needed to ensure this bill gets a vote on the House floor.

Connecticut not yet ready to enforce gun law
More than a year has passed since Connecticut enacted tighter firearm restrictions following the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Conn. But authorities there still have no immediate plans to enforce one of its key components, reports the Record-Journal.

Texas: Legislature likely to debate open carry, campus carry laws next year
Like other large communities in Texas and throughout the nation, this city of 1.4 million residents is used to all kinds of political rallies and street protests.But what made the April 6 gathering in front of a police substation unusual was some gun-rights activists carrying a rifle or a shotgun strapped to their backs. Dozens of them, not all carrying a firearm in full view, were protesting an ordinance they consider illegal because it limits their right to carry loaded weapons.

Kentucky: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Reform Signed into Law Last Week
Last Friday, Governor Steve Beshear (D) signed into law a comprehensive pro-gun bill, House Bill 128. As initially introduced by state Representative Robert Damron (D-39), HB 128 allows retired peace officers with a valid Concealed Deadly Weapons License (CDWL), in accordance with the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), to carry at all times in Kentucky, with an exception for detention facilities.

Rhode Island: Senate and House Committees to Hear Over a Dozen Gun Bills this Week
Anti-gun state lawmakers continue their assault on the constitutional rights of Rhode Island gun owners this week in Providence.  Tomorrow, April 15, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear a full slate of anti-gun bills starting at 6:00 p.m. in room 313 of the State House.  The anti-gun bills scheduled to be considered tomorrow only attack the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens and do nothing to address violent crime or public safety.

New York: “SAFE Act” Registration Deadline is Tomorrow, April 15
Tomorrow, April 15, the year-old “SAFE Act” will require gun owners to register any firearm that falls within the anti-gun Legislature’s new definition of a semi-automatic “assault weapon,” or risk becoming a felon.  The NRA actively opposed this egregious legislation last January while it was being rammed through the legislative process by Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) within a 24-hour period without any public input or committee hearings. 

Pennsylvania: Does your Employer Ban Firearms in Their Parking Lot?
Your National Rifle Association is currently seeking information from our members in Pennsylvania on employers who prohibit employees from transporting to/from and storing firearms in their locked, private motor vehicles while parked at work.  This information will be a valuable tool in advancing state “employee protection” legislation in Harrisburg.  Businesses have no legitimate interest in micromanaging the lawful contents of one’s private vehicle at the workplace.

Tennessee: General Assembly Expected to Adjourn This Week – Your Action Still Needed
The 2014 session of the Tennessee General Assembly is expected to come to a close this week, but action on pro-Second Amendment related issues is still needed.  

SAFE Act gun showdown
Come Tuesday, owners of assault weapons in New York will be faced with a choice: Register those firearms with the state or potentially face a felony charge.Some gun owners have long threatened to ignore a requirement to register assault weapons under the SAFE Act, a set of strict gun laws approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers last year.

As many as one million armed New Yorkers are about to break the law
This year April 15 is more than the tax deadline for an estimated one million New York State residents. It’s also the deadline to register “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines. If they don’t, they’ll begin living outside the law. A lot of them have decided to do just that. They’ve decided to practice civil disobedience even though failure to register an “assault weapon” by the deadline is punishable as a “class A misdemeanor,” which means a maximum sentence of one year in prison.

Missouri: House Passes Self-Defense Legislation
On Thursday, the Missouri House of Representatives passed House Bill 1539 by a 110 to 39 vote.  HB 1539, critical self-defense legislation, will now be sent to the Missouri Senate for its committee referral.

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 21, No. 15 04/11/2014


Illinois: House Passes Legislation to Prevent the Destruction of Firearms
Yesterday, the Illinois House of Representatives passed House Bill 4860, with House Amendment 1, by an 88 to 6 vote.  Sponsored by state Representative Brad Halbrook (R-110), HB 4860, as amended, provides law enforcement agencies with the option to sell confiscated firearms at public auction rather than destroying or keeping them for agency use.

Tennessee: House Subcommittee to Hear Park Carry Bill Early Next Week
Having awaited passage of the state Budget, House Bill 1407 is expected to be considered in the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee as early as Monday, April 14.  It is imperative that you contact subcommittee members TODAY and respectfully urge them to vote “YES” on HB 1407.

Ohio: 2014 Hunting Regulations Approved by Wildlife Council
This week, the Ohio Wildlife Council voted to approve deer hunting with certain straight walled rifle cartridges (pistol caliber rifles or PCR) during any season that shotguns are legal to use.

Louisiana: House Committee to Consider Gun Control Measure Next Week
On Wednesday, April 16, the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee will hold a public hearing and vote on House Bill 13.  Sponsored by state Representative Austin Badon (D-New Orleans), this NRA-opposed bill would make it unlawful for a federal firearm licensed dealer (FFL) to transfer a firearm without verifying that the purchaser has completed a gun safety training course.  

Oklahoma: Three Important Pro-Gun Bills Still Awaiting Consideration
As previously reported here and here, three important pro-gun bills passed in Senate committees last week and have since been awaiting consideration by the full Senate.  Your help is needed to ensure that these bills get a vote!  Please contact your state Senator today and urge him or her to vote for House Bill 2461, House Bill 2539, and House Joint Resolution 1026, Oklahoma’s constitutional Right to Bear Arms provision.

Knife-wielding robber targets the wrong store, Fox2now, St. Louis, Mo. 04/08/14
A 24-year-old man drove a stolen truck to Cobb’s Grocery in Richwoods, Mo., entered the store, drew a canister of mace and knife, and demanded money. Kenny Cobb was inside the store at the time, and responded to the situation by drawing a gun and firing at the criminal, striking him in the abdomen. The robber fled the scene in the stolen truck, but was captured by police a short time later. The armed robber should have known not to attempt to rob Cobb’s Grocery, as the store proudly displays signs about the Second Amendment and armed self-defense in a front window. A neighbor shared a similar sentiment while speaking with a local news outlet about Ron Cobb, Kenny’s father and owner of the store, stating, “Everybody knows he’s got weapons and that… You don’t rob that man. No one around here, they know better for years, He’s been a retired police officer and firefighter.” 

Holder Floats Taxpayer-Funded "Smart" Gun Research
This week, Attorney General Eric Holder testified on Capitol Hill that what America needs at this pivotal moment in its history is to spend $2 million for "smart" gun technology, as part of a $382 million expenditure on what the Obama administration calls "gun safety."

Contact Your Senators and Representative to Stop Proposed Semi-Auto Firearm Importation Ban
We recently reported that U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), sponsor of the federal "assault weapon" and "large" magazine "ban"  of 1994-2004, is asking President Barack Obama to direct the BATFE to reinterpret a provision of the Gun Control Act of 1968 to prohibit the importation of various semi-automatic firearms and their parts.

The Latest on the Obama Administration's Proposed Ban on the Domestic Sale of Ivory and Importation of Elephant Trophies
In recent Grassroots Alerts, we addressed the Obama administration's proposal to ban the trade and sale of legally owned ivory within the United States (click here to see the initial alert). The NRA supports efforts to stop poaching and the illegal trade of ivory, but this proposed ban on legally owned ivory sold domestically will have no impact on 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. Please see this New York Times article highlighting the broad spectrum of people who will be harmed by the ban.

BATFE Publicly Confirms Administration's Ammunition Import Ban
On Monday, BATFE issued a "special advisory" indicating the agency's official position on 5.45x39 7N6 ammunition.  The advisory states that "the ammunition is 'armor piercing' under [federal law] and is therefore not importable."  We previously reported on our efforts to determine BATFE's official position on this issue.

With Congress in Recess, Please Contact Your Lawmakers and Tell Them to Oppose Import Bans
For the next two weeks, Congress will be out on a District Work Period.  During this time, your U.S. senators and House members will be back home in their respective states and districts.  This is a great opportunity for you, as a constituent, to contact your lawmaker to personally voice your strong opposition to proposed bans on importing certain semi-automatic firearms and on the domestic sale of ivory and importation of elephant trophies.

Nervous About November: 82 Anti-Gun House Democrats Ask Obama to Expand Import Ban
On Wednesday, 82 members of the United States House of Representatives sent President Barack Obama a letter asking him to have the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) expand its ban on the importation of semi-automatic firearms and parts for such firearms.

Another Reason to be Concerned about Obama’s Surgeon General Nominee
On Thursday, the anti-gun American College of Physicians (ACP) came out for the entire gun control agenda being pushed at the national level, adding to the suspicion that Dr. Vivek Murthy, President Obama's nominee for Surgeon General, would do the same if confirmed to the post.  To the many newspaper editors who have suggested medicine has nothing to do with gun control, and NRA has no place opining on who gets named as America's "Top Doc," we say: "We told you so."

Florida: REPORT on Legislative Committee/Floor Action Monday 4/7/14 through Friday 4/11/14
The sixth week of the Legislative Session was another exceptionally busy and successful week.  The blue underlined bill numbers are the most current versions of the bills. You can simply click on those links to read the bills.  A new version is prepared every time a bill is amended (changed) in committee.  If there is no blue link that means the newest amended version is not yet available.

California: Legislative Update for the Week of April 7
This week, several anti-gun bills passed in their respective committees while two pro-hunting bills also passed in their respective committees.

Connecticut mayor quits MAIG
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton resigned Wednesday from Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an affiliation that has brought him grief from gun owners in the six-way race for the Republican nomination for governor.

New York Officials Argue for Flexibility with Gun Law Violators… As Long as They're on the City's Payroll
Some of New York's most strident gun control advocates have rushed to the defense of an unwitting traveler who was arrested at an airport for a technical violation of a draconian gun law.  Has a new era of sanity arrived in the Big Apple?  Not really.  This defendant happens to be an NYPD officer who is alleged to have violated India's strict firearm regulations.

NRA Opposes Administration's Plan to Broaden Reach of Mental Health-Related Gun Bans
On Monday, NRA filed formal comments in opposition to a plan by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to expand the categories of persons prohibited under federal law from acquiring or possessing firearms because of having been "adjudicated as a mental defective" or "committed to a mental institution."  The proposal is commonly referred to by its BATFE docket number, 51P.

Outrage of the Week: Zero-Tolerance Policies Now Exploited by Enterprising Bullies
There is a long history of school administrators behaving like bullies when enforcing the irrational zero-tolerance policies that have ensnared scores of students.  A recent case out of Vernon, N.J., however, suggests that the hysterical enforcement of these policies in some schools has reached a level where an actual peer bully can exploit zero-tolerance to torment a victim.

Virginia: Governor Returns NRA-Opposed Amendment on Firearm Records Legislation
On Monday, Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) returned a NRA-opposed amendment for Senate Bill 377.  Sponsored by state Senator Bryce Reeves (R-17), SB 377, as amended and passed in the General Assembly, would allow gun dealers seeking to purchase, trade or transfer a firearm from a non-dealer individual to submit information on that firearm to law enforcement to determine if it has been reported lost or stolen.

Louisiana: House Approves NRA-Backed Restaurant Carry Bill by Overwhelming Vote
Yesterday, the Louisiana House of Representatives passed House Bill 72 by an 80 to 19 vote.  This NRA-supported measure, sponsored by state Representative Joe Lopinto (R-Metairie), would clarify that concealed handgun permit holders may possess firearms in restaurants that serve alcohol.

Californians: Register and Vote for Your Freedom
Many Californians who believe in the right to keep and bear arms mistakenly believe that their vote won’t make a difference.  They are wrong!  Becoming a permanent vote by mail voter helps increase voter turnout significantly enough to swing elections!  If every single gun owner and believer in the right to keep and bear arms registered to vote and always voted by mail, we could turn back the onslaught of gun bans coming from state and local politicians in California.

Smart guns are dumb
Addressing the assembled congressmen in his inimitable style last Friday, Attorney General Holder told a House appropriations subcommittee that he wished to “explore” the opportunities that might arise were he to be given millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money and a copy of the movie Skyfall.

Florida House bill would allow carrying guns without a permit during riots, natural disasters
Under a bill backed by the National Rifle Association and other gun groups, riots could be the newest safe haven for those carrying firearms without a permit.HB 209, which is expected to be voted on Friday by the Florida House, would allow people with clean criminal backgrounds to conceal firearms without a permit during emergencies — including riots and civil unrest like the 1996 racial disturbances that rocked south St. Petersburg — declared by the governor or local officials.

Nebraska: Bill to prevent Nebraska governors from restricting gun sales in emergency moves to final vote
The Nebraska Legislature is set to take a final vote on a measure that would prevent governors from restricting gun sales in a state emergency.

Louisiana House advances bill to allow some guns in bars, restaurants
The Louisiana House on Wednesday (April 9) passed a bill that would allow off-duty law enforcement to carry their guns into bars. The bill would also allow concealed handgun permit holders to bring their guns into restaurants that serve alcohol, but make the majority of their money from food sales.

Tennessee: Legislative Update from Nashville
As the 2014 legislative session begins to wind down, a number of NRA-supported bills are still moving in the Tennessee General Assembly.  Your NRA-ILA is continually working to protect and expand the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding gun owners in Tennessee.

Missouri: House Committee Hears Pro-Gun Legislation
Yesterday, the House General Laws Committee heard Senate Bill 745.  While this committee did not vote on this important right to carry legislation, it is expected to send SB 745 to the House floor in the near future.  

Maryland: General Assembly Adjourns Sine Die
The Maryland General Assembly adjourned its 2014 legislative session at midnight on Monday.  As state legislators leave Annapolis, Maryland gun owners can now rest easy knowing that no anti-gun legislation was passed this year.  

Nebraska: Emergency Powers Legislation Passes Select File in Senate
Today, the Nebraska Legislature advanced critical emergency powers legislation from Select File to Final Reading by voice vote.  The amended form of Legislative Bill 390, introduced by state Senator Mark Christensen (44), would strike the word “firearms” from the list of items the Governor may suspend during a declared state of emergency. 

Arizona: Senate to Consider Multiple Pro-Gun Bills as Early as This Week
Having passed in the Arizona Senate Rules Committee, several pro-gun bills now go to the Senate floor where they could be considered as early as this week.

West Virginia: Martinsburg Making Changes to its Gun Laws
Tomorrow, April 10, at 6:30 p.m., the Martinsburg City Council plans to meet and address two specific changes related to its local gun control ordinances.  Thanks to the passage this year of Senate Bill 317, sponsored by state Senator John Unger (D-16), and it being signed into law by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D) almost two weeks ago, Martinsburg must now remedy its conflicting municipal codes.

Gun carrying woman halts violent mob, The Detroit News, Detroit, Mich. 04/08/14, WJBK, Detroit, Mich. 04/08/14, WXYZ, Detroit, Mich. 04/07/14
Steve Utash was driving in Detroit, Mich. when he accidentally struck a 10-year-old boy with his vehicle. Retired nurse Deborah Hughes was inside her nearby home at the time, and once she became aware of the accident, she retrieved a .38-caliber pistol and went to see if she could help. While she was trying to comfort the injured boy, a mob began to attack Utash, who had stopped and gotten out of his vehicle. As the beating was taking place, Hughes rushed over to the crowd and told the mob, “Don’t kick him anymore, don’t hit him anymore, get back,” halting the attack. Hughes later told a local media outlet, “I had a gun in my pocket, I was ready to do some damage if I had to.” Following the incident, Detroit Police Chief James Craig referred to Hughes as a “Detroit hero.” Hughes made clear to a reporter that she is often armed stating, “You have to carry a gun around here… This neighborhood is terrible. I don’t walk around without my gun.” 

Bill advances to allow Florida gun owners to carry concealed during evacuations
The Community Affairs Committee voted 8-1 to pass SB 296, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, that would remove any criminal penalties for those found carrying weapons in public without a permit during evacuations ordered by the governor.

Tennessee: Senate votes to allow more carry options
The Tennessee Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would let gun owners carry their weapons openly without a permit.

Colorado: Gun control proponent challenged in court
A gun control expert and proponent of background checks had a tough time defending his case in Colorado's gun control trial.Monday was day six in the federal trial brought by 31 Colorado pro-gun groups and people who claim that three bills regulating gun use in Colorado are unconstitutional.

Holder blames gun lobby for contempt of Congress vote
Attorney General Eric Holder blamed “the gun lobby” for being behind his 2012 contempt vote in Congress, in one of many heated exchanges with House Republicans Tuesday.

Maryland: Hunter Protection Bill Sent to Governor
Last night, the Maryland House of Delegates passed Senate Bill 231 by a 120 to 9 vote.  Sponsored by state Senator George Edwards (R-1), SB 231 would allow bowhunters, who are otherwise authorized to carry a handgun, to carry a handgun for protection while hunting in Deer Management Region A.  While afield, bowhunters are vulnerable to outdoor crime and dangerous wildlife, and should be allowed to carry a firearm for protection. 

    

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