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Wyoming: Two Self-Defense Bills Sent to the Senate and Permitless Carry Legislation on the House Floor!

Wyoming’s fast moving legislative session has seen a recent flurry of action on legislation intended to protect and guarantee your right to self-defense. 

House Bill 122 passed successfully on the House floor by a 57 to 3 vote.  It will now head to the Senate to await its next assignment.  This bill would remove the “duty to retreat” if you are attacked in any place you have a legal right to be. If passed, you would no longer have to turn your back on a criminal and try to run when attacked. Instead, you may stand your ground and fight back, meeting force with force, including deadly force, if you reasonably believe it is necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm to yourself or others.

Also, by a 58 to 1 vote and with one absent, House Bill 167 successfully passed out of the House and will now awaits its next vote after being referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.  This “Castle Doctrineâ€� bill would strengthen a person’s right to self-defense in their own home.

Permitless Carry legislation, Senate File 47, passed out of House committee last week and now waits to be considered on the House floor.  Sponsored by state Senator Kit Jennings (R-28), SF 47 is an important update to lawful carry in Wyoming.  It would allow for lawful carry of a concealed firearm without the burdensome requirement of acquiring a Wyoming carry permit. The approval of this pivotal legislation bodes well for law-abiding citizens of Wyoming who wish to protect not only themselves but family and friends alike.

In Wyoming it is generally legal to carry a firearm openly as long as one is at least 18 years of age and not prohibited from possessing a firearm.  However, if the firearm becomes covered with a coat, or if a woman prefers to carry a firearm in her purse, one needs to possess a concealed carry permit. The intent of this legislation is to give people the greatest possible freedom to choose the best method of carry for them, based on attire, gender, and/or physical attributes.

Please contact your Representative and respectfully urge him or her to support SF 47.  To find your state Representative and their contact information, please click here.

Virginia Deer, Elk and Bear Populations in Serious Jeopardy

Please call the House Committee members listed below and strongly urge them to oppose Senate Bill 868!

Virginia Senate Bill 868 is scheduled for a possible vote tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. in the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee in House Room C.  This bill poses a significant threat to deer, elk and bear populations within the state and could have devastating impacts on the future hunting and scientific management of these species. 

SB 868 eliminates the current provision in state law that requires officials from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) to investigate and confirm claims of crop damage before issuing deer and bear kill permits to landowners.  It also adds elk to the list of species that may be killed pursuant to these permits.

This bill is a response to the elk restoration program the VDGIF approved last year.  The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation vehemently opposed the reintroduction effort and knows that this legislation will ensure the failure of the program by allowing the killing of reintroduced elk without government oversight. 

While this bill targets the elk reintroduction program, it also authorizes the unregulated killing of deer and bear by landowners.  Wildlife has always been held in the public trust and it’s not too much to ask to have state officials at least investigate claims of crop damage prior to issuing kill permits.  This kind of unrestricted killing will ultimately harm hunting opportunities and could have devastating impacts on the populations of these game animals across the Commonwealth. Public hunting in agricultural settings should always be considered the primary means of managing wildlife

It is impossible to overstate the irony associated with this legislation coming at a time when the Farm Bureau is adamantly opposing a dramatic expansion of hunter opportunity – Sunday hunting.  The current Sunday hunting ban in the Commonwealth eliminates at least half of the time most sportsmen have to hunt.  This increases the incidents of crop damage the Farm Bureau claims is such a dramatic problem.

The state’s game animal population should not be viewed as mere pests that can be eliminated by landowners in any manner they deem appropriate!  There are times when control outside of hunting seasons is required but it should be used as sparingly as possible.  SB 868 opens the floodgates to unregulated killing of wildlife and invokes memories from a dark past that involved the eradication of species that posed even the slightest nuisance behavior. 

Many other national hunting and conservation organizations oppose SB 868, including Safari Club International, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Quality Deer Management Association and the National Shooting Sports Foundation.  Please call and e-mail the committee members listed below and respectfully urge them to oppose this dangerous special interest bill!

House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee Contact Information:

Chairman Harvey B. Morgan
(804) 698-1098
DelHMorgan@house.virginia.gov

Vice Chair Edward T. Scott
(804) 698-1030
DelEScott@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Beverly Sherwood
(804) 698-1029
DelBSherwood@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Lee R. Ware, Jr.
(804) 698-1065
DelLWare@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Thomas C. Wright, Jr.
(804) 698-1061
DelTWright@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Robert D. Orrock, Sr.
(804) 698-1054
DelBOrrock@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Daniel W. Marshall, III
(804) 698-1014
DelDMarshall@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Charles D. Poindexter
(804) 698-1009
DelCPoindexter@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Brenda L. Pogge
(804) 698-1096
DelBPogge@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Barry D. Knight
(804) 698-1081
DelBKnight@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Richard P. Bell
(804) 698-1020
DelDBell@house.virginia.gov

Delegate James E. Edmunds, II
(804) 698-1060
DelJEdmunds@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Tony O. Wilt
(804) 698-1026
DelTWilt@house.virginia.gov

Delegate John A. Cox
(804) 698-1055
DelJCox@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Kenneth R. Plum
(804) 698-1036
DelKPlum@house.virginia.gov

Delegate James M. Shuler
(804) 698-1012
DelJShuler@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Lynwood W. Lewis, Jr.
(804) 698-1000
DelLLewis@house.virginia.gov

Delegate David L. Bulova
(804) 698-1037
DelDBulova@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Mark D. Sickles
(804) 698-1043
DelMSickles@house.virginia.gov

Delegate David L. Englin
(804) 698-1045
DelDEnglin@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Matthew James
(804) 698-1080
DelMJames@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Luke E. Torian
(804) 698-1052
DelLTorian@house.virginia.gov

Worker Protection Bill Facing Critical Challenge in the North Dakota House

Please contact your state Representative today!

Large corporations and special interests are working overtime to defeat legislation that would allow North Dakota gun owners to store their firearms in personal, locked vehicles without fear of being fired.  Despite hearing testimony from North Dakota residents about businesses with anti-gun policies, the House Judiciary Committee voted for a “do not passâ€� recommendation on House Bill 1438.  While the vote does not kill the bill, it puts this legislation in serious jeopardy.  

Sponsored by state Representative Scott Kelsh (D-11), HB 1438 is an important bill for those who carry concealed or target shoot and must store their firearm during work hours as well as hunters who hunt before and after work.  The bill also protects customers who have firearms locked in their private vehicles. 

Your urgent action is needed.  HB 1438 can be called for a floor vote in the House of Representatives any day.  Please contact your state Representative and respectfully ask him or her to support HB 1438.  Contact information can be found here

Nebraska: Judiciary Committee to Hold a Public Hearing Tomorrow, February 16!

Tomorrow, the Judiciary Committee is having a public hearing on several bills related to firearms. All of these bills would provide significant improvements to current statute regarding firearm ownership, possession, and concealed carry legislation.  The NRA will be there to support these bills and we urge you to do the same.  This committee will meet in Room 1103 of the State Capitol.  If you are unable to participate in this public hearing, please contact the members of the Judiciary Committee listed below and urge them to support these important reform bills:

LB 138, introduced by state Senator ScottLautenbaugh (18), would change residency requirements under the Concealed Handgun Permit Act to allow new Nebraska residents to continue to carry a concealed firearm, as long as they have a permit from a state with which Nebraska has reciprocity. 

LB 516, introduced by state Senator Mark Christensen (44), would authorize the carrying of concealed handguns in educational institutions by security personnel, administrators, or teaching staff, but only if 2/3’s of the members of the institution’s governing body are in favor of allowing it.  

LB 538, introduced by state Senator Russ Karpisek (32), changes provisions relating to the disposition of seized firearms. It would clarify that any firearm taken into custody by law enforcement agencies, through a voluntary surrender program and those that have not been seized or used in the commission of a crime, can be released to the owner without obtaining a court order.

LB 618, introduced by state Senator Burke Harr (8), would authorize possession of firearms by law enforcement or authorized security personnel on school grounds and at school events.

LB 622, also introduced by Sen. ScottLautenbaugh (18), would change provisions relating to confiscation and destruction of firearms.  It would implement a process for firearm recovery by individuals who have a lawful right to the firearm if confiscated by police and awards them court costs, attorney fees, and damages sought in that recovery.  It would also prevent the destruction of firearms if law enforcement is not legally required to return the firearm to the owner and require that those firearms be sold at public auction. 

Once again, please contact the members of the Judiciary Committee and respectfully urge them to support the bills mentioned above.  Committee contact information can be found below.

Judiciary Committee

Chairman
Senator Brad Ashford Dist. 20
Phone: (402) 471-2622
Email: bashford@leg.ne.gov

Senator Colby Coash Dist. 27
Phone: (402) 471-2632
Email: ccoash@leg.ne.gov  

Senator Brenda Council Dist. 11
Phone: (402) 471-2612
Email: bcouncil@leg.ne.gov  

Senator Burke Harr Dist. 8
Phone: (402) 471-2722
Email: bharr@leg.ne.gov  

Senator Tyson Larson Dist. 40
Phone: (402) 471-2801
Email: tlarson@leg.ne.gov

Senator Steve Lathrop Dist. 12
Phone: (402) 471-2623
Email: slathrop@leg.ne.gov  

Senator ScottLautenbaugh Dist. 18
Phone: (402) 471-2618
Email: slautenbaugh@leg.ne.gov

Senator Amanda McGill Dist. 26
Phone: (402) 471-2610
Email: amcgill@leg.ne.gov  

No-Duty-to-Retreat Legislation Passes Alaska’s House Judiciary Committee

On Monday, February 14, the House Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 80 by a 4 to 1 vote.  This legislation would remove the duty-to-retreat in Alaska.  HB 80 now moves to the House Finance Committee.

Under existing law, there is no-duty-to-retreat if a person is in their home, business, or on their own property.  Introduced by state Representative Mark Neuman (R-15), HB 80 would extend the right to use force, including deadly force, for self-defense anywhere a person has a legal right to be.

Your NRA will continue to update you on the status of HB 80 as it progresses through the Alaska Legislature.

Virginia: “Castle Doctrine” Legislation Defeated in Senate Committee!

On Monday, February 14, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee “passed by indefinitely� House Bill 1573, defeating the bill by an 8 to 4 margin. State Senators Henry Marsh (D-16), Richard Saslaw (D-35), Louis Lucas (D-18), John Edwards (D-21), Roscoe Reynolds (D-20), Toddy Puller (D-36), Creigh Deeds (D-25), and Chap Petersen (D-34) all voted in opposition to this “Castle Doctrine� legislation.

With all 140 seats of the General Assembly up for election this year, it is more important than ever for your elected officials to hear your voice and vote to defend your Second Amendment rights. Please remember to take these anti-gun votes into consideration when voting in the upcoming Virginia election.

House Bill 1573, sponsored by Delegate Bill Cleaveland (R-17), sought to codify a version of the “Castle Doctrine� which would have allowed lawful occupants of a dwelling to use any degree of physical force, including deadly force, against an intruder who has committed an overt act against him, without the fear of civil liability.

Please continue to check your email and www.NRAILA.org for updates on other important firearms-related issues.

Anti-Gun Legislation Temporarily Stalled in West Virginia House

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 2346, a bill identical to one defeated last year during the regular session before it ever advanced out of committee. Just like last year’s legislation, HB 2346 would remove due process from protective orders issued in domestic violence situations and, once again, the NRA is very much opposed to this legislation. 

Under current West Virginia and federal law, a protective order can only prohibit firearm possession if it’s issued when both parties are present, so both sides of the story can be heard.  HB 2346 would remove the requirement that both parties be present at the hearing, therefore authorizing the confiscation of firearms without due process, if a protective order is issued.   

HB 2346 is a broad expansion of the powers of the state to take away a constitutional right.  For unexplained reasons, this bill was allowed to advance out of committee, but the NRA has successfully worked with members of the House to stall the bill and have it removed from the Special Calendar.  It is our hope that HB 2346 will not advance to consideration before the full House of Delegates. 

Please contact your state Delegate(s) and respectfully urge them to oppose HB 2346 and not let it be considered on the House floor.  Click here to find your Delegate(s) and locate their contact information.

El Dorado County, California: Another Public Meeting To Consider Land Use Plan For Kanaka Valley

Another public meeting will be held this Thursday, February 17 to discuss the use and public access of the newly-acquired Kanaka Valley.  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) currently allows recreational shooting and hunting on BLM lands.  Your attendance is needed at this February 17 meeting to ensure recreational shooting and hunting will be allowed at Kanaka Valley.  To view information about the Kanaka Valley project and planning, please click here. 

 

Date: Thursday, February 17

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Location:  Green Valley Elementary School

                   2380 Bass Lake Road in Rescue

 

Agenda

Small Group Discussions: Modified Hunting Solution at Kanaka Valley

Group Discussion: Modified Hunting Recommendation at Kanaka Valley

 

If you are unable to attend, please call and e-mail your support of recreational shooting and hunting to the BLM office at:

 

Lauren Fety

Bureau of Land Management

Mother Lode Field Office

5152 Hillsdale Circle

El Dorado, CA  95762

(916) 941-3133

cafokvp@blm.gov

Indiana: Preemption Improvement Bill Heads to the House, Transport Permit Repeal Bill set for Third Reading in the Senate!

Monday, February 14, proved sweet for Hoosier gun owners, as state Senators gave final approval to Senate Bill 292 by a vote of 38 to 12, sending it over to the House. The Indiana House of Representatives now prepares to receive its third pro-gun bill from the Senate. SB 292 seeks to improve and strengthen Indiana’s firearm preemption law.

Senate Bill 292, filed by state Senator Jim Tomes (R-49), is a strong and meaningful Preemption bill that would remove the grandfathered municipalities and mandate a statewide standard for firearm laws in Indiana. The law would also protect travelers throughout the state from running afoul of a patchwork of different gun laws when they cross municipal boundaries.

It is very important that the Indiana House passes the Senate bill without amendments which would erode the strength of the current Preemption legislation. Please be ready to contact your Representatives when the House accepts the bill and assigns it to committee.

The Senate also voted earlier today, February 15, to give Second Reading approval to SB 506. In voting to approve the bill on second reading, the Senate added an amendment to clarify the purpose and intent of the bill, while avoiding some amendments intended to harm the future strength of the legislation.

Senate Bill 506, introduced by state Senator Jim Tomes (R-49), would remove the onerous “transport permit� requirement from lawful Hoosier gun owners and travelers in Indiana. It is currently illegal to transport a handgun in your vehicle for any reason unless you are driving from the point of purchase to your home or fixed place of business, or from your home or fixed place of business to a gunsmith for repair.

SB 506 now awaits a final passage vote, which could come as early as Thursday. If approved on Third Reading, the Transport Permit Improvement bill will be sent to the Indiana House.

Please contact your state Senator and respectfully ask him or her to support SB 506 to provide significant and necessary reforms to Indiana’s “transport permit� requirement. Contact information can be found by clicking here.

Thank you for making your voices heard in the Indiana General Assembly. Your elected officials respond positively when they hear from you!

NRA will keep you up-to-date on these bills as they continue moving through the Indiana General Assembly.

Arizona: NRA-Backed Bills Progress in the House and Senate

As the legislative session continues in Phoenix, three pro-gun bills have recently received positive committee action. House Bill 2140, legislation to protect your firearms rights against Homeowners Associations and landlords, passed committee and will now move to caucus in the House, then to the House Committee of the Whole. Senate Bills 1469 and 1467, which seek to strengthen your self-defense rights, also passed committee and will now move to caucus, then to the Committee of the Whole in the Senate. 

Earlier today, the House Government Committee passed House Bill 2140 by a 5 to 2 vote, with two absent votes. This bill would prohibit Homeowner Associations (HOA) and landlords from requiring a tenant to agree to waive any right guaranteed by the Constitution of Arizona. Essentially, it would prevent the HOA and lease holders from preventing firearms ownership, possessing firearms, carrying concealed or any other form of firearm ownership.

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed Senate Bill 1469, by 7 to 0 vote, with one absent vote. This bill would strengthen the current “Castle Doctrine� self-defense legislation by broadening the allowance for the use of force, including deadly force, to provide greater protection for those forced to defend themselves from an attacker.

Senate Judiciary Committee also passed Senate Bill 1467 yesterday by a vote of 5 to 3, despite heavy opposition from anti-gun advocates from the local universities and the university police. SB 1467 would prohibit an educational institution from adopting or enforcing any policy prohibiting the possession of a concealed weapon by a permit holder or for the lawful transportation or storage of a firearm.

At this time no action is required on your part.  However, please continue to check your e-mail and www.NRAILA.org for updates on these and other Second Amendment-related legislation.