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.

Iowa: Emergency Powers Reform Bill Under Attack in the House Public Safety Committee!

On Wednesday, February 15 at 1:00 p.m., House Study Bill 18, sponsored by state Representative Clel Baudler (R-58), will be heard by the House Public Safety Committee.  An attempt will be made by anti-gun legislators, to remove the word “carryingâ€� from this bill referred to as Iowa’s Emergency Powers Reform legislation.  

HSB 18 would prohibit any government agency from confiscating or regulating the lawful possession, carrying, transfer, transportation and defensive use of firearms or ammunition during a state of emergency, such as occurred in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Please contact members of the House Public Safety Committee and respectfully request them to support HSB 18 as written and oppose any amendments such as removing the word “carrying� from its current language.

House Public Safety Committee

Representative Clel Baudler (R-58) Chairman
clel.baudler@legis.state.ia.us
515.281.3221

Representative Tom Shaw (R-8)
Tom.Shaw@legis.state.ia.us
515.281.3221

Representative Bob Kressig (D-19)
bob.kressig@legis.state.ia.us
515.281.3221

Representative Dwayne Alons (R-4)
dwayne.alons@legis.state.ia.us
515.281.3221

Representative Mark Brandenburg (R-100)
mark.brandenburg@legis.state.ia.us
515.281.3221

Representative Joel Fry (R-95)
joel.fry@legis.state.ia.us
515.281.3221

Representative Chris Hagenow (R-59)
chris.hagenow@legis.state.ia.us
515.281.3221

Representative Jarad Klein (R-89)
jarad.klein@legis.state.ia.us
515.281.3221

Representative Dan Muhlbauer (D-51)

dan.muhlbauer@legis.state.ia.us
515.281.3221

 

Representative Steven Olson (R-83)
steven.olson@legis.state.ia.us
515.281.3221

Representative Henry Rayhons (R-11)
henry.rayhons@legis.state.ia.us
515.281.3221

Representative Thomas Sands (R-87)
thomas.sands@legis.state.ia.us
515.281.3221

Representative Kurt Swaim (D-94)
kurt.swaim@legis.state.ia.us
515.281.3221

Representative David Tjepkes (R-50)
david.tjepkes@legis.state.ia.us
515.281.3221

Representative Matt Windschitl (R-56)
Matt.windschitl@legis.state.ia.us
515.281.3221

Representative Mary Wolfe (D-26)

Mary.wolfe@legis.state.ia.us

515.281.3221

Representative Gary Worthan (R-52)
gary.worthan@legis.state.ia.us
515.281.3221

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.

Pennsylvania: Sunday hunting may get strongest push yet

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Iowa City readies gun ban on city-owned land

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Utah: Right-to-Carry permit bill wins final OK

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Arkansas: Lawmakers approve emergency powers firearms bill

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South Dakota: Panel OKs bill to let legal immigrants exercise their Right-to-Carry

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Cox: Magazines that hold more than 10 rounds save lives

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Swiss voters reject anti-gun initiative

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