Castle Doctrine Legislation Introduced in Pennsylvania House of Representatives

House Bill 40, Castle Doctrine legislation, has been introduced in the state House of Representatives by Representative Scott Perry (R-92).  In 2010, both the state House and Senate overwhelming passed this important self-defense legislation, which was vetoed by anti-gun Governor Ed Rendell before he left office. 

HB 40 would permit law-abiding citizens to use force, including deadly force, against an attacker in their home and any place outside of their home where they have a legal right to be.  If enacted into law,  it would also protect individuals from civil lawsuits by the attacker or the attacker’s family when force is used. 

HB 40 has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee and has not been scheduled for a hearing.  Please continue to check your e-mail and www.NRAILA.org for updates on HB 40.

Tennessee: Clarksville City Council Repeals Ban on Firearms in Parks

Yesterday, February 3, the Clarksville City Council voted 9-3 to pass Resolution 37-2010-11, a repeal of the 2009 ban on firearms in locally owned or operated parks.   

Effective immediately, the repeal, offered by Councilman Wallace Redd (Ward 4) and supported by Councilman Nick Steward (Ward 1), enables residents and visitors with a handgun carry permit to legally carry a firearm for self-defense in several Clarksville’s parks, with the following exceptions:
    
1.  HeritagePark
     2.  LibertyPark
    
3.  All city owned or operated swimming pools, recreation, civic and community buildings, including the
          Swan Lake Sports Complex
    
4.  All city operated parks or sports fields that are leased by the City and owned
         
by the MontgomeryCountySchool System 

Thank you to all NRA members who contacted the Clarksville City Council and voiced their support.  This is a step in the right direction. 

The following City Council members voted for Resolution 37-2010-11:
Nick Steward (Ward 1)
Deanna McLaughlin (Ward 2)
James R. Lewis (Ward 3)
Wallace Redd (Ward 4)
David Allen (Ward 8)
Joel Wallace (Ward 9)
Bill Summers (Ward 10)
Kaye Jones (Ward 11)
Jeff Burkhart (Ward 12) 

The following City Council members voted against Resolution 37-2010-11:
Candy Johnson (Ward 5)
Marc Harris (Ward 6)
Geno Grubbs (Ward 7)

Please continue to visit www.NRAILA.org to see advancements made on this and other legislative issues during the upcoming 2011 Session of the Tennessee General Assembly.

 

Legislation to Remove an Outdated Gun Control Provision Heads to Committee in South Dakota

FOPA, however, removed both the contiguous states limitation and the requirement that the purchaser’s state of residence specifically authorize the purchase of long guns.  Now, interstate sales of rifles and shotguns can occur between FFLs and residents of any state, as long as “the sale, delivery, and receipt fully comply with the legal conditions of sale in both such States.â€�  Thus, the relevant question isn’t whether a state specifically permits interstate long gun sales, but whether the state has enacted any laws that would prevent them.  The NRA supports repealing this old contiguous state provision because it is unnecessary, the “contiguous stateâ€� language can be misleading, and because such provisions create the false impression that the right to acquire arms is merely a privilege granted by the state, not a right that some states have taken away from their citizens.

South Dakota has enacted no barriers to interstate sales, so HB 1079 would not change the current law, under which South Dakota FFLs can sell long guns to residents of other states that do not limit their residents’ right to purchase, and South Dakota residents can buy long guns from FFLs in other states that do not discriminate against non-residents.

Colorado Self-Defense Reform Bill to be Heard on Wednesday, February 9

Please contact Senate committee members today!

On Wednesday, February 9 at 1:30 p.m., Senate Bill 77 will be heard by the SenateState, Veterans Military Affairs Committee.  This bill rectifies the noticeable omission of businesses in current self-defense law.

Sponsored by state Senator Kevin Grantham (R-2), SB 77 would extend Colorado’s self-defense law to places of business.  If passed, this legislation would permit all employees to defend themselves by any means of force, including deadly force, if they have reasonable belief that an intruder has committed or intends to commit a crime during unlawful entry. 

Please contact members of the SenateState, Veterans Military Affairs Committee TODAY and respectfully urge them to support SB 77.  Contact information for this committee can be found below.

Rollie Heath (D-18) Chairman
(303) 866-4872
rollie.heath.senate@state.co.us 

Bob Bacon (D-14) Vice Chairman
(303) 866-4841
bob.bacon.senate@state.co.us

Betty Boyd (D-21)
(303) 866-4857
betty.boyd.senate@state.co.us 

Bill Cadman (R-10)
(303) 866-2737
bill.cadman.senate@state.co.us 

Kevin Grantham (R-2)
(303) 866-4877
kevin.grantham.senate@state.co.us

Iowa: Vote on Right to Keep and Bear Arms Amendment Rescheduled!

On Thursday, February 3, the House Public Safety Committee failed to vote on House Study Bill 17, as had been previously scheduled. However, this bill was debated in an unscheduled subcommittee committee and the following state Representatives strongly and vocally defended your gun rights: Matt Windschitl (R-56), Tom Shaw (R-8) and Mark Brandenburg (R-100).

The House Public Safety Committee is now expected to consider HSB 17 sometime within the next two weeks and could be heard as early as next Tuesday, February 8.  Anti-gun members of the House Public Safety Committee are still planning to try to weaken the provision by removing the term “carry.â€�  By doing so, the provision would provide less protection from infringement in Iowa than Americans are guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

We will update you as soon as the next hearing is announced, so please continue to check your e-mail www.NRAILA.org for updates.  In the meantime, take a moment to thank the Representatives below for their strong support:

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

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

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

Maryland: Senate Committee to Hear Two Anti-Gun Bills Next Week!

On Thursday, February 10 at 1:00 p.m., the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee will consider two divisive pieces of anti-gun legislation. The first, Senate Bill 161, is a perennial bill by anti-gun legislators in Maryland which would create unnecessary hurdles in an attempt to dissuade people from filing for a state-regulated firearms dealer’s license.  Also scheduled to be considered is Senate Bill 162, legislation which would ban the manufacture or any type of transfer of so called “large capacity magazinesâ€� in Maryland.

Senate Bill 161 would allow the Secretary of State Police to reject the license application if it is determined that someone whose license was previously suspended or revoked is involved.  It would also unnecessarily duplicate recordkeeping and other requirements that have been in place at the federal level since 1968. Several provisions of SB 161 mirror federal law and are already illegal. Where it does not mirror federal law, it imposes restrictions greater than those already in place.

Senate Bill 162 would make it illegal for anyone to manufacture, sell, offer to sell, purchase, receive or transfer any detachable magazine with a capacity of more than ten rounds, except for .22 caliber firearms. Any violation and conviction would result in a punishment not to exceed three years and a fine not to exceed $5,000 or both. 

It is important that you contact members of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and strongly urge them to OPPOSE SB 161 and SB 162. Committee contact information can be found below.

Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee:

Senator Brian E. Frosh (D-16), Chairman
brian.frosh@senate.state.md.us

Senator Lisa A. Gladden (D-41), Vice Chairman
Lisa.gladden@senate.state.md.us  

Senator Christopher B. Shank (R-2)
christopher.shank@senate.state.md.us

Senator Joseph M. Getty (R-5)
joseph.getty@senate.state.md.us

Senator Norman R. Stone, Jr. (D-6)
norman.stone@senate.state.md.us 

Senator Robert A. Zirkin (D-11)
bobby.zirkin@senate.state.md.us

Senator Jennie M. Forehand (D-17)
jennie.forehand@senate.state.md.us 

Senator Jamin B. Raskin (D-20)
jamie.raskin@senate.state.md.us

Senator Nancy Jacobs (R-34)
nancy.jacobs@senate.state.md.us 

Senator James Brochin (D-42)
jim.brochin@senate.state.md.us 

Senator Victor R. Ramirez (D-47)
victor.ramirez@senate.state.md.us

Mississippi: NRA-Backed Right to Carry Reform Bill Passes Senate, Could Face Uphill Battle In House

This week, the Mississippi Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 2469, a comprehensive bill authored by state Senator Joey Fillingane (R-Sumrall) that would reverse or roll back many of the restrictions on where concealed pistol permit holders may lawfully carry.  The measure now moves to the Mississippi House, where it died last session for lack of consideration.  Don’t let that happen to this important legislation this year! 

This bill has not yet been referred to a specific House Committee, so for now, please contact your state Representative and urge them to support SB 2469!  Currently, Mississippi’s concealed carry law — with its blanket prohibitions on carrying in select locations — creates “defenselessâ€� zones for law-abiding citizens.  The goal of SB 2469 is to allow permit holders to lawfully protect themselves in unsecured areas of public buildings and in privately-owned establishments if the owner or controller of the property has not posted the area off-limits. 

Contact information for your state Representatives may be found at http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/members/hr_membs.xml.

Please Begin Contacting Committee Members in Support of NRA-Backed Bills Filed in the New Mexico Legislature!

As previously reported, two NRA-backed bills have been filed in the New Mexico Legislature and have now been assigned to committees where they are awaiting action. Senate Bill 220 is the NRA-backed “Castle Doctrineâ€� self-defense bill which would allow lawful occupants of a dwelling to use any degree of physical force against an intruder.  The second, House Bill 140, would eliminate the mandatory mid-term firearms refresher training course currently required for Concealed Handgun Licensees.   

SB 220, sponsored by state Senator George Munoz (D-Gallup), has been referred to the Senate Public Affairs Senate Judiciary Committees.  As of now, no hearing has officially been scheduled for the bill.  Please contact members of these two committees and urge them to support SB 220:

Contact information for members of the Senate Public Affairs Committee can be found here:www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/committeedisplay.aspx?CommitteeCode=SPAC

Contact information for members of the Senate Judiciary Committee can be found here: www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/committeedisplay.aspx?CommitteeCode=SJC

HB 140, filed by state Representative Nate Gentry (R-ABQ), has been referred to the House Consumer Public Affairs and House Judiciary Committees.  As of now, no hearing has officially been scheduled for the bill.  Please contact members of these two committees and urge them to support HB 140:

Contact information for members of the House Consumer Public Affairs Committee can be found here:www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/committeedisplay.aspx?CommitteeCode=HCPAC

Contact information for members of the House Judiciary Committee can be found here: www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/committeedisplay.aspx?CommitteeCode=HJC

West Virginia: House OKs senior lifetime outdoors license plan

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Pennsylvania: Bill expanding self-defense law reintroduced in Pa. House

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