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DAILY ALERT FOR Thursday, October 6, 2016

NEWS & OBSERVER
Pro-Trump NRA ad hits N.C., three other states external site
North Carolina is among four battleground states where a new pro-Donald Trump TV ad sponsored by the National Rifle Association started airing Wednesday.
CBS NEWS
NRA pushes Donald Trump with biggest TV ad buy to date external site
The National Rifle Association is upping its advertising game with just one month until the general election, boosting Donald Trump with its largest television ad buy to date.
WCSH
Several Maine Sheriffs oppose criminalizing private transfers external site
Sheriffs from around the state are joining together and opposing Question 3 regarding background checks for gun sales.
PENNLIVE
U.S. judge revives lawsuit by state trooper barred from having gun while off-duty external site
Saying justice has not been applied fairly, a federal judge has revived a lawsuit by a state trooper who is barred from having a gun when he isn’t at work.
NEWSDAY
New York: Anti-gun candidate outlines gun-control platform external site
State Senate candidate Adam Haber released a gun-control platform Wednesday, calling for toughening storage laws, microstamping of shell casings and denying firearms licenses to individuals on the federal “no fly” list.d
SACRAMENTO BEE
Barbra Streisand endorses California gun control initiative external site
Barbra Streisand is hoping California voters will soon make gun violence the way we were.In a fundraising email Wednesday, the Oscar-winning actress and singer endorsed Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Proposition 63, the November ballot initiative that would institute background checks for ammunition purchases and other new gun control regulations.
GOVERNOR PAUL LEPAGE
Governor Paul LePage: Question 3 should be called the Gun Registry Bill external site
Question 3 on the November ballot calls for Universal Background Checks on all private sales and transfer on firearms. But it is unenforceable; it creates an unfunded mandate; and it is the first step toward gun registration. Hello, this is Governor Paul LePage. The name of this proposal is misleading. Universal Background Checks are not “universal” because criminals will never follow this law. Criminals get guns by breaking existing laws. They steal them, buy them on the black market or use straw purchasers. Less than one percent of criminals get firearms from dealers at gun shows.
WCSH6.COM
12 of the 16 Sheriffs in Maine have signed an opposition letter to Question 3 external site
Sheriffs’ from around the state are joining together and opposing Question 3 which would expand background checks to virtually all firearm transfers or sales. Question 3 on the November ballot will require the buyer and seller of a gun to meet at a licensed dealer, where a background check will be done. Exceptions include emergency self-defense, while the parties are hunting or sport shooting together, and transfers between family members. Now 12 of the 16 Sheriffs in Maine have signed an opposition letter to Question 3.

MISSOURI  Shooting Sports News

Missouri Passes Bill Allowing Concealed Carry Without Permit

Posted: 9/16/16

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It’s a great day for all Missourians after Missouri joined 10 other states with “constitutional carry,” which allows people to conceal carry anywhere they can open carry a weapon. Effective January 1, the legislation also created a “stand your ground” right, meaning people no longer have a duty to retreat from danger any place they are legally entitled to be.

“This is a great day for freedom in Missouri. The legislature stood strong for the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens by overriding Gov. Nixon’s misguided veto,” said Chris W. Cox, Executive Director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.

In a nutshell, Senate Bill 656 allows anyone who is legally allowed to possess a firearm to be able to conceal carry that firearm. You can view the NRA press release here.

The bill also:

  • Expands Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground protections
  • Adds additional permit options to include extended and lifetime permits
  • Specifies that, with the exception of credit card fees, no additional fee beyond $100 may be charged to process concealed carry permits
  • Allows members of the military extra time to renew their permits

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Earlier this month, the Senate and House Conference Committees on Senate Bill 656 reported out the signed Conference Committee Report.  The Conference Committee Report was then passed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives on the last day of session.  Please click the “Take Action” button below to contact your lawmakers and thank them if they supported SB 656, as well as urge Governor Nixon to sign SB 656 into law. It is important that you show your support for their vote while this bill awaits action from the Governor!


DAILY ALERT FOR Friday, June 10, 2016

AL.COM
Alabama AG denounces ruling denying right to carry concealed guns in public external site
Alabama’s attorney general denounced a federal appeals court ruling today that effectively denies residents of one California county the right of possession of a handgun for self-defense outside the home.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Nevada officials react to court’s ‘concealed carry’ ruling external site
Here’s what some current and former Nevada elected officials had to say about the 9th Circuit’s decision:
ARKANSAS MATTERS
Arkansas AG Denounces 9th Circuit’s Ruling Against Firearms Outside the Home external site
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge disagreed with today’s decision from the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which essentially denies residents of San Diego County, California, the right of possession of a concealed handgun for self-defense outside the home.
California: Several Anti-Gun Bills Scheduled for Hearings for Tuesday, June 14
LEGAL & LEGISLATION
California: Several Anti-Gun Bills Scheduled for Hearings for Tuesday, June 14
Friday, June 3, was the deadline date for all bills to pass out of their house of origin.  Those bills that did not pass are defeated for the 2016 legislative session.  Unfortunately, as reported, a number of anti-gun bills have passed both the Senate and Assembly prior to the deadline.  A number of these bills are continuing to move and have been scheduled for hearings in the Public Safety Committees on June 14th at 9am. This is not a joint hearing but occurring simultaneously.  It’s important to contact the members of this committee, including the bill sponsor, to express your opposition.
Peruta Opinion Finds No Right to Carry Concealed Firearms
LEGAL & LEGISLATION NEWS
Peruta Opinion Finds No Right to Carry Concealed Firearms
A full panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit today used shameful sophistry and sleight of hand to effectively deny millions of Californians their constitutional right to bear firearms in public for self-defense. The ruling came in the long-running case of Peruta v. San Diego, which challenged California’s discretionary issuance of concealed carry permits, the only option Californians have to legally exercise this right. Ignoring that fact, the court held that concealed carry of firearms in public is not protected by the Second Amendment and that discretionary permitting for it therefore does not offend that provision.
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Sponsored by state Senator Brian Munzlinger (R-18), and state Representative Eric Burlison (R-133) SB 656 would:

  • Recognize Missourians right to Constitutional/Permitless Carry where open carry is not prohibited
  • Expand Missouri’s current Stand your Ground laws
  • Expand Castle Doctrine protections for anyone legally allowed into your home, vehicle, business and property
  • Specify that except for credit card fees incurred, no additional fee beyond $100 may be charged to process concealed carry permits and allows military members extra time to renew their permits
  • Implement 10, 20 and 50 year options for non-reciprocity issued permits
  • Allow components of firearm training for RTC permits to be online

NRA would like to thank state Senators, Brian MunzlingerBob Onder and Jeanie Riddle, and Kurt Schaefer, as well as state Representatives, Eric BurlisonJared Taylor, and Robert Ross.  Also, thank you to House Speaker Todd Richardson, Senate Floor Leader Mike Kehoe, Senate President Ron Richard and state Representatives Elijah Haahr and Mike Cierpiot.  Please take a minute to send an email of thanks to the above legislators as well as your lawmakers who voted in support of SB 656.

DAILY ALERT FOR Friday, May 20, 2016

NEW YORK TIMES
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Set for Clash on Gun Control external site
Whereas President Obama soft-pedaled gun control in both his national runs, Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee, is signaling a greater appetite to clash with Mr. Trump on the issue.
Maryland: Governor Hogan Signs Pro-Gun Bill into Law
LEGAL & LEGISLATION
Maryland: Governor Hogan Signs Pro-Gun Bill into Law
Yesterday, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed House Bill 312 into law.
CBS NEWS
Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton speeches to highlight divisions on guns external site
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will court voters on opposite sides of the gun debate over the next two days in events that will highlight the nation’s deep divide on the topic.
WASHINGTON TIMES
NRA annual meeting: Absolutely huge and right on target external site
The four-day National Rifle Association’s annual meeting now underway in Louisville hosts the likes of Donald Trump, Sens. Rand Paul and Jeff Sessions, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Rep. Trey Gowdy and Govs. Mike Pence and Matt Bevin. The event also draws 80,000 very attentive attendees, who will roam through 500,000 square feet of exhibit space and gaze at 800 displays from the nation’s gun manufacturers.The meeting has been named the fastest-growing trade show in the nation by the Trade Show News Network. The industry group Biz Bash ranked it third-best “political event” in the nation. The secret? The protector of the Second Amendment knows its audience.

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NEW YORK TIMES
Why I Would Have Liked to Have My Weapon With Me in College external site
In college eight years ago, I was raped in a parking garage only feet from the campus police office. I could see the police cruisers parked for the night as this stranger raped me, pistol to my head. I knew no one was coming to help me. I should not have to hand over my safety to a third party. Laws that prohibit campus carry turn women like me into victims. At the time of my attack, I had a Nevada concealed carry permit. But in Nevada, permit holders are not allowed to carry firearms on campuses. As someone who obeys the law, I left my firearm at home when I went to school. The law that was meant to safeguard me – the gun-free zone – only guaranteed I would be defenseless.
Illinois: Your Lawmakers Need to Hear from You on Suppressor Legalization Legislation!
LEGAL & LEGISLATION
Illinois: Your Lawmakers Need to Hear from You on Suppressor Legalization Legislation!
The Illinois General Assembly will have to return to Springfield for a summer session because it failed to pass a budget during the regular session.
Pennsylvania: House Judiciary Committee to Consider NICS Background Check System Legislation
LEGAL & LEGISLATION
Pennsylvania: House Judiciary Committee to Consider NICS Background Check System Legislation
Next week, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has scheduled a possible vote on House Bill 921, sponsored by Speaker of the House, Mike Turzai (HD28-R).  This important legislation would eliminate the current Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS) as well as the current handgun record of sale and replace it with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) which is administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Kansas: Legislature Adjourns from its 2016 Legislative Session
LEGAL & LEGISLATION HUNTING
Kansas: Legislature Adjourns from its 2016 Legislative Session
On Wednesday, June 1, the Kansas Legislature adjourned from its 2016 Legislative Session which saw the overwhelming passage of House Concurrent Resolution 5008, the Right to Hunt, Fish and Trap Wildlife.
Oklahoma: Legislature Adjourns Without Passing Important Pro-Gun Legislation
LEGAL & LEGISLATION
Oklahoma: Legislature Adjourns Without Passing Important Pro-Gun Legislation
Last week, the Oklahoma Legislature adjourned from its 2016 Legislative Session.
North Carolina: Your Help Needed to Repeal Unnecessary Requirement for Pistol Purchase Permit
LEGAL & LEGISLATION
North Carolina: Your Help Needed to Repeal Unnecessary Requirement for Pistol Purchase Permit
NRA continues to work on repealing the anti-gun language state Representative Allen McNeill (R-78) had inserted into last year’s omnibus pro-gun reform bill, H. 562.  As previously reported, Representative McNeill’s language included a new requirement that anyone who applies for a Pistol Purchase Permit (PPP) must now sign a release to authorize access to mental health records to determine if t​he applicant is prohibited from purchasing a firearm due to a mental health disqualification.  NRA is stridently opposed to this unnecessary requirement, as a check for mental health disqualifiers was already a part of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which was already part of the PPP application process.
WALL STREET JOURNAL
Knife Ban Spurs Legal Fight Over Arrests in New York City external site
William Urrego was walking through the Port Authority on his way to work when a police officer stopped him in the bus terminal.The officer asked for the knife clipped to his pocket, then handcuffed him, arrested him and took him to the precinct, he said.
WASHINGTON POST
N.H. Supreme Court rejects agency-imposed limits on concealed-carry permits for out-of-state residents external site
An interesting state law decision today from the New Hampshire Supreme Court in Bach v. N.H. Department of Safety. New Hampshire is one of about 40 states that let any law-abiding adult carry a concealed weapon; but, like more than 30 of those states, it requires people to get a concealed carry license, which is generally available to law-abiding adults, whether or not they live in New Hampshire. Scott Bach is a New Jersey resident, but from 2004 to 2013 he had a New Hampshire nonresident concealed carry license. He let it lapse in 2013, but then tried to get it again.
WASHINGTON POST
Gun-documentary director shows no remorse for deceptive, demeaning edit external site
Katie Couric, the executive producer and narrator of the Epix-distributed documentary “Under the Gun,” has apologized for a deliberate and deceptive edit that makes a group of gun rights advocates look like dumbfounded dolts. In a statement posted over Memorial Day weekend, Couric acknowledged that the edit was “misleading” and that she had failed to forcefully press her initial concerns about it.
BLM Releases Draft Management Plan for Public Lands in Southwest Colorado
LEGAL & LEGISLATION
BLM Releases Draft Management Plan for Public Lands in Southwest Colorado
The Bureau of Land Management’s Uncompahgre Field Office has released a plan to manage over 675,000 acres of public land for the next 15 to 20 years.  In the draft plan are four management strategies (alternatives) that will affect the future use of the land for hunting, target shooting, and a host of other recreation activities.
Spread the word: Fire Katie Couric
NEWS
Spread the word: Fire Katie Couric
By now you’ve probably heard: Yahoo’s Katie Couric, who produced and narrated an anti-gun documentary, “Under the Gun,” deceptively edited footage to embarrasses gun-rights supporters and misrepresent their message.

 

 

Charlotte, NC --(Ammoland.com)- Governor Mary Fallin signed into law the Open Carry/Omnibus gun bill, Senate Bill 1733.  Senate Bill 1733 is an omnibus firearm bill containing significant improvements to Oklahoma gun laws, including allowing concealed carry permit holders the choice of open carrying.Other important provisions include language prohibiting persons, property owners and companies from banning ammunition in locked vehicles; changing the “immediate notification” requirement when a permit holder is stopped by a law enforcement officer to notification at “first opportunity” while also greatly reducing the associated fine for non-compliance; a provision allowing people to carry firearms openly without a permit on their private property; and revisions to the current Oklahoma statute striking the word “concealed” from Oklahoma firearm permit citations and applying the lawful open carrying of firearms to Oklahoma’s firearms preemption law. Additionally, this legislation will allow Sooner State military personnel stationed outside Oklahoma to obtain an Oklahoma permit.  This new law becomes effective November 1, 2012.Your NRA-ILA continues our work to assist passage of additional legislation to expand firearm freedoms, such as Senate Bill 1743, the “Landowner’s Hunting Freedom Act” and Senate Bill 1420, legalizing the use of laser scoping devices for hunters with various physical handicaps. Senate Bill 1743, also known as the “Landowner’s Hunting Freedom Act”, has passed out of conference committees in both the Senate and the House, and the final steps now are floor votes in each chamber before being sent to the Governor.  SB 1743, authored by state Senator Steve Russell (R-45) and state Representative Leslie Osborn (R-47), would allow Oklahoma landowners and their guests to use lawfully-possessed suppressors (also referred to as silencers) on firearms for hunting.  This legislation is particularly important as noise complaints are being used more frequently as an excuse to close shooting ranges, informal shooting areas, and hunting lands throughout the country.  Increased use of suppressors will help eliminate many of these complaints and protect hunting and shooting areas well into the future.  Most importantly, it will help protect hunters’ hearing. For more information on firearms and suppressors, click here.Senate Bill 1420 received broad support in both chambers, but has been sent to a conference committee to reconcile amendment language. Legalizing the use of laser scoping devices in specific circumstances, this legislation would expand hunting opportunities for the blind and those who have lost the use of their limbs, such as disabled veterans. SB 1420 is authored by state Senator Ralph Shortey (R-44) and state Representative John Bennett (R-2).Also, the Emergency Powers Act, Senate Bill 1760, has not yet been signed into law.  Senate Bill 1760, authored by state Senator Anthony Sykes (R-24) and state Representative T.W. Shannon (R-62), passed with overwhelming, bi-partisan support in both chambers.  As previously reported, this “Emergency Powers” bill is necessary to fill the current gap in the language of the state riot control statute to prevent the banning of ownership, possession or transportation of firearms and ammunition during declared states of emergency.  NRA-ILA thanks Senator Sykes and Representative Shannon for their work to guarantee that the rights of lawful Oklahomans to defend themselves and their loved ones will not be suspended in times of emergency.Your NRA will continue to keep you informed of these pro-firearm freedom bills as the Oklahoma Legislature’s session comes to a close.About:Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purcha

WASHINGTON TIMES
Pro-gun Democrats silenced as party veers left on Second Amendment external site
NRA-ILA Contact Please remember to contact your state Senator and Representative to encourage his or her continued support of Senate Bill 1743 and Senate Bill 1420.  The Oklahoma Legislature must finish their business by May 25, but an early adjournment is increasingly likely and could even take place at the end of this week.  Contact information for your state Senator and Representative can be found here. Ribbon-Line

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