New Posts: January 25, 2013
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Governor Deval Patrick (D) and anti-gun legislators in the Massachusetts General Court have wasted no time this legislative session trying to victimize and disarm law-abiding residents of the Bay State. The House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee had its weekly meeting today to
consider and vote on several bills of importance to Virginia gun owners, sportsmen and Second Amendment supporters. The following pro-gun bills – all supported by the NRA – were reported by committee and advance to the House of Delegates for a floor vote next week:The 2013 session of the Indiana General Assembly is off to a great start with multiple pro-gun bills being filed. Some great strides have been made over recent years in Indiana and your NRA will continue working to move forward to protect the rights of the law-abiding gun owners in the Hoosier State.The NRA-ILA
lobbyist in the Capitol has heard rumors and speculation that a myriad of gun control legislation is on the verge of being introduced. Even worse, our friendly legislators have indicated that they believe these measures could pass with bi-partisan support. At the top of this list are misguided bills that would limit magazine capacity and impose a universal background check system. There is also talk of a so-called “assault weapons” ban which would ban many commonly owned semi-automatic firearms.Misguided state legislators are taking their lead from the national anti-gun wave that is being spread around the country by extremist New
York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. They are pursuing efforts to cripple gun owners’ rights and penalize law-abiding citizens with ineffective and onerous legislation. The NRA will be actively fighting proposed anti-gun measures while keeping you updated on scheduled hearings and any action taken. While each bill has been assigned to a committee, most have not yet been scheduled for hearings.As the Kansas Legislature finishes up the second week of the new session, a number of pro-gun reforms have already been introduced. Senate Bill 45, introduced by the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee, would save taxpayers money by prohibiting tax payer funds from being
used to lobby against legal products or to promote gun control. Also, House Bill 2055, introduced by the House Federal and State Affairs Committee, would allow law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense in any public buildings that lack adequate security. Both of these bills are awaiting further consideration in their respective committees and no hearings have been scheduled at this time.Yesterday, NRA members began contacting the Senate and Assembly Majority Leaders and have overwhelmed their offices with phone calls and e-mails! Your telephone calls are making a difference in New Jersey! It is important that you now redirect these calls
from leadership to your own state Senator and Assemblymen. Remind them that law-abiding New Jersey gun owners are already subject to some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, and these laws have been proven ineffective at reducing crime. Tell them their constituents oppose further restrictions on their Second Amendment Rights, and urge your legislators to introduce reasonable legislation to rationally address existing crime problems and empower the law-abiding to protect themselves and loved ones. Don’t let anti-gun zealots in Trenton punish the law-abiding gun owner. Below is a list of some of the worst bills in play so far this session. While many other bad bills have been filed, your action is needed NOW to stop the most egregious among them: Yesterday, the Mississippi House Judiciary Committee approved legislation that will make important changes to correct vague and problematic language in Mississippi’s firearm carry laws. House Bill 2, introduced by state Representative Andy Gipson (R-Brandon) addresses a recent opinion by state Attorney General Jim Hood (D) that has caused additional confusion and concern among carry permit holders and Second Amendment advocates. This bill is now eligible for a vote in the full House of Representatives, so please contact your state Representative today and encourage his or her support of this positive improvement to Mississippi law!Please remember to attend the “Gun Violence Prevention Working Group” public hearing on Monday, January 28 at 10 a.m. in Hartford.Imagine a grandfather who wants to give a family shotgun to his 12 year old grandson having to do a background check on his grandson before giving him the shotgun.Or a friend having to do a background check on his lifetime best buddy before lending him a hunting rifle.Or, if your mother had a prowler at her home, having to do a background check on your own mom before you could give her one of your guns for protection.That's what "universal background checks" do. They turn traditional innocent conduct into a criminal offense. They target you, law abiding gun owners.When he heard police arrive at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a "gun free zone," Adam Lanza ended his murder spree by killing himself.Days earlier, in Portland, Ore., Jacob Roberts had slain two at the Clackamas Town Center mall. When a licensed gun owner pointed a pistol at him, Roberts likewise killed himself.James Holmes murdered 12 at the Aurora Century movie theater in Colorado, another "gun free zone" that prohibited armed security personnel. Holmes surrendered when police showed up.Rampaging gunmen seek victims at places where they expect no immediate resistance. They continue their evil deeds until they are no longer in control due to the intervention of armed defenders. Then, they typically seek to remain in control by taking their own lives.Six states are eager to capitalize on last month's horrific shooting of schoolchildren in Newtown,
Conn. New York's quick draw Gov. Andrew Cuomo was the first to craft a gun control package behind closed doors and ram it into law within a matter of days.President Obama has called for stricter federal gun laws to combat recent shooting rampages, but a review of recent state laws by The Washington Times shows no discernible correlation between stricter rules and lower gun crime rates in the states.Faced with a boycott by gun enthusiasts and fierce criticism from the National Rifle Association, a British exhibition company is postponing indefinitely its show 10 days after announcing a ban on assault weapons sales at the event.In a statement released Thursday, Reed Exhibitions said it had halted plans for the Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show, scheduled for Feb. 2 to 10, because of controversy surrounding its decision not to let vendors sell a class of weapons the company called
modern sporting rifles (MSRs).The House Local Government Committee voted 7-6 to kill the legislation. But the measure's main sponsor, Rep. Lance Russell, said he may ask the full House to override the committee and debate the bill, which he said would help law abiding citizens protect themselves without causing any increase in crime.A Republican lawmaker has filed a bill that would allow Texans to openly carry handguns in public places.Two home intruders, one holding a handgun, broke into a New York apartment on Tuesday and waited at the bottom of the stairs for a potential “victim” to come down. While their intentions are unknown, it is clear they were criminals up to no good.Imagine a grandfather who wants to
give a family shotgun to his 12-year-old grandson having to do a background check on his grandson before giving him the shotgun.The Senate Courts of Justice Committee and the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee # 1 met this week to consider and vote on several bills of importance to Virginia gun owners, sportsmen and supporters of the Second Amendment.House Bill 77, state Representative Miguel Garcia's sweeping gun control bill to regulate all private gun transfers, establish a state registry of lawful firearms owners and tax legal gun purchasers will be heard by the House Judiciary Committee on Monday, January 28, at 1:30 pm or upon adjournment of the House in Room 309 of the State Capitol in Santa Fe.An article appearing on TheHill.com today asserted that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is working on a bill with the NRA that would implement universal background checks. NRA does NOT support universal
background checks and is not working with Manchin to implement this type of legislation. NRA opposes, and will continue to oppose, universal background checks and registration schemes.