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    States with updates this issue: Alaska, California, Delaware, Michigan,
    New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

    On June 20, Governor Frank Murkowski (R) signed SB 274, important
    legislation pertaining to the disposal of forfeited, surplus, and/or
    unclaimed firearms. Under existing law, the state must dispose of
    forfeited, surplus, or recovered but unclaimed firearms and ammunition
    by selling or trading them to a licensed dealer. Firearms and
    ammunition that are not "serviceable," "safe," or "legal" shall be
    destroyed. SB 274, sponsored by Senator Fred Dyson (District I-R),
    extends the requirements to local municipalities as well as the state
    and removes the very subjective reference to "serviceable" and "safe."
    The bill requires firearms and ammunition that are sold, to be done so
    at a public sale, not limited solely to dealers. SB 274 will allow
    trade-ins for credit on new firearms as well as donations and transfers
    between law enforcement agencies. However, it does not guarantee that
    all firearms would be made available to the public. Firearms disposed
    of in any "non-sale" methods must be reported to the legislature
    annually during budget review sessions in the interest of oversight. A
    special thank you to all NRA members for your calls and e-mails in
    support of SB 274 during the legislative session!

    The State Senate is now on vacation until August 7, and AB 352,
    sponsored by Assemblyman Paul Koretz (D-42), and AB 2714, sponsored by
    Assemblyman Alberto Torrico (D-20), are on hold for a vote until the
    Senate reconvenes. AB 352 would require that serial numbers, make, and
    model numbers be micro-stamped into the interior surface or internal
    working parts of all handguns produced after a certain date. AB 2714
    would ban the sale of ammunition through the mail or internet. Please
    continue to contact your Senator and urge him or her to protect
    law-abiding gun owners by voting against AB 352 and AB 2714. For more
    information on both of these bills, please visit

    Earlier this year, Delaware's efforts to join the ranks of the vast
    majority of states by becoming a "shall-issue" Right-to-Carry state,
    through passage of HB 359, appeared to be on the fast track for success.
    However, due to political games played by anti-gunners, the result was
    the introduction of a number of "killer amendments" designed to defeat
    the bill and further intrude upon the privacy of the lawful citizens of
    the State of Delaware. In the end, the chances of one of the truly
    onerous amendments being attached to the bill was too great a risk to
    take on behalf the law-abiding citizens of Delaware. NRA-ILA will be
    publishing "grades" for all of the major candidates for public office
    this November, and rest assured, HB 359 will be high among the issues
    considered when those grades are assigned.

    Important legislation has been sent to Governor Jennifer Granholm's (D)
    desk! On June 29, the "Castle Doctrine" package comprised of HB 5142,
    by Representative Tom Casperson (R-108), HB 5143, by Representative Rick
    Jones (R-71), HB 5153, by Representative Leslie Mortimer (R-65), HB
    5548, by Representative Tim Moore (R-97), SB 1046, by Senator Alan
    Cropsey (R-33), as well as SB 1185, by Senator Ron Jelinek (R-21),
    overwhelmingly passed the State Legislature and is now en route to the
    Governor. This legislative package will help the citizens of Michigan
    by clarifying the rights and duties of self-defense and the defense of
    others within one's home and/or occupied vehicle and provide immunity
    from civil liability for self-defense actions. Along with the "Castle
    Doctrince" package, Senate Bill 1105, sponsored by Senator Michelle
    McManus (R-35), and House Bill 5192, sponsored by Representative Scott
    Hummel (R-93) are also headed to the Governor. SB 1105 makes it easier
    for new participants to become involved in our hunting heritage by
    allowing them to hunt with a licensed adult for up to two years without
    taking lengthy hunter education courses. HB 5192 drops the hunting age
    from 14 to 12 for big game and 12 to 10 for small game. Please contact
    Governor Granholm TODAY at (517) 373-3400 or (517) 335-7858 and urge her
    to support "Castle Doctrine" legislation, SB 1105, and HB 5192.

    By a vote of 7 to 1, the Jersey City Council passed its
    "one-gun-a-month" handgun rationing scheme at its June 28 Council
    meeting, but unanimously defeated its "junk gun" ban, which is being
    re-drafted a second time and will be re-introduced at a future date.
    After a heated debate between gun rights activists and anti-gun
    extremists, City Council President Mariano Vega, Jr. admitted that the
    gun rationing ordinance "is feel-good legislation that will probably not
    reduce crime, but we have to start somewhere, so I am voting yes." The
    lone vote against the rationing scheme came from Councilman Michael
    Sottolano ( (201) 547-5098). Members are encouraged
    to contact Councilman Sottolano and thank him for his courage and
    integrity. Ordinance # 06-082 bans the purchase of more than one
    handgun per month, and leaves Jersey City residents unable to defend
    themselves if their firearm requires repair or is stolen within four
    weeks of purchase. The ordinance will become effective 20 days after
    passage, upon signing by the Mayor. The ordinance violates New Jersey's
    preemption law, which forbids municipalities from regulating where the
    state has already spoken. The Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol
    Clubs (NRA's New Jersey State affiliate) has vowed to challenge the
    illegal ordinance in Court, and CeaseFire New Jersey executives
    threatened at the hearing to organize a defense on behalf of Jersey City
    using pro-bono services of a major New Jersey law firm.

    On June 13, introductory resolution IR-1738-2006 was introduced in the
    Suffolk County Legislature by Legislator Kate Browning. It would stop
    all ongoing actions and efforts to reopen the Suffolk County Trap &
    Skeet Range. The range is scheduled to reopen on July 15, 2006, but if
    this resolution passes out of the Parks & Recreation Committee and is
    brought to the floor of the full County Legislature, it may not open at
    all. At the last Parks & Recreation Committee meeting held on June 21,
    the Committee decided to table IR-1738-2006 and bring it up for
    discussion once again at the next Parks & Recreation Committee meeting.
    The next meeting is scheduled for August 2, at 11:00 a.m., at the
    Suffolk County Legislative Building, Veterans Memorial Highway,
    Hauppauge, NY 11788, (631) 853-4000. Please plan to attend this
    meeting, and please call your Legislator and urge the Committee members
    to oppose IR-1738-2006. The Suffolk County Legislature can be reached
    at (631) 853-4074 or by visiting Ms.
    Browning is not giving up her fight on her resolution and only large
    numbers of people can and will influence the members of this committee,
    of which Ms. Browning is a member. We can, and we must, persuade the
    committee and/or the County legislature to do the right thing and reopen
    the Suffolk County Trap & Skeet Range. If the County government wasn't
    enough to deal with, a group called the Long Island Pine Barrens Society
    claims it has jurisdiction over whether or not the Suffolk County Trap &
    Skeet Range can reopen. The Pine Barrens Society has already decided to
    sue if the Suffolk County Trap & Skeet Range is reopened. The next
    meeting of the Pine Barrens Society is scheduled for Wednesday, July 19,
    which is four days after the Suffolk Range is scheduled to open. Please
    keep checking your e-mail and for updates on this
    important issue.

    This week, Philadelphia legislators filed five discharge resolutions in
    an attempt to move anti-gun legislation out of the House Judiciary
    Committee to the House floor for a possible vote. Among the resolutions
    was legislation to create a one-gun-a-month statute in the City of
    Philadelphia. This legislation would allow Philadelphia to usurp
    Pennsylvania's preemption statute by limiting handgun purchases to one a
    month. Representative Dwight Evans (D-203) who took the lead role,
    along with 25 co-sponsors, submitted these resolutions in a misguided
    attempt to address violence in Philadelphia. Instead of infringing upon
    Second Amendment rights, legislators should be supporting additional
    funding for Philadelphia's version of Project Exile. Please urge your
    legislators to support additional funding for Philadelphia's version of
    Project Exile, which puts anti-crime efforts into practice without
    dissolving your Second Amendment rights. The general phone number for
    the General Assembly is (717) 787-2372.
    Chris - P95
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