Today's ''State of the States"

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    Today's ''State of the States"

    NRA-ILA today March 10. CT, DE, IL, KS, MS, NE, NH, OH, PA, SC, SD.



    (***For all of the action items below, you can find contact information
    for your legislators by using the "Write Your Representatives" tool at As always, thank you for your support.***)

    States with updates this issue: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois,
    Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South
    Carolina, South Dakota.

    Unfortunately, the Connecticut General Assembly's Environment Committee
    omitted important language when drafting Senate Bill 605. SB 605 allows
    the Department of Environmental Protection to designate areas that would
    be open to Sunday hunting on private property. As drafted, the bill
    would regrettably apply only to bow hunters and would not include
    individuals who hunt with firearms. NRA anticipated SB 605 would
    include rifles and shotguns. Without an amendment, Sunday hunting in
    Connecticut will not be open to individuals who hunt with rifles and
    shotguns. SB 605 is scheduled to be heard on Friday, March 17. Please
    call the Co-Chairmen of the Environment Committee, Senator Bill Finch
    (D-22), at (800) 842-1420, and Representative Richard Roy (D-119), at
    (800) 842-8267, and tell them you support expanding Sunday hunting
    opportunities beyond bow hunting only. In addition, please plan on
    attending what promises to be one of the largest and most successful
    Friends of NRA events in the country, on March 24, 2006, in Southington.
    Limited edition firearms, knives, art prints, and other collectibles
    will be offered for sale, at auction, or given away in special drawings.
    50% of the net proceeds from the event will go to qualified projects in
    Connecticut, with the remaining 50% benefiting national programs. The
    event will take place at the beautiful Aqua Turf Restaurant on Mulberry
    Street, in Southington. It will start at 6:00 p.m., and will feature a
    delicious meal prepared by the Aqua Turf. For tickets, directions, or
    more information, please call Chairman Ray Hanley at (203) 264-4899.

    The Delaware General Assembly reconvenes on Tuesday, March 14, after a
    six-week break for budget hearings. One of the first pieces of
    legislation that will be considered is HB 359 (sponsored by
    Representative Deborah Hudson (R-12), a "shall issue" Right-to-Carry
    bill that gives law-abiding citizens the Right-to-Carry concealed
    firearms for personal protection. Your lawmakers need to hear from you.
    Please be sure to e-mail your legislators before Tuesday and ask them
    to support HB 359. You can find your lawmaker's e-mail address by
    visiting Please be sure to
    send an e-mail TODAY in support of HB 359!

    Illinois will hold primary elections on Tuesday, March 21. NRA members
    are encouraged to head to the polls and vote for those candidates who
    support our Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Please be sure to encourage
    your family, friends, and fellow firearm owners to do the same. You can
    vote early starting February 27, and ending March 16. For a list of
    early voting locations in your area, please contact your county election
    official. Please visit
    for county election official contact information. For NRA-PVF
    endorsement information, NRA members are encouraged to call the NRA-ILA
    Grassroots Division at (800) 392-VOTE (8683). Further information will
    be posted soon to the NRA-PVF website at Be sure to
    "Vote Freedom First!" on Tuesday, March 21!

    On Monday morning, March 13, Senate Bill 418, "The Personal and Family
    Protection Act," is scheduled for a vote in the Kansas House of
    Representatives! This important legislation, sponsored by Senator Phil
    Journey (R-26), will bring Kansans a step closer to having their right
    to self-defense fully recognized. We are asking if you will take 10
    minutes out of your day to do the following: First, call your State
    Representative at (785) 296-2456 and ask him or her to support SB 418;
    Second, start contacting Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D) toll-free at
    (877) 579-6757, local (785) 296-6240, via e-mail at, or fax (785) 368-8788, and respectfully
    ask her to sign SB 418 when it reaches her desk. Spread the word to
    your friends, family members, fellow firearm owners, and co-workers, and
    ask them to help by contacting their State Representative and Governor
    Sebelius. The time has come for Kansans to be trusted to protect
    themselves and their loved ones!

    It is critical that you continue contacting your State Representatives
    and urge them to VOTE TO CONCUR with the Senate amendments to HB 1141.
    HB 1141 is the most significant piece of legislation to protect gun
    owners and sportsmen in recent memory. It contains language: (1)
    allowing hunting to continue on minimum-sized land tracts which are
    annexed by a city or county (even if that locality bans the discharge of
    firearms); (2) prohibiting local officials from confiscating
    lawfully-possessed firearms during a natural disaster; and (3)
    permitting employees, under certain circumstances, to transport and
    store firearms in their locked, private vehicles while parked on
    property controlled by their employer. Let your State Representatives
    know that a vote to send the bill to a "conference committee" to work
    out differences between the House and Senate versions is a vote to
    defeat the bill. Please forward this alert to at least five other gun
    owners and sportsmen you know. For contact information for your State
    Representatives in Jackson, please visit

    Legislative Bill 454, the "Concealed Handgun Permit Act," sponsored by
    Representative Jeanne Combs (I-32), passed Select File by a vote of
    31-9, with 33 votes for cloture. Unfortunately, LB 454 will not come up
    for final passage for a couple of weeks due to budget hearings. Please
    continue contacting your State Senator and ask him or her to continue
    supporting LB 454 and to trust the law-abiding citizens of Nebraska!
    Due to the overwhelming number of phone calls to the phone number
    normally listed as the contact number, the Nebraska Legislature has
    respectfully requested we ask our dedicated members to please call your
    specific State Senator. If you know your State Senator's name, please
    use the following link to find his or her phone number If you need help
    identifying your State Senator is please call the NRA-ILA Grassroots
    Division at (800) 392-VOTE (8683), or visit

    Senate Bill 318, sponsored by State Senator Peter E. Bragdon, (R-11,
    Milford), passed by a narrow margin this week in the Senate and is now
    headed to the House. SB 318 says if a criminal breaks into your home,
    your occupied vehicle, or your place of business, you may presume he is
    there to do bodily harm, and therefore, you may use necessary force
    against him. The bill removes the "duty to retreat" if you are attacked
    in any place you have a legal right to be and it provides protection
    from criminal prosecution and civil litigation for those who defend
    themselves from criminal attack. A special "thank you" to the members
    of the Gun Owners of New Hampshire, New Hampshire Firearm Coalition, and
    members of the National Rifle Association who made this happen. Senate
    Bill 318 must now pass the House. Please Contact your House Member at
    (603) 271-2548 and urge him or her to support this legislation.

    HB 347, introduced by Representative Jim Aslanides (R-94), passed the
    Ohio House yesterday by a vote of 76-19. This legislation addresses
    several problems associated with the enactment of House Bill 12,
    "Right-to-Carry" legislation, that became law in 2004. This bill would
    streamline an already successful law, bringing clarity for Ohioans and
    law enforcement alike. This important piece of legislation would do the
    following for Ohioans: (1) create a clear definition of "plain sight" in
    a motor vehicle; (2) allow for off-duty law enforcement officers to
    carry a concealed firearm 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (a.k.a. 24/7
    provision); and (3) create statewide preemption for the regulation of
    firearms and ammunition, therefore avoiding the patchwork of laws
    currently on the books in Ohio. Please call your state Senator at (614)
    466-4900 and respectfully ask him or her to support of HB 347.

    Several Pennsylvania Sportsmen's organizations will be holding a "Right
    to Keep and Bear Arms" Press Conference Tuesday, March 14, from
    9:00-11:00 a.m., on the steps of the Capitol Building in Harrisburg,
    Pennsylvania. This event will launch the introduction of several
    pro-gun measures, including legislation based on the traditional "Castle
    Doctrine," which removes the "duty to retreat" if you are attacked in
    any place you have a legal right to be while granting protection from
    criminal prosecution and civil litigation for those who defend
    themselves from criminal attack. The Allegheny County Sportsmen's
    League (, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania
    Sportsmen's Association, the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen's
    Clubs (, and other concerned Pennsylvania grassroots gun
    and sportsmen organizations have cooperated in organizing this event.
    For Information, please contact Kim Stolfer, by phone at (412) 221-3346,
    or by e-mail at Also, State Representative Dwight
    Evans (D-203), this week was joined by Philadelphia City Council members
    Darrell Clarke and Donna Reed Miller in announcing House Bill 2483,
    legislation to gut state preemption and allow local control or
    regulation firearms. Speaking in the Council Caucus Room at City Hall,
    Evans stated that his bill would provide local governments the option of
    approving an ordinance regulating such topics as: restricting areas
    where firearms may be discharged; limiting or prohibiting possession in
    areas of municipal or county parks or recreational areas or other
    publicly-owned grounds; regulating the brandishing of firearms or the
    manner by which a person may carry a firearm; regulating firearms in
    times of insurrection or civil unrest; regulating pellet guns;
    regulating pawn or secondhand shops; "limiting the ownership,
    possession, transfer or transportation of assault weapons within the
    city limits; requiring background checks or waiting periods on the
    purchase of firearms in addition to that required by state law; and,
    limiting the amount of firearms that may be purchased in a specific
    period of time or making it unlawful for a person who is not a licensed
    firearms dealer to purchase more than one handgun with any 30-day
    period." Please call your state Representative at (717) 787-2372 and
    respectfully ask him or her to oppose this restrictive legislation.

    Next Wednesday, March 15, the House Judiciary Committee's Criminal Laws
    Subcommittee will have a public hearing on H 4473, introduced by
    Representative Catherine Ceips (R-124). This legislation will establish
    an expedited process for issuing an emergency Right-to-Carry (RTC)
    permit to victims of domestic violence. H 4473 will also require
    victims be notified of this personal protection option if their request
    for an order of protection is granted, and will ensure that, should a
    domestic violence victim obtain an emergency RTC permit, that victim's
    personal information cannot be released unless for the purpose of an
    official police investigation. This will prevent abusers from tracking
    down their victims by exploiting the current system that allows easy
    access to personal information regarding RTC permit holders. This
    hearing will be held Wednesday, March 15, at 2:30 p.m. in the Blatt
    Building in Columbia. Please make plans to attend this hearing in
    support of
    H 4473. If you cannot attend, please be sure to contact members of the
    subcommittee and urge them to support H 4473. To find out in which room
    the hearing will be held, please call the House Judiciary Committee
    information line at (803) 734-3120.

    House Bill 1199, sponsored by Representative Margaret Gillespie (D-16),
    was signed by Governor Mike Rounds (R), on Friday, March 3. HB 1199
    will protect law-abiding South Dakota citizens by prohibiting the
    release of information concerning applicants and current permit holders
    to any person, and prohibits any lists or records of privately-owned
    firearms to be kept. In addition, HB 1134, "Citizens Right to
    Self-Defense" legislation, which removes the "duty to retreat" when a
    citizen is faced with attack in a place that he or she has a right to
    be, was signed by Governor Rounds on Friday, February, 17. Please
    contact Governor Rounds at (605) 773-3212 and thank him for protecting
    the citizens of South Dakota by signing HB 1199 and HB 1134.
    Chris - P95
    NRA Certified Instructor & NRA Life Member.

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