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This is all from an NRA-ILA grassroots email - so in case y'all don't see it - here it is, minus the OK Castle deal which I kept as separate thread.

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States with updates this issue: Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana,
Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New York, Ohio, Oregon,
South Carolina, and, Washington.



BASELESS CONCLUSION OF BRADY REPORT CHALLENGED

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) called the conclusions of
a gun tracing report issued by the anti-gun Brady Center "ludicrous" and
referred those who want an unbiased explanation about the relevance of
trace data to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
(BATFE).

Commenting on the Brady Center's latest conspiracy-theory propaganda,
NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Lawrence G. Keane said,
"'Without a Trace' shows anti-gun groups are without a clue. This
so-called report is the last gasp of a desperate extremist group that
remains intent on pursuing junk lawsuits against a critical U.S.
industry-despite the clearly stated will of the American people through
the actions of Congress and state legislatures to block such lawsuits."

Keane went on to cite numerous cases of support for maintaining
restrictions on the release of BATFE gun trace data. "Law enforcement
supports the restrictions. BATFE supports the restrictions. Congress
and the President support the restrictions. The only people who want to
lift the restrictions are the lawyers at gun ban groups, and New York
City Mayor Bloomberg.

"You don't have to ask us, ask the experts," concluded Keane, referring
to multiple quotes and documents previously released by the BATFE that
support restricting the release of trace data to the public.


FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE ROUNDUP

There are a number of pro-gun bills pending in Congress that require
your action. Please review these legislative initiatives and be sure to
contact your U.S. Representative at (202) 225-3121, and your U.S.
Senators at (202) 224-3121, and urge him or her to cosponsor and support
these measures. Additional contact information can be found using the
"Write Your Representatives" feature at www.NRAILA.org.

. H.R. 5092-This bill would improve BATFE's process for punishing FFLs
and establish guidelines for BATFE investigations. This bill was
drafted in large part to address recent BATFE abuses at Richmond,
Va.-area gun shows highlighted in hearings before the U.S. House
Judiciary Committee's Subcommitee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland
Security.

. S. 2599/H.R. 5013-Legislation to prohibit the confiscation of lawfully
owned firearms during states of emergency. Would guarantee legal
recourse for victims of illegal gun seizures

. H.R. 1384-This bill would remove several antiquated and unnecessary
restrictions imposed on interstate firearms business since 1968.

.S. 1082/H.R. 1288-Legislation to repeal the draconian D.C. gun ban and
restore the right of lawful District residents to own firearms to defend
themselves and their families.

. H.R. 4547-Federal legislation requiring recognition of out-of-state
Right-to-Carry permits.

. H.R. 5005-This measure will codify congressional policies, roll back
restrictions, and correct errors in federal firearm laws.

Again, please contact your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and
urge them to cosponsor and support these measures. For additional
information on these bills, please visit www.NRAILA.org.



A LOOK AT THE STATES

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

States with updates this issue: Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana,
Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New York, Ohio, Oregon,
South Carolina, and, Washington.

ARKANSAS
The 2006 Primary elections are being held Tuesday, May 23, and early
voting has already started! To see if early voting is being conducted
at your county clerk's office, please use the following link
www.sosweb.state.ar.us/elections/elections_pdfs/county_clerks.pdf. 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. For information about voting in Arkansas, please use the
following link www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections_voting_arkansas.html. For
NRA-PVF candidate information and endorsements, NRA members are
encouraged to call the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division at (800) 392-VOTE
(8683), or visit www.NRAPVF.org. If you go to the NRA-PVF site, you
will have to provide your NRA member ID number to access the site. Your
NRA member ID number can be found on the front of your NRA magazine or
on your NRA membership card. Your ID number on the magazine's mailing
label is the 10-digit number that follows the code: #07901. Examples
of how to find your ID number can also be found at www.NRAPVF.org on the
log-in page accessed by choosing your state. Be sure to "Vote Freedom
First!" on Tuesday, May 23!

IDAHO
The 2006 Primary elections are being held Tuesday, May 23 and absentee
voting has already started! For information about voting in Idaho,
please use the following link www.idahovotes.gov/. 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. For
NRA-PVF candidate information and endorsements, NRA members are
encouraged to call the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division at (800) 392-VOTE
(8683), or visit www.NRAPVF.org. If you go to the NRA-PVF site, you
will have to provide your NRA member ID number to access the site. Your
NRA member ID number can be found on the front of your NRA magazine or
on your NRA membership card. Your ID number on the magazine's mailing
label is the 10-digit number that follows the code: #07901. Examples
of how to find your ID number can also be found at www.NRAPVF.org on the
log-in page accessed by choosing your state. Be sure to "Vote Freedom
First!" on Tuesday, May 23!

KENTUCKY
Primary election day is Tuesday, May 16. NRA members are encouraged to
head to the polls and vote for those candidates who support our Right to
Keep and Bear Arms. For more information about voting visit
http://elect.ky.gov/registrationinfo/. Please be sure to encourage your
family, friends, and fellow firearm owners to do the same. For NRA-PVF
candidate information and endorsements, NRA members are encouraged to
call the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division at (800) 392-VOTE (8683), or visit
www.NRAPVF.org. If you go to the NRA-PVF site, you will have to provide
your NRA member ID number to access the site. Your NRA member ID number
can be found on the front of your NRA magazine or on your NRA membership
card. Your ID number on the magazine's mailing label is the 10-digit
number that follows the code: #07901. Examples of how to find your ID
number can also be found at www.NRAPVF.org on the log-in page accessed
by choosing your state. Be sure to "Vote Freedom First!" on Tuesday,
May 16!

LOUISIANA
On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary "C" Committee reported out two
NRA-supported bills: HB 89 by Representative Eric LaFleur (D-38) & Don
Cazayoux (D-18), the "Castle Doctrine" bill creates presumptions in law
for the use of force against intruders in your home, car, or place of
business and explicitly states in law that you have no "duty to retreat"
from criminal attack if you are in a place where you have a legal right
to be; and HB 760 by Representative Steve Scalise (R-82), that prohibits
the confiscation of firearms from law-abiding citizens during a future
state of emergency or natural disaster. These bills now move to the
full Senate for consideration. Please contact your State Senators and
urge them to support HB 89 and HB 760. To contact your State Senator,
call the PULS line at (225) 342-2456 (from the Baton Rouge area) or
(800) 256-3793 (outside the Baton Rouge area).

MASSACHUSETTS
Important pro-gun legislation, H.4552, sponsored by Representative Frank
Hynes (D-Plymouth-4) has passed the House and has been stuck in the
Senate since February. Anti-gun advocates have been heavily lobbying
the office of Senate President Robert Travaglini (D-First Suffolk,
Middlesex) in an attempt to water down the bill with amendments.
H.4552, "An Act Protecting the Rights of Target Shooters," would do the
following: create a new definition in Section 121, Chapter 140 for
"Single Action Revolver," using the same language taken from the
identical exception passed in California; exempt certain "Single Action
Revolvers" and precision target handguns, "any firearm solely designed
and sold specifically for formal target shooting competition," from the
testing requirements in Section 123 of Chapter 140; and place in a
statute the language already passed in 1998 that exempts "any firearm
lawfully owned or possessed under a license issued under said Chapter
140 on or before October 21, 1998." Your action is critical in
protecting the Second Amendment Rights of Massachusetts' gun owners!
Please contact Senate President Travaglini today at (617) 722-1500 or
email [email protected] and ask him to move the bill forward
without any amendments!

MICHIGAN
On May 16, SB 1046, "Castle Doctrine" legislation sponsored by Senator
Alan Cropsey (R-33), is scheduled to be heard by the Senate Judiciary
Committee. This legislation will help the citizens of Michigan in two
important ways: first, it protects your right to self-defense, and
ensures you do not have a "duty to retreat" from a violent attacker; and
second, it gives immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for
the use of such force. Please call the Senate Judiciary Committee at
(517) 373-3760 and respectfully ask them to support SB 1046. Also,
NRA-ILA Election Volunteer Coordinator Jerry Kraus (MI-9) would like to
invite you to attend the "Michigan Celebrity Shoot" that is being
organized by the Oakland County Friends of the NRA. Celebrities that
attended last year included Dennis Hextal of the Detroit Red Wings;
Mickey Lolitch of the Detroit Tigers; State Senator Nancy Cassis
(R-Mich.-15); Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard, who is running
against Senator Debbie Stabenow (D) for the U.S. Senate; among others!
Jerry has coordinated several events and participated in several
Celebrity Shoots in the past, and this year's event promises to be a
success. So come on out and join your fellow shotgun shooters and
celebrities for a day of shooting, while raising money for the Friends
of the NRA! The event will be held on Saturday, June 24, at 10:30 a.m.,
at the Detroit Gun Club, 2775 Oakley Park Road, Walled Lake, MI 48390.
Admission prices vary and advance tickets are required. For ticket
information and additional information, please contact Jerry Kraus by
phone at (248) 706-1513 or by e-mail at [email protected]

MISSOURI
The Missouri General Assembly session is getting ready to adjourn for
the year and the Senate has yet to take action on HB 1461, the
critically important "Castle Doctrine" reform bill. HB 1461, introduced
by Representative Marilyn Ruestman (R-131), protects your right to
self-defense and ensure Missourians do not have a "duty to retreat" from
a violent attacker. Please contact Senate President Michael Gibbons at
(573) 751-2853 and politely request HB 1461 receive a full floor vote
this week! Also, please respectfully remind Senator Gibbons that
without this important protection, innocent crime victims in Missouri
can be sued by their violent attacker for defending themselves and their
family! Please be sure to have your family, friends, and fellow Second
Amendment supporters call Senator Gibbons as well.

MONTANA
The 2006 Primary elections are being held Tuesday, June 6 and absentee
voting has already started! For information about voting in Montana,
please use the following link
http://sos.state.mt.us/ELB/Voter_Information.asp#absentee. 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. For
NRA-PVF candidate information and endorsements, NRA members are
encouraged to call the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division at (800) 392-VOTE
(8683), or visit www.NRAPVF.org. If you go to the NRA-PVF site, you
will have to provide your NRA member ID number to access the site. Your
NRA member ID number can be found on the front of your NRA magazine or
on your NRA membership card. Your ID number on the magazine's mailing
label is the 10-digit number that follows the code: #07901. Examples
of how to find your ID number can also be found at www.NRAPVF.org on the
log-in page accessed by choosing your state. Be sure to "Vote Freedom
First!" on Tuesday, June 6!

NEW YORK
Registration for the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association
(NYSRPA) Annual Meeting has started and is filling up fast! This event
is open to the public, and the cost is only $10. Mark your calendars
for Saturday, June 10, at the Wallkill Rod and Gun Club, 316 Bruyn
Turnpike, Wallkill, NY 12589. Registration starts at 10:00 a.m. The
range will be open and there will be displays by gunsmiths, taxidermist,
collectors, and more from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Between 4:00 p.m.,
and 6:00 p.m. there will be guest speakers, including NRA First Vice
President John Sigler, and food from the annual chicken bake. To
register call the NYSRPA office at 800-469-7772 or for more information
visit www.nysrpa.org/. Also, in conjunction with the NYSRPA annual
meeting, please join the NRA-ILA Grassroots staff and your fellow NRA
members, for a couple hours of socializing and protecting freedom at a
FREE NRA-ILA Mix N' Mingle. To reserve your spot at the Mix N' Mingle,
please call (800) 392-VOTE (8683) or visit www.nraila.org/workshops.

OHIO
The Senate Criminal Justice Committee will be holding a hearing for
proponent, opponent, and interested testimony with a possible vote on
House Bill 347, on Wednesday, May 17 at 9:00 a.m., in Room 121, of the
State House. This proposal will streamline an already successful
Right-to-Carry law by creating statewide preemption for the regulation
of firearms and ammunition--thereby avoiding the current patchwork of
firearm laws in Ohio. HB 347 will also fix the most common complaint
heard from the more than 60,000 Right-to-Carry license holders--the
"plain sight" requirement for a firearm in a motor vehicle. If you're
unable to attend, please contact the Senate Criminal Justice Committee
by calling Chairman Jim Jordan at (614) 466-7584.

OREGON
Vote by mail ballots for the May 16 Primary Election have been mailed.
If you need help filling out your ballot or haven't received your ballot
please visit www.sos.state.or.us/elections/vbm/vbm_guide.pdf. For
NRA-PVF candidate information and endorsements, NRA members are
encouraged to call the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division at (800) 392-VOTE
(8683), or visit www.NRAPVF.org. If you go to the NRA-PVF site, you
will have to provide your NRA member ID number to access the site. Your
NRA member ID number can be found on the front of your NRA magazine or
on your NRA membership card. Your ID number on the magazine's mailing
label is the 10-digit number that follows the code: #07901. Examples
of how to find your ID number can also be found at www.NRAPVF.org on the
log-in page accessed by choosing your state. Don't forget to return
your ballot to your local election office by 8pm on Tuesday May 16 -
postmarks do not count!

SOUTH CAROLINA
H 3402 is headed for Governor Sanford's (R) desk. This legislation
would allow the formation of a sportsmen's caucus, putting South
Carolina in the position of becoming the 29th state to establish a state
legislative sportsmen's caucus. Special thanks go to State
Representative Mike Pitts (R-14), who introduced this legislation and
worked to shepherd it through the General Assembly.

WASHINGTON
The Bellingham City Council is considering an ordinance that would
prohibit the discharge of firearms at indoor shooting ranges in the
City. According to the language of the ordinance, the City Council is
of the opinion that indoor shooting ranges "pose potential dangers to
the health, safety and welfare of the community." This is an outrageous
claim--enclosed shooting ranges pose no danger to the community! This
proposed ordinance is nothing more than an attack on the rights of
Bellingham shooters by the Police Chief and City Council. This proposed
ordinance also appears to be an obvious violation of Washington State
Law. Section 9.41.300(2) of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) allows
cities to restrict the discharge of firearms only "where there is a
reasonable likelihood that humans, domestic animals or property will be
jeopardized." The City Council has already quietly held a public
hearing on this proposal and has cast a preliminary vote to pass the
ordinance. The final hearing will be held at the City Council meeting
held at 210 Lottie Street, on Monday, May 15, at 7:00 p.m. This will be
the final opportunity for NRA members, shooters, and firearm owners to
make their voices heard. Mark your calendars for Monday, May 15, at
7:00 p.m. For more information, please visit:
www.cob.org/council/index.htm. If you are unable to attend the meeting,
please contact the Bellingham City Council at (360) 676-6970 or via
e-mail at [email protected]. To view the language of the ordinance,
go to:
ftp://ftp.cob.org/council/packets/2006/05_may/01/packets/01may2006_AB16972.pdf
. Do not forget to attend this meeting and help protect the Second
Amendment rights of Bellingham City shooters! Please forward this
e-mail to your fellow firearm owners!
 

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The Bellingham City Council is considering an ordinance that would
prohibit the discharge of firearms at indoor shooting ranges in the
City.
Well that makes a lot of sense, doesn't it? A building that was designed to shoot in and soon you might not be able to shoot in it. I would love to hear the logic (if any exists) behind this thought.
 
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