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Well some - re 2A stuff from NRA. This may have been received and seen by some but for those who have not - keep you up to date.

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This Tuesday, January 31, the Alabama House of Representatives will be
voting on House Bill 1 (Hall-D), the "Castle Doctrine." HB 1 simply
says that 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 you may use any force against him, thereby removing your "duty to
retreat." Furthermore, this law would provide protection from criminal
prosecution and civil litigation for those who defend themselves from
criminal attack. Your Representative needs to hear from you before the
vote is taken. Please contact your legislator on Monday or Tuesday and
tell him or her that you strongly support HB 1, the "Castle Doctrine."
You can find contact information for your Representative by calling the
Alabama House of Representatives switchboard at (334) 242-7600. Please
be sure to make this important phone call and let your voice be heard!

On Tuesday, January 31, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a
hearing on SB 396 (Goggans, R-7), the "Castle Doctrine." SB 396 simply
says that 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 you may use any force against him, thereby removing your "duty to
retreat." Furthermore, this law would provide protection from criminal
prosecution and civil litigation for those who defend themselves from
criminal attack. Your Senator needs to hear from you as this important
piece of legislation is being considered. Please contact your
legislator and tell him or her that you strongly support SB 396, the
"Castle Doctrine." You can find contact information for your Senator by
calling the Georgia Senate switchboard at (404) 656-5040. Please be
sure to make this important phone call and let your voice be heard!

A coalition of law enforcement groups has proposed the language written
in SB 2579--a ban on the sale and possession of .50 caliber rifles and
ammunition. As you know, these rifles are used for sporting purposes,
but have been demonized in the press and by anti-gun groups looking for
the next gun control scheme. SB 2579 is an outright ban that, if
signed, will take effect immediately. Owners of the affected firearms
would have to remove the firearm from the state, surrender it to law
enforcement, or have it destroyed. It is vital that NRA members and
friends in the pro-gun community call their state legislators at (808)
587-0666 and ask them to oppose this proposed gun ban BEFORE it gets a

House Bill 2414, which seeks to ban certain semi-automatic rifles and
shotguns, as well as .50 caliber rifles commonly used for hunting, is
still awaiting a vote on the House floor. This vote could take place at
any time. After failing to be brought up for a vote last year, HB 2414
is still going through several revisions in an effort to attract
lawmakers who have mixed voting records on our Right to Keep and Bear
Arms. Technical modifications have been made to give the appearance of
"watering down" the bill, but the primary legislative goal of banning
the future manufacture and transfer of current firearms remains
unchanged. Please contact your State Representative immediately and ask
him or her to oppose this latest version of HB 2414! HB 2414 will be
voted on soon, so contact your Illinois lawmakers at (217) 782-8223.

On Wednesday, January 25, the House Public Safety and Homeland Security
Committee passed HB 1028, sponsored by Representative Eric Koch (R-65),
by an overwhelming vote of 7-1. HB 1028 will protect your right to have
a lawfully possessed firearm in a locked motor vehicle, as well as to
codify that Indiana residents do not have a "duty to retreat" from an
attacker. This important self-defense legislation will be heard soon on
the House floor. It is critical that you contact your State
Representative at (800) 382-9842 and urge him or her to support HB 1028!
Also, we would like to thank Representative Koch for his leadership on
this bill, as well as those committee members who voted in favor of HB
1028: Chairman, Representative Bill Ruppel (R-22), Vice Chair,
Representative Billy Bright (R-69), and Representatives Dick Dodge
(R-51), Suzanne Crouch (R-78), Cleo Duncan (R-67), Vern Tincher (D-46),
and Bob Bischoff (D-68).

Help make Right-To-Carry a reality in Kansas! Senate Bill 418, "The
Personal and Family Protection Act" will be heard before the Senate
Federal & State Affairs Committee on Thursday, February 2. If your
Senator is included in the following list they are a member of this
committee and need to hear from you. Please contact him or her at (785)
296-2456 and urge them to approve passage of this important legislation
without amendments. District 24-Senator Pete Brungardt (R), Chairman
(785 ) 296-7390; District 22-Senator Roger Reitz (R), Vice-Chair (785)
296-7360; District 5-Senator Mark Gilstrap (D), Ranking Minority (785)
296-7357; District 9-Senator Kay O'Connor (R), (785) 296-7382; District
11-Senator John Vratil (R), (785) 296-7361; District 19-Senator Anthony
Hensley (D), (785) 296-3245; District 23-Senator Karin Brownlee (R),
(785) 296-7358; District 37-Senator Dennis Wilson (R), (785) 296-7383;
District 40-Senator Ralph Ostmeyer (R), (785) 296-7399.

This week, the Mississippi House Judiciary B Committee approved HB 1141,
an NRA-backed measure sponsored by Representative Warner McBride (D-10),
which would allow the owner of a property that has been annexed by a
county or municipality to continue hunting on certain-sized tracts of
land even if the city has a ban on the discharge of firearms. HB 1141
also contains a provision which would prohibit New Orleans-style gun
confiscations from law-abiding citizens during a future state of
emergency or natural disaster. Also this week, the House Wildlife,
Fisheries & Parks Committee approved HB 978, the NRA-backed No-Net-Loss
bill, also sponsored by Representative McBride, which requires the
opening of compensatory huntable state-owned land if an area is closed
to hunting. These bills could be voted on by the full House within the
next week. Please call and e-mail your State Representative and urge
him or her to support HB 978 and HB 1141. Please go to and click on "State Legislature" to find contact
information for your House member.

Several new bills were introduced in Albany this week, including S 6513,
which would expand rifle hunting into Chautauqua county, A 9682, which
would hold gun manufacturers liable for injuries or deaths of state
employees, and A 9640 (same as S 2122), which would potentially outlaw
all handguns not equipped with so-called "smart" gun technology. Please
contact your lawmakers and urge them to SUPPORT S 6513 and OPPOSE A 9682
and A 9640/S 2122. Also, when contacting your senators, be sure to
remind them to oppose Speaker Silver's anti-gun package, which moved to
the Senate a few weeks ago. Senators can be reached at (518) 455-2800
and Assemblymembers are available at (518) 455-4100. A listing and
descriptions of those bills can be found on our website at

The House Criminal Justice Committee will be holding a hearing for
OPPONENT testimony on House Bill 347 introduced by Representative Jim
Aslanides (R-94). This legislative proposal addresses several problems
associated with the enactment of House Bill 12, "Right-to-Carry"
legislation, which became law in 2004. This proposal would streamline
an already successful law, bringing clarity for Ohioans and law
enforcement alike. This important piece of legislation would do the
following: (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);
(3) create statewide preemption for the regulation of firearms and
ammunition, therefore avoiding the patchwork of laws currently on the
books in Ohio; and (4) further prohibit journalists from abusing the
open records law. The Hearing is scheduled for January 31, at 2:30 P.M.
in Room 121. This bill hearing will surely bring out all of the
anti-gun organizations in the state. Please plan on attending to show
your support for HB 347. If you're unable to attend, please contact the
House Criminal Justice Committee during normal business hours by calling
Chairman Bob Latta (R-06) at (614) 466-8104.

House Bill 1134 ("A Citizens Right to Self-Defense"), is modeled after
Florida's "Castle Doctrine," and successfully passed the House Judiciary
Committee today, Friday January 27. This important legislation is now
scheduled to be heard on the House floor this coming Tuesday, January
31. Please contact your Representative at (605) 773-3851 and ask him or
her to support HB 1134.

On Thursday, January 26, at 5:00 p.m., the Virginia House Militia,
Police, and Public Safety subcommittee met and heard two extremely
important pro-gun bills: House Bill 704 and House Bill 1265, sponsored
by Delegate Clarke Hogan (R-60) and Delegate Bill Janis (R-56),
respectively. HB 704 seeks to further enhance Virginia's preemption
statute by prohibiting counties from regulating hunting and the
discharge of firearms. HB 1265 would prohibit any government authority
from limiting the Right to Keep and Bear Arms during a declared "State
of Emergency." These measures are likely to move swiftly through
committee, so please contact your Delegate at (804) 698-1500 and ask him
or her to support both of these strong pro-Second Amendment bills on the
House floor! To further comment on these NRA-backed bills please call
the "constituent viewpoint" line at (800) 889-0229.

State Senator Mary Margaret Haugen (D-10) has introduced two Draconian
anti-hunting measures in Olympia. SB 6598 would shut down hunting in
Island County, and SB 6616 would ban hunting within one mile of a
school. Senator Haugen does not like hunting and does not like hunters.
Please call Senator Haugen at (360) 786-7618 and ask her to withdraw
these punitive anti-hunting measures. In addition, Senate Bill 5343, a
bill that prohibits non-licensed individuals from buying, selling or
trading firearms from their private collections at gun shows without
conducting the exchange through a licensed firearm dealer, was heard in
the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. Although more than 100 NRA
members and firearm owners turned out to voice their opposition to this
bill, a handful of uniformed police chiefs have some committee members
searching for a compromise. The proponents of SB 5343, including
Washington Ceasefire and The Brady Campaign, made it very clear that
restricting private transactions at gun shows is the first step in their
plan to restrict ALL private transactions of firearms in the State of
Washington. The President of Washington Ceasefire also used this
hearing to make a very emotional appeal for a ban on semiautomatic
firearms and .50 caliber rifles. These people are extremists and their
agenda is clear. Law-abiding firearm owners must stop this bill or it
will be the proverbial "first step." Aside from the horrible precedent
Senate Bill 5343 would set, the bill would expand the registration
database in Washington. Under existing law, all dealer handgun sales
are recorded with the Department of Licensing (DOL) which maintains a
database of Washington handgun owners. Any additional private sales
that would be brokered through dealers under the provisions of this bill
would also be registered with DOL. Further, SB 5343 establishes state
fees (in effect, a GUN TAX) for the background checks and, of course,
dealers would charge an additional fee for the time and effort it takes
them to facilitate transactions. The worst part is that all this
bureaucracy would be created with virtually NO benefit, since the vast
majority of criminals get their guns from sources other than gun shows.
Law enforcement resources would be diverted from going after real
criminals and the black market to doing background checks on law-abiding
firearm owners. It is critical that every concerned firearm owner
contact their Senator and the members of the Judiciary Committee. Urge
them to OPPOSE Senate Bill 5343 and ANY restriction on private firearm
transactions!! Messages for legislators can be left on the toll-free
Legislative Hotline at (800) 562-6000. It is especially important for
firearm owners in Senate Districts 2 (Senator Marilyn Rasmussen) and 48
(Senator Luke Esser) to contact your Senators! Senator Rasmussen (D-2)
represents a rural, pro-gun district. However, she is considering the
"compromise" mentioned earlier in this alert. If you live in the 2nd
Senate District, please be sure to contact Senator Rasmussen at (360)
786-7602 and tell her there is no workable compromise. The ONLY
alternative is to defeat any restrictions on private firearm
transactions! Senator Esser (R-48), on the other hand, represents a
very moderate, swing, suburban district. He shares our philosophy that
these kinds of restrictions will only impact law-abiding citizens. But
he needs to hear from firearm owners in the 48th Senate District. Thank
him for always standing up for the rights of law-abiding citizens and
urge him to hold the line against this horrible bill! You can reach
Senator Esser at (360) 786-7694.

On January 26, the Wisconsin State Senate voted 23-10 to override the
Governor's veto of the Personal Protection Act (PPA). The bill now moves
to the Assembly for an override vote that is scheduled for Tuesday,
January 31. In support of the PPA, please attend Tuesday's vote at
10:00 a.m., on the 3rd floor of the West Wing at the capitol. Please
also contact your State Representative reminding him or her to continue
their support of the PPA by voting to override the Governor's veto on
Tuesday, January 31. Representatives can be reached at (800) 362-9472.
Additionally, The future of hunting in Wisconsin is in serious jeopardy.
For every 100 hunters lost due to old age or other factors, only 53
replace them. The primary reason for Wisconsin's declining hunter
recruitment rate is the current minimum hunting age. Many kids have
already developed other interests by the time they turn 12. Assembly
Bill 586, also known as the "Hunter Mentoring Bill," has been introduced
to provide parents more discretion with regard to deciding when their
children are mature enough to hunt. Thirty states have passed similar
legislation. Please call your State Senator at (800) 362-9472 and
respectfully ask him or her to support AB 586, the "Hunter Mentoring

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Nebraska's CCW bill is proceeding nicely in our Unicameral. Both votes in general file and select file passed with room to spare, as did 2 cloture votes of the reigning anti wacko...who's thankfully term limited out of office next year.

Only the final reading/vote remains, and our governer has said that he will sign it. There's a month left in the legislative session, so plenty of time to schedule the final reading.

It's not perfect..has no reciprocity provision and doesn't address the anti carry ordinances in Omaha and Lincoln but it IS a giant leap forward.

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Glad to hear that my home state (Indiana) has a bill in the works to formalize "no duty to retreat", which has been the default law of the state for years anyway. :smile: Indiana has been a "shall-issue" state since the 1920's, and common-sense is still fairly common regarding our gun laws, so I think this bill will have no problems passing. :hand10:
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