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Today's ''State of the States"

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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 [email protected]. 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.