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PostSubject: U.S. House Votes To Block Unauthorized Record Keeping On Gun Owners   Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:28 am




NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS ALERT
Vol.
18, No. 7 02/18/11




U.S. House Votes To
Block
Unauthorized Record Keeping On Gun Owners





Click here
to vote in this week's poll.
The
U.S. House has voted for an amendment to H.R. 1 offered by Reps. Denny Rehberg
and Dan Boren that prohibits the use of federal funds for a new and unauthorized
multiple sales reporting scheme proposed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives (BATFE). The measure passed the chamber with broad
bipartisan support.

"The
reluctance of the Calderon and Obama administrations to face reality and pursue
real solutions is costing the lives of law enforcement and civilians on both
sides of the border," said Chris W. Cox, executive director for the National
Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action. "NRA has always and will
continue to support any law enforcement initiative that targets criminals. Any
proposal that only burdens law-aiding gun owners and retailers – as this
proposal does – is a non-starter with the NRA. To put it very simply, if someone
is breaking the law, go after them full bore. If they aren't, leave them
alone."

Where's The Cotton
Candy? Bloomberg Takes Anti-Gun Sideshow On The
Road:
No one can say that New York City mayor and
anti-gun gadfly Michael Bloomberg doesn't support getting Americans back to work
-- at least those who don't operate snow removal
equipment in New York City. But those who are concerned about global warming may
take issue with how he's going about it. During an interview with
ABC-TV's George Stephanopolous this week, Bloomberg announced he has hired a
driver to tour the country in a large, fossil-fuel-burning truck, towing a
billboard that other Bloomberg jobbers have covered with a poster or paint job
claiming that 34 people are murdered with guns each day.

Lawmakers Offer
Legislation To Allow Importation Of M1s:
In 2009, the Obama administration
approved the importation and sale of collectible, American-made M1 Garand rifles
and M1 carbines from South
Korea. However, the administration reversed its
decision in March of last year, deciding instead to prevent these rifles --
legal to make and purchase in the United States -- from entering the
country.

D.C. Gun Bill:
Fact And Fiction
-- Earlier this month, Rep. Mike Ross
(D-Ark.) introduced H.R. 645 the "Second Amendment Enforcement Act," to
eliminate harsh gun control laws imposed by the District of Columbia after the Supreme Court's
decision in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008).

NRA Works With Coalition
To Address Wolf Management Crisis:
A coalition of
the nation's largest hunting and conservation groups today thanked Members of
Congress for taking several steps in the right direction for wolf conservation.
The coalition reminded Congress that all wolves in the Rockies and Great Lakes area are recovered and should now be managed
by state biologists. The coalition supports all four pending bills in the House
and Senate to move recovered wolf populations to state management. The groups
include Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, the Boone and Crockett Club,
National Rifle Association, and Safari Club International.

The Swiss Vote To Keep
Guns At Home
:
Switzerland has historically had one
of the highest per capita rates of firearm ownership in the world.
The country has no standing army, relying instead on a citizen militia
for national defense. And these members of the citizen militia
keep their military-issued firearms in their homes. There are also
many shooting enthusiasts and shooting clubs in the country. This
has been the case for decades.

NRA-ILA's Chris Cox Speaks
Out On Magazine Bans:
Since the senseless January 8
attack on Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her innocent constituents, NRA
members have joined our fellow Americans in offering thoughts and prayers for
the victims, for their families, and for the Tucson community. Yet while we grieved,
anti-Second Amendment groups worked to exploit the tragedy to resurrect their
political agendas. "In the wake of these kind of incidents, the trick is to move
quickly," one antigun activist said.

This
week, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox wrote an op-ed piece onUSNews.com regarding this all-too-familiar anti-gun exploitation, and
the benefits of standard capacity magazines. To read the piece,
please click here.

Volunteers Needed For
2011 NRA Annual Meetings In Pittsburgh:
The 2011
NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits will be an exciting weekend, as thousands of
NRA members will come together April 27--May 1, 2011, in Pittsburgh, PA. You
can contribute to the success of our meeting by participating as an Annual
Meetings Volunteer.

Hunters' Rights Special
Session At NRA Annual Meetings
:
A Special Session
devoted to hunters' rights issues will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April
30, 2011
, at the NRA's 140th
Annual Meetings
in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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STATE
ROUNDUP

(Please note the only items listed below are
those that have had recent action. For other updates on state
legislation, please go to the state legislation section at www.NRAILA.org, and
check each week's issue of the Grassroots Alert.)

ALASKA:
No-Duty-to-Retreat
Legislation Passes Alaska's House Judiciary Committee

On Monday,
February 14, the House Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 80 by a 4 to 1
vote. This legislation would remove the duty to retreat in Alaska. HB 80 now moves
to the House Finance Committee. Under existing law, there is no
duty to retreat if a person is in his or her home, business, or on his or her
own property. HB 80 would extend the right to use force, including deadly
force, for self-defense anywhere a person has a legal right to be.
Your NRA will continue to update you on the status of HB 80 as it
progresses through the Alaska Legislature.

ARIZONA:
NRA-Backed Bills Progress in the House and
Senate
As the legislative session continues in Phoenix, three pro-gun
bills have recently received positive committee action. House Bill 2140,
legislation to protect your firearms rights against homeowners' associations and
landlords, passed committee and will now move to caucus in the House, then to
the House Committee of the Whole. Senate Bills 1469 and 1467,
which seek to strengthen your self-defense rights, also passed committee and
will now move to caucus, then to the Committee of the Whole in the
Senate. At this time no action is required on your part. However,
please continue to check your e-mail and www.NRAILA.org for
updates on these and other Second Amendment-related
legislation.

March 3 Open House to
view Northern Arizona Shooting Range Draft Master Plan
As previously mentioned in an
earlier alert, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGF) will be hosting an
informational open house to present the draft master site-plan for the
Northern
Arizona Shooting Range on Thursday, March 3 from 5:30 p.m.
to 8 p.m. The meeting will take place at the AZGF regional office in Flagstaff, located at
3500 S. Lake Mary
Road.

While
no formal presentation will be made, this will be an opportunity for people to
come out and see the latest plans for the proposed range design as well as
interact with AZGF who will be present to answer questions, take comments, and
provide any requested information. While the design is still in the draft
stages, AZGF will continue to work towards finalizing plans before presenting
them to the AZGF Commission on March 11-12, in Phoenix and continue to take public comment
until March 11.

As
plans for the range come closer to being finalized, minority opposition is
getting louder. AZGF continues to stand strong in support of the project and
fully expects to have the Northern Arizona Shooting Range at Foster Ranch completed by 2013.
Please come out to see the draft master plan and thank the AZGF for all their
efforts to develop a new shooting range in the state.

Click
here to see the
official release from AZGF announcing the open house.

For
more information on the development of the Northern Arizona Shooting Range, please click here.

Lake Havasu Travel
Management Plan Will Affect Motorized Access for Hunters


The Bureau of Land Management is developing a Travel
Management Plan (TMP) to designate the routes that will remain open to the use
of motorized vehicles
by the public. The Federal lands involved in the TMP are located below I-40 in
Arizona and California, north, east, and south of Lake Havasu City, including parts of the California shoreline and south within 5-7 miles of the
Bill
Williams River. The public comment period on this
TMP closes on February 28. Comments may be e-mailed to Lake_Havasu@blm.gov or by
completing the comment form on BLM's Arizona State website at www.blm.gov/az.
Click on Lake
Havasu. For further
information you may call Myron McCoy at 928-505-1216 or write to Myron_mccoy@blm.gov.

The
TMP provides four alternatives for motorized access:

Alternative A: No Action.
Alternative A describes the current management of BLM-administered public lands
in the planning area. The current management would continue to occur if no new
decisions are made to alter it.

Alternative B: Protection.
Alternative B emphasizes minimal human use and influence, and enhanced
protection of remoteness and primitive recreation.

Alternative C: Proposed.
Alternative C would provide an optimal balance between authorized resource use
and the protection and long-term sustainability of sensitive resources within
the planning area.

Alternative D: Access.
Alternative D places an emphasis on maximum resource use and a more flexible,
permissive resource management approach.

In
addition to the effects this TMP will have on recreational access, the BLM does
not intend to allow the use of vehicles for game retrieval off designated
routes. If you hunt or enjoy other recreational activities on these lands,
it is important that you review the maps and comment on how these alternatives
will affect your access and ability to retrieve downed game.

FLORIDA:
STOP Doctors
from Violating Patients' Gun Privacy Rights in Florida


Senate Bill 432 has been scheduled to be heard in the
Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Tuesday, February 22 at 9:00 a.m. SB 432
would stop anti-gun doctors from asking children and parents if they own guns
and then telling them to get rid of their guns. It further stops doctors
from denying care to children if the parents refuse to answer questions about
gun ownership. This bill is designed to make doctors practice medicine NOT
practice gun ban politics in their examination rooms. As a parent or a patient
you have a right to protect your privacy about gun ownership. How many guns you
own and where they are stored is your personal private information.
Immediate action is needed, so please contact the members of the
Senate Criminal Justice Committee and urge them to support this
legislation.
For more information concerning this legislation
and how to contact committee members, please click here.

Public Comment Sought on
New Refuge Proposed in Central Florida

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service is proposing the creation of a new national wildlife refuge that would
encompass more than 150,000 acres in portions of Polk, Osceola, Indian River,
Okeechobee, and Highlands counties in Central
Florida. The proposed Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife
Refuge and Conservation Area is billed as a partnership between federal, tribal,
state, and local governments, along with ranchers and other landowners and
private organizations. The Service has stated that it will work with willing
landowners to acquire the land in a variety of ways, including direct purchase,
conservation easements, leases, and cooperative agreements.

It is
unknown at this time how this proposal will affect hunting and other public
recreation on lands to be acquired. Four public meetings were held to provide
the public an opportunity to hear a presentation about the proposal, to ask
questions and to submit comments, ideas, and concerns.

The
Service will use public comments in the development of the refuge plan.
Information about the proposal can be found at http://www.fws.gov/southeast/greatereverglades/.
Comments can be e-mailed to EvergladesHeadwatersProposal@fws.gov.
The comment period closes February 28.

IDAHO:
Proposed
Rule to Allow Take of Wolves in North-Central Idaho

Because wolves
are having a devastating impact on elk herds in the Lolo Elk Management Zone,
the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) has requested permission of the
Service to lethally take wolves over a 5-year period in order to reduce
predation on elk. Permission is necessary because these wolves are protected by
the Endangered Species Act as a "nonessential experimental population." When
the designation was made, certain actions were allowed including lethal take by
livestock producers to remove problem wolves. It was not contemplated at the
time that there would be a need to remove wolves to protect wild game species.
Therefore the IDFG needs special approval from the Service to also deal with
problem wolves.

The
Service has released an environmental assessment that asks for public comment on
two opposing actions: 1) No Action or 2) Approve Requested Authorization. The
rule can be found at http://www.fws.gov/idaho/
. Comments can be submitted on line at http://www.regulations.gov.
In the box that reads "Enter Keyword or ID" enter the number
FWS-R1-ES-2011-0009. Check the box that reads "Open for Comment/Submission" and
then click the Search button. An icon will appear that reads "Submit a
Comment." Deadline for comments is MARCH 14.

Wolf
populations have rebounded since the species was listed and given federal
protection. The Service's efforts to remove, from the Endangered Species list,
wolf populations that have recovered has been ensnarled in lawsuits brought by
radical environmental groups. In the meantime, wolves are having a huge impact
elk populations, and consequently big game hunting. Please take a few minutes
to submit a comment to the Service in support of the "Approve Requested
Authorization.
"

IOWA:
Emergency Powers
Reform Passes in the House Public Safety Committee!

On Wednesday,
February 16, House Study Bill 18 was passed by a 14 to 5 vote in the House
Public Safety Committee. Anti-gun legislators failed to weaken this important
emergency powers legislation through amendments, even though an attempt to
remove the word "carrying" had been expected. This bill now moves to the floor
for consideration, but has not been placed on the calendar at this time.
HSB 18 would prohibit any government agency from confiscating firearms or
regulating the lawful possession, carrying, transfer, transportation or
defensive use of firearms or ammunition during a state of emergency, such as
occurred in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana. Thank you to all those who
contacted members of the House Public Safety Committee in support of this
legislation. Please continue to check your e-mail and www.NRAILA.org for
updates on this and other Second Amendment-related legislation on the move in
Des
Moines.

KANSAS:
Action
Expected on One Pro-Gun Bill and One Divisive Personal Privacy
Bill

As the legislative session continues in Topeka, more Second
Amendment-related legislation is making progress. Pro-gun Senate Bill 152 and
anti-gun Senate Bill 31 are both currently awaiting action in Senate committees
and need your immediate attention.

Senate Bill
152
has been referred to the Senate Natural Resources Committee. This
NRA-backed legislation would allow any person licensed to carry a firearm to
lawfully carry while hunting. SB 152 could be heard at anytime,
so please contact the members of the Senate Natural Resources Committee listed
here and
respectfully urge them to support SB 152.

Recently, the Senate Ethics and
Elections Committee held a public hearing on Senate Bill 31, at which the NRA
submitted testimony voicing our strong opposition. The bill would require the
NRA to disclose the names, addresses and occupations of anyone who contributes
$1,000 or more to NRA. This burdensome and redundant legislation
would create a virtual registry of NRA members and politically active gun owners
in general. Current federal law already requires similar information for
election-related fundraising for individuals and has never required state
governments to duplicate this effort on any level. This legislation would
require Kansas
to undertake the monumental task of building a registry to manage and track
virtually every politically related donor who has ever given money to any group
associated with any election in the state. Please call the members of the
Senate Ethics and Elections Committee and urge them to oppose SB
31.

KENTUCKY: Right to Hunt and Fish
Amendment and NICS Legislation Waiting to be Heard in the Kentucky
Senate

Two important Second Amendment-related bills have
passed the Kentucky House of Representatives and are waiting to be considered by
the state Senate. NRA-backed House Bill 1 is a Right to Hunt and Fish
Amendment, while House Bill 308 would provide a pathway to restoring
gun-rights.

HB 1 proposes an amendment to the
Kentucky Constitution recognizing citizens' right to hunt and fish. It would
provide truly meaningful protections against the animal rights activists who
seek to ban all hunting in America. The ultimate adoption of
this constitutional amendment would preserve Kentucky's rich hunting and fishing traditions
for future generations. This bill is expected to be heard by the Senate State and Local Government Committee at
any time.

HB 308 passed out of the state
House on February 14, by a 97 to 1 vote. Introduced by state Representative Bob
Damron (D-39), HB 308 would implement the federal NICS Improvements Amendments
Act, providing a pathway for the restoration of gun rights.

Please contact your state
senator TODAY and respectfully ask him or her to bring up and support HB 1
without amendments andHB 308 prior to adjournment.
Contact information can be found here.

NEW
JERSEY:
Another Anti-Gun Bill
Introduced in Trenton

Assembly Bill 3807, sponsored by
Assemblyman Louis D. Greenwald (D-6) and Assemblyman Annette Quijano (D-20), has
been introduced in the New Jersey Assembly. If passed, A3807 would reduce the
maximum capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds from the current
15. This legislation is an example of yet another attempt to
restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens, while doing nothing to actually
combat crime. As of now a hearing has not been scheduled, but the NRA will
continue to update you on the status of the legislation as it progresses through
the New Jersey General Assembly. So, please continue to check your e-mail and www.NRAILA.org for
updates.

NEW
YORK
:
Micro-stamping Legislation Introduced Again in Albany
For
the fourth year in a row, anti-gun legislators have introduced micro-stamping
legislation. Senate Bill
675
has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Codes. This legislation
would make micro-stamping mandatory on all new semi-automatic pistols sold after
January 1, 2013. S675 would require all semi-automatic pistols
delivered to any licensed firearms dealer in New York to mechanically stamp an
alpha-numeric or geometric code that would identify the make, model and serial
number onto the cartridge case when the gun is discharged. This
bill would require models currently available to be redesigned by their
manufacturers to include a micro-stamping component, which would vastly increase
the cost of these firearms. Micro-stamping is an unproven
technology that can be easily defeated with common household tools or the
replacement of a few small parts. If passed, the availability of legal
semi-automatic handguns in New
York will be in serious doubt, as manufacturers simply
may choose not to build or sell firearms for purchase in the state. Of course,
that is the ultimate goal of this legislation. Make no mistake, this is a gun
ban and it must be stopped.

NEVADA:
Permit
Reform and "Castle Doctrine" Legislation Await Committee
Action

Two pro-gun bills have recently been assigned to the
state Assembly Judiciary Committee and are now awaiting consideration. Assembly
Bill 143 would streamline the Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) permit process,
prohibit the identity of CCW permit holders from being made public information.
The second, Assembly Bill 8, is a long sought after "Castle Doctrine"
legislation which would guarantee law-abiding citizens the right to self-defense
in their homes. At this time, no hearing dates have been scheduled for either
of these bills. Please contact members of the Assembly
Judiciary Committee and respectfully urge them to support both AB 143 and AB
8.
For more on these bills and committee contact information, please click
here.

NORTH
DAKOTA:
Worker Protection Bill
Facing Critical Challenge

Large corporations and special
interests are working overtime to defeat legislation that would allow North
Dakota gun owners to store their firearms in personal, locked vehicles without
fear of being fired. Despite hearing testimony from North
Dakota residents about businesses with anti-gun policies, the House
Judiciary Committee voted for a "do not pass" recommendation on House Bill
1438. While the vote does not kill the bill, it puts this legislation in
serious jeopardy. HB 1438 is an important bill for those who carry concealed or
who go target shooting and must store their firearm during work hours, as for
well as hunters who hunt before and after work. The bill also protects
customers who have firearms locked in their private vehicles. Your urgent
action is needed. HB 1438 can be called for a floor vote in the House of
Representatives any day. Please contact your state Representative and
respectfully ask him or her to support HB 1438.
Contact information can be
found here.

PENNSYLVANIA:
Legislation
to Control Philadelphia Gun Owners Introduced!

Anti-gun state Senator
LeAnna Washington (D-4) has introduced anti-gun
legislation to help Philadelphia continue trying to destroy our
Second Amendment rights within the city
limits. Senate Bill 176would allow the city of Philadelphia to prohibit
an individual from purchasing more than one handgun within a thirty day period
and regulate firearm and ammunition within city limits. SB 176
would also establish a Violence Prevention Fund, which would help establish
funds for additional anti-gun programs in the name of stopping inner-city
violence. No action is needed at this time, but continue to check
your e-mail and www.NRAILA.org for updates on this anti-gun
legislation.

Pennsylvania
Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs' Spring Convention to be Held March
11-13!
You are cordially invited to attend the Pennsylvania Federation
of Sportsmen's Clubs'
(PFSC) Spring Convention hosted by the Central
Division of the PFSC at the Best Western Country Cupboard Inn in Lewisburg,
March 11–13. The PFSC was formed in 1932 to ensure proper protections of
Pennsylvania's
wildlife resources, habitat, outdoor heritage and Second Amendment rights.
Registration is due March 1. To see an agenda of the PFSC's Spring Convention
and registration form, please click here.

SOUTH
CAROLINA
:
Right-to-Carry Reform
Legislation Heard by House Judiciary Subcommittee

On Thursday,
February 17, the House Judiciary Committee's General Laws Subcommittee held a
hearing on House Bill 3292. The NRA spoke in favor of the bill and is
currently working with the bill sponsor and the subcommittee members to make
several technical and drafting corrections. This legislation seeks to make a
number of positive reforms to the current permit system, including expanding
where a permit holder may lawfully carry, as well as improving the current laws
regarding recognizing permits issued by other states. Please contact the
members of the House Judiciary General Laws Subcommittee and respectfully urge
them to work with NRA to pass the best possible bill.
Contact information
can be found here.

SOUTH
DAKOTA
:
Legislation to Remove an
Outdated Gun Control Provision Passes House Judiciary
Committee

House Bill 1079 passed in the House Judiciary
Committee on Wednesday, February 16 by a unanimous 13 to 0 vote. This
legislation will now be considered on the House floor. The
intent of this provision is to clean up South Dakota's firearm code and to remove
provisions that became obsolete with the passage of the federal Firearms Owners'
Protection Act (FOPA) in 1986. Originally, the federal Gun Control Act banned
interstate sales of firearms, but contained an exception for long gun
transactions occurring between federally licensed dealers (FFLs) and residents
of contiguous states. Such sales could occur only if "the purchaser's State of
residence permit[ted] such sale or delivery by law." FOPA,
however, removed both the contiguous states limitation and the requirement that
the purchaser's state of residence specifically authorize the purchase.
South Dakota
has enacted no barriers to interstate sales, so HB 1079 would not change the
current law under which South Dakota FFLs can sell long guns to residents of
other states that don't limit their residents' right to purchase.
South
Dakota residents can also buy long guns from FFLs in
other states that do not discriminate against non-residents.

Please contact your state
Representative and respectfully urge him or her to support HB
1079.
Representatives can be reached by calling the House
switchboard and leaving a message at (605) 773-3851 or by clicking here.
If you need help identifying your state
Representative, click here.

VERMONT:
Legislation to Require
Mandatory Firearm Storage Proposed

Sponsored by state
Representative Linda Waite-Simpson (D-Essex), House Bill 83 would undermine
citizens' right to self-defense by imposing onerous storage requirements on
Vermont gun
owners, rendering firearms useless in self-defense situations. H.
83 would require households with children to store their firearms unloaded with
an installed trigger lock and in a locked container. H. 83 has
been introduced and assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. A hearing date
has not been set, but please continue to monitor www.NRAILA.org for
more updates. Please contact members of the House Judiciary
Committee and urge them to oppose H. 83.
You may leave a message for
members of this committee by calling the Sergeant at Arms' office at (802)
828-2228. Additional contact information can be found here.

VIRGINIA:
NRA-Supported
Legislation Headed to the Governor!

On Tuesday, February 15,
the Virginia House of Delegates passed Senate Bill 1213 on Third Reading, by a
unanimous 98 to 0 vote. The Virginia Senate also passed House Bill
1422 yesterday by a 40 to 0 vote. Both bills will now head to Governor
McDonnell's desk for his consideration. Senate Bill 1213 provides
that the State Board of Elections, in cooperation with the Department of Game
and Inland Fisheries, would make mail voter registration application forms
available where hunting and fishing licenses are sold.

House Bill 1422 would add one
family firearm, not to exceed $3,000 in value, to the list of items that every
householder shall be entitled to hold exempt from Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
Currently, ten states allow firearm owners to exempt firearms from the
liquidation process. Please take the time to contact Governor McDonnell and
respectfully request he sign SB 1213 and HB 1422 into law.
To contact him
via email please click here.

House Committee Tables
Bill Threatening to Endanger Deer, Elk, and Bears!


On Wednesday, February 14, the
House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee
tabled Senate Bill 868 by a 17 to 3 vote. Even though this bill has been
effectively defeated for the remainder of this legislative session, it is not
technically dead and there is still a chance it could be revived this year. SB
868 would have eliminated the current provision in state law that requires
officials from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) to
investigate and confirm claims of crop damage before issuing deer and bear
agricultural kill permits to landowners. It would also have added elk to the
list of species that may be killed pursuant to these permits.
Thank you to all those who contacted the members of the House
Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee to
speak out against this potentially devastating legislation. Your concern on
this matter goes a long way in reinforcing the fact that sportsmen are true
conservationists and hold the well being of species above all else.
Your NRA will continue to update you should anything develop, so please
continue to check your e-mail and www.NRAILA.org for
updates.

WEST
VIRGINIA:
Anti-Gun Legislation
Temporarily Stalled in West Virginia House

The House Judiciary
Committee recently passed House Bill 2346, a bill identical to one defeated last
year during the regular session before it ever advanced out of committee. Just
like last year's legislation, HB 2346 would remove due process from protective
orders issued in domestic violence situations and, once again, the NRA is very
much opposed to this legislation. Under current West Virginia and federal law, a protective
order can only prohibit firearm possession if it's issued when both parties are
present, so both sides of the story can be heard. HB 2346 would remove the
requirement that both parties be present at the hearing, therefore authorizing
the confiscation of firearms without due process, if a protective order is
issued. HB 2346 is a broad expansion of the powers of the state to take away a
constitutional right. For unexplained reasons, this bill was allowed to advance
out of committee, but the NRA has successfully worked with members of the House
to stall the bill and have it removed from the Special Calendar. It is our hope
that HB 2346 will not advance to consideration before the full House of
Delegates. Please contact your state Delegate(s) and
respectfully urge them to oppose HB 2346 and not let it be considered on the
House floor.
Click here to find your
Delegate(s) and locate their contact information.

WYOMING:
Workplace
Protection Bill Passes State House, Moves to Senate

On
Wednesday, February 9, the Wyoming House of Representatives passed House Bill
207 by a 36 to 23 vote, with one excused. This workplace protection legislation
would prohibit employers from firing employees who safely and lawfully store
firearms in their privately owned, locked vehicles while on an employer's
publicly accessible parking lot. Wyoming citizens who choose to carry firearms
for self-defense during their commutes to and from work would no longer be
forced to leave their firearms at home for fear of losing their jobs. HB 207
successfully passed the House after removal of hostile amendments. The bill now
moves to the Senate for consideration. Please contact your state senator and
respectfully urge him or her to support HB 207 in its current form.
To find
your state senator's contact information please click here.


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