Tomorrow, March 11, at 10:00 a.m., House Bill 234, legislation allowing hunting with suppressors, is scheduled for a possible vote in the Ohio House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. As previously reported, HB 234, sponsored by state Representative Cheryl Grossman (R-23), would revise state law to allow a person to use a noise suppressor attached to a firearm while hunting in the Buckeye State.
This Thursday, March 13, the Alabama House of Representatives will consider and vote on House Bill 322. Sponsored by state Representative Mark Tuggle (R-81), HB 322 would guarantee the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife in Alabama.
This week, the Colorado House of Representatives is expected to consider House Bill 1253 for a second time. HB 1253, introduced by state Representative Elizabeth McCann (D-8), is a potentially volatile piece of mental health reform legislation that could result in additional gun owners losing their fundamental, constitutional rights.
On Friday, March 7, Senate Bill 5956 passed in the Washington House of Representatives by a 95 to 3 vote. Sponsored by state Senators Brian Hatfield (D-19), Tim Sheldon (D-35) and John Braun (R-20), SB 5956 would make legal the possession, acquisition or transfer of a legally registered short-barreled rifle in the state of Washington.
As early as this week, attempts will be made in the Maine House of Representatives to amend permitless carry (constitutional carry) into Legislative Document 222, a bill which addresses the issuance of concealed carry permits in Maine.
On Monday, March 3, an important NRA-backed self-defense bill was introduced to the Alaska Senate Judiciary Committee. Those wishing to testify in support of this legislation will be able to do so tomorrow, March 10.
This Tuesday, March 11, House Bill 875 is expected to be heard in the state Senate Judiciary Non-Civil Committee. As previously reported, HB 875 passed in the Georgia House of Representatives by a 119-56 vote on February 19.
On Friday, March 7, House Bill 276 passed unanimously out of the Utah House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee and now goes to the House floor for a vote. Sponsored by state Representative Curt Oda (R-14), HB 276 would provide that the mere carrying or possession of a holstered or encased firearm, without some additional incriminating behavior, does not constitute a violation of the Disorderly Conduct statute
On Thursday, March 13, the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee will hold a hearing in Trenton on Assembly Bill 2006, introduced by Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D-6). A.2006 would lower New Jersey’s magazine limit from 15 rounds to 10. This bill was originally scheduled to be heard last week; however, the Assembly committee hearing was postponed due to inclement weather.
Yesterday, the Governor’s amendment to House Bill 962, sponsored by Delegate Ben Cline (R-24), was defeated by a 30-70 vote in the House of Delegates.
Yesterday, the 2014 short budget session in Wyoming adjourned. The 2014 session saw the introduction of several firearms and hunting-related bills, including the pro-hunting Senate File 38.
Yesterday, the Idaho legislature made very positive actions on two important pro-gun bills. Senate Bill 1254 and House Bill 399, both NRA-supported legislation, have passed in both legislative chambers and are now awaiting the signature of Governor Butch Otter (R). The hard work and diligence of NRA members supporting these bills made all the difference!
On Monday, March 10, the Louisiana Legislature will convene for its 2014 Regular Session and a large number of bills – both pro-gun and anti-gun – have already been pre-filed. NRA-ILA will be working to pass legislation which expand your rights and to defeat any measures which seek to restrict them – and alerting you as to how you can help every step of the way!
Yesterday, Governor Bill Haslam (R) signed Senate Bill 1701 into law. Sponsored by state Senator Mark Green (R-22), SB 1701 redefines “motor vehicle” under Tennessee’s parking lot law to include all vehicles lawfully possessed by the permit holder with the exception of government or business-owned vehicles.
Yesterday, Senate Bill 232, sponsored by state Senator Brandon Smith (R-30), was introduced in the Kentucky Senate and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where a hearing is expected next Thursday, March 13. SB 232 would require that certification by a chief law enforcement officer (CLEO), when a signoff is required for the transfer of a firearm or other item regulated by the National Firearms Act (NFA), be provided within fifteen days as long as the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving the firearm or other item.
On Tuesday, March 4, the Obama administration released its budget proposal for fiscal year 2015, and one portion of the proposal immediately raised the ire of many gun owners. The Department of Justice released a fact sheet detailing the department's request for "gun safety" spending to the tune of an eye-popping $1.1 billion, some of which is touted as supporting Obama's "Now is the Time" gun control initiative.
The 17th Annual Firearms Law Seminar will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014, as part of the NRA Annual Meetings.
In last week's Grassroots Alert we addressed the administration's proposal to ban the trade and sale of legally owned ivory within the United States. The NRA supports efforts to stop poaching and to stop the illegal trade of ivory, but this proposed ban on legally owned ivory sold domestically will have no impact on the poaching of elephants and the illegal ivory trade. On the contrary, this ban will only affect honest, law-abiding Americans by making their possessions valueless.
On April 4, 2013, Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy (D) signed Senate Bill 1160 into law, unleashing one of the most draconian gun control laws in the nation on his constituents. Among other things, the 140-page law bans large classes of firearms and magazines that had been obtained lawfully by tens of thousands of Connecticut residents. Limited grandfather provisions apply to those who registered otherwise banned items before January 1, 2014. Others in possession could face felony penalties for violations. President Obama himself was in Connecticut four days after this bill became law, praising it as a model for the nation.