Legislation (or "statutory law") is law which has been promulgated (or "enacted") by a legislature or other governing body or the process of making it. Before an item of legislation becomes law it may be known as a bill, and may be broadly referred to as "legislation", while it remains under consideration to distinguish it from other business. Legislation can have many purposes: to regulate, to authorize, to outlaw, to provide (funds), to sanction, to grant, to declare or to restrict. It may be contrasted with a non-legislative act which is adopted by an executive or administrative body under the authority of a legislative act or for implementing a legislative act.
Under the Westminster system, an item of primary legislation is known as an Act of Parliament after enactment.
Legislation is usually proposed by a member of the legislature (e.g. a member of Congress or Parliament), or by the executive, whereupon it is debated by members of the legislature and is often amended before passage. Most large legislatures enact only a small fraction of the bills proposed in a given session. Whether a given bill will be proposed and is generally a matter of the legislative priorities of government.
Legislation is regarded as one of the three main functions of government, which are often distinguished under the doctrine of the separation of powers. Those who have the formal power to create legislation are known as legislators; a judicial branch of government will have the formal power to interpret legislation (see statutory interpretation); the executive branch of government can act only within the powers and limits set by the law.

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  1. Maximum Magnum

    Leftists Moving Forward with Initiative Petition 17, Abandoning Petition 18

    Lift Every Voice Oregon and Ceasefire are taking full political and emotional advantage of the recent school shooting in Texas to gut Oregon gun rights. From the article, "The campaign aims to obtain 140,000 signatures for the petition by July 8... [G]un-control advocates are focusing on...
  2. 0GRE

    Legislating the US into food shortages

    My tin-foil hat may be on a bit too tight but a couple things came to my attention this week which have me looking to buying more property for the purpose of gardening and keeping some protein on hand: My wife has a friend, from college, who lives in the Fresno area. That family (three...
  3. kempoguy70

    National  Let’s all take a minute to stay informed and be proactive

    This came across my newsfeed this morning, so thought I’d pass it along. I’ve long stayed in the shadows enjoying my 2nd amendment rights without much a second thought until recently. Things like this are making me rethink my choices. Hope it gets some of you thinking on things as well. Stay...
  4. ATCclears

    Lever-action Rifles getting banned in the UK

    I was just reading a thread on MarlinOwners.com It surprised me. FYI. I know we're not in the UK - it just makes me wonder how silly it might get here...
  5. skarz

    Washington  Revised HB 2240 no longer exempts LEO/military

    The house has revised HB 2240 so that it no longer exempts law enforcement and military members while off-duty. https://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2019-20/Pdf/Amendments/House/2240-S%20AMH%20VALD%20H4961.1.pdf [edit] Posted in wrong forum; mods please move to Firearm Legislation & Activism.
  6. ATCclears

    Washington  Planned 2020 Legislative activity on guns

    The 12-point agenda is thorough, including goals to regulate access to ammunition and high-capacity magazines, “address the intersection of alcohol and firearm violence,” allow local governments to enact stricter gun control, create a centralized background check system, and more. 2020 gun...
  7. The Heretic

    National  Legislation to Repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act Introduced

    Legislation to Repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act Introduced | RECOIL Earlier this week, Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) reintroduced the Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act, which was previously introduced in the...
  8. Joe Link

    Oregon  Oregon Lawmakers Hold Out Hope For Gun Control Legislation

    Oregon Lawmakers Hold Out Hope For Gun Control Legislation After It Was Scrapped
  9. DB is Here

    National  Gun lovers don't have persuasive argument against legislation

    Opinion: Gun lovers shouldn't argue against legislation
  10. arakboss

    National  Is anybody aware of proposed legislation that will classify AR uppers as regulated receivers?

    There has been some movement by the ATF to classify some AR uppers as a regulated receiver even though they don't have a hammer or firing mechanism. I am wondering if there is any proposed legislation in the US that is attempting to do that by law rather then ATF making up new determinations?
  11. Slobray

    Washington  WASPC supporting anti-gun legislation

    While we here in WA have had a lot of our Sheriff's publicly come out against I-1639 and other anti-gun legislation, one of the organizations they belong to (Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs) has been supporting of anti-gun legislation. Look at the below documents and you...
  12. alv7722

    Oregon  2019 Firearms Legislation

    . Here is a repost of proposed firearms legislation from an email by David Brock Smith. You can make comments to the appropriate committees by following the links, clicking on the committee, and clicking on 'submit exhibit'. This may not be complete, I don't see one submitted directly by Kate...
  13. arakboss

    Oregon  Anybody Have News On LEVO Gun And Mag Ban Legislation?

    The last update on these bills was this from October: Updates — Lift Every Voice I am wondering if they have a sponsor lined up? Is it going to originate in the Senate or House.
  14. RicInOR

    Oregon  OFF Listing of Firearm Legislation 2019

    OFF forum on NWFA: Oregon Firearms Federation 2019 Firearm Related Legislation 2019 Firearms Legislation - Oregon Firearms Federation
  15. Joe Link

    National  Kamala Harris has an extreme idea to get gun control legislation passed

    Senator Kamala Harris has an extreme idea to get gun control legislation passed
  16. Joe Link

    Washington  Proposed gun legislation draws crowds in Olympia

    Proposed gun legislation draws crowds to Olympia
  17. RicInOR

    Update to Firearm Legislation & Activism Headers

    The header reads ... these are now laws, no longer initiatives. Current Anti-Gun Measures Oregon Initiative 43 - Assault Weapon, Handgun, & Magazine Ban Oregon Initiative 44 - Storage Requirements, Reporting, Owner Liability Washington Initiative 1637 (I-1637) - Minimum Age 21 Washington...
  18. stickflickin

    Ideas on pre-empting 2019 Oregon gun legislation

    Please share any ideas you may have for legally preparing for an assault weapon type ban in Oregon. For example; I was told by a former FFL that all of his AR pattern receivers are registered as SBR's. He believes that this will get around any state restriction or ban legislation and allow him...
  19. T

    Given new gun control legislation in 2018 in Oregon what should be on the buy list?

    any ideas?
  20. cigars

    Other State  NY gun purchasers Social media...nuthin but trouble

    Other than NWFA I don't participate in social media. I always figured that TPTB would start finding ways to turn it against you anyway. No big surprise that NY is the first to dip their toe into that water. Just wait until they start integrating AI (SAI) into everything. Or I should say just...
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