DAILY ALERT FOR Friday, February 13, 2015 LEGAL & LEGISLATION Nevada: After Imposing Unenforceable Laws on Washingtonians, Bloomberg Sets Sights on Nevada An article that recently ran in the Nevada Appeal lists the top 5 political donors in the 2014 Nevada election cycle and billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun PAC made the list. This, in conjunction with the recently qualified ballot initiative that seeks to criminalize private-party transfers absent a background check, clearly demonstrates that Bloomberg has focused his anti-gun agenda on the Silver State. LEGAL & LEGISLATION Virginia: Report on Legislative Action for the Week of February 13 On Monday, February 16, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee will take up the following bills at 8:00 A.M. in Senate Room B: LEGAL & LEGISLATION Texas: Senate Committee Advances Campus Carry and Open Carry Bills After more than eight hours of public testimony on Thursday, the Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs approved Senate Bill 11 and Senate Bill 17, NRA-supported campus carry and open carry measures, by a 7 to 2 vote. LEGAL & LEGISLATION Wyoming: Repeal Gun Free Zones Act Assigned to Senate Education Committee House Bill 114, legislation that would eliminate specific “gun free zones” in Wyoming, has been referred to the Senate Education Committee. However, this important legislation needs your help! NEWS NRA-Backed Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill Picks Up Support in Both Chambers of Congress Chris W. Cox, Executive Director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), issued the following statement regarding the introduction of The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2015, in the United States House of Representatives by Congressman Marlin Stutzman (IN-3): GUN LAWS Woman kills home invading sex offender, KLTV, Tyler, Texas, 02/10/15 A woman was at her Van Zandt County, Texas home when she became aware of a man attempting to gain access to the house through a side door. The woman retrieved a gun and shot and killed the intruder. It was later determined by local media outlet KLTV that the home invader was a suspect in an arson investigation earlier in the week, had an extensive criminal record, and had only recently been released from the county jail on charges of failing to register as a sex offender. Van Zandt County Sheriff Lindsay Ray expressed his support for the armed citizen, stating, “Presently, as the result of underfunding and inadequate staffing at the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office, homeowners need to take appropriate precautions to protect their families. I will continue to support the law abiding citizens of our community when they are forced to take actions to protect their lives, liberty and property.” WASHINGTON TIMES No changes — yet — to D.C. gun sales law after federal ruling in Texas D.C. residents are still a long way from being able to enter a firearms store in Maryland or Virginia and return home with a gun in their possession, despite a federal judge’s ruling striking down prohibitions on out-of-state handgun purchases. D.C. officials say the opinion issued Wednesday by a Texas federal judge that found unconstitutional a federal ban on the direct sale of handguns from federal firearms dealers to out-of state residents has limited applicability at this time. THE HILL Bill would respect Right-to-Carry across state lines Gun owners would be allowed to carry concealed weapons around the country under new legislation introduced in the Senate.The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would allow gun owners who have a concealed carry permit in their home state to bring their firearms in any other state with concealed-carry laws. THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS Texas open carry and campus carry bills advance to Senate floor The Senate State Affairs Committee voted Thursday to allow the open carrying of handguns and the concealed carrying of guns on college campuses. The bills, each passed on a 7-2 party-line vote, are the first substantive measures advanced by any legislative committee this year. THE WICHITA EAGLE Kansas: Gun rights advocates push for permitless carry Representatives of national and state gun associations and the majority leader of the Senate argued that unregulated “constitutional carry” would make the state safer because criminals wouldn’t know who was carrying a gun to oppose their crimes. THE NEW HAMPSHIRE UNION LEADER New Hampshire: Senate passes 'constitutional carry' bill The state Senate has passed a bill to repeal the license requirement for carrying a concealed handgun. THE GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE Montana: House lawmakers tackle raft of gun bills Lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday took up a trio of bills proposing changes to Montana gun laws. TIMES-NEWS Idaho: Dueling Concealed Weapon Bills Hit the Statehouse People would be allowed to carry concealed weapons without a permit outside city limits, under a new law that will be introduced into the Senate State Affairs Committee Friday morning. The bill would also strip elected officials of the right to carry concealed anywhere without a permit.But proponents of legislation that would more radically change weapon permits view Sen. Marv Hagedorn’s bill as a half-measure. CBC Canada: RCMP watchdog raps Mounties over High River gun seizures during 2013 flood The RCMP watchdog says Mounties improperly took guns from flood-stricken homes in Alberta two years ago — seizures that angered High River residents and fostered mistrust of the national police force. THE TORONTO SUN Canada: Report finds RCMP unlawfully seized guns during Alberta flood Conclusions by a police watchdog that Mounties broke the law in seizing several firearms in flood-ravaged High River, Atla., are pointless unless those responsible are charged, one impacted gun owner said Thursday.