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NRA-ILA DAILY ALERT FOR Friday, February 20, 2015

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    DAILY ALERT FOR Friday, February 20, 2015

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    LEGAL & LEGISLATION
    Montana: Pro-Gun Bills are Progressing in the Legislature, Your Action Needed
    Tomorrow, House Bill 371 is expecting its second reading vote in the Montana House of Representatives. Sponsored by Kerry White (R-64), HB 371 would allow those with a concealed carry permit to carry a firearm into a restaurant where alcohol is not the primary item of sale, financial institutions such as banks, and government buildings.

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    LEGAL & LEGISLATION
    Hawaii: Anti-Gun Legislation Deferred, Pro-Gun Bills Progressing
    As previously reported, multiple firearm-related bills were considered in numerous committees in past weeks. Thanks to your phone calls and emails to your legislators on the Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs, anti-gun Senate Bills 783 and 462 were deferred indefinitely.

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    LEGAL & LEGISLATION
    Wyoming: Critical Pro-Gun Legislation Needs Your Help!
    House Bill 114, legislation that would eliminate specific “gun free zones” in Wyoming, has been referred to the Senate Education Committee. HB 114 is critical to protecting your Second Amendment rights, and would respect the right of law-abiding concealed carry permit holders to lawfully carry in any meeting of a government entity, any public K-12 school and on the campus of any public college or university.

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    LEGAL & LEGISLATION
    Kansas: Permitless Carry Bill Passes Senate Committee, Heads to Senate Floor
    Today, the Kansas Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee passed Senate Bill 45, NRA-backed permitless carry legislation, by a 6-3 vote. SB 45 will now head to the Senate floor for the full Senate’s expected consideration.

    GUN LAWS
    Pharmacist halts armed robbery, WSAZ, Huntington, W.V. 02/18/15, MetroNews, West Virginia, 02/18/15
    A masked man entered Good Family Pharmacy in Pinch, W.V. and drew a gun on a store employee. The pharmacist on duty responded by retrieving a .45-caliber handgun and shooting the criminal twice in the chest. After the thief collapsed, store staff attempted to help the wounded robber, however he died a short time later. Following the incident, the Kenawha County Sheriff’s Department made clear that the pharmacist will not face charges. Neighbors expressed their support for the pharmacist, with one stating, “More power to him. One less thief, in my opinion… If he came to my house I’d do the same thing.” Another man who owns a neighboring business remarked “Hopefully word gets around that this happened. Maybe there won’t be anybody else try the same thing.”

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    LEGAL & LEGISLATION
    Wisconsin: 48 Hour Waiting Period Repeal Bills Introduced
    Senate Bill 35 and Assembly Bill 49 have both been introduced within their respective chamber in the Wisconsin State Legislature. These companion bills, if passed and enacted in their current form, will repeal Wisconsin’s antiquated 48 hour waiting period for handgun purchases.

    THE NEW YORK TIMES
    A Bid for Guns on Campuses to Deter Rape
    As gun rights advocates push to legalize firearms on college campuses, an argument is taking shape: Arming female students will help reduce sexual assaults.

    THE VOLOKH CONSPIRACY
    Volokh: Second Amendment protects people with old, nonviolent felony convictions
    The question, then, is whether this “presumpti[on]” of validity can ever be rebutted — for instance, if a person’s felony conviction is many decades in the past, is for a not very serious felony, or both. Today’s Suarez v. Holder (M.D. Pa. Feb. 18, 2015) concludes that the presumption was indeed rebutted in this case, where the past felony conviction was in 1990, the claimant’s last misdemeanor conviction was in 1998, and the claimant has otherwise shown that he is now a law-abiding citizen (here by, among other things, having gotten a security clearance for his work with Department of Defense clients).

    THE WASHINGTON TIMES
    Virginia lawmakers pass gun transport bill for concealed carry holders
    The Virginia House of Delegates on Wednesday approved a bill to exempt concealed carry permit holders from local prohibitions against carrying or transporting a loaded shotgun or rifle in a vehicle.

    THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS
    Texas: Abbott reiterates support for campus carry
    Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday cleared up any lingering confusion that might remain over what gun legislation he supports.He backs open carry, which he mentioned this week in his “State of the State” speech. He also backs campus carry, which he didn’t mention. And it would appear that he supports any other pro-gun bill that might make its way through the House and Senate this session.

    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Colorado: Permit-less carry proposed
    The Colorado Senate gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a measure allowing adults 21 and older to carry a concealed gun without a permit.

    THE LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
    Another gun bill introduced in Nevada Senate
    A sweeping gun bill was introduced in the Nevada Senate on Wednesday, seeking a wide range of legal changes from justifiable homicide to precluding people convicted of domestic violence from having firearms.
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