DAILY ALERT FOR Monday, May 18, 2015 HUNTING LEGAL & LEGISLATION Vermont: Session Ends on Positive Note as Suppressor Legislation Clears Legislature Last Saturday, lawmakers wrapped up the 2015 legislative session in Montpelier. Gun Sense Vermont launched a historic assault on the Second Amendment this year and came away empty-handed. LEGAL & LEGISLATION Minnesota: Pro-Gun Legislation Sent to Governor Dayton! Your Action Needed! Late last night, the Minnesota House and Senate adopted and re-passed Senate File 878 with strong bipartisan support in both chambers. The Senate passed SF 878 by a 55-9 vote which was swiftly followed by a 116-15 vote in the House of Representatives. LEGAL & LEGISLATION North Carolina: Shooting Range Needs Your Help, Please Attend Meeting Tonight! This evening, May 18, at 6:30 p.m., the Currituck Shooting Club Inc. will be holding a member and supporter meeting. Please attend in support of this range. THE CHARLESTON GAZETTE Firearm industry adds billions to state, federal economies Pardon the pun, but the firearm industry is really booming.Since 2008, gun sales have climbed steadily. So, too, has the number of firearm-related jobs. According to a recent study commissioned by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, today’s firearms industry employs 134,429 people who make more than $5.9 billion in wages and create a direct economic impact of nearly $17.8 billion. THE BUFFALO NEWS New York: Majority leader 'committed' to gun law fixes, Young says Sen. Catharine Young defended herself against criticism by some upstate groups that she abandoned her geographic responsibilities by supporting a Long Island Republican this week to become Senate majority leader.Young, an Olean Republican, said Flanagan has “committed” to making changes to the SAFE Act gun control law. “I’m very excited because it’s the first real movement we’ve seen since it was passed,’’ Young said of the 2013 gun law. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Texas: Open carry likely starting final approach to Abbott's desk Legalizing open carry of handguns in Texas is beginning the final approach to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's desk. THE EAGLE Texas: Police preparing for expected approval of guns being allowed on college campuses It seems clear that Texas will inevitably join the growing list of states that allowed the licensed concealed carry of handguns on college campuses.With bills in the Texas House and Senate working their way toward Gov. Greg Abbott, who has said he intends to sign such legislation when it reaches his desk, administrators and law enforcement officers in the state are prepared for a potential change. Whether schools like Texas A&M University or the University of Texas will wrangle with lawmakers if a campus carry law is implemented or embrace the change is uncertain, but for law enforcement, by and large, operations will carry on as usual. THE LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL Nevada: Campus carry added to another gun bill, clears Assembly panel A “campus carry” bill that failed to get a hearing in the Senate was resurrected Friday in the Assembly Judiciary Committee in a bit of legislative sleight of hand that keeps the proposal alive, at least for the time being. THE OFFICE OF U.S. REPRESENTATIVE MIKE KELLY House Passes National Defense Bill with Kelly Amendment to Ban Funding for UN Arms Trade Treaty Today the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016, which fully funds the United States Armed Forces and ensures that American troops have all the resources required to successfully defend the homeland and achieve their missions abroad. The legislation once again included an amendment introduced by U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) to continue the annual ban on funding by the Department of Defense for the implementation of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The amendment is the strongest version to date, updating the language of Rep. Kelly’s previous amendments that were enacted into law in previous NDAAs. WASHINGTON TIMES NRA plans 2016 voter outreach as support for gun rights grows The National Rifle Association is planning a major voter-outreach program for the 2016 presidential election, buoyed by its success in targeted elections last year and hoping to capitalize on Americans’ growing belief that gun ownership will make them safer as fear of crime rises, its chief lobbyist says. “As people learn more, and take a more serious approach toward their own security and the failure of the criminal justice system, they see these rare but horrific crimes. Whether you support or hate the Second Amendment, everyone wants something done,” Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, told TheWashington Times.