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NRA-ILA DAILY ALERTS FOR Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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    NRA-ILA DAILY ALERTS FOR Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Michigan: Contact Governor Snyder Now and Urge Him to Sign SB 789 into Law
    It is imperative that you contact Governor Rick Snyder (R) today and urge him to sign Senate Bill 789 into law. Anti-gun organizations are attempting to use their money and influence to force Governor Snyder to veto this important pro-gun legislation. It is important that you contact Governor Snyder and respectfully urge him to stand up for your Second Amendment rights and sign SB 789 before Friday, January 16th.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Washington: 2015 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Today, the Washington Legislature began its 2015 session. The NRA will continue this year to fight any attack against your Second Amendment rights while continuing to help advance pro-gun and pro-hunting reforms in Olympia.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    South Dakota: 2015 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Today, the South Dakota Legislature began its 2015 session. The NRA will continue this year to fight any attack against your Second Amendment rights while continuing to help advance pro-gun and pro-hunting reforms in Pierre.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Indiana: 2015 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Last week, the Indiana General Assembly began its 2015 session. The NRA will continue this year to fight any attack against your Second Amendment rights while continuing to help advance pro-gun and pro-hunting reforms in Indianapolis.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Maine: Standish Town Attempts to Ban Recreational Shooting on Private Property
    The town of Standish will hold a Town Meeting tonight, January 13, at 7:00 P.M. in the Standish Council Chambers to consider a proposed ordinancethat could prohibit recreational shooting, firearms training and ALL firearms use between official hunting seasons on another person’s property.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    South Carolina: 2015 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Today, the South Carolina General Assembly began its 2015 session. The NRA will continue this year to fight any attack against your Second Amendment rights while continuing to help advance pro-gun and pro-hunting reforms in Columbia.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    New Jersey: 2015 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Today, the New Jersey Legislature began its 2015 session. The NRA will continue this year to fight any attack against your Second Amendment rights while continuing to help advance pro-gun and pro-hunting reforms in Trenton.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Texas: 2015 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Today, the Texas Legislature began its 2015 session. The NRA will continue this year to fight any attack against your Second Amendment rights while continuing to help advance pro-gun and pro-hunting reforms in Austin.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Illinois: 2015 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Today, the Illinois General Assembly began its 2015 session. The NRA will continue this year to fight any attack against your Second Amendment rights while continuing to help advance pro-gun and pro-hunting reforms in Springfield.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Delaware: 2015 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Today, the Delaware General Assembly began its 2015 session. The NRA will continue this year to fight any attack against your Second Amendment rights while continuing to help advance pro-gun and pro-hunting reforms in Dover.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Tennessee: 2015 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Today, the Tennessee General Assembly began its 2015 session. The NRA will continue this year to fight any attack against your Second Amendment rights while continuing to help advance pro-gun and pro-hunting reforms in Nashville.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Wyoming: 2015 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Today, the Wyoming Legislature began its 2015 session. The NRA is committed to keeping you apprised of all Second Amendment and hunting-related reforms being contemplated in Cheyenne.

    NATIONAL REVIEW
    Cooke: America’s provocateurs are at the mercy of the barbarians

    To the foreign or uninitiated visitor, it must appear somewhat peculiar that the most prominent, recognizable, and provocative public figures in all of these United States spend the majority of their time in cities that are indifferent toward their security. Taken together, Washington, D.C., New York City, and Los Angeles host almost all of the more controversial media personalities in America; and, taken together, these cities have some of the worst self-defense laws in the country. Had Charlie Hebdo been an American publication, it would most likely have been located in Brooklyn or in Silver Lake or in Columbia Heights — positioned, in other words, in precisely the sort of place in which attacks on its employees would have been most likely to succeed. This, as the French might say, is “absurde.”

    THE DECATUR DAILY
    Alabama: Bill would allow guns in vehicles sans permits

    An Alabama state senator said he will introduce legislation allowing people to carry loaded handguns in their vehicles without a sheriff-issued concealed carry permit.

    NJ.COM
    New Jersey: Police hopeful seeks Christie pardon after legally owned gun turns him into a convict

    Steffon Josey-Davis legally owned a gun.But one day, two years ago, that gun completely changed his life — without a pull of the trigger.Josey-Davis owned a 9mm Smith and Wesson handgun and was working as an armored-car driver with hopes of being a cop, he said. Now he's a convicted felon and, in some ways, a poster boy for gun-rights advocates.

    THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER
    Journalists grapple with fear and doubts about firearms after Paris attack

    Newsroom security is a big worry among journalists in the wake of the Islamic terrorist attack that killed 10 Charlie Hebdo journalists in Paris Tuesday, but it's not a new issue in this country.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Idaho: 2015 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Today, the Idaho Legislature began its 2015 session. The NRA is committed to keeping you apprised of all Second Amendment and hunting-related reforms being contemplated in Boise.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Kansas: 2015 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Today, the Kansas Legislature began its 2015 session. The NRA will continue this year to fight any attack against your Second Amendment rights while continuing to help advance pro-gun and pro-hunting reforms in Topeka.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Washington: 2015 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Today, the Washington Legislature began its 2015 session. The NRA will continue this year to fight any attack against your Second Amendment rights while continuing to help advance pro-gun and pro-hunting reforms in Olympia.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Iowa: 2015 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Today, the Iowa General Assembly began its 2015 session. The NRA will continue this year to fight any attack against your Second Amendment rights while continuing to help advance pro-gun and pro-hunting reforms in Des Moines.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Arkansas: 2015 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Today, the Arkansas General Assembly began its 2015 session. The NRA will continue this year to fight any attack against your Second Amendment rights while continuing to help advance pro-gun and pro-hunting reforms in Little Rock.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Arizona: 2015 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Today, the Arizona Legislature began its 2015 session. The NRA will continue this year to fight any attack against your Second Amendment rights while continuing to help advance pro-gun and pro-hunting reforms in Phoenix.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Georgia: 2015 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Today, the Georgia General Assembly began its 2015 session. The NRA will continue this year to fight any attack against your Second Amendment rights while continuing to help advance pro-gun and pro-hunting reforms in Atlanta.

    GUN LAWS
    Cleveland store owner fights off armed robber, WEWS, Cleveland, Ohio 01/10/15
    Fares Naser, owner of Steve’s Deli in Cleveland, Ohio, was working at his store when a hooded man came inside, drew a gun, and demanded cash. Upon seeing the criminal’s gun, Naser dropped behind the counter. This prompted the thief to begin firing at Naser. The store owner responded by retrieving a pistol and firing it at his attacker, causing the criminal to flee. Naser was not harmed during the incident. (WEWS, Cleveland, Ohio 01/10/15)

    THE WASHINGTON POST
    D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser: ‘You have a mayor who hates guns’

    “You have a mayor who hates guns,” she said. “If it was up to me, we wouldn’t have any handguns in the District of Columbia. I swear to protect the Constitution and what the courts say, but I will do it in the most restrictive way as possible.”

    THE GAZETTE (COLO.)
    Colorado: Lawmakers try to repeal Colorado gun-control bills

    Republicans are moving fast to repeal gun-control legislation Colorado Democrats passed two years ago in response to mass shootings. The GOP hopes they'll have the momentum necessary to succeed with more members at the statehouse.

    THE NEW HAMPSHIRE UNION LEADER
    New Hampshire: Guns in the House, a matter of trust

    The House of Representatives opens its 2015 session on Wednesday, and the first order of business is to set the House rules. Those rules are used as much for political messaging as for establishing order in the House. The best example is the now biennial debate about guns in the State House. - See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150106/OPINION01/150109621#sthash.AmJ7BkuU.dpuf

    THE PASADENA STAR-NEWS
    For California gun-rights advocates, hope rests in U.S. Supreme Court

    Who should decide whether Californians may legally carry a concealed weapon?Here’s where it stands right now: The state Legislature handed off the decision to local law enforcement officials, federal judges are divided, the California attorney general wants to weigh in, and the U.S. Supreme Court may yet override all of them.

    THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE
    Utah: Lawmaker wants to respect Right-to-Carry on public transit

    New state Rep. Norm Thurston, R-Provo, says if people can legally carry a gun or weapon on the street, they should be able to do that on public buses and trains, too."Did you know it’s a crime if an otherwise law-abiding person carries a weapon onto a bus or UTA [Utah Transit Authority] train?" he said. "Why would that be a crime?"

    THE DAILY MAIL (UK)
    UK official calls for even more gun control

    Tougher restrictions on ammunition are needed to stop British-based jihadists carrying out Paris-style gun attacks, a former security minister has said.Lord West said the UK’s tough anti-gun laws were a crucial tool in the fight against terror - but demanded further action to tighten restrictions on ammunition.

    NEWS
    NRA Board of Directors Honors Senator Richard Shelby for His Support of Our Second Amendment Rights
    On Saturday, January 10, 2015, the NRA Board of Directors passed a resolution honoring Senator Richard Shelby for his unwavering support of and commitment to the Second Amendment.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION HUNTING
    Kentucky: First Week of a Short Session sees Introduction of Multiple Gun Bills
    On Tuesday, the 2015 Kentucky Legislature convened and a substantial number of pro-gun and pro-hunting bills were introduced that stand to benefit law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen across the Bluegrass State.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Missouri: Lawmaker Seeks to Tax Gun Owners and Sportsmen to Fund Law Enforcement Equipment
    Last week, the Missouri Legislature began its 2015 session which saw the introduction of House Bill 75. Introduced by state Representative Brandon Ellington (D-22), HB 75 seeks to impose an additional tax on all retail sales of handguns and ammunition in the state of Missouri in order to finance video cameras to be worn by uniformed law enforcement officers in the state.

    NEWS
    Bizarre Anti-gun PSA Promotes Stealing Guns and Bringing Them to School
    In mid-December, San Francisco director Rejina Sincic released a bizarre “Stop Gun Violence” public service announcement that quickly went viral, but perhaps not for the reasons she intended. The PSA opens on a boy stealing his mother’s handgun from a drawer and placing it in his backpack as his mother sits peacefully on the couch reading a book. The student proceeds to bring the handgun to school, and while alone with his teacher, suddenly reveals the firearm and puts it on her desk. The student then asks, “Can you take this away? I don’t feel safe with a gun in my house.” From the woman’s startled reaction, it’s apparent she doesn’t feel safe with it on her desk, either.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Expanding Gun Rights Across the Country
    Thanks to NRA members and Second Amendment supporters all across the country, America’s gun owners rang-in in the New Year with 85 new, NRA-backed, pro-gun bills on the books. Governors in 32 states signed bills expanding our freedoms into law. In sharp contrast, only four governors signed into law a total of eight anti-gun bills last year.

    NEWS
    BATFE Rings in the New Year with More Executive Gun Control
    On January 2, BATFE issued its first ruling of 2015. Identified as ATF Rul. 2015-1, it significantly expands the scope of activities that BATFE considers to be “manufacturing” for purposes of the Gun Control Act (GCA). While BATFE claims this ruling is simply a “clarification” of their prior position taken in ATF Rul. 2010-10, 2015-1 is clearly an attempted expansion of the definition of manufacturing.

    NEWS
    Who's Right About Right-to-Carry?
    Later this year, Congress may consider Right-to-Carry reciprocity legislation that would require states to honor each other’s concealed firearm carrying permits. When they do, gun control supporters better hope they have someone more effective to argue for their side than anti-gun advocate Daniel Webster.

    NEWS
    Bell Rings for Anti-Gun Senator Barbara Boxer
    California's junior U.S. senator, Barbara Boxer (D), announced this week that she will not seek re-election in 2016. The announcement follows a statewide poll last year, indicating that Boxer’s support among Californians had slipped. Moreover, in the November 2014 elections, her party became the minority in Congress’ upper house, resulting in her loss of the chairmanship of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

    NEWS
    Media Fail: Americans' Gun Purchases Are Soaring
    Lately, along with gun control supporters claiming that the number of gun owners is declining, some in the media have been saying that Americans’ gun purchases are declining as well. Last summer, Time.com went so far as to say--and we’re not kidding, here--that guns are one of the 10 Things Americans Have Suddenly Stopped Buying. And this week, a Washington Post headline, Gun sales in Virginia drop in 2014 following 3 years’ growth, suggested that there are fewer gun purchases today than there were three years ago.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION HUNTING
    Texas: Protect Your Right to Hunt & Fish – Urge Your Lawmaker to Support HJR 61 and SJR 22
    Today, state Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) pre-filed Senate Joint Resolution 22, proposing an amendment to the Texas constitution that protects the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife in the Lone Star State. An identical measure, House Joint Resolution 61, was pre-filed in the House on December 17.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Arizona: Volunteers Needed for Clean Up of Popular Shooting Area on the Tonto National Forest
    The U.S. Forest Service, Arizona Game and Fish and Tread Lightly! is hosting a cleanup event Saturday, January 17, 2015 along the Hewitt Station Road, east of the City of Apache Junction. The cleanup area is popular for target shooting and other recreation. Excessive trash and illegal dumping have prompted the need for the cleanup.

    NEWS
    Majority of States Support the NRA's Request that the U.S. Supreme Court Overturn San Francisco's Restriction on Self-Defense in the Home
    Twenty-five state attorneys general joined Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning in filing a brief supporting the National Rifle Association in Jackson v. San Francisco. This case challenges San Francisco's ordinance requiring gun owners to lock or disable any firearm inside the home except when the home owner is actually carrying the firearm on his or her person -- an ordinance that directly contradicts the U.S. Supreme Court's holding in its landmark Heller decision.

    NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
    Florida gun bill for evacuations revived

    After a similar proposal died last year amid a contentious debate, Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, filed a bill Thursday that would allow Floridians to carry concealed weapons without licenses during times of mandatory emergency evacuations.

    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Wisconsin AG joins 25 other states in asking Supreme Court to nix gun lock ordinance

    Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel has joined 25 other states in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a San Francisco ordinance requiring people to keep their guns locked up at home.

    THE ADVERTISER (AUSTRALIA)
    Lott: There are limits to how well police and security agencies can protect us

    How can we get back to feeling safe about taking the kids to school, going about our work and meeting friends for a coffee?Islamic terrorists have demonstrated that they can attack anywhere, without any notice.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Colorado: First Day of the 2015 Session Sees Strong Pro-Gun Activity
    Yesterday, the 2015 legislative session kicked off and brought a solid list of pro-gun legislation to benefit law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen across the state.

    GUN LAWS
    Homeowner holds criminal at gunpoint until police arrive, KABC, Los Angeles, Calif. 01/05/15
    Jeff Preach was at home in Castaic, Calif. when a man knocked at his front door. Preach answered the door and had a brief conversation with the man before the stranger punched him in the face, went inside the house, and attempted to rob him. Preach tackled the intruder with the help of his friend Larry Bensell. Once Bensell had the criminal under control, Preach went to another part of the home and retrieved a shotgun. Preach proceeded to hold the thief at gunpoint until police could arrive. (KABC, Los Angeles, Calif. 01/05/15)

    NJ.COM
    New Jersey: State Police propose tighter restrictions for gun industry

    The new rules would require dealers to immediately notify state and local police if their security systems fail. If a system cannot be fixed within 24 hours, the dealer may move the guns to another licensed location with approval of the State Police.The proposal would require no guns or ammunition be stored at a location other than the licensed premises without permission from State Police. Also, dealers would have to report lost or stolen guns within 24 hours, down from the current 48 hours.

    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    N.H. House OKs Right-to-Carry in Statehouse

    House Republicans prevailed in bringing their guns back to the House floor Wednesday, but failed in an attempt to bring back their old leader.Returning to a policy adopted the last time Republicans led the Legislature, House members voted, 228-149, to allow people to carry concealed weapons on the floor of the chamber. Democrats had banned the practice in 2013.

    THE GAZETTE
    First day of Colorado legislative session targets gun control

    After a year of bitter contention over stricter gun laws, Colorado Republicans proposed bills on Wednesday that seek to repeal controversial legislation that was passed by Democrats in 2013.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Michigan: Urge Governor Snyder to Sign SB 789 into Law
    Over the next week, Governor Rick Snyder (R) has the opportunity to sign a bill that will benefit law-abiding gun owners across Michigan. Senate Bill 789, which passed the legislature by significant margins, seeks to create a more efficient and uniform concealed pistol licensing process for all Michiganders.

    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    S.D. joins brief opposing California ordinance regulating guns

    Attorney General Marty Jackley says South Dakota has joined a court brief signed by at least two dozen other states opposing a California city ordinance regulating handguns.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    New York: 2015 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Today, the New York Legislature began its 2015 session. The NRA will continue this year to fight any attack against your Second Amendment rights while continuing to help advance pro-gun and pro-hunting reforms in Albany.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Missouri: 2015 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Today, the Missouri Legislature began its 2015 session. The NRA will continue this year to fight any attack against your Second Amendment rights while continuing to help advance pro-gun and pro-hunting reforms in Jefferson City.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Vermont: 2015 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Today, the Vermont General Assembly began its 2015 session. The NRA will continue this year to fight any attack against your Second Amendment rights while continuing to help advance pro-gun and pro-hunting reforms in Montpelier.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    New Hampshire: 2015-2016 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Today, the New Hampshire General Court began its 2015-2016 session. The NRA will continue this year to fight any attack against your Second Amendment rights while continuing to help advance pro-gun and pro-hunting reforms in Concord.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Massachusetts: 2015-2016 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Today, the Massachusetts General Court began its 2015-2016 session. The NRA will continue this year to fight any attack against your Second Amendment rights while continuing to help advance pro-gun and pro-hunting reforms in Boston.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Colorado: 2015 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Today, the Colorado General Assembly began its 2015 session. The NRA will continue this year to fight any attack against your Second Amendment rights while continuing to help advance pro-gun and pro-hunting reforms in Denver.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Nebraska: 2015 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Today, the Nebraska Legislature began its 2015 session. The NRA will continue this year to fight any attack against your Second Amendment rights while continuing to help advance pro-gun and pro-hunting reforms in Lincoln.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Connecticut: 2015 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Today, the Connecticut General Assembly began its 2015 session. The NRA will continue this year to fight any attack against your Second Amendment rights while continuing to help advance pro-gun and pro-hunting reforms in Hartford.

    GUN LAWS
    Retired U.S. Customs agent fights off home intruder
    Retired U.S. Customs agent Thomas Schenk returned to his home in Amboy, Wash. to find it ransacked. Schenk, a Right-to-Carry permit holder, drew a gun, searched the house, and found a man in his living room. The intruder spotted the Schenk, fled to a bedroom and pointed a gun at the former agent. A shootout ensued that eventually moved outside the home and prompted the criminal to flee. Police captured the thief several days later. Following the incident, Schenk told a local media outlet, “I spent 25 years as a federal agent and had occasionally drawn my weapon under various circumstances, but never had to fire it… To have to fire in my own home, it was just hard to fathom.” Schenk added, “We all get lulled into a false sense of security and if nothing happens, that's great… But in the event something does occur, nowadays you can't trust that everything is going to be all right. I'm thankful I was able to refer to my training and keep a clear head.” (The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. 01/05/15)

    WFMZ (PA.)
    Pennsylvania: Potential lawsuits put Reading's gun laws in jeopardy

    A new state law is taking aim at Pennsylvania municipalities that have their own gun laws, and Reading is taking heed.

    WOAI (SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS)
    Texas: Bill Would Require Most Government Buildings to Allow Concealed Handguns

    No summary available

    THE WASHINGTON TIMES
    VA raises concerns about gun registry with offer of free gun locks

    As President Obama dodges a reminder of the veterans’ health-care scandal this week, the Department of Veterans Affairs is offering free gun locks to veterans if they provide details on the number of guns they own and their home address, raising concerns about a government-run gun registry.

    NATIONAL REVIEW
    The Surgeon General’s Gun Problem

    Will America’s new surgeon general preach for gun control, as three of his predecessors did? Early signs nurture cautious optimism that he won’t, but nagging doubts remain. Two days after his confirmation, the website of Dr. Vivek Murthy’s eagerly progressive organization Doctors for America (formerly Doctors for Obama) was updated to reflect his new status as America’s doctor. The advocacy group’s multi-page gun-control campaign was scrubbed from the home page and buried in a menu that doesn’t even mention firearms (click on the “Learn” dropdown menu heading). And Murthy promised wary senators during his February Senate-confirmation hearing (at 50:54 in this video) that he would not use his new position as a bully pulpit for gun control.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Rhode Island: 2015 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Today, the Rhode Island General Assembly began its 2015 session. The NRA will continue this year to fight any attack against your Second Amendment rights while continuing to help advance pro-gun and pro-hunting reforms in Providence.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Kentucky: 2015 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Today, the Kentucky General Assembly began its 2015 session. The NRA will continue this year to fight any attack against your Second Amendment rights while continuing to help advance pro-gun and pro-hunting reforms in Frankfort.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    North Dakota: 2015 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Today, the North Dakota Legislative Assembly began its 2015 session. The NRA will continue this year to fight any attack against your Second Amendment rights while continuing to help advance pro-gun and pro-hunting reforms in Bismarck.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Minnesota: 2015 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Today, the Minnesota Legislature began its 2015 session. The NRA will continue this year to fight any attack against your Second Amendment rights while continuing to help advance pro-gun and pro-hunting reforms in St. Paul.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Montana: 2015 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Yesterday, the Montana Legislature began its 2015 session. The NRA will continue this year to fight any attack against your Second Amendment rights while continuing to help advance pro-gun and pro-hunting reforms in Helena.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Pennsylvania: 2015-2016 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Today, the Pennsylvania General Assembly began its 2015-2016 legislative session. The NRA will continue this year to fight any attack against your Second Amendment rights while continuing to help advance pro-gun and pro-hunting reforms in Harrisburg.

    THE GREENVILLE NEWS
    South Carolina: Bills target gun rights education in schools

    Who instructs children on the gun rights and safety has traditionally been left out of the state’s school systems, but bills pre-filed in both chambers of the South Carolina Legislature would bring gun rights squarely into focus in the classroom.

    BREITBART
    Variety: By bypassing Congress, gun control lobby can bypass NRA

    On January 5, Variety magazine ran a column admitting the tremendous power of the NRA, and suggested the gun control lobby is figuring out that the only way to beat the pro-Second Amendment group is to bypass Congress. This means bypassing lawmakers loyal to the NRA as well.

    THE READING EAGLE
    Pennsylvania: Reading, other cities wrestle with gun laws

    City Council on Dec. 8 had started the process of repealing its requirement that gun owners report lost or stolen weapons within 24 hours of discovering it.The council began the process after its solicitor said a new state law could bring a flurry of lawsuits against the city. That new law, Act 192, took effect Monday.

    THE NEWS GAZETTE
    Authorities call year-old concealed-carry law a 'non-event'

    Illinois' year-old concealed-carry law has had no noticeable negative effect, local authorities say. Danville police Sgt. Josh Campbell agreed, saying "When you're talking concealed-carry, it's mostly your law-abiding citizens, who don't cause problems anyway."

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Ohio: 2015-2016 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Today, the Ohio General Assembly began its 2015-2016 legislative session. The NRA will continue this year to fight any attack against your Second Amendment rights while continuing to help advance pro-gun and pro-hunting reforms in Columbus.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Wisconsin: 2015 Legislative Session is Now Underway
    Today, the Wisconsin Legislature began its 2015 session. The NRA will continue this year to fight any attack against your Second Amendment rights while continuing to help advance pro-gun and pro-hunting reforms in Madison.

    THE TRI-CITY HERALD
    Washington: Gun shows, police looking for answers for new background check law

    Initiative 594 has been in place since Dec. 4, but those who have to deal with the law requiring background checks for all firearm sales and transfers still aren’t sure what to do.No one is even certain who is enforcing the implementation of I-594, said TRAC General Manager Troy Woody, whose Pasco venue plays host to gun shows.

    THE TAMPA TRIBUNE
    Why criminals continue to carry guns

    The sad truth is that most of your common street thugs — dope dealers, gang members, carjackers and armed robbers — don’t shop at gun shows or sporting goods stores. They acquire their weapons through burglaries, from “straw buyers” who buy guns legally then turn them over to felons, on the streets from illegal dealers, and numerous other ways. And although I’ve heard many an activist and elected official talk about the need to get guns out of the community and stop them from finding their way back in, none of them ever explains how we can do that.

    NEW YORK TIMES
    Gun Control Groups, Blocked in Washington, Turn Attention to States

    The gun control movement, blocked in Congress and facing mounting losses in federal elections, is tweaking its name, refining its goals and using the same-sex marriage movement as a model to take the fight to voters on the state level.

    THE DURHAM NEWS
    North Carolina: Durham Council to considers tougher gun-theft penalties

    Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews wants state legislators to toughen penalties for firearms theft, and has asked for the city’s support. City Council members, though, have a difference of opinion on what the sheriff is proposing.

    THE WASHINGTON TIMES
    Oregon: New Oregon law eases concealed handgun restriction

    Oregon attracts many people from elsewhere, and a new law Thursday allows some of them to get a concealed handgun license. State law generally prohibits people with drug convictions from getting a license to carry a concealed handgun. But Oregon reduced the severity of marijuana possession charges in 1973, and has long allowed residents with one minor pot offense to obtain a license. That exception, however, did not apply to Oregonians who got caught with an identical amount of marijuana in another state.

    THE PATRIOT-NEWS
    Pennsylvania: Harrisburg stands firm on gun regulations despite threat of lawsuit

    A showdown over firearms ordinances in the city of Harrisburg has begun. Four Pennsylvania gun owner groups have notified Harrisburg they plan to sue the cash-strapped capital city under a controversial new state law that gives them standing to challenge the existence of local gun ordinances.

    THE WASHINGTON TIMES
    Gun owners fear Maryland cops target them for traffic stops
    A year ago this New Year’s Eve, John Filippidis of Florida was driving south with his family on Interstate 95 when the Maryland Transportation Authority Police pulled over his black Ford Expedition and proceeded to raid it while his twins, wife and daughter looked on — separated in the back seats of different police cruisers.

    WASHINGTON TIMES
    Gun control groups scrounge for cash, ideas to fight GOP-controlled Congress

    Gun control groups are scrounging for money and ideas as they prepare for the Republican-controlled Congress, which they expect will continue to thwart stricter firearm laws and move to expand gun rights. Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC, the group founded by gunshot victim and former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, sent an email to supporters soliciting cash and guidance on how to advance its cause in the wake of repeated legislative and election defeats.

    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE
    Happy New Year, Happy New Gun-Control Nonsense

    If we are to believe the timestamp — which, amusingly enough, reads “12:01” — we must reasonably conclude that the gun control movement managed to get just one minute into 2015 before it substantially embarrassed itself. Take a bow, New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik. Read more: National Review Online

    DAILY CALLER.COM
    Anti-Gun Rahm Emanuel’s Yard Sign Warns Burglars That He Has Armed Secret Service

    Chicago Mayor and gun-control advocate Rahm Emanuel is protected in his home at all hours of the day and night by armed policemen, and a sign outside his house warns would-be burglars that armed Secret Service agents are standing guard.

    FOX NEWS
    Why most Americans oppose more gun control

    Gun control groups have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to try to convince Americans that gun control is the answer. In 2013, gun owners’ groups — including the NRA — spent less than one seventh as much on television advertisements. This year looks to be even more lopsided, thanks to the unrelenting efforts of individuals such as Michael Bloomberg, George Soros and Gabriel Giffords.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    New Mexico: Lawmaker Pre-Files HB 44, Restricting Private Firearm Transfers
    Although the New Mexico Legislature will not convene its 2015 Regular Session until January 20, one lawmaker has already pre-filed a familiar, ill-conceived gun control measure.

    THE WASHINGTON TIMES
    Retired officers forced to sue D.C. for right to carry guns after receiving threats

    It’s been six years since Robert L. Smith retired from his job as a corrections officer at the D.C. Jail, but he says he still receives threats from former inmates he supervised.He keeps a legally registered handgun inside his Southwest D.C. home, but he would like to be able to carry it to protect himself. As a former jail employee, he said, he should qualify for a permit under federal statutes that allow retired law enforcement officers to carry guns without obtaining state licenses.

    THE RICHMOND TIMES DISPATCH
    Virginia: McAuliffe's misinformed trigger warning

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe calls the gun-control proposals he unveiled Monday “common-sense” measures. Brian Moran, his secretary of public safety, also calls them that. You can bet that supporters of the measures — a one-gun-a-month limit, background checks at gun shows, a prohibition on gun ownership by persons subject to protective orders, revocation of concealed-carry permits for parents who fall behind on child support — will call them common-sense, too.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Arizona: Volunteers Needed for Clean Up of Popular Shooting Area on the Tonto National Forest
    The U.S. Forest Service, Arizona Game and Fish and Tread Lightly! is hosting a cleanup event Saturday, January 17, 2015 along the Hewitt Station Road, east of the City of Apache Junction. The cleanup area is popular for target shooting and other recreation. Excessive trash and illegal dumping have prompted the need for the cleanup.

    CONNECTICUT LAW TRIBUNE
    Connecticut: Knife-Carrying Vet Protected by Second Amendment

    In a victory for Second Amendment advocates, the Connecticut Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of a former Army medic who served 15 months in prison for transporting a dagger-style knife and police baton in his vehicle during a move to another state.

    THE PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
    Pennsylvania: Local governments rethinking their gun-control ordinances

    Even as a courtroom battle brews over whether local governments can pass their own gun-control ordinances, Western Pennsylvania officials are striking the measures from their books.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Nevada: BLM Releases Plan for Managing 4.8 Million Acres of Public Land
    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released a Resource Management Plan that will chart the future management of 4.8 million acres of public land outside of Carson City. The deadline for the public to submit comments is March 27, 2015. Although the deadline is several months away, the BLM is hosting a series of public meetings in January as listed below.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Michigan: Update 2013-2014 Legislative Session Adjourns
    Early this morning, Senate Bills 789 and 790 passed in the Michigan House of Representatives and received a prompt concurrence vote in the state Senate. In the state House, SB 789 passed by an 84 to 26 vote and SB 790 passed by an 85 to 25 vote

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Ohio: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Reform Legislation Signed into Law Today
    Today at a public signing ceremony, Governor John Kasich (R) signed into law House Bill 234, comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation. HB 234 will take effect in ninety days.

    NEWS
    Safari Club International’s 2015 Annual Wildlife Law Course for Lawyers is Now Open for Registration
    Calling All Lawyers! Registration for Safari Club International’s 2015 Wildlife Law Continuing Legal Education Course is open. The course will be held at the SCI Annual Hunters’ Convention at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday, February 6, 2015, from 1:00 to 5:15 p.m. As in past years, the Nevada State Bar is co-sponsoring the CLE course and has approved it for 4.0 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit, including 3.0 hours of general credit and 1.0 hour of ethics credit. SCI staff will assist you in obtaining MCLE credit from all other state bars.

    LEGAL-LEGISLATION
    Pro-Gun Protections Enacted Into Law
    Last week, Congress approved the Fiscal Year 2015 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act. Included in the Act were a number of pro-gun provisions that prevent the Obama administration from implementing its anti-gun agenda.

    NEWS
    The Doctor is In: Lame Duck Senators Confirm Obama's Anti-gun Surgeon General
    Since February, the NRA has been cautioning gun owners of the threats to their rights posed by Dr. Vivek Murthy, Barack Obama’s anti-gun nominee for U.S. Surgeon General. As news spread last week that a vote on Dr. Murthy’s nomination was imminent, NRA renewed its opposition in a letter to Congress detailing the young physician’s record of gun control activism and his insistence on the “public health” dimensions of the issue.