DAILY ALERT FOR Friday, February 27, 2015 LEGAL & LEGISLATION Wyoming: Gun Free Zones Act Repeal Gutted in Senate Committee Yesterday, the Senate Education Committee completely gutted pro-gun House Bill 114, legislation that would have eliminated specific “gun free zones” in Wyoming, and replaced it with an unrecognizable, anti-gun substitute bill. The NRA now stands opposed to HB 114, and it is critical that you contact your state Senator and urge him or her to vote against this bill. LEGAL & LEGISLATION Washington: Vote Expected on Radical Anti-Gun Legislation in Committee by Tomorrow, Your Action Needed Now! House Bill 1713 is pending a vote in the House Appropriations Committee. Sponsored by state Representative Eileen Cody (D-34), HB 1713 contains language that overreaches its supposed objectives by potentially removing the fundamental Right to Keep and Bear Arms from individuals who should not be prohibited. LEGAL & LEGISLATION Arkansas: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Introduced in Legislature The Arkansas Legislature's 90th General Assembly has seen a number of firearm-related bills introduced that should be of interest to law-abiding gun owners, and your NRA is working closely with bill sponsors and other legislators to ensure we will advance our Right to Keep and Bear Arms in the Natural State. LEGAL & LEGISLATION Minnesota: Pro-Gun Legislation Introduced and Awaiting Consideration in Minnesota Legislature Your NRA-ILA has been working with legislators this year to move forward with several important pieces of pro-gun legislation. These measures are expected, with your support, to advance in the coming weeks. Please begin contacting your legislators and the appropriate committee members in support of the following bills: BREITBART Rush Limbaugh: Obama Couldn't Ban Guns, So He's Trying To Ban Bullets On February 26, Rush Limbaugh addressed the pending ammo ban for popular AR-15 ammunition by saying, “[Obama] wants to take guns out of everybody’s hands and if he can’t do that, he’s going to take the bullets that go in the guns out of everybody’s hands.” LEGAL & LEGISLATION South Dakota: House Overwhelmingly Passes “Shall Sign” Legislation On Tuesday, the South Dakota House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed House Bill 1205 by a 67 to 1 vote. HB 1205 has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee and will be scheduled for a hearing soon. It is critical that you contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee immediately and urge them to support this important legislation. LEGAL & LEGISLATION West Virginia: Permit Holder Confidentiality Legislation to Receive Hearing Tomorrow Tomorrow, an important bill protecting permit holder confidentiality is expected to receive a hearing in the West Virginia House Judiciary Committee. Please contact members of the Committee immediately and encourage them to support this critical legislation! LEGAL & LEGISLATION Michigan: CPL Reform Bill Headed to Governor Snyder, Air Gun Reclassification Package to Senate Thanks to your active involvement, Senate Bill 34 and Senate Bill 35 have been passed by the Michigan Legislature, and, once enrolled by the Secretary of the Senate, will soon be transmitted to Governor Rick Snyder (R) for his signature. LEGAL & LEGISLATION Pennsylvania: Gun Registration Scheme Legislation Introduced Last week, an anti-gun bill known as the Firearm Registration Act, or House Bill 503, was introduced in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives by anti-gun state Representative Angel Cruz (D-12). Click here to read Representative Cruz’s co-sponsorship memo. LEGAL & LEGISLATION California: Help NRA and CRPA Oppose CA DOJ’s Improper Emergency FSC Regulations Today! The California Department of Justice (DOJ) recently proposed flawed “emergency” regulations in an attempt to implement California’s new Firearm Safety Certificate (FSC) Program laws, which took effect in January 2015. The regulations are a misguided response to an NRA-supported lawsuit, Belemjian v. Harris. That suit was recently filed on behalf of the California Rifle and Pistol Association, FFLGuard, and several individual gun owners and firearm instructors to stop enforcement of four “underground regulations” the DOJ illegally adopted when it initially tried to implement the FSC Program, and to urge the DOJ to properly adopt regulations establishing long-gun safe- handling demonstration as it was statutorily required to do, but failed to do, by January 1, 2015. GUN LAWS Homeowner kills one of two home invaders, The Hickory Record, Hickory, N.C. 02/25/15 A homeowner in Claremont, N.C. became aware of a break-in attempt, retrieved a 12-gauge shotgun and called 911. A pair of criminals eventually made their way inside the home, but when they came upon the homeowner, the resident fired, striking and killing one of the home invaders and causing the other to flee. Following the incident, Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid told a local media outlet, “No one likes to take anybody’s life… But at this point, he thought his life was being threatened and protected himself and his wife, which he has a right to do.” The sheriff also made clear that the suspect who fled could face felony murder charges in the death of his accomplice. THE DETROIT NEWS Michigan: Women with Right-to-Carry licenses surge The number of women statewide who received or renewed concealed pistol licenses rose from 10,862 in 2010 to 25,418, a gain of 134 percent.And while women still made up less than a quarter of the state's new CPL holders last year, their numbers are growing faster than the number of Michigan men getting licenses. The number of newly issued or renewed CPL licenses for men surged 103 percent from 2010 to 2014. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Wyoming: Senate panel recommends big changes to contentious gun bill A legislative panel on Wednesday recommended significant changes to a contentious proposal that would allow people with concealed carry permits to take their guns to most public places in Wyoming. THE LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL Nevada gun law reforms in the Legislative bullseye A controversial Second Amendment bill that would expand the justifiable homicide defense to incidents in which individuals are attacked in their vehicles generated a contentious debate during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Pennsylvania: Judge orders Harrisburg to stop enforcing 3 gun ordinances A judge is ruling that Pennsylvania's capital city cannot enforce three gun-control ordinances. THE VOLOKH CONSPIRACY Lyman Trumbull: The anti-slavery and pro-Second Amendment Senator and lawyer Illinois Senator Lyman Trumbull is not well-known today, but he is one of the “Founding Sons” who transformed the nation and the Constitution before, during, and after the Civil War. He wrote the Thirteenth Amendment, the first Freedmen’s Bureau Bill, and the Civil Rights Act. He sponsored the first federal statutes which actually freed slaves. As Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and later as a civil rights attorney, he did more to protect Second Amendment rights–including taking a test case to the U.S. Supreme Court (Presser v. Illinois)–than did any other lawyer or legislator in the century after Jefferson and Madison. WTTG D.C.: FOX 5's Emily Miller gets DC gun carry permit approved Just seven months ago, D.C. was the only place in the country that did not allow anyone to legally carry a gun outside the home. A federal court ruled that violated the Second Amendment. So now, the police department is issuing carry permits to a few people. THE DAILY JOURNAL New Jersey: Charges dismissed for man with antique gun A felony gun charge against a Port Elizabeth resident arrested by police last year for possessing an unloaded antique weapon has been dismissed by the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office, according to a news release issued Wednesday. MLIVE.COM Revised plan to scrap gun boards, overhaul pistol permit process approved by Michigan House Legislation that would overhaul the process for obtaining a concealed pistol permit in Michigan is nearing the desk of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder -- again. FORBES Why Is The ATF Moving To Ban Common Rifle Ammo? Gun-rights groups are in an uproar over an ammunition ban proposed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The ATF says it wants to ban M855 ball ammunition, a .223 (or 5.56 mm) rifle bullet that has been used by American citizens for decades. The ATF says it wants to ban this popular bullet because it is “armor piercing.” THE BURLINGTON FREE PRESS Vermont: Gun bill 'dead,' punctuated by shouting The firearms bill that stirred hundreds of Vermonters at a Statehouse public hearing is effectively "dead," the head of a key Senate committee said Wednesday — a day punctuated by shouting over the fate of the measure.