This week, long-time anti-gun state Senator Jack Hatch (D-17) introduced Senate File 233 seeking to criminalize the private transfer of firearms. SF 233 would make it a crime for a private individual to transfer his or her legally-owned firearm without going through a federal firearm licensed dealer (FFL) to conduct a background check on the transferee. Exceptions are made only for “immediate family members” and individuals possessing permits to acquire or carry. The provisions would apply to all gun sales, gifts, loans, rentals or trades between friends, neighbors, co-workers or more-distant relatives. These restrictions would also apply to temporary transfers during hunting or target practice. SF 233 has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Education although a hearing date has not been scheduled at this time.
House Bill 335 and House Bill 336, both sponsored by Representative George Till (D-Chittenden-3), were introduced this week in the Vermont House of Representatives. These bills do nothing to address public safety or crime, and they represent yet another attack on the Second Amendment rights of lawful gun owners.
NRA-ILA has just learned that beginning at noon next Tuesday, February 26 , the Illinois House will be considering various gun control proposals and other firearm-related legislation. It is not yet clear what measures will be considered. At this moment, there is a strong possibility that among the various extreme anti-gun measures, a deeply flawed concealed carry bill will be heard.
The future of our Second Amendment rights lies in the hands of a few key senators in the Colorado Senate. If you do not contact these elected officials in opposition to these ineffective and fanatical anti-gun bills being pushed through the legislature, your firearms freedoms could be stolen away in a matter of days. The Senate is expected to hear the following anti-gun legislation the first week of March:
The South Dakota House Local Government Committee voted unanimously yesterday to extend the validity of the state Permit to Carry a Concealed Pistol from four to five years. Senate Bill 166, introduced by state Senator Larry Rhoden (R-29) and state Representative Gary Cammack (R-29), now goes to the full House of Representatives where it is eligible for final action.
Legislation introduced in Providence last week represents one of the strongest attacks on the Second Amendment in Rhode Island in years. House Bill 5573, sponsored by representatives Linda Finn (D-72), Edith Ajello (D-1), Maria Cimini (D-7), and Christopher Blazejewski (D-2), would require all firearms in the state of Rhode Island to be registered – both pistols and long guns. Current law specifically prohibits the keeping of such a list, and this legislation would directly overturn that law. Criminals do not use registered guns, and this bill would do nothing to address crime or public safety. Registration is a dangerous and costly practice that has proven to be a failure in other states and countries.
Senate Bill 76, a measure that would improve the concealed carry weapon (CCW) firearms qualification process, is scheduled to be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee this Wednesday, January 27 at 9:00 a.m. in room 2149 of the Legislative Building, located at 401 S. Carson St., Carson City. The hearing will also be video conferenced to Room 4412 of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, located at 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas.
Contact Governor Malloy NOW at 860-566-4840 in opposition to his deeply flawed legislative recommendations! Earlier this year, the Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety was established to discuss legislative proposals concerning three areas: mental health, school security and “gun violence.” The purpose of this Task Force was to hold public hearings, informational forums and private meetings to discuss and propose concise legislative recommendations to the Connecticut General Assembly.
Last night, the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee voted to table House Bill 402 by state Representative Stephen Easley (D-Eldorado), which would ban the future possession and restrict the transport and storage of so-called “assault weapons” or “large-capacity ammunition-feeding devices.” Thanks to the NRA members who showed up in opposition to this measure and waited for about six hours for it to be heard in Committee. Members of this Committee who voted to table HB 402 are listed below, and we need to thank them for their support:
Late last night, Governor O’Malley’s gun control package, Senate Bill 281, was passed by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee by a 7-4 vote. This all-out assault on your right to self-defense now goes to the Senate Floor where it will likely be heard and voted on next week. Several amendments listed below were added to this bill, but it remains an affront to law-abiding citizens throughout the state of Maryland, and must be strongly opposed in its current state.
House Bill 240 and House Bill 358 passed in the House Judiciary Committee and are on the second reading calendar in the Montana House of Representatives TODAY.
A homeowner in Dallas, Texas heard a suspicious noise in his house, went to investigate, and discovered a man attempting to crawl through a window. The homeowner retrieved a gun and shot the home invader, killing him. In comments to local media, Dallas Police Sergeant described the homeowner’s actions, ending with “according to the law, the castle doctrine, he used deadly force.” The deceased intruder’s mother came to the scene after hearing about shooting, but wasn’t surprised by the outcome, stating of her son, “Yeah, it’s something he would do.” Police records confirm her statement, showing the home invader had half a dozen arrests for theft.
On January 30, the U.S. Senate Judiciary committee held a hearing entitled, “What Should America Do About Gun Violence?”
Do you currently legally own a Ruger 10-22, Mini 14, Marlin Camp Carbine, Remington 742 and/or any other semi-automatic,rimfire and/or centerfire rifle that accepts an ammunition magazine? If you do, then the anti-gun Senate Democrats think you are a criminal and believe you should have to register that rifle or surrender it. On Wednesday, Senate Bill 374 was introduced by state Senate President Darryl Steinberg, Senator Loni Hancock and Senator Leland Yee. This is one of the most sweeping anti-gun bills that has been introduced in California. SB 374 changes the definition of assault weapon to include VIRTUALLY ALL semi-automatic rimfire and centerfire rifles that do not have a fixed magazine as an “assault weapon” and it does not stop there.
On Thursday, readers in local newspapers in five key states Arkansas, Louisiana, Maine, North Carolina and West Virginia will see an NRA ad headlined in bold: “Will Obama’s gun control proposals work? His own experts say ‘No,'” the group told CNN.
It may not stick, but the Obama administration might be getting a late education in the value of guns. When President Obama first exploited the tragedy at Newtown for more gun control, Wayne LaPierre, the CEO of the National Rifle Association, suggested putting armed guards in the schools. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York, certain Democratic members of Congress and the cable channel MSNBC hooted at the idea, calling it everything from “irresponsible” to “shameful.” These folks are now recovering from the early attacks of hysteria.In an interview at the White House, hosted by Parents magazine and posted on Facebook, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said that when he wrote the “Biden crime bill” in 1994 as a senator from Delaware, it included the provision for putting police officers in schools. “We found that those school resource officers were of value in many schools,” he told the audience. “We haven’t been funding them of late. We think they should be funded.”
Lawmakers in at least half a dozen states, including California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania, have proposed legislation this year that would require gun owners to buy liability insurance much as car owners are required to buy auto insurance.
The state Assembly today passed 22 bills intended to curb gun violence despite protests from Republicans, who said Democrats were putting shoddy legislation on too fast a track.
Highly publicized bills that would ban the sale of high-capacity gun magazines as well as semi-automatic miltary-style rifles now appear to be off the table at the Oregon Legislature.
A South Dakota House panel advanced a proposal Thursday that would add a year to the state’s concealed weapons permit, but the sponsor of the plan acknowledged other gun law changes he’s seeking won’t be approved this year.
As often as he puts his foot in his mouth, it’s a wonder Vice-President Joe Biden can walk. The often irascible and unpredictable Biden said this week, in an online Facebook town hall “chat” sponsored by Parents Magazine, that women who have to protect their homes and families from intruders should just walk outside and fire two blasts from a double barreled shotgun.
On Tuesday, House Bill 1467, important “Emergency Powers” legislation, was heard by the House Judiciary Committee. This NRA-backed bill was introduced by state Representative Karen Karls (R-35). HB 1467 was reported by this committee by a 10-3 vote and will be eligible for a final vote at 1:00 p.m. on Monday.