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  1. On Thursday, January 23, NRA’s State Association, The Rhode Island 2nd Amendment Coalition, will be hosting a pro-gun rally at the State House in the Rotunda. NRA Members and Second Amendment supporters are encouraged to attend and listen to several speakers, including pro-gun members of the Rhode Island House and Senate. This will be a great opportunity to meet your lawmakers and let them know what issues are most important to you during the 2020 Legislative Session. Details and information below: Defend the 2nd Rally Thursday, January 23rd 4:00pm to 7:00pm Rhode Island State House Rotunda NRA Members and Second Amendment supporters will need to stay active this session, and this event is a great way to get involved. Please attend on January 23rd, and be sure to tell your friends, family, and fellow gun owners about the event!
  2. South Dakota legislators are able to carry concealed in the Capitol during the legislative session for the first time, thanks to a bill passed last year. Lawmakers with enhanced carry permits that also notify the Highway Patrol—which provides security at the Capitol—at least 24 hours in advance may now carry concealed during the 2020 legislative session, the first since the bill’s passage. SB115 (2019) passed by votes of 20-13 and 44-19 in the state Senate and House of Representatives, respectively. Gov. Kristi Noem signed the bill into law on March 18, 2019, and it went into effect on July 1 of the same year. State Sen. Jim Stalzer, who sponsored the bill, said he felt that it “gave lawmakers and state government employees a chance to defend themselves if someone attacks,” according to AP News. State Rep. Dayle Hammock, a former law enforcement officer, said he estimated that six to 10 legislators would be carrying this legislative session. He also plans to teach other legislators about how to carry safely. South Dakota joins a growing number of states that allow at least some law-abiding citizens to carry concealed in its Capitol. This change stands in stark contrast to the decision made by Virginia legislators to ban the carry of all firearms from Capitol buildings. Legislators in Virginia, with a newly-elected anti-gun Democratic majority in each chamber, hastily banned the carrying of firearms in state Capitol buildings. “These are policies and rules that should have passed a long, long time ago,” said House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, reported AP News. A statement from House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert read, “Through their underhanded maneuvers Democrats have already made it clear that they’ll do whatever it takes to implement their agenda, including making major policy change with no notice and little debate.” “This majority, bought and paid for by Michael Bloomberg, will stop at nothing to cast your right of self-defense aside. This is just the first step as they make their way down Bloomberg’s wish-list,” reported the NRA Institute for Legislative Action. The decision to allow only armed security in Virginia’s capitol certainly aligns with Bloomberg’s worldview. Responding to an incident in Texas where a lawfully armed citizen stopped a murderer within seconds, the former New York City mayor said, “It’s the job of law enforcement to have guns and to decide when to shoot. You just do not want the average citizen carrying a gun in a crowded place.” While Virginia politicians are threatening to limit your Second Amendment freedoms, South Dakota also legalized constitutional carry last year, allowing residents to carry concealed handguns without a permit throughout the state.
  3. Thursday, January 16th, 2020 BELLEVUE, WA – The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is encouraging gun owners from across Virginia to gather Monday in Richmond as a show of opposition to the extremist gun control agenda put forth by Gov. Ralph Northam and his Democrat majority in the General Assembly. Events begin at 8 a.m. with committee meetings starting at 9 o’clock. The rally on the Capitol Steps begins at 11 a.m. Speakers include Stephen Williford, the Texas hero who shot the Sutherland Springs church gunman two years ago; Dick Heller, Bearing Arms Editor Cam Edwards, Jan Morgan, founder of 2A Women, State Sen. Amanda Chase, Delegates nick Freitas and John McGuire, and many others. CCRKBA also stresses the importance of being vigilant in the wake of rumored potential for confrontation with provocateurs who may show up in an attempt to create an incident to discredit law-abiding gun owners. “With more than 100 counties, cities and smaller jurisdictions having declared themselves to be ‘Second Amendment Sanctuaries,’ we concur with our friends at the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) that the eyes of the nation, and maybe the world, will be on Richmond,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. Virginia gun owners have been gathering peacefully every year in Richmond to support their Second Amendment rights, and this year must be no different, CCRKBA said. A much larger-than-normal crowd is anticipated, so this will be a good opportunity for gun owners to meet like-minded fellow Virginians, and to deliver a unified message to the General Assembly about gun control proposals such as reviving the failed one-gun-per-month law and other extremist proposals. Information about the rally, and about scheduled bus transportation from many locations around the state may be found here, at the VCDL website. “We’re suspicious of Gov. Northam’s temporary ban on firearms in and around the State Capitol,” Gottlieb noted, “but we’ve been saying for a long time that Ralph Northam is a gun-banner, and now he’s proving it.”
  4. On January 23rd, the New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on Senate Bill 469, sponsored by Senator Jeanne Dietsch (D – District 9), at 10:00 AM in Room 100 of the State House. NRA members and Second Amendment supporters are encouraged to attend this hearing in order to express opposition to this anti-shooting range bill. If you are unable to attend, please contact committee members and urge them to OPPOSE Senate Bill 469. Senate Bill 469 would repeal New Hampshire’s shooting range protection law by allowing municipalities to subject already-existing shooting ranges to noise ordinances, while also making it easier for individuals to sue local gun ranges for noise violations. Currently, under New Hampshire law, shooting ranges are immune from lawsuits as long as they complied with existing noise ordinances at the time the range opened. This legislation would endanger shooting ranges, even if they operate safely and are otherwise in full compliance with the law. Municipalities and individuals could use these ordinances to effectively shut down ranges with costly renovations, unreasonable court fees, hiatus, or even closure of operations. Shooting ranges provide a safe environment for law-abiding individuals to learn, practice, and train. They should not be regulated out of existence.
  5. While the New Mexico Legislature won’t convene until next week, anti-gun legislators have already pre-filed multiple gun control bills, including “Red Flag” gun confiscation laws and bans on popular firearm accessories. House Bill 7 / Senate Bill 5 – Sponsored by Rep. Daymon Ely and Senator Joseph Cervantes, these bills would authorize the seizure of firearms and/or ammunition from individuals without due process. Unchallenged statements made by a petitioner before a judge, alleging that someone is a danger to themselves or others in an ex parte proceeding -- prior to any formal court hearing at which the respondent can be represented by counsel and present counter evidence -- would be sufficient for law enforcement to enter that person's home and confiscate their private property. Constitutional rights should only be restricted with sufficient due process of law. Due process limits restrictions on constitutional rights to only serious convictions and adjudications that provide procedural protections to the accused, which results in more reliable proceedings. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms should not be treated as a second-class right and should only be restricted when sufficient protections are in place. House Bill 85 – Sponsored by Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero, HB 85 was introduced with the intent to ban possession of a “semiautomatic firearm converter.” However, the bill is so poorly written it would potentially ban normal and legal firearm accessories like match triggers and many ergonomic modifications. The vague language could lead to the banning of virtually any performance-enhancing product for a semi-automatic firearm, and ultimately threaten the legality of semi-automatic firearms themselves. Further, those who possess any of the mentioned items would become felons overnight. Session convenes on January 21st. Your NRA-ILA will continue to fight to promote and protect your right to keep and bear arms and hunting heritage. Our members remain the most powerful political force in American history, and together, we will secure the Second Amendment for present and future generations.
  6. On Tuesday, January 21st, at 10AM, the House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee will consider several anti-gun bills that would severely restrict the Constitutional Rights of law-abiding Washingtonian citizens. This hearing comes just one day after the Senate Law & Justice Committee will hear testimony on numerous other gun bills. Testimony will be limited to 90 seconds per person and House Bills 2240 and 2241 will be heard together. Please make plans to attend the House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee hearing on January 21st at 10:00AM. In addition, please use the “Take Action” button below to contact committee members. The following bills are scheduled for a hearing: House Bill 2240 would ban the manufacture, possession, sale, transfer, etc. of magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition. This measure is strongly supported by the Governor and the Attorney General, and would severely limit your ability to defend yourself and your loved ones. This is the companion bill to Senate Bill 6077, which the Senate Law & Justice Committee will hear on January 20th. House Bill 2241 would ban certain semi-automatic rifles and magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition. HB 2241, like its predecessors, would do nothing to impact crime or keep Washingtonians safer. House Bill 2519 would ban online sales of ammunition, and potentially require background checks for all ammunition purchases. This bill comes on the heels of California’s failed ammunition background check system and is being supported by the Attorney General. House Bill 1374 would abolish Washington’s decades old state preemption statute, allowing localities to pass any gun control measures they see fit. Repealing preemption would lead to a confusing patchwork of local laws, making it extremely difficult for even the most well-meaning, and otherwise law-abiding, gun owners to avoid inadvertently becoming criminals. The hearing will be held on a substitute bill that has not yet been released. House Bill 1315 would require onerous government red tape and further training to obtain a Concealed Pistol License. Training requirements are yet another cost prohibitive measure intended to ensure that lower income Americans are barred from defending themselves. The hearing will be held on a substitute bill that has not yet been released. Additionally, on Friday, January 17th, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on House Bill 2467, which would create a single point of contact background check system in WA. This bill has been introduced by a bipartisan group of legislators in an effort to streamline the background check system in Washington. Instead of conducting CPL-holder firearm purchases through the existing process, which can up to take 10 days, an automated check system would restore an instant check, similar to the NICS check that was previously used. While some groups have mischaracterized this bill as an “excise tax” on all firearm transfers, no fees have been set and this topic remains an important point of discussion. Your NRA has a seat at the table of these discussions and will continue to advocate on behalf of gun owners as this process continues. Again, please use the “Take Action” button above to contact members of the House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee, and if possible, make plans to attend the committee hearings on January 20th & 21st.
  7. This week, Assembly Bill 503 failed to pass out of the Assembly Public Safety Committee on a party line vote. AB 503, sponsored by Assembly Member Heath Flora (R-12) would have allowed an individual with a valid concealed carry weapons license to carry to, from, or in a church, synagogue, or other place of worship on the grounds of a public or private K-12 school when the individual has the written permission of the school authority. It is a shame that certain Legislators have no problem leaving our faith based institutions vulnerable, with limited options for making important security decisions. The real world consequence of failing to pass such legislation is that it ensures law-abiding citizens are disarmed and vulnerable while attending religious services on the grounds of a public or private school. Check your inbox and the California Stand and Fight web page for updates on issues impacting your Second Amendment rights and hunting heritage in California.
  8. On Thursday, January 16th, the Virginia Senate voted to pass three of the anti-gun bills that the Senate Judiciary Committee approved on Monday. The fight is far from over! Dozens of other gun control bills from Michael Bloomberg’s wish-list have still not been taken up by a committee. Second Amendment supporters have demonstrated an unprecedented showing in support for our rights. It is critical that law-abiding citizens not back down and remain ready to oppose this agenda at every turn. Senate Bill 35, introduced by Senator Scott Surovell, passed by a vote of 19-21. It would destroy Virginia’s firearm preemption laws by allowing localities to create new “gun-free zones” in and around public buildings, parks, and permitted events such as farmer’s markets. Criminals would ignore these restrictions, leaving law-abiding citizens unable to defend themselves and their loved ones. Senate Bill 69, introduced by Senator Mamie Locke, passed by a vote of 19-21. This scheme, commonly referred to as “one-gun-a-month,” would arbitrarily ration an individual’s right to lawfully purchase a handgun to once within 30 days. Senate Bill 70, introduced by Senator Louise Lucas, passed by a vote of 17-23. It would ban sales between private individuals without first paying fees and obtaining government permission. Firearm sales between friends, neighbors, or fellow hunters, would not be exempted. This proposal would have no impact on crime and is completely unenforceable.
  9. When Vince Vaughn, a Hollywood actor mostly known for his roles in romantic comedies, publicly shook President Donald J. Trump’s (R) hand, a media-frenzy erupted. Many on the left thought that what would have been a normal, no-news sort of thing a few years ago, was so atrocious that Vaughn should be “cancelled” (today’s woke language for: shunned out of the public light). Vaughn and Trump had been in the same skybox at the College Football Playoff National Championship game between LSU and Clemson. A video shows Vaughn and Trump chatting amiably as the audience sings along with “Sweet Caroline.” Based on their expressions, it looks like they had a classy exchange. Classy behavior, when it comes to interactions with Trump anyway, aren’t permitted, according to many on the left. A social-media frenzy quickly ensued. Some condemned Vaughn for being respectful to the president of the United States. Others pushed back by pointing out that something is wrong if we’re not even allowed to be respectful to a U.S. president. Suddenly, we’re in a moment when George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) feels more and more prescient, the left seems to be in favor of bringing the novel’s “Two Minute Hate” to modern America. In the novel, citizens were forced to publicly exhibit hate for two minutes every day as they looked at pictures of people the state deemed to be enemies. It’s not hard to imagine, given the level of “Trump-derangement syndrome,” many on the left doing this anytime they happen to see an image of President Trump on TV or the internet. Vaughn has described himself in the past as a libertarian. He has even supported Republicans. He is even a gun owner; in fact, there is a scene in his comedy “Couples Retreat” (2009) where Vaughn thinks he hears someone breaking into his home. He grabs his pistol from a self-defense safe and investigates. The prowler turns out to be his friend (Jason Bateman). During this scene Vaughn handles the pistol deftly and without any anti-gun-flavored mishaps. He simply makes having a self-defense gun seem like the normal thing it is. This wasn’t an accident. Vaughn actually helped write the script. When Playboy asked him, in its March 2015 issue, “Do you own a gun?” Vaughn said, “I do, yeah. I believe in the right to defend yourself if need be. Hopefully you’re never in that situation, but I think you’re fairly naïve to believe there will never be a cause for self-defense. But again, I believe it’s up to the individual. I don’t believe rights come in groups. You shouldn’t get more or fewer rights because of what you believe in or what nationality you were born into.” So Vaughn is for individual rights, including our right to keep and bear arms. The left’s reaction to Vaughn’s behavior exhibits a sudden and scary unwillingness to even be civil to those who hold different views. This fixation is so rabid that they want to shut down or “cancel” anyone not in step with their politically correct wokeness. This mindset makes it difficult, even impossible, to have reasonable, fact-based discussions with them about what can be done to make our society even safer. This tendency is so toxic, in fact, that in October 2019, when talk-show host Elle DeGeneres was seen laughing with former President George W. Bush at a Dallas Cowboys’ game, a lot of people on the left attacked her for being friendly with the “enemy.” DeGeneres decided to respond. She said “people were upset,” as “they thought, why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president?” DeGeneres said the moral of the story is: “We’re all different. And I think that we’ve forgotten that it’s okay that we’re all different.” That’s a fitting answer to her critics. Vaughn, meanwhile, has declined to respond, which is also a classy thing to do.
  10. Two identical bills that require universal background checks completed by federally licensed dealers for all firearm transfers have been introduced in the Missouri House by State Representative Ashley Bland Manlove and State Representative Greg Razer. House Bill 1529 and House Bill 1676 would even require two sportsmen to use a licensed firearm dealer and undergo the background-check process to temporarily loan a firearm for hunting purposes or even simply handing their gun to someone momentarily. Take Action Today! Missouri sportsmen should call their state representatives and ask them to OPPOSE House Bill 1529 and House Bill 1676. Missouri members can contact their representatives by using the Sportsmen’s Alliance Legislative Action Directory. Although the language in this legislation would allow family firearm transfers without a licensed dealer, these bills fail to provide exceptions for loaning firearms to non-family members for hunting purposes or common acts of safety in the field and everyday use at the range. The language in HB 1529 and HB 1676 would make it unlawful for an experienced hunter to allow a friend to borrow a firearm for hunting or target shooting without first going through a licensed dealer, even if the owner of the firearm is present. “Essentially what this bill does is make it unlawful to introduce non-family members to hunting or shooting sports,” said Jacob Hupp, associate director of state services at the Sportsmen’s Alliance. “A bill like this does more harm than good because it creates yet another barrier for first-time and novice sportsmen and women to gain more experience afield before purchasing the right firearm for themselves. “Further, these bills criminalize safe firearm handling in the field. Sportsmen are taught to hand their firearm to a partner when crossing fences and other obstructions,” continued Hupp. “The mere act of handing your firearm to someone constitutes a transfer, and would turn safety-abiding sportsmen into criminals subject to Class B misdemeanor.” About the Sportsmen’s Alliance: The Sportsmen’s Alliance protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing and trapping – that generate the money to pay for them. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research. Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible. Stay connected to Sportsmen’s Alliance: Online, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  11. Susan Holmes has become a vocal critic of police policy since her son was shot and killed by a CSU officer in 2017.
  12. On Thursday, January 16, at 9:00 am in the City Council Chamber of City Hall, the Fresno City Council is meeting to discuss and vote on ordinance 20-005. 20-005 prohibits the possession of concealed firearms in City Hall or any City owned or leased building. The ordinance further requires the City to establish one or more security checkpoints with metal detectors at City Hall. Licensed CCW holders who attempt to access City Hall with a firearm will have an opportunity to immediately remove the firearm from the building rather than being cited. To submit your comments to the City Council click here. Check your inbox and the California Stand and Fight web page for updates on issues impacting your Second Amendment rights and hunting heritage in California.
  13. On January 13th, the Washington Senate pulled Senate Bill 5434 from the Senate Rules Committee back to the floor, where it can receive a vote at any time. SB 5434 was retained as a carry-over bill from 2019 that would expand “gun-free zones.” Please click the “Take Action” button below to contact your state Senator and ask them to OPPOSE SB 5434. Senate Bill 5434, sponsored by Senator Claire Wilson (D-30), would increase prohibited areas where law-abiding citizens cannot possess firearms, including CPL holders carrying for self-defense. The bill extended “gun-free zones” to public parks, libraries, and child care centers before being amended to only apply to child care centers. Anti-gun Senators can easily amend the bill to add more areas when it comes up for vote. Your voice is needed in this critical fight for our freedom and safety. In addition to leaving law-abiding citizens defenseless against criminals who ignore arbitrary boundaries, child care centers would be required to publicly indicate they are “gun-free zones” by posting signs outside the facilities. Again, please click the “Take Action” button above to contact your state Senator and urge them to OPPOSE SB 5434.
  14. Stand for Freedom – Contact Your Legislators! Today, the Joint Interim Committee on Judiciary held a work session on LC 38, a firearm storage mandate bill that was pre-filed for the 2020 Legislative Session. This bill contains some of the same egregious provisions from SB 978 that failed to pass last year. These same provisions are also found in Initiative Petition 40 that has been filed for the 2020 Election. Please contact your state legislators and ask them to oppose LC 38 when the session begins on February 3rd. LC 38 would require all firearms to be locked with a trigger-locking device or kept in a locked container, unless carried by the possessor of a firearm, with each firearm not secured constituting a separate violation. Anyone who has their firearms lost or stolen would be strictly liable for any injury to persons or property if the firearm were not stored in compliance with the law. And, this liability will last for up to two years! Firearm owners would also be held liable for any injury occurring within two years that results from a firearm transferred to another individual if the firearm was not transferred in a locked container or with a locking device. Gun safety and storage is a matter of personal responsibility and every person’s situation is different. It is unreasonable for the law to impose a one-size-fits-all solution. This poorly thought out proposal is without any consideration for personal circumstances. In short, this measure invades people’s homes and forces them to render their firearms useless in self-defense. This bill would also require firearm owners to report lost or stolen firearms within 72 hours or face charges, with each firearm constituting a separate offense. In addition, those who do not report their firearms lost or stolen would be held liable for any injury that occurs within two years involving those firearms. A firearm owner should not be held liable for the crimes committed by a person who has illegally obtained their firearm. Individuals should not be further victimized after experiencing a burglary or other crime. Again, please contact your state legislators and ask them to oppose LC 38 when the session begins on February 3rd. In the meantime, please stay tuned to your email inbox and www.nraila.org for further updates on issues impacting your Second Amendment rights in Oregon.
  15. On January 16th, the West Virginia Senate Government Organization Committee will hear Senate Bill 96, which would strengthen West Virginia’s preemption law. Please contact members of the committee and ask them to SUPPORT Senate Bill 96. Senate Bill 96 would prevent municipalities from restricting a number of tools, to include knives and pepper spray, that law-abiding citizens carry with them every day. Preemption legislation is designed to prevent municipalities from creating a patchwork of different laws throughout the state that may potentially turn a law-abiding citizen into a criminal for simply crossing a jurisdictional line. Again, please contact members of the committee and ask them to SUPPORT Senate Bill 96.
  16. Gov. Ralph Northam, D-Va., declared a state of emergency Wednesday and said he is temporarily banning individuals from carrying firearms and other weapons on Capitol grounds ahead of a scheduled gun rally for fear of a repeat of the violence law enforcement was ill-prepared to deal with at another rally in Charlottesville more than two years ago. Northam said at a press conference Wednesday that the decision is based on "credible intelligence" from "mainstream channels, both offline and online, such as alternative dark web channels used by violent groups and white nationalists from outside Virginia," which law enforcement says have "malicious plans" that include storming the state Capitol building and stirring up violence at Monday's rally. "This includes out of state militia groups and hate groups planning to travel from across the country to disrupt our democratic process with acts of violence," Northam said. "They're not coming to peacefully protest. They're coming to intimidate and cause harm." Northam stressed that the threats and "violent rhetoric" bear resemblance to those seen prior to the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville that left one dead and dozens more injured in 2017. "No one wants another incident like the one we saw in Charlottesville," Northam said. "We will not allow that mayhem and violence to happen here." Northam said law enforcement officials -- including state police, capitol police, officers from the Richmond Police Department and other first responders -- were working together to ensure the safety of Monday's rally, which is expected to draw as many as 100,000 supporters, event organizers told police. The event, called “Lobby Day,” was organized by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a pro-Second Amendment nonprofit group that organizes the event annually. “I believe them when they say this is a peaceful event -- that’s what democracy is,” Northam said. “Unfortunately, they have unleashed something much larger, something they may not be able to control.” The governor said the state of emergency would be lifted on Tuesday after the rally, and that weapons -- including sticks and bats, chains and projectiles and firearms -- are all prohibited on Capitol grounds. "It makes no sense to ban every other weapon but allow firearms when intelligence shows a threat of armed militia groups storming our capitol," Northam said. He called on the event organizers to "disavow anyone who wishes to use Monday's rally to advance a violent agenda." "I call on them to discourage people from other states from coming to Virginia with violent intent," Northam added. "Hate intimidation and violence have no place here." Vandana Rambaran is a reporter covering news and politics at foxnews.com. She can be found on Twitter @vandanarambaran
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