Today, January 13, the state Assembly approved the confirmation of U. S. Representative Xavier Becerra as California’s next Attorney General by a party line vote of 56 to 23. The state Senate will now take up this request. A hearing by the Senate Rules committee is scheduled for Wednesday, January 18 at 10:00 a.m. at the Capitol in room 113.
On January 3rd, Congressman Richard Hudson (R-N.C.8th) introduced H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which simply allows lawful firearm carriers from any state to carry a concealed firearm in any other state. The bill addresses our nation’s patchwork of concealed carry reciprocity laws, where each state determines which states’ permits, if any, they will recognize.
The FBI released its Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report earlier this week and the bad news is that violent crime increased for the second consecutive year.
On Thursday, the NRA-supported case Peruta v. California took an important step towards restoring the right to bear arms in California. The plaintiffs in the case, California gun owners and the California Rifle and Pistol Association, filed a petition for writ of certiorari asking the United States Supreme Court to hear the case.
Inspired, perhaps, by Oscar Wilde (“Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess”), Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has announced two new sweeping gun control bills, with Sen. David Frockt (D-Seattle) and Rep. Strom Peterson (D-Edmonds) as the bill’s prime sponsors. Despite being described as “assault weapon reform,” the proposed legislation is nothing short of a ban of many common, legal firearms and “large-capacity magazines” currently possessed by millions of law-abiding Americans for self-defense, hunting, and recreational shooting.
On January 10 and 11, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held the confirmation hearing for President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for United States Attorney General, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). Throughout his distinguished career in public service, which includes 12 years as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, Sessions has exhibited the utmost respect for our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms and has worked tirelessly to prosecute those who use guns in the commission of a crime. Despite the best efforts of some to disrupt the hearing and promote scurrilous allegations, an image of the real Sessions came through during the hearing - that of a principled statesman devoted to our Constitution.
The Second Amendment is virtually certain to be argued before the Supreme Court this fall, as the justices receive two petitions only days apart asking them to apply the right to keep and bear arms. On Jan. 12, former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement—one of the finest Supreme Court litigators of this generation—filed a petition for certiorari in Peruta v. California, backed by the full support of the National Rifle Association of America.
On Monday, Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) – joined by co-sponsors Sens. Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Rand Paul (R-KY) – introduced S. 59, the Hearing Protection Act of 2017 (HPA). Similar legislation was introduced in the House by Reps. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) and John Carter (R-TX) – along with 42 co-sponsors – as H.R. 367.
America lost a civil rights icon and a true free thinker with the death of Roy Innis on Jan. 8. For the NRA, his departure was personal. Mr. Innis served on the NRA’s Board of Directors for nearly 25 years and was a friend to many within the organization. For the nation at large, he was a champion of freedom who exemplified the courage of a man who follows his own convictions.
This week, House File 188, permitless/constitutional carry legislation, and House File 238, stand your ground legislation, were both introduced in the Minnesota Legislature. Your NRA-ILA will work to see that these bills are given full consideration by the Minnesota House and Senate. A special thanks is given to state Representative Nash for introducing these pieces of legislation so early in the legislative session.
With the 2017 Indiana legislative session underway, we are happy to report that a number of pro-gun bills have been filed.
Earlier this week, the South Dakota Legislature began its 2017 Legislative Session.
This week, state Representative Bo Biteman (R-51) introduced two pieces of legislation that seeks to remove certain “Gun Free Zones” in Wyoming that have long left law-abiding citizens unnecessarily defenseless.
In 2013, the Colorado Legislature restricted the ability of law-abiding gun owners to protect themselves by limiting the amount of ammunition a firearm magazine can hold.
The second week of the 2017 legislative session kicks off with the introduction of important pro-gun legislation in the Missouri Legislature
Your official NRA state association, the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs will once again be hosting its annual mixer in the cafeteria of the Vermont Statehouse starting at 5:00pm and ending at 7:30pm on Tuesday, January 24. Snacks and beverages will be provided by the VTFSC, and there will be a cash bar.
With the 2017 North Dakota legislative session underway, we are happy to report these important pro-gun bills have been filed. House Bill 1169, introduced by state Representative Rick Becker (R-7), would eliminate the requirement to obtain a permit in order to lawfully carry. This bill recognizes a law-abiding adult’s unconditional Right to Keep and Bear Arms for self-defense in the manner he or she chooses. HB 1169 will make the current permitting system optional to allow citizens to obtain permits and take advantage of reciprocity agreements with other states.
A 17-year-old is recovering from a gunshot wound after reportedly committing two armed robberies. Court records show that a male teen robbed one store and tried to rob another when he was confronted by an armed clerk who shot him in the arm. Police report that on December 28, the 17-year-old suspect entered a QT store near 35th Avenue and Baseline Road with a handgun and demanded money, along with Swisher Sweet Cigars and a pack of Marlboro Reds. The clerk reported to police that the suspect fired three shots, from what sounded like a pellet gun, into the ceiling as he left. Other witnesses told police that he left the store on a 'cruiser bicycle with white walled tires.' Police say two days later the suspect struck again, this time at a Chevron store near 51st and Southern avenues. This time he demanded money from the cash registers and when he motioned toward them with the gun a store clerk pulled his gun and fired at the suspect. The suspect ran and tried to get on his bike but realized, "his arm didn't work." He went to a nearby restaurant to ask for help. Police contacted him there and the suspect was taken to the hospital for a gunshot wound to his arm. It was there, police say, that he admitted to the robberies. He allegedly told police that he targeted gas stations because "they are supposed to just hand over the money and not try to stop anyone." He's been charged with armed robbery and attempted armed robbery.
A Pleasant Grove family fought back against home intruders early Friday morning. Investigators said a masked suspect kicked in the door of a home around 3 a.m. in the 9500 block of Eloise St. near June Rd. in Pleasant Grove. The homeowner, his wife and a grown child were inside the home at the time of the invasion. Police said the homeowner told the suspect to get out when there was an exchange of gunfire. The homeowner shot at least one suspect. Investigators said there could be more suspects involved in the home invasion. The suspects got away, but investigators were checking local hospitals for any sign of gunshot victims. The homeowner and his family were not injured in the incident and nothing was taken from the home.
A taxi driver in upstate New York used his legally concealed weapon to keep an ice-pick armed woman at bay. A Rochester taxi driver says he was forced to pull a gun to protect him from a passenger who tried to attack him with an ice pick. “I believe she would have killed me had if i had been close enough to her,” said Collin Green, the man who drove the taxi. According to Gates Police, 39-year-old Katrina Green has was charged with menacing and other violations Monday night.