Key Progress Made on Permitless Carry in Texas

On Tuesday afternoon, the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety voted 6-2 to report out HB 1911 by state Rep. James White, legislation that eliminates the requirement for obtaining a License to Carry (LTC) for law-abiding citizens who would otherwise meet the eligibility requirements to qualify for that license.

California: One Gun a Month Bill Passes Senate Public Safety Committee

On Tuesday April 18, the Senate Public Safety Committee passed SB 497 by a party-line vote and will be assigned to the Senate Appropriations committee for further consideration.  On Monday, April 17, the Senate Appropriations Committee sent SB 464 to the suspense file where it will be considered at a later date.  AB 7 and AB 424 are eligible for third reading, a final vote by the full Assembly.   

Nevada: Pro-Gun Bill Passes Assembly

Yesterday, April 17, Assembly Bill 118 passed on the Assembly floor by a 34-4 vote.  AB 118, sponsored by Assemblyman Skip Daly (D-31), would allow members of the military and those who have received an honorable discharge between 18 and 20 years of age to obtain a permit to carry a concealed firearm.  Current law requires a person to be at least 21 years of age to be eligible for a concealed carry permit.  AB 118 was first read in the Senate today and assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee for further consideration.

Alabama: Constitutional/Permitless Carry Bill Passes Senate

Today, the Alabama Senate passed Senate Bill 24, the constitutional/permitless carry bill with a 25-6 vote.  SB 24 will now head to the House where it will likely be assigned to the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee.

Oregon Action Needed: Committee Vote on Anti-Gun Amendment is Imminent

Today is the deadline for policy bills to move out of committee, and as SB 764, SB 797 and SB 868 were not scheduled for votes today, they are effectively dead for the rest of session; however, anti-gun legislators are already attempting to revive these bills by adding them on to other pieces of legislation as amendments, or potentially re-introducing them as priority bills to avoid these committee deadlines.  At the request of state Senator Burdick, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a public hearing this morning on Senate Bill 719 and its -5 amendment, which seeks to add language mirroring Senate Bill 868 to the bill.  Your NRA-ILA was present and testified in opposition.

Bloomberg anti-gun groups eye disrupting NRA convention

President Trump's decision to be the first president in three decades to speak at the annual National Rifle Association convention is drawing heat from two anti-gun groups that now plan to travel to Atlanta to disrupt the massive event.

Alabama: Senate to vote on permitless carry legislation

The Alabama Senate will vote on a legislation that would allow people to carry a concealed handgun without a getting a permit.Senators on Tuesday evening will debate the proposal by Republican Sen. Gerald Allen of Tuscaloosa.

Chicago: Reluctant aldermen relax rules governing shooting ranges

If the full City Council approves the changes advanced by the License and Zoning Committee, shooting ranges would be authorized to locate in business, commercial, and manufacturing districts — and in select planned manufacturing districts — provided operators obtain a special-use permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Oregon: Anti-Gun Bills No Longer Scheduled for Vote Tomorrow

Your NRA-ILA would like to thank everyone who joined us today at the Capitol in Salem and attended the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Senate Bill 868, Senate Bill 797 and Senate Bill 764.  At this time, these three anti-gun bills are no longer scheduled for a vote tomorrow; however, the proposed amendments to Senate Bill 719​ would mirror SB 868 in an attempt to create a so-called “Extreme Risk Protection Order” (ERPO) that could be obtained by a law enforcement officer, family member, or household member in an ex parte hearing to deprive someone of their Second Amendment rights without due process of the law.  The amendments to SB 719 may be voted on in the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow, and it is imperative that you contact the committee members and urge them not to replace SB 719 with an ERPO bill!

Anti-Gun Bill Pending in Maine Legislature

Legislative Document 1175, introduced by state Senator Mark Dion, is currently pending in the joint Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety.  This bill would create three new protective orders and would allow for these protective orders to infringe upon your Second Amendment rights based on third party allegations and varying degrees of “evidence.”  Upon issuance of one of these orders, the respondent is required to surrender all firearms and ammunition to local law enforcement, even though a majority of the orders – two of the three – are available through an ex parte hearing where the order is granted by a judge based on the brief statement of the petitioner.  The accused would not be afforded the chance to appear in court to defend themselves against the allegations when the ERPO is issued.  Once granted, the mandatory minimum period for a regular order is one year, and it may be renewed indefinitely.

North Carolina: Pro-Hunting Bill in Committee this Week

House Bill 559, introduced by state Representative Chris Millis (R-16), is scheduled to be heard on Wednesday, April 19, in the House Committee on Wildlife Resources.  This bill would make a number of improvements to the Outdoor Heritage Act that was passed in 2015, including allowing the hunting of migratory birds on Sunday and adding public lands that are managed by the Wildlife Resources Commission to the areas where hunting on Sunday can take place.  The current law allows only the hunting of deer, and only on privately owned property.  NRA strongly supports HB 559.

Pierce County homeowner shoots intruder

A Pierce County homeowner shot and killed an intruder early Saturday morning in Tacoma according to police. Pierce County deputies arrived at the Brown’s Point home around 3:30 a.m. after a report of an intruder being shot on the 5100 block of 9th Ave. NE. According to deputies, the homeowner was woken up by the sound of a burglar on his porch. He warned the suspect that he was in the house, but the suspect still forced his way inside. During a physical confrontation, the homeowner fatally shot the suspect.  The homeowner said a 32-year-old woman and his 3-year-old daughter -- who slept through the incident -- were home at the time.

Two men shot in Worcester home invasion

Worcester Police report two men were shot, during a reported home invasion Saturday night. A police report says a male suspect tried to gain entry to a home on Dawson Road shortly after 10 p.m. The man reportedly had made threats with a gun. Police say the man inside the home exchanged gunfire with the suspect. Both men were hit. A woman living in the home told officers she tried to run downstairs, and injured an ankle. Both men were taken to an area hospital. Their condition is not known. Worcester police received conflicting reports of a possible second suspect. So far, there have been no arrests.