Third Time’s the Charm? Sportsmen’s Legislation Passes House in Third Consecutive Congress


Third Time’s the Charm? Sportsmen’s Legislation Passes House in Third Consecutive Congress
On Friday, a bipartisan majority in the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2015. The bill now heads to the Senate, where a similar package, the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015, has already advanced out of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the Committee on Environment and Public Works. This is the third straight Congress in which the House has passed far-reaching sportsmen’s legislation, with the prior versions falling prey to election-driven bottlenecks in the Senate. Hopefully, the third time will prove the charm for this important legislative package.

Court of Appeals Declines to Rehear Heller III, Reinforces Pro-Gun Victory

Court of Appeals Declines to Rehear Heller III, Reinforces Pro-Gun Victory
Last year, we reported that a panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held in the long-running follow-up to the original Heller case (known currently as Heller III), that certain provisions of D.C.’s firearm registration scheme violate the Second Amendment. These included D.C.’s handgun rationing rule, its requirement to renew firearm registrations every three years, a required test of “legal knowledge” for registration applicants, and the requirement that registration applicants present their firearms in person at police headquarters. As we noted at the time, however, the District still had options for further review of the decision.

The Next Supreme Court, by the Numbers

The Next Supreme Court, by the Numbers
With the passage of Senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Antonin Scalia, how will the Court rule on Second Amendment cases in the future? The answer is, “it’s just a matter of simple math.”

As the Primaries Turn

As the Primaries Turn
The process of selecting the major party nominees for the presidential election moved forward this past week with results for the GOP from South Carolina and Nevada, and results for the Dems from Nevada (Democrats hold their South Carolina primary on Saturday, February 27).

Accident Victim, Corrections Officer Treated to “New Jersey Justice” for “Illegal” Firearm

Accident Victim, Corrections Officer Treated to “New Jersey Justice” for “Illegal” Firearm
What started out as a pleasant evening with his wife soon devolved into a nightmare for Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Sergeant Raymond Hughes, when his safety, career, and freedom were all jeopardized by New Jersey’s draconian suppression of Second Amendment rights.

Stranger Than Fiction: Gun Control Debate Leads to Discovery of New Species

Stranger Than Fiction: Gun Control Debate Leads to Discovery of New Species
Researchers have found a variety of new species on the planet in recent years. Bugs and slugs, bats and rats, mini-dragons with tails, fish that walk, pigs that live in the sea, monkeys that sneeze, translucent frogs and, well, the list of previously unknown critters goes on and on.

Has the VA Deprived You of Your Second Amendment Rights? NRA Wants to Hear From You!

Has the VA Deprived You of Your Second Amendment Rights? NRA Wants to Hear From You!
As we have reported several times in the past (including here and here), the Veterans Administration (VA) has been reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) the identities of its beneficiaries who have been assigned a “fiduciary” to manage their benefits. The VA claims that such determinations constitute an “adjudication of mental defectiveness” under federal law, thereby prohibiting the beneficiary (presumptively for life) from acquiring or possessing firearms. The NRA has for several years been supporting legislation to correct this unjustified infringement on Second Amendment rights, including the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act (H.R. 2001, Rep. Jeff Miller, R-FL) and the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act of 2015 (S. 2002, Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX).

Michael Bloomberg is ALL IN to strip away your Second Amendment Rights! Are you ALL IN to make sure he doesn't succeed?!

Michael Bloomberg is ALL IN to strip away your Second Amendment Rights! Are you ALL IN to make sure he doesn’t succeed?!
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is in a spending freefall attacking our gun rights all across the U.S., on multiple fronts…in Congress, in state legislatures, and on the airwaves. Further, he’s gathering signatures and pouring money into anti-freedom ballot initiatives in states like WA, NV ME, and AZ.   In the ’15 VA elections, he spent more than $2 million on a couple of state senate races!  If he’s willing to invest that much in VA alone, imagine how much of his BILLIONS he will spend in ’16 all across the nation!


Help Needed at the State Level!
Help Needed at the State Level!

In this News Minute from the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, Jennifer Zahrn reports on important gun bills being considered in Iowa, Georgia, and Mississippi.




Alaska Alaska
Alaska: NRA-Backed Campus Carry Bill Moves Quickly Through the State Legislature
California California
California: Assembly Public Safety Committee Scheduled to Hear Several Anti-Gun Bill on Tuesday
Florida Florida
ALERT! FL Senator Brags about killing 2A bills in Bloomberg venue
Georgia Georgia
Georgia: Campus Carry Legislation Assigned to Senate Committee
Iowa Iowa
Iowa: Five Pro-Gun Bills Pass House Floor Vote
Kansas Kansas
Kansas: Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment Passes out of House
Louisiana Louisiana
Louisiana: Urge Your State Representative to Protect Louisiana’s Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday!
Mississippi Mississippi
Ex-NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg Taking Aim at Self-Defense Bill in Mississippi Legislature
South Dakota South Dakota
South Dakota: Gold Card Permit Legislation Passes House
Virginia Virginia
Concealed Carry Reciprocity Deal Signed in Virginia
Washington Washington
Washington: All Anti-Gun Bills Stall in the House Judiciary Committee

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News’s Ben Shapiro notes a “a mistake that probably wasn’t a mistake“…

In a mistake that probably wasn’t a mistake, a Washington state bill sponsored by liberal Democrats contained a little-noticed provision that would have called for the police to have the right to search private citizens’ home once per year if they own certain types of guns.

Apparently, violating the 2nd Amendment isn’t enough for some politicians. Now they’re after the 4th as well.


…is to make it clear that he’ll be in a real fight if he keeps on the way he’s going.

Bullies don’t behave the way they do due to a lack of “self-esteem”. In fact, they have no shortage of self esteem whatsoever. They push the weak around for one, simple reason: It’s fun. They get enjoyment out of tormenting others. This is true whether the bully is on a playground or in elective office. However, bullies don’t like to pay a price for their fun. As soon as a potential victim turns out to be dangerous, the bully backs down. He’s not out to get into a fight; that’s not fun.

A bully named Rick Almberg learned that it stops being fun when the victim hits back.

Rick Almberg is a city councilman in Oak Harbor, WA. He tried to bully a wounded veteran who was legally carrying a firearm at a city council meeting. It wasn’t only Councilman Almberg who was playing the  role of a bully in Oak Harbor. The city council had voted to ban firearms from city parks and the marina. Last Tuesday, the bullied pushed back…

The council was met by 160 people Tuesday night, many who were packing heat.

There were handguns in holsters and rifles slung over shoulders and an unknown number of people concealing their weapons as the Oak Harbor City Council met. Many attended the meeting to show support for veteran Lucas Yonkman who Councilmember Almberg tried to have kicked out of City Hall last month, including Joe Hawkins who openly mocked him. “Mr. Almberg I just want you to know that I have a concealed ham sandwich right here I don’t want you to get up and walk away,” he chuckled.

Most attended the meeting to oppose the city’s ban on guns in parks and the marina. The Second Amendment Foundation had threatened to sue if the ordinance wasn’t overturned.

Sandy Peterson spoke out against the ordinance. “If the city council members are intimidated by people exercising their Second Amendment rights to bear arms, perhaps they need to examine what it is about that that makes them uncomfortable,” she said.

William Frail had an M-1 rifle on his shoulder as he testified. “Sir, my mother was Jew,” he said. “My family went to the chambers. I will not go into the night quietly while these two ask me to board the train.”


The city council backed down and reversed their earlier vote. The ban was repealed.

I guess it just wasn’t fun anymore.

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Anti-Self-Defense Bill Introduced in the Washington House

Monday, April 11, 2011
House Bill 2067, introduced by state Representative Ross Hunter (D-48), would repeal the existing Washington law that provides for the reimbursement of legal defense costs to law-abiding citizens who are charged with a crime but found not guilty by reason of self-defense.  Here is actual language from the law that is proposed to be repealed:  “No person in the state shall be placed in legal jeopardy of any kind whatsoever for protecting by any reasonable means necessary, himself or herself, his or her family…  When a person charged with a crime…is found not guilty by reason of self-defense, the state of Washington shall reimburse the defendant for all reasonable costs…”

Self-defense is a fundamental right that can be weakened by overzealous prosecution.  Current law provides an incentive for prosecutors to give serious consideration to whether the accused has a viable claim of self-defense before the prosecution begins.  The repeal of HB 2067 would remove an important check and balance in Washington’s legal system.

HB 2067 is scheduled for a hearing in the House Ways & Means Committee this Wednesday, April 13 at 3:00 p.m.  Please contact your state Representative TODAY, by calling the toll-free legislative hotline, (800) 562-6000, and respectfully urge him or her to OPPOSE this anti-self-defense bill.  If your state Representative sits on the House Ways & Means Committee, please refer to the list below and call and e-mail their office directly. If you need help identifying your state Representative, please click here.

House Ways & Means Committee:

Representative Ross Hunter (D-48), Chairman
(360) 786-7936
[email protected]

Representative Jeannie Darneille (D-27), Vice Chairman
(360) 786-7974
[email protected]

Representative Bob Hasegawa (D-11), Vice Chair
(360) 786-7862
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Representative Gary Alexander (R-20)
(360) 786-7990
[email protected]

Representative Barbara Bailey (R-10)
(360) 786-7914
[email protected]

Representative Bruce Dammeier (R-25)
(360) 786-7948
[email protected]

Representative Ed Orcutt (R-18)
(360) 786-7812
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Representative Reuven Carlyle (D-36)
(360) 786-7814
[email protected]

Representative Bruce Chandler (R-15)
(360) 786-7960
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Representative Eileen Cody (D-34)
(360) 786-7978
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Representative Mary Lou Dickerson (D-36)
(360) 786-7860
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Representative Kathy Haigh (D-35)
(360) 786-7966
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Representative Larry Haler (R-8)
(360) 786-7986
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Representative Bill Hinkle (R-13)
(360) 786-7808
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Representative Zack Hudgins (D-11)
(360) 786-7956
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Representative Sam Hunt (D-22)
(360) 786-7992
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Representative Ruth Kagi (D-32)
(360) 786-7910
[email protected]

Representative Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney (D-46)
(360) 786-7818
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Representative Timm Ormsby (D-3)
(360) 786-7946
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Representative Kevin Parker (R-6)
(360) 786-7922
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Representative Eric Pettigrew (D-37)
(360) 786-7838
[email protected]

Representative Charles Ross (R-14)
(360) 786-7856
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Representative Joe Schmick (R-9)
(360) 786-7844
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Representative Larry Seaquist (D-26)
(360) 786-7802
[email protected]

Representative Larry Springer (D-45)
(360) 786-7822
[email protected]

Representative Pat Sullivan (D-47)
(360) 786-7858
[email protected]

Representative J.T. Wilcox (R-2)
(360) 786-7912
[email protected]

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