NRA-ILA Daily Alert – 3-4-2016

National Rifle Association of America, Institute For Legislative ActionSouth Carolina: Multiple Carry Bills to be Heard in Senate Subcommittee – On Wednesday, March 9, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on H. 3025 and H. 3799 has scheduled a hearing for these bills at 11:00 a.m., in Room 207 of the Gressette Building.

Oregon Legislature Adjourns 2016 Session
Today, the Oregon Legislature adjourned its 2016 Legislative Session.  This year saw the introduction and defeat of two dangerous and misguided anti-gun bills, Senate Bill 1551 and House Bill 4147.
Montana: Tax Incentive to Benefit Landowners and Hunters
During the 2015 Legislative Session, the Montana Legislature passed Senate Bill 309, legislation that created the Unlocking Public Lands Program and expanded the previous program, Unlocking State Land.
Kentucky: Permitless Carry Legislation Pending Committee Hearings
As previously reported, House Bill 531 was introduced by state Representatives Hubert Collins (D-97) and Jody Richards (D-20), and has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration.
West Virginia: Legislature Poised for Veto Override Vote on Permitless Carry
Tomorrow, when session convenes at 11:00 a.m., the West Virginia Legislature will have its first opportunity to override Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s (D) veto of NRA-backed permitless carry legislation, House Bill 4145.
Wayne LaPierre: An Anti-Gun President Filling Two Supreme Court Vacancies Should Scare The Hell Out Of Us
The National Rifle Association’s Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre delivered a call to arms for the 2016 election, noting that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama lie and peddle shoddy facts in the fight over of Second Amendment rights. LaPierre boasted that he called for a one-on-one debate with President Obama after his town hall event on gun violence on CNN in January, and that he hasn’t agreed because he would “clean his clock” in that fight. Additionally, LaPierre noted in a couple of instances where he took on the media’s narratives, drove them insane, endured abuse for his opinions, and never backed down. As a result, the NRA’s favorability and membership rates have reached record highs.
Carry Reciprocity Restored: NRA Scores Huge Victory Against Bloomberg’s Anti-Gun Zealots in Virginia
In December 2015 Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, under direction from Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe, unilaterally stripped long standing concealed carry reciprocity agreements between the Commonwealth and 25 other states, putting a number of Virginia residents in unnecessary danger. But thanks to the quick work of the National Rifle Association and the Republican Virginia legislature, the agreements were restored last week through H.B. 1163 and S.B. 610.
Idaho: Permitless Carry Legislation Introduced
Today, Senate Bill 1378, important self-defense legislation, was introduced in the Idaho Senate. Sponsored by state Senator Curt McKenzie, SB 1378 would allow a law-abiding individual, who is a resident of Idaho and 21 years of age or older, to lawfully carry a concealed handgun for self-defense without needing to first obtain a government-issued permit. 
West Virginia Governor Vetoes Permitless Carry Bill
Fairfax, Va.— The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) is disappointed in West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto of HB 4145, a permitless concealed carry bill that allows law-abiding West Virginians to carry their firearms in the manner they see fit. The legislation passed the legislature with significant bipartisan support, and the NRA hopes lawmakers reaffirm their support of this important legislation with a veto override. 
Georgia Governor: Opposition to Campus Carry Same ‘Hype’ We Heard Against Concealed Carry
On February 26, Governor Nathan Deal (R) said the arguments being propounded against campus carry in Georgia are part of the same “hype” concealed carry opponents put forth in 2014. Governor Deal was joined by House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), who also defended the bill.  
Gun background checks: February is third-biggest month ever
February was the third-biggest month on record for gun background checks, according to data released Wednesday by the FBI.Background checks, which the FBI conducts every time someone tries to buy a gun from a federally licensed dealer, rose to 2.6 million in February, according to the bureau.
Arizona: Senate plans to debate bill to let guns in public buildings
The Senate plans to debate a bill in what has become an annual effort to allow concealed-carry permits holders to carry firearms into some public buildings.
Committee rejects bill to allow guns in Maine subsidized housing
A legislative committee voted Wednesday to reject a bill that aims to ensure Mainers living in subsidized housing can keep guns in their residences.
After 10 Years, What Justice Thomas Said Is Huge For Gun Rights
There is an old adage about the man of few words. When he speaks, he has something profound to say. Nevertheless, after Justice Thomas spoke the media has been focusing on the mere fact that he asked a question from the bench for the first time in a decade. Most in the media are wondering if the absence of the loquacious Justice Scalia has left a void Justice Thomas has opted to fill. Maybe, maybe not, but they shouldn’t overlook the importance of what he had to say.
Florida Alert: Another Chairman Denies a Hearing — to Pro-Self-Defense Bill
The self-serving conduct of a House committee chairman is threatening to undermine our self-defense rights.  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles McBurney (R-Jacksonville) seems to be taking lessons from Senate Judiciary Chairman Miguel Diaz de la Portilla.  Both are now refusing to hear progun, pro-self-defense bills in their Committees and are denying Committee members the opportunity to vote.
Alabama: Critical Pro-Gun Bill Introduced
Yesterday, March 1, state Senator Jabo Waggoner (R-16) introduced Senate Bill 304 in the Alabama Legislature.  This critical bill seeks to solve the significant disparity in concealed weapon permit fees between counties.  SB 304 will accomplish this fix by allowing law-abiding individuals to apply for a permit in any county in the state.  Senate Bill 304 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs.  Please contact members of the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs and respectfully urge them to support SB 304. 
West Virginia: Governor Tomblin Vetoes Bipartisan Permitless Carry Legislation
Today, March 3, Governor Tomblin vetoed House Bill 4145, permitless carry legislation that was recently passed by the West Virginia Legislature.  HB 4145 passed the House of Delegates with a bipartisan 68-31 vote, and the Senate with a bipartisan 24-9 vote.  Please contact your state legislators immediately and respectfully urge them to vote to override Governor Tomblin’s veto.  
Virginia: Important Self-Defense Bills are on the Governor’s Desk
This week, Senate Bill 626 and House Bill 766 were passed out of the Virginia General Assembly with bipartisan support, and have been sent to the Governor’s desk for his consideration.
Iowa: Hearing Protection Act Passes Committee
Today, House File 2279, the Hearing Protection Act, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee with an 11-2 vote. Your emails in support of HF 2279 are working, but the fight is not over yet!  HF 2279 will now head to the full state Senate for final consideration.  Please contact your state Senator immediately and politely urge him or her to SUPPORT HF 2279!