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Pennsylvania Preemption Bill Heads To House, Governor To Veto - April 26, 2017
Pennsylvania State Bill SB5
If you don't know about it yet SB5, the Senate version of 'preemption with teeth' bill passed yesterday with a veto-proof margin of 34-16. The bill now heads to the house where that same veto-proof margin in not a guarantee.
Governor Wolf has already said he will veto the bill if it hits his desk.
Every gun-rights supporter in Pennsylvania needs to contact their house representative and tell them this is a must pass piece of legislation. Please take the time to pick up the phone and call them, then follow up that call with an email.
You can contact your legislators by using our contact your legislator page or by clicking on the link that says 'contact your reps' at the top right of the bill's page on our site.
It is essential this bill gets passed with enough votes to override a veto and to finally tell local governments they can not pass random gun laws that are illegal.
Texas Constitutional Carry Bill Moves Out Of House Committee - April 26, 2017
Texas State Bill HB1911
Yesterday a Texas House committee approved legislation that would allow handguns to be carried, concealed or in a holster, without a state issued license.
Approval came on a 6-2 party line vote even though all six Republicans voting in favor of House Bill 1911 did so despite reservations, one over concerns that unlicensed carry could hinder police officers, and five because they believed the bill didn't go far enough to remove restrictions on gun owners.
The bill now moves to the House Floor for a vote. While the bill is not perfect it goes a long way to restoring Texas residents constitutional rights.
Please contact your House representative and ask them to support the bill. If possible call them and then follow up that call with an email.
You can find your legislator's contact information on our contact your state legislator page and you can email them directly by clicking on the link at the top of the bill's page that says 'contact your reps'.
3 Important Bills To Be Heard In California Committees Tomorrow - April 3, 2017
2 pro-gun bills and one anti-gun bill will be heard in committee tomorrow, April 4th.
The Senate Public Safety Committee will hear SB497 and SB710 and AB757 will be heard Assembly Public Safety Committee.
AB757 would make California a 'shall issue' state, something gun owners have wanted for a long time.
SB497, authored by Sen. Portantino, would change the one gun a month law to include all guns, not just handguns.
SB710, authored by Sen. Joel Anderson, would remove the prohibition on hunting with suppressors. It of course won't make them legal to own but it's a step in the right direction.
We urge all California members to contact these two committees and show your support for AB757 and SB710 while voicing your opposition to SB497.
Voices Needed To Push Legislators To Override South Dakota Veto - March 24, 2017
South Dakota State Bill HB1072
We need every voice we can muster to urge state lawmakers to overturn Gov. Dennis Daugaard's veto of a bill to allow people who can legally carry a concealed handgun in South Dakota to do so without a permit.
The Republican held Legislature is to gather Monday for the final day of the 2017 session to accept or override vetoes from the GOP governor.
Please take the time to call your legislator and ask them to support the veto override.
Two Texas Anti-Gun Bills In Committee Next Week - Action Needed To Stop Them - March 18, 2017
Texas people need to get hold of their senators and representatives before Monday, especially if they are on the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee in the house or if they are on the Senate Criminal Justice Committee.
HB866 will be heard by the committee in Room E2.014 of the State Capitol.
This bill is an abomination patterned after the California 'gun violence restraining order' law that was passed last year.
Individuals who are under these orders could be forced by the courts, without due process, to surrender all their firearms to a law enforcement agency.
On the Senate side SB221 will be heard Tuesday, March 21, at 1approximately :30pm in Room E1.016. SB221 would prohibit the transfer of any firearm to anyone listed on the terrorist screening list which of course we all know also has no due process or means to be removed from.
Kill these new bills in committee, get on the phone, send emails, whatever you need to do but stop these horrible bills in their tracks
PICS To NICS Bills Need Co-Sponsors, Please Call Your Rep - March 13, 2017
Pennsylvania State Bill SB224
Two extremely important bills have been introduced in the house and senate that would finally eliminate the Pennsylvania State Police choke hold on gun sales. Both bills would completely eliminate the PICS system in favor of the national instant check system.
You probably know but we will say it again, this system is a MESS that costs PA citizens 8 million dollars a year. Not only is is constantly down but it allows the state police to keep an illegal database of gun owners.
Please look at both bills on the site and if your rep / senator is not a sponsor or co-sponsor please call them and ask them to co-sponsor and support the bill(s).
This could FINALLY be the year we stop this abuse of power by the State Police and your voice counts in Harrisburg!
Anti-Gun New Mexico Bill HB50 Moves Out Of Committee - February 14, 2017
New Mexico State Bill HB50
The poorly thought out and incredibly anti-gun bill HB50 has moved out of committee and is expected to be voted on on the house floor late this week or early next week.
The bill, if passed, would create incredible burdens on gun owners that would have to get background checks on almost all sales and transfers. This would include having to get a background check when receiving your own gun back from someone you lent it to.
A similar bill, SB48 is also moving through the Senate and must be stopped.
These bills are being pushed by Everytown for Gun Safety, a group funded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Call your reps and tell them your rights are NOT subject to a little dictator from New York's desire to disarm everyone he can. Tell them to throw these bills out along with this New York tyrant!
Two Universal Background Check Bills Pass Out Of Committee In New Mexico - February 8, 2017
New Mexico State Bill HB50
Two anti-gun bills mandating background checks on virtually all gun transfers passed out of committee in both chambers of the New Mexico legislature last week.
On Saturday, the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee voted 3-1 to approve HB 50, requiring background checks on private gun sales. This came just days after lawmakers in the New Mexico Senate's Public Affairs Committee passed similar legislation, SB 48, 5-3.
These bills would do nothing to stop criminals from getting guns, they would only add further burdens to law abiding citizens wishing to exercise their second amendment rights.
Yesterday, 32 of 33 Sheriffs that make up the New Mexico Sheriffs Association condemned both SB 48 and HB 50. "These measures would make it harder for law abiding New Mexicans to exercise their Second Amendment rights, waste scarce law enforcement resources, and do nothing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals," the association said.
Moms Demand Action, a group funded by New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg, are pushing for the bills passage as part of their national gun control agenda.
Please contact your legislators in both chambers and tell them to do anything they can to stop these bills from advancing any further and if they do come to a floor vote to vote no.
Florida Open Carry Bill In Committee Next Week - January 2, 2017
Florida State Bill S0140
SB140, a newly introduced bill is scheduled for a committee hearing next Tuesday, January 10th.
The bill, if passed, would allow open carry of firearms as well as eliminating gun free zones in places like secondary schools, local centers and government meeting areas.
We urge you to contact your legislators and tell them to get this bill out of committee and onto the Senate floor for a vote. You can contact your legislators by logging into your account and then visit the bill's page (link below) and then click on the contact legislators link.
You can also use our legislator contact page to get your senators phone and fax numbers.
With Senator De La Portilla out of the picture this could very well be the year this bill passes but it needs your voice to get it done.
PA SB1330 Dead Action Immediate Needed On HB1496 - October 21, 2016
Pennsylvania State Bill HB1496
We have learned that SB1330, the preemption bill passed last week in the Senate has once again been stalled by house Democrats and is essentially dead. Once again they will try every trick they can and this time it has worked.
PA residents have another option but time is running out. There are only 3-4 more days left in the session and if you want local townships to stop playing games with gun laws you have to act now.
Senator Alloway has drafted an amendment to HB1496, which has already passed the house and is up for third consideration in the Senate. The amendment will mirror SB1330. If it can be amended to the bill and passes third consideration the bill goes back to the house for a simple concurrence vote. Literally, the Democrats would have no way to remove the amendment.
We would ask you to immediately pick up the phone and call three people.
1. Call your Senator: Legislator Contact Info
2. Call Senator Scarnati at (717)787-7084, or fax him at (717)772-2755
3. Call Senator Corman at (717)787-1377 or fax him at (717)772-3146
Time is of the essence so please act now. Respectfully ask these Senators to move HB1496 with the Alloway amendment intact. If you have friends that care about this issue please forward this to them and ask them to contact these people.
Support Needed For SB1330 In The House And To Override Governors Veto - October 18, 2016
Pennsylvania State Bill SB1330
As you might already know SB1330 passed the Senate yesterday by a vote of 30-19. One Senator, Rafferty, wasn't there for the vote.
SB1330 is another attempt at forcing municipalities to obey the preemption laws of the state (sad that they need to be forced to obey the law)
While it passed and now heads to the house the bill doesn't have enough votes to override a veto by the governor, and he has said he would veto it.
It is a sad state of affairs when local governments thumb their nose at the law all while demanding citizens follow those laws. These Senators that voted against the bill are essentially saying local governments are above the law. That has to stop!
Everyone needs to get on the phone and:
1) Contact your house rep and tell them to support SB1330
2) Contact the following senators and demand they support a veto override.
Here are the traitors in the Senate that think you must follow the law but government doesn't have to:
Patricia Vance email@example.com (717) 787-8524
John Blake firstname.lastname@example.org (717) 787-6481
Art Haywood email@example.com (717) 787-1427
Rob Teplitz firstname.lastname@example.org (717) 787-6801
Jay Costa email@example.com (717) 787-7683
Andrew Dinniman firstname.lastname@example.org (717) 787-5709
Lawrence Farnese email@example.com (717) 787-5662
Wayne Fontana firstname.lastname@example.org (717) 787-5300
Vincent Hughes email@example.com (717) 787-7112
Shirley Kitchen firstname.lastname@example.org (717) 787-6735
Daylin Leach email@example.com (717) 787-5544
John Sabatina firstname.lastname@example.org (717) 787-9608
Judy Schwank email@example.com (717) 787-8925
Christine Tartaglione firstname.lastname@example.org (717) 787-1141
Sean Wiley email@example.com (717) 787-8927
Anthony Williams firstname.lastname@example.org (717) 787-5970
Stewart Greenleaf email@example.com (717) 787-6599
Thomas McGarrigle firstname.lastname@example.org (717) 787-1350
Thomas Killion email@example.com (717) 787-4712
And as always you can use our contact your state legislators page to find contact information for all your representatives.
Two Pro-Gun Bills Being Held Hostage In Pennsylvania - September 27, 2016
Pennsylvania State Bill HB2258
From Firearms Owners Against Crime:
I try not to burden you with a lot of e-mails but this one is significant. As you may know we have been working to advance pro-gun legislation in Harrisburg and are on the cusp of two of our issues being addressed, finally!
These bills involve preemption (HB2258 & SB1330) and semi-auto firearms for hunting (SB737) and are all keyed up and ready to go EXCEPT we are being held hostage by anti-gunners and money and 'apathy' among our ranks!
We are being blocked by a concerted effort from anti-gun groups through their minions of evil (anti-gun legislators) in a historic show of abuse of the political process. HB2258 has had 242 amendments filed AGAINST it and this is a record. SB737 has had 19 amendments filed against it. The end goal is to force leadership to pull the bills from consideration.
We are being terrorized by a small group of misfits in and outside of the legislature who are abusing the process to stymie legislation that has overwhelming support.
Iâ€™m laying this in your laps because gun owners are faced with an ugly reality! If we do not get more of our friends and family involved and calling their legislators and leadership of BOTH parties then I fear our ability to get ANYTHING passed will be impossible. What is even more critical is that the NEXT step for them is to force anti-gun legislation to be passed or these political whores will shut down work on other bills.
If our 2ND Amendment is gone our freedom is done
Iâ€™m sorry but I have done everything I can think of and have been warning you of this coming evolution of the political process for a while. Well it is HERE now. Either get involved now or plan on PA becoming New Jersey in the not too distant future and prepare to surrender your firearms because what is going on now is ONLY going to get worse!
Sorry for the bad news but Iâ€™m NOT going to sugar coat the dire situation we are in!
Thanks for reading this far!
Folks it's time to get mean and nasty with your legislators ... get on the phone, send emails and faxes to all of them telling them enough is ENOUGH!
And remember you can get your legislator's contact information here: http://amgoa.org/Contact-State-Legislators
PA Preemption Bill To Be Voted on In Committee Tomorrow - September 19, 2016
Pennsylvania State Bill HB2258
We just received this alert about HB2258, the new preemption bill that would replace the now defunct act 192:
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Judiciary Committee is scheduled to meet at 10 AM tomorrow (Tuesday, September 20th). We are asking everyone to call Judiciary Chair Representative Ron Marsico and request that he bring House Bill 2258 to a vote and that he support the bill. Additionally, we request that you call your Representative and ask that they support House Bill 2258.
House Bill 2258 would give membership organizations such as the NRA standing to sue municipalities over their unlawful gun ordinances and plaintiffs the ability to recover attorney's fees should they become involved in litigation.
This would strengthen Pennsylvania's preemption statute and help to discourage municipalities from passing unlawful ordinances.
Representative Ron Marsico
P: (717) 783-2014
Please take a few minutes to call and tell them to allow this to come to the floor for a vote!
Update On Terrorism Bill In US House - Action Required - July 6, 2016
Federal Bill HR5611
As we reported in an alert yesterday news outlets were reporting on an anti-gun amendment that was to be added to a terrorism bill this week. At the beginning of the long holiday weekend, and probably hoping that no one would notice, that plan was scraped and the text was added to a terrorism bill that was then introduced.
The bill is now in committee and speaker Ryan has said it will come to the floor for a vote.
The bill is HR5611.
In section 5 of the bill the Attorney General would be allowed to stop anyone on the terrorist watch list and anyone suspected of terrorism in the previous 5 years from buying a firearm, ammunition or explosives. The AG would be allowed to stop the sale for up to 3 days and a court would then have to weigh the evidence (which may include redacted classified documents) against the person. The denied person must retain a lawyer at their own expense to fight the charges but would be reimbursed if they won.
This bill is unconstitutional on several levels. First of course is the denial of a person's 2nd amendment rights but secondly it denies them the right to due process guaranteed by the 14th amendment. Lastly is the horrifying fact that people can be denied subject to a secret government list, a list that only the government has access to.
The problems with this bill are simple:
1. Guilty until proven innocent
2. Secret lists would determine one's rights
3. Denied individual still fronts legal fees, which could be substantial
4. No provision for discovery making a legal defense difficult at best
5. No right for defense team to discovery
6. No right for defense to file emergency/expedited petition
Nothing in this bill would change what happened in Orlando, San Bernadino, Aurora, Sandy Hook or any of the other shootings over the past few years.
We need you to reach out to your representative and tell them the must vote no on this bill. Use our contact your legislators page found here or you can use the contact your reps link at the top of the bill details page. You should also call speaker Ryan's office and express your displeasure over this amendment. Speaker Ryan's phone number is (202) 225-0600 and his FAX number is (202) 225-5117.
This is nothing less than tyranny forced down the throats of law abiding citizens by the radical extremist liberals and it MUST be stopped!
House Set To Vote On No Fly No Buy Amendment This Week - July 5, 2016
After the nonsensical 'sit in' in the house last week Republican leadership, in cahoots with the NRA, caved and are planning on allowing a vote on an amendment to the anti-terrorism package currently under consideration.
This amendment would not only deny US citizens their 2nd amendment rights but would also strip their rights to due process guaranteed under the 14th amendment. These rights would be denied based on 100% secret government lists. No one but the government knows who is on them and why they were added to the lists.
This is intolerable and strikes at the very core of what this great nation was founded upon. Our founding fathers are rolling in their graves at this act of tyranny.
Please take a few moments to contact your US house representative and tell them you will not stand by and watch them erode your rights, that a yes vote on this amendment is no less than treason! You should also call speaker Ryan's office and express your displeasure over this amendment. Speaker Ryan's phone number is (202) 225-0600 and his FAX number is (202) 225-5117.
You can find your representative's contact information either here
SB1330 To Be Voted On In Senate, Your Voice Is Needed - June 28, 2016
Pennsylvania State Bill SB1330
As you may be aware SB1330 was introduced in the Pennsylvania Senate last week. This bill will restore the ability to sue local governments when they enact illegal firearm laws much as the now defunct act 192 did.
Yesterday, June 27, the bill was approved in committee by and 8-3 vote and now heads to the Senate floor for a vote.
Many cities have already stated they intend to enact or reenact firearm laws they removed from the books after act 192 was passed. This must not be allowed and passage of this bill would stop them once and for all.
Please take the time to call your senator and tell them to vote yes on SB1330. You can also use the 'contact your rep' link on the bill's detail page (note you must be logged in to use this feature) that will email them and allow you to download a PDF of the email that you can mail or fax.
Now is your chance to make a difference and it only takes a few minutes of your time.
Pennsylvania Terrorist Watch List Bill Headed For A Vote In The House - June 21, 2016
Pennsylvania State Bill HB1770
Pennsylvania people heads up!
HB1770 has been pushed out of committee using a discharge resolution (forcing the bill out without a vote) and could come up for a vote in the house as early as today. This bill would make anyone on the terrorist watch list a prohibited person.
Pick up the phone and call, send emails and faxes to your house reps and tell them to vote no on this bill!
Senate To Vote On 3 Anti Gun Amendments Today - June 20, 2016
The US Senate will vote later today on 3 anti-gun amendments.
The first amendment is from California senator and rabid gun hater Diane Feinstein. Her amendment would ban anyone on the 'no-fly' list from buying a gun. Something that completely ignores the rule of law and due process.
The second amendment to be voted on is from Connecticut senator Chris Murphy. His amendment would expand background checks to all firearm sales.
The third amendment is from Texas senator John Cornyn and would 'delay' a firearm purchase for 72 hours if the person is on the terrorist watch list. Again a right delayed is a right denied.
While passage of these amendments is questionable you need to call your senator's office and demand they reject these amendments without question. Just one or two votes the wrong way could jeopardize your god-given rights.
Last Day To Eliminate The Pics System - June 6, 2016
Pennsylvania State Bill HB921
Pennsylvania people today is THE day to push to get the PICS system eliminated!
If you want the PICS system gone you need to light up the phones of these undecided judiciary committee members and tell them to send it to the house floor!
This might be the last chance you get in a very long time to get rid of this mess.
This thing costs PA taxpayers almost 7 million a year and as many know it crashes constantly leaving your right to buy a firearm delayed. Lastly getting rid of PICS would eliminate the PSP illegal firearm database once and for all.
The committee vote is tomorrow.
Please take a few moments and call these legislators and tell them to vote yes on moving HB921 to the house floor, then if you have time send them a follow up email doubling down on your position:
Ronald Marsico (R) firstname.lastname@example.org; (717) 783-2014
Barry Jozwiak (R) email@example.com; (717) 772-9940
Kate Klunk (R) firstname.lastname@example.org; (717) 787-4790
Mike Regan (R) email@example.com; (717) 783-8783
Todd Stephens (R) firstname.lastname@example.org; (717) 260-6163
Marcy Toepel (R) email@example.com; (717) 787-9501
Tarah Toohil (R) firstname.lastname@example.org; (717) 260-6136
Mike Vereb (R) email@example.com; (717) 705-7164
Martina White (R) firstname.lastname@example.org; (717) 787-6740
Bryan Barbin (D) email@example.com; (717) 783-1491
Ryan Bizzarro (D) firstname.lastname@example.org; (717) 772-2297
Dom Costa (D) email@example.com; (717) 783-9114
Daniel Miller (D) firstname.lastname@example.org; (717) 783-1850
It doesn't matter if they are your rep or not, these are the people still undecided on which way to vote on the bill
Illinois House Approves Suppressor Legalization Bill - Action Needed To Pass Senate - June 4, 2016
Illinois State Bill SB0206
Illinois people heads up!
Approval of legalizing suppressors in your state has passed the House but now must be re-approved by the Senate.
House amendment 2 was introduced by Rep. Brandon W. Phelps on May 29th adding in the section to amend hunting law to allow the use of suppressors for hunting. The amendment was adopted May 31 by the House.
The governor has said he will sign it if it makes it to his desk but it faces an uphill battle in the senate due to the fact it must get a 2/3 vote on the amendment to move on.
Get on the phone, send emails and letters to your senators and tell them to pass this thing!