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Lautenberg Introduces Large Cap Magazine Ban To Senate - April 13, 2013

Federal Bill SB691

NJ Senator Frank Lautenber has introduced SB691, a ban on any magazine with a capacity over 10 rounds.

The bill has 10 co-sponsors, Blumenthal, Richard, Cowan, William M. "Mo", Feinstein, Dianne, Hirono, Mazie K., Kaine, Tim, Merkley, Jeff, Murphy, Christopher S., Rockefeller, John D., IV, Whitehouse, Sheldon

Federal Law SB691


Proposed Rhode Island Gun Law Bans 'Assault Wepaons' - April 12, 2013

Rhode Island State Bill S0859

Newly proposed Rhode Island bill S0859 creates the definition of an 'assault weapon' and a ban on them.

The house has a companion bill H5990

State Law S0859


Proposed NC Law Would Require Background Checks For All Sales Except Between Family - April 12, 2013

North Carolina State Bill H914

Newly proposed NC law H914 would require all sales or transfers of any firearm with the exception of family members to go through a background check.

State Law H914


Text Of Toomey-Machin Amendment Released - April 12, 2013

Federal Bill

The so-called compromise Senators Manchin and Toomey authored that stopped the fillibuster and allowed SB 649 to move to the floor of the Senate was released last night. The amendment if passed would require all sales and transfers of firearms, even if temporary, to go through a background check unless the sale or transfer is between 'family'.

The amendment expands the definition of family to include aunts, uncles, cousins and others.

The amendement also includes setting up a commission to determine what constitutes 'mentally incompetent' for people added to the NICS system as prohibited persons.

http://www.toomey.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=968


First Lawsuit Filed Against Connecticut Gun Laws - April 12, 2013

State: Connecticut

Lawsuits have been threatened against the state's new sweeping gun legislation, and the first to be filed is by the Disabled Americans for Firearms Rights, a relatively new organization.

The suit represents Scott Ennis of New London, the group's founder, who suffers from Hemophilia A, which has caused him severe joint damage. The legal move was first reported by the Hartford Courant.

http://www.denverpost.com/nationworld/ci_23007090/first-lawsuit-filed-against-new-connecticut-gun-laws


Senate Moves Gun Control Bill To Floor With 68-31 Vote - April 11, 2013

Federal Bill SB649

The US Senate voted to move Harry Reid's gun control bill to the floor for debate today by a vote of 68-31. The bill could come up for debate by Thursday.

Contact your senators immediately and tell them we will not support them if they support this bill!

Federal Law SB649

http://www.c-span.org/Events/Senate-to-Vote-at-11am-to-Proceed-to-Gun-Control-Legislation/10737439223-1/


Important Week For Your Gun Rights - April 9, 2013

Federal Bill S649

This week could be a make or break week for any new gun legislation passing. On today's calendar is the so-called SAFE act proposed by Senate majority leader Harry Reid.

We need everyone to take the time to call their senators and tell them we will not support this law or any law that restricts our rights. Take 5 minutes today and contact your senators. you can find their contact information here

Federal Law S649

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:s.649:


Senator Toomey Appears To Be Flip Flopping On Gun Rights - April 9, 2013

State: Pennsylvania

PA Senator Toomey reportedly is caving in to the anti-gun agenda and is currently in talks to expand background checks. It is imperative that all PA residents call his office today and tell him we will not tolerate this. You can contact his office at 202-224-4254. The more pressure PA residents can put on him the better our chances of defeating this legislation.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/292265-report-sens-manchin-toomey-in-talks-to-expand-background-checks


More Than 20 Proposed Gun Laws To Be Debated In Maine This Week - April 8, 2013

State: Maine

State lawmakers are preparing for a round of hearings, debates and decisions on proposed changes to Maine's gun laws. More than 20 bills are set to go before the Legislature's Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee this week, with half of those measures go to public hearings in a few days.

http://www.penbaypilot.com/article/state-lawmakers-address-more-20-bills-gun-related-legislation-week/12236


NJ Bill Would Prohibit Firearm Purchases FOR DWI - April 6, 2013

New Jersey State Bill A3973

A newly introduced New Jersey law would prohibit anyone with three DWI convictions or refusing to take a breathalyzer test within 5 years from purchasing a firearm.

From the bill: "This bill would prohibit a person who has been convicted three times within five years of drunk driving or refusing to take a breathalyzer test from purchasing a firearm. Under current law, a person must apply for a permit to purchase a handgun or a firearms purchaser identification card to purchase a rifle or shotgun. Applicants are disqualified from being issued a permit or identification card if they are drug dependent; have been confined for a mental disorder to a hospital, mental institution or sanitarium; or are habitual drunkards. Under this bill, a person also would be disqualified if he or she has three or more convictions of drunk driving or refusal to take a breathalyzer test within five years."

State Law A3973


Newly Proposed Bill Requires Lost Or Stolen Guns To Be Reported In 24 Hours - April 5, 2013

Pennsylvania State Bill SB810

Six PA Seantors have introduced another bill aimed at reporting lost and stolen guns. As with previous bills the law requires any stolen gun to be reported in 24 hours, something that could expose legal gun owners to fines.

The problem with this bill, as with previous bills that have failed, is the simple fact that someone could have a gun stolen and not know it in time to meet the 24 hour requirement.

State Law SB810


Proposed PA Law SB815 Requires Registration Database and Renewals - April 5, 2013

Pennsylvania State Bill SB815

Introduced in the PA Senate SB815 would basically sets up the path for full registration and requires yearly renewals of these so-called registrations.

State Law SB815


Proposed Wisconsin Law Would Eliminate Private Transfers - April 5, 2013

Wisconsin State Bill SB124

Newly introduced SB124 bill would amend current Wisconsin law and elimiate most private transfers of guns.

With minor exceptions all firearm transfers would be required to go through a federal firearms dealer.

State Law SB124


North Carolina Introduces Second Amendment Protection Act - April 3, 2013

North Carolina State Bill H518

North Carolina joins the ever growing list of states trying to adopt bills that exclude their residents from federal oversight of guns made and sold within the state by introducing H518 on April 2nd.

The bill states: "A personal firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in North Carolina and that remains exclusively within the borders of North Carolina is not subject to federal law, federal taxation, or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of the United States Congress to regulate interstate commerce. It is declared by the North Carolina General Assembly that those items have not traveled in interstate commerce."

State Law H518


Democrats Push For Mandatory Firearm Liability Insurance or $10,000 Fine - April 2, 2013

Federal Bill HB136

House Democrats have proposed a new bill that would require all gun owners to carry mandatory liability insurance or face a $10,000 fine.

Introduced March 30 as the 'Firearm Risk Protection Act of 2013' the bill has 9 sponsors.

Federal Law HB136

http://dailycaller.com/2013/04/02/democrats-propose-10000-fine-for-gun-owners-who-dont-have-insurance


Deal On Oppressive New Connecticut Gun Law Reached - April 2, 2013

State: Connecticut

Monday, April 1st an oppressive new gun bill was agreed to by both Republicans and Democrats in Connecticut. Among the provisions agreed to is a ban on magazines over 10 rounds, an expansion of the existing 'assault weapons' ban and a 'dangerous weapon offender' registry.

Existing owners of magazines over the new limit, as well as anyone that owns a rifle that would now be classified as an 'assault weapon' will have to register them with the state. Furthermore those legally possessing any rifle that would be classified as an 'assault weapon' will be tightly limited in their legal use and transport.

Unfortunately with a Democrat controlled house and senate this bill will see very little resistance and the voices of Connecticut gun owners may in fact be ignored.

http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/news/connecticut/bipartisan-agreement-on-a-state-gun-control-bill-made


UN Approves Arms Trade Treaty - April 2, 2013

Federal Bill

The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved on Tuesday the first-ever treaty on global arms trade that seeks to regulate the $70 billion international business in conventional arms ranging from light weapons to battle tanks and warships.

There were 154 votes in favour, 3 against and 23 abstentions.

Contact your senators and tell them to vote against ratifying the treaty!

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/04/02/uk-arms-treaty-un-idUKBRE9310MK20130402


Proposed Alabama Law Clarifies Existing Law, Changes state From 'May Issue' to 'Shall Issue' - March 31, 2013

Alabama State Bill SB129

A new bill sponsored by State Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, is intended to clarify an assortment of laws regarding the public carrying of firearms.

"It's simply a clarification of Alabama's gun laws," Beason said. "There were beginning to be a number of different interpretations of what has always been considered the standard when it comes to when and where you can carry a pistol with you. We’re just trying to straighten all that out, and make the local municipalities understand that state firearms law pre-empts anything done locally."

State Law SB129

http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20130331/NEWS02/303310041/Specifics-of-the-proposed-gun-law-overhaul


Delaware Introduces Assault Weapon Ban - March 29, 2013

Delaware State Bill SB37

On Thursday March 28 an assault weapons ban was introduced and moved the the judiciary committee in Delaware with three sponsors.

The newly proposed law would outlaw the manufacture, production, delivery, sale, or purchase of assault weapons while requiring anyone currently owning such a weapon to 'provide proof of ownership' to the state police within 120 of the effective date of the act.

State Law SB37


Proposed PA Law Would Require All Firearm Sales To Go Through An FFL - March 27, 2013

Pennsylvania State Bill SB736

6 PA reps have introduced SB736, a proposed law that would require all firearm sales to go through an FFL.

From the bill:

Duty of other persons.--Any person who is not a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer or federally licensed firearms dealer and who desires to sell or transfer a firearm to another unlicensed person shall do so only upon the place of business of a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, federally licensed firearms dealer or county sheriff's office

Contact your reps and tell them this will not be tolerated!

PA House

PA Senate

Update: After further review it appears section F of PA 6111 continues to define a firearm within this section as "The provisions contained in subsections (a) and (c) shall only apply to pistols or revolvers with a barrel length of less than 15 inches, any shotgun with a barrel length of less than 18 inches, any rifle with a barrel length of less than 16 inches or any firearm with an overall length of less than 26 inches"

What we have found within the law is a form of registration for gun shows and 'meets' (which is not defined) which could put gun show promoters under the juristiction of the AG's office, currently held by an anti-gun Democrat.

State Law SB736


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