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Old June 9, 2001, 11:25 AM   #1
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Pending gun laws in Delaware, Maine, Vermont, New Mexico, Texas

Good news from New Mexico (Albuquerque tables CCW ban - for now) and a heads up - the City of Espanola will hold a hearing for public input on "opting out" of New Mexico's new Right to Carry law on Monday, June 11, at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall, located at 405 North Paseo de Onate in Espanola.

From CalNRA:

DELAWARE HB 221, an important reform to the law that regulates the carrying of concealed firearms, was approved unanimously by the full House. HB 221 seeks to set up a uniform appeal process for carry permit denials. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration, and it appears that the Governor is likely to sign this legislation should it get to her desk. Please call your State Senator at (302) 739-4129 and urge him to support HB 221.

MAINE The Maine legislature is wrapping up its 2001 legislative session, and NRA members in Maine were successful in defeating the entire anti-gun agenda introduced on behalf of the Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence, including LD464, LD774, and LD1119, the three most onerous proposals.
LD464 sought to require that any transfer of firearms between private citizens be subject to a background check. It also sought to require anyone who sells a firearm at a gun show, or anywhere else for that matter, to become an FFL.
LD774 sought to require the destruction of all confiscated and forfeited handguns, rather than allow police departments to sell them to licensed dealers to raise funds for law enforcement programs.
And LD1119 sought to prohibit the possession of firearms without due process of law by individuals under a temporary restraining order. Thank you to all members who made calls to their lawmakers in opposition to these bills.

NEW MEXICO Ordinance #108, Albuquerque Mayor Jim Baca's proposal to prohibit trained, law-abiding citizens who obtain a New Mexico Right to Carry permit from carrying a concealed handgun within Albuquerque's city limits, has been pulled from the Finance & Government Operations committee agenda for Monday, June 11. We'll keep you posted on any future action that is scheduled.
Also, the City of Espanola will hold a hearing for public input on "opting out" of New Mexico's new Right to Carry law on Monday, June 11, at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall, located at 405 North Paseo de Onate in Espanola. Please make plans to attend and show support for a uniform, statewide carry law for trained, law-abiding citizens. Another hearing is tentatively scheduled for June 20, and we'll report details as they become available. OHIO The House Civil & Commercial Law Committee will hold proponent testimony on HB 274, NRA-backed Right to Carry legislation, next Wednesday, June 13, at 9:30 a.m. in room 114. Scheduled to testify at the hearing is Yale Researcher John Lott, author of More Guns, Less Crime, the seminal work on the success of Right to Carry laws. Also slated to testify is the Buckeye Sheriff's Association. Additional testimony will be heard by the House Civil & Commercial Subcommittee at 2:30 p.m. in the Statehouse, in room 313. Please plan to attend and show your support.
Also, HB 192, the NRA-supported Reckless Lawsuit Preemption bill, is currently before the Senate Civil Law Committee. Please contact your Senators at (614) 466-4900 and ask them to support HB 192.

TEXAS Three NRA-supported bills passed the Legislature and await final action by Governor Rick Perry (R). SB 430 contains language that seeks to require elementary school resource officers to teach the Eddie Eagle GunSafe™ Program at least once a year, HB 1837 seeks to protect shooting ranges from nuisance lawsuits, and HB 2784 seeks to improve the way the Department of Public Safety maintains statistics on Right to Carry permit holders. Thank you to all members who made calls to their lawmakers on these bills.

VERMONT During the 2001 General Assembly session, gun owners were successful in passing, among other improvements, a measure that will protect Vermont's shooting range facilities from noise and nuisance actions aimed at shutting them down. This range protection language is a provision in the FY 2002 Capitol Budget, and will be signed into law by Governor Dean (D) shortly. When asked about Range Protection, the Governor said, "I only wish this language had been a free-standing bill, so that I could sign it specifically to aid sportsmen and the Second Amendment community in Vermont."
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Old June 9, 2001, 11:41 PM   #2
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TSRA did good!

The Texas State Rifle Assoc. got on the ball with e-mails, msgs to gun clubs and came out as complete victors this year in Texas. NONE of the multitude of gun control laws proposed got passed! All of the gun bills that made it were pro-gun owners. Now we are safe for nearly two years. In Texas, the Legislature only gets called into session every two years, so we have a long time to plan for the next time.
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Old June 10, 2001, 07:47 PM   #3
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I also heard that we here in Texas might be getting open carry sometime soon. Anyone else know anything about this?
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Old June 10, 2001, 10:21 PM   #4
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Open carry.....wishful

I am also very happy, that WE collectively got off our duff's, on the phones, and E mails to our Reps..........
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Old June 10, 2001, 10:44 PM   #5
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Does anyone know what happened to the bill in TX which would get rid of some of the limits as to where we can carry concealed?
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Old June 11, 2001, 03:25 AM   #6
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-- Texas State Rifle Association Email ---

On Monday, May 28, the Texas Legislature adjourned sine die, ending
what could be considered one of the most successful legislative
sessions for NRA-ILA and the Texas State Rifle Association! This was
another of a string of successful legislative sessions. In 1995, it
was the Concealed Handgun Law. In 1997, that legislation was
improved. In 1999, there was the legislation preempting municipal
lawsuits against the gun industry. In 2001, more important
unfinished business resulted in the passage of much-needed shooting
range protection legislation and a bill to get NRA's Eddie Eagle
GunSafe firearm accident prevention program introduced in most, if
not all of, the larger school districts in Texas!

Meanwhile, a record number of attacks on the rights of law-abiding
gun owners were defeated, including:
* Four bills banning or restricting the sale of privately-owned
firearms at gun shows: HB 367 by Rep. Juan Hinojosa (D-McAllen), HB
404 by Rep. Debra Danburg (D-Houston), HB 635 by Rep. Sylvester
Turner (D-Houston) and SB 294 by Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas).
* Three bills mandating the sale of faulty, unreliable
trigger-locking devices with firearms bought from licensed dealers:
HB 446 & HB 1410 by Rep. Glenn Lewis (D-Fort Worth) and SB 88 by
Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston).
* Two bills restricting the lawful possession and use of long
guns by minors: HB 193 by Rep. Lon Burnam (D-Fort Worth) and HB 209
by Rep. John Longoria (D-San Antonio).
* A ban on handgun possession by anyone under the age of 21: HB
1332 by Rep. Helen Giddings (D-Dallas).

In addition to accomplishing the goal of defeating every attack on
the rights of honest gun owners, NRA-ILA and TSRA supported passage
of three important pieces of legislation that are awaiting final
action by Governor Rick Perry (the governor has until June 17 to act
on items that have reached his desk):
* HB 1837 by Rep. Mary Denny (R-Aubrey) & Sen. Ken Armbrister
(D-Victoria) will protect Texas' safe and valuable shooting range
facilities from frivolous nuisance lawsuits based on noise. It made
important changes to current law by extending protection to ranges
built after 1991 and to those located in counties with no
ordinance-making authority. Even Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas)
acknowledged the importance of keeping such facilities open for safe
training and recreational purposes: he made the motion to report
this bill out of the Senate Intergovernmental Relations Committee!
* HB 2784 by Rep. Bill Carter (R-Fort Worth) & Sen. Todd Staples
(R-Palestine) will improve the way DPS collects and maintains
statistics on concealed handgun license holders by focusing on
reporting convictions of
concealed handgun licensees for violent offenses, weapons offenses
and violations of the concealed carry law, rather than non-violent,
non-weapons-related offenses. DPS will also be required to provide
an annual comparison of crime conviction rates among concealed
handgun licensees versus the adult population in general, providing
an improved, consistent and more meaningful methodology of record
keeping to measure trends over time and assess the success or
failure of the state's carry law.
* SB 430, a bill dealing generally with school safety, will
require visiting resource officers in public elementary schools to
offer to teach NRA's Eddie Eagle GunSafe program at least once a
year, thanks to an
amendment added to the bill in the House by Rep. Manny Najera (D-El
Paso). Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford) carried HB 2656 with similar
language that remained stuck in committee, and he identified SB 430
as a perfect vehicle for his House bill late in the session. Thanks
also go out to Sen. Florence Shapiro, the original sponsor of SB
430, who agreed to accept Rep. Najera's Eddie Eagle amendment to her

To be sure, new challenges arose this session, with most
firearm-related bills in the House being referred to a new,
apparently less pro-Second Amendment committee: Criminal
Jurisprudence. Many thanks to the four reliable "NO" votes on that
committee concerning legislation restricting gun shows: Rep. Rick
Green (R-Dripping Springs), Rep. Terry Keel (R-Austin), Rep. John
Shields (R-San Antonio) and Rep. Robert Talton
(R-Pasadena). Also, we'd like to thank the chairman of that
committee, Rep. Juan Hinojosa (D-McAllen). Although his gun show
bill was the only piece of anti-gun legislation to be reported out
of his committee, he always dealt with us and our supporters in a
very fair, straightforward manner.

An attempt to amend gun show legislation onto a related bill failed
miserably in the Senate. SB 819, carried by Sen. Ken Armbrister
(D-Victoria), Sen. David Bernsen (D-Beaumont) & Sen. Rep. Ron Wilson
(D-Houston) at the request of pro-gun former Sen. Jerry Patterson,
clarified that the Texas Legislature has the exclusive authority to
regulate the carrying of concealed handguns. This bill was aimed at
preempting arbitrary regulations imposed on license holders by
cities, counties and state agencies that are outside the scope and
intent of Texas "Right To Carry" law. During the debate on SB 819,
Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas) offered an
amendment to allow cities and counties to require criminal records
checks on all handgun sales at gun shows. This amendment was opposed
by the bills authors and by NRA & TSRA. West's amendment failed on a
resounding 21-7 vote. You were notified of how your Senators voted
in an email alert posted back on 05/01.

SB 819 ultimately passed the Senate and was quickly reported out of
Chairman Bob Turner's (D-Voss) House Public Safety Committee. But
time and legislative deadlines began catching up with the measure.
In a last minute effort to revive the issue, Sen. Todd Staples
(R-Palestine) amended language similar to that found in SB 819 to a
bill dealing with limiting the possession of firearms at an
execution: HB 1925 by Rep. Pat Haggerty (R-El Paso). However, House
rules dictated that the Senate amendment was not germane to HB 1925
and, therefore, a conference committee was forced to strip Sen.
Staples' amendment off the bill. This issue will require further
study and groundwork prior to the 2003 legislative session, but
there appears to be strong support in both chambers for more
uniformity and clarity in this portion of the "Right To Carry" law.

Gun owners also need to remember those legislators who introduced or
sponsored bills this session to improve Texas' "Right To Carry" law
and to reform other gun laws on the books, including Rep. Dan Ellis
D-Livingston), Rep. Suzanna Hupp (R-Lampasas), Rep. Carl Isett
(R-Lubbock), Rep. Sid Miller (R-Stephenville), Rep. Bob Turner
(D-Voss) and Sen. David Bernsen (D-Beaumont.) You can review the
legislation they sponsored at Be aware that
very few bills which are introduced actually pass during any
particular legislative session. But as you can see, this list
demonstrates that we have strong, pro-Second Amendment support in
BOTH political parties.

Perhaps the best example of this lies with House Calendars Committee
Chairman Barry Telford (D-Dekalb), whose committee is charged with
controlling the flow of bills to the House floor. In this position,
Chairman Telford has been a vigilant watchdog for the rights of
law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen and deserves our collective

Thanks to all of you who took the time to place phone calls, send
emails or write letters to your state lawmakers this year. A very
special thanks to those of you who made the trip to Austin to
testify in opposition or in support of legislation. We owe the
success of this session to the Alan Wheless, John David Lackey,
Robert Purdy, Brian Wilcox, and Samantha Hessong the youth of Texas
who came and eloquently defended themselves.

We thank their parents who brought them and sat and waited through a
long and tiring day. We thank these young people and hundreds more
who came when we needed them. We thank people in McAllen and all
over Texas who signed "Gun Show Petitions". We had 8,000 names to
turn in. Grassroots interest and participation definitely made a
difference, as you can see by the outcome of this legislative

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Old June 11, 2001, 02:54 PM   #7
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Again, the Texas State Rifle Association (top NRA rated state association for eight years straight now) proves that it is the premier state association – “worth its weight in gold”.

Nina Butts, Debra Danburg, Royce West, and Rodney Ellis can kiss my a$$! A bushel of socialists negated for a while. Who the heck elects these jerks anyway?

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