Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Happenings in Richmond


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Friends,


I’m emailing you today to share a brief update on what has been going on in the legislature the past few weeks.


At the end of April, my colleagues in the General Assembly and I traveled back to Richmond for a reconvened Session. On that day, we review and vote on changes made to bills that passed the regular Session that have been amended or vetoed by Governor Youngkin.


I was disappointed by Senate Democrats’ decision to kill Governor Youngkin’s proposal to bring tax relief for Virginians. We are facing historic price increases on everything from gas to groceries caused by out of control government spending in DC and Richmond. Our families are feeling the strain every time they fill up their tank.


Governor Youngkin proposed a gas tax holiday that would have brought relief on astronomically high gas prices for three months. But Senate Democrats inexplicably voted down his proposal.


In addition to the one day reconvened Session, we are also in the process of a Special Session which Governor Youngkin called to start on April 4 to vote on and pass the two year state budget. To date, the Finance committee, controlled by Democrats, has yet to present an updated budget so we are in limbo.


We will see what liberal priorities Senate Democrats release in their new version of the budget if we ever get one.


More spending, less tax relief.


These are the policies touted by Democrats who control the Senate in Richmond.


We had great success this past year in taking back the Governorship and the House of Delegates in November. And we have an opportunity to do the same next year in the State Senate.


Please consider chipping in $100, $50, $25, or even $5 today to to help us get ready to take back the Senate.

 

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Mark Obenshain

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Monday, April 25, 2022

Youngkin Signs Laws

... During his campaign, Governor Youngkin pledged to promote school safety and give parents more of a voice in educational decisions. Working with the House and Senate, Governor Youngkin has kept these promises by signing the following bills into law:

  • SB 656: Will require schools to notify parents when a school assignment includes sexually explicit content and will allow parents to review it and request an alternative assignment. A summary article is here. (A similar bill was previously vetoed by Governor McAuliffe, who later remarked in debate "I don't think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.")
  • HB 4: Will require schools to report crimes like sexual battery and stalking to law enforcement. This law will reverse the worst parts of a bill that was passed over Republican objections in 2020 when Democrats were in the majority.
  • HB741: This was my school safety bill, and will require each school to prepare a detailed floor plan for use by responders in the event of an emergency.

In addition to the above, Governor Youngkin has released his vetoes and proposed amendments for all the other bills that passed. The General Assembly will take these up at our "reconvene session," which is scheduled for April 27...

Sincerely,

Rob Bell


Monday, April 18, 2022

Biden Administration Announces New Firearm Rule

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Biden Administration Announces New Firearm Rule
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Biden Administration Announces New Firearm Rule
On April 11, the Biden Administration announced the finalization of a new firearm rule, and a new nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ("ATF"). The rule, ATF 2021R-05, is substantially the same as when it was proposed last May.
 
Government Doxxing – Australian Officials Release
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Government Doxxing – Australian Officials Release "Map" of Legal Gun Owners
"Community safety for everyone," Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan said, as he introduced his proposal to rewrite his state's gun laws, adding that it was important to ensure "[we] prevent guns from getting into the wrong hands." According to a government statement, "Western Australians now own more than 349,000 guns – a 60 per cent jump in the number of licensed guns compared to 13 years ago."
 
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Attend an NRA-ILA Political Update Meeting in Houston!
Coming to NRA's 151st Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Houston?! Make sure to join your NRA-ILA Grassroots team for a critically important Political Update meeting, where you'll get the latest information on the fight for our Second Amendment rights.
 
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Attend Firearms Law Seminar in Houston
Please join us at the Annual National Firearms Law Seminar, to be held on Friday, May 27th, at the Hyatt Regency Houston, as part of the NRA Annual Meetings.  This all-day seminar provides legal instruction for attorneys and all others interested in Second Amendment law. CLE credit for all states is available.

STATE GRASSROOTS ROUND-UP

Georgia Georgia
Georgia: Gov. Kemp Signs Constitutional Carry
Illinois Illinois
Illinois: General Assembly Passes "Ghost Gun" Ban
Kentucky Kentucky
Kentucky: General Assembly Adjourns Sine Die from 2022 Session
Maryland Maryland
Maryland: General Assembly Adjourns Sine Die from 2022 Session
Missouri Missouri
Missouri: Committee Advances Bill Discouraging Discrimination Against Firearm Industry
Ohio Ohio
Save The Date: NRA-ILA Ohio State Conference Saturday May 7th
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Monday, April 11, 2022

Biden Chooses to Rinse and Repeat with New ATF Nominee

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Biden Chooses to Rinse and Repeat with New ATF Nominee
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Biden Chooses to Rinse and Repeat with New ATF Nominee
Today, the Biden Administration announced the nomination of Steven Dettelbach as the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ("ATF"), subject to Senate confirmation. With Dettelbach's nomination, President Biden has chosen to double-down on his attempt to put a gun control advocate in charge of the agency responsible for regulating America's firearms industry.
 
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Chasing Futility in a "Lawless Land"
One Chicago alderman recently described his city as "the land of the lost … a lawless land" where "[c]rime has taken over." As carjackings, robberies, thefts and assaults continue to spike, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has pinned the blame on everything except her own administration.
 
Reason Magazine Video Obliterates Anti-Gun Junk Science
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Reason Magazine Video Obliterates Anti-Gun Junk Science
The social sciences thrive on making the uncomplicated complex and the actually complicated oversimplified. Rejecting all of human experience, social "scientists" concoct ever-more elaborate mental gymnastics to explain how soft-on-crime policies won't harm efforts to keep crime in check. At the same time, other "researchers" claim to be able to tell you, down to the decimal point, the homicide risk posed by gun ownership. Treasury Secretary William E. Simon once opined, "I sometimes think that economists use decimal points in their forecasts to prove they have a sense of humor." That sentiment can be applied to all the social sciences.
 
White House Panders to Anti-Gun Zealots
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White House Panders to Anti-Gun Zealots
Everyone knows that Joe Biden has one of the most serious polling problems in presidential history when it comes to his plummeting approval rating. Or, perhaps more appropriate, his skyrocketing disapproval rating. He has lost support from virtually every demographic imaginable, and on virtually every policy position, and many political prognosticators point to this precipitous decline as a harbinger of doom for Biden's party come the November midterm elections.
 
Sacramento Shooting Leads to Ridiculous Anti-gun Response
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Sacramento Shooting Leads to Ridiculous Anti-gun Response
In the early morning hours of April 3, shooting erupted near the corner of 10th and K Street in downtown Sacramento, Calif. The shooting resulted in the tragic deaths of six people and the wounding of 12 others. Police are still investigating at press time, but the facts suggest multiple shooters were involved in the incident and that the shooting shared characteristics more in common with general street violence than the type of indiscriminate crimes typically used to promote gun control efforts.

STATE GRASSROOTS ROUND-UP

Alabama Alabama
Alabama: State Representative Shane Stringer Receives NRA-ILA Defender of Freedom Award
Alabama: State Senator Gerald Allen Receives NRA-ILA Defender of Freedom Award
Alabama: Legislature Adjourns Sine Die from 2022 Session
California California
California: Senate Judiciary Hearing Bill to Use Gun Owners as Political Pawns
California: Legislature Breaks for Spring Recess
Colorado Colorado
Denver: City Council Voting to Ban Concealed Carry Thanks to State's Gutted Preemption Law
Georgia Georgia
Georgia: General Assembly Adjourns Sine Die from 2022 Session
Kansas Kansas
Kansas: Legislature Adjourns from 2022 Regular Session
Maine Maine
Maine: Senate to Consider Gun Confiscation Measure
Maine: Legislature Votes Down Extreme Gun Confiscation Measure
Maryland Maryland
Maryland: "Ghost Gun" Restriction Bill to go into Law without Governor's Signature
Missouri Missouri
Missouri Self-Defense Bill Advances from Senate General Laws
Montana Montana
Make Plans to Attend Montana NRA State Conference in Bozeman!
Nebraska Nebraska
Nebraska: Your Action Needed - Constitutional Carry Set for a Monday Vote!
Vermont Vermont
Vermont: Relentless Gun Control Agenda Consumes Montpelier
Virginia Virginia
Virginia: Gov. Youngkin Signs Sunday Hunting Expansion
Wisconsin Wisconsin
Wisconsin: Governor Evers Vetoes Two Pro-Gun Bills
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