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Monday, April 23, 2007

NRA update 23APR07

Important Second Amendment Legislation Moving Forward
in the Volunteer State!
Please Contact Your State Representative Today!

Two important Right-to-Carry reform bills will be heard before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, April 25.

House Bill 132, sponsored by Representative Mike Bell (R-23), would allow a person with a handgun carry permit to possess a firearm in all public hunting areas, refuges, wildlife management areas, and national forests managed by the state; and

House Bill 2184, sponsored by Representative Frank Niceley (R-17), would allow any resident, who has a valid handgun carry permit, to possess his or her handgun while within the boundaries of any state park.

Please call the House Judiciary Committee today at (615) 741-1351 or 1-800-449-8366 and urge them to support and vote “YES” to HB 132 and HB 2184.

House Judiciary Committee Members:

Representative Rob Briley (D-52), Chair: (615) 741-2184;

Representative Kent Colman (D-49), Vice-Chair: (615) 741-6829;

Representative Janis Sontany (D-53), (615) 741-6861;

Representative Eddie Bass (D-65), (615) 741-1864;

Representative Frank Buck (D-40), (615) 741-3817;

Representative Tom DuBois (R-64), (615) 741-7444;

Representative Henry Fincher (D-42), (615) 741-1875;

Representative Jon Lundberg (R-1), (615) 741-7623;

Representative Judd Matheny (R-47), (615) 741-7448;

Representative Eric Watson (R-22), (615) 741-7799;

Also, House Bill 1285, the “Emergency Powers” legislation could be heard before the full House any day.

HB 1285, sponsored by Representative Dolores Gresham (R-94), would protect our Second Amendment rights during a state of emergency by prohibiting any government agency from regulating the lawful sale, possession, transfer, transport and carry of firearms.

Please call your State Representative at 1-800-449-8366 and urge him or her to support and vote “YES” to HB 1285.

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The National Rifle Association joins the entire country in expressing our deepest condolences to the families of Virginia Tech, and to all who have been affected by this horrible tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends who lost loved ones to this senseless act.

This is a time for people to grieve, to mourn, and to heal. This is not a time for political discussions or public policy debates.

Virginia Governor Tim Kaine has declared today a day of mourning; as a Virginia based organization, we respect and abide by this declaration.

We will participate in this discussion at an appropriate time. In the interim, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the victims, their families, and the entire Virginia Tech community.