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by Chris W. Cox,
nra-ila Executive Director

I L A

F E A T U R E

lection Day has passed. Come the
first of the year, the political landscape
will have changed, in some cases for the better, in others
will
not. What will not change heading into 2015 is the
energetic and well-funded resurgence of the gun control
movement, especially at the state level.
Unprecedented amounts of money
and collaboration amongst new gun
control groups means more work
for each of us, but we are always at
the ready. nra members and Second
Amendment advocates are steadfast and
united in purpose, and nra succeeds
because of your activism and support
every legislative session. The first step to
winning in 2015 is understanding where
and how we've succeeded in 2014, as
well as being prepared for the critical
battles ahead.
As Congress has continued to
stalemate over a variety of issues, the
focus of our anti-gun opponents has
turned sharply to the states. 2014 proved
to be one of the busiest years for nra
in state legislatures across the country.
Yet despite the opposition and money
aligned against us, nra continued to
succeed in many states with the passage
of critical legislation protecting and
promoting our freedom. What follows
are just a few highlights that nra and its
members can be proud of this year.
Georgia passed what is likely the
most comprehensive pro-gun legislation

in its history. With the enthusiastic
participation of Georgia nra members,
Right-to-Carry was reformed and
expanded, privacy of Right-to-Carry
licensees was enhanced, and
self-defense, hunting rights and
state firearm preemption were all
strengthened significantly.
Idaho became the latest state to
enact "campus carry" and now
recognizes the right of retired law
enforcement officers and those with an
enhanced concealed-carry permit to
carry firearms on college campuses. This
was an important victory in the ongoing
effort to protect the right to self-defense
and to expand Right-to-Carry
protections for law-abiding citizens.
Kansas also passed an important
and comprehensive pro-gun bill this
year that significantly strengthens state
firearm preemption laws, expands open
carry, limits taxpayer funds for gun
buybacks and facilitates lawful transfers
of items regulated under the National
Firearms Act (nfa).
Michigan had a productive pro-gun
year, and the positive momentum

continues into 2015 for Michiganders.
The Firearms Records Confidentiality
package signed into law ensures that
information submitted to the state
for purposes of firearm licensing,
registration and concealed carry
permitting remains confidential.
Such information is exempted from
disclosure under the Freedom of
Information Act and will only be
available to law enforcement officials
for proper investigatory purposes.
Also signed into law were multiple
nra-backed bills promoting and
preserving Michigan's rich hunting
heritage, as well as eliminating bans
on short-barreled rifles and shotguns.
Even now, many critical pro-gun bills
continue to make their way through
Michigan's legislature, including
additional reforms to the state's
Right-to-Carry laws.
Across the nation, many other
states saw similar success with at least
30 states enacting some form of pro-gun
legislation in 2014. Right-to-Carry laws
were greatly improved in states such as
Arizona, Indiana, Louisiana and South
Carolina. In addition, Louisiana and
South Carolina lifted prohibitions on
carrying handguns in restaurants, and
doing so is now legal under at least
some circumstances in all 50 states.
nra's "shall-certify" legislation is an
important pro-gun reform that in 2014
was adopted by five pioneering states:
Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma
and Utah. Under these laws, state
officials whose "sign-off " is required
under federal regulations for the
transfer of firearms or other items
regulated by the nfa must execute it in
a timely manner, provided the applicant
is not legally prohibited from receiving
the item.
Under current law in most states,
such officials are not required to act on
an application for an nfa item, meaning
that a law-abiding applicant has no
recourse when the official refuses to
consider the application or denies it for
ideological, political or other arbitrary
reasons. Shall-certify legislation
establishes statewide standards for
these decisions and ensures law-abiding
residents have access to legal firearms
and firearm accessories. It is also
meant to counter plans by the Obama

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