State News of Note

Firearm news from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania

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A red, white and blue illustration of the map of the United States.NSSF

California California’s state senate approved SB914, a bill that would require gun stores and the state’s Department of Justice to each check the validity of hunting licenses for purchasers under 21 during a 10-day waiting period after a purchase, but before it is picked up. California bans the sale of centerfire, semi-automatic firearms to persons under the age of 21 unless the purchaser holds a valid hunting license. The bill was opposed by NSSF.

Colorado Colorado Parks and Wildlife has awarded $725,000 to nine shooting ranges across the state through the agency’s Shooting Range Development Grant Program (SRDG). The funds help develop new shooting ranges and upgrade existing ranges.

Connecticut U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer ordered Connecticut’s Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont and state police to end their refusal to accept and process fingerprints for pistol permit applications. The governor suspended fingerprinting during the coronavirus pandemic.

Louisiana Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards signed HB 781 into law as Act 325. State Rep. Blake Miguez (R-Erath), working with NSSF, introduced the bill to prohibit government officials from ordering the closure of firearm and ammunition businesses during declared emergencies or disasters.

Pennsylvania The Pennsylvania General Assembly overwhelmingly passed legislation in a bipartisan vote that would prohibit the governor from restricting access to firearms when declaring a disaster emergency.