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2014 Senate Bill 979: Extend preemption of local gun control to air guns
  1. Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on June 11, 2014, to revise the state law preempting restrictive local gun control ordinances so it applies to “pneumatic” guns, defined as ones that shoot “a BB or pellet by spring, gas, or air.” Locals could adopt restrictions on possession of these by minors, prohibit "brandishing" them to induce fear, or shooting in a heavily populated area.
    • Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 11, 2014.
      • Reported in the Senate on September 9, 2014, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Steve Bieda (D) on September 24, 2014, to clarify that locals could not ban shooting air guns "at authorized locations or on private property" with the owner's permission. The amendment failed 12 to 26 in the Senate on September 24, 2014.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  2. Passed 28 to 10 in the Senate on September 24, 2014.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on September 24, 2014.
    • Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on September 24, 2014.
      • Reported in the House on December 4, 2014, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Douglas Geiss (D) on December 10, 2014. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 10, 2014.
  4. Passed 71 to 35 in the House on December 11, 2014, to revise the state law preempting restrictive local gun control ordinances so it applies to “pneumatic” guns, defined as ones that shoot “a BB or pellet by spring, gas, or air.” Locals could adopt restrictions on possession of these by minors, prohibit "brandishing" them to induce fear, or shooting in a heavily populated area.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

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