Law Shield members will be happy to hear that a recently introduced U.S. House bill, H.R. 131, would more comprehensively address the interstate transportation of firearms and ammunition for law-abiding gun owners.
Current federal law allows law-abiding persons to transport firearms between two locations where they have a legal right to possess them. They may travel through otherwise “firearm hostile” states so long as the firearm is unloaded and either locked in a trunk or a container while they are traveling.
H.R. 131 would ensure that the law Congress passed more than 25 years ago is clear, and that transportation of both firearms and ammunition is federally protected.
It would also expand the protections afforded to travelers to include “staying in temporary lodging overnight, stopping for food, fuel, vehicle maintenance, an emergency, medical treatment, and any other activity incidental” to the trip.
If passed, H.R. 131 would stop anti-gun local officials from using restrictive state licensing laws to harass and prosecute travelers. Additionally, the bill would place the burden of proof clearly on the state to show that the traveler failed to comply with the law.
U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va., 9th District) introduced the bill.