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Firearm Sales Continue to Be Strong under Trump

(Dean Weingarten, Gun Watch) The NICS checks for April, 2017 were 2,045,564.  That is the second highest number of NICS checks for any April. The highest was in 2016, with 2,145,865. The third highest April was in 2014, with 1,742,946.  Both of those were driven by fear of strong gun control measures that might be passed by President Obama.

The Trump era of the National Instant Criminal Background  Check System  (NICS) checks has finished its first four months.

It was anticipated that firearm sales and NICS checks would drop with a Trump presidency. It has not happened as expected.

NICS checks remain unexpectedly strong under President Trump.  January 2017 NICS were 80% of January 2016 NICS.  February 2017 NICS were 85% of 2016 numbers. March of 2017 is very close to previous records. It is over 96% of the record set in 2016, and just short of 98% of March, 2014. April, 2017 checks are over 95% of those for 2016, and are more than 17% higher than the next highest April, in 2014.

The unwillingness to accept a Trump Presidency by the left, combined with fear that a Trump Presidency could be overthrown by a media coup, could be a motivation for higher firearm sales. The fear of violence from the Left, as shown in Berkley, Portland, the District of Columbia, and San Francisco.

Structural increases in the number of firearms owners may have increased the base level of sales.

There has been a gradual increase in the use of NICS for things other than firearm sales.  The increases are for such transactions as the sales of suppressors/silencer, gun carry permits, and even checks on school teachers. There are indications that the actual number of firearm sales have exceeded those of April, 2016.

Kentucky has contributed to the number by running NICS checks on every concealed carry permit holder every month. Kentucky performs nearly three million checks every year.

The average ratio, over 15 years, is a little less than .6 NICS checks for each firearm added to the private stock.

If that ratio holds true, over 5 million guns were added to the private stock in the first four months of 2017.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation has attempted to adjust for this by eliminating checks done for carry permits from the overall NICS checks. According to their calculations, the highest level of firearm sales in March occurred in 2013, with 2017 being the next highest.

It is clear that the expected drop in firearms sales has been minimal. Firearm sales may actually have risen compared to 2016.

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Gun Sales Remain Near Record Levels in April

Industry group’s analysis of FBI records shows sales just above 2016 levels

The number of gun-related background checks in April remained near record levels, FBI statistics released on Monday show.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) ran 2,045,564 gun-related checks in April. That represents a decrease of about a hundred thousand checks from the all-time record for the month of April set in 2016. It also is a drop of almost four hundred thousand from March as the gun industry enters its seasonal low period.

An analysis of the raw NICS numbers from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) shows that sales may actually be higher than last April. The group’s analysis strips out NICS checks that are conducted for gun-carry permits or other checks that aren’t related to sales. The analysis found that 1,111,596 checks were related to sales, a small increase from the same period last year.

“The April 2017 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is an increase of 0.04 percent compared to the April 2016 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1,111,205,” the NSSF said in a release.

The industry group said its analysis shows that sales aren’t in a slump, as many in the media have proclaimed in recent months.

“Anyone looking to proclaim a continuing sales slump would be wrong based on the best number we have as a proxy for firearms sales for April 2017 compared to April 2016,” Mike Bazinet, a NSSF spokesman, told the Washington Free Beacon.

Sales in the first two months of 2017 were significantly slower than the record-setting pace of 2016, but NSSF says sales in March and April have matched or exceeded that pace.

Metrics for measuring gun sales in the United States remain limited. While NICS checks are required for many gun sales, most states do not require NICS checks on sales between private individuals on the used firearm market. Other factors can affect the raw numbers reported by the FBI, like transactions of multiple guns using a single NICS check or transactions in states that accept proof of a gun-carry permit in place of a NICS check.

“These statistics represent the number of firearm background checks initiated through the NICS,” the FBI noted in its monthly background check report. “They do not represent the number of firearms sold. Based on varying state laws and purchase scenarios, a one-to-one correlation cannot be made between a firearm background check and a firearm sale.”

Still, NICS checks remain one of the best gauges for gun sales as they are required on all sales of new guns and nearly all sales involving licensed gun dealers.

Oklahoma Churches Combine God & Guns, Delivering Weapon Training Alongside Bible Verses

A handgun on a bible (pictured above).

One of the most important rights we have as American citizens is the right to bear arms. Without it, many of us would live in constant fear. A gun provides many with comfort as well as protection. It gives people the ability to fall asleep knowing their loved ones are safe. However, simply owning a gun doesn’t make someone an expert in how to use it. To become proficient, they must attend weapons training courses. As the demand for guns increases, so does the necessity for proper instruction. To help meet this need, some are getting creative.

In response to the growing demand for gun training, churches across the state of Oklahoma are offering gun safety lessons alongside their bible study. This helps promote the word of God as well as responsible gun use and ownership. This may even break the stereotypes of reckless gun owners.

Armed Christians listening to a church service.

According to reports, churchgoing Christians in Oklahoma are being taught how to defend themselves with a gun. The program, led by firearms instructor Roy Jones, has taught roughly 5,000 students over the last decade how to properly handle a firearm. However, instead of working at a usual training facility, Jones takes his courses to churches across the state, calling it, “not your typical gun class.” Since he teaches at a church, he also educates his students more about Christianity.

Despite what some may think, Jones argues that self-defense and spirituality are not mutually exclusive. “Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle,” he quoted during an interview with Fox News. He reasons that although the scripture teaches love and compassion, if someone’s life is in danger, then it’s perfectly acceptable to do whatever is necessary to protect them. The same goes for self-defense. “We will turn the other cheek…I’m the least likely guy to pull out a gun in a fight,” he claimed, adding, “but we will not turn the other cheek if you’re going to assault my family or cut off my head in the process.”

His eight-hour course teaches people how to handle weapons, makes them take a 15-question exam, lets them practice at a private range, and informs people about relevant state laws gun owners should be aware of. He also teaches people how to avoid being arrested if they shoot someone in self-defense. He tells his students, ““you show the officer respect, but you never consent. You have to articulate that you were the victim, but you say, ‘With all due respect, you will have my full cooperation after I seek my legal counsel.”

Churchgoers learning how to properly handle a firearm.

Some argue that he’s just using religion to make extra money. However, he claims that this assumption is inaccurate. Instead, he wants people to know what to do in a dangerous situation. Unless properly trained, an armed person in a life-threatening situation could panic and either miss the aggressor or accidentally hit an innocent bystander. In response to people who claim he’s just “getting rich by using God’s name,’” he stated, “I’m just one little guy. Do I make a little money? Yes. But I’m not doing this to get rich.”

Instead, he insists that his courses are designed to teach people self-defense. He believes that people should be prepared if they find themselves in a dangerous situation. There are countless stories that reinforce the importance of gun ownership. One news story that Jones mentioned to journalists had to do with a woman recently killed by two pit bulls. Another story involved a fatal stabbing at a food distribution center. He asked reporters, “can you imagine what went through her mind the last few minutes of her life?” He argues that both of these deaths could have been averted “if they’d had a legal gun and been trained to use it.”

Many who attend Jones’ class understand firsthand why owning a gun is important. Wendy Johnson, one of his students, claims that she started taking the class after her friend was mugged. “One day, my co-worker did not show up for work,” she stated, explaining “someone had attacked her in a parking lot and had literally beaten her face. I don’t want to see anyone else in the ER with a swollen face because someone hit them in the head for their purse.”

Legal firearms don’t just protect people out in public, they also protect people at home. Earlier this year, three armed intruders broke into a house in Oklahoma. Thankfully, the homeowner’s son heard them breaking in and raced downstairs with an AR-15. Upon seeing them, he opened fire, striking and killing all three. And just recently, an armed intruder kicked down the door of a random house in Las Vegas, Nevada and attempted to rob the person inside. However, the resident had a weapon, and once he stepped inside, the burglar was shot dead.

Guns also protect people at work. Last month, an armed burglar attempted to rob a store at gunpoint. Fortunately, one of the other associates in the back heard the commotion and had a gun. He snuck up behind him and got him to surrender. Video of the altercation can be seen below (Warning: Graphic video):

States like Oklahoma and Nevada have legislation, known as “Stand Your Ground” laws, which offer a broad range of protections for gun owners defending their life or property. Their legislation makes it legal for someone to use “reasonable force, including deadly force” if someone is unlawfully entering “the dwelling, place of business or employment, or occupied vehicle,” of another person.

Unfortunately, not all states are friendly towards gun owners. Republican lawmakers in Oregon recently betrayed their party by introducing legislation that allows for the confiscation of personal guns. The bill, sponsored by State Senator Brian Boquist (R-Dallas), makes it possible for an immediate family member to strip someone of their Second Amendment right. It also makes it more difficult to buy a gun. Those who make it more difficult for people to have a gun put the lives of others at risk. They must be voted out of office and replaced with pro-gun conservatives.

The importance of gun ownership is undeniable. Programs like the one offered by Jones help people not just own a gun but understand how to use it. This gives people the opportunity to protect the ones they love so God can focus on other things. Conservatives nationwide must do everything possible to ensure the Second Amendment is not infringed upon. Those who wish to disarm the country must not succeed. If they do, innocent people will die.

 

House Approves Bill 64-46: Gun Owners In South Carolina Now Preparing For Huge Change

April 19, 2017 Leave a comment

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As Resurrection Sunday passes by us one more year, those who believe were reminded of the majestic ways in which God operates. For those who do not share in the Christian faith (or perhaps any faith) it was just a regular Sunday. While the decision to learn about the facts of religion are up to everyone to pursue or decline, it is worthy to note the paradox that exists between what our nation’s founders believed and what our leaders over the last 50 to 100 years have been promoting. It seems odd that, while everyone is free to either worship or shake their fists at God or America, the government itself should be a bit on the “pro-religion” side of the debate considering that our Constitution (which allows for all but an endorsement) permits it.

Whatever could the reason for that be? Could it be that the Law of the Land says that our rights are “God-given?” Our current government wants to dictate who, for example, can own a gun. They want to meddle in where a gun can be, as if Uncle Sam is in charge of where one may or may not feel safe. South Carolina has recently awoken from their PC slumber and approved a bill that would allow everyone, even those who don’t have a permit, to carry a gun legally. There is no mention of a permit needing to be obtained in our founding document, after all.

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Government wants to dictate if we can even own a gun, and yet that pesky Constitution insists that they can’t do this because government only recognized the rights given from God; they don’t grant it. The Founders showed us that God did.  So, the best choice left for those who wish to control the masses is to kill God in the eyes of man. Make Him look foolish, like believing in one’s imaginary friend, and God falls from fact to fiction. Then once that lie is in place, goodbye rights. After all, if one doesn’t believe in God, then government becomes in charge of who has what rights when.

Thankfully, God or not, South Carolina is taking control of what the Bill of Rights promises, not what the current whims of a fallen PC culture tell them is true. If this becomes law, anyone in SC who is allowed to legally buy a gun may carry that firearm. They are also keeping their conceal carry law intact just to ensure that their citizens can still carry guns in other states where a permit is required, so this new change won’t’ tarnish that right in other states, either. Rep. Mike Pitts (R-SC) has said that the bill honors federal law by forbidding protection in airports in schools, so thanks to the feds, anyone in those two areas will still be defenseless targets for madmen, but this is still a massive Constitutional win.

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The bill is a very simple bill,” says Pitts, “It means, by definition of the Constitution, it gives you the ability to keep and bear arms without having to be permitted by the country.” Notice how he was careful to avoid saying who does give us our rights, only that our rights are not doled out by “the country,” and that is a step in right direction to fighting the overreach of Big Brother. He dare not say “God,” for the anti-God crowd in their Senate will shoot it down just out of deictic hatred. So, those who love the Constitution are figting in more subtle terms, which is both clever and needed. Someday, maybe even airports and schools won’t be targets.

 

The whole plan is coming together too, with the approval coming in at 64-46. In an even bigger win, since we live in an age of terror when our first responders are often attacked as they come to help (Black Lives Matter also impede ambulances and the like, resulting in death), under this bill, THEY TOO get to find that their lives matter. First responders will now be allowed to carry a gun to protect their lives when they come to save ours. This may be the best bill currently on the table in any state in the entire union.

Rep. Gary Clary, (R-Clemson) thinks that more debate is needed, something that will only allow it to be watered down and ruined. Since it is perfect as is, one has to wonder if he got his AAA standing with the NRA from a Cracker Jack box because he is dropping the ball here. “When we talk about protecting constitutional rights, when we talk about respecting each others rights, we begin with the First Amendment, and that’s the right to free speech, ” said the retired judge. “And in this body that is the most important thing that we have to represent for the people that send us here.”

Isn’t the “most important” thing to honor their rights and protect their lives? Clary seems to not think so as he says also, “And when we tell the folks that don’t have enough votes to pass a bill or to defeat a bill that we’re going to cut off the debate, that we’re going to cut off their right to speak, then we’re telling them that the (35,000) to 38,000 people that they represent, that they are irrelevant.” This is the talk of a RINO just waiting to capitulate, not a gun-respecting Republican, regardless of who was foolish enough to endorse him. If someone is right and they have facts on their side, then why should they welcome in arguments from those that are wrong? How can wrong views help the debate?

The most foolish argument came from (NO surprise) a Democrat, Rep. Justin Bamberg (D-SC). Not only does he want to go back to training classes (which have pros and cons for another article), but he thinks that blacks who take the right will become targets from police who long to shoot armed black men. “If I’m an African-American male on the Battery in downtown Charleston and I’m open-carrying at 1 or 2 in the morning, which I’ll legally be able to do, is my very being, the very breath in my body going to give law enforcement probable cause to stop me?” So to him, a black man should not protect himself – just to cower from police. If Bamberg were right (he isn’t), wouldn’t the black man or women need the gun more?

The fact is, no cop is going to bother a black any any more than any other man for taking charge of his or her own protection as they walk at 2 am or 2 pm. The facts are that just as most people who take martial arts never ever use it once in their whole lives, most people who carry guns never even unholster them because the need never arises, thankfully. Still, the right to have it when needed is given to us by our Creator and to lose track of that fact is to pull a bullseye on our own heads.

Individual Gun Rights Upheld As Intruder Picks The Wrong Apartment To Rob

April 16, 2017 Leave a comment

Intruder shot and killed by resident in Las Vegas (pictured above).

When our country was first founded, the importance of gun ownership was widely known. Today, Republicans seem to be the only ones who still understand that guns are necessary to protect the most vulnerable. Despite the countless examples proving this to be true, Democrats appear to believe that people shouldn’t be able to defend themselves from dangerous criminals.

However, if people aren’t allowed to own a gun they could easily be taken advantage of by criminals. Firearms are important because they stop this from happening. If someone feels their life is in danger, they can use a handgun or rifle to eliminate the threat. This is what recently happened to a burglar in Nevada. He apparently broke into a house and attempted to rob the person inside. However, he didn’t realize that the homeowner was armed and as a consequence, was shot dead.

Last Thursday at about one o’clock in the morning, Las Vegas police officers responded to a 911 call at the Arcadia Palms Apartments. The caller told the dispatcher that an armed intruder destroyed his front door in order to break into his house and rob him. As an act of self-defense, he claimed that he shot the burglar, but was not injured himself. When police arrived, the criminal was found dead. The shooter was outside with a friend, holding the gun, but set it down when officers asked him to put it down. Investigators determined that the intruder was armed with a handgun and forced open the front door. It’s not clear whether or not they knew each other.

 

The situation is currently still under investigation. However, since Nevada has a “Stand Your Ground” law, which allows people to use deadly force when acting in self-defense, it’s likely that he won’t be charged with anything. This is because it’s clear that he acted lawfully. He was inside his home at the time of the attack and took the appropriate measures to save his own life. By bashing in the front door, the intruder demonstrated that he was obviously extremely violent, striking fear in the homeowner. On top of that, since the burglar was also armed, his life was in even greater danger.

His neighbors appeared to support what he did. One of them, Monique Kirstein, said, “if he broke into his house, in my personal opinion I would have done the same thing if somebody tries to steal from me I would shoot of course you’re trying to protect yourself.”

Another neighbor, Aja Lynn, agreed with Kirstein, adding, “of course I’d do the same thing.” Additionally, she let reporters know that the neighborhood was known to be a pretty bad area. “My brother’s girlfriend was dropping me off at home and said this was a bad area,” she noted. As an example, she said her next door neighbor’s car was recently stolen.

In Oklahoma, there was a similar situation. Three masked intruders, armed with weapons, broke into a house. Two people were home at the time. One of the residents heard some commotion and brought his AR-15 with him to investigate. He recognized that he was outnumbered when he stumbled upon the three intruders. Fearing for his life, he shot and killed them all.

He is also not expected to be charged. Oklahoma has a similar “Stand Your Ground” law, which states that a person “has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his/her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force, if he/she is not engaged in an unlawful activity and is attacked in any place where he/she has a right to be, if he/she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself/herself/another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.”

Police Investigate Home Invasion in Wagoner County, Oklahoma (pictured above).

The authoritarian left needs to understand that situations like these are why gun rights need to be protected. Without a gun, he would’ve been killed by the armed intruder. The Second Amendment is the only reason he’s alive today. Despite this, Democrats continue to push for legislation that would essentially disarm law abiding citizens.

 

Fortunately, legislators in Iowa appreciate the liberty and freedom granted to Americans in the Constitution. They recently approved a bill dramatically expanding the rights of gun owners. It passed the state Senate 33 to 17 and the House, 57 to 36. If signed by their Governor, Terry Branstad (R), Iowa would be the latest state to pass a “Stand Your Ground” Law.

Iowa Senate expands gun rights.

The law would allow someone to use force, including deadly force, if they feel their life is in danger and gives gun owners the ability to sue local governments over gun-free zones. It would also allow children under 14 who are supervised by someone 21 and older to use a pistol or revolver. On top of that, it would legalize concealed-carry at state capitol buildings and prevents government officials from confiscating firearms during state emergencies. It would also make the records of permit holders confidential and legalizes short-barreled rifles and shotguns. Additionally, if an armed criminal breaks the law but doesn’t use his weapon in any way, prosecutors wouldn’t be able to add an additional gun charge.

Even President Donald Trump and federal legislators are fighting for gun rights. Just recently, Trump signed a bill passed by both the house and senate ordering a rollback on gun restrictions for people with certain medical conditions, sparking outrage. Sen. Chris Murphy, (D-CT), a leading gun control advocate in Congress, claimed, “Republicans always say we don’t need new gun laws, we just need to enforce the laws already on the books. But the bill signed into law today undermines enforcement of existing laws that Congress passed to make sure the background check system had complete information.” However, the passage of this law restores the liberty to many law-abiding American citizens.

When an intruder breaks into a house, the best defense is a gun. However, the authoritarian left wants to change this. They are determined to repeal the Second Amendment. But they must not be allowed to disarm our country. If a person doesn’t have a gun, the outcome doesn’t tend to be in their favor. When they do have a gun, the situation usually ends much differently. Without guns to protect themselves, innocent people will die.

Virginia Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Bill Allowing Those With Protective Orders to Carry Guns

March 29, 2017 Leave a comment

‘The governor’s veto will likely cost innocent lives’, says advocacy group president

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D.) vetoed a bill on Friday that aimed to allow victims of domestic violence to carry concealed firearms without obtaining a permit.

House Bill 1852 would allow anyone in Virginia who has a protective order and is over 21 to carry a concealed firearm without a permit for up to 45 days after the order is issued. It would then give anyone with an active order an additional 45 days to carry concealed should they apply for a permanent concealed-handgun permit, which can take up to 45 days to process. The person with the protective order would be required to show police the order or permit application and photo ID if stopped.

Governor McAuliffe noted in a statement that the bill bypasses the training and background check requirements associated with obtaining a Virginia concealed handgun permit and said it would make domestic violence situations worse, not better. “The bill perpetuates the dangerous fiction that the victims of domestic violence will be safer by arming themselves,” he said. “It would inject firearms into a volatile domestic violence situation, making that situation less safe, not more.

“In 2014, there were 112 family and intimate-partner related homicides in Virginia. Sixty-six of those deaths were with a firearm. I will not allow this bill to become law when too many Virginia women have already fallen victim to firearms violence at the hands of their intimate partner.”

McAuliffe’s office did not respond to questions about whether the governor believed victims of domestic violence should ever arm themselves or what victims, especially those located far from police stations, should do if they find themselves in life-threatening situations.

Gun-rights advocates who championed the bill decried the governor’s veto and said it would likely cost innocent lives.

“Governor McAuliffe claims we don’t need to introduce a gun into a ‘volatile situation,’ where there is a protective order in place,” Philip Van Cleave, the Virginia Citizens Defense League’s president, told the Washington Free Beacon. “He’s completely wrong. That situation is exactly where we DO want to introduce a firearm. Knowledge that the victim is armed is a great incentive for the aggressor to stay away.”

Van Cleave said the first 48 hours after a protective order is issued are the most crucial time for a potential victim to be armed.

“Protective orders really enrage the aggressor and the vetoed bill would have allowed the victim to be fully armed, yet in a discreet manner, even during those initial 48 hours,” he said. “Sadly, the governor’s veto will likely cost innocent lives.”

The bill passed by a vote of 63-31 in the house of delegates and 26-14 in the senate. A veto override would require a two-thirds majority in both houses.

The National Rifle Association said McAuliffe’s veto was driven by his association with gun control groups.

“Victims of domestic abuse should be free to protect themselves with more than a piece of paper,” Catherine Mortensen, a spokesperson for the NRA’s lobbying arm, told the Beacon. “This bill would allow a victim of abuse who already has a protective order to immediately protect herself with a concealed firearm. Governor McAuliffe is siding with the gun control lobby that funds his campaign over victims of abuse who want more than a piece of paper to protect themselves.”

Republicans Move to Strengthen Protections for Interstate Travel by Gun Owners

March 28, 2017 Leave a comment

Bill would allow pit stops and overnight stays during travel with firearms

Visitors view a gun display at a National Rifle Association outdoor sports trade

Senator Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) introduced a bill to the Senate on March 14 that would institute new protections for gun owners who travel across state lines with their firearms.

The Lawful Interstate Transportation of Firearms Act, also introduced by Rep. Morgan Griffith (R., Va.) to the House of Representatives in January, would expand and clarify the interstate firearm transportation rules instituted under the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act of 1986. Under that law, Americans are allowed to transport firearms from one state where they can legally possess them to another so long as certain requirements are met, such as the firearms being unloaded and locked in a container not easily accessible to passengers.

The new bill would expand those protections to include stops along the interstate trip and even overnight stays. It would also require that the state pay attorneys’ fees for individuals who successfully defend themselves in court under the bill. It would further allow those who are illegally detained for transporting firearms in accordance with the law to sue the jurisdiction that detained them for damages.

Gun rights advocates have complained about abuses of the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act for years. In one often-cited case, Utah resident Greg Revell was thrown in jail for 10 days in 2005 after his flight was delayed causing him to miss his connecting flight and become stranded in New Jersey with his unloaded firearm. Though the charges against him were eventually dropped, police did not return his firearm until 2008. Revell took his case to the highest court, but the Supreme Court declined to hear his argument.

Hatch said the bill is intended to protect the gun rights of those who’ve been arrested or delayed while traveling between states with their firearms.

“This bill safeguards our Second Amendment rights by strengthening federal protections for responsible gun owners travelling across state lines,” Hatch said in a statement. “By amending the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act of 1986, this commonsense proposal puts an end to the harassment of upstanding citizens who happen to stay overnight, fuel up, or stop for an emergency during their travels in another state.”

Rep. Griffith said changing the law is necessary to ensure that states don’t disregard federal gun rights protections.

“I believe it is important to defend the Second Amendment right of law-abiding gun owners,” Griffith said in the same statement. “Current federal law or the Second Amendment of the Constitution should neither be misinterpreted nor ignored to prevent law-abiding, responsible gun owners from traveling throughout the country with firearms so long as they are in compliance with federal law while in transit.”

Gun rights proponents applauded the bill as an effort to push back on rogue jurisdictions that go after law-abiding gun owners from out of state.

“Too many jurisdictions have demonstrated a pattern of persecuting nonresident gun owners passing through their state,” Lars Dalseide, a spokesman for the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, told the Washington Free Beacon. “HR 538 will put an end to that persecution and protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners traveling with legally owned firearms.”

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