Have Gun, Will Travel

Have Gun, Will Travel
The Lawful Interstate Transportation of Firearms Act, just introduced in the Senate, will protect legal gun owners who are in transit from state to state.file photo

For gun owners or concealed carriers who travel across state lines with firearms, frequently or infrequently, it can be a serious hassle and even a potential felony if you don’t follow the current rules.

A bill introduced in the Senate on March 14, called the Lawful Interstate Transportation of Firearms Act, aims to make traveling with guns and ammunition in the country much less of a hassle for legal gun owners.

According to this story from outdoorhub.com, Bill S.618 is designed to "amend chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, to more comprehensively address the interstate transportation of firearms or ammunition."

"This bill safeguards our Second Amendment rights by strengthening federal protections for responsible gun owners traveling across state lines," said U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) in the story. "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."

Some prominent GOP names are attached to the bill as co-sponsors, including Texas Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn.

Simply put, the bill would allow a traveler who is lawfully able to possess a firearm, ammunition, or magazines to transport them throughout the country as long as they are unloaded, or if in a vehicle, not directly accessible to any passenger.

“On behalf of the NRA’s five-million members and law-abiding gun owners across the country, I want to thank Sen. Hatch and Congressman Griffith for sponsoring legislation to ensure that those who legally transport their firearms, ammunition and magazines are protected from harassment and prosecution,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, in the story.