Scalise Introduces Bill to Allow Firearms Sales Across State Lines

‘Our firearm purchasing process is muddled by outdated laws passed well before Congress put the national background check system in place…’

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(Lionel Parrott, Liberty Headlines) A prominent GOP congressman is targeting burdensome and archaic laws that restrict the purchase of firearms across state lines in a new gun-rights bill pending in the House of Representatives.

Called the Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act, it would improve the legal purchase process for firearms said its sponsors—incluing Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., who was nearly killed after being shot by a crazed Berniecrat in June 2017.

“Our firearm purchasing process is muddled by outdated laws passed well before Congress put the national background check system in place,” said the Louisiana congressman.

“Licensed federal firearms dealers follow the same laws across state lines yet aren’t allowed to sell certain firearms to law-abiding citizens across state lines,” he said; “these regulations unnecessarily complicate the lives of citizens, small businesses, and members of the military alike.”

The bill would let licensed dealers transfer firearms to out-of-state buyers. The transaction would still have to comply with the laws of the states of both parties. It would also let licensed dealers sell guns at out of-state gun shows.

Additionally, it would make it easier for members of the U.S. military to purchase firearms. Those in the armed forces, as well as their spouses, would be allowed to purchase firearms as residents of their state of legal residence or in the state where they are stationed. Right now, members of the armed forces can only purchase firearms in the latter case.

Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky., one of the bill’s co-sponsors, applauded Scalise for his commitment to preserving Second Amendment rights.

“[I] am proud to be an original sponsor of this common-sense legislation introduced by my colleague and friend, Congressman Steve Scalise,” Barr said.

“This bill would allow law-abiding citizens access to firearms from out-of-state vendors while ensuring compliance with the gun laws in the individual state of purchase, and additionally, would lessen the burden of purchasing a firearm on our Armed Service members, whose legal residency and assigned duty station are in separate locations.”

The bill’s prospects for passage in the House are unclear. Now that Democrats are firmly in control of the lower chamber, a significant number of them would have to cross over to support the legislation.

In February, Democrats passed a radically different bill, piling on more gun restrictions, including a requirement that background checks apply to gun sales between two private individuals.

That bill was not expected to clear the Republican-led Senate.

Scalise criticized the bill as a political charade.

“The Democrats think just saying ‘background checks’ makes this a good bill,” said he said, “but this bill makes criminals out of law-abiding citizens.”