H.R. 225 Bill Addressing Interstate
Firearm Transportation Introduced

By John Petrolino. January 12, 2021

In the midst of an already shaky legislative session both politically and socially speaking, bills are still being introduced in dribs and drabs. There is a lot of doom and gloom in both arenas, as we as Americans, try to wrap our heads around recent events. Some things are business as usual, and really, given the history of this proposed bill, it should not be…The passage of this bill is long overdue.

On January 6, 2021, Representative Morgan Griffith [R-VA9] has reintroduced "H.R. 225: To amend chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, to more comprehensively address the interstate transportation of firearms or ammunition".

As American gun owners, we are currently protected by law when transporting firearms interstate from one location which we can legally have them to another location where we can legally have them. This may not seem like a big deal in certain geographic areas, however, it offers many much-needed protections for those traveling through states with varying laws and really, varying levels of respect of the Second Amendment.

Looking at the bill history, similar bills have been introduced in every congress going back to 2012. With hot button topics such as nationwide concealed carry reciprocity taking the center stage, H.R. 225 still has plenty of important relief to offer. In particular, when traveling, the protections afforded in this bill will protect someone's ability to stay overnight in a state they are traveling through which may be hostile to civil rights. ....

In the current climate it might perhaps be considered a bill that will go nowhere but, it is none the less another that has been long needed. There have been too many cases, particularly in NY and NJ for instance, where people have been as they thought transporting legally, only to finish up arrested on some firearm related pretext or another after a vehicle search.


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