New Bill to Legalize the Interstate Transportation of Magazines & Ammunition

Magazines & Ammunition
New Bill to Legalize the Interstate Transportation of Magazines & Ammunition (Dave Workman photo)

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Gun Owners of America is proud to endorse Representative Mo Brooks’ upcoming legislation, the Lawful Interstate Transportation of Firearms Act which expands the transportation protections of the Firearm Owners’ Protection Act (FOPA).

Please ask your congressman to cosponsor this momentous legislation alongside Rep. Brooks.

Because repressive states outlawed “unlicensed guns,” Congress passed pro-gun legislation in 1986 to allow gun owners to transport firearms through these states without having to worry about being pulled over and arrested.

Currently, this provision of the Firearms Owners' Protection Act requires:

  1. That the gun be unloaded and inaccessible to the passenger compartment
  2. That the travel through the repressive state be temporary, and
  3. That the trip originates in a state where it was lawful to possess the firearm and terminate in a state where it is also lawful.

However, it didn't occur to the lawmakers that repressive states would begin to arrest people who traveled through those states with ammunition, but no guns.

Obviously, they underestimated the psychopathy of anti-gun crazies like New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, former Mayor Bloomberg, and so forth.

It has reached the point where someone who transits through New York while traveling from New Hampshire to Virginia—as I do—risks arrest due to state law criminalizing the possession of otherwise lawfully-owned magazines or ammunition.

Congressman Mo Brooks is about to introduce legislation to remedy that. Under the Brooks bill, ammunition and magazines would be added to the list of items protected by FOPA.

In addition, police would be prohibited from harassing transiting motorists on the basis of firearms ownership.

And even if police find some technical violation of FOPA, that nit-picking will not be enough to throw the gun owner in prison and ruin his or her life.

Congressman Mo Brooks IMG from GOA
Congressman Mo Brooks IMG from GOA

GOA has been looking, for some time, for a congressman who could navigate the extremely complex issues surrounding this problem. And Mo Brooks has done it.

So, we have a champion who has stuck his neck out to introduce pro-gun legislation.

And we need to recognize his efforts by reaching out to every member of Congress and by urging them to become an original cosponsor of this bill — before this legislation is officially introduced and assigned a number.

Regardless of who controls the House, it's important to take action and to keep pushing our pro-gun agenda. You can be sure that if the tables were reversed — and if it were the GOP in control of the House — anti-gun Democrats would still be pushing their obnoxious, anti-rights agenda.

So we need to create momentum for the future pushing a pro-gun agenda now.

Thank you for your help!

In liberty,

Michael Hammond
Legislative Counsel


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CommonSense4America
CommonSense4America
4 months ago

“All hat and no cattle.” That is a polite way of sayin,,,he is full of Schiff. Where was he when the GOP controlled the House, Senate and the Presidency? He is running for the Senate in 2020. Will not get my vote because he is a scum-bag.

SoSueMe
SoSueMe
4 months ago

Does no one understand the simple phrase “Shall Not Be Infringed”? It doesn’t take much, merely a legitimate eighth grade education which I assume all of the Supremes and most of the Congress already have….

Sheeeeeesssssh ! ! !

donfranko
donfranko
4 months ago
Reply to  SoSueMe

Right now there are four (4) Supreme court justices that just might and probably would vote against that phrase as stated, so you can assume all you want, but the reality of all this is much more complex. It takes getting arrested, going thru the court process all the way to the SCOTUS and that’s IF they decide to take the case. it’s a risky proposition as it stands. No, it shouldn’t be, and yes, we may some day have to remind all three branches of government that they work for us and we will not surrender our constitutional rights… Read more »

ExGob
ExGob
4 months ago

Bravo and kudos to Congressman Brooks for taking action against the illegal infringement of our 2nd amendment rights as guaranteed by The united States Constitution. We can only hope that other lawmakers will take similar actions against other existing illegal infringement laws.

Finnky
Finnky
4 months ago

@USA – Agreed but… See no reason to not pursue both paths simultaneously. Keep them off balance and overwhelmed on multiple fronts – it’s what they’ve been trying to do to us for decades.

dmg2fun
dmg2fun
4 months ago

The only pro-gun legislation are bills passed to repeal current gun control laws.

Xaun Loc
Xaun Loc
4 months ago

Blah blah blah CAMPAIGN STUNT! Personally I am already tired of reading about all these great “pro-gun” bills that are suddenly being proposed now that Republicans are worrying about being reelected. Now that they know there isn’t a snowball’s chance in hell that the bill will pass or even make it out of committee. Where was Mo Brooks in 2017 and 2018 when a bill like this could have passed? Where were all the rest of these suddenly “Pro-gun” Republicans in 2017 and 2018? They were hiding under their desks scared shitless that they might have to actually make good… Read more »

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
4 months ago
Reply to  Xaun Loc

@XL, Yes, these “pro gun bills” are just a deception. All of this is already legal pursuant to our Second Amendment, enumerated civil rights. We need to force our governments to recognize that the Second Amendment obligates government and pre-empts government.

TLS
TLS
4 months ago
Reply to  Xaun Loc

Very very well said! And I wish that you would send these comments to all of the newspapers and any other news outlets that you can think of Xaun! They are spot on and there are a lot of spineless Republicans that it apples to as well as Mo Brooks! Thanks!

RJL
RJL
4 months ago

Constitutional Carry across All 50 States…Enough is Enough…

cav2108
cav2108
4 months ago

PAY ATTENTION: If they can “legalize it” they can also REVOKE that legalization whenever they want. This is just a back door to more gun control.

StWayne
StWayne
4 months ago

Be sure to click on the supplied link in the article to add your voice to this proposal. It’s simple, quick, and painless. Thank you to GOA for that!

Gdubb
Gdubb
4 months ago

Very good to see that some legislators are not afraid to go on the offensive. Its about time. I strongly believe the best defense is a great offense.

vintovka 7.62
vintovka 7.62
4 months ago

This bill is a good idea, however FOPA protections are already ignored by states like NY and NJ. Until their noncompliance with Federal law is addressed in the courts, I don’t see how extending FOPA is going to accomplish much. The same states that are now arresting and prosecuting travelers for mags and ammo will simply ignore the new provisions. Nevertheless, I will support Rep. Brooks bill.

Matt in Oklahoma
Matt in Oklahoma
4 months ago

Ok great it’s introduced but how do plan on getting it past the dem controlled house?
It’s bout as likely as the Dems gun control bills getting thru the senate.
Keep it real

Ansel Hazen
Ansel Hazen
4 months ago

Glad I have now joined GOA. Next on the agenda needs to be National Reciprocity.

Darkman
Darkman
4 months ago
Reply to  Ansel Hazen

After reading about the efforts of GOA and the support they receive from posters on this site and others. I Joined GOA first of the month.Already signed 2 letters supplied by GOA in support of Firearms Freedom. Was and still am a Life member of NRA (1 time payment decades ago) and I don’t remember 1 time they ever sent out letters for mass support of Firearms Freedom or in response to Gun Grabber Legislation.Keep Your Powder Dry

Vanns40
Vanns40
4 months ago
Reply to  Ansel Hazen

All comments regarding draconian efforts by States run by tyrants are true. The solution is to completely strip sovereign immunity from all, starting with the police officers who follow unlawful orders right up to prosecutors and judges. Not only let them be civilly sued (and attorneys fees recovered) but let them be charged with violating Federal Civil Rights laws under Color of Law. Have these cases heard in Federal Court and give them maximum prison sentences. I guarantee that the very first one that is handed down will end these practices in every single State. Wishful thinking? Perhaps, but that’s… Read more »

tetejaun
tetejaun
4 months ago

By the way, look at the communist democrat debate tonight. SEE if there are any American flags on stage. Just as there were no American flags at the 2016 DNC Convention (but, there was a communist Chinese flag on stage), I doubt to see any American flags there.
After all, communist democrats, these totalitarian tyrants, despise the United States, the U.S. Constitution and the American people….those pesky freedom-loving Americans.

tetejaun
tetejaun
4 months ago

In New Jersey, the State Police are still following scum democrat Governor Florio’s directive: “Stop all persons travelling from any pro-gun state, especially if they are towing a trailer. Search their vehicle & trailer. If they have a (New Jersey) prohibited gun or magazines, arrest them, seize and sell their vehicle & trailer”. New Jersey has been at Dover Air Station and arrested veterans coming back from overseas deployment, because their spouse was travelling through the communist trash dump of New Jersey with legally-owned firearms, got stopped and arrested. New Jersey does not care that that interstate transportation of firearms… Read more »

Finnky
Finnky
4 months ago
Reply to  tetejaun

@ttj – So what do they do when traveler refuses to let them search vehicle and trailer? Law is clear that they cannot do so without a warrant or probably cause – which requires clear evidence of a crime. In fact, supreme court has placed limits on how long they can hold you waiting to get a warrant or to get a dog to sniff around your vehicle. They cannot pull you over for having out-of-state plates. If they’ve stopped you for a ticket, then they have to write the ticket and let you go as soon as they are… Read more »

gcm
gcm
4 months ago
Reply to  Finnky

If it was only that easy, cops in other states, towns, and cities, can pretty much do what they want to make your life a living hell when goober the cops uncle is judge jury, and executioner so to speak, not to mention they hold you for as long as they see fit, and you can also get a constellation prize of a fine of there choice, and good luck trying to get a lawyer that will take a case stacked against you. I know it sucks, but that’s how they get revenue, or lock you up if you don’t… Read more »

donfranko
donfranko
4 months ago
Reply to  gcm

Just like some gun owners are bad, some cops are bad, actually ignorant, but just like I don’t lump all gun owners as bad, don’t lump all cops as bad. a lot of us are firm believers in the 2A and constitution, and we stand up for good people all the time.