Below The Radar – Closing the Loophole on Interstate Firearm Sales Act

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Below The Radar – Closing the Loophole on Interstate Firearm Sales Act

Washington D.C. – -(AmmoLand.com)- To anti-Second Amendment extremists, anything that allows a law-abiding American citizen to exercise their Second Amendment rights is a “loophole.” Second Amendment supporters, though, often find people questioning this mindset – often because they don’t know the current laws, how little they are enforced, or what anti-Second Amendment extremists ultimately want to subject this country to.

Well, Second Amendment supporters now have a concrete example of this mindset from anti-Second Amendment extremists, and they can thank Representative Jason Crow (D-CO). Crow has introduced HR 647, the Closing the Loophole on Interstate Firearm Sales Act, with nine co-sponsors.

Under current law as laid out in 18 USC 922(b), it is legal to buy for a resident of one state to buy a long gun from a federal firearms licensee in another state provided that the laws of both states are followed. This makes things more convenient for a resident of the northern panhandle of West Virginia, who could find a long gun they wish to buy in either Ohio or Pennsylvania that would be much closer than the nearest FFL with that same gun in West Virginia. This is not an exclusive situation – the same would apply in a number of other regions in the country, like the Delmarva peninsula, the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, and much of New England.

For most Second Amendment supporters, this situation is inconvenient, but far less so than if they were limited to only buying from FFLs in their state. If anything, with NICS, there is no logic to restricting the sale of any firearm across state lines (not to mention the various waiting period and licensing schemes some states have).

Jason Crow, though, thinks of this as a “loophole.”

In a press release, he cannot cite a single actual horrific act, just a panic over a sale that already violated the existing provisions of the law! Even then, over this honest mistake on the part of an FFL, Crow wants to punish thousands of people over a panic.

Now, to be fair, the FFL should have taken the time to look up Florida’s laws – there is a summary on the NRA-ILA website – before the sale was completed. Because of that FFL’s mistake, anti-Second Amendment extremists have gained a pretext to justify pushing a new burden on our rights. We do not deserve to be punished for an honest mistake.

Second Amendment supporters should contact their Representatives and Senators and politely urge them to oppose HR 647, and instead seek to override state waiting periods and licensing schemes. They also should support the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action and Political Victory Fund to ensure that the current anti-Second Amendment regimes in the House, Senate, and White House are defeated at the ballot box as soon as possible.


About Harold Hutchison

Writer Harold Hutchison has more than a dozen years of experience covering military affairs, international events, U.S. politics and Second Amendment issues. Harold was consulting senior editor at Soldier of Fortune magazine and is the author of the novel Strike Group Reagan. He has also written for the Daily Caller, National Review, Patriot Post, Strategypage.com, and other national websites.

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nobodyuknow
nobodyuknow
1 month ago

ANY Communist Democrap thinks that possession of a firearm by ANY citizen is illegal! Crow and the rest of his scumbag Communist ilk are headed toward a full-fledged Civil War because of their Communist attitudes! And when it is over, he and the rest of the the Communist Azzholes in this country will either be dead, gone, or lock up somewhere!!!

Agostino
Agostino
1 month ago

The last I heard states cannot export their laws. It is incumbent on a resident of a state to comply with the laws of the state of residence. And as a dealer, I need to comply with the laws of my state. I cannot send a firearm into a state that restricts that type of firearm, but I don’t believe that restriction applies strictly within my state.

james
james
1 month ago

Why is it a loophole when the law is followed to the letter?

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
1 month ago
Reply to  james

Because the word “loophole” efficiently ‘sells’ an idea (however unconstitutional that idea may be) to a dumb-as-a-box-of-rocks slice of the citizenry.

StLPro2A
StLPro2A
1 month ago

Our Founding Father would already have put those politicians’ heads through a loop hole….and kicked the chair out….. :0 🙂 🙂

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
1 month ago
Reply to  StLPro2A

If it was good enough for the Founders……

Vern
Vern
1 month ago

It is too bad the left is scared to death to tell the American people the exact reason why they want to disarm the American people. All the lying and deception they are going through to hide their intent is going to bring so much pain to everybody, and they want to spring it all as the solution to all the problems they say they want to solve. Their solution is what has brought the deaths of more than 250 million people in the last century, but be it far from the left to tell the truth, about their intentions.… Read more »

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Vern

Most of those > 250 million people were not killed by politicians. They were killed by people following legal orders. They deeply believed they were following the oaths they swore.

Vern
Vern
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Communist, politicians. No difference than those today with the same ideology. They simply will repeat what was done in the past because they have learned nothing new.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Vern

No, it was the armed government employees (military and police) who did the killing. All they had to do was say “those orders are immoral and we are not following them” – then the laws would have been merely the bad ideas of politicians.

Vern
Vern
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Your indoctrination goes pretty deep. You won’t ever accept the truth that communism is a dead end until you get there. You have no examples of communism succeeding anywhere in the world and making the nation great, no where in history will you find that communism succeeded. Yet, only dummies persist in believing the lie of communism. Karl Marx was a demon possessed person who wrote the book under the spell of satan, he died in a hell he created for himself. People like you are headed in the same direction and don’t have enough sense to know better. The… Read more »

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Vern

What?

You idiot. I am a Constitution-loving, unapologetic capitalist.

The Communist politicians around the world used armed government employees to do the killing.

Communism is abhorrent and it requires armed government employees to implement and sustain.

Dave in Fairfax
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Dave in Fairfax
1 month ago
Reply to  Vern

Vern,

You might want to reread the ENTIRE thread and rethink what you’ve been saying. Politicians NEVER get their hands dirty, they have underlings/police to do that for them. IF our government passes unconstitutional laws it won’t be Pelosi and Schumer showing up at your door, it’ll be the local police, FBI and ATF. THOSE are the people who should be saying that they won’t enforce the laws, but instead they’ll be happy to do it as they always do.

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

It is possible to be devout… and be devoutly WRONG.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  JoeUSooner

Yes and we are seeing the same thing right now. Armed government employees will once again be the tool of totalitarianism.

mlhtd51
mlhtd51
1 month ago

Do NOT Forget to Teach Your Daughters How To Shoot because a Restraining Order is Just a Piece of Paper.

USMC0351Grunt
USMC0351Grunt
1 month ago
Reply to  mlhtd51

…and that a father with a .45 and a shovel, nobody is going to miss the boyfriend anyway.

JDT
JDT
1 month ago

Waste of taxpayer money

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
1 month ago

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^He is right, you know!^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

hippybiker
hippybiker
1 month ago

Stupid is as stupid does. I remember when I was an FFL. I was in a large retailer of sporting goods in WI. I saw a .22 rifle that I liked. Told the clerk I wanted to purchase it and to do the transfer to me with a signed copy of my FFL. The idiot told me I’d have to show my IL. FOID and wait 24 hrs. He didn’t care about me being a dealer and neither did his supervisor. I had $500.00 in other purchases and I told them to shove it where the sun didn’t shine! That… Read more »

RoyD
RoyD
1 month ago

She’s not wearing a ring either.

Rob
Rob
1 month ago
Reply to  RoyD

Appears she can read and write, so she’s out of your league.