Sen. Cramer Introduces Bill to Allow Interstate Gun Sales

Sen. Cramer Introduces Bill to Allow Interstate Gun Sales

WASHINGTON – Federal regulations prohibit any licensed importer, manufacturer, dealer or collector from selling or delivering a firearm to a person who is not a resident of the state in which the licensee’s place of business is located.

U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) led his colleagues in introducing the bicameral system Interstate Firearms Commerce Reform Act (FICRA) to modernize and streamline the legal framework governing interstate firearm transactions. House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA-01) introduced a companion measure in May.

“The rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment to law-abiding citizens should not disappear at state borders.” Cramer said.For decades, outdated regulations have placed unnecessary constraints on our nation’s federal gun purchase laws. The Interstate Firearms Commerce Reform Act strengthens Second Amendment freedoms by ensuring that citizens can purchase and carry guns nationwide. It also enhances legal commerce and supports our military and their families, while respecting state laws and regulations.

“Our federal gun purchasing process is unnecessarily complicated and unfair to law-abiding citizens, small businesses, and our military personnel willing to put their lives on the line for our country. The need to modernize and simplify our federal gun purchasing laws is long overdue, and I am pleased that this bill finally corrects that wrong,” the senator said. House Majority Leader Scalise said.

Other co-sponsors include U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Ted Budd (R-NC), Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Steve Daines (R-MT), John Hoeven (R-ND), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Roger Marshall, MD (R-KS), Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), Jim Risch (R-ID), Rick Scott (R-FL), Tim Scott (R-SC), and John Thune (R-SD). The legislation has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).

“This legislation would modernize the way firearms are sold under federal law and remove arbitrary barriers for law-abiding gun buyers and sellers,” said Randy Kozuch, executive director of the NRA-ILA. “On behalf of the millions of freedom-loving NRA members, we applaud Senator Cramer for championing this legislation that benefits gun owners across the country.

“This is common-sense legislation that would allow law-abiding Americans to purchase the firearms of their choice while ensuring federal and state laws are enforced,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “Americans are allowed to purchase long guns in every state. This bill would extend that right to handguns. Your Second Amendment right to acquire and keep a handgun for self-protection does not stop at your state line. This bill would remove an arbitrary and unconstitutional infringement on Americans’ Second Amendment rights.”

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